UP TO YOUR KNEES IN ALLIGATORS

Did you ever hear the expression, “When you’re knee-deep in alligators and copperheads, it’s hard to remember that your primary objective was to clean out the swamp?” That’s how I imagine John the Baptist must have felt as he stared at those damp, cold walls of Herod’s dungeon, day after day, not knowing if he would ever leave this place alive. Wouldn’t you be scared in that predicament? Wouldn’t you have worries or concerns? Wouldn’t you begin to question your “core beliefs” if you knew that those very beliefs were responsible for your present difficulties? Would you be thinking, “Is it worth it?”

How do we cope with these kinds of difficulties and worries? Is it really worth the trouble going through these difficulties? Notice what our Lord says, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Mat. 5:11-12). Jesus says going through difficulties because of your faith is worth every effort – for a great reward awaits those who overcome. When we over come, then we can come over. Bring on the alligators!

Shake or Nod!

Have A Great Day!

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”
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LIFE IS A MATTER OF BUILDING

Life is a matter of building. Each of us has the opportunity to build something – a secure family, a good reputation, a career, a relationship with God. But some of those things can disappear almost overnight due to financial losses, natural disasters and other unforeseen difficulties.

What are we to do? Daniel Webster offered excellent advice, saying, “If we work on marble it will perish. If we work on brass, time will efface it. If we rear temples, they will crumble to dust. But if we work on men’s immortal minds, if we imbue them with high principles, with just fear of God and love of their fellow-men, we engrave on those tablets something which time cannot efface, and which will brighten and brighten to all eternity.”

“If then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth” (Col. 3:1).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”
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BAKED IN THE SUNLIGHT

A Preacher once said, “Can a rock that has been in the sunlight all day not fail to give off warmth and heat at night?” In like manner, can a Christian who has lived in the sunlight of God’s love not fail to give off warmth and love? No. That is why you have to have first things first. You don’t say to others, “Start loving each other. Be nice.” No. First, we need to live in the sunlight of God’s love. We need to bake in the sunlight of God’s compassion. We need to absorb God’s light into us. And then, we start to give off the love of God. God’s love is manifested to us in the giving of His Son on the cross, and the giving of His Holy word. To bake in the sunlight of God’s love we must read and obey His holy precepts. As obedient followers of the Almighty the warm of the true love of God affects those around us in a positive way.

“Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do menlight a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shineth unto all that are in the house. Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Mat. 5:14-16).

Are you baking in God’s love.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”
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THE HARRIS AND MOORE EXPEDITION THROUGH THE BIBLE

Tune in tonight (and each Monday) to the Harris and Moore Expedition Through the Bible at 6:00pm CST at www.harrisandmoore.org. A live call-in radio program. Tonight’s topic: Is instrumental music in worship authorized in the New Testament?

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CHECK POINT AHEAD

In Parma, Ohio a man by the name of Doug ‘Deo’ Odolecki stood on a street corner with a sign warning drivers about an upcoming drunken-driving checkpoint, but two words on the sign cost him a citation and an upcoming trial.

The sign written on a piece of white poster board simply read, “Check point ahead! Turn now!”

Police had no problem with the sign itself advising of the upcoming checkpoint. In fact, Ohio law requires that the police advise the public of the exact location, date and even start and stop times of an upcoming checkpoint at least one week in advance, and then again a few hours prior.

Their problem was with the sign’s instruction to “Turn now!” That, they said, was interference with police business and resulted in Odolecki receiving a violation.

God’s final checkpoint is just ahead. Yet many are speeding toward it completely unaware. For those who already know what lies ahead, there’s just one question: Where’s your white poster board? Where’s your warning to the souls of mankind to turn now from sin and be ready for the “check point?” Are you yourself heeding the warning?  Believe in Christ (Jn. 8:24), repent of your sins (Lk. 13:3), be willing to confess the name of Christ (Mt. 10:32), be baptized for the remission of sin (Acts 2:38), and be ready for the “check point” – the Judgment.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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SHARPEN YOUR AX

One man challenged another to an all-day wood chopping contest. The challenger worked very hard, stopping only for a brief lunch break. The other man had a leisurely lunch and took several breaks during the day. At the end of the day, the challenger was surprised and annoyed to find that the other fellow had chopped substantially more wood than he had. “I don’t get it,”he said. “Every time I checked, you were taking a rest, yet you chopped more wood than I did.”“But you didn’t notice,”said the winning Woodsman, “that I was sharpening my ax when I sat down to rest.” 

Friends, as we “chop the wood” in our daily lives, we need to stop to sharpen our ax – that is, we need to spend time in studying the word of God. Many today seem to be working hard, but with a dull ax. Paul speak of this kind of person in this fashion, “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God” (Rom. 10:1-3).

Beloved, make sure yourzeal, your efforts for the Lord, are according to truth. “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves…” (2 Cor. 13:5).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”
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LOST AND DIDN’T KNOW IT

There was a little boy who got separated from his parents in a large shopping center. The Security Department quickly located the child, and took him to an office while the frantic parents were paged over the public address. One of the security guards got a large ice cream cone for the boy, so when his parents arrived at the office, there was their little son happily eating his ice cream. Suddenly, as his parents embraced him, the child burst into tears. One of the security guards said, “Bless his heart, I guess he didn’t know he was lost until he was found!”

Sadly, there are many in our world (perhaps, even a friend or a family member), spiritually speaking, who are lost and do not even realize it. Many are sincere in what they believe religiously, but they are sincerely wrong. Solomon said, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Pro. 14:12). This is why we must get others to “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Cor. 13:5).

As we strive to get others to examine the lives, we must always “speak the truth in love” (Eph 4:15). May we all have the love for our fellow man that Aquila and Priscilla possessed, as is seen in the following: “And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly” (Acts 18:24-16).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”
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