Psalm 119:1

UNUSED 9  [142 words] “How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD.” Some folks have been known to lament that there is little enjoyment in a life lived under the restrictions of biblical morality and teaching. The most enjoyable life, we’re told, is in a life without...

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Psalm 119:18

UNUSED 3  [74 words] Psalm 119:18 contains this petition: “Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law.” For some of us, reading the Bible has become dull, and consequently, unproductive. There may be any number of reasons why that tragedy has occurred. One may be that we have not saturated our...

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Psalm 119:23

UNUSED 0  [83 words] Sometimes I allow the most insignificant things to get in the way of my study of God’s word. Perhaps you do, too. We play right into one of Satan’s traps when we do. Let us keep in mind daily the words expressed by the psalmist in 119:23, “Even though princes sit...

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Psalm 119:30

UNUSED 1  [79 words] “I have chosen the faithful way; I have placed Your ordinances before me.” Life is a series of choices. One will not be faithful to God simply because his parents were, or because he wishes to be, or because he sits in a church building a few times a week. One...

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Psalm 119:37

UNUSED 2  [110 words] “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in your ways.” So much of what we choose to look at day after day is worthless when viewed from eternity’s perspective. When all has been said and done and we stand before the judgment bar of Christ, how...

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If I Went Shopping For a Dad

UNUSED 9  [97 words] If I went shopping for a dad, Here is what I’d buy: One who would always stop To answer a little child’s “Why?” One who would always speak kindly To a little girl or boy. One who would give to others A bit of sunshine and joy. I’d pick a dad...

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‘Get a Ph.D. in Knowing Me’

UNUSED 7  [124 words] It’s hard to believe, but there was a time other than today when higher education abounded yet so many remained ignorant of the simple principles of life – to be brutally honest, many such times have existed throughout history. Such a time even existed during the days of Jeremiah the prophet....

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Weakest Link

UNUSED 8  [107 words] There is an old saying that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. How true it is. And how true also is the saying when it is applied to the Lord’s church. The church is just as strong as its Weakest members. It’s as Well attended as the...

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Advice for Worship from Hebrews 10:22

UNUSED 8  [48 words] “let us draw near” — The obligation of worship. “ with a true heart” — The sincerity of worship. “in full assurance of faith” — The respect of worship. “having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience” — The humility of worship. “and our bodies washed with pure water” — The...

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The Best Things To Give

UNUSED 9  [45 words] – To a friend: loyalty – To an enemy: forgiveness – To a stranger: kindness – To your neighbor: peace – To your boss: service – To a child: good example – To your father: respect – To your mother: gratitude – To your spouse: devotion – To all men: charity...

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True Christianity

UNUSED 4  [42 words] True Christianity means: • SERVING, even when we are not being served. • LOVING, even when we may not be loved. • HELPING, even when we have not been helped. • GIVING, even when we have not received. • PLEASING, even if others do not please us. Author Unknown...

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The Process to Success

UNUSED 4  [33 words] Put a dream in your head and desire on your heart, Make designs for success and don great hope from the start, Then do it with your hands in full, not in part! Edd Sterchi Campbellsville, KY...

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Some Church ‘Involvement’ Issues

UNUSED 4[86 words] • People who’d like to get involved, but aren’t sure how. • People who are involved, but aren’t sure how to involve others, or are reluctant to do so. • People who are responsible for involving others, but have little success finding dependable people. These issues are like the proverbial “elephant in...

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Ten Things to Avoid

UNUSED 11[42 words] 1. Remorse over yesterday’s failure. 2. Anxiety over today’s problems. 3. Worry over tomorrow’s uncertainty. 4. Procrastination with one’s duty. 5. Resentment of someone’s success. 6. Criticism of a neighbor’s imperfections. 7. Hatred of another’s differences. 8. Impatience with youth’s inexperience. 9. Skepticism of our nation’s future. 10. Unbelief in God’s providence....

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10 Reasons to Take Our Salvation Seriously

UNUSED 4[46 words] Ten virgins (Matthew 25:1). Nine lepers (Luke 17:17). Eight survivors (2 Peter 2:5). Seven wicked spirits (Luke 11:26). Sixth seal (Revelation 6:12). Five yoke of oxen (Luke 14:19). Four winds (Matthew 24:1). Three barren years (Luke 13:7). Two masters (Matthew 6:24). One talent man (Matthew 25:28-30). May the Lord help us to...

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To What Length Would You Go?

UNUSED 7 [130 words] “This obscure family of ours was early in the Reformation, and continued Protestants through the resign of Queen Mary, when they were sometimes in danger of trouble on account of their zeal against popery. They had got an English Bible, and to conceal and secure it, it was fastened open with...

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God Supplies the Raw Materials!

UNUSED 4 [81 words] A woman went into the grocery store to complain to the manager. “Something’s wrong with this flour you sold me,” she said. “It’s too tough. This morning I made biscuits with it and my husband could hardly eat them!” Sometimes folks get into this sort of position with God’s word. He...

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If You Wake Up in the Morning

UNUSED 7 [112 words] A life insurance salesman was unable to persuade a couple to purchase a policy. “I certainly don’t want to frighten you into a decision,” he said as he got up to leave. “Please sleep on it tonight, and if you wake up in the morning, let me know what you think.” Is...

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What the World Needs

UNUSED 9[73 words] A little more kindness and a little less greed; A little more giving and a little less need; A little more smile and a little less frown; A little less kicking a man when he’s down; A little more “we” and a little less “I”; A little more laughs and a little...

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Where Did God Go?

UNUSED 10 [122 words] Take a look around where you’re sitting and find five things that have blue in them. (Go ahead and do it). With a “blue” mindset, you’ll find that blue jumps out at you: a blue book on the table, a blue pillow on the couch, blue in the painting on the...

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Ten Thoughts to Start the Day from Psalms 116 and 118

UNUSED 14[158 words] 1. This is the day the Lord hath made: we will rejoice and be glad in it. 2. I will praise thee; for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. 3. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear; what can man do unto me? 4. The Lord...

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How Do We Answer?

UNUSED 4 [49 words] God said in Isaiah 65: 1- “Here I am. Here I am.” Moses made excuses (Exodus 3 and 4). Gideon said, “Prove it” (Judges 6). Samuel responded, “Speak, for your servant hears” (1 Samuel 3:10). Many Jewish rulers believed but loved human praise more (John 12:42-43). Which brings up the question...

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Brief Rules for Bible Study

UNUSED 1 1. Read it through (get something definite). 2. Write it down (mark your Bible). 3. Work it out (in daily life). 4. Pass it on (tell others). via Findlay church of Christ Sparta, TN...

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Country Music Theology

UNUSED 2 [122 words] Many people, it seems, follow a “Country Music” Theology, rather than the Bible. “The Red Dirt Road,” for example, said, “I learned the path to Heaven is full of sinners and believers.” Really? Psalm 1:5 says “sinners” are not “in the congregation of the righteous;” Jesus said He “did not come...

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Out of the Mouths of Babes

UNUSED 1 [108 words] A family is riding in the family car and an ad for a current movie comes on the radio. At the end of the advertisement comes the disclaimer, “Opens Friday in a theater near you! This film contains intense thematic material, graphic violence, nudity, strong sexual situations, drug content and coarse...

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Washed or Wet?

UNUSED 0 [73 words] Intentions make a difference between getting washed and getting wet (Matthew 3:7-9). Purpose makes a difference between getting washed and getting wet (Acts 19:1-5). The origin of the act makes a difference between getting washed and getting wet (Matthew 28:18-19). The result makes a difference between getting washed and getting wet...

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Anything for a Buck

UNUSED 4 [82 words] A bald man told a hair stylist that he had gone for a transplant, but he couldn’t stand the pain. He said, “I’ll give you $5,000 to make my hair look like yours.” The stylist said, ”No problem,” and she quickly shaved her head! We have to be careful that we...

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Be Zealous for Good Works

UNUSED 1 [104 words] After bringing home their first baby from the hospital, a new mother thought her husband should try his hand at changing diapers. “I’m busy, I’ll do the next one,” he said, never looking up from the TV. The next time the baby was wet, the mother said, “Are you ready to...

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What About the Unfit?

UNUSED 0 [114 words] The theory of evolution declares mankind is the result of the survival of the fittest. If this is so, then getting rid of the unfit is desirable. To conquer and exploit weaker people, businesses, or countries is simply the law of the jungle from which we evolved. Mercy killings, forced sterilization,...

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Who Will You Worship Sunday?

UNUSED 1[89 words] The god of Ease? “Had a hard week, gotta rest some.” The god of Mammon? “Gotta get another dollar.” The god of Popularity? “Folks came, gotta stay with them.” The god of Pleasure? “Only day I have to hunt, fish or play.” The god of Self-Pride? “They do not do me right.”...

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How To Observe Thanksgiving

UNUSED 0Count your blessings instead of your crosses. Count your gains instead of your losses. Count your joys instead of your woes. Count your friends instead of your foes. Count your smiles instead of your tears. Count your courage instead of your fears. Count your full years instead of your lean. Count your kind deeds...

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Words of Wisdom

UNUSED 1A man is only as good as what he loves. All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action. One of the nice things about problems is that a good many of them do not exist except in our imaginations. To err is human; to blame it on someone...

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Different Attitudes Toward Faith

UNUSED 1Some Welcome It (Acts 8:31-32; 10:33). Some Receive It (John 12:48). Some Obey It (1 Peter 1:22; Acts 17:10-12). Some Do Not Love It (2 Thess. 2:10-12). Some Resist It (2 Timothy 3:6). Some Turn Away From It (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Some Speak Evil of It (2 Peter 2:1-3). via San Augustine church of...

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A Direct Influence

UNUSED 1If from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, and one can be known by the quality of the fruit produced, then it is reasonable to conclude that both the words spoken and the deeds done are indicative of the person’s heart. People are able to see this and judge. People of maturity...

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Five Links of Fellowship

UNUSED 31. Gathered TOGETHER (Matt. 18:20). 2. Knit TOGETHER (Col. 2:2). 3. Perfectly Joined TOGETHER (1 Cor. 1:10). 4. Striving TOGETHER (Phil. 1:27). 5. Caught Up TOGETHER (1 Thess. 4:17)....

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Peace to the World

UNUSED 0The Charter of the United Nations was signed in June 1945. The stated purpose for its existence was to maintain peace and security, to solve problems, and to promote harmony among nations. However, since it was signed, there have only been twenty-six days without armed conflict somewhere in the world. For sure, nations and...

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Dare to be Different

UNUSED 3 [114 words] I remember a book we used in 4-H some years ago titled, “Dare to be Different.” What a challenge this is to Christians today. Dare to speak out for the Lord; dare to do what is right when society says sin is okay; dare to grow in knowledge of God’s Word...

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Ten Things to Avoid

UNUSED 1[52 words] 1. Remorse over yesterday’s failure. 2. Anxiety over today’s problems. 3. Worry over tomorrow’s uncertainty. 4. Procrastination with one’s duty. 5. Resentment of someone’s success. 6. Criticism of a neighbor’s imperfections. 7. Hatred of another’s differences. 8. Impatience with youth’s inexperience. 9. Skepticism of the church’s future. 10. Unbelief in God’s providence....

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