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Uncertain Future

As Nancy and I contemplate our future, there is a lot of uncertainty. How are things going to work out? We’re moving to a new state and going to live with our daughter. Will we get on each other’s nerves? Will we be able to find jobs? What does the future hold?

 

I don’t like it when I can’t see what’s ahead. But we believe that what we are doing is in God’s will. And we believe that although we don’t know what the future holds, we know that God does.

 

As I contemplate my uncertain future, the following poem really speaks to my situation. Maybe it speaks to you as well.


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Come to the Table

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.  (1 Corinthians 11:23-26, NIV)


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Prairie Chicken

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.”

                                                                                                                        – Ephesians 2:6, NIV

I’m told that “Kewanee” means “Prairie Chicken.” Chickens make a good meal, but they don’t soar on wings like eagles. Prairie Chickens don’t soar like God intended us to soar.

 

The story is told of an old Indian man who found an eagle’s egg, which he placed in a prairie chicken nest. The eagle hatched with the chicks and grew up with them.


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Happy Mother’s Day

Mary … sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said, but Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made…” (Luke 10:30-9-40, NIV)

Since yesterday was Mother’s Day, I thought I would share with you a few clips from my files about mothers.

“A mother was considering her plight in life: ‘I guess if it was going to be easy, it would not have started with something the doctor called ‘labor.’”

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Why So Serious?

Shout to the LORD, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy! Sing your praise to the LORD with the harp and melodious song, with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn. Make a joyful symphony before the LORD, the King!” (Psalm 984-6, NLT)

Martin Luther had been gloomy for several days. Reports had been coming to him of groups of peasants in revolt. Increased papal pressure was placed on the nobles to renounce their stand for Luther. The combination of these two events made Luther feel that he had undertaken a hopeless task.


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Power of the Tongue

WHEN TO KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT

1.      In the heat of anger – Proverbs 14:17

2.      When you don’t have all the facts – Proverbs 18:13

3.      When you haven’t verified the story – Deuteronomy 17:6


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Breaking Down Barriers

“My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?” (James 2:1-4)

 


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Ambassadors

There is a story about an actor who was playing the part of Christ in a Passion Play. As he carried the cross up the hill a tourist began to heckle him, and make fun of him, and shouted insults at him. Finally, the actor had taken all of it he could take. He threw down his cross, walked over to the tourist… and punched him in the face.         


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Coffin or Canoe?

In Herman Melville’s great classic, Moby Dick, there is a character aboard the ship named Queequeg. He’s the best harpooner on the ship and he holds a place of respect from the Captain and the crew. At one point he becomes sick in body and soul and almost dies, but he recovers. Calling the ship’s carpenter, Queequeg requested a water-tight coffin be made in the shape of a canoe. The carpenter took Queequeg’s measurements, he got all his tools, cut the planks, and set to work. Soon it was finished.


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God is a Just God

Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’” (Matthew 25:41)

While talking with a guy about God, he said that he couldn’t believe in a God who would create a place like hell. And he commented that if there was a God, and that God created hell, he must not be good.


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