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Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” (Proverbs 30:8-9)



Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have …” (Hebrews 13:5).


Greg Nettle tells about a time he was in a health club locker room when he overheard an interesting telephone conversation. He writes:


“A cell phone started ringing and a guy picked it up. ‘Hi honey, you’re down at the mall? A brand new coat? $1,500.00? Well, if it’s exactly what you’ve been looking for, of course sweetie pie. Go ahead. Just put it on the credit card.



“Then (Jesus) said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed, a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.’” (Luke 12:15, NIV)


As I sit in my office this morning I hear the whistle of a train. We often have trains come through Kewanee. When I was stationed in Japan we also had trains come through the town where I was living. In fact, the house I lived in had train tracks that were no more than 30 feet from our house. The difference between the trains in Japan and our trains is that the trains in Japan were electric and they took passengers instead of freight. They were basically the same as our subway cars, but they called them trains.


Body of Christ

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.


God is Love

Erin Griffin in “The Mind Changers” told of a kindergarten teacher who asked her class to draw something that was important to them. In the back of the room, little Johnny began to labor over his drawing. Everybody else finished and handed in their pictures, but not Johnny. He was still drawing. The teacher graciously walked back and put her arm around Johnny’s shoulder and said, “Johnny, what are you drawing?” Johnny responded “God.” The teacher said, “But no one knows what God looks like.” He answered, “They will when I’m through.”


God of Second Chances

Have you ever seen the movie “Cinderella Man?” The movie is based on the life of a washed-up boxer named James Braddock. James was a light-heavyweight boxer who was at one time a championship contender. Unfortunately he broke his hand during one of his bouts and he never quite lived up to his potential.



In chapter 2 of Jonah we find Jonah going down into the sea. He believed that the ocean was going to be his grave. He felt the waves pushing against his body. Seaweed wrapped around him, which made it difficult for him to stay afloat. Finally, he sank into the deep and saw the roots of the mountains where they met the bottom of the sea. He felt his life slowly fading away as he was about to drown. It was then that he prayed in desperation for God’s help.


Prayer of Praise

“As I sit in the Living Room in a cloud of smoke, I’m thinking I’m drowning. But I thought, it’s just pot … but in reality I was sinking deeper and deeper into Satan’s hands. But now I know God was on my side, for when I reached up, He reached down and pulled me up out of the cloud. When my head was full of smoke I couldn’t see you Lord, but now that my head is clear I look back and see how you held me up through the rough times. I praise You daily for making my life worth living. I will say, “Salvation comes from the Lord.”


What is God’s Will For My Life?

What is God’s will for my life? That seems to be one of the most common questions that preachers get. People want to know what God’s specific will is for them. “Who should I marry? Where should I work? What does God want me to do with my life?


Grace and Truth

One day Jesus was teaching in the temple courts when the teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought before Him a woman who was caught in the act of adultery. Then they said to Jesus, “… Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” (John 8:4, 5)