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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


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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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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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)

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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.

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“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.

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