Sunday September 2, 2001
The God of Israel gives strength and mighty power
to His people. Psalm 68:35
As I was driving home from work one day, I
stopped to watch a local Little League baseball game
that was being played in a park near my home.
As I sat down behind the bench on the first-base line,
I asked one of the boys what the score was. "We're
behind 14 to nothing," he answered with a smile.
"Really," I said. "I have to say you don't look
"Discouraged?" the boy asked with a puzzled look
on his face. "Why should we be discouraged? We
haven't been up to bat yet.
Sept. 3, 2001
Then God said to the man, "You listened to
what your wife said, and you ate from the tree from which I commanded you
not to eat.So I will put a curse on the ground, and you will have to work
very hard for your food. In pain you will eat it's food all the days of your
"The ground will produce thorns and weeds for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. You will sweat and work hard for your food. Later you will return to the ground because you were taken from it. You were dust and when you die, you will return to the dust." Genesis 3:17-19
A lesson in "heart" is my little, 10 year
daughter, Sarah, who was born with a muscle missing
in her foot and wears a brace all the time. She came
home one beautiful spring day to tell me she had competed
in "field day" - that's where they have lots of races
and other competitive events. Because of her leg
support, my mind raced as I tried to think of encouragement for
my Sarah, things I could say to her about not letting
this get her down - but before I could get a word
out, she said "Daddy, I won two of the races!" I couldn't
believe it! And then Sarah said, "I had an advantage.
"Ah. I knew it. I thought she must have been given a
head start...some kind of physical advantage. But
again, before I could say anything, she said, "Daddy, I
didn't get a head start... My advantage was I had to try
When the way is rough, your patience has a chance
to grow. When your patience is in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything,
strong in character, full and complete. James 1:3-4
Why am I so impatient Lord,
when you tell me I must learn to wait;
You have a perfect plan for me,
for my life is not left up to fate!
Please teach me Lord, to take my time
and not get in a hurry;
If I will learn to wait on you
I'll not be filled with anxiety and worry.
When I let myself get ahead of you
I find that's when I make mistakes;
For I know that when I wait on you,
that time and patience is all it takes.
Then every thing falls into place
and all will work out fine;
I know I need your hand on me
to help keep me in line.
I need to learn to walk behind
and let you lead the way;
For if I'll learn to follow you
you'll never let me go astray.
Patience Lord, Is what I need
to learn more of, from You;
So teach me Lord, how to wait
and listen to Your Voice too!
The people of the earth have ruined it, because
they do not follow God's teachings or obey God's laws or keep their agreement
with God that was to last forever. Isaiah 24:5
More to Learn.................
I've learned...that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of
an elderly person.
I've learned...that when you're in love, it shows.
I've learned...that just one person saying to me,
"You've made my day!"
makes my day.
I've learned...that having a child fall asleep in
your arms is one of
the most peaceful feelings in the world.
I've learned...that being kind is more important than being right.
I've learned...that you should never say "no"
to a gift from a
I've learned...that I can always pray for someone
when I don't have the
strength to help him in some other way.
I've learned...that no matter how serious your life
requires you to be,
everyone needs a friend to be goofy with.
I've learned...that sometimes all a person needs
is a hand to hold and
a heart to understand.
I've learned...that simple walks with my father
around the block on
summer nights when I was a child, did wonders for me as an adult.
I've learned...that life is like a roll of toilet
paper. The closer it
gets to the end, the faster it goes.
I've learned...that we should be glad God doesn't
give us everything we
I've learned...that money doesn't buy class.
I've learned...that it's those small daily happenings
that make life so
I've learned...that under everyone's hard shell
is someone who wants to
be appreciated and loved.
I've learned...that the Lord didn't do it all in
one day. What makes
me think I can?
I've learned...that to ignore the facts does not
change the facts.
I've learned...that when you plan to get even with someone, you are
only letting that person continue to hurt you.
I've learned...that love, not time, heals all wounds.
I've learned...that the easiest way for me to grow
as a person is to
surround myself with people smarter than I am.
I've learned...that everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a
I've learned...that there is nothing sweeter than
sleeping with your
babies and feeling their breath on your cheek.
I've learned...that no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
I've learned...that life is tough, but I am tougher.
I've learned...that opportunities are never lost;
someone will take the
ones you miss.
I've learned...that when you harbor bitterness,
happiness will dock
I've learned...that I wish I could have told my
Mom that I love her one
more time before she passed away.
I've learned...that one should keep his words both
soft and tender,
because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
I've learned...that a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
I' ve learned...that I can't choose how I feel,
but I can choose what I
do about it.
I've learned...that when your newly born grandchild
holds your little
finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.
I've learned...that everyone wants to live on top
of the mountain, but
all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
I've learned...that it is best to give advice in
only twocircumstances; when it is requested and when it is a life threatening
I've learned...that the less time I have to work
with, the more
things I get done.
Sunday September 9, 2001
He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
The boss of a big company needed to call one of his employees about an urgent problem with one of the main computers. He dialed the employees home phone number and was greeted with a child's whispered, "Hello?."
Feeling put out at the inconvenience of having to talk to a youngster, the boss asked, "Is your Daddy home?" "Yes," whispered the small voice."May I talk with him?," the man asked. To the surprise of the boss, the small voice whispered, "No."
Wanting to talk with an adult, the boss asked, "Is your Mommy there?.""Yes," came the answer. "May I talk with her?" Again the small voice whispered, "No."
Knowing that it was not likely that a young child would be left home alone, the boss decided he would just leave a message with the person who should be there watching over the child. "Is there any one there besides you?," the boss asked the child. "Yes," whispered the child, "a policeman."
Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee's home, the boss asked, "May I speak with the policeman?" "No, he is busy," whispered the child. "Busy doing what?," asked the boss. "Talking to Daddy and Mommy and the Fireman," came the whispered answer.
Growing concerned and even worried as he heard what sounded like a helicopter through the ear piece on the phone, the boss asked, "What is that noise?" "A hello-copper," answered the whispering voice. "What is going on there?," asked the boss, now alarmed. In an awed whispering voice, the child answered, "The search team just landed the hello-copper!"
Alarmed, concerned and more than just a little frustrated, the boss asked, "Why are they there?!!"
Still whispering, the young voice replied (along with a muffled giggle), "They are looking for me!"
Sept. 11, 2001
And let us not tire of doing
what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we
don't get discouraged and give up. Galatians 6:9
A little girl was talking to her teacher
about whales. The
teacher said it was physically
impossible for a whale to
swallow a human because even though they
were a very large
mammal their throat was very small. The
little girl stated
that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. The
that a whale could not swallow a human;
it was impossible.
The little girl said, "When I get to
heaven I will ask
The teacher asked, "What if Jonah went
The little girl replied, "Then you ask
Sept. 12, 2001
Lord, listen to my prayer; let my cry for help come
to you. Do not hide from me in my time of trouble. Pay attention to me. When
I cry for help, answer me quickly. Psalm 102:1-2
The greatest terrorist attack in the history of
this nation is
unfolding before our eyes.
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Statement of Solidarity with the U.S. against Terrorism:
Two American Airlines hijacked planes have struck
the World Trade Center. One a Boeing 767 from Boston with 90 crew
and passengers and the other from Washington Dulles Airport with 60
passengers. Thousands upon thousands are dead.
In Washington, D.C., the Pentagon has been hit.
Another plane has
crashed south of Pittsburgh. The nation is in lockdown. More
could be just ahead.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
First reports indicated that a renowned terrorist
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, claimed
responsibility. But it is likely that many forces have conspired
against the United States in an unprecedented attack. Click here
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This is a tragic moment in our nation's history.
Please pray for
the victims. Pray for the families of those who have died. Pray
for those who are suffering right now and even near death.
Pray for the President. Pray for his protection.
He is a likely
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safest place for the President and the leadership of the Administration
as they chart the course for our nation's response.
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Sept. 14, 2001
How terrible for you, Korazin! How terrible for
you, Bethsaida! If the miracles I did in you had happened in Tyre and Sidon,
those people would have changed their lives long ago. They would have worn
rough cloth and put ashes on themselves to show they had changed. But on the
Judgment Day it will be better for Tyre and Sidon than for you. And you, Capernaum,
will you be lifted up to heaven? No! You will be thrown down to the depths!
This tragedy should send two very distinct messages. First to the enemies of freedom and the United States, you thought you could prey upon our goodness because you thought it was a weakness. You will soon find it to be our greatest strength and you will soon feel the weight of that power. When you attack America, you attack the very lamp of liberty and this torch of freedom will never be extinguished or even dimmed by your cowardly acts. Rather, your deeds meant for evil will actually arouse the passions, patriotism, and righteousness of a nation that has for too long forgotten its true source of strength.
Second, the message that we Americans should hear
loud and clear is quite simple. First, while we are mighty, we are not invincible
and we must again make national security the federal government's top priority.
State Representative Rick Green
Sunday September 16, 2001
Happy is the one who reads the words of god's message,
and happy are the people who read the message and do what is written in it.
The time is near when all of this will happen. Revelation 1:3
The best way to get even is to forget...
Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death...
God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts...
Some folks wear their halos much too tight...
Some marriages are made in heaven, but they ALL
have to be
maintained on earth...
Unless you can create the WHOLE universe in 5 days,
giving "advice" to God, isn't such a good idea!
Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, and faith looks up...
Standing in the middle of the road is dangerous.
You will get
knocked down by the traffic from both ways.
Words are windows to the heart.
A skeptic is a person who when he sees the handwriting on the
wall, claims it's a forgery.
It isn't difficult to make a mountain out of a
add a little dirt.
A successful marriage isn't finding the right person-it's
the right person.
The mighty oak tree was once a little nut that held
Too many people offer God prayers, with claw marks all over
The tongue must be heavy indeed, because so few people can hold
To forgive is to set the prisoner free, and then discover the
prisoner was you.
You have to wonder about humans, they think God
is dead and
Elvis is alive!
It's all right to sit on your pity pot every now
Just be sure to flush when you are done.
You'll notice that a turtle only makes progress
when it sticks
out its neck...
If the grass is greener on the other side of the
fence, you can
bet the water bill is higher.
"The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the
distance between your knees and the floor. The one who kneels to the
Lord can stand up to anything."
You are richer today if you have laughed, given
And last but not least-God gave the angels Wings, and He gave
Sept. 18, 2001
We do not dare to compare ourselves with others
who think they are very important. They use themselves to measure themselves,
and they judge themselves by what they themselves are. This shows that they
1 Corinthians 10:12
My mind is a raging fire, I'm convicted in my heart
I long to be a Christian Lord, but know not where to start.
I hear my Savior knocking, He's standing at the door,
And all the earthly worldly things aren't important anymore!
I make the great decision, I fall down on my knees
And ask my Lord to save me, enter my heart I plead.
And I know that at that moment, my sin is cast away --
I'm now a newborn child, a tender Christian babe!
The news spreads fast, and soon I learn, the enemy has heard
His plan is to attack, before I know God's Word.
For with the Word I have in me the Holy Spirit's power;
He knows he must attack at once, he cannot wait an hour!
He gathers together all his demons and sets his battle plans;
He must destroy this new child's faith, it must blow as drifting sands.
The planning takes just minutes, they empty all the files,
And then his army moves, armed with many trials!
The attack is fast and furious, and for awhile I stumble;
But in the end, I am quite sure, it is Satan who will bumble.
I'm hit with many problems, they're coming by the score;
And as my faith begins to slip, I fall down to the floor!
Satan now is laughing, he jumps around in glee
And then the smile fades from his face, as I struggle to one knee.
He stares unto the battlefield, his face is filled with terror;
With all the files they had on me, could he have made an error?
I'm beaten, battered, on one knee, as my lips begin to move;
Satan is screaming at the top of his lungs,
"What's he trying to prove?"
He sends out queries to the demons, "What is that he's saying?"
The answer comes like a shot in the night, "Oh Lucifer, he's praying!"
My strength ebbs back, and as I struggle, I gain the other knee;
And when the demons see this, they turn from me and flee.
Satan screams, "Stand and fight, he's only just a man!"
The answer comes loud and clear, "A man in the Savior's hand!"
The battle now is over, my faith as strong as steel,
And in my heart, I know full well, the Lord Jesus is for real.
For as I lay on the ground that day, something gently lifted me;
Without that gentle lifting, I'd never have gained my knees!
The moral of this poem, is really very clear;
Just call on the name of Jesus, when you're facing fear.
For when you call on Jesus, Satan hasn't got a chance;
The power that he thinks he has is fictional romance!
© Jay L. Zumbrum
In His Precious Name and for His Glory
Do unto others what you want them to do to you.
This is the meaning of the law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets.
You know you're in trouble
*A black cat crosses your path and drops dead.
*All your modeling jobs are for cartoonists.
*Nothing you own is actually paid for.
*The bird singing outside your window is a vulture.
*The bride's family throws rocks instead of rice.
*The candles on your cake set off your smoke alarm.
*The health inspector condemns your office coffee maker.
*You have to borrow from your Visa card to pay your
*You have to take out a loan just to get money for the down payment.
*You put both contacts into the same eye.
*You take an assertiveness training course and you're afraid to tell your wife.
*You wake up and your braces are stuck together.
*You're so lonely that you invite the peeping Tom in... and he says no.
*Your chauffeur is on parole for car theft.
*Your children's school calls to surrender.
*Your doctor tells you that you're allergic to chocolate.
*Your engagement ring is, upon closer inspection, plastic.
*Your mother approves of the person you're dating.
*Your plants do better when you don't talk to them.
*Your wife wraps your lunch in a road map.
Thanks Jim for the material!! God bless you.
No one knows when that day or time will be, not
the angels in heaven, not even the Son. Only the Father knows. When the Son
of man comes, it will be like what happened in the times of Noah. In those
days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving
their children to be married, until the day Noah entered the boat. They knew
nothing about what was happening until the flood came and destroyed them.
It will be the same when the Son of man comes. Matthew 24:36-39
HE CHOSE THIS PATH FOR ME
He chose this path for me;
No feeble chance, nor hard, relentless fate,
But love, His love, hath placed the footsteps here;
He knew the way was rough and desolate,
Knew how my heart would often sink with fear,
Yet tenderly He whispered, "Child, I see
This path is best for thee. "
He chose this path for me;
Though well He knew sharp thorns would tear my feet,
Knew how the troubles would obstruct the way,
Knew all the hidden dangers I would meet,
Knew how my faith would falter day by day,
And still the whisper echoed, "Yes, I see
This path is best for thee."
He chose this path for me;
Even while He knew the fearful midnight gloom
My timid, shrinking soul must travel through;
How towering rocks would oft before me loom,
And phantoms grim would meet the frightened view;
Still comes the whisper, "My beloved, I see
This path is best for thee."
He chose this path for me;
What need I more? This sweeter truth to know?
That all along these strange, bewildering ways,
O'er rocky steeps, and where dark rivers flow,
His loving arms shall bear me all my days;
A few steps more and I myself shall see
This path was BEST for me.
Sunday September 23, 2001
All other nations may follow their own gods, but
we will follow the Lord our God forever and ever. Micah 4:5
ADVICE FOR THE DAY:
If you have a lot of tension and you get a headache, do what it says on the aspirin bottle:
"Take two Aspirin" and "Keep away from children."
A FEW ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS! . . .
* CHILDREN: You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. You then spend the next 16 years telling them to sit down and shut up.
* Grandchildren are God's reward for not killing your children.
* Mothers of teens know why some animals eat their young.
Children seldom misquote you.
In fact, they usually repeat word for word
what you shouldn't have said.
* The main purpose of holding children's parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.
* We child-proofed our home three years ago . . . and they're still getting in!
Be nice to your kids.
They'll choose your nursing home.
Sept. 24, 2001
John answered, "Master, we saw someone using
your name to force demons out of people. We told him to stop because he does
not belong to our group." But Jesus said to him, "Don't stop him
because whoever is not against you is for you."
Missionary Translation Woes
The worst part of being a missionary is the language. You're unable to communicate or understand the most basic aspects of life, from "Where's the bathroom?" to "How much do you want for that mango?" In no time at all, you feel like the stupidest person on the face of the earth, such as when I told the yard boy, "Remember, I am garbage" instead of "Remember to take out my garbage."
Although I didn't do any preaching in Haiti, I did try to share the gospel with a number of people. The first conversation I had along those lines went like this:
"If you accept Jesus Christ, he will take away your dogs." "My dogs? I don't have any dogs." "Everyone has dogs, ma'am. But when Jesus forgives them, it's though you never had a dog your entire life."
Bill Smith, an Assemblies of God missionary I worked with in Haiti, told me he once had instructed an entire church that if anyone wanted to become followers of Christ, they should signify it by raising their legs into the air and coming forward on their hands.
Lots of puzzled looks, very little response to the altar call.
But the all time most embarrassing gaffe has to go to Dale Preiser, another AoG missionary I met who turned red when I mentioned this to him at a church dinner. The word Dale had wanted to use on this occasion was "mambo," a voodoo priestess.
Instead he said "mamba," and gave several impassioned sermons up and down Highway One about the dangers of Christians returning to voodoo and shipwrecking their faith and the faith of others by using peanut butter. (I'm told people were very open to this teaching, and sales of peanut butter plummeted wherever Dale went.)
Sept. 25, 2001
"Also, I tell you, if two of you on earth agree
about something and pray for it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.
This is true because if two or more people come together in my name, I am
there with them."
If America Online was a City...
1) You'd live in a place where no two people had the same name.
2) You'd only pay $21.95 a month to live there, but half the time you tried to leave your house, the door would be stuck.
3) Once you got outside, even if you were in a hurry, you'd be assaulted by slimy little door-to-door sales creeps offering you great AOL 14.4 modems for only $399.99.
4) The commute to work is just a double-click away, but every time you try to leave your driveway, the flow of traffic knocks you back into your yard.
5) 48 hours after moving in, your mailbox would be overflowing with special offers, promotions and discounts from www.junkmail.com.
6) The local post office would tell your mother you're not a known resident.
7) The local post office won't forward your mail to you when you move.
8) If you saw a crime and called 911, they'd reply a week later with a form letter saying how you "really are important to us."
9) Every time you went shopping, you'd be kicked out of the store by a bouncer screaming, "WE'RE SORRY, THIS STORE IS TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE."
10) Whenever you traveled to other cities, people would see your license tag and laugh at you, behind your back.
11) You'd occasionally be sent home during your day by another bouncer telling you that the city has performed an illegal operation.
12) You'd not have any idea who your neighbors are, and most new arrivals would move in at night, stuff everyone's mailbox with garbage, and vacate before sun-up.
13) The administration would build a huge, state of the art park, and allow the kids to play there free, then suddenly start demanding money.
14) Upon waking every morning, a voice from above would shout, "HEY! YOU! YOU WANT AN AOL VISA, DON'T YOU?" To which you say, "No." The voice then replies, "OK, I'LL ASK YOU AGAIN TOMORROW
Sept. 28, 2001
God is our protection and our strength. He always
helps in times of trouble. So we will not be afraid even if the earth shakes,
or the mountains fall into the sea, even if the oceans roar and foam, or the
mountains shake at the raging sea.
The man whispered, "God, speak to me" And a meadowlark sang.
But the man did not hear.
So the man yelled "God, speak to me"
And the thunder & lightning rolled across the sky.
But the man did not listen
The man looked around and said, "God, let me
see you." And a star shined
But the man did not see.
And, the man shouted, "God, show me a miracle" And a life was born.
But the man did not notice.
So, the man cried out in despair, "Touch me, God, and let me know you are here"
Whereupon, God reached down and touched the man.
But the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.
I found this to be a great reminder that God is always around us in the
little and simple things that we take for granted. .even in our electronic
age . . . so I would like to add one more:
The man cried "God, I need your help"
. . . and an e-mail arrived reaching out with good news and encouragement.
But the man deleted it and continued crying.....
The good news is that you are loved.
Don't miss out on a blessing, because it isn't packaged the way that you expect.
I wanted God to bless you, so I picked you.
Expect the unexpected....
Have A Happy Day!!
Sunday September 30, 2001
He is a rewarder of them that
diligently seek Him.
A nun who works for a local home health care agency
was out making her rounds when she ran out of gas. As luck would have it there
was a station just down the street. She walked to the station to borrow a
can with enough gas to start the car and drive to the station for a fill up.
The attendant regretfully told her that the only gas can he owned had just been loaned out, but if she would care to wait he was sure it would be back shortly.
Since the nun was on the way to see a patient she decided not to wait and walked back to her car. After looking through her car for something to carry to the station to fill with gas, she spotted a bedpan she was taking to the patient. Always resourceful, she carried it to the station, filled it with gasoline, and carried it back to her car.
As she was pouring the gas into the tank of her car, two men walked by. One of them turned to the other and said: "Now that is what I call faith!