Sunday Dec. 2, 2001
I am with you, that is all you need. My power shows
up best in weak people. 2Corinthians 12:9
Jake, the rancher, went one day
to fix a distant fence.
The wind was cold and gusty and
the clouds rolled gray and dense,
As he pounded the last nail in
and gathered tools to go.
The temperature had fallen
and the snow began to blow.
When he finally reached his pickup,
he felt a heavy heart,
from the sound of that ignition,
he knew it wouldn't start.
So Jake did what most of us do
if we'd have been there.
He humbly bowed his balding head
and sent aloft a prayer.
As he turned the key for the last time,
he softly cursed his luck.
They found him three days later,
frozen stiff in that old truck.
Now Jake had been around in life
and done his share of roamin'.
But when he saw Heaven,
he was shocked -- it look just like Wyomin'.
Of all the saints in Heaven,
his favorite was St. Peter.
Now, this line, it ain't needed
but it helps with rhyme and meter.
So they set and talked a minute or two,
or maybe it was three,
Nobody was keepin' score --
in Heaven time is free.
"I've always heard," Jake said to Pete,
"that God will answer prayers,
But one time I asked for help,
well He, just plain wasn't there.
Does God answer prayers of some,
and ignores the prayers of others?
That don't seem exactly square --
I know all men are brothers.
Or does he randomly reply,
without good rhyme or reason?
Maybe, it's the time of day,
the weather or the season.
Now I ain't trying to act smart,
it's just the way I feel,
And I was wonderin', could you tell --
what the heck's the deal?
Peter listened very patiently
and when Jake was done,
There were smiles of recognition,
and he said, "So, you're the one!
That day your truck, it wouldn't start,
and you sent your prayer a flying,
You gave us all a real bad time,
with hundreds of us a trying.
A thousand angels rushed to check
the status of your file,
But you know, Jake, we hadn't heard
from you in quite a while
And though all prayers are answered,
and God ain't got no quota,
He didn't recognize your voice,
and started a truck in North Dakota.
Moral of the story:
Pray Early...Pray Often
Dec. 4, 2001
For God who said, " Light shall shine out of the darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 11Corinthians 4:6
One night I had a wondrous dream,
A set of prints on the sand was seen,
The footprints of my precious Lord,
Yet mine were not along the shore.
But then a stranger print appeared.
I asked to Lord, "What have we here?
This print is large and round and neat,
But Lord, it's just too big for feet."
"My child," He said in somber tones,
For miles I carried you alone.
I challenged you to seek My face,
Take up your cross and walk in grace."
"You disobeyed, you would not grow.
You would not stand against the flow.
Your neck was stiff, your ears were shut,
So there I dropped you on your butt."
"Because in life there comes a time,
When one must fight, when one must climb,
When one must rise and take a stand,
Or leave one's butt-prints in the sand."
Dec. 7, 2001
God will not reject a man of integrity, nor will
He support the evildoers. He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your
lips with shouting. Job 8:20-21
Have you ever been just sitting there and all of
sudden you feel like doing something nice for
someone you care for...THAT'S GOD...he talks to
you through the Holy Spirit.
Have you ever been down and out and nobody seems
to be around for you to talk to...THAT'S GOD...he
wants you to talk to him.
Have you ever been thinking about somebody that
you haven't seen in a long time and then next thing
you know you see them or receive a phone call from
them...THAT'S GOD...there is no such thing as
Have you ever received something wonderful that
you didn't even ask for, like money in the mail, a
debt that had mysteriously been cleared, or a coupon
to a department store where you had just seen something
you wanted, but couldn't afford...THAT'S GOD...
He knows the desires of your heart...
Have you ever been in a situation and you had no
clue how it is going to get better, but now you
look back on it...THAT'S GOD...he passes us through
tribulation to see a brighter day...
DO YOU THINK THAT THIS E-MAIL WAS ACCIDENTALLY SENT TO YOU?
Sunday Dec. 9, 2001
The secret things belong unto the Lord our God:
but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever,
that we may do all the words of this law. Deuteronomy 29:29
A kindergarten pupil told his teacher he'd found
She asked if it was dead or alive.
"Dead," she was informed.
"How do you know?" she asked.
"Because I pissed in his ear and it didn't move,"
said the child innocently. "You did WHAT?"
the teacher squealed in surprise.
"You know," explained the boy,
"I leaned over and went 'pssst' and he
Dec. 11, 2001
The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God shall stand forever. Isaiah 40:8
Sometimes life seems hard to bear,
Full of sorrow, trouble and woe
It's then I have to remember
That it's in the valleys I grow.
If I always stayed on the mountain top
And never experienced pain,
I would never appreciate God's love
And would be living in vain.
I have so much to learn
And my growth is very slow,
Sometimes I need the mountain tops,
But it's in the valleys I grow.
I do not always understand
Why things happen as they do,
But I am very sure of one thing.
My Lord will see me through.
My little valleys are nothing
When I picture Christ on the cross
He went through the valley of death;
His victory was Satan's loss.
Forgive me Lord, for complaining
When I'm feeling so very low.
Just give me a gentle reminder
That it's in the valleys I grow.
Continue to strengthen me, Lord
And use my life each day
To share your love with others
And help them find their way.
Thank you for valleys, Lord
For this one thing I know
The mountain tops are glorious
But it's in the valleys I grow!
(This poem was written by Jane Eggleston who currently lives in Virginia. Her son Jeff states, "She is a wonderful person, loves Jesus and has been the best mother anyone could ever ask for." What a fitting tribute to any mother.)
Dec. 14, 2001
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due
season we shall reap if we faint not. Galatians 6:9
SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE POTATOES
1. Some people are very bossy and like to tell everyone
what to do,
but of course they do not wish to soil their hands. You might
call that type "Dick Tater."
2. Some people never seem to be motivated to participate.
content to watch while others do. They are "Speck Taters."
3. Some people never do anything to help, but they
are gifted at
finding fault with the way others do things. They might be
called "Comment Taters."
4. Some people are always looking for ways to cause
look or others to agree with them. You call them "Aggie Tatters."
5. Then there are those who always say they will,
but somehow never
get around to, doing anything. They are "Hezzie Tatters."
6. Some people put on a front and act like they
are someone they are
not. They are "Emma Tatters."
7. Still, there are those who live what they talk.
They are always
prepared to stop what they are doing to lend a hand. They bring
real sunshine into others' lives. You might call them "Sweet Tatters."
Sunday Dec. 16, 2001
I and the Father are one. John 10:30
FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR DAILY LIVING,
PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS:
1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH:
1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE:
1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another
NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS:
1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another
TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN WE MUST HAVE THYME:
1. Thyme for each other
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends
WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE.
THERE IS MUCH FRUIT IN YOUR GARDEN BECAUSE YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.
Dec. 19, 2001
To one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom;
to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:8
Just a little reminder of who really brings us gifts...it's
It was the day after Christmas at a church in San
Francisco. The pastor of the church was looking over the cradle when he noticed
that the baby Jesus was missing from among the figures. Immediately he turned
and went outside and saw a little boy with a red wagon, and in the wagon was
the figure of the little infant, Jesus. So he walked up to the boy and said,
"Well, where did you get Him, my fine friend?"
The little boy replied, "I got him from the church."
"And why did you take him?"
The boy said, "Well, about a week before Christmas I prayed to the little Lord Jesus and I told him if he would bring me a red wagon for Christmas I would give him a ride around the block in it."
God bless you today
Dec. 21, 2001
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who according to his great mercy has caused us to be born again to
a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain
an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away,
reserved in heaven for you.
1 Peter 3:4
He is in everything.
His love for us is more than our minds can imagine.
Everything terrible turns out beautiful in His time and His will.
Though we cannot always understand why, He knows and will make all things perfect in time.
Perfection isn't always what we think it is.
Sometimes you have to trust without understanding.
Call Him and He will answer you.
Sometimes you have to ask more than once.
Seek after Him with all your heart and you will find Him.
Knock, and He will open the door.
If you are sad or in trouble, He will help you.
Wait on the Lord and He will renew your strength.
Remember, if He made the smallest atom and the largest universe, then he can calm the most terrible storm and forgive the sin of anyone who asks Him.
Dec. 23, 2001
He shall save His people from their sins. Matthew
How to show the real meaning of Christmas:
Care for others more than yourself
Hold those you love close, but let go when its time
Remember the meaning of Christmas
In times of sorrow, cry to God first
Spread around the Love of Christ
Try to give hope to the hopeless
Make ever day count
A smile is one of the best free gifts on earth
Say "I care" to someone and really mean it
Dec. 26, 2001
"I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us" Habakkuk 3:16
A father was approached by his small son, who told
him proudly, "I know what the Bible means!"
His father smiled and replied, "What do you mean,
you 'know' what the Bible means?"
The son replied, "I do know!"
"Okay," said his father. "So, Son, what does the
B - BASIC I - INSTRUCTIONS B - BEFORE L - LEAVING E - EARTH
Dec. 30, 2001
Do two walk together unless they have agreed to
FAB FRESH, GOD FRESH
~By Monique Nicole Fox~
Pour God's love, understanding, wisdom and forgiveness
on your stain or spot
Rub it into the fabric of your life
It doesn't matter whether the water is cold or hot
Just let God relieve your troubles, grief, and stress
Let God clean up whatever is a mess
Set the wash cycle on GOD not permanent press
Time to make fresh start
Peace and happiness be unto you and God bless