The Children are Watching…

Mat 7:12a “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them…”

The Children are Watching

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.

The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. “We must do something about Grandfather,” said the son. “I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.”

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. Their Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl.

When the family glanced in Grandfather’s direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone.

Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp
admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

The four-year-old watched it all in silence.

One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, “What are you making?”

Just as sweetly, the boy responded, “Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.”

The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.

The words so struck the parents that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.

That evening the husband took Grandfather’s hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family.

And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.

Children are remarkably perceptive.  Their eyes ever observe, their ears ever listen, and their minds ever process the messages they absorb.

If they see us patiently provide a happy home atmosphere for family members, they will imitate that attitude for the rest of their lives.

The wise parent realizes that every day the building blocks are being laid for the child’s future.

Let’s be wise builders.

Proverbs 22:6 “ Train up a child in the way he should go:  and when he is old, he will not depart from it. 

John 13:34, 35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”


Workplace Attitude…

Workplace Attitude
         It’s so easy to get caught up in the pace of the world and leave Jesus out of our lives and our workplace. Here’s an idea. What would it be like if we looked at our place of employment as a mission field??????? You know, like Jesus asks us to do in His scriptures.

Mat 4:19 “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”
Mat 28:19a “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…”

Workplace Attitude – Take Jesus With You

I drive into work listening to gospel music or a prerecorded sermon on the radio or a message from Christian programming.  I get out of the car and walk to the building entrance.  As I open the building door I leave just enough room for me to get in and I leave Jesus out of my life situations of the day.  After all, I have so much to worry about and do today…………..after all my situations at work are too small for Jesus to take care of them. Or I never thought that my Jesus wanted to be involved in my whole life.

Jesus waits patiently for me to return to Him throughout the day as I do my thing for the next 9 hours. You see I left Him figuratively at the door when my total focus was allowed to be changed. And of course He never left me.  I left Him for the moment.

First two hours of work–I fuss and complain about things not going right. Jesus waits for me to ask for help. Of course I’ve been trained nicely by my world that I can do all things through my own strength. I don’t want to have to be dependent on anyone or anything. After all, I am a proud person. Oh, if I only knew just how dependent I really am.

By lunch time–I’m flustered, regretting I work in this place and sputtering bitterness all over folks. I act like most of those around me. Jesus continues to wait on me. He tries to get my attention but I can’t hear him; my focus is on my problems and how I can solve them.   And as things get worse I grow further into myself to find strength.

Jesus knows that with this attitude I went in there defenseless.

When will I learn?

End of the day–I’m tired, run down, no energy, irritable & frustrated. I leave the building & Jesus happily greets me as I attempt to leave the worldly focus but I’m in no mood for Him now.  I’ve just been to hell and back and the last thing I want to do is be bothered with anyone but me and my pity party.

God shows me how badly I’ve been and worst of all, He lets me feel a small portion of how grieved He was because of my actions and attitude. I left Jesus outside of my life, almost let the door smack in His face and I went in here defenseless.

From time to time our jobs overwhelm us and we completely forget to “take Jesus with us.”  We may not go around cursing anyone out or punching anyone in the face (hopefully) but what are our actions saying about us and about who or whose we are?

We are or at least we are supposed to be the salt of the Earth and the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.   

        Col. 3:23-24 – “Whatever you do, work at it with ALL your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

What if our work place, neighborhood and community really are our mission fields? TRY TAKING JESUS WITH YOU TODAY.

Give it a try today and see if at the start and end of the day your attitude is different!

Have a BLESSED Day serving the King of Kings!!!

Home Sweet Home……

 Matt 6:19-21 “”Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 II Cor 5:8-10a “For we are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of Him, for we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ…”

Two missionaries were getting off a ship after serving and endangering their lives and their families for 40 years in Africa and were finally coming home to the states.

On that same ship was the Queen of England and there were bands and thousands of people greeting her as she was going to step off the ship.

The missionary’s wife said: Look darling, we have spent our whole life in service to our Lord and this woman has done nothing except she has the luxury of being born into the royal family and look at the reception she is getting.

Her wise and faithful husband squeezed her hand tightly and said, it’s ok sweetheart, we are not home yet……

II Cor 5:8-9a “For we are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord…”

Life on this earth offers some great opportunities but in view of eternity it is such a small amount. So, the moral of the story is; Make your life profitable for Jesus’ glory while you are here so that you will not be ashamed when He appears a second time!!!!!

And be content doing so!!!!!!!!!!!!

And the bigger question is, are you sure of where your eternal home is?

John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

The Cause for School Shootings…

Luke 9:23 “If anyone will come after Me, let them deny themselves, take
up their cross daily, and follow Me

The Cause for School Shootings…

Guess our national leaders didn’t expect this. Darrell Scott,
the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School
shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House
Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders
during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.
They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well.
It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician,
every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert!

These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful,
penetrating, and deeply personal. The following is a portion of the
“Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the
hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the
seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott,
and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who
died must not be in vain.


Their blood cries out for answers.” “The first recorded act of
violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The
villain was not the club he used. Neither was it the NCA, the National
Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the
murder could only be found in Cain’s heart. “In the days that followed
the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be
pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am
not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or
defend the NRA – because I don’t believe that they are responsible for
my daughter’s death.
Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed
they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest
opponent.” I am here today to declare that

Columbine was not just a tragedy–it was a spiritual event that
should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the
blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing
fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem that expresses my
feelings best. This was written way before I knew I would be speaking
here today:

“Your laws ignore our deepest needs; Your words are empty air.
You’ve stripped away our heritage, You’ve outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms, and precious children die. You seek
for answers everywhere, and ask the question “Why?” You regulate
restrictive laws, through legislative creed. And yet you fail to
understand, That God is what we need!” Men and women are three-part
beings. We all consist of body, soul, and spirit. When we refuse to
acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows
evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc.

Spiritual influences were present within our educational systems
for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as
theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to
us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open
the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as
Columbine’s tragedy occurs politicians immediately look for a scapegoat
such as the NRA.  They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws
that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do
not need more restrictive laws.

Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors.
No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this
type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts. Political
posturing and restrictive legislation are not the answers. The young
people of our nation hold the key. There is a spiritual awakening taking
place that will not be squelched!

We do not need more religion. We do not need more gaudy
television evangelists spewing out verbal religious garbage. We do not
need more million dollar church buildings built while people with basic
needs are being ignored. We do need a change of heart and a humble
acknowledgment that this nation was founded on the principle of simple
trust in God!”


“As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and
saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, He did not hesitate
to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right!
I challenge every young person in America, and around the world, to
realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was
brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by
those students be in vain.

Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for
legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him.
To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA- I give to you a
sincere challenge. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the
first stone!

My daughter’s death will not be in vain! The young people of
this country will not allow that to happen!”

How bold are you in proclaiming God’s word? Jesus will return a 2nd time. Both now and then He is the only solution to sin.
1 John 1:5-9 “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”


Luke 9:26 “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of
Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s,
and the holy angels.”

Are you a Member of Jesus’ Church?

 Are you a Member of Jesus’ Church?

While the Bible never mentions a specific denomination, it does challenge us to be attending a church that proclaims God’s truths. Many do not attend a church because there are many hypocrites out there. Or so the excuse goes. The interesting thing is that there will always be those who we do not like or agree with in the church. So, a lack of time, or those hypocrites or those …. just does not wash with Jesus when we ignore attending His Church. Oh, by the way the best church for you and your family is not one that has all the programs that meet you and your family needs. It is possible that the church without the programs is in that condition because you have chosen to be served rather than to serve!

Mat 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Are you concerned about whether the church you do attend is one of Jesus’ church’s?  Here is a test. For a church to be one of His it would naturally proclaim the gospel as scripture proclaims it. When is the last time you heard, “You must be born again to enter Heaven”? When is the last time you heard that no good deed or amount of money or baptism or any action on your part can save you from spending eternity in hell? Listen to what Jesus said;

John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 14”6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me

And it challenges those that are of His Universal Church to…

I John 3:1-3 “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we
              should be called children of God|  Therefore the world does not
              not know us, because it did not know Him.  Beloved, now we are
              the children of God; And it has not yet been revealed what we
              shall be, but we know that when He shall appear, we will be like
              Him, for we shall see Him as He is. AND EVERYONE WHO HAS THIS

So, how do I become a Member?

Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Acts 16:30b,31 “ “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Be Content and give Thanks…

Luke 12:15 “And He said to them, ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s Life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.'”

Be Content and give Thanks…..

One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people can be. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”

“It was great, Dad.” “Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked.

“Oh Yeah” said the son.

“So what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.

The son answered, I saw that we have one dog and they had four.” “We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.” “We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.” “Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.” “We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.” “We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.” “We buy our food, but they grow theirs.” “We have walls around our property to protect us; they have friends to protect them.”

With this the boy’s father was speechless.

Then his son added, “Thanks dad for showing me how poor we are.”

Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don’t have. Your worthless object may be another’s prize possession. It is all based on one’s perspective. Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for all the bounty we have instead of worrying about wanting more.

Take joy in all we have, especially our friends and family.

Phil 4:11b “…for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content”

Luke 12:15 “And He said to them, ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.'”

Cell Phone vs. the Bible…

Mat 11:28, 29 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. “


Cell phone vs. the Bible

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?

What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?

What if we flipped through it several times a day?

What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?

What if we used it for direction in our lives?
What if we gave it to Kids as gifts?

What if we used it when we traveled?

What if we used it in case of emergency?

This is something to make you go….hmm…where is my Bible?

Oh, and one more thing.
Unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.

Makes you stop and think where my priorities are? And no dropped calls!

A couple of final wonderful thoughts;

  • God and His word never change so there is no updating to the latest version!!!!
  • God is the Author so we can totally trust it. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter etc were the scribes!

Mal 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob”

2 Timothy 3:16, 17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”