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Rev. E. Anderson
THE CHURCH WITHOUT COMMITMENT
Emerson Colaw tells about doing some work with his church’s non-resident membership list.

He wrote a letter to one family that had been very active in his church. A letter came back saying, “Mr. Colaw, we now live near a university campus and we go every Sunday to the chapel service there. They have unusually fine music . . . they have nationally known preachers ever Sunday morning.” And she added a note he didn’t think necessary. “We had not heard such preaching as that before. The children are being taught in church school by seminary students.” And then she ended, “But the best of all there is no membership, no pledging, and no women’s society asking me to work. So if you don’t mind, we’ll just leave our membership at Hyde Park and continue to enjoy what we have here.” No involvement, no bother. No crosses.

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Rev. E. Anderson
SIGN OF STRENGTH AND MAJESTY

The religious and political leaders who were in power at the time misread the events of Jesus’ birth. When a woman is to have a baby, she goes to the best hospital she and her husband can afford. They find the best doctors and highly trained specialists. They get the best that money can buy. And they do this not because they feel strong, but because they feel weak.

When God’s Son was born, He was born in a stable under very austere and unsanitary conditions. It happened this way not because God was poor, but because God was sure of himself. The leaders misread the signs. The baby born in the stable is not a sign of a weak and ineffectual king. But it is a sign of a majesty who is secure and knows who He is. It’s a sign of love. The leaders of that time didn’t knowanything about that. And so they missed it. EARL PALMER

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THE PLAGUE OF MEDIOCRITY

Miss Jones, an elderly spinster, lived in a small Midwestern community. She had the distinction of being the oldest resident of the town. One day she died, and the editor of the local newspaper wanted to print a little caption commemorating Miss ]ones’s death. However, the more he thought about it, the more he became aware that while Miss ]ones had never done anything terribly wrong (she had never spent a night in jail or been drunk), yet she had never actually done anything noteworthy. While musing over this, the editor went down to have his morning coffee and met the owner of the tombstone establishment in the little community. The tombstone proprietor stated that he had been having the same problem. He wanted to put something on Miss ]ones’s tombstone besides just her birthday and death date, but he couldn’t think of anything of significance that she had ever done.

The editor decided to go back to his office and assign to the first reporter he came across the task of writing up a small article suitable for both the paper and the tombstone. Upon returning to the office, the only fellow around was the sports editor, so he gave him the assignment.

They tell me if you pass through that little community you will find the following statement on her tombstone:

“Here lies the bones of Nancy Jones, For her life held no terrors.
She lived an old maid, She died an old maid, No hits, no runs, no errors.”

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FAITHFUL ATTENDANCE

A pastor was once asked to define “Faithful Attendance at Worship,” and this was his reply: All that I ask is that we apply the same standards of faithfulness to our church activities that we would in other areas of our life. That doesn’t seem too much to ask. The church, after all, is concerned about faithfulness.
Consider these examples:

If your car started one out of three times, would you consider it faithful? If the paperboy skipped Monday and Thursdays, would they be missed? If you didn’t show up at work two or three times a month, would your boss call you faithful? If your refrigerator quit a day now and then, would you excuse it and say, “Oh, well, it works most of the time.” If your water heater greets you with cold water one or two mornings a week while you were in the shower, would it be faithful? If you miss a couple of mortgage payments in a year’s time, would your mortgage holder say, “Oh, well, ten out of twelve isn’t bad”? If you miss worship and attend meetings only often enough to show you’re interested but not often enough to get involved, are you faithful?

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10 THINGS MONEY CAN’T BUY:

Danny Paynton

1. Manners

2. Morals

3. Respect

4. Character

5. Common Sense

6. Trust

7. Patience

8. Class

9. Integrity

10. Love

today’sTHOT

Let God be God. He will be anyway.

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Daniel Kolenda

WERE YOU WORTH IT?

Here’s a true story that I have often shared: It happened to an American soldier in the Vietnam War who was about to step on a landmine that was hidden from his sight His comrade across the battlefield could see the impending disaster from his vantage point. Without regard for his own safety, he stood up from behind his protective barricade and shouted a lifesaving warning to his friend. >In that moment the brave young comrade received a gunshot wound that ended his life.

A couple of years later, at an honorary memorial service in the United States, the soldier whose life had been saved from the landmine had a chance to meet the wife and son of his deceased friend. The son, who was only seven years old, had never gotten a chance to really know his father.

The soldier could tell that this boy’s heart was broken, so he knelt know,” the soldier said, “your father saved my life.” >The little boy looked up at him with tears streaming down his cheeks. “Sir,” he said, “were you worth it?” ‘

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Rev. E. Anderson
TAKING STOCK
John Ehrlichman

When I went to jail, nearly two years after the cover-up trial, I had a big self-esteem problem. I was a felon, shorn and scorned, clumping around in a ragged old army uniform, doing pick and shovel work out on the desert. I wondered if anyone thought I was worth anything.. . . For years I had been able to sweep most of my shortcomings and failures under the rug and not face them, but during the two long criminal trials, I spent my days listening to prosecutors tell juries what a bad fellow I was. Then at night I’d go back to a hotel room and sit alone thinking about what was happening to me. During that time I began to take stock. .. .

I stayed about two weeks. Every day I read the Bible, walked on the beach, and sat in front of my fireplace thinking and sketching, with no outline or agenda. I had no idea where all this was leading or what answers I’d find. Most of the time I didn’t even know what the questions were. I just watched and listened. I was wiped out. I had nothing left that had been of value to me—honour, credibility, virtue, recognition, profession—nor did I have the allegiance of my family. I had managed to lose that too.

Since about 1975 I have begun to learn to see myself. I care what I perceive about my integrity, my capacity to love and be loved, and my essential worth. I don’t miss Richard Nixon very much, and Richard Nixon probably doesn’t miss me much either. I can understand that. I’ve made no effort to be in touch. We had a professional relationship that went as sour as a relationship can, and no one likes to be reminded of bad times. Those interludes, the Nixon episodes in my life, have ended. In a paradoxical way, I’m grateful for them. Somehow I had to see all of that and grow to understand it in order to arrive at the place where I find myself now.

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FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE, CONTROL YOURSELF
Taken from Word for Today

‘a person without self-control…’ Proverbs 25 28 nlt
HE BOY said, ‘He made me do it Dad. He was nasty to me.’ Attempting to teach his son responsibility, his father replied, ‘Son, you’ve got to learn that you are the guard at the door of your own life. You’re in charge. Nothing gets in or out Without your permission.’

That’s a picture of how things work in your spiritual life! A person Without self-control is like a city with broken- down” walls’—a defenceless city, because its guard failed to protect it. But what if the enemy too powerful for you?

For God’s people, all warfare is spiritual. Whether you’re tested on the social, financial, emotional or sexual front, the battle must be won spiritually. And the rule in spiritual warfare is: ‘…Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world’ (1 John 4:4). When your personal territory is under assault, you’re never abandoned to your own devices-unless you choose to be.

However inadequate you feel, however intimidating the situation looks, no matter how many battles you’ve the power of the Holy Spirit within you is adequate to guarantee your victory. What’s the key to releasing that power‘? 1) Clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus. And don’t let yourself think about evil desires (Romans 13:14). Invite the Lord to take the wheel and redirect your thoughts.2) The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives self-control (Galatians 522-23 God s Spirit won’t forcibly control you But He enable you to control yourself resist temptation, master your vulnerability and win the victory.

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THE HEART OF THE FAITH

Nikolai Berdyaev, who abandoned Marx for Christianity, insists that neither history nor theology nor the church brought him to the Christian faith, but a simple woman called only Mother Maria. He was present at a concentration camp when the Nazis were murdering Jews in gas chambers. One distraught mother refused to part with her baby. When Maria saw that the officer was only interested in numbers, without a word she pushed the mother aside and quickly took her place. This action revealed to Berdyaev the heart of Christianity—and what atonement means.

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TRUE CONVERSION

Paul’s testimony is repeated over and over again as persons respond in faith of Christ, as they are given His Spirit and become new creations. I heard of such a miracle recently.

The American Red Cross was gathering supplies, medicine, clothing, food and the like for the suffering Biafra. Inside one of the boxes that showed up at the collecting depot one day was a letter. It said, “We have recently been converted and because of our conversion we want to try to help. We won’t ever need these again. Can you use them for something?” Inside the box were several Ku Klux Klan sheets. The sheets were cut down to strips and eventually used to bandage the wounds of black persons in Africa.

It could hardly be more dramatic—from symbols of hatred to bandages of the new creation. Nothing else matters, says Paul.

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