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Rev. E. Anderson
THE VALUE OF A FAITHFUL FRIEND
Taken from the senior Life Ministries

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”— John 15: 13

A 10-year-old boy was picking through a bucket of dirt near a commercial gem mine in North Carolina when he found an interesting rock. He liked the shape of it, so he took it home and showed it to his parents. After they took it to a gemologist, the rock was discovered to be a 1,061-carat sapphire worth more than $35,000

Quite often, things that might not appear to have worth can actually carry tremendous value. You’ve probably put a jacket or coat on simply because it was cold, only to reach in the pocket and discover a $20 bill you left in it several months ago. That which had a small perceived value at first ended up giving you more than you realized.

The same is true in our everyday relationships with others. It’s easy to take friends for granted, assuming they’re just going to be there the next time you call or visit them. But the truth is that those relationships should be deeply treasured because our life here on earth is temporary.

So as you think about your friends and family with whom you’ve built relationships, remember what they really mean to you and express that to them. Understand the value of a faithful friend and don’t take a moment with them for granted!

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Thank God for the friends in your life. Pray you’d never take them for granted.

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UNREALISED VALUE
Taken from Senior Living Ministries

A story was told of a man who loved old books. He met an acquaintance who had just thrown away a Bible that had been stored in the attic of his ancestral home for generations. “I couldn’t read it,” the friend explained. “Somebody named Guten-something had printed it.”

“Not Gutenberg!” the book lover exclaimed in horror. “That Bible was one of the first books ever printed. Why, a copy just sold for over two million dollars!” His friend was unimpressed. “Well, this one wouldn’t have brought a dollar. Some fellow named Martin Luther had scribbled all over it in German”

Sometimes you don’t know the value of what you have until it’s gone. There are people in your life who become so commonplace… you see them every day, talk with them, but you’re never truly grateful for the blessings they bring to your life. Then one day, by death or something else, they’re gone, and you realize how important they really were to you.

Don’t take others in your life for granted. Instead, be thankful to God for the friends and family He’s given you. And let those special people in your life know you care about them while you have the time. Be diligent to express appreciation for those you have today!

Don’t take others in your life for granted. Instead, be thankful to God for the friends and family He’s given you. And let those special people in your life know you care about them while you have the time. Be diligent to express appreciation for those you have today!

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Pray and ask God to show you those in your life who need to hear you appreciate them.

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THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN LIVE A SPIRITUAL LIFE
Taken from Senior Life Ministries

Science tells us that the body needs on average about three quarts of water a day to operate efficiently. Water helps break up and soften food, making it the most critical chemical in the digestive process. In fact, the blood in your body is about 90% water and carries nutrients throughout the body.

Water cooling agent, water regulates your temperature through perspiration. And without the lubricating properties of water, your joints and muscles would’ve worn out long ago like a piece of old rusty machinery.

Water is the most vital substance for you to have physical life. And in much the same way, the Holy Spirit of God is the single most important ingredient for you to have true spiritual life. Trying to be ‘spiritual’ without the Holy Spirit makes about as much sense as trying to live without water. You simply can’t do it.

The Holy Spirit in your life confirms your place in heaven, as well as empowers you for godly living each and every day. And if you’re in Christ, He’s already inside of you! Live by the Spirit each day and let Him guide you in your walk with Christ.

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Thank God for the Holy Spirit and pray that He would help you submit to the Spirit’s work in your life.

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Rev. E. Anderson
TAKING RISKS
Senior Living Ministries

Many accidental deaths result from taking risks. That’s the conclusion of an organization in Canada that is seeking to decrease accidents between cars and trains. Roger Cyr, the organization’s national director, puts most of the blame for fatalities on drivers who are risk takers.

“Studies have shown that when people hear a train whistle, their minds tell them to accelerate their speed,” says Cyr. “About 43 percent of the accidents occur at crossings equipped with flashing lights and bells or gates.” Cyr also said that many drivers “even have the audacity to drive around or under gates.”

Drivers take the risks, thinking they can beat the train and somehow miss the collision. But the consequences are often tragic, because when a car and a train collide, the train will always win.

While it’s easy to look at such sad statistics and shake our heads, the truth is that many people today, even Christians, do the exact same thing with sin. They think themselves to be invincible to sin’s effects, and they charge headfirst into situations that often result in them succumbing to destructive behaviour.

When it comes to sin, don’t take unnecessary risks. Guard yourself against falling into the destructive behaviour and live your life in obedience to God through His grace!

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Pray that God would give you the wisdom to avoid taking unnecessary sin risks.

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SEEING YOUR ETERNITY IN THE LIGHT OF THE TEMPORARY

Taken from the Senior Light Ministries

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” — 2 Corinthians 4: 18

The great preacher W. B. Hinson one day received the news that he had an illness from which he would never recover. In fact, the doctor told him he had only a year at best to live. So he went to a quiet place near his home in Portland, Oregon, and looked across a serene lake toward a beautiful mountain in the distance. He recounts: Just like Hinson, each and every one of us is living on borrowed time. It doesn’t matter if you’re 20 or 90, your days here on this earth are numbered and there will come a day when they’ll be no more. So the question isn’t if, but only when we’ll pass from this life to the next.

“I looked at the river in which I rejoice, and I looked at the stately trees that are always God’s own poetry to my soul. And I said, ‘I may not see you many more times, but mountain, I shall be alive when you are gone; and river, I shall be alive when you cease running toward the sea”.

But for those of us who are in Christ, we have an eternal hope that surpasses everything else. We know that, in the end, we’ll be with the Lord forever, outliving creation as we experience eternity with Him. So while our passing is certain, we have a hope that it will only be the beginning of an endless, joyful existence with Him!

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Pray that God would give you an eternal perspective on your life, knowing that if you’re in Christ, you’ll experience eternity with Him.

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Rev. E. Anderson

PURPOSE OUT OF PAIN

Taken from Senior Life Ministries

 In 1818, little 9-year-old Louis was sitting in his father’s workshop outside of Paris, France. His dad was a harness maker, and Louis loved watching his father work. He even aspired to one day be a harness maker just like his

So his dad began teaching him the skill of cutting the pieces and punching the holes in the leather. But once when Louis hit the hole-puncher, it flew out of his hand and pierced his eye, leaving him fully blind. This led to an infection that spread to his other eye and eventually cost him his eyesight in that one as well.

Years later, Louis was sitting in the garden when someone handed him a pine cone. As he ran his fingers over the ridges, an idea came to mind: What if the blind could learn to read with their hands?! So Louis Braille created an entire alphabet with raised dots, enabling millions of blind men and women to read to this very day.

Louis Braille’s tragic loss of eyesight had a purpose. But it took years of living with his blindness before he began to realize the reason for his pain. Just like him, our pain has a purpose as well. Though we may not see it, God is at work in our suffering. Trust Him to reveal the purpose of your pain in His perfect timing.

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Ask God to give you patience in times of trial and trust that He’ll reveal the purpose of your pain in His timing.

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MADE CLEAN THROUGH CHRIST
Senior Living Ministries

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit” — 1 Peter 3:18

A museum of history was having problems with patrons touching the valuable and rare items displayed in its exhibits. So the curator decided one day to place “Do Not Touch” signs near every item. Despite the signs, patrons were still touching and soiling the priceless furniture and art.

So one day, a janitor at the museum had the idea to replace the “Do Not Touch” signs with signs that read, “Caution: Wash Hands After Touching.” Once the new signs were placed in the exhibits, no one touched the museum displays.

People will typically avoid things they believe to be contaminated, even if it’s only in their mind. Most would prefer to eat off of a dirty plate than a clean floor. Why is that? Because we have segmented in our minds items we consider to be “clean” from items that are “unclean.”

Apart from Christ, every single person born falls into the category of unclean. They are descendants of Adam, and because of that, they have inherited an uncleanliness that is repulsive to God. Yet in Christ, you can be made clean again and gain acceptance from God into eternal life.

Christ made clean that which was unclean—the righteous for the unrighteous. So accept His free gift of eternal life and tell others they can be made clean as well!

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Thank God that in Christ, you’re made clean again by placing your faith in Him for the forgiveness of your sins!

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GOSSIP
Taken from Senior Living Ministries

“A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends” — Proverbs 16:28

Winston Churchill quite often exemplified integrity and respect in the face of opposition. During his last year in office, he attended an official ceremony. Several rows behind him, two gentlemen began whispering, “That’s Winston Churchill. They say he is getting senile. They say he should step aside and leave the running of the nation to more dynamic and capable men”.

When the ceremony was over, Churchill turned to the men and said, “Gentlemen, they also say he is deaf!”

Gossip is one of the most destructive forces anyone can introduce into a relationship. That’s because when someone discovers—and they likely will—that you said something bad about them in secret, it destroys the single element on which friendships are based: trust. And once trust has been abolished, many, if not most, relationships will never recover from that trauma.

So instead of gossiping about someone, make one of two choices. Either keep the matter silent, or go directly to the person and talk with them about it. While it may seem easier to talk about others behind their backs than doing either of these, gossip is much more destructive in the long run. So make the choice to preserve trust by refraining from gossip.

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Pray that God would give you the strength to refrain from participating in gossip. Ask Him to bless your relationships by keeping them built on trust.

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TREASURE IN HEAVEN
Living Senior Ministries

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”— Matthew 6:19-21

George W. Truett, a well-known pastor in the mid-1900s, was invited to dinner in the home of a very wealthy man in Texas. When the meal was finished, the gracious host took Pastor Truett to a high place where they could get a good view of the surrounding area.

Pointing to the oil wells on the horizon to the north, he boasted, “Twenty-five years ago I had nothing. Now, as far as you can see, it’s all mine!” Looking south at his sprawling fields of grain, he said, “That’s all mine too.” And then, turning east toward huge herds of cattle, he bragged, “They’re all mine also.” Then pointing to the west and a beautiful forest, he exclaimed, “That too is all mine.”

He paused, waiting for Dr. Truett to compliment him on his great success. Truett, however, placed one hand on the man’s shoulder, pointed heavenward with the other, and simply asked, “How much do you have in that direction?”

The man hung his head and confessed, “I haven’t really thought of that.”

There are some people who have so many material possessions. Yet on the day they meet their Creator face to face, they’ll come to understand that you leave the world the same way you came in… with nothing. So whether you have a lot or a little, remember to store up your real, imperishable treasure in heaven.

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Ask God to help you realize that whatever you have on earth is temporary and the treasures that last will be stored in heaven.

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SURE OF BEING GOD’S SON
From Senior Life Ministries

One day a pastor had a new believer show up at his home in deep distress. The new believer asked, “Pastor, no matter how much I pray or how hard I try, I simply can’t seem to stay faithful. I think I might have lost my salvation.”
The pastor called his dog into the room and said, “Here’s my dog. He is house-trained, never makes a mess, and is perfectly obedient. He’s a pure delight to me. I also have a baby son. He makes a mess, throws his food, and fouls his clothes every day.

“Which one of these two will inherit everything I have? My son…not my dog. In the same way, we are heirs of Christ not because of our behaviour, but simply because of who we are.”

In Christ, our identity, not our performance, makes us sons and daughters of God. That identity, as a child of the Most High, is one that once it’s bestowed, can never be revoked. This means that because of who Christ makes us when we place our faith in Him, we can’t lose our place in heaven!

Don’t let bad performance discourage you and cause you to question your identity in Christ. Remember the One who purchased your life on the cross. Remember your faith in Him. And let that remembrance reaffirm your position as God’s child!

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Pray now and ask God to reaffirm your identity as His child because you’ve placed your faith in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.

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