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Watch Out For Your Toes

 WARNING!  Watch out for your toes!

In Luke chapter 6, Our Lord Jesus Christ gets right down to the “nitty-gritty” of what it means to be a true disciple of His.  He meant these words when He spoke them and He means them now!  Our God hasn’t changed  and neither have His Words.  However, it seems many are getting side-tracked by the clamour of vain, empty words heard/read/seen in the media.  And sadly, in churches across this country as well.   If, and I believe we are, in the days of tribulation then we must be getting ready for our Lord’s return.  That means our daily focus should be on TWO things.  First, obeying the commands of the Lord and secondly getting oil ready for our lamps ( Matthew 25:1-13 The Parable of the Ten Virgins).  In other words, getting the Gospel message to the lost and fixating our hearts and minds on the Word of God and not the “words of the world”. 

27  “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.

29a To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also.

29b And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either.

30 Give to everyone who asks of you.  And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back.

31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.

32 But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?  For even sinners love those who love them.

33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.

34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back.

35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High.  For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.

36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

The carnal mind balks at the statements Jesus made here.  But we, as His Bride in preparation,  are not carnally minded, but spiritually minded.  We, as the Church have a blessed place in the events of God’s plans for the world.  The more we believe what God has done and IS doing, it is our responsibility to live in the light of His Word!

The Apostle Paul sums it up it Romans 12: 20-21  Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Remember above all things, it is written ” Vengeance is mine; I will repay saith the Lord”

(Romans 12:19b; Deuteronomy 32:25; Psalm 94:1)

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Speed 55 MPH

Jack took a long look at his speedometer before slowing down:  73 in a 55 zone.  Fourth time in as many months.  How could a guy get caught so often?  When his car had slowed to 10 miles an hour, Jack pulled over, but only partially.  Let the cop worry about the potential traffic hazard.  Maybe some other car will tweak his backside with a mirror.
The cop was stepping out of his car, the big pad in hand.  Bob? Bob from church?  Jack sunk farther into his trench coat.  This was worse than the coming ticket.  A cop catching a guy from his own church.
A guy who happened to be a little eager to get home after a long day at the office.  A guy he was about to play golf with tomorrow.  Jumping out of the car,  Jack approached the man he saw every Sunday, but
had never seen in uniform.

“Hi Bob.  Fancy meeting you like this.”
“Hello Jack.”  fairly stern faced with no smile.
“Guess you caught me red-handed in a rush to see my wife and kids.”
“Yeah I guess.”  Bob seemed uncertain.

Jack continued his excuse giving “I’ve seen some long days at the office lately.  I’m afraid I bent the rules a bit.   Just this once.”  Jack toed at a pebble on the pavement.
“Diane said something about roast beef and potatoes tonight.  Know what I mean”‘

“I know what you mean.  I also know that you have a reputation in our precinct Jack.”

Ouch- Jack thought!  This was not going in the right direction.  Time to change tactics.
“What did you clock me at?”

“Seventy. Jack, would you go sit back in your car please?”
“Now wait a minute here, Bob.  I checked as soon as I saw you.  I was barely nudging 65.”
The lie seemed to come easier for Jack with with every ticket.
“Please, Jack, in the car.”  Bob repeated.

Flustered, Jack hunched himself through the still-open car door. Slamming it shut, he stared at the dashboard.  He was in no rush to open the window.  The minutes ticked by.  Bob scribbled away on the pad.
Why hadn’t he asked for a driver’s license?  Whatever the reason, it would be a month of Sundays before Jack ever sat near this cop again at church.

A tap on the door jerked his head to the left.  There was Bob, a folded paper in hand.  Jack rolled down the window a mere two inches, just enough room for Bob to pass him the slip.
“Thanks.”  Jack could not quite keep the sneer out of his voice.

Bob returned to his police car without a word.  Jack watched his retreat in the mirror.  Jack unfolded the sheet of paper.  How much was this one going to cost?  Wait a minute.  What was this? Some kind of joke?
It certainly wasn’t a ticket.  Jack began to read:

Dear Jack,
Once upon a time I had a daughter.  She was six when killed by a car.  You guessed it – a speeding driver.
A fine and three months in jail, and the man was free.  Free to hug his daughters, all three of them..
I only had one, and I’m going to have to wait until Heaven before I can ever hug her again.
A thousand times I’ve tried to forgive that man.  A thousand times I thought I had.  Maybe I did, but I need to do it again.  Even now.  Pray for me.  And be careful, Jack,  my son is all I have left.
Bob

Jack turned around in time to see Bob’s car pull away and head down the road.  Jack watched until it disappeared.  A full 15 minutes later he pulled away and drove slowly home,  praying for forgiveness and
hugging a surprised wife and kids when he arrived.

Life is precious…
Handle with care.

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Whimsy 4 Ur Wednesday

I’ve seen some very interesting church signs in my day so I thought I’d share a few that may bring a smile or a chuckle. 

***Disclaimer***  All of these photos are random and none of them express my opinion about the church itself.  This is only intended for entertaining one’s spirit with something that is not a fleshy lust.  Enjoy them 🙂

 

 

 

And last… a very good reminder to all of us!!

It takes less muscles in your face to smile than it does to frown