Monthly Archives: July 2013

Thought For The Day 07/31/13

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Our Struggles Make Us Stronger

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Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.

Oprah Winfrey

http://www.joyofquotes.com/strength_quotes.html

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I read a story on GodVine yesterday that challenged some beliefs that I have always held as being absolute to the way we, not only as human beings, but people who lead lives directed by a moral code, should behave. You see, I had always thought that, if it was within our power to do so, that we should always try our very best, to help others through their struggles in life. I always believed in my heart, that every person is blessed with certain talents or gifts that should be given away freely, when we see that another is struggling. And I still hold to this philosophy….for the most part. However, reading that story reminded me that there are, indeed, some times when doing the “BEST THING” for another might not be doing “SOME THING”! Sometimes, doing what is best is simply letting them know that they are not alone in their struggles and that you will be with them through it all!

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Being WITH us all, through all of our struggles, is exactly what our Heavenly Father gives to us, as well! Notice I said “BEING WITH” not “DOING FOR”? He does not come to earth in a lightning bolt, giving us the answers, when the hard times descend. And why not? After all, we who know our heavenly Father, also know that He is capable of doing this, don’t we? He doesn’t, because there is something He knows that we need! You see, if we are not given the hurdles that are part of life, how can we expect to develop the essential characteristics we need to grow and to become the best we can be?  It is through our struggles that we discover and nurture the components that form our character such as compassion, understanding, appreciation, patience, perseverance, fortitude, pride and yes, even joy!

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The story I am going to share about a newly created butterfly, reminded me that without the trials we overcome, we would be forever encased in a cocoon of our own (and Satan’s?) making! And should we actually emerge into the warmth of the sun, how would we ever really understand how to spread our wings and fly? We would be forever crippled, just as the butterfly in this story was!

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Our Struggles Make Us Stronger

Author Unknown

A man found a butterfly cocoon. He watched his cocoon for several days. One day a tiny opening appeared in the cocoon. He sat very still and watched as the butterfly struggled for several hours to force itself through the tiny hole of it’s cocoon. Then it seemed to stop making progress. It appeared to the man as if the butterfly had gone as far as it could, and could go no further. So the man decided to help the butterfly out of the cocoon.

He snipped the remaining bit of the cocoon with scissors, and the butterfly emerged effortlessly. There was something strange, however. The butterfly had a swollen body, and it’s wings were shriveled. The man watched closely, expecting that the wings would enlarge and expand to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened. In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and deformed wings. It was never able to fly. 

Though the man acted in kindness, what he did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the small opening of the cocoon are God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready to fly once it has achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

http://click1.godvinemail.com/ViewMessage.do?m=gmtcwgnytw&r=kpsvhrpmtrpr&s=nfwryjqprwrqkpzthmcgcqjkfhhkwdqcyyz&a=view

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So never forget, my friends, that in every trial we face is a lesson that we will carry with us forever, which is just as God intended for each and every one of us! Yes, our struggles make us stronger by adding another layer to that character that defines us and helps us grow in body and in spirit, so that we become worthy of receiving the gift of salvation that He has promised us!

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1 Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea;
2 hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
3 because of what my enemy is saying, because of the threats of the wicked; for they bring down suffering on me and assail me in their anger.

4 My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me.
5 Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me.
6 I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
7 I would flee far away and stay in the desert;
8 I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.”

9 Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words, for I see violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they prowl about on its walls; malice and abuse are within it.
11 Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets.

12 If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide.
13 But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend,
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about among the worshipers.

15 Let death take my enemies by surprise; let them go down alive to the realm of the dead, for evil finds lodging among them.

16 As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old, who does not change— he will hear them and humble them, because they have no fear of God.

20 My companion attacks his friends; he violates his covenant.
21 His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.

22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of decay; the bloodthirsty and deceitful will not live out half their days.

But as for me, I trust in you.

Psalm 55 NIV

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Harold W Pierce

(Photo taken July 31st, 2010)

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Today the first man I ever loved is celebrating his birthday and it is this annual celebration that reminds me how incredibly lucky and blessed I am to be his daughter.

Happy 86th Birthday, Daddy! I love you with all my heart!

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Thought For The Day 07/30/13

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From This Day Forward…

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When a man takes an oath… he’s holding his own self in his own hands.  Like water.  And if he opens his fingers then – he needn’t hope to find himself again.

Robert Bolt

http://www.quotegarden.com/promises.html

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If you have watched the news here in the United States lately, you have seen members of the media having a field day over the recent indiscretions of some of our American politicians. From a California Mayor to a New York Congressman, marital fidelity is taking it on the chin, once more, as comedians take advantage of this new material which, almost by a divine hand, has dropped into their laps. And while these people have forced the issue into our living rooms, if you think that this problem rests only with people of note, you are sorely mistaken! Every day, in some way or another, families suffer because of the poor choices one (or both) make, which thumbs noses at the sanctity of an institution almost as old as time itself!

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When two commit their hearts one to the other, whether sanctified by God or not, the promises made should guarantee that our behavior honors our word, which is the greatest thing that defines the character of each human. But again and again, we fail not just our partner, but ourselves, as well, when we forget things like “love and cherish” and “from this day forward” and “honor”, that is our intent, when we begin that shared life.

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The most important thing we must understand is that for any close relationship to grow and thrive, one absolute must be embraced. HONESTY! You see, lies and deception erodes trust and raises doubts about not just our spouse but our own worthiness, as well! And there are no shades of gray when it comes to this, Half truths and evasions can be just as harmful. Deception is the generally the one thing that cannot be worked through because it denies that a problem even exists. Because of this, it makes forgiveness unattainable. And even though “Thou shalt not lie” (or deceive) is almost at the tail end of God’s commands for our behavior, that it is there at all should mean something to us all!

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Couples should aim at total honesty. But honesty must be coupled with the other values such as love, respect and faithfulness. But, “…the greatest of these is LOVE” (1 Corinthians 13: ..13), You see, it is love and truth that allows us to grow and thrive in life! Ephesians 4:15 NIV, tells us, “15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” We are reminded that honesty is what we are compelled to be when we care for another, but love is the glue that holds all things together.

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Lastly, both honesty and love must be bound with the golden thread that is the holiness of the Almighty! You see, without a commitment to holiness, there is little hope for us that a problem of betrayal within the union of two hearts will not recur! And that state of holiness must begin with each of us BEFORE we seek to unite our hearts, from this day forward!

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    1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

      4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

      8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NASB

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Thought For The Day 07/29/13

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Interfaith + Internet = Evangelism

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Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.

Albert Einstein

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/understanding.html

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For reasons I can not fully understand, the word EVANGELISM has become synonymous with Christians. In fact, look up the definition in “Webster’s, and this is what you will find:

Evangelist

(noun)

1. A preacher of the Christian gospel.2. (when capitalized) any of the spiritual leaders who are assumed to be authors of the Gospels in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.3. A bringer of the glad tidings of Church and his doctrines. Specially: (a) A missionary preacher sent forth to prepare the way for a resident pastor; an itinerant missionary preacher. (b) A writer of one of the four Gospels (With the definite article); as, the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. (c) A traveling preacher whose efforts are chiefly directed to arouse to immediate repentance.

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However, that may have been true when people of differing faiths generally lived and worshiped in a setting within a defined country or community. But in today’s world, it is likely that you live next door to someone whose core tenets of faith differ from yours. And the result is often less “love thy neighbor” than is ideal to foster mutual respect and understanding of these differences! And it is this which makes the definition of Evangelist penned by Ambrose Bierce in his “Devil’s Dictionary”, newspaper weekly written in the early 20th century, more true, 107 years later, than we might like to believe.

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Evangelist

(noun)

1. A bearer of good tidings, particularly (in a religious sense) such as assure us of our own salvation and the damnation of our neighbors.

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Today’s faith leaders are all too eager to impress upon us why the beliefs of their particular religion are the only ones that meet with the approval of the Almighty. They delight in pointing out why they are right and all the rest are wrong, and they will spend the next hour sermonizing so that you know exactly why! How sad this is, when we all are given an opportunity in our blended societies, to share our beliefs in a way that seeks to enlighten and enrich instead of passing judgement and condemning. And whether we see this approach as a revolutionary concept, it is a peaceful revolution that we all can live with, grow in and become better for!

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Interfaith is such an incredible and powerful force, for gentleness, for respect, for growth and for peace, and if this makes it a revolutionary idea…well, so be it! It meets with my God’s approval! Look at Romans 12:18 NIV, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” You see, from my perspective, and God’s, it’s a peaceful revolution that makes us each a better person! We can live together. We can treat each other with respect. I can affirm who I am … without putting down who you are. Which is what I try to do each and every day that I share my thoughts with you via this wonder of wonders….the internet. And does it work? Well, you can decide, by looking at my stats for a past post! No, I don’t reach millions every day. I don’t even reach thousands. But I do what I can to be part of this peaceful revolution of “Interfaith + Internet = Evangelism”!

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Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand. And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped. Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has authority over the fire, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Put in your sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.”

Revelation 14: 14-19 ESV

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Thought For The Day 07/28/13

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Sunday, July 21st, 2013

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Portrait of St Luke

Guido Reni

11/04/1575 to 08/18/1642

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Gospel Reading 

Luke 11: 1-13

 

1 He was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” 2 He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread 4 and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.”

5 And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ 7 and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.

9 “And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? 12 Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? 13 If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

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What Does Luke Mean?

 

In this section of Luke, Jesus is talking about prayer in response to one of his disciples asking him, “Lord, teach us to pray as John taught his disciples.” This story is a series of sayings by Jesus in response to this request: first the Lord’s prayer, second the parable of the persistent friend, and then a series of sayings about asking. 

Jesus’ tone is to ask and to be confident that God will respond and give what is requested. We tend to hear the Lord’s prayer as a series of supplications made in a tone of begging. I expect that the tone of Jesus’ prayer is much more assertive. It’s worth noticing that Jesus’ prayer is a series of imperatives, of commands to God: hallow, give, forgive, etc.. It’s pushier and more demanding than we are accustomed to praying. It’s in a tone of stating what it is that we want. This is Jesus’ way of teaching his disciples and us both what to pray for and how to pray. These are the things that really matter, rather than the trivia for which we often pray.

http://www.gotell.org/pdf/commentary/Luke/Lk11_01-13_commentary.pdf

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Second Reading

12 You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And even when you were dead (in) transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he brought you to life along with him, having forgiven us all our transgressions; 14 obliterating the bond against us, with its legal claims, which was opposed to us, he also removed it from our midst, nailing it to the cross; 15 despoiling the principalities and the powers, he made a public spectacle of them, leading them away in triumph by it.

Colossians 2:12-14 ESV

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Thought For The Day 07/27/13

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Fear

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“There are four ways you can handle fear. You can go over it, under it, or around it. But if you are ever to put fear behind you, you must walk straight through it. Once you put fear behind you. Leave it there.”

Donna Favors

http://theboldlife.com/2011/08/101-quotes-fear/

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Fear is perhaps the most paralyzing emotion that man experiences. Even anger energizes us, although not always in a good way. But when we experience fear, we often become sick…physically, mentally and emotionally and when this happens, it takes all we can muster to regain control of not just our emotions but, often, our lives. And what is often worse, is when we allow our fear to become so pervasive, that we lose our faith!

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So often, we forget that sometimes the only way to overcome something that we fear, it simply to attack it and face the devil head on! We should trust that God will see us through any trial that comes our way. We simply need to put aside our human logic, and replace it with God’s truth. “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:1-2) When you remember this simple verse, and allow it to wash over you, you will suddenly find that fear will lose its grip on your heart, your mind and your faith! Not buying what I’m saying? Well, how about thinking about how it was that Daniel found himself alone and in a den full of lions….and he lived to tell the tale!

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Remember how Daniel was betrayed which led him to be discovered praying to God, after King Darius had issued a decree that for one month, no one in the kingdom would be permitted to pray and pay homage to any other but him? Remember how Daniel was faced with a horrible punishment…..he was entombed with lions overnight? Since King Darius liked and respected Daniel, and he felt guilty about the punishment he had ordered, at first light he ran to the den and called out Daniel’s name. And of course, Daniel answered. You see, he was alive because his faith in God was unwavering which is why the Lord sent an angel to close up the mouths of the beasts, so that no harm would come to His good and faithful servant.

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Now I am certain that there are few who have faith strong enough to carry them through an experience like the one Daniel faced. To be honest, I really must wonder if that degree of faith rests within me! But there is one thing that I do hold as absolute. I do know that while I might fear for my mortal life and the earthly people and things I would be leaving behind, my faith is strong enough to reassure me that I do not fear what will become of my immortal soul! That is God’s truth….promised to us all by the gift of His son.

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So how about giving God a chance to come though for us! All we need do is reach out to Him, hold His hand, and trust His heart to lead, protect, and preserve us each step we take through a world filled with so many things to be afraid of!

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 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Psalm 27:1 KJV

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Thought For The Day 07/26/13

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Keep Your Fork

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Always remember your present situation is not your final destination…The best is yet to come.

Author Unknown

http://www.searchquotes.com/search/Best_Is_Yet_To_Come/

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Dan and I have some friends that we met through the internet. In fact, we became connected with them and some others through an internet Chat Room, as surprising as that may seem. And over the years, we have all gotten together on a fairly regular basis! For a few years, Dan and I even organized a get-together for 40 or so of our group, right here in Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), where we live.

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There was one couple we met, as part of this group, that we remain tied to even today, and not for the reason you might think. You see, one of our four-legged children, our dog Skittles, was adopted from them after their Cock-a-poo female escaped from the yard and had a tryst with a neighborhood Labrador Retriever “Lothario”! And while we do not see this couple very often, I think of them and I thank them for this gift, every time I look into those dark eyes that follow me everywhere I go!

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Dan and I received rather sad news this week about our friend. Although he and his wife are about 10 years younger than we are, he was a heavy smoker from his teen age years, and this addiction finally caught up with him. They received the news on Wednesday…..stage 4 Lung Cancer. And while there are comfort measures that can be employed, there are no further curative measures available.

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I suppose they were, perhaps prepared for this news, but to share it with their children, both very young, and older, was all that was left to be done…..except, that is, to spend quality time together as a family, which will be both poignant and bittersweet, I suppose. But there is another thing that our friends have going for them. They have a deep and abiding faith in God and the power of prayer.

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They know as absolutely as I do that prayer can right wrongs and create miracles out of despair. But they also know sometimes His answer is not what man hopes for and if that happens, they know something else that is wonderful! You see, they know that if you trust and put your life in His hands, whether you get the miracle or not, that the best is still, yet to come. And it is this thought that brought me back to some words I have shared in the past, but are worth reading over and over. The author who put them to paper may be unknown, but the true creator of their message, is not!

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Keep Your Fork

Author Unknown

There was once a young woman, stricken with cancer who was endeavoring to put her affairs in order. She asked her pastor to stop by to visit so that she could make sure he knew exactly what her wishes were for her funeral service. She had carefully and meticulously selected the music she wished played and the Bible verses she wanted included. Her wishes all documented, the pastor was about to leave when she stopped him.

“I have one more wish and it’s the most important one. I want you to make sure that I am buried with a fork in my hand!”

Now the pastor didn’t quite know what to make of this curious request and stood for a moment in silence. Suddenly a radiance came over the young woman as she endeavored to explain her wish.

“My grandmother told me a story that I have continued to pass along to others during my life. We always attended many events and potluck suppers and once we were done eating our entrée, someone would lean over and whisper to us, ‘Keep your Fork’. This was always my favorite part because I knew something wonderful was coming next….like chocolate cake, or deep dish apple pie. Such wonderful things and all full of substance and love. So when people pass by me in my casket, I want them to know that I’ve kept my fork. I want them to know that the best is yet to come!”

The young woman had many mourners and each and every one, with the exception of her immediate family could not stop talking about the fork that was in her hand. And the entire time, the pastor just stood there and smiled a knowing smile. Soon it was time for him to address those gathered and he told them about the conversation they had shared before the young woman died. The pastor told them that from the moment of hearing this story he could not stop thinking about that fork and that he doubted that they would ever forget the story or the fork either….and now, neither will you! Every time you reach down to pick up your fork, may you be reminded in this simple but profound way, that the best is yet to come!

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And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

Revelation 5:9-13 KJV

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Thought For The day 07/25/13

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The Edit Button

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Life would be perfect if some girls had a mute button, some guys had an edit button, bad times had a fast forward button and good times had a pause button…

Author Unknown

http://www.boardofwisdom.com/togo/Quotes/ShowQuote/?msgid=286043#.UfAf1o2TiSo

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I am not a person who has an immediate access to an “EDIT BUTTON”. Actually, let me re-phrase that. My “EDIT BUTTON” is there….somewhere….just never close enough to my brain and my mouth, for me to use it as often as I should! And I know for a fact, that I am not the only person with this handicap! If I put my thinking cap on, I can come up with a few…..hundred names of people that I am fairly intimately connected with that are just as bad as I am. And have you noticed that for some, this handicap is even worn as a badge of honor for having attained an age where we assume we can be excused for speaking our mind, without considering how what we say feels to others? I don’t know about you, but I suspect there are more than a couple of you reading this….myself included….that could benefit from a class in “How To Speak Your mind Without Offending – 101”!

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When we were children, our entire way of learning was based on sitting in a classroom and listening to the teacher. We learned listening skills from our parents and we carried those skills over into the classroom setting. And once there, if we failed to exercise those same listening skills, we were usually chastised, in some way. But as adults, our interactions with others is based more on our verbalization, which is why so many of us, once we decide exactly what it is we need to accomplish in our interaction with another, launch into speaking like we were shot out of a canon, with little thought as to how we come across. Which is how we forget that we even have an “EDIT BUTTON” which is needed so that what we say is less like an assault and more like a nudge! And, when it comes to matters of faith, even when we know that the Scriptures are the supreme authority, and we are comfortable enough in our knowledge of them to share that knowledge with others, we are more apt to get them to listen when we consider first, how it is we should speak as we share the message!

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Think about Jesus ministry! Remember when He was but a child of 12 and was with His parents for the Passover feast in Jerusalem? Remember how He disappeared only to be discovered listening to the elders in the temple? Remember how, Jesus managed to get the elders to listen to the questions He posed? It was this same skill that He employed as He commenced His ministry….a skill that effectively grabbed and held the attention of people everywhere! It was His quiet air of authority, which was decidedly different from the demanding tone, complete with a total lack of any “EDIT BUTTON”, that was employed by many religious leaders of the day. He humanized faith and God’s lessons by speaking TO instead of speaking AT the people. He made Himself approachable to the common man because He WAS a common man, who eschewed wealth and power. He knew when to speak and when to employ His “EDIT BUTTON” and simply sit and listen to others. Which is why His words once uttered, were never forgotten, and why they continue to capture the hearts of people throughout the world even today!

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NO “EDIT BUTTON”

11 Act according to whatever they teach you and the decisions they give you. Do not turn aside from what they tell you, to the right or to the left. 12 Anyone who shows contempt for the judge or for the priest who stands ministering there to the Lord your God is to be put to death. You must purge the evil from Israel. 13 All the people will hear and be afraid, and will not be contemptuous again.

Deuteronomy 17: 11-13 NIV

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“EDIT BUTTON”

2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.

Matthew 23:2-3 NIV

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