Friday, June 30, 2006

Thought for the Day 6/30/2006

"How much should you earn? It doesn't matter whether you earn $10,000 a year or $100,000 a year as long as you've done the best you can."
Jim Rohn

Colossians 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.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Thought for the Day 6/29/2006

Slaying the dragon of delay is no sport for the short-winded.
Sandra Day O'Connor

Romans 13:11-12 And do this, understanding the present time.
The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.

So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Thought for the Day 6/28/2006

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time;
it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.
Sidney J. Harris

Ephesians 5:15 - 16 Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Thought for the Day 6/27/2006

Wasting time, is wasting ourselves away.
(anonymous)

Psalms 90:12 Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Thought for the Day 6/26/2006

Psalm 34:11-14 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.


We find, in this Psalm, that David has a lesson for us. It's about life and about living. He asks the simple question, "Who wants to live a good life?".

Most people desire to live a happy life. Yet, as we look around us, there is so much unhappiness in the world. Is it because we have lost the true meaning of "living"? Living is much more than just a mere existence. A true and joyful life has it's foundation in a relationship with God. David gives us some basics to begin our road of a happy life.

Respect, Love and Honor the Lord.
Watch your tongue.
Stay away from evil things.
Do good.
Seek Peace.

It's not that complicated, yet, it's so easy to forget.
May we all start remembering the simple things in life.

Thought for the Day 6/23/2006

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
--George Bernard Shaw

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Be joyful always; pray continually;
give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.


Philippians 4:11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Thought for the Day 6/22/2006

Failure is not fatal.
Failure should be our teacher, nor our undertaker.
It should challenge us to new heights of accomplishments,
not pull us to new depths of despair.
From honest failure can come valuable experience.
William Arthur Ward

Psalms 119:67-68 Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word.
You are good and do good; Teach me Your statutes.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Thought for the Day 6/21/2006

Here is a test to find whether your mission in your life is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.
(unknown)

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 "I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him..."

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Thought for the Day 6/20/2006

Pain and Suffering is inevitable but Misery is optional.
(anonymous)

1 Peter 2:20-21 For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.
For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Thought for the Day 6/19/2006

God takes us into deep waters, not to drown us but to cleanse us.
-Unknown

1 Peter 1:6-7 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith - of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire - may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Thought for the Day 6/16/2006

Before you begin a thing remind yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to foresee are ahead. ...
You can only see one thing clearly, and that is your goal.
Form a mental vision of that and cling to it through thick and thin.
Kathleen Norris

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Thought for the Day 6/15/2006

Don't dare to be different,
Dare to be yourself -
if that does not make you different
then something is wrong.
Laura Baker

Numbers 14:24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

thought for the Day 6/14/2006

My life is in the hands of any fool who I lose my temper over.
-- Anonymous

Proverbs 29:11 A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Thought for the Day 6/13/2006

A tongue doesn't weigh much, but many people still have trouble holding it.
Unknown


James 3:5 Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.

v.8 But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Thought for the Day 6/12/2006

The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.
-Swedish Proverb

Hebrews 6:10-12 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Thought for the Day 6/9/2006

He who lies in the mud will rise dirty.
--Gaelic Proverb

You can't slide uphill.
--Roadside Church Sign

Proverbs 16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who watches his way preserves his life.

Luke 12:35 "Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning."

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Thought for the Day 6/8/2006

"In football, if you stand still you go backwards."
- Peter Reid

The same happens in life. Which way are you going?

Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path. Psalm 27:11

Thought for the Day 6/7/2006

God does not work by only one method, paint in only one color, play in only one key, nor does He make only one star shine onto the earth.
-Eberhard Arnold

1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 18 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body - whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free - and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Thought for the Day 06/06/06

I don't get "preachy" in these Thoughts often, but on this day when rumor abounds on 06/06/06 today, I send this second Thought with love to you all, something a fellow believer wrote to warn us of the nearing of the end - May our Lord Jesus come soon!

The description of the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Bible is spoken of in terms which make the combined effects of 9/11, tsunamis, Katrina and the severe recent earthquakes sound like child’s play. The warnings we are given are astounding. "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from
the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened
." (Matt. 24:21 RSV)

In light of these descriptions, it begs the question – "Why do so many fail to heed the warning?" People continue to live in sin as if this will not come to pass. Not surprisingly, the Scriptures provide us with the answer of why people do not heed the warning. Some people just assume that life was we know it will go on forever. They say "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they did not know until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of man." (Matt. 24:36-39 NJB)

Others will dismiss the Second Coming as pure fiction. "First of all, do not forget that in the final days there will come sarcastic scoffers whose life is ruled by their passions. ‘What has happened to the promise of his coming?’ they will say, ‘Since our Fathers died everything has gone on just as it has since the beginning of creation!’" (2 Pet. 3:3-4) Other people fail to realize how terrible the Second Coming will be for those who are still serving sin. "For look, the Day is coming, glowing like a furnace. All the proud and all the evil-doers will be the stubble, and the Day, when it comes, will set them ablaze." (Mat. 4:1 NJB)

We certainly don’t want to be accused of trying to scare people into serving Christ. In the seven years we have been writing the Thought For the Day, we have never delved into this very important topic for this very reason. However, the warning from God is real and needs to be heeded. We would prefer to focus on the loving offer of forgiveness and salvation, and God's loving help in our daily lives. If that is not sufficient to motivate, perhaps the warning of impending judgment will do the trick. God tells us what to do. "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent: because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world…" (Acts. 17:30-31)

God is shaking up the world to warn us. Let us believe in God and His Son, repent, be baptized and follow them in the way of Truth, love and joy. Our lives depend on it.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Thought for the Day 6/5/2006

Beautiful hands are the hands that do
The tasks that the Lord gave them to.
The homely tasks that, day by day,
Make life easier along the way
For other people; that wash and cook
And make of a house a comfortable nook
That folks like to come to; that scrub and scour;
That soothe and heal no matter what the hour.
Floors, clothes, and dishes, across our lands,
Are made clean again by beautiful hands.
Jessie Canon Eldridge

Colossians 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.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Thought for the Day 6/2/2006

One of the first things a physician says is, "Let me see your tongue." A spiritual advisor might often do the same.
Nehemiah Adams

Proverbs 10:31 The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, But the perverted tongue will be cut out.

Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut)
This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
(Anonymous)

Psalm 34:13 Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit.