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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Responsibility
By: Susanna H. (Submitted by: Bobby Poole)

FRED SOMEBODY, THOMAS EVERYBODY, PETER ANYBODY and JOE NOBODY were neighbors, but they were not like you and me. There were odd people and most difficult to understand. The way they lived was a shame. All four belonged to the same church, but you would not have enjoyed worshipping with them. 

EVERYBODY went fishing on Sunday or stayed home to visit with friends. 

ANYBODY wanted to worship but was afraid SOMEBODY wouldn’t speak to him. So guess who went to church … un, huh -- NOBODY.

Really, NOBODY was the only decent one of the four. NOBODY did the visitation; NOBODY worked on the church building.

Once they needed a Sunday school teacher. EVERYBODY thought ANYBODY would do it, and ANYBODY thought SOMEBODY would do it. And you know who did it? That’s exactly right … NOBODY! 

It happened that a fifth neighbor (an unbeliever) moved into the area. EVERYBODY thought SOMEBODY should try to win him for Christ. ANYBODY could have made an effort. You probably know who finally won him: NOBODY! 

This little parable brings to focus again the fact that each of us is personally responsible for God’s work. If we leave it for somebody or everybody or anybody, nobody will do it. Let’s work till Jesus comes!                                 

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Three sons discussed the gifts they gave their mother for Christmas.

The first said, “I built a big house for our mother.” 

The second said, “I sent her a Mercedes.”
 

The third said, “I’ve got you both beat. You remember how mom enjoyed reading the Bible? And you know she can’t see very well. So I sent her a parrot that recites the entire Bible. It took church elders 12 years to teach him. Mom just has to name the chapter and verse, and the parrot recites it.” 

Soon thereafter, mom sent out her letters of thanks:


“Dear Milton, The house you built is too huge. I live in only one room but I have to keep the whole house clean.” 

“Dear Gerald, I am too old to travel. I stay at home most of the time, so I rarely use the Mercedes.” 

“Dearest Donald, You certainly know what your mother likes. The chicken was dee-licious!”

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A Special Christmas
Written and Submitted by: Irene Wright 

As I began to read the Christmas story, it was as if time stood still
And suddenly I was watching a miracle unfold from atop of Bethlehem’s hill.
Gazing upon the city from afar
The sky was illuminated by a bright and shining star
As I looked into the city streets
There were all kinds of people to greet
But why the frowns upon their face
Did they not know a miracle was about to take place?
After all, it was just an ordinary Christmas so they thought
But all of their concerns were on the things they bought
Then I turned to the country side
Where the Virgin MARY was filled with pride.
For you see she was to give birth
To the Savior who would redeem the earth.
Could you have imagined such a thing?
What hurtful words this would bring.
But Joseph, being a just and loyal man
Followed GOD’S plan.
Traveling to the little town of Bethlehem was a long and tiresome way
But set in motion was taxes that they must pay.
No offer to help Mary and JOSEPH as they entered town
Seemed to be no one around!
I wonder how they could be so cruel
Did not they remember the golden rule?
With no place to stay, no room in the inn
How would all of this end?
Then I heard the small still voice of GOD
Whisper, “I am with you no matter where you may trod.”
Suddenly my eyes beheld a crude old stable, filled with hay
GOD had provided Mary with a place to stay!
And on the Christmas morn, Mary brought forth a Son!
Who would bring eternal life to everyone!
Wondering why that star appearing was so bright
It was the three Wise Men’s guiding light!
And when they gazed upon that tiny Babe’s face
There were filled with amazing grace!
Laying precious gifts at His feet
Sounds from Heaven’s Choir were so sweet!
Then in a dream, they were forewarned
You must heed to my words concerning this Child that has just been born
Return not the way you came
For King Herod’s words and actions are not the same.
The child grew in spirit and love
And someday we shall spend that special CHRISTMAS WITH Him in Heaven above! 

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Merry Christmas!
Isn’t it fun 
To say “Merry Christmas” 
To everyone? 
Time for a party 
And presents and things 
That make children happy 
And give their hearts wings!
 
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God’s Presence
Written and Submitted by: Jean Hunt 

As I sat listening to the early morning sounds, I could feel God’s Presence all around. I stand amazed of all His creation and it’s found in every nation. His Presence is everywhere and you can find Him when time with Him you share. I like the quietness of an early morning sunrise before the world seems to come alive. There are no distractions to be found and the time you spend with Him you can barely hear a sound, only nature communing with God as they are busy in the earth’s wooden sod. When man took that first step and decided not to obey, the plague of sin still haunts us to this very day. 

The Garden of Eden must have been a beautiful place that God created for the human race. Everything they would ever need was available for them to succeed, but Satan presented himself and Adam and Eve failed the test. There is no difference in us today because people still feel the need to disobey. God created everything good and we need to serve Him and live like we should. My desire is and always will be to love God and serve Him faithfully.
 

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The Road to Addiction
Written and Submitted by: Pat Lewallen, 11/11/17 

They married over a year ago
Both chose our city to stay.
They bought a new home 
And wanted children someday. 

Their new friends said, “Come on, try it!
You can be happy too, you know!”
Both new friends were smiling,
Their faces and eyes were all aglow! 

Their old friends had warned them,
“Drugs will make a fool out of you!

They’ll rob you of your dreams,
And steal all your tomorrows too!” 

They’d try drugs just one time
So they could stay in control.
They both wanted a “happy day” 
And no one else would ever know. 

Their day began with “happy drugs”
And they were sticking to their plan!
This was the very day
The road to addiction began. 

There’re no “happy days” anymore!
They stay somewhere on Needle Alley.
How could they be so reckless?
Can they ever escape Addiction Valley? 

An old friend saw them a month ago.
Both were high and couldn’t speak.
Today, they made the Morning News:
“Couple OD’ed, probably died last week.”
 

Please memorize this truth, 
Store it forever in your heart:
“The best way to defeat addiction 
Is to NEVER start!” 

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Eternal Life
Written and Submitted by: Richard Lewallen 

The Bible makes it clear that we all have eternal life. The soul of man shall never die. That is an awesome thought. It is very good news and very bad news at the same time. The Bible speaks of two resurrections, the resurrection of the just who have accepted Christ as their Savior, and the resurrection of damnation, which are all unbelievers. Every one of us better have as our number one priority to be in the first resurrection of the just! Jesus our Lord has made it very clear that He is the door to Heaven, and the only door! 

It’s scary to see the unconcern of the lost across our land, and also scary to see even believers with little concern for the lost. Perhaps this is the falling away that is to take place before His return. Time and opportunities are running our fast and it’s already been established that we have eternal life. The big question before us is “Where are we going to spend it?”  

Our Lord speaks about His promise to us in 2 Peter 3:9 (KJV): The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. Simply put, God bankrupted Heaven to keep you and me out of hell. Jesus made it possible for us to make our free will choice where we will spend eternity. Jesus, our Intercessor and High Priest, is praying for us to make the right choice.


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The Heart’s True Home
ODB.org – Written by David H. Roper, Devotional - 11/24/17
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[God] has . . . set eternity in the human heart. (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV)
 

We had a West Highland Terrier for a number of years. “Westies” are tough little dogs, bred to tunnel into badger holes and engage the “enemy” in its lair. Our Westie was many generations removed from her origins, but she still retained that instinct, put into her through years of breeding. On one occasion she became obsessed by some “critter” under a rock in our backyard. Nothing could dissuade her. She dug and dug until she tunneled several feet under the rock. 

Now consider this question: Why do we as humans pursue, pursue, pursue? Why must we climb unclimbed mountains, ski near-vertical slopes? Run the most difficult and dangerous rapids, challenge the forces of nature? Part of it is a desire for adventure and enjoyment, but it’s much more. It’s an instinct for God that has been implanted in us. We cannot not want to find God. 

We don’t know that, of course. We only know that we long for something. “You don’t know what it is you want,” Mark Twain said, “but you want it so much you could almost die.” 

God is our heart’s true home. As church father Augustine said in that most famous quotation: “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” 

And what is the heart? A deep void within us that only God can fill.
 

Help me, Lord, to recognize my deep longing for You. Then fill me with the knowledge of You. Draw me near.

Beneath all our longings is a deep desire for God. 

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“And she shall bring forth a son, and
thou shalt call his name Jesus: for
he shall save his people from
their sins.” 

Matthew 1:21 (KJV)