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No this is not about real ills (sickness), but about devotions from Real Life Illustrations. These are true earthly illustrations that reveal a spiritual truth. We encourage you to find illustrations from your life to share with others about what God is doing in your own life. Just click on the blue titles.
No this is not about real ills (sickness), but about devotions from Real Life Illustrations. These are true earthly illustrations that reveal a spiritual truth. We encourage you to find illustrations from your life to share with others about what God is doing in your own life. Just click on the blue titles.
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Y2.2K
I remember the fear of the Y2K computer issue that would occur on January 1, 2000. The US spent over $300 billion to prevent what they predicted to be a major catastrophic problem. Now 20 years later, we are even more depended on electronic devices. There are currently 5.15 billion people (66.6% of the world population) with mobile electronic devices. In the US, 78% of homes have a computer and 37% of adults use a computer while at work with almost 100% of students use electronic devices at school. How would an unpredicted issue like Y2K affect us today? The average person spends over 6 hours a day looking at an electronic screen. “The modern version of fasting is not doing without food but doing without a mobile electronic device.”
50 Years of Commitment
Except for family farms or family owned businesses, it is very rare that someone celebrates 50 years of employment with the same employer. It is very rare that people celebrate 50 years of being in the same community. It is very rare that people celebrate 50 years of being married. It is sad to say that I know a number of persons who have given up their service to the Lord. God has given you an eternal commitment. What will your record of commitment be when you see the Lord? “A great person leaves a legacy of commitment and not cash.”
Impeachment
Now we are experiencing another presidential impeachment. No matter what the outcome, our government and our citizens have become greatly divided, opinionated, stubborn, disrespectful, self-centered, untrusted and disillusioned. ”In God we trust” has become an obsolete and offensive saying. If Bible reading and prayer were a part of the process, it would be peaceful and truthful with positive result.
What is Love?  
February 14 is known as  St. Valentine's Day. It is a day on which people express their love to the person who means the most to them. Our English language is so weak regarding the meaning of love. What does it mean to love God with all your heart, soul and mind? What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself?
It’s A Wonderful Life
During this past Christmas season, there were a number of classic Christmas movies on TV.
My favorite Christmas movie is the 1946 “It’s A Wonderful Life” Many of us may have also said or thought, “I wish I was never born.” But, in reality, this is the best time that God can work through us. “It can only be a wonderful life when you surrender your life to Christ.”
The Unseen Enemy
Today, we are facing a pandemic, Coronavirus Covid-19. As of March 18, there was been 218,642 cases and 8,942 deaths with 125,317 currently infected patients worldwide and the numbers are climbing hourly. Out of caution and not fear, I am working at home and keeping limited contact with the world. There is also another unseen enemy which is Satan. We all must be more cautious and fearful of him, for he has destroyed more lives than any health issue, war, famine, or disaster. His effects are eternal. “Satan is like the flu. You cannot see him but his ways are devastating for you.”
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Is your head in the clouds?"
Is Your Old Man Dead?
The other night, I watched The Andy Griffith Show. It featured a man named Thomas Silby. He came to Andy. Andy looked at him as if he seen a ghost. Andy said that the last time he saw Tom was at Tom’s funeral. Tom’s wife had reported that while he has on a trip, he been run over by a train. They had a service and put up a gravestone for him. Andy asked him what should be done with his tombstone. Tom said leave it there. That old man is dead and buried. I am a changed man. No more drinking, cursing or anger.
We Need the Red Cross
Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. The symbols of both God’s physical and spiritual healing are with us today. We need to seek His Red Cross to heal our land. Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth. Jer 33:3,6
The Remains of Jesus
On March 4, 2007, I watched, on the Discovery Channel, a documentary called “The Lost Tomb of Jesus”. They gave the presentation that Jesus’ remains were found. That His resurrection was only in spirit and not in body. Jesus’ body was moved to this tomb to fool everyone. “Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” “As Christians, Jesus remains in us.”
Make Every Day Mother’s Day
The modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, WV. God had chosen a specific Mother for you for a reason. We need to thank God and our Mother for their foundation in us and then build upon it to become a person that God can use. Mother’s Day should not be just one day a year. You should honor and thank her often “Without mothers, none of us would be here.”
Do You Know Your Mother?
For my wife’s 50th birthday party, I made up a game called “Do You Know Your Mother?” The contestants were our two teenage sons. I had a list of questions about their mother and every time they got a question wrong, they had to put bubblegum in their month. Let’s just say, their mouths were so filled they could hardly talk. The bigger questions are: How well does God know you? How well do you know God’s Son Jesus? “There is a big difference between knowing about God and knowing God.”
Who’s Who
I felt honored when I received the above e-mail last month from Marquis Who's Who. In Hebrews chapter 11, God lists many in His Who’s Who of faith. Some of these people would have never been nominated for Marquis Who's Who list. With God, you do not have to be someone great, rich, famous, or even a saint to be listed in His Hall of Fame or Book of Life. Our true notoriety should be for Jesus to say: “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
Quarantine Quarrel
With this virus, I do not know who is right and wrong. But I do know that God knows. For this reason, I am praying and trusting that He is guiding our leaders and medical workers in the right direction. It is not about our rights but our responsibilities, our relationships our reactions and our righteousness. God will hold both our leaders and us accountable for improper actions. If your God cannot control or change your leader than you need to change gods. “If you do not agree with what the leaders are doing then go straight to the Highest Authority.”
Understanding Our Icon for Liberty.
A cracked bell nor a human government can bring you live, liberty nor true happiness. But a wooden cross can break your chains of sin, give you peace that passes all understanding and give you life more abundant.
The "Eyes" Have it                                           Some people are able to smile with their eyes.  It doesn’t matter if most of their face is covered with a mask - you know they are smiling just by looking at their eyes.  Your eyes are all others can see of your face in this Covid world.  Ask God to draw your attention towards His work in our world so your eyes can reflect His beauty, goodness, and light to others.
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