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Two little handprints on a glass door at the church building. My first thought was that someone was going to be upset. The doors are dirty now. But then I noticed that these handprints were too high for the size of them. Someone must have been holding that little one in order for them to get those handprints that high up. I like clean doors, but all I could see that day was two small handprints, high on the glass. I think I know whose they were, but it really doesn't matter. The evidence was there that someone had brought a child to the services of the church at this place. That is always a good thing. A tall person (dad, granddad, step-dad, foster dad) was carrying a small person (child). They were at services. They were learning and sharing. They were putting God first at that moment. Dad was setting an example and establishing priorities, a child was learning to love God and His Word. Nothing is more important. "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." Eph. 6:4
Two small handprints
I like clean doors, but I love big people bringing little people to church! Parents demonstrating in action how important God is! God bless!! Steve Weeks, minister firstname.lastname@example.org Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org Go to www.kttradio.org for more information.
Good Morning! We are called to a higher standard of behavior as followers of Christ. Jesus holds up the ultimate example in this passage.
"But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. ... You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matt. 5:44-45, 48
Now let me explain that this word "perfect" means mature, ripe, ready, not just without fault. It is something we should strive for, grow into and seek to reach. We get there by practice and endurance (see James 1). Sometimes with a lot of prayer! In fact, prayer should be part of our daily lives anyway, but that is a subject for another post. Perfect, mature, complete. Strive for it.
Perfect? Do you KNOW who I live with, work with, etc?
This is a difficult task in the world we live in. There are many people with whom we come in contact who are so much less than perfect! By the way, we are also less than perfect, but working on it. In dealing with them, we need to remember how God has dealt with them. Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Not an easy task, but a necessary one!
Steve Weeks, minister email@example.com
Listen live to "Searching God's Word" with Steve Weeks, MWF 9 am M 8 pm on www.KTTR.org
Go to www.kttradio.org for more information.
Quick thought: What do we think about?
There are a lot of things that are troubling..
1) The elevation of homosexuality all around us. Being constantly, told it is acceptable
2) The killing of unborn children
3) The acting as vigilantes in the so-called name of justice
4) Problems in our homes, in our churches, in our country, in our world
So many troubling things.
It can really bring us down, discourage us, disappoint us... BUT, today, here is what I am going to try and think on: The wonderful deeds of God. David wrote in Psalms 9:1b "I will recount all of your wonderful deeds."
How much strength can we gain if we remember God's wonderful deeds? If we remember His hands in the lives of His people in scripture? If we look at His deliverance of His children? His compassion to the needy? His love for all? His amazing creations? OR, what if we remember and recount His wonderful deeds in our own lives? The times He has answered our prayers? Delivered us? Today, I am going to try to think about His wonderful deeds in 1) the lives of those in scripture, 2) and in my own life. Then I can "give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart" (Psalms 9:1a)
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