THE O’MALLY FACTOR

OCTOBER 24

What right do you have to condemn your neighbor? (James 4:11 NLT)

A reader writes: “We share our home with two sibling cats-or more accurately, they share there home with us! Delaney’s a quiet, affectionate soul, while O’Malley’s a predator-and a world-class backbiter! For reasons known only to God and himself, O’Malley waits until Delaney’s back is turned, then he pounces on her and bites her rear end. Like all seasoned backbiters, he acts without warning. ” his attacks are unprovoked … his victims can’t defend themselves … and he does it to get attention.”

Backbiting-how often have you engaged in it, and afterward wished you hadn’t opened your mouth at all? When you backbite, others may listen to what you have to say, but they’ll never trust you. Because they know whatever you say to them, you’ll later say about them. You see, when you hurt someone by gossip and innuendo, it says much more about your character than it does theirs! Listen: “Who may enter your presence? Those who refuse to slander others … or speak evil of their friends” (Psalm 15:1-5 NIT).

Do you want to pray with confidence? Do you want His presence and His approval on all that you do? If so, don’t backbite!

IF YOU CAN’T FIND SOMETHING GOOD TO SAY- THEN SAY NOTHING!

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

With high-definition TV everything looks bigger and wider. ​Kind of like going to your 25th high school reunion. …

 

Teacher to a student: “Can you think of a solution to end unemployment?” “Yes, sir! I’d put all the men on one island and the women on another.” “And what would they be doing then?” ​”Building boats!” …



GENTLENESS

OCTOBER 22

I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the cbildren be able to endure, until I come unto my Lord (Esau) unto Seir, (Genesis 33:14)

Francis Ridley Havergall writes concerning this story:

“What a beautiful picture of Jacob’s thoughtfulness for the cattle and the children! He would not allow them to be over driven even for one day. He would not lead on according to what a strong man like Esau could do, and expected them to do, but only according to what they were able to endure,

He knew exactly how far they could go in a day; and he made that his only consideration in arranging the marches. He had gone the same wilderness journey years before, and knew all its roughness and heat and length, by personal experience. And so he said, ‘I will lead on softly’ (Genesis 33:14).”What a wonderful attitude. How Christ-like!

You can always choose to be gentle, no matter how busy or pressured you are! It s a choice!

In the midst of all your goal-setting and achieving, you’d do well to remember two things, (1) Gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit, without which you may be successful, but you’ll never be truly spiritual.

(2) Gentleness IS a Christ-like quality that might just impress some people more than all your accomplishments put together!

Galileo said, “The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.”

IT’S WORTH THINKING ABOUT TODAY. ISN’T IT?

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

The manager of a large office asked a new employee to come into his office.

“What is your name?” was the first thing the manager asked. “John,” the new guy replied. The manager scowled. “Look, I don’t know what kind of a namby-pamby place you worked at before, but I don’t call anyone by their first name! It breeds familiarity and that leads to a breakdown in authority,” he said.

“I refer to my employees by their last name only – Smith, Jones, Baker – that’s all. Now that we got that straight, what is your last name?”

​The new guy sighed and said, “Darling. My name is John Darling.” The manager said, “Okay, John, the next thing I want to tell you…”



THE PULPIT SEARCH COMITTEE

OCTOBER 21

The Lord sees not as man sees. (1 Samuel 6:7 AMP)

A pulpit search committee brought the following report to the congregation: “In our search for just the right pastor, only one was found to have the qualities we need. After interviewing each of the candidates, here are their names, along with our comments:

Noah: A failure as a preacher; 120 years experience, but no converts. Moses: Stutters and loses his temper. Abraham: Got into trouble with the authorities and lied his way out. David: Would make a good minister of music, if he had better morals. Solomon: A walking encyclopedia of wisdom, but doesn’t practice what he preaches. Elijah: Prone to depression, folds under pressure. Hosea: Divorced, and reman-led to a prostitute: Jeremiah: Too emotional and negative; a real alarmist. Amos: A farmer, better suited to picking figs and raising cattle. John: Says he’s a Baptist, but lacks tact. Dresses like a hippie. Peter: Bad-tempered; denied Christ publicly. Paul: Not good media material; too long-winded. Timothy: Has potential, but much too young. Jesus: Offends church members with his preaching. Hangs out with questionable characters. Upset the pulpit search committee with His pointed questions! Judas: Practical,

cooperative, good with money, cares for the poor, well-dressed. We all agree–he’s the man to fill our pulpit!

AREN’T YOU GLAD THAT ” … THE LORD LOOKS ON THE HEART”

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

 

There was a little old lady who was nearly blind. She had three sons and they wanted to prove which one was the best son to her.

So son #1 bought her a 15-room mansion thinking this would surely be the best any of them could offer her.

Son #2 bought her a beautiful Mercedes with a chauffeur included thinking he would surely win her approval.

Son #3 had to do something even better than these so he bought her a trained parrot. This parrot had been trained for 15 years to memorize the entire Bible. You could mention any verse in the Bible and the parrot could quote it word for word. How useful his nearly blind mother would find that!

Well, the old lady went to the first son and said, “Son, the house is just gorgeous but it’s really much too big for me. I only live in one room, and it’s much too large for me to clean and take care of. I really don’t need the house, but thank you anyway.”

Then she explained to her second son, “Son, the car is beautiful, it has everything you could ever want on it, but I don’t drive and I really don’t like that driver, so please return the car.”

​Next, she went to son number three and said, “Son, I just want to thank you for that thoughtful gift. The chicken was small, but delicious.”



LIVING BIBLES

OCTOBER 17

Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8)

Mature love-the kind that enables two people to go the distance-is spelled out clearly in 1 Corinthians 13. You need to read it regularly. It says:

  1. I) Mature love is tolerant. It knows that a relationship is a package deal-you enjoy what’s good, and you develop patience by learning to live with what’s still under construction.

2) Mature love is never envious. It understands that real contentment comes from knowing that God has a plan for each of us-and that what He’s got for you, He’ll never give to anybody else.

3) Mature love is courteous. In a culture where good manners are in short supply, it knows that the value you place on something is evidenced by how you treat it.         .

4) Mature love is 110t not touchy. It knows that if you always wear your feelings on your sleeve, you’ll need a steady supply of Kleenex.

Now, listen to how Paul describes mature love in The Message: “Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self … always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end”

(1 Corinthians 13:4-8 TM).

TODAY, ASK GOD TO GIVE YOU THAT KIND OF LOVE!

 

Bill, Jim, and Scott were at a convention together and were sharing a large suite on the top of a 75-story skyscraper.

After a long day of meetings they were shocked to hear that the elevators in their hotel were broken and they would have to climb 75 flights of stairs to get to their room.

Bill said to Jim and Scott, let’s break the monotony of this unpleasant task by concentrating on something interesting. I’ll tell jokes for 25 flights, and Jim can sing songs for 25 flights, and Scott can tell sad stories the rest of the way.

At the 26th floor Bill stopped telling jokes and Jim began to sing. At the 51st floor Jim stopped singing and Scott began to tell sad stories.

​”I will tell my saddest story first,” he said. “I left the room key in the car!”



MATURE LOVE

OCTOBER 17

Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8)

Mature love-the kind that enables two people to go the distance-is spelled out clearly in 1 Corinthians 13. You need to read it regularly. It says:

  1. I) Mature love is tolerant. It knows that a relationship is a package deal-you enjoy what’s good, and you develop patience by learning to live with what’s still under construction.

2) Mature love is never envious. It understands that real contentment comes from knowing that God has a plan for each of us-and that what He’s got for you, He’ll never give to anybody else.

3) Mature love is courteous. In a culture where good manners are in short supply, it knows that the value you place on something is evidenced by how you treat it.         .

4) Mature love is 110t not touchy. It knows that if you always wear your feelings on your sleeve, you’ll need a steady supply of Kleenex.

Now, listen to how Paul describes mature love in The Message: “Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self … always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end”

(1 Corinthians 13:4-8 TM).

TODAY, ASK GOD TO GIVE YOU THAT KIND OF LOVE!

 

Bill, Jim, and Scott were at a convention together and were sharing a large suite on the top of a 75-story skyscraper.

After a long day of meetings they were shocked to hear that the elevators in their hotel were broken and they would have to climb 75 flights of stairs to get to their room.

Bill said to Jim and Scott, let’s break the monotony of this unpleasant task by concentrating on something interesting. I’ll tell jokes for 25 flights, and Jim can sing songs for 25 flights, and Scott can tell sad stories the rest of the way.

At the 26th floor Bill stopped telling jokes and Jim began to sing. At the 51st floor Jim stopped singing and Scott began to tell sad stories.

​”I will tell my saddest story first,” he said. “I left the room key in the car!”



LEARNING TO BE CONFIDENT

LEARNING TO BE CONFIDENT

OCTOBER 16

Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors. (Romans 8:37 AMP)

You. are more than a conqueror when … you have a sense of victory before the battle begins … you know you have the solution before the problem arises … are you’re confident of God’s approval regardless of who else’s rejection you experience.

Sometimes it’s the length, and not the strength of the trial that shakes us up! Is that where you are today? If so, listen: “Do not throw away your confidence … yon need to persevere so that when you

have done the will of God, YOU will receive what he has promised” (Hebrews 010:35-36 NIV).

Confident people get the job done! Yes, they make mistakes. Yes, God has to correct them (see Hebrews 12:6). But isn’t that better than always playing it safe and accomplishing nothing?

Understand something: If you do not believe in yourself, you don’t believe in God either: Because, even though He’s in you, He can only do through you ‘What you believe Him for. Think about that for a moment!

You say, “I wish I had your confidence,” Listen, confidence is something you decide to have. It comes from reading God’s Word and choosing to believe it. If you do, you’ll have confidence. If you don’t, you’ll continue to live in doubt.

SO, THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY IS- “LEARN TO BE CONFIDENT!”

 

Mr. Johnson was overweight, so his doctor put him on a diet.

He said; “I want you to eat regularly for two days, then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for two weeks. The next time I see you, you should have lost at least five pounds.”

When Mr. Johnson returned, he shocked the doctor by having dropped almost twenty pounds. “Why, that’s amazing!” the doctor told him. “You did this just by following my instructions?”

The slimmed down Mr. Johnson nodded. “I’ll tell you, though, I thought I was going to drop dead that third day.” “From hunger, you mean?”

​”No,” replied Mr. Johnson, “from skipping.”



GOD WANTS YOU TO PROSPER

OCTOBER 15

GOD WANTS YOU TO PROSPER

OCTOBER 15

You will be made rich … so that you can be generous … (2 Corinthians 9:11 NIV)

How often does God have to say it before you believe it? He wants to empower you spiritually, relationally, and financially! But the following things will always determine your prosperity:

1) What you sow! Listen: « … whoever sows generously will also reap generously” (2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV). But you say, “I don’t  have much.” Listen, you always have enough to create what you need. What has God given you? Use it as a seed to begin your next harvest.

2) The level of your maturity. It takes character to handle success. God only wants you to prosper “as your soul prospers” (3 John 2, NAS). If your harvest is slow in coming, be patient! God loves you too much to put you in jeopardy by giving you more than you can handle right now.

3) Your obedience. Listen: ‘Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night … do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8 NIV). Obey God’s Word. Why? Because God can’t bless you beyond your last act of obedience.

4) Your Purpose. General William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, was asked the secret of his success. He replied, “Years ago I decided to give God all of me, and that’s no secret. Anybody can do it-if they’ll pay the price.”

WHEN YOU CAN SAY THOSE WORDS, GOO WILL ENTRUST YOU WITH MORE THAN YOU EVER DREAMED POSSIBLE.

 

Mo and Jo are sitting in boat fishing, drinking cokes and eating sandwiches when out of the blue Mo says, “I think I’m gonna divorce my wife she ain’t spoke to me in over a month.”

Jo sips his Coke and says, “Better think it over, women like that are hard to find.”

 

Teacher: What are the two days of the week which start with letter “T”?

​Student: Today and tomorrow Sir. …



LIGHTEN UP

OCTOBER 14

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you. (John 15:11)

Most of us are far too serious. We’re uptight about everything- being five minutes late, getting stuck in traffic, somebody giving us a wrong look, waiting in line, overcooking a meal, gaining a pound, discovering a wrinkle, making an honest mistake. You name it-we lose all perspective over it! The problem is, we have unrealistic expectations! Consider that for a minute!

If you want to experience the joy God promises, try these two things: (1) Admit that your anxiety is largely because of the way you have decided life should be. (2) Understand that your expectations are

frustrating you, and that expecting things to always be a certain way is keeping YOU constantly upset,

Here’s an idea. Try approaching life today without all those expectations and “shoulds.”  For example, don’t expect everyone to be friendly, and then when some people are, you’ll be pleased. Don’t

expect your day to be trouble-free. Instead, when problems come up, say, “Thank You, Lord, for another chance to grow.” Go ahead, do it, and you’ll see how much better everything is. Rather than always

rowing against the current in life, you’ll be flowing with it.

IF YOU WORK AT THIS, YOU’LL ENJOY LIFE MORE- AND OTHER PEOPLE WILL ENJOY BEING AROUND YOU MORE, TOO!

 

Four people are in an airplane, the pilot, the smartest man in the world, the richest man in the world, and a punk teenager.

The airplane experiences some difficulties, and the pilot informs the three passengers that the plane is going to crash, and there are only three parachutes on the plane.

The richest man in the world takes one, because he says that his lawyers will sue everyone else on the plane if he doesn’t survive.

The smartest man in the world takes a parachute, because he thinks that the world would be a worse place without him.

The pilot says to the punk “There’s only one parachute left, I’ll fight you for it.”

​”That won’t be necessary,” said the punk, “The smartest man in the world took my backpack.”



QUICK, CHEAP, AND NOT DEEP ENOUGH

The stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. (Luke 6:48)

Listen to Jesus: “But all those who come and listen and obey me are like a man who builds a house on a strong foundation laid upon the underlying rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against the house, it stands firm, for it is strongly built. But. those who listen and don’t obey are like a man who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it crumbles into a heap of ruins” (Luke 6:47-49 TLB).

Both houses experienced the same storm, but only one was able to stand. The other fell because it was built quick, cheap, and not deep enough. Beware of the snare of instant things. Don’t seek for an experience; seek for a relationship. One can be had in a day-the other is the product of a lye time of walking with the Lord. Both houses looked identical. The storm revealed the difference. You can count on the fact that you will go through storms. Paul said, “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). He asked of the Galatians, “Ye did run well; who did hinder you?” (Galatians 5:7). The answer was, they built quick, cheap, and not deep enough.

WILL THE HOUSE YOU’RE BUILDING TODAY WITHSTAND THE STORM TOMORROW?

 

After getting all of the Pope’s luggage loaded into the limo (and he doesn’t travel lightly), the driver notices that the Pope is still standing on the curb.

“Excuse me, Your Eminence,” says the driver, “Would you please take your seat so we can leave?”

“Well, to tell you the truth,” says the Pope, “they never let me drive at the Vatican, and I’d really like to drive today”

“I’m sorry but I cannot let you do that. I’d lose my job! And what if something should happen?” protests the driver, wishing he’d never gone to work that morning.

“There might be something extra in it for you,” says the Pope.

Reluctantly, the driver gets in the back as the Pope climbs in behind the wheel.

The driver quickly regrets his decision when, after exiting the airport, the Supreme Pontiff floors it, accelerating the limo to 105 mph.

“Please slow down, Your Holiness!!!” pleads the worried driver, but the Pope keeps the pedal to the metal until they hear sirens.

“Oh, dear God, I’m gonna lose my license,” moans the driver.

The Pope pulls over and rolls down the window as the cop approaches, but the cop takes one look at him, goes back to his motorcycle, and gets on the radio.

“I need to talk to the Chief,” he says to the dispatcher.

The Chief gets on the radio and the cop tells him that he’s stopped a limo going a hundred and five.

“So bust him,” said the Chief.

“I don’t think we want to do that, he’s really important,” said the cop.

Chief exclaimed, “All the more reason!”

“No, I mean really important,” said the cop.

The Chief then asked, “Who ya got there, the Mayor?”

Cop: “Bigger.”

Chief: “Governor?”

Cop: “Bigger.”

“Well,” said the Chief, “Who is it?”

Cop: “I think it’s God!”

Chief: “What makes you think it’s God?”

Cop: “He’s got the Pope for a limo driver!”



DESPERATION

OCTOBER 10

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6)

My friend David Robinson. called me after he had spent the day fasting and praying. He said, “I told my Father that if I cannot walk in the power of the Spirit and see the results He promised in His Word, then I don’t want to hang around. He can just take me home.” Does that sound extreme? Paul cried, I could

wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh” (Romans 9:3). Jacob cried, “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me” (Genesis 32:26). Listen to the

results: Paul changed history, and Jacob became known as “Israel,”  prince with God. Something happens when we get desperate. God hates apathy and indifference, Listen: “So then because thou art

lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:16).

God responds to passion. He told Jeremiah, “Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29: 13). Maybe this sounds fanatical to some, but God can do more with a fool on fire than He can with a scholar on ice! John Knox, the great Scottish reformer, prayed, “God give me Scotland, or I die.” That cry was heard, and the fires of revival swept through the land.

GOD HAS NOT CHANGED. HE STILL RESPONDS TO THOSE WHO SEEK FOR HIM WITH ALL THEIR HEARTS.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Southern Baptist at the Race Track

Did you hear about the about the Southern Baptist who was in the habit of sneaking to the race track to bet on the horses?

One day he was losing badly when he saw a priest step onto the track, walk up to line-up and bless one of the horses on the forehead. The horse was a long shot, but the Southern Baptist thought, “With the priest’s blessing, surely this horse will win.” He placed a small bet and, sure enough, the horse came in first.

At the next race, the priest stepped onto the track and blessed another horse’s forehead. Even though this horse was also a long shot, the Southern Baptist was a little bolder this time and placed a larger bet on that horse. Again, it won.

A third time, the priest stepped onto the track and blessed a horse on the forehead. Like the others, this horse was also a long shot. The Southern Baptist placed an even larger bet this time and, sure enough the horse won.

This pattern continued throughout the day with the priest blessing the forehead of a long shot horse, the Southern Baptist placing larger and larger bets and the horse always winning.

At the last race of the day, the Southern Baptist thought, “I have got to go for broke here.” With great anticipation, he watched as the priest stepped onto the field one more time, walked up to the line-up and blessed the forehead, eyes, ears and hooves of one of the horses. The Southern Baptist ran to the ticket counter and bet all he had on that horse.

The horse came in dead last!

As he was walking out, he saw the priest. Walking up to him, he demanded, “What happened? All day long you blessed horses and they won, even though they were long shots. Then at the last race you blessed a horse, I bet everything and the horse lost.”

“That’s the problem with you Protestants,” said the priest. “You can’t tell the difference between a simple blessing and the Last Rites.”

 

 




 

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