Receive … the engrafted word. JAMES 1 :21

The word “engrafted” means “to attach to, and become part of.” Picture a gardener grafting a branch into a tree and that branch coming to life and bearing fruit. Now picture yourself reacting God’s Word and a Scripture attaching itself to you, growing in you and producing change in your life. That’s how

God’s Word works. And that’s why you need to read it daily!

Sometimes you can tell the pastor what you received through his sermon and he won’t know what you’re talking about because he was emphasizing something different. He was just the mailman; he didn’t know what was in the letter. God sent a Word just for you. He said, “Here’s what I want you to do,” or “This is what I’m going to do for you in this situation.” It’s a Word that liberates you from fear, lifts you, directs you, and enables you to fight and win. Engrafted-Word-carrying believers are potent. That’s because the engrafted Word sticks to you, takes you through the storm, feeds you in famine,

quenches your thirst in drought, and brings you through the worst of times.

It doesn’t have to be a sermon; Jesus just gave Peter one ·Word, “Come,” and Peter started walking on water. It works like this: God gives you a Word, and the moment you step out on it your mind says, “It doesn’t make sense, you don’t have the talent, you don’t have the finances, you don’t have the education, etc.” The amazing thing is, as long as you stand on the Word God gave you, you won’t go under. That one Word, “Come,” stuck to Peter’s heart and propelled him through the storm. And the engrafted Word will do the same for you.



​In a recent Round-table Discussion Group the question was asked of the Ministerial Panel, at what point does life begin.

The Baptist Preacher spoke first and said “At conception, of course!”.

The Presbyterian Minister said “No, no, it’s certainly begins at birth”.

The Catholic Priest tried to buffer the obvious argument point and suggested “Perhaps you’re both wrong, and it’s a compromise in that the fetus is not functional with a heartbeat until the third month”.

They had to prod the Jewish Rabbi for his answer, and he finally leaned forward to his mike and spoke softly “All of my friends here are wrong. Life begins when the last child leaves home, and the dog they left behind dies!!!”.



In the fourth watch … He came to them. MATTHEW 14:25 NAS

The “fourth watch” lasts from 3:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. Nighttime is when God does some of His best work! When the Israelites faced the Red Sea, we read, “All that night the Lord drove back the sea” (Ex 14:21 NCV). During “the middle watch” of the night, Gideon defeated the Midianites (See Jdg 7:19-24). Jesus rose from the dead before “daybreak” (See Mt 28:1). Matthew says: “In the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him … they were terrified .. .immediately Jesus spoke … ‘Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid'” (Mt 14:25-27 NAS). Notice two im

portant things: (1) Jesus waited until the storm was at its worst and they’d lost all hope. That’s because God dictates the timetable for our deliverance, and He’s never late. (2) The disciples didn’t recognize Him until He revealed l–Himself to them. Often the answer you need is right beside you, but you don’t

recognize it until God reveals it to you.

On another occasion, “When … the crowd was pushing in ···[Jesus] climbed into the boat that was Simon’s             put out … from the shore … [and] using the boat for a pulpit taught the crowd” (Lk S:1-3 TM). In that moment it would have been tempting for Peter to feel important, thinking the Master needed

his boat. No, God doesn’t need anything we have to accomplish His purposes-not our credentials, talent, or resources. So be humble. And don’t panic! When Jesus came to the disciples that night He was “walking on the sea.” God is on top of your situation. Be at peace; He will do whatever it takes to reach and rescue you. Your problem is just a platform to display His power to act on your behalf!



The father of five children had won a toy at a raffle.

He called his kids together to ask which one should have the present.

“Who is the most obedient?” he asked.

“Who never talks back to mother?

Who does everything she says?

”Five small voices answered in unison. “Okay, dad, you get the toy.” …




I will bless the Lord at all times. PSALM 34:1


David said: “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall  continually be in my mouth.” A thankfuI heart should be a way of life for us. But did you know that it can save your life?

When Jonah disobeyed God and ended up inside the whale, he told the Lord, “I will sacrifice to ‘You with … thanksgiving” (Jo 2:9 NKJV). When he did, God made the fish spit him up on dry land. When you’re in the pits and all hell is breaking loose around you, that’s when you need to raise your voice in praise.

Nothing demonstrates trust, like thanking God when you’re in the throes of crisis. A thankful heart does two things:

(a) It builds your faith. The reason “e [can] walk by faith [and] not by sight” (2Co 5:7 NAS), is because we know that regardless of the circumstances, God’s working on our behalf (See Ro 8:28). David said, “Magnify the Lord with me”(Ps 34:3). To magnify something is to enlarge it. When you focus on God

instead of the problem, God becomes bigger and the problem becomes smaller. Plus, “Faith cometh by hearing … the word of God” (Ro 10:17). Hearing God’s promises coming from your own lips, causes faith to rise in your heart. So start talking!

(b) It restores life. Before raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father … thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me” On 11:41-42 NKJV). Something wonderful happens when you start thanking God for saving, protecting and providing for you. Your faith soars. You gain the confidence to command those things in your life that you thought were dead, to live

again. So, cultivate a thankful heart!



Paddy and Mick are two Irishmen working at the local saw mill. One day, Mick slips and his arm gets caught and severed by the big bench saw. Paddy quickly puts the limb in a plastic bag and rushes it and Mick to the local hospital. Next day, Paddy goes to the hospital and asks after Mick. The nurse says, “Oh he’s out in Rehab exercising”. Paddy couldn’t believe it, but there’s Mick out the back exercising his now re-attached arm.

The very next day he’s back at work in the sawmill. A couple of days go by, and then Mick slips and severs his leg on another bloody big saw. So Paddy puts the limb in a plastic bag and rushes it and Mick off to the Hospital. Next day he calls in to see him and asks the nurse how he is. The nurse replies, “He’s out in the Rehab again exercising”. And sure enough, there’s Mick out there doing some serious work on the treadmill. And very soon Mick comes back to work.

But, as usual, within a couple of days he has another accident and severs his head. Wearily, Paddy puts the head in a plastic bag and transports it and Mick to the hospital. Next day he goes in and asks the nurse how Mick is. The nurse breaks down and cries and says, “He’s dead.” Paddy is shocked, but not surprised. “I suppose the saw finally did him in.” “No”, says the nurse, “Some idiot put his head in a plastic bag and he suffocated”.



Lazy hands make a man poor; but diligent hands bring wealth. PROVERBS 10:4 NIV

When questioned about his incredible success, Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, offered these ten insights to anyone starting out. They are worth considering:

(1) Life isn’t fair-get used to it. (2) The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem; it expects you to accomplish something before feeling good about yourself. (3) You won’t make $60K a year right out of school, or be a vice president with a cell phone. You have to earn it. (4) Do you think your teacher is tough? Wait till you have a boss-he’s not tenured. (5) Flipping burgers isn’t beneath you; your grandparents called it opportunity. (6) Your parents weren’t always boring; it came from feeding

you, cleaning your clothes and paying your bills. So before you rush out to save the rain forest from the “parasites” of your parents’ generation, try delousing your own closet. (7) Some schools may have abolished winners and losers, but life hasn’t. They may have eradicated “failing grades” and given you as

long as you want to get the right answer. This bears no resemblance to reality. (8) Life isn’t divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off. Employers aren’t interested in helping you “find yourself;” you do that on your own time. (9) Unlike television, real people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to work. (10) Be nice to nerds; chances are, you’ll end up working for one someday!

The Bible says: “Lazy hands make a man poor; but diligent hands bring wealth.” “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied” (Pr 13:4 NIV). No shortcuts-you’ve got to work for it!



On Sunday morning at a Texas prison, a group of inmates were being led to the Catholic and Protestant Chapels.

One prisoner did not enter either chapel, but kept on walking toward the main gate.

A guard caught up with him and asked, “Where are you going?”​

The prisoner replied, “I was told I could go to the church of my choice–and that is in San Antonio.” ​ ..





Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. DANIEL 3:30 NIV

The story of the three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace makes us realize four things: (1) Obeying God doesn’t exempt you from trouble. Don’t expect the world to always understand or appreciate you. Look at Christ: “In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it” Un 1:4-5 NIV). (2) You’re not alone, God is with you in your trouble. When King Nebuchadnezzar looked into the fiery furnace he said, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God” (Da 3:25). Instead of destroying them, the fire burned the ropes that bound them and set them free. So be encouraged. It may feel like you’re “bound by circumstances,” limited and locked in, but God is with you; He’s going to vindicate you and bring you out of this victorious. (3) Your trouble will become your testimony. Others are watching. What they’re trusting in doesn’t work, and they’re wondering if what you’re trusting in does. Your faithfulness to God and His intervention on your behalf, will touch their lives in ways your theology never will. Everybody in Babylon knew what the three Hebrew children believed, but they wanted to know, “Does it work when you’re in the fire?” It does! (4) On the other side of your trouble, there’s great blessing. “Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.” It’s a Scriptural principle: when you are faithful in a hard place, God can trust you in a high place.



Some days I wish I had the wisdom of a ninety-year old,

The body of a twenty-one year old man,

And the energy of a three year old. ..



That in the coming ages he might show … his grace, expressed … to us. EPHESIANS 2:7 NIV

When you’re going through right now is important, because God is weighing it in the light of your future. God doesn’t measure us in terms of our present condition or comfort level. No, He has a far greater plan in mind. “God knew [us] before he made the world, and he chose [us] to be like his Son” (Ro 8:29 NCV). Imagine that! One day we will be just like Jesus; doesn’t that blow your mind? “In the coming ages”

God is going to put us on display and say, “Look at My workmanship .. Can you believe that I made these glorified creatures from clay? When I first scooped them off the ground they wouldn’t hold water. But I worked with them, molded them and raised them up until they held relationships, and ministries, and concepts, and jobs. What you heard about them was true.

They were a disgrace and a disaster, but My grace was sufficient. Now they will sit with Me, ruling and reigning for ever!” When it comes to performing the impossible, Houdini and P.T. Barnum were amateurs. Could they have parted the Red Sea, put the sun on hold for twenty-four hours, turned water

into wine, resurrected the dead, and done it all with such style? Well, guess what? That same God is at work in your life. That’s because He plans to show you off some day. Incredible as it may sound, when God gets through with you, you’ll be “something else.”



Who would ever believe you could scramble letters in words to give a different meaning?

PRESBYTERIAN:  When you rearrange the letters:  BEST IN PRAYER

ASTRONOMER: When you rearrange the letters:  MOON STARER

THE EYES:  When you rearrange the letters: THEY SEE

 THE MORSE CODE :When you rearrange the letters: HERE COME DOTS

 DORMITORY:  When you rearrange the letters:  DIRTY ROOM

ANIMOSITY: When you rearrange the letters:  IS NO AMITY

SNOOZE ALARMS: When you rearrange the letters:  ALAS! NO MORE Z’S

A DECIMAL POINT :When you rearrange the letters:  I’M A DOT IN PLACE

ELEVEN PLUS TWO: When you rearrange the letters:  TWELVE PLUS ONE



How many times shall I forgive? MATTHEW 18:21 NIV

Lamech was a descendent of Cain, one of Adam’s sons. Now Cain killed his brothel’ Abel, God put a mark on him, saying that if anyone killed Cain they’d pay for it seven times over. One day somebody hurt Lamech, so he gave in to resentment, killed the offender, and said, “I have killed a man for wounding me … If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times” (Ge 4:23-24 NIV). In Lamech’s mind he was absolutely justified. The guy who did him wrong, bad it coming. The philosophy of Lamech is: if you hurt me, I’ll hurt you. And not just once, but seventy-seven times over. The spirit  of revenge is never satisfied. Simply stated: “It doesn’t work!” Like Lamech, Peter had been hurt by someone dose to

him, and it happened more than once. So he went to Jesus and asked, “How many times do I have to forgive this man? Seven times?” Peter thought he was being extremely generous and expected Jesus to pat him on the back. So he probably wasn’t too pleased when Jesus deflated his ego by saying he must forgive the offender, “not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Where did Jesus get that number? From the Old Testament. Jesus knew the Scriptures well, so He chose it deliberately. He was doing away with the philosophy of Lamech! “Peter, you can follow in the footsteps of Lamech and retaliate, or YOLI can follow Me and keep extending forgiveness-but you can’t do both!”



While two families were waiting in line to see the Washington Monument, their two five-year-old boys were getting acquainted.

“My name is Joshua. What’s yours?” asked the first boy.

“Adam,” replied the second.

“My daddy is a doctor. What does your daddy do for a living?” asked Joshua.

Adam proudly replied, “My daddy is a lawyer.”

“Honest?” asked Joshua.

“No, just the regular kind,” replied Adam.



Those who are careful about what they say protect their lives. PROVERBS 13:3 NCV

After failing in business, Paul Gavin attended an auction of his own company. He was “down” but he wasn’t “out!”

With his last $750 he bought back the department which later became – Motorola! How’s that for a comeback story? The Bible says, “In … prosperity be joyful, but in adversity consider [examine it and see what you can learn] God has appointed the one as well as the other” (Ecc 7:14 NKJV). Whenever we

face new challenges like changing careers, going back to school or starting a new relationship, our old programming kicks in and tells us we’re not equal to the task. Look out! The Bible says, “Those who are careful about what they say protect their lives … whoever speaks without thinking will be ruined”

(Pr 13:3 NCV).

The wonderful thing about being the person God created you to be, is that He pre-programmed you to handle new situations, to change and to grow. Don’t build a case against yourself by listening to old voices without or within, or speaking words that undermine your confidence. Doing something you’ve never done before usually involves an anxiety-induced learning curve that follows along these lines: “There’s no way I can do this … I suppose I can try .. .I’m doing it, but not very well .. .I’m still doing it but I’m scared .. .I’m doing better … Oops, I made a mistake, guess I can’t do this after all. .. Maybe I’ll try again .. .I’m not doing much better this time … I’lI give it one more shot … Hey, I’m doing pretty good .. .I can do this!” The Bible says you’ll “be rewarded for. .. how [you] speak” (Pr 18:20 NCV), so turn all those “I cant’s” into “I cans” and get your self-talk in sync with the Scriptures.



This true story is told about a sheriff in a southern state in a small town.

This sheriff and his deputy stopped a motorist driving through the town.

The sheriff asked the driver for his license and registration of his vehicle.

He asked the driver where he lived. He responded by saying, “I live in Chicago.”

Then, the sheriff walked around and looked at his license plate and came back to talk with him.

The sheriff was very angry and said, “You told me that you are from Chicago, and your license plate has

Illinois on it. I think I will lock you up in my jail. Don’t you lie to me!

Fortunately, the deputy intervened, “Sheriff, I am sure that you know, Sir, that Chicago is a city in the state of Illinois.”



He who invokes a blessing on himself .. shall do so by saying, May the God of truth … bless me.


Did you know you can bless yourself by what you say? The says: “He who invokes a blessing on himself … shall do so by saying, May the God of truth … bless me … because the former troubles are forgotten.” Two important truths are taught in this Scripture: (1) Your own words have more power to affect you than anybody else’s. Ultimately it’s not what others say that counts; it’s what you say to yourself after they get through talking! You always have the last word. (2) You’ll never enjoy what God has for you in the future while you’re still living in the past. To enter the Promised Land, you must first leave the wilderness. So come into agreement with God; begin to say what He says about you. This is no small matter. What you say from the time you get up in the morning until you go to bed at night not only influences your day, it influences the entire outlook and direction of your life. If you’ve been praying and

asking God for specific answers, you can affect the outcome by making sure what you say lines up with what He says. In other words-get in harmony with God.

Your body is God’s temple, so be careful what you allow to come out of your mouth (See .l Co 3:16). Faultfinding and negativity destroy and tear down, but scripturally-based, faithfilled words open the door to God’s blessings. That’s why Paul writes: “Let no                worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth,

but only such     as is … beneficial” (Eph 4:29 AMP). So before you sound off, ask yourself-is this beneficial?



A man is overweight so his doctor puts him on a diet.

 “I want you to eat regularly for two days, then skip a day and repeat for two weeks and you’ll lose at least five pounds.

“When the man returns, he’s lost nearly 20 pounds.

The doctor exclaims, “That’s amazing! Did you follow my diet?”

The man nods.”I thought I was going to drop dead every third day from all the skipping!” …



Do all things without complaining. PHILIPPIANS 2:14 NKJV

He comes home flustered. “Honey, I’m late for a meeting and all my shirts are dirty!” Now, he believes he asked reasonably for a clean shirt. But she, hearing herself criticized, fires back, “If you’d fixed the washing machine like you promised, you’d have a closet full of clean shirts!” “I only asked for a shirt,” he says. “You didn’t ask, you complained!” she replies. Did he?

We complain, imagining we’re asking reasonably that our partner change something we’re upset about, then we’re frustrated when it backfires. Why not adopt the biblical principle, “You do not have because you do not ask” James 4:3 NKJV). You’ll be amazed how much you’ll get once you learn to ask, instead of assuming, demanding or complaining.

Therapist and author Bill O’Hanloll calls this “turning your complaints into action requests.” Instead of telling your husband or wife what you don’t like about their actions, ask graciously and clearly for what you’d like them to do. Be solution focused, action oriented, concrete and specific. Instead of, “John, we’ve got guests in thirty minutes and you’re still watching TV!” try, “John, they’ll be here soon. Would you mind bathing the kids while I finish cooking?” No complaint, just a request. Instead of, “Nobody lifts a finger around here but me,” try, “Sweetheart, I’m really exhausted, would you help me clear up the dishes?” Accept responsibility for turning your complaints into action requests, then make them concrete and specific. Saying “I need you to be considerate” is much too vague. Ask yourself, “If he or she were being considerate, what would they be doing?” Then kindly request that behavior-and always show gratitude when you get it!




There were two evil brothers. They were rich, and used their money to keep their ways from the public eye. They even attended the same church, and looked to be perfect Christians.

Then, their pastor retired, and a new one was hired. Not only could he see right through the brothers’ deception, but he also spoke well and true, and the church started to swell in numbers. A fund-raising campaign was started to build a new assembly.

All of a sudden, one of the brothers died. The remaining brother sought out the new pastor the day before the funeral and handed him a check for the amount needed to finish paying for the new building.

“I have only one condition,” he said. “At his funeral, you must say my brother was a saint.” The pastor gave his word, and deposited the check.

The next day, at the funeral, the pastor did not hold back. “He was an evil man,” he said. “He cheated on his wife and abused his family.” After going on in this vein for a small time, he concluded with,

“But, compared to his brother, he was a saint.”


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