THE OPEN DOOR POLICY

FEBRUARY 20 
 
Behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it.  (Revelation 3:8)
God guides us in many ways, and one of them is what I call “the open door policy.” I’m stubborn, and it’s taken me a long time to learn not to keep knocking on doors that are closed, and Instead to walk through the ones He has opened. Are you like that? Remember, don’t stay where you’re tolerated; go where you’re celebrated. God says no man can close the door. So if it’s closed, He may have a hand in it, and you need to pay attention.
 
The mighty Mississippi is two miles wide at one point, but so narrow at another you can jump across it. Now, when you first walk through a door, things may look small, but as you remain faithful and keep walking, you’ll discover that you’re connected to something deeper, wider and bigger than you ever conceived.
 
Years ago I thought my life was over, but today I have more joy and greater purpose than ever. When God closes one door, He opens another. Walking through it can be fearful, especially when you don’t know what’s on the other side. But it shouldn’t be, for Jesus said, “He goes on ahead of them and his sheep follow him because they know his voice”  (John 10:4 NIV)
 
WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THIS DOOR, HE’LL BE WAITING THERE FOR YOU, SO DON’T BE AFRAID.
 

 

It was graduation day and the mother was trying to take a picture of her son in a cap and gown, posed with his father. “Let’s try to make this look natural” she said.”Junior, put your arm around your dad’s shoulder.”The father answered, “If you want it to look natural, why not have him put his hand in my pocket?”​ .
 

  Teacher (pointing to the flag): “Amy, do you know what this is?” Amy: “Yes, it is the flag of our country.” Teacher: “Now, tell me the name of our country.” Amy: “‘Tis of Thee.” …



THINGS THAT NEVER CHANGE

FEBRUARY 19
 
 Remove not the old landmark. (Proverbs 23:10)
 
Thank God for “Big Ben.” It has kept us on time for generations, Thank God for the compass that always points toward the magnetic north-:-without it no one would be able to get anywhere. Thank God for seedtime and harvest,” for the Word says, “While’ the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest … shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22). That reassures me that the seeds I’ve sown will produce a harvest.
 
Recently on the national news, some people were trying to stop the sale of a hot-selling video protected under The Freedom of Speech Act. The video shows how to professionally assassinate someone. Dear God! I never thought I’d get this old this fast. But today I thank God for values that don’t change, and principles that still guarantee the more abundant life that Jesus talked about. (See John 10:10.)
 
Prayer still changes things. But more importantly, it changes you, Bible reading still strengthens and gives you peace and joy like nothing else. Most of all I’m glad He said, “I am the Lord, I change not (Malachi 3:6). What He was, He still is. What He said, He still says. What He did, He still does.

 

I’M SO GLAD HE’S THE UNCHANGING ONE, AREN’T YOU?
 

 

The boss came early in the morning one day and found an employee kissing his secretary. He shouted at him, “Is this what I pay you for?” The employee replied: “No, sir — this I do free of charge.” …
 

  ​Did you hear about the two silk worms who were in a race? They both ended up in a tie. …



PRESIDENT KENNEDY’S QUESTION

February 18

Then we which are alive and remain, shall be caught up. . . to meet the Lord in the air. 1 Thessalonians 4:17
 
Billy Graham says: “A few days before John R. Kennedy was inaugurated, I was invited to join him for golf, and afterwards to visit the Kennedy compound in Palm Beach, Florida. As we were driving back from the game, the president turned to me and asked, “Do you Rally believe that Jesus Chris is coming back to earth again?” I was dumbfounded! I never dreamed that he would ask a question like that. I replied, “Yes, sir, I do!” Alright, he said, “Explain it to me.”  For the next several minutes I had the opportunity to talk to him about the Second Coming of Christ. I’ve often wondered why he asked that question
 
‘”I think part of the answer came 1,000 days later – when he was assassinated! Remarkable, at his funeral, while millions around the world watched and listened, these words were spoken over his casket” “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout . . . and the dead in Christ shall rise first” then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up . . . to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18
 

  WHEN CHRIST RETURNS, SOME OF US WILL BE CAUGHT UP-OTHERS WILL BE CAUGHT OUT!

WHICH GROUP WILL YOU BE IN?
 

 

Bud the Cowboy
 

 

A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in Montana when suddenly a brand-new 2019 AUDI advanced towards him out of a cloud of dust. The driver, a young man named Cliff in a Brioni® suit, Gucci® shoes, RayBan® sunglasses and YSL® tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?”
 

 

Bud looks at the man, who obviously knows more than the cowboy, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, “Sure, why not?”
 

 

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell® notebook computer, connects it to his Apple iPhone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo. 
 

                        

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop® and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany
 

 

Within seconds, he receives an email on his Apple iPad® that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL® database through an ODBC connected Excel® spreadsheet with email on his Galaxy S5® and, after a few minutes, receives a response. 
 

                        

Finally, he prints out a full-color,150 page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet® printer, turns to the cowboy and says, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”
 
“That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says Bud He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car. Then Bud says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?”  
   
The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”
 

 

“You’re a Congressman for the U.S. Government,” says Bud. 
 

                        

“Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?”
 

 

“No guessing required.” answered the cowboy.  “You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t know anything about how working people make a living — or about cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep.”
 

 

“Now give me back my dog.” 
 

  ​AND THAT, FOLKS, IS THE PROBLEM WITH THE U.S. CONGRESS



NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO DO LESS THAN HIS BEST

FEBRUARY 15
 
 
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. (Ecclesiastes 9:10 NIV)
 
 
The area I live in recently had the lowest voter turn-out in the state. That may not seem significant, until you start listening to some of the people around here complaining. Do we really have the right to complain about what we permit?
 
 
We march against abortion, but how about providing a home for the single mother and her baby?
 
 
We give a lot of attention to the plight of the elderly, who often have to choose between prescriptions to keep them healthy, or food to keep them alive. So many live in despair and loneliness. But have you visited any of them lately? James says that pure religion will cause us to reach out to those who hurt. (See James 1:27.)
 
When Jesus told the rich young ruler how much it would cost to follow Him, “he went away sorrowful,” wishing it could have been easier (Matthew 19:22).
 
Salvation may be free, but discipleship will cost you everything you’ve got. It’s literally signing your name at the bottom of a blank check, and saying, “Lord, You fill in the amount.”
 
 REMEMBER YESTERDAY? THERE’S NOT A THING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT, EXCEPT LEARN FROM IT, AND GO OUT TODAY ASKING GOD TO GIVE YOU THE GRACE TO MAKE IT COUNT FOR HIM.
 
From the Best of The Word for Today
 

 

The school teacher was late for school and was driving too fast.
 

The light ahead turned yellow, she thought she could make it and raced forward. It turned red just before she entered the intersection.

Unfortunately, a policeman saw her run through the red light and he wrote her a ticket.
 
The school teacher hadn’t had a ticket in a long time. She thought she would ask the judge if she could go to traffic school and keep the ticket off her record.
 
“I have a good driving record; I am a school teacher and I would like to request that I be granted permission to go to traffic school,” she asked the judge.
 
“So you are a school teacher,” the judge said with a smile. “I have been waiting for this for years.”
 

“I will allow you to go to traffic school if you write 500 times I ran a red light and I promise never to do it again.”



LOVE AND ANSWERED PRAYER

FEBRUARY 14
 
Giving honour unto the wife … that your prayers be not hindered. (1 Peter 3:7)
 
When preaches talk about hindrances. to prayer, they usually talk about things like lack of faith, disobedience, or unforgiveness. But Peter says a big one is-how you treat your partner!
 
I have a wonderful wife, but, like anyone else, when she gets tired, she gets touchy. Now knowing this, you’d think that when she says something that bothers me, I’d be mature enough to let It pass.  But not me! More times than I’d like to admit – I’m carnal. So, I straighten her out! Usually the issue is so insignificant that later neither of us can even remember it, yet at the time it generated a lot more heat than light!
 
Listen: “Love suffers long and is kind” (1 Corinthians ~3:4 NKJV).  Sometimes I wonder why God put this stuff into the Bible, because it’s so hard to live up to it.
 
I apologize to my wife, ask God to help me do it better next time, and that makes for a happy home.
 
 I ALSO DO IT FOR ANOTHER REASON:  “THAT [MY] PRAYERS BE NOT HINDERED.”
 
From the Best of The Word for Today
 

 

Don’t Make a Fuss About Valentine’s Day
 
My dearest wife is always going on and on and ON about NOT making a fuss over her on Valentine’s Day.  She repeats that it’s the thought that counts.
 
Well, I put a lot of thought into the gifts from previous February 14ths but she didn’t quite take to any of them like I assumed she would. Here’s my list – see what you think:
 
Brand new mop and bucket. – I was thinking it would be fun to see what color the floor was because I couldn’t remember.
 
Romantic dinner at fast food restaurant. – I was thinking that she might like to go inside for a change instead of fetching dinner at the drive through.
 
Chocolates left-over from last year’s candy box. – I was thinking of how proud she’d be of me for not wasting food. She’s been nagging me for years to recycle.
 
Midnight moped ride through the park. – I was thinking that I’m getting too old to be peddling on the bike.
 
Dozen roses printed on high quality photo paper. One of my favorites this -I was thinking these would last a lifetime instead of just a week.
 
45 second back massage. – I was thinking any longer and she might think I was interested in something else.
 

Windows 10 – I was thinking how proud she would be to be a part of the technology crowd.



IMPORTUNITY

FEBRUARY 13
 
Many tried to hush him up, but he yelled all the louder … [and]Jesus stopped in his tracks. (Mark 10:46 TM)
 
His deliverance meant more to blind Bartimaeus than his dignity, and seeing meant more to him than looking good. If what you’ve done so far hasn’t worked, be willing to try something different, Don’t give up until you get God’s attention.
 
Most of the crowd that day would have been happy to see Bartimaeus remain blind and begging for the rest of his life. Note the words “Many tried to hush him up. “You’ll have to overcome some of those same voices to get to Jesus, too. Like the sincere Christian who’ll tell you that “the day of miracles is over.” Please understand that there never was a day of miracles. There’s only a God of miracles and He never changes. ‘
 
Others will try to lower. your expectations, to keep you from reaching out and being dIsappointed.  Some will even say, “You got yourself into this mess; don t expect God to get you out of it.” Don’t listen to those voices.
 
Zacchaeus climbed up a tree to get to Jesus. Others raised the roof If you can think-pray! If you can breathe-call on His name! As long as you’re living, keep reaching for Him!
 
 NEVER! NEVER! NEVER GIVE UP!
 
From the Best of The Word for Today
 

 

​If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they would eventually find me attractive. …
 

  Barbara: “Is your husband good at fixing things around the house? “Jenny: “Well, I hate to complain, but since he fixed our clock, the cuckoo backs out and asks, ‘What time is it?'”​ …  



YOU TAUGHT ME HOW TO LOVE

FEBRUARY 12
 
Love comes from God. (1 John 4:7 NIV)
 
James Dobson shares this “letter of tribute” to a little girl called Bristol from her dad.
 
My dear Bristol, before you were born I prayed for you. In my heart I knew that you would be a little angel-and so you were. You taught me how to love.  I loved you when you were cuddly and cute. I also loved you when the realization took hold that something was wrong; that you weren’t developing as quickly as your peers. I loved you when we went from hospital to hospital looking for hope; and of  course, we prayed for you – and prayed, and prayed.
 
I loved you when you’d bite your fingers or your lips by accident; and when your eyes crossed and finally went blind I loved you when scoliosis wrenched your body like a pretzel, and we had to put a tube into your stomach to feed you. I loved you when your contorted limbs made it so hard to change your messy diapers-so many diapers, ten years of diapers. I loved you when you couldn’t say the one thing I longed to hear back – Daddy, I love you.” I loved you when I was close to God, and when He seemed far away; when I was full o/faith, and also when I was angry at Him.
 
The reason I loved you, Bristol, is that God put this love in my heart. The wondrous thing about God’s love is He loves us when we’re blind, deaf, or twisted – in body or in spirit. He loves us even when we can’t tell Him that we love him back. My dear Bristol, now you re free! I’m so happy that you have your crown first. We will follow you someday – His time. Before you were born, I prayed for you; I knew that you would be an angel, and so you were! Love, Daddy.
 
WHAT A WONDERFUL LESSON!
 
From the Best of The Word for Today
 

 

A barber gave a haircut to a pastor one day.
 
The pastor tried to pay for the haircut, but the barber refused, saying, “You do God’s work.”
 
The next morning the barber found a dozen Bibles at the door to his shop.
 
A policeman came to the barber for a haircut, and again the barber refused to pay, saying, “You protect the public.”
 
The next morning the barber found a dozen doughnuts at the door to his shop.
 
A lawyer came to the barber for a haircut, and again the barber refused payment, saying, “You serve the justice system.”
 

The next morning the barber found a dozen lawyers waiting for a free haircut.​



THE ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

FEBRUARY 11
 
Freely ye have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:8)
 
The Bible teaches. sowing in order to reap, or giving for a desired result … In salvation, you gave your heart to Jesus expecting something in return-eternal life. And He didn’t disappoint you. It also says about Jesus, “Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). He looked beyond the Cross to the throne; that was His reward.
 
But there’s another perspective to consider. Instead of giving to receive, why don’t you give because of what you’ve already received? If God never did one more thing for you, wouldn’t it take eternity to praise Him for the love He has already shown you? Do you remember what your life was like before you met Jesus? The habits that bound you? The awful emptiness you could never fill? Where would the road you were on have ended?
 
 
In those times when I’m tempted to pass judgment on someone I pray, “God, help me to be quiet, look up, and remember with David, ‘He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock. … He hath put a new song In my mouth, even praise unto our God'” (Psalm 40:2-3).
 
TODAY, ASK GOD TO GIVE YOU AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE!
 
From the Best of The Word for Today
 

  ​Fred and his wife Edna went to the state fair every year. Every year Fred would say, “Edna, I’d like to ride in that there airplane.” And every year Edna would say, “I know Fred, but that airplane ride costs ten dollars, and ten dollars is ten dollars.” One year Fred and Edna went to the fair and Fred said, “Edna, I’m 71 years old. If I don’t ride that airplane this year I may never get another chance.” Edna replied, “Fred that there airplane ride costs ten dollars, and ten dollars is ten dollars.” The pilot overheard them and said, “Folks, I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take you both up for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say one word, I won’t charge you, but if you say one word it’s ten dollars.” Fred and Edna agreed and up they go. The pilot does all kinds of twists and turns, rolls and dives, but not a word is heard. He does all his tricks over again, but still not a word. They land and the pilot turns to Fred, “By golly, I did everything I could think of to get you to yell out, but you didn’t.” Fred replied, “Well, I was gonna say something when Edna fell out of the airplane, but ten dollars is ten dollars.”



FRIENDS

FEBRUARY 7
 
I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. (John 15:15)
 
If Jesus walked into your home today, He’d probably say, “Hello”, friend!” What a privilege! It means, “My door is always open to you. There’s nothing you can’t talk to Me about. I’ll never betray you. I’ll always listen. If you’re restless and can’t sleep, I’ll sit up with you. I’ll go with you wherever you go-My love for you isn’t performance-based. Whether you’re comforting a crying child, working at a computer, or driving a bus, your spirit can commune with Me.”
 
Flesh will fail you-even well-intentioned flesh-but not Jesus. Listen: “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:18). The precious Holy Spirit, who is living in you right now, is how Jesus keeps His promise never to leave you.
 
But remember, His friendship is connected to obedience. Jesus said, “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you” (John 15:14). The Holy Spirit is pictured in the Bible as a dove, and when a dove returns to its nest, it is so sensitive that if it finds one thing out of place, it will not land. Are you getting the message?
 
ALWAYS MAKE JESUS FEEL AT HOME, AND PROTECT HIS FRIENDSHIP. IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL RELATIONSHIP YOU’VE GOT.
 
From The Best of The Word for Today
 

  After receiving a lecture from my boss about paying attention to details, I decided to see if he practiced what he preached. When I prepared the payroll checks for the next pay period, I added two extra zeros to mine. Then I brought the batch in for his signature. I stood at his desk as time and again he wrote his name with a flourish – “Tom A. Grandel.”

When he finished, he gave me the checks to distribute. Soon afterward, I opened mine. On the signature line, in my boss’s elegant handwriting, was “Try And Getit.”
 

  A man at church was asked if a person had to have the Holy Ghost to go to heaven.He responded, “Yes, you do. You can’t go without the Holy Ghost.”He went on to add, “Today, I don’t want to go to Walmart without the Holy Ghost!”



SELF-ACCEPTANCE

FEBRUARY 6
May you be . . . founded securely on love. Ephesians 3:17 AMP.
 
Many people really don’t like themselves. Now the trouble is, if you don’t like yourself you’ll be convinced that others don’t like you either – and you’ll act accordingly. I know; I did! I thought, If people knew the struggles I had and the failures I’ve experience, they wouldn’t listen to me for a minute! It’s agony being with people, and feeling deep down that they don’t like you; or wanting to do things, but not feeling free enough to step out and try them. Sound familiar?
 
My healing began when I read the Bible and discovered that God chose to love me – just as I am! Imagine that! That set me free to stop trying and start trusting what God said about me. It took a while, because I’d spent a lifetime putting myself down.
 
God has a special destiny for me, but I couldn’t fulfill it as long I was insecure and had a poor self-image. So I began confessing His Word over my life each day. One verse that helped me greatly was: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as my chosen instrument]” (Jeremiah 1:5 AMP).
 
Next, I learned the difference between my ‘who’ and my ‘do’ God doesn’t love everything I do, but He loves me! He sees my heart, not just my flesh. Now if He can keep the two separated, then He can teach you to do the same. His unconditional love enables you to accept yourself as you are, and then see yourself as you’re going to be.
 
WHAT AN ASSUARANCE.
 
From the Best of the Word for Today
 

  A tour guide was talking with a group of school kids at Yellowstone Park when one of the kids asked him if he had ever came face-to-face with a wolf. “Yes, I came face-to-face with a wolf once. And as luck would have it, I was alone and without a weapon.” “What did you do?” the little girl asked. “What could I do? First, I tried looking him straight in the eyes, but he slowly came toward me. I moved back, but he kept coming nearer and nearer. I had to think fast.” “How did you get away?” “As a last resort, I just turned around and walked quickly to the next cage.”




 

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