August 3

If a man is overtaken in any trespass … restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. GALATIANS 6:1 NKJV

When somebody messes up, God says; “Restore such a one. in a spirit of gentleness.” But what if they’ve disgraced themselves and provided fodder for the skeptics who already think all Christians are hypocrites? Why bother with somebody like that?

First: Because the Bible says, “If a man is overtaken [caught by surprise] … [consider] yourself lest you also be tempted.” If it happened to you you’d want somebody to help you, right? And if you’re thinking you would never embezzle money, have an affair, or slap a child in anger, think again. When you’re

under financial pressure, sleep deprived, lonely and depressed, or your marriage is on shaky ground, you might be surprised what you’d do. Paul says, “We are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don’t be so … self-confident … You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else” (LCo 10:12 TM).

Second: Because Jesus is your example, While He had no time for Pharisees who hid their sins under a religious facade, not once did He condemn anybody who was “overtaken” by temptation and failure. When they repented He forgave and restored them. Theologian Victor Shepherd writes: “When

we’re face-to-face with someone who’s been surprised because trespass overtook them, do we deflect their shame back into their face, or do we own it as ours? Do we rub their nose in it, or do we absorb it, put an arm around them and affirm our solidarity-in-sinnershipj Do we regard ourselves as superior, or

do we say, ‘Take my hand .. .I know the way to the cross?'”



“It’s not that I really cheat,” the golfer explained.

“It’s just that I play golf for health, and a low score  makes me feel better.”\


A couple was touring the capitol in Washington, DC, and the guide pointed out a tall, benevolent gentleman as the congressional chaplain. The lady asked, “What does the chaplain do? Does he pray for the Senate or House?” ​The guide answered, “No, he gets up, looks at both houses of Congress, then prays for the country!” …




Blessed is the man who … PSALM 112:1 NIV

Psalm 112 is a description of what it means to live in God’s blessings. The first verse is the door through which you must walk in order to receive them. “Blessed is the man who fears [trusts in, honors and obeys] the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands [takes pleasure in what God says, then

does it].” Now, when you set what God offers to such people you’ll want to rush into the next verses. But you can’t, you must qualify! This verse is the price tag; check it carefully. You can’t do anything to earn God’s love, but you must obey Him to live in His blessings. But when you qualify, here’s the payoff:

“His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever; his horn [name] will be lifted high in honor” (Ps 112: 2-9 NIV). That’s what it means to live in God’s blessings.



A fire started in the grasslands close to a farm. The county fire department rushed to the scene, but the fire was more than they could handle.

Someone suggested calling the volunteer fire department. Despite some doubt that they would be of any assistance, they were called.

The volunteers arrived in a dilapidated old fire truck. They rumbled straight towards the fire, drove right into the middle of the flames and stopped!

 The firefighters jumped from the truck and frantically started spraying water in all directions. Soon they had snuffed out the center of the fire and leaving two parts which were easily put out.

​As the farmer watched all this, he was impressed and grateful that his house and farm had been spared. He quickly got his checkbook and donated $1000 to the volunteer fire department.

A local news reporter asked the volunteer fire captain how they planned to use the funds. The captain replied, “The first thing we’re gonna do is get the brakes on our fire truck fixed!”



You will find rest for your souls. MATTHEW 11:29 NIV

One of the greatest promises Jesus ever gave us was: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Mt 11:28-29 NIV). How could Jesus talk about being yoked in a harness, which suggests hard work, and about rest in the same breath? To most of us, rest means kicking back in the recliner. That’s not the kind of rest Jesus was thinking about.

A yoke is a harness that goes around the necks of two oxen so they can pull a load. Accepting Jesus’ yoke is a picture of submission. It’s also a picture of help, because you’re not pulling the load alone. In each team of oxen one is the leader and the other follows. Jesus will take the lead, but you must be yoked to

Him to get the benefit. So to enjoy intimacy with Christ, you have to bow before Him and accept His will. Jesus promises that His yoke won’t choke you, it won’t be wearisome or confining; you won’t chafe under it. In fact, the irony is, if you want to be truly free you must allow yourself to be yoked to Jesus by

submitting your will to His.

Now it’s possible to accept Christ’s yoke, then start pulling against it when life doesn’t go the way you want it to. Peace and rest come only when you relax in the yoke, and let Christ lead the way.



Three guys die in a car accident and are now waiting at the Pearly Gates to get into heaven.

St. Peter walks up to them and says “Welcome to heaven. You have all made it to heaven however your eternal companion will be determined by your sins.”

The first guy walks up and sees this really homely looking girl walk towards him so he turns and asks St. Peter “what did I do wrong?”

 “Well I see here that you cheated on your taxes,” St. Peter replies. The first guy sighs and walks to his eternal companion.

The second guy also cheated on his taxes so his eternal companion was also quite ugly.

The third guy is quite fat with a hideous face, and he looks forlorn as he knows he has a lot of sins.

To his surprise, this gorgeous woman walks out to be his eternal companion.

The first two guys instantly complain. “This guy cheated on his wife! Why does he get a beautiful companion?”

​St. Peter shrugs. “She cheated on her taxes.”



Fervent in spirit. ROMANS 12:11

When a motivational products company interviewed Tim Dumler by phone for a sales job, he told them his goal was to become their number one employee. After meeting him in person they were shocked to discover he was legally blind. But he promised he’d buy a machine that magnifies letters. So despite serious misgivings, they hired him. And it’s a good thing they did. He carne in early, worked late, and within six years became their top producer, His clients loved him, because when you’re blind you become a great listener. And his associates loved him because of his caring, positive attitude. lie said, “It’s unfortunate that I’m visually impaired, but adversity made me a better person. I have a lot more than I don’t have.” Tim has the 212-degree attitude!

What’s the 212-degree attitude? Motivational speaker Mack Anderson explains: “At 211 degrees water is hot. At 212 degrees it boils. With boiling water comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive. One extra degree makes all the difference in business and in life; it separates the good from the great.”

Here’s some straight talk for slackers, those with no ambition, and those who see no purpose or value in this life: “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does” (Eph 6:’7-8 NIV). The Bible tells us to be “fervent in spirit.” This word fervent means “bubbling or boiling.” In other words, having the 212-degree attitude! By the way, when God promises to reward such an attitude, you don’t have to wait until you get to heaven to enjoy it.



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.”




The gospel … is the power of God unto salvation. ROMANS 1 :16

A pastor tells about standing at King’s Cross in Sydney, when a shabby-looking man tugged his sleeve

and asked him, “If you died tonight, where would you spend eternity?” The question haunted him until he finally surrendered his life to Christ. Later a lady from his church testified to a similar experience in exactly the same spot. It motivated her to come to Jesus also. Years later the pastor was visiting the area

and went looking for the mystery man. Sure enough, as he scanned the faces around him an old man approached him. Before he could speak, the pastor said, “You’re going to ask me if I died tonight where I’d spend eternity, right?” Amazed, the man asked how he knew. The pastor proceeded to tell him about all the people who’d come to know Christ because of the question he’d asked them. Deeply moved, the old man said, ‘I was a drunk before I came to Jesus. I’m uneducated, I don’t speak well, and all I could think of was to go round asking people that question. I’ve been asking it now for eight years and today’s the first time I’d any idea I was making a difference.”

Some people come to Christ on the first call, but the hard- headed among us usually take the long route home. Your job is not to change people. Just share the life-giving Word and let God change them. Jesus said, “I, when I am lifted up … will draw all men to myself” On 12:32 NN). Just plant the seed and let the Lord of the harvest do the rest!



​The itinerant odd-jobs man knocked on the kitchen door for his lunch.

“And did you notice that big pile of wood over there?” asked the lady.

“Yeah, I seen it.”

“Mind your grammar,” snapped the lady. “You should say you saw it.”

“Lady,” returned the man, “You saw me see it, but ain’t seen me saw it.”​ …



The prayer of faith shall save the sick. JAMES 5:15

When a pastor visited a lady in a nursing home, she asked him to pray for her healing. So he did. Then she said, “Would you help me out of this wheelchair?” Startled, he complied. She took a few steps then started running and jumping till the whole building heard her. Later in his car the pastor looked up and said, “Lord, don’t ever do that to me again!” The Bible says, “The prayer of faith shall save the sick.” So why are we surprised when He does?

A visiting preacher told the congregation if anyone needed prayer to come forward, though inwardly he was thinking about his past lack of results. Thirty people responded and he prayed for them. Later that week a woman called and said, “Last Sunday you prayed for my husband. He had cancer, and he died.” “Much good my prayers did,” he thought. The lady continued, “When we walked into church my husband was angry. He wanted to see his grandchildren grow up, and every day he cursed God. Being around him was unbearable. But after you prayed for him he walked out a different person. His last days were the best we’d ever had; we talked, laughed, and sang hymns together. He wasn’t cured, but he was healed. ”

Only God knows why some are healed while others aren’t. But our instructions are clear. “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up”

(Jas 5:14-15).




A father says, “My daughter and I went to the mall.  She said she wanted to take the stairs to the second level.  I told her, ‘I don’t trust stairs; they’re always up to something.'”

Another father says, “Yesterday, I came home from work and my son asked me how my day was. I said, ‘A salesman called and tried to talk me into buying a casket, but it’s the last thing I need.'”

Still another dad says, “I tried to catch some fog yesterday.  I mist.”



Your young men will see visions .. JOEL 2:28 CEV

There’s a scene in Man of La Mancha where Don Quixote and his servant are standing gazing at a dilapidated inn. When Quixote describes his vision of turrets and magnificent gates, comparing the building to the Alcazar, the royal palace in Seville, the servant tries hard to see his master’s vision. However, all he can see are ruins. When he attempts to describe them, Quixote tells him to stop, saying, “I will not allow your facts to interfere with my vision!”

In the last days God promised to pom out His Spirit on all kinds of different people (not just the ones we think deserve it). He said, “Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions.” One Bible teacher writes: “When the Holy Spirit fills us, we have visions that defy facts. When I deal with young people who get a vision of doing something big for God, I can always count on their parents to throw cold water on it. The parents say they want them to be realistic. But such parents don’t understand that when God takes possession of young people, He gives them dreams and visions that force them to look beyond the facts, and sometimes run counter to reason. We dare not turn them from these … they are what give meaning to our lives.” Parent, don’t be the last Link in the chain. And don’t try to pour your children into the mold of your own unfulfilled expectations. Encourage them to seek God and get a vision for their future. And when they get it, become their biggest cheerleader!




I accompanied my husband when he went to get a haircut.

Reading a magazine, I found a hairstyle I liked for myself, and I asked the receptionist if I could take the magazine next door to make a copy of the photo.

“Leave some ID, a driver’s license or a credit card,” she said.

“But my husband is here getting a haircut,” I explained.

“Yes,” she replied. “But I need something to make sure you’ll come back for.”



Forgive … because the Lord forgave you. COLOSSIANS 3:13 NCV

In a comedy routine Joe complains to Jerry about the irritating habit of a mutual friend who pokes his finger into people’s chests when he talks to them. Then Joe shows Jerry a little vial of highly-explosive nitroglycerin attached to a string and explains, “This is going around my neck, hanging over the spot

where he sticks his finger. The next time he does it, he’ll pay!” And so will Joe! Because an eye for an eye becomes a neck for a neck, a job for a job and a reputation for a reputation! Paul says, “Forgive … because the Lord forgave you.” Get over it before it turns into hatred! Moravian missionaries searched for a word for forgiveness in the Eskimo language. That’s when they discovered issurnagijoujungnainermik,” a twenty-four-letter tongue-twister which literally means “not being able to think about it any more.” Genuine forgiveness is about moving on, and refusing to think any more about what happened. It’s easy to forgive the one-time offender who cuts you off in traffic, but repeat offenders like Saul who continually pursued and threatened David, must be turned over to God. You don’t have to endorse their behavior or pretend it didn’t happen. Be merciful, but keep your distance. After confronting Saul, David didn’t take him out to dinner. The Bible says, “Saul returned home, but David … went up to the stronghold” (l Sa 24:22 NIV). You can forgive the offender without pursuing a close relationship with him. Paul writes, “Watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way … Keep away from them” (Ro 16:17 NTV). Forgiveness isn’t foolishness; it’s just seeing the offender through God’s eyes.



Gary wants a job as a signalman on the railways. He is told to meet the inspector at the signal box.

The inspector puts this question to him: “What would you do if you realized that 2 trains were heading for each other on the same track?” Gary says, “I would switch the points for one of the trains.”

“What if the lever broke?” asked the inspector. “Then I’d dash down out of the signal box,” said Gary, “and I’d use the manual lever over there.”

“What if that had been struck by lightning?” “Then,” Gary continues, “I’d run back into the signal box and phone the next signal box.”

“What if the phone was engaged?” “Well in that case,” persevered Gary, “I’d rush down out of the box and use the public emergency phone at the level crossing up there.”

“What if that was vandalized?” “Oh well then I’d run into town and get my uncle Bill.”

This puzzles the inspector, so he asks, “Why would you do that?”

Came the answer, “Because he’s never seen a train crash.”



If any of you lacks wisdom … ask God. JAMES 1:5 NIV

Large tasks tend to overwhelm us. And overwhelmed people seldom get things done. So ask God to help you, then apply these principles:

(1) Focus on the task. The secret of success is making every action count-being intentional. That kind of

focus helps you live without regrets because it directs you and makes the most of your talents and your opportunities. If you know you have talent, and you are energetic and active, but you don’t see concrete results, then lack of focus is likely your problem.

(2) Prioritize it by importance. When we don’t prioritize what we must do according to its importance, the tasks begin to arrange themselves according to their urgency. And when the urgent drives you instead of the important, you lose your edge. Instead of activating your talent it robs you of the best opportunities to use it.

(3) Order it by sequence. Create a timetable, give yourself deadlines, and stick with them. The biggest lie we tell ourselves is, “I’ll do it later.”

(4) Assign it by abilities. When you divide a large task into smaller ones, you begin to understand what kinds of people you’ll need to get the job done. The most important step in accomplishing something

big, is determining who will be on your team. Jesus spent three and a half years discipling twelve men, then He delegated responsibilities to them. And the job got done!

 (5) Accomplish it by teamwork. Even if you break a task down, strategically plan it, and recruit great people, you still need one more element to succeed. Teamwork! Teamwork is the glue that can bring it

all together.



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Beauty, the … kind … God delights in. 1 PETER 3:4 TM

A lady was applying face cream when her little girl asked, that you’re putting on, Mom?” “Moisturizer,”

she replied. “The saleslady said it would make me beautiful.” With an honesty only children have, she replied, “Mom, I don’t think it’s working.” There’s nothing wrong with looking good, but there’s much more to you than your clothes and your hairstyle. Plus, you can go broke fixing up the outside, because

“what Mother Nature giveth, Father Time taketh away!” Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “To find beauty we must carry it with us.”

It’s a big mistake to focus on the outside and fail to appreciate the inner qualities God’s given you. Solomon said, “Beauty is … [not lasting]” (Pr 31:30 AMP). When God made you He didn’t just decorate the outside, He gave you “inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind … God delights in.” However, because

Peter also talked about “fancy hair, gold jewelry .. .fine clothes” (NCV), a few well-intentioned people have used that to create a legalistic standard by which to measure and judge others. Does the Bible teach us to dress appropriately? Absolutely. Paul. writes: “I.. .want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety … appropriate for women who profess to worship God” (1 Ti 2 :9-10 NIV). But when you focus on the wrong area you get the wrong results. “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (lSa 16:7 NIV). Don’t allow what you see on TV or in the mirror to define your worth. Work instead to develop the kind of inner beauty God commends.



While walking along the pavement in front of his church, the minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt.

Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton wadding, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased.

The minister’s son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always said:

“Glory be unto the Faaather, and unto the Sonnn, and into the hole he goooes.”


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