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What Is in You?.


O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Matthew 12:34

 

A rotten egg sailed past Buddy Robinson, an old Pentecostal preacher, and struck the deacon standing next to him. As the stench of the egg covered the deacon, he started cussing up a storm.

A second egg caught Brother Robinson right in the middle of his forehead, and as it trickled down his face, he began shouting and dancing all over the platform.

The deacon said, “I don’t understand it. When I was hit with the egg, I went to cussing; but when that rotten egg hit you, you went to praising.”

Brother Robinson, who stuttered like Moses, gave his reply: “You already had the c-c-c-cuss in you. When that egg hit you, it just knocked the c-c-c-cuss out of you. But when I got hit with a rotten egg, I had p-p-p-praise in me, and it just knocked the p-p-p-praise right out of me.”

Whatever is in you will come out of you in a time of stress, trial, or crisis. Deposit the Word in your heart that you will not sin against God (Psalm 119:11).

Jesus, purify and cleanse me. With Your baptism
of fire, burn away all the chaff in my life. Amen.

By ROD PARSLEY.

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In word and deed….


By Bobby Schuller, Hour of Power Pastor

“For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.”
2 Corinthians 8:21

Have you ever seen somebody try to swear – for example, “I swear on the Bible that…” – to validate his or her claims? People that do this don’t know it but they’re making their claims of honesty a lot weaker.

I remember a friend of mine applying for a lease on a house trying to convince the property owner that she was a good tenant. However, to convince the owner, she kept swearing that she was a good tenant. She said, “I’m a great tenant, I swear. I never have parties or anything, I swear to you, I am the best tenant.” And every time she said, “I swear,” you could see the owner becoming increasingly less impressed by her.

Did she get the lease? No, of course not. I wouldn’t have leased to her; would you? She would in actuality have been a good tenant, but she didn’t know that by swearing like this, she was essentially saying that most of the time she told the truth, but sometimes she didn’t.

Swearing is also a way of pushing people to get what you want. It’s a song and dance to get people to do what you want them to do without giving them time to think about it.

God wants us to be honest in character. And when we are, our character shines brightly and is the living proof that we are trustworthy in word and deed.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I want to be honest in word and deed. Help me to see where my character suffers and encourage me through your Holy Spirit to be truthful in all situations. Amen.

Reflection: Have you ever found yourself saying, “I swear…,” to try to get your way? After reading this devotion, what would you say instead?

What Is in You?.


O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Matthew 12:34

 

A rotten egg sailed past Buddy Robinson, an old Pentecostal preacher, and struck the deacon standing next to him. As the stench of the egg covered the deacon, he started cussing up a storm.

A second egg caught Brother Robinson right in the middle of his forehead, and as it trickled down his face, he began shouting and dancing all over the platform.

The deacon said, “I don’t understand it. When I was hit with the egg, I went to cussing; but when that rotten egg hit you, you went to praising.”

Brother Robinson, who stuttered like Moses, gave his reply: “You already had the c-c-c-cuss in you. When that egg hit you, it just knocked the c-c-c-cuss out of you. But when I got hit with a rotten egg, I had p-p-p-praise in me, and it just knocked the p-p-p-praise right out of me.”

Whatever is in you will come out of you in a time of stress, trial, or crisis. Deposit the Word in your heart that you will not sin against God (Psalm 119:11).

Jesus, purify and cleanse me. With Your baptism of fire, burn away all the chaff in my life. Amen.

By ROD PARSLEY.

What’s the Big &%#*! Deal about Profanity?.


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Recently, when I asked a friend for recommendations of a good movie to rent, he responded enthusiastically, “Have you seen The Hangover? It may be the funniest movie I’ve ever seen!” Excited about a potentially great comedy, I asked a couple of my staff members about the movie. They too had seen it and said it was a riot and must see.

Since I wasn’t sure what The Hangover was rated, my last check point involved doing a little research to see if this was a movie for the whole family or one just for me and my wife to watch together. What I discovered floored me.

According to www.screenit.com, this comedy has more than its fair share of non-family-friendly scenes, intense language, and sexual situations. The rough spots include 91 different variations of the f-bomb (apparently it can function as noun, verb, adjective — maybe even a conjunction for all I know), 41 excretory words, 14 references to a person’s behind, 13 “hells,” and nine slang terms for male anatomy. To top it all off, this hilarious movie has 31 different versions of taking God’s name in vain.

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When I told my friends and staff members that the movie had 91 f-bombs, which averages out to approximately one version of the “f” word per minute, they were all shocked. “Really? I didn’t even notice” was the most common response.

Really… you didn’t notice one “f” word each minute?

Please understand that I’ve seen my share of The Hangover-ish movies. As a child of the ’80’s, I grew up on a diet of movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Risky Business, and Porky’s. It’s not that I’m particularly proud of this cultural education, but I’m no tee-totaling separatist who only watches Veggie Tales.

You might be like a lot of people who say, “Profanity, violence, and sex in the movies don’t really bother me. If it doesn’t bother me, it must not be that big of a deal.” Remember — I used to think this way, too. If you’re a Christian, though, wouldn’t you agree that there has to be a boundary somewhere? A way to discern what pleases God and moves us closer to him instead of farther away? And can we trust our own sensibilities to know what’s truly best for us? Can you really endure an onslaught of “f-bombs” in a movie and not get wounded?

Consider, for example, if I dropped 91 “f-bombs” in my sermon this Sunday, do you think that no one in my church would care? Chances are good that I’d stir up a bit of controversy to say the least. So if you agree that 91 is too many f-words for a Sunday sermon, then how about 50? Or 23?

What’s the magic number? Most people in my church would say that even one f-bomb would be too many — much less taking God’s name in vain. Yet the majority of them paid good money to be entertained by some form of media containing the same language or much worse within the past thirty days.

So let’s wrestle with this subject. If it’s not okay for me or you to say certain words or make particular jokes or references in church, then why would it be right for Christians to pay their hard-earned money to be entertained by something similar?

I agree that context makes a difference. You attend church (I hope) to worship God, hear his Word preached, and fellowship with others — not to be entertained. Similarly, you go to the movies or download Netflix to escape and enjoy yourself, not to meet God and get spiritually nourished.

There’s only one problem with this line of reasoning. Our lives are not so neatly compartmentalized just because we’re in a different setting for a different purpose. We aren’t machines with software programs that can sort and file things away, separate from all the other parts of the system. It’s tempting to think that what we watch on TV, see at the movies, listen to on our iPod, play on our gaming systems, and read before bedtime doesn’t affect us.

But they do. Each image and message we ingest may be a germ that will make us gravely ill, especially when combined with the many other sensory germs we’re taking in. If we’re serious about our spiritual house cleaning, then there must be no exceptions. We must take the images, language, and stories we allow into our minds and hearts very seriously.

If you don’t think there’s a problem with all the cultural influences that invade your life daily, chances are that you’re interpreting right and wrong through a distorted lens. Our church shoots videos every week to use in different areas of ministry. Every time one of our team members videos me, we hold up a white piece of paper in front of the camera before starting. This shot is called a “white balance.”

We do this each time because the camera can’t interpret all the colors until it sees true white. Without a white balance, a blue shirt could look grey or a red flag could appear orange. Once the camera sees true white, then it knows how to discern all the other colors.

Our approach to movies, TV shows, and the culture around us should follow the same pattern. Once you see pure white — or truth — suddenly you can see clearly that so much of what we take in is hurtful to us and displeasing to God. Instead of blindly absorbing whatever media you encounter, allow God’s Word and the guidance of his Holy Spirit to reset your white balance, to re-adjust your standard of right and wrong, and to live in a manner that brings glory and honor to God.

Craig Groeschel is the founder and senior pastor of Lifechurch.tv, the second largest church in the United States and the creator of the YouVersion Bible App. He and his wife Amy reside in Oklahoma with their six children. A bestselling author, this essay is an adaptation from Craig’s new book, Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated Worldlaunching May 7th.

Publication date: May 6, 2012.

By Craig Groeschel /author of “WEIRD: Because Normal Isn’t Working”

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Rebuilding the Wall of Stewardship.


Nehemiah 10:35-39

I heard about a man who brought a parrot. It was a beautiful parrot but he had a problem with swearing.

 It seemed whenever the man was entertaining the parrot would embarrass him greatly by swearing in front of his guests.

He tried to appeal to the obviously smart parrot by asking him to clean up his language. The parrot promised to change, but nothing happened, in fact, his swearing seemed only to increase!

Finally, it got to be too much, so the man grabbed the bird by the throat and started shaking him and yelled, you’ve got to stop swearing, but this just made the parrot angry and he swore all the more.

Then the guy got really mad and locked him in a kitchen cabinet. That really aggravated the bird and he started clawing and scratching with all kinds or racket.

When the guy finally let him out, the parrot let loose with a stream of curse words that made the man blush. At that point the man so lost his temper that he threw the parrot into the freezer.

For the first few seconds the bird squawked and screamed and thrashed around. And then there was silence. At first the guy just waited, but then he started to wonder if the bird was hurt. After a couple of minutes he opened the freezer door. The bird calmly climbed onto the man’s outstretched arm and said, “I’m really sorry about all the trouble I’ve been giving you. I make a solemn vow to clean up my language from now on.

The man was astounded. He couldn’t believe the transformation that had come over the parrot as a result of being in the freezer for only a few minutes.

Then the parrot turned to the man and said, I have just one question – what did turkey do?”

Well, today we are going to look at a vow that Nehemiah and his people made concerning the work of God and the importance of vowing to the Lord

We begin today a brand new study in the book of Nehemiah called “Rebuilding.” Rebuilding is an extremely useful endeavor. You can take an old house, neglected for years, and rebuild it and often it will look better than it did when it was new.

Some of you are interested in rebuilding cars. Taking a vintage car sitting somewhere in a junk yard, rebuilding the body, the interior, and the engine and then you have a classic.

There is much value in the idea of rebuilding. There are marriages that are on the brink because of neglect, but they can be rebuilt. There are individual lives which have been ravaged by disobedience and rebellion, but they can be rebuilt.

There are relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, or brothers and sisters that can flourish again if they are rebuilt.

Now, in the book of Nehemiah, you find Israel in this kind of situation.

God had sent Nehemiah back to the land of Israel after 70 years of captivity …

By Stan Coffey.

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