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October 17, 2009 On Shoulders Of Giants http://www.yo utube .com/watch... Joshua 1:1-9 (New International Version) Joshua 1 The LORD Commands Joshua 1 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses' aide: 2 "Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Great Sea [a] on the west. 5 No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 "Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Footnotes: Joshua 1:4 That is, the Mediterranean New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica As I was with Moses, so I will be with you.—Joshua 1:5 Giants hold a special place in our lore—both historical and literary. From the real giant Goliath to the fictional giant of Jack and the Beanstalk fame, we are fascinated by these larger-than-life characters. Sometimes we use the word giant to honor ordinary-size people who have done extraordinary things. One example is the 17th-century physicist Sir Isaac Newton. A committed Christian, he credited his success to other “giants” who had gone before.“If I have seen a little further,” he said,“it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Indeed, Newton became a giant on whose shoulders later scientists stood—even as they used his observations in the conquest of space flight. When God commanded Joshua to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, Joshua certainly had a giant’s shoulders to stand on. He had watched Moses’ leadership for 40 years, and now he would put what he had learned into action. Joshua had another advantage—his walk with God sustained his life’s mission. Therefore, he had both Moses’ example and God’s promised presence as he led Israel. Looking for help as you face the future? Look for a giant to follow. And never underestimate the importance of your walk with God.— Dennis Fisher There is a destiny that makes us brothers: None goes his way alone; All that we send into the lives of others Comes back into our own.—Markham A good example is someone who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. http://www.yo utube .com/watch...

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#4 Oct 19, 2009
October 20, 2009
How To Help Those Who Hurt ...

1 Corinthians 13 (New International Version)

1 Corinthians 13
1If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not
love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the
gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and
if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am
nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to
the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast,
it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not
easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight
in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always
trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease;
where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is
knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in
part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I
was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned
like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see
face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I
am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest
of these is love.

a.1 Corinthians 13:1 Or languages
b.1 Corinthians 13:3 Some early manuscripts body that I may boast
New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is
love.—1 Corinthians 13:13When I have asked suffering people,“Who
helped you?” not one person has mentioned a PhD from a prestigious
seminary or a famous philosopher. All of us have the same capacity to
help those who hurt.

No one can package or bottle the “appropriate” response to suffering.
If you go to the sufferers themselves, some will recall a friend who
cheerily helped distract them from their illness. Others think such an
approach insulting. Some want honest, straightforward talk; others
find such discussion unbearably depressing.

There is no magic cure for a person in pain. Mainly, such a person
needs love, for love instinctively detects what is needed. Jean
Vanier, who founded the L’Arche movement for the developmentally
disabled, says:“Wounded people who have been broken by suffering and
sickness ask for only one thing: a heart that loves and commits itself
to them, a heart full of hope for them.”

Such a love may be painful for us. But real love, the apostle Paul
reminds us,“Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things”(1 Cor. 13:7).

As is so often His pattern, God uses very ordinary people to bring
about His healing. Those who suffer don’t need our knowledge and
wisdom, they need our love.— Philip Yancey

O brother man, fold to thy heart thy brother!
Where pity dwells, the peace of God is there;
To worship rightly is to love each other,
Each smile a hymn, each kindly deed a prayer.—Whittier

They do not truly love who do not show their love.—Shakespeare ...

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#6 Oct 21, 2009
October 22, 2009

Failing Memory ...

Psalm 119:33-40 (New International Version)

h He
33 Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees;
then I will keep them to the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I will keep your law
and obey it with all my heart.

35 Direct me in the path of your commands,
for there I find delight.

36 Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.

37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to your word.[a]

38 Fulfill your promise to your servant,
so that you may be feared.

39 Take away the disgrace I dread,
for your laws are good.

40 How I long for your precepts!
Preserve my life in your righteousness.

a.Psalm 119:37 Two manuscripts of the Masoretic Text and Dead Sea
Scrolls; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text life in your way
New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in
Your way.—Psalm 119:37A New York Times article linked the increase of
computer storage with the decrease of data in the human mind. Our
electronic aids now remember phone numbers, driving directions, and
other information we used to learn by repeated use. In schools,
memorization and oral recitation are disappearing from the curriculum.
We have become, according to the Times,“products of a culture that
does not enforce the development of memory skills.”

Yet never have we as followers of Christ been in greater need of
hiding God’s Word in our hearts (Ps. 119:9-11)

. Scripture memory is more than a helpful mental exercise. The goal is
to saturate our minds with God’s truth so that our lives will conform
to His ways. The psalmist wrote:“Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your
statutes, and I shall keep it to the end.... Turn away my eyes from
looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way”(Ps.

Why not begin committing Scripture to memory? Daily consistency and
review are keys to success. And just like physical exercise, this
spiritual discipline is enhanced when done with a small group or with
a friend.

Let’s not forget to remember and follow the life-giving wisdom of
God’s Word.— David C. McCasland

God’s Word will change your life
If you will do your part
To read, to study, and obey,
And hide it in your heart.—Sper

Let the Bible fill your mind, rule your heart, and guide your life. ...

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#8 Oct 23, 2009
October 24, 2009

Secrets Exposed

Psalm 32:1-7 (New International Version)

Psalm 32
Of David. A maskil.[a]
1 Blessed is he
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the man
whose sin the LORD does not count against him
and in whose spirit is no deceit.

3 When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.

4 For day and night
your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.

5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, "I will confess
my transgressions to the LORD "—
and you forgave
the guilt of my sin.

6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you
while you may be found;
surely when the mighty waters rise,
they will not reach him.

7 You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.

a.Psalm 32:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden....
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.—Psalm 32:5

For many years, Lake Okeechobee hid its secrets in thick waters and
layers of muck. But in 2007, drought shrank the Florida lake to its
lowest level since officials began keeping records in 1932, unveiling
hundreds of years of history. Raking through the bottom of the lake,
archaeologists found artifacts, pottery, human bone fragments, and
even boats.

After King David committed adultery with Bathsheba and planned the
death of her husband, Uriah, he covered his sins by denying them and
not confessing them. He probably went many months conducting business
as usual, even performing religious duties. As long as David cloaked
his sinful secrets, he experienced God’s crushing finger of conviction
and his strength evaporated like water in the heat of summer (Ps.

When the prophet Nathan confronted David about his sin, God’s
conviction was so great that David confessed his sins to God and
turned away from them. Immediately the Lord forgave David and he
experienced His mercy and grace (2 Sam. 12:13; Ps. 32:5; Ps. 51).

Let’s be careful not to hide our sin. When we uncover our sins by
confessing them to God, we are covered with His forgiveness.— Marvin

Lord, help me to expose my sin,
Those secret faults that lurk within;
I would confess them all to Thee;
Transparent I would always be.—D. De Haan

Give God what He desires most— a broken and repentant heart


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#10 Oct 25, 2009
October 26, 2009

Is That Jesus?

Romans 8:26-29 (New International Version)

26In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not
know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for
us with groans that words cannot express. 27And he who searches our
hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for
the saints in accordance with God's will.

More Than Conquerors
28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who
love him,[a] who[b] have been called according to his purpose. 29For
those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness
of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

a.Romans 8:28 Some manuscripts And we know that all things work
together for good to those who love God
b.Romans 8:28 Or works together with those who love him to bring about
what is good—with those who
New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of
His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.—Romans
8:29As I walked into church one Sunday morning, a little boy looked at
me and said to his mother,“Mom, is that Jesus?” Needless to say, I
was curious to hear her response.“No,” she said,“that’s our pastor.”

I knew she would say no, of course, but I still wished she could have
added something like,“No, that’s our pastor, but he reminds us a lot
of Jesus.”

Being like Jesus is the purpose of life for those of us who are called
to follow Him. In fact, as John Stott notes, it is the all-consuming
goal of our past, our present, and our future. Romans 8:29 tells us
that in the past we were “predestined to be conformed to the image of
His Son.” In the present, we “are being transformed into the same
image”(the likeness of Christ), as we grow from “glory to glory”(2
Cor. 3:18). And, in the future,“we shall be like Him, for we shall
see Him as He is”(1 John 3:2).

Being like Jesus is not about keeping the rules, going to church, and
tithing. It’s about knowing His forgiveness, and committing acts of
grace and mercy on a consistent basis. It’s about living a life that
values all people. And it’s about having a heart of full surrender to
the will of our Father.

Be like Jesus. You were saved for it!— Joe Stowell

Be like Jesus—this my song—
In the home and in the throng;
Be like Jesus all day long!
I would be like Jesus.—Rowe

Live in such a way that others see Jesus in you.

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#11 Oct 27, 2009
October 27, 2009
“Light” Of Creation

Job 37:1-18 (New International Version)

Job 37
1 "At this my heart pounds
and leaps from its place.

2 Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice,
to the rumbling that comes from his mouth.

3 He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven
and sends it to the ends of the earth.

4 After that comes the sound of his roar;
he thunders with his majestic voice.
When his voice resounds,
he holds nothing back.

5 God's voice thunders in marvelous ways;
he does great things beyond our understanding.

6 He says to the snow,'Fall on the earth,'
and to the rain shower,'Be a mighty downpour.'

7 So that all men he has made may know his work,
he stops every man from his labor.[a]

8 The animals take cover;
they remain in their dens.

9 The tempest comes out from its chamber,
the cold from the driving winds.

10 The breath of God produces ice,
and the broad waters become frozen.

11 He loads the clouds with moisture;
he scatters his lightning through them.

12 At his direction they swirl around
over the face of the whole earth
to do whatever he commands them.

13 He brings the clouds to punish men,
or to water his earth [b] and show his love.

14 "Listen to this, Job;
stop and consider God's wonders.

15 Do you know how God controls the clouds
and makes his lightning flash?

16 Do you know how the clouds hang poised,
those wonders of him who is perfect in knowledge?

17 You who swelter in your clothes
when the land lies hushed under the south wind,

18 can you join him in spreading out the skies,
hard as a mirror of cast bronze?

a.Job 37:7 Or / he fills all men with fear by his power
b.Job 37:13 Or to favor them
New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

[God] does great things, and unsearchable, marvelous things without
number.—Job 5:9Among the wonders of Jamaica is a body of water called
Luminous Lagoon. By day, it is a nondescript bay on the country’s
northern coast. By night, it is a marvel of nature.

If you visit there after dark, you notice that the water is filled
with millions of phosphorescent organisms. Whenever there is movement,
the water and the creatures in the bay glow. When fish swim past your
boat, for example, they light up like waterborne fireflies. As the
boat glides through the water, the wake shines brightly.

The wonder of God’s creation leaves us speechless, and this is just a
small part of the total mystery package of God’s awesome handiwork as
spelled out in Job 37 and 38. Listen to what the Lord’s role is in
nature’s majesty:“Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes
His lightning flash?”(37:15 niv); “What is the way to the abode of
light? And where does darkness reside?”(38:19 niv). God’s majestic
creations—whether dazzling lightning or glowing fish—are mysteries to
us. But as God reminded Job, all of the wonders of our world are His
creative handiwork.

When we observe God’s amazing creation, our only response can be that
of Job: These are “things too wonderful for me”(42:3).— Dave Branon

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful;
The Lord God made them all.—Alexander

When we cease to wonder, we cease to worship.

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November 4, 2009

Seeds And Faith ...

Galatians 6:7-10 (New International Version)

7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature[a]will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

a.Galatians 6:8 Or his flesh, from the flesh

Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.—Galatians 6:7
I read a fable about a man who was browsing in a store when he made the shocking discovery that God was behind a sales counter. So the man walked over and asked,“What are You selling?” God replied,“What does your heart desire?” The man said,“I want happiness, peace of mind, and freedom from fear ... for me and the whole world.” God smiled and said,“I don’t sell fruit here. Only seeds.”

In Galatians 6, Paul stressed the importance of sowing seeds of God-honoring behavior, for “whatever a man sows, that he will also reap”(v.7). We can’t expect to experience the fruit of God’s blessings if we don’t recognize the importance of doing our part.

It helps to follow the example of others who have sown good seed. Author Samuel Shoemaker said that a good example can either inspire us or cause us to say,“Oh yes, he (or she) is like that. He is not troubled by temper or nerves or impatience or worry as I am; he is just a happier temperament.” Shoemaker continued,“It may not occur to us that perhaps he had to fight for his serenity, and that we might win if we would do the same.”

Are you weary of the way you are? Ask God for His help and begin sowing seeds of new actions and responses today. In due season the Spirit will give the increase.— Joanie Yoder

We’re always sowing seeds in life
By everything we do and say,
So let’s make sure the fruit we reap
Comes from the good we do each day.—Hess

The seeds we sow today determine the kind of fruit we’ll reap tomorrow. ...

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Ruth 2:1-12 (New International Version)

Ruth 2
Ruth Meets Boaz
1 Now Naomi had a relative on her husband's side, from the clan of
Elimelech, a man of standing, whose name was Boaz.
2 And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, "Let me go to the fields and
pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor."
Naomi said to her, "Go ahead, my daughter." 3 So she went out
and began to glean in the fields behind the harvesters. As it turned
out, she found herself working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was
from the clan of Elimelech.

4 Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters,
"The LORD be with you!"
"The LORD bless you!" they called back.

5 Boaz asked the foreman of his harvesters, "Whose young woman is that?"

6 The foreman replied, "She is the Moabitess who came back from Moab
with Naomi. 7 She said,'Please let me glean and gather among the
sheaves behind the harvesters.' She went into the field and has worked
steadily from morning till now, except for a short rest in the

8 So Boaz said to Ruth, "My daughter, listen to me. Don't go and
glean in another field and don't go away from here. Stay here with my
servant girls. 9 Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and
follow along after the girls. I have told the men not to touch you.
And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars
the men have filled."

10 At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She
exclaimed, "Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice
me—a foreigner?"

11 Boaz replied, "I've been told all about what you have done for
your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your
father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you
did not know before. 12 May the LORD repay you for what you have done.
May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose
wings you have come to take refuge."

New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.—Proverbs 3:6

Huang, a nonbeliever, was a visiting scientist at the University of
Minnesota in 1994. While there, he met some Christians and enjoyed
their fellowship. So when they learned he would be returning to
Beijing, they gave him the name of a Christian to contact who was also
moving there.

On the flight back to Beijing, the plane encountered engine trouble
and stopped in Seattle overnight. The airline placed Huang in the same
room with the very person he was to contact! Once they arrived in
Beijing, the two began meeting weekly for a Bible study, and a year
later Huang gave his life to Christ. This was not just a mere
happening; it was by God’s arrangement.

In Ruth 2, we read that Ruth came “to the part of the field belonging
to Boaz”(v.3). Boaz asked his servants who she was (v.5), which
prompted his special consideration toward her. When Ruth asked him the
reason for such kindness, Boaz replied,“It has been fully reported to
me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law .... The Lord
repay your work, and a full reward be given you”(vv.11-12).

Did the events in the lives of Ruth and Huang just happen? No, for
none of God’s people can escape God’s plans to guide and to provide.
— Albert Lee

I know who holds the future,
And I know who holds my hand;
With God things don’t just happen—
Everything by Him is planned.—Smith

A “mere happening” may be God’s design.

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February 28, 2010
The Country Of Old Age

Mark 7:1-13 (New International Version)

Mark 7
Clean and Unclean
1The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from
Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and 2saw some of his disciples eating
food with hands that were "unclean," that is, unwashed. 3(The
Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a
ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. 4When they
come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they
observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers
and kettles.[a])
5So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, "Why don't
your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead
of eating their food with 'unclean' hands?"

6He replied, "Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you
hypocrites; as it is written:
" 'These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
7They worship me in vain;
their teachings are but rules taught by men.'[b] 8You have let
go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of

9And he said to them: "You have a fine way of setting aside the
commands of God in order to observe[c] your own traditions! 10For
Moses said,'Honor your father and your mother,'[d] and,'Anyone who
curses his father or mother must be put to death.'[e] 11But you say
that if a man says to his father or mother:'Whatever help you might
otherwise have received from me is Corban'(that is, a gift devoted to
God), 12then you no longer let him do anything for his father or
mother. 13Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you
have handed down. And you do many things like that."

a.Mark 7:4 Some early manuscripts pitchers, kettles and dining couches
b.Mark 7:7 Isaiah 29:13
c.Mark 7:9 Some manuscripts set up
d.Mark 7:10 Exodus 20:12; Deut. 5:16
e.Mark 7:10 Exodus 21:17; Lev. 20:9
New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

If anyone does not provide for his own,...[he] is worse than an
unbeliever.—1 Timothy 5:8In the book Another Country, author Mary
Pipher met with people in their seventies, eighties, and nineties who
were confronting many different life situations.

“I wanted ... to understand the country of old age,” Pipher writes.
“We are not organized in a way that makes aging easy.” The root
problem, she observed, is that young and old have become segregated,
to the detriment of both groups.

This social trend is not necessarily intentional. But many people do
ignore and shirk their responsibilities for the elderly. In Jesus’
day, the Pharisees found creative ways to avoid their family duties.
In Mark 7:9-13, Jesus rebuked their common practice of dedicating
their material possessions to God (declaring them as Corban) rather
than using their assets to provide for their parents. Their tradition
had violated the commandment to honor their father and their mother.

Our children, work, and church activities can pull us in many
directions. But that doesn’t excuse us from honoring our aging parents
by making provision for their needs, as much as we are able (1 Tim.
5:8). When the time comes for us to enter the country of old age,
let’s hope we’ve set the right example for our own children to follow.
— Dennis Fisher

Providing for our parents’ needs
With loving words and selfless deeds
Is what the Lord expects of those
Who try to follow where He leads.—Sper

Honoring our parents is learned by example.

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