Seeing Beyond Failure

Acts 9:27

"But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus."

It was a forty-five minute session in which my dog and I went round and round until finally temporary success was achieved. I was training my dog to get into the down position, but she wanted nothing to do with it. Forty-five minutes later, she had succeeded three times in a row to obey the command to go down. In spite of the constant failures, I envisioned a dog that would immediately obey my command in spite of all the antics she performed. Today, she has no qualms about going into the down position when commanded. This would have never happened if I was short-sighted with her failures.

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How to Have Great Soul-Winning Experiences

Acts 8:29

"Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot."

Philip must have wondered why God wanted him to leave a great revival meeting in Samaria to go to the desert. You would think that God would be pleased with those being saved in Samaria, but what didn't make sense with Philip certainly made complete sense to God. What Philip did not know at the timing of God's command to go to the desert was that there was a man who needed to be saved in the desert. Had Philip resisted the leading of the Holy Spirit, this great soul-winning experience that we all enjoy reading would have never happened.

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Take the Ear to Jesus

John 18:10

"Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus."

Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane praying with His disciples, when a band of men came to take Him by force. When one of the servants of the high priest moved to arrest Jesus, Peter drew his sword and cut off the ear of this servant. There is no doubt that Peter was angry for more than one reason. He was angry because Judas Iscariot was with the crowd who wanted to kill Jesus. He was also angry because this servant wanted to take his master to have him killed. Yet, though Jesus knew all this, He told Peter to put his sword in the sheath.

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The Last Supper

John 13:2

"And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;"

We often taken for granted the lives of those whom we are often around. Because someone is relatively healthy and they are going about their normal daily business, we oftentimes take for granted that we will see them later though we are not guaranteed this will happen. If we knew when would be the last time we would see someone, we would get the most out of our last time together.

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Bible Thoughts by Terry Hedderman

Sunday, 10/19/14  Ps 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. Perhaps the peace and love shown in this verse came from the praise in v164: Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.                Phil 1:24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. Who needs you? Whom do you need? Make sure they know that you’re depending on them and for what. Many a person feels useless and unwanted...even by those closest to them: their family.

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Resolved to Make Changes

Luke 16:4

"I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses."

The parable of the unjust steward is a parable about a man who unwisely wasted his masters possessions. The Scriptures do not make it clear whether it was finances or simply not taking care of his masters physical possessions. The one thing we do know is that when he was confronted with his actions and was fired, he was resolved he would try to change his actions and win the heart of his master back, and he was successful with his resolution.

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Missing Your Divine Appointment

Luke 10:31

"And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side."

Every day there are divine appointments we miss because of our blindness to God's guiding hand. The parable of the man who fell among thieves is a classic picture of two men who missed their divine appointment. After the man was robbed, beaten and left to die, the priest and Levite walked by his way but did nothing for this dying man because they wanted nothing to do with the situation. When the Samaritan came by his way, he stopped, bandaged the man and brought him to safety until his healing. Each of these men had a divine appointment that day, but only one fulfilled his appointment. I find four reasons from this story why people miss their divine appointments.

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