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They Don’t Know What They Are Missing

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3).

The world’s population stands at seven billion and a few hundred thousand people. Those who claim to be Christians equal a little over thirty-one percent of the seven billion. These statistics mean that nearly five billion people living on Earth do not know Christ or have not obeyed Him.


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Keepsake

Today’s Scripture: Jude 20-21 – “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.”
He was complete with blue britches, belt and hat. He was the advertising mascot used to educate the public about the dangers of forest fires. He was my favorite companion. I took him with me wherever I went, or so my parents told me.


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I Discipline My Body

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified” (1 Cor 9:24-27 NASU).

I send out pictures to friends and loved ones who need motivation to exercise. These show people who have lost arms, and legs doing amazing feats. I can’t imagine how difficult it is to compete wearing a prosthesis or two. One picture shows a man doing push ups without arms. Another is climbing a cliff with no legs. Another is doing a dumbbell press on his back missing an arm and leg. At the bottom of some of these motivational pictures are these words: “Excuses: Let’s Hear Yours!”

There are people who make all kinds of excuses for not exercising. But they are just that: excuses. The evidence is obvious. Anyone can exercise. Anyone can do something to improve their quality of life.

Paul says “Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is valuable in every way, because it promises life both for the present and for the future” (1 Tim 4:8 TEV). You may have the fittest body in town but an unfit soul! If people took care of their souls as they do their bodies there would be some interesting changes.

Where does the discipline come from for these people who do such amazing things? They are determined not to allow their physical loss to stop them. They show us that no challenge is too great. If we have a discipline problem and cannot control our desires, our appetites, we need to see ourselves as mental weaklings. God won’t accept that. You “must exercise yourself toward godliness” (1 Tim 4:7 NKJV).

Hymn: “Yield Not To Temptation”

Our Father God, help us to learn from others what it means to live a disciplined life for You and for Your glory. Forgive us for our self indulgence and desire for instant gratification. Help us to learn to deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow Your Son, in whom we pray. Amen.

Rob Redden, Arroyo Grande, CA
rredden604@aol.com