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Stumbling Blocks

Today’s Bible Verse:But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matt 18:6 NASU).
Have you known people who are always blaming other people for their wrongdoing? After all, Adam and Eve learned quickly to put the blame for their failures on others. Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed Satan. We all must accept our own responsibility for our wrongdoing. Secular psychology blames society, the home life, drugs and alcohol, and even genetics for behavior the Bible clearly calls “sin.” No one gets a pass regardless of the enticements, weakness of faith, or weakness of the flesh (Rom. 6:23).


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Shortsighted

Ponder: Luke 7:38-47

Today’s Verse: “But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins” (2 Peter 1:9 NIV).
Sooner or later most of us will notice we begin to squint to make out signs. The TV isn’t as clear, and we may think we need to change to an HD channel and we discover we were on an HD channel! Finally, it gets worse and we realize we need to see a optometrist. We are then diagnosed with near-sightedness.

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Our Gift To The World

Today’s Verse: “According to my earnest expectation and hope, that in nothing shall I be put to shame, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether by life, or by death” (Phil 1:20 ASV).
One of the most moving quotes I’ve used over the years is this: “A man searched for a gift to give to a troubled, divided and despairing world. A gift to becalm the tormented soul of a world suffering from its own inhumanities; a token to radiate his unfailing hope for better things, for better times; a gesture, perhaps to give a voice to his fervent yearning for a mood of peace; something to express what he could not say, that universal love for mankind must survive. Yet, he found no gift, no token, no gesture; nothing in the shops; nothing in the faces. And he wept at the futility of his search – not known he had it the gift of himself.”

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