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Christ cannot begin to work the way He wants in your life until He has total ownership. It is then that He begins to work.

Pastor Bill

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There are two simple prayers that can change the life of a Christian in a positive and powerful way: “Lord, take me.” and “Lord, make me!”

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About the time I think I have lived long enough to have seen everything, I get brought up short by being witness to something that leaves me shaking my head. Now, I must admit, that odd things like this don’t happen with the frequency they once did, but they do occur often enough to remind me I just haven’t seen everything—yet!

It happened again several days ago. My wife and I had gone for a quick lunch in a local fast-food restaurant. We go there often enough that I don’t have to ask for the "senior rate," except on rare occasions. They seem to recognize me and they know I get that meager benefit for dining out with them. Anyway, I was about half way through my "healthy" salad, while my wife enjoyed her large chili with cheese and onions, when she leaned towards me and said, "I can’t believe what I am seeing!" Then she added, "The guy directly behind you is flossing his teeth!"

Hey! I’m all for good dental hygiene, but it always seemed to me that taking care of a person’s teeth usually took place at home, and usually standing at the bathroom sink. But flossing your teeth while seated in a fast-food restaurant? While surrounded by folks working at enjoying a quick lunch? Nope. No way!

Before I turned around to give a casual look in this fellow’s direction, I imagined him with a long piece of dental floss, whipping it back and forth in the gaps between his teeth, working hard to get things cleaned out. Nope! This dude had taken things a step further. He had apparently forgotten to pack his dental floss when he headed out the door for the restaurant on this particular morning. This fellow must have really felt a pressing need to get the pieces of double bacon cheeseburger from between his teeth. He was seated across from a lady who appeared to be his wife, and he was hard at work flossing his teeth, alright, but with a long strand of plastic! He had obviously taken a piece of the clear plastic wrap the spoons and forks came in, torn it apart lengthwise, and fashioned his own dental floss from it. And working away he was, with his mouth agape and his head twisted oddly to one side, as he worked his way along his uppers and lowers. I am guessing this guy’s dentist would be proud of him! Well, maybe…….

I don’t know that I had given much thought to whether or not flossing was discussed in the Bible. I couldn’t find it spoken of anywhere, but teeth are referred to quite often. In fact, in Proverbs 10:26 it talks about how a lazy employee is as bad as vinegar to the teeth. I don’t know that I have ever, deliberately, gargled with vinegar, but apparently it is a bad thing or it would not have been mentioned quite like this.

In Proverbs 30, teeth are spoken of in a completely different vein. It talks about people who are the kind most of us probably don’t enjoy being around all that much. In verses 11-14 we find these words: “Some people curse their father and do not thank their mother. They are pure in their own eyes, but they are filthy and unwashed. They look proudly around, casting disdainful glances. They have teeth like swords and fangs like knives. They devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among humanity.”

Like I said, most of us would probably not want to hang around such people very much. But, is flossing in a fast-food restaurant all that big a deal? I haven’t reached a decision on that, just yet, but if I see you in one of these places, wearing a t-shirt that mentions something about dental hygiene on the front or back, I am going to start watching you!

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for the many blessings you have showered upon us. Thank you for the humor that you bless us with. Thank you for our parents. I pray that each of us will be careful to treat our parents, and our children, as you would desire. Work in our lives in such a way that Godly treatment of family and friends becomes a lifestyle for us. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

 

Pastor Bill

 

 

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Becoming a Christian is only the first step. It takes a lifetime to become Christlike.

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The one thing you can do to flex your “spiritual muscles,” is to pray. Pray for growth in faith and spirituality. It will change your life!

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The best thing we can do in another person’s life, is to be an encourager. Why not keep that in the back of your mind as you go through your day? You can make a difference for someone today!

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God wants His children to love and encourage each other. Sadly, there is too much negative communication in the church today. Negative communication hurts.

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