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God’s ways are not our ways and we don’t understand them. An act of faith is something we know we can’t do, unless we take hold of God’s hand and go beyond that point with Him.

 

Pastor Bill

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Here is a question to begin this week with: When was the last time I did anything for God, beyond my resources, where the accomplishment of that act depended totally on God?

 

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We live in a world where we have come to depend on our, or someone else’s, abilities rather than on faith. Believing, before we see, hear or feel, is faith!

 

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Every Christian should be able to say that the ultimate purpose for their lives is to be in a loving, lasting, warm and intimate relationship with Christ. The day you determine that will change every day thereafter!

 

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The greatest delight our Heavenly Father has is watching you “buy into” his ways and living your life as He would have you do.

 

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CLYDE

Thinking about the excursions that we young boys made to one of our local junkpiles reminded me of a story my Dad told many years ago. He was a postmaster in a small, rural community and he learned many things about the people who came through the doors each day to pick up their mail. One of those who came in regularly was an old retired fellow named Clyde.

Clyde lived on a small pension and he had taken up placer mining on the Palouse River drainage in the mountains east of town. He probably never picked up a lot of gold, but it gave him something to do. It also got him outdoors, in the fresh air, and left him ending each day with a good appetite, improved circulation and a cheerful outlook on life.

A woman moved into the community and settled for a few years. She let it be known that she was interested in old things people might want to get rid of. She inquired around among people, seeking the location of old homesteads, abandoned farms and the sites of old logging camps. She became skillful in finding antiques that she began storing up against the day when she planned on moving to a larger population area. She planned on setting up her own antique business. After a period of time she met Clyde, and she got him interested in looking for items he might find as he did his placer mining on the small creeks in the Hoodoo Mountains, that the Palouse River drained.

Clyde became real interested in this thing, and he fetched the lady many items he pickup up around the old diggings he was working; such things as purple glass, old Chinese lamps, knives, forks, spoons and all manner of things that miners had thrown away many years earlier. Clyde gave all these items to the lady, who was always happy to receive them from him.

The day finally came when the lady had collected so much stuff that she rented a barn to keep it in. Clyde began to learn, little by little, that the items he was giving the lady would often bring a good price when sold in an antique store. The straw that broke the camel’s back came when Clyde learned that three unusual glasses he had picked up and given to the lady would have brought $12.50 each when sold in Spokane. This was at a time when the average hourly wage was less than a dollar! Clyde determined it was time to change his ways!

In the days and months that followed, Clyde gave up panning for gold. He worked harder than ever, though. He had discovered that the real “gold” was in those things the miners threw away 70 years earlier. And that lady was no longer in the picture! Clyde became a collector of other’s junk!

In 1 Corinthians 4, the Apostle Paul was speaking to the group of people who were the church in Corinth. He had become unhappy with them and the poor attitudes he saw prevalent in their behavior. At one point, beginning in verse 12, Paul stated: We work wearily with our own hands to earn our living. We bless those who curse us. We are patient with those who abuse us. We appeal gently when evil things are said about us. Yet we are treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash—right up to the present moment.

Paul was not getting on their case because what they were throwing away in the trash; he was speaking to them directly about the manner in which they were treating other human beings—like trash. He was mincing his words. And one of those who was bearing the brunt of their attitude and actions appears to have been Paul, himself.

I wonder if this week I might, with God’s help, be able to mirror Paul’s actions by blessing those who curse me, being patient with those who abuse me, and appealing gently when evil is spoken about me. I would want to follow that with God helping me never to treat others as if they were trash—ever! Lord, help me!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us, so very much. Give me Christlike love and patience such as Paul demonstrated. Don’t allow me to ever fall into the trap of treating another human being like a piece of trash. Help me remember each one is a treasure in your site. Please, Lord! In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

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The manner in which we face each day is going to effect the way in which we make decisions during that day. In some cases, those decisions will be life-changing!

 

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