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Minute of Meditation: The way you say it

Monday, October 16, 2017

 

 A boy left home, he had no money and no job.  In desperation, he ended up writing a letter home, “Dear Dad, I’m sick and lonely without a single cent.”  Well dad couldn’t read so he took the letter to a friend.  The guy had a gruff voice and an arrogant manner of reading.  When the dad heard him read the letter, he grew furious, “I’ll not sending my son a cent!”  On his way home the dad kept thinking about the letter.  He went to another friend.  This time the man had a quiet, gentle voice.  He read the letter and when he did the dad burst into tears and cried, “My poor boy I will send him some money!” 

You know a lot of times it’s not the words we use; it’s the way we say them.

James 1:19-20, puts this way, “…let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”

How are you using your words today?

I am Mark T. Tonkery with a minute of meditation from the Camden Ave. church of Christ where you are always welcome.

Minute of Meditation: Everything Changes

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What was the most significant change in the last millennium? Was it the invention of the Gutenberg press? Polio vaccination or the collapse of Soviet communism or man walking on the moon? How many people use their cell phones or tables for their everyday routine?

The world around us is constantly changing.  Someone has said the one thing that is constant is change.

Yet the Bible tells us that God does not change.  James 1:17, states, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

    Many things may change in this life, but the God of the Bible does not.  His love, mercy, justice, His teachings, and judgments are the same as there were when the words of the Bible were spoken.  Would you like to know more about the God who never changes in an ever-changing world? We will be glad to help you answer this question, please contact us.

 I am Mark T. Tonkery with a minute of meditation from the Camden Ave. church of Christ where you are always welcome.

Minute of Meditation: Never Assume

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A photographer was assigned to get photos of a great forest fire. Smoke at the scene hampered him and he asked his home office to hire a plane. Arrangements were made and he was told to go at once to a nearby airport, where the plane would be waiting. When he arrived at the airport, he jumped into the plane with his equipment and yelled, "Let's go!" The pilot swung the plane into the wind and they soon were in the air. "Fly over the north side of the fire," yelled the photographer, "Why?" asked the pilot. "Because I'm a photographer and I am going to take pictures.  After a pause the pilot said, "You mean you're not the instructor?" 

We can get into a lot of trouble when we assume.  For example, many times people will assume they are right with God when maybe they are not. 

The Bible tells us we do not have to assume when it comes to our eternal destination.  1 John 5:13 reads, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.  If you would like to know more about Christ and eternal life please contact us.

I am Mark T. Tonkery with a minute of meditation from the Camden Ave. church of Christ where you are always welcome.

Minute of Meditation: Your Epitaph

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

George Washington Carver grew up at the close of the Civil War, and overcome great obstacles to become one of the most influential men in the history of the United States.

 

He made 300 marketable discoveries for peanuts and 100 for sweet potatoes. He gave God the credit for helping him make all these discoveries.  These new products created a demand for peanuts and sweet potatoes, and they were major contributors to rejuvenating the South’s economy.

Carver never became successful monetarily, but he overcame great rejection during his lifetime for being black. He was offered six-figure income opportunities from Henry Ford, and he became friends with presidents of his day, yet he knew what God had called him to do. His epitaph reads:

He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world."

What will be written on your epitaph? How do you want people to remember you? What type of legacy will your life leave behind?

This is Mark T. Tonkery with a minute of meditation from the Camden Ave. church of Christ where you are always welcome.

Adapted from:

[John Woodbridge, More Than Conquerors (Chicago, Illinois: Moody Press, 1992), 312.]

Today God Is First (TGIF) devotional message, Copyright by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders.

Minute of Meditation: Faith Comes by Hearing

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

It was her first day on the job.  The lady of the house was having a Bible study.  Before the meeting was to start she couldn’t find her Bible, she searched everywhere.  She rushed down to the kitchen where her new housekeeper was working, “Have you seen my Bible?”  “Great”, said the new housekeeper.   “What do you mean?”  Asked the lady.  “Well”, the new employee said,” the first thing I do when I start with a new employer, is to hide their Bible.  I want to see how long it takes them to miss it. Yours is in the linen closet.”

 It would be good if everyone studied their Bible as much as they said they did. Amen.

There are millions of people in the world who claim to be Christians and never pick up the Bible and read it. 

Hos 4:6  reminds us, that God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;

Then Romans 10:17 declares, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

     Will you read your Bible?  What better way to spend your time than with the word of God.  Try it and see if it changes your life!  It did mine! 

 I am Mark T. Tonkery with a minute of meditation from the Camden Ave. church of Christ where you are always welcome.

 

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