It’s Only a Story

Last Sunday afternoon I decided to take a break from my usual routine. Instead of studying about the sermon I intended to post on my blog this morning, I chose to read a novel that I had purchased a while ago. I’m sure glad I that I did. Little did I realize at the time that certain insightful excerpts from that inspiring book would provide me with all the material I needed for what you are about to read, not only today, but, Lord willing, next week as well. I fell asleep before finishing it, but right after breakfast the next morning I picked it up and did just that. As you read this sermon please try to remember that, “It’s Only a Story.” The author tells us that:
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Friday Morning Devotional

HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF TO FACE EACH DAY

A story is told of a man who challenged another to an all-day wood chopping contest.

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” MATTHEW 4:4

The challenger worked very hard, stopping only for a brief lunch break. The other man had a leisurely lunch and took several breaks during the day. At the end of the day, the challenger was surprised and annoyed to find that the other fellow had chopped substantially more wood than he had.
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2015/01/21 – Devotional

The Importance of Physical And Mental Rest

In ancient Athens, Greece, a man one day noticed the great storyteller Aesop playing games with some small children. He laughed and jeered at Aesop, asking him why he wasted his time in a useless activity. Aesop responded by picking up a bow, loosening its string, and placing it on the ground. Then he said to the Athenian, “If you can, tell me what the unstrung bows implies.”
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The Rest of the StorIes

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THE REST OF THE STORY
Mike Cunningham
January 18, 2015

A number of years ago a tearful Christian coworker shared her concerns with me about her unemployed non-Christian husband. She was making herself sick worrying about the health and also eternal destiny of the man. He had severe cardiac problems and several months previously during open-heart bypass surgery went into cardiac arrest and the surgeon pronounced him as being “clinically-dead.”
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Friday Morning Special 1/16/15

JESUS CALLING

By, Sarah Young

 

Try to see things more and more from My perspective. Let the Light of My Presence so fully fill your mind that you view the world through Me. When little things don’t go as you had hoped, look to Me lightheartedly and say, “Oh well.” This simple discipline can protect you from being burdened with an accumulation of petty cares and frustrations. If you practice this diligently, you will make a life-changing discovery: you realize that most of the things that worry you are not important. If you shrug them off immediately and return your focus to Me, you will walk through your days with lighter steps and a joyful heart. When serious problems come your way, you will have more reserves for dealing with them. You will not have squandered your energy on petty problems. You may even reach the point where you can agree with the apostle Paul that all your troubles are ‘light’ and ‘momentary’ compared with the ‘eternal glory’ being achieved by them.

 

Proverbs 20:24; 2 Corinthians 417-18

 

Jesus Calling © 2014 by Sarah Young

Published in Nashville, Tennessee by Thomas Nelson. Page 275 (September 20th)