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THOUGHT AND SCRIPTURE FOR THE WEEK

You won't deal with a sin until you see it as God does.

Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags . . . .”

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WISHBONES – JAWBONES – BACKBONES

The body is made up of about 200 bones, classified according to their shape.  The church is also made up of bones, classified according to their use.

First are the Wishbones.  They wish for greater things in the church, such as larger attendance, more souls to be saved and success in Sunday school, but Wishbones are lazy and lack work and effort to make their wishes come true.

Second are the Jawbones.  They work with great speed.  Jawbones criticize gossip, pick flaws and tell how it should be done.  It would take a “Sampson” to turn them to some good use!

Third are the Backbones.  When there is work to be done and meetings to attend, they do it!

Which bone in the church are you?

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OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES

Minister:         “I hear you went to the ball game instead of church last Sunday.”

Man’s Son:     “That’s a lie – and my Daddy has the fish to prove it!”

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NOBODIES WITH NOTHING FROM NOWHERE

The following few examples show how God uses “Nobodies with Nothing from Nowhere.”

John the Baptist was uneducated and unimpressive in appearance, but Jesus said, “Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist. (Matthew 11:11)

David was a poor shepherd boy who was the least in his family.  David’s father thought God should choose one of David’s older brothers to become king, “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature . . . .” (I Samuel 16:7)  When Samuel saw David, the Lord said, “. . . Arise, anoint him; for this is he.” (I Samuel 16:12)

D. L. Moody never went past a fifth-grade education.  He was not attractive and had a high-pitched squeaky voice, but God used him in a mighty way, and Moody’s preaching and writings became known worldwide.

God looks for somebody who realizes that he is nobody and understands that dependence on God is what gives spiritual power.

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I OWN THAT?

A gentleman owned a small estate and wished to sell it.  He hired an agent to write an advertisement about the estate.  The agent wrote the advertisement and took it to the gentleman to read and approve.  The gentleman read it and said, “I don’t think I’ll sell my estate after all.  I have been looking for an estate like this all my life, and I didn’t realize I owned it.”          Your life is like that.  Have you praised the Lord for what you possess in Christ?