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Hey Little Buddies ~ Where Did The Beach Go?

Its-Unlce-Rick-beachHey, little buddies!

Our family just got back from a vacation at the beach. Fun!  But this year there wasn’t as much beach to play on as in previous years.  The waves had washed away a lot of the sand and dragged it out into the ocean.  At high tide, there was only a strip of sand a few yards wide for us to play on!  Oh, it was still lots of fun, but not nearly as much room to run around on as last year.

There was a lesson in that!  Matthew 7:24-27 says,   “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.  Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”

That’s Jesus speaking.  He says that wise men build their houses on rock. Foolish men build their houses on sand.  And people who don’t obey His words are like the foolish man who built his house on sand.

Let me tell you, if anybody had built his house on that beach last year, he wouldn’t have had any house left this year!

What a great lesson in the sand. Let’s be sure we not only listen to the words of Jesus, but obey them.

Let’s build our lives on the rock, not on the sand.


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Hey Little Buddies ~ Cats And Crawfish

Its-Unlce-Rick-CatWhen I was a boy, I loved to visit my grandparents on their farm in the summer. They lived almost three hundred miles from us, so we only got to see Granny and Granddad once a year. Granddad still plowed with a horse. They still had a cistern for water, too. They had no plumbing in the old house.

One of my favorite things about the farm was fishing in the pond. My big brother, Dean and I would walk barefoot down through the pasture with our cane poles over our shoulders and a vegetable can full of worms for a time of fun catching catfish out of the muddy pond water.

One afternoon we came back to the house with a few catfish. We thought about cleaning them and getting them ready to cook right away. Granny would roll them in corn meal and fry them for us to eat. But we thought it would be all right to leave them until morning. We just didn’t feel like going to the trouble to clean them at the moment. Maybe there was something more fun that we wanted to do just then. So we put the fish in a big dishpan full of water from the cistern and left it out in the yard. We’d get back to the job in the morning.

But when morning came our fish were gone! I asked my Dad what had happened to them. He said, “I expect the barn cats got them.” I asked him how they could have gotten our fish out of a pan of water. Cats don’t like water.

Sad said, “They just reach down in there with that big paw and hook ‘em with their claws. Out they come.”

Dean and I lost our fish because we weren’t diligent enough to clean them as soon as we got back to the house.

It reminds me now of Proverbs 12:27—“The lazy don’t roast their prey, but hard workers receive precious riches.”

No, we hadn’t roasted our prey. And we hadn’t received any precious riches. We had been lazy, and only the barn cats were happy about it.

Grace Then Works ~ What Does The Bible Say?

What-Does-the-Bible-Say-Rick-Boyer2Matthew 5:16: “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

There are several good points to be taken from this familiar verse. Some point out that the purpose of our good works is to glorify God, not ourselves. Others notice that we’re to let our light shine before men—in other words, don’t be shy about our testimony. But one thing that Read More…

Hey, Little Buddies! ~ He Can See You!

Wednesday-Its-Unlce-Rick-I-saw-thatHey, little buddies!

Reading in Proverbs this afternoon, I came across this verse, Proverbs 15:1.

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, watching the evil and the good.

You can look at that verse in a number of ways. It means that God sees every wrong thing we do, so we should expect to be disciplined for our wrongs, even if nobody sees but God.

Or we could look at the positive side: God always sees when I try hard to do right, so I know that I will be rewarded.

But that’s not all. Think for a minute about the fact that God is watching the evil and the good in every place. That means He’s watching you! That means that you are so important to God that He never takes His eyes off you. Yes, He cares whether you do right or wrong. It also means that He cares whether others do right or wrong toward you!

You don’t have to resent it when others lie about you or hurt your feelings. God will take care of that. He may sometimes let it happen for the very purpose of giving you a chance to show God’s forgiving love to someone who treats you unkindly. His purposes are far bigger than the things that happen to us. He is so great that He is able to be in every place, watching the evil and the good. He is also so great that He cares about you and all the joys and cares that come into your life.

He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Remember that when the next joy or sorrow comes. It comes from a loving heavenly Father.


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Friday Feedback ~ Identifying and Dealing with Offenses

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Knowing When To Hold Your Tongue ~ What Does The Bible Say?

Sunday---What-Does-The-Bible-Say-KingSaulI Samuel 10:27: But certain worthless men said, “How can this one deliver us?” And they despised him and did not bring him any present. But he kept silent.

This little verse is the lynchpin between two powerful Bible stories. Just before, Israel has rejected God’s plan for ruling the nation through judges and has demanded a king. Saul has been anointed for the job. Just after, Saul faces his first test when Nahash the Ammonite besieges the city of Jabesh-gilead and the city calls for help.

The verse is preceded by a glorious appointment and succeeded by a glorious confirmation. In the period between the two, we see Israel’s response to God’s choice of a king for them. Most of the nation welcomed the coronation with joy. But a few “worthless men” showed no respect to Saul, even though he was clearly God’s choice to lead them.

But Saul “kept silent.” And as we read further we find that near the end of Chapter 11 Saul has been victorious over the Ammonites and his loyal followers want to exterminate the naysayers who had refused to honor him. Yet humble Saul denied them permission. We read in verse 13, “But Saul said, ‘Not a man shall be put to death today, for today the Lord has accomplished deliverance in Israel.’”

Saul was the new king, the first king of Israel. That alone must have been pretty heady stuff for a young man. In addition, he had just won a resounding victory in his first battle for his countrymen. Yet when he had the opportunity to take revenge on those who had held him in contempt a short time before, he refused. Is that how we respond to those who disrespect us?

Hmmm. Have to think about that one.