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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.

Hey Little Buddies, Take Time To Say Thank You!

Its-Unlce-RickJust last week my wife, my daughter Kasey and I returned from a trip to Texas. We were there speaking and telling stories at a home schooling conference. On the way home, we stopped in New Orleans to visit the National World War II museum. It was breathtaking!

World War II ended just a few years before I was born. When I was your age, there were lots and lots of Read More…

God’s Truth Is More Powerful Than The World’s Lies ~ What Does the Bible Say?

What-Does-the-Bible-Say-Rick-Boyer2Colossians 3:1, 2: If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

We are born with an insatiable appetite for the things of earth. From the very beginning, our lives revolve around our needs for food, comfort, pleasure and security. But when we are born anew, there is a different dynamic that enters our lives and we find that we are drawn to things higher than our own material needs.

In this passage Paul challenges us to develop a whole new value system. He wants us to change our focus from this world to the “real” world—the world of heaven, the world of the spirit.

It’s a lifelong process, this growing closer to heaven and farther from the world. It is something that we must learn for ourselves even as we’re teaching it to our children. And it’s not easy. Every day, and sometimes every hour we’re bombarded with worldly messages from our friends, our jobs, advertising, even our entertainments, that pull our minds powerfully in a worldly direction. Where is the time and energy to be heavenly minded when we’re surrounded by such worldly world?

God’s truth is more powerful than the world’s lies. But we must make the effort to feed that truth into our minds on a regular basis or the lies of the world will dominate our thoughts and we will find ourselves regularly thinking, acting, believing and relating with worldly attitudes.

Our flesh will never get spiritual. Therefore, we have to make a positive effort to overcome it by filling our minds with Scripture. It won’t happen for us by accident.

And it won’t happen by accident for our children, either.

Have you considered Uncle Rick’s audio Bible recordings for your children?

Play them at nap-time, bedtime and while riding in the car. Your kids will learn more Scripture effortlessly than you can on purpose.

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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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Hey Little Buddies ~ Watch Out For That Tree!!!

Wednesday-Its-Unlce-Rick-BoardHey, little buddies!

When I was a boy of about twelve, I walked down the railroad tracks to see my friend Butch. As I walked along the ties with my dog Spike on a rope, I had no idea that this would be a visit I would remember all my life.

Butch wasn’t even home. I was disappointed, but there was nothing to do but head back to my house. There was a hole in the wire fence beside the tracks and I walked down the pasture lane toward it. It was the easiest way to get back on the tracks. Then Spike got it into his head that he wanted to run. So, down the narrow lane we flew, between two woven wire fences. It felt a little like a racetrack.

I enjoyed running when Spike was pulling me. I was a slow runner and no boy likes that. But with Spike’s help, I was now running faster than ever before. It felt really neat!

But not for long. You see, I had forgotten what the lane was for. It connected two pastures in which Butch’s family kept horses and sheep. I had also forgotten that at times, they wanted the sheep to be able to move from one pasture to the other, but not the horses. When that was the case, they blocked the lane by shoving a big board through both fences. It was at a height that the sheep could go under but not the horses. As it happened, it was exactly the same height as my face.

I was looking down at Spike, yelling at him to run faster. So I didn’t see the board coming. When I hit it, it seemed that my head stopped but my feet kept going. Next thing I knew, I was lying stunned in the dirt and Spike was licking me in the face with his big sloppy tongue.

The moral of this story doesn’t take a lot of explaining, but it is a helpful life lesson: look where you’re going.