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Monday, July 22 2024
from the Brisbane Revival Fellowship

Wishing you a fine and good morning.

Only 163 days to the year 2025

Scripture Of The Day

Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Proverbs 24:17.

Read The Bible In a Year

Psalms 31-32; Acts 23:16-35.

Thoughts For The Day

It is courage, faith, endurance and a dogged determination to surmount all obstacles that builds bridges.

Don't let go of your spiritual dreams. If you have determination and belief in the Lord, you will succeed in spite of your occasional desire to let go.

If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can't accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.

Motivation For The Day

Nothing great was ever achieved without faithful enthusiasm.

On This Day

1298 - Battle of Falkirk. English troops use longbows for the first time to defeat a Scottish army.
1648 - 10,000 Jews of Polannoe murdered in Chmielnick massacre during Khmelnytsky Uprising.
1829 - Inventor William Butt patents the typewriter
1933 - American aviator Wiley Post becomes the first person to fly solo around the Earth.
1943 - World War II: American troops liberate Palermo in Sicily.
1983 - Australian, Dick Smith completes the first solo helicopter flight around the world
1986 - In Britain, MPs vote to abolish corporal punishment in state schools.
2016 - Japan’s Funai Electric announce they will manufacture world's last videocassette in this month.

Personal Story Of The Day

The Parable Of The Sower

In Luke 8, Jesus used a parable to teach us that the seed of the Word of God will produce a harvest in good soil. But the seed can only be productive if the soil is receptive. People with receptive hearts hear God's Word, obey it, and bear fruit. Others, however, have resistant hearts choosing other priorities for their lives. They do not allow the seed to take root. 

Some have a very short attention span, and the seed has nothing to work with or are overgrown with the cares and temptations of life. Thus, many of the writings in the bible are encouragements about disciplines that allow good choices to be made and flourish. The holy spirit needs something to work with. That is why time needs to be spent in spiritual preparation... things like prayer, fellowship, reading the word and serving people's spiritual needs are very effective. 

The main point which many people miss, is the most important observation in the parable. The soil is the choice we make ourselves. it is not pre-determined by God, rather it is based on the choices we live by. Good soil comes from good choices and the opposite is also true. 

The last observation we can make, reveals that we can be differing soils at different times, depending on the different choices we make during our lifetime. The only choice that sustains us and produces the wonderful fruit of righteousness and contentment... is a good choice.

God's Word is good seed. The Holy Spirit is the fertiliser... It's up to you to be the soil of your choice!

Jokes Of The Day

A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams. "Now what should I do?"

His mother has an idea.

"Why don't you send her flowers, and on the card invite her to your apartment for a home cooked meal?"

He thought this was a great strategy, and a week later the woman came to dinner.

His mother called the next day to see how things had gone.

" I was humiliated," he groaned. "She insisted on washing the dishes."

" What's wrong with that?" asked his mother.

" We hadn't started eating yet


A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling, to do the unnecessary.


Never raise your hand to your children - it leaves your midsection unprotected.

My idea of walking into the jaws of death is marrying some woman who has lost three husbands.

The principal called the mother of one of his students. He said, "I have some good news and some bad news.

The bad news is your son thinks he's a frog."

"What's the good news?" asked the mother.

"The good news is I think we licked the fly problem in the cafeteria."


Riddle Of The Day

Every morning the farmer had eggs for breakfast. He owned no chickens and he never got eggs from anyone else's chickens. Where did he get the eggs?

Answer to Yesterday's Riddle
How is 2 plus 2 equal 5 and your left hand alike?
Neither are right.

Devotional Thoughts Of The Day

The Animal Within

 In his book 'Adjust Or Self-Destruct', Craig Massey draws some familiar parallels between our actions as human beings and those of animals. Here are a few of them: A "snake in the grass" is a cunning, deceitful person. A grouch is an "old bear." A coward is a "chicken," and a glutton is a "pig." We've all used such descriptive terms, as well we have probably acted them out in our own lives.

When we hear the Gospel Of Salvation and obey its full message (repentance, water baptism and the anointing of the Spirit), we become new creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17) and we speak a new language peculiar to the new creature (tongues), but the "animals" of our old life do not just curl up and die. They keep trying to assert themselves. Paul saw them as springing from "the flesh" (Galatians 5:17). 

He didn't mean our physical body, but that sinful disposition inherited from Adam (Romans 7:18-21; Galatians 5:16-21). No matter how spiritually mature we become in this life, these tendencies stay with us. But there's good news. By faith we are one with Christ (1 Corinthians 6:17), and His Spirit lives within us to enable us to overcome sinful thoughts, attitudes, and actions. Our faith must not be passive, however. Once we recognize these sinful tendencies, we must reject them (Romans 6:12) and build upon spiritual motivations.

These beasts are not subdued easily. No victory is ever won without a struggle. But we can resist and overcome... in the power of God's Spirit.

The Struggle Against Unbelief

Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. Mark 16:14.

It is comforting to know that Jesus needed to rebuke even the disciples, the apostles-to-be, for their unbelief. He rebuked and reproached them; He did not reject them. He knew that in the future, when they would serve Him, they would not see Him. He would be with them through the Spirit and the Word He had given them, but He would not be visible. Therefore, it was necessary for them to believe in Him. 

From the time of the resurrection until now, Jesus has continued with the struggle to hinder unbelief from taking root and spreading among His disciples. We sometimes accept doubt and unbelief. Sometimes people speak nobly about their lack of faith. They claim they cannot fully believe because of their personal problems or their special circumstances... as if it was a question of natural ability. 

In fact, it is a question of their will, their desire to be independent. They are unwilling to give up their selfishness and sinful pleasures. Instead, they try to disguise this unwillingness in sophisticated excuses. 'Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.'(Hebrews 3:12-13). The Bible associates unbelief with evil, not nobility. 

Unbelief among disciples is no different than being on one side in a war but fighting with the other... the enemy. That is why Jesus confronted it; He wanted the disciples to believe what He said and showed to them. Only then could God's kingdom spread. Only then could they be the type of believers who could preach salvation, heal the sick and do mighty signs and wonders.

Facts Of The Day

In English, "four" is the only digit that has the same number of letters as its value.

Pogonophobia: The fear of beards.


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Closing Thought

I am thankful for the huge pile of laundry to wash, for it means I have clothes to wear.