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Thursday, January 17 2019
from the Brisbane Revival Fellowship

Hello once again...

Only 349 days to the year 2020

Scripture Of The Day

But the mercy of the LORD [is] from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
Psalms 103:17

Read The Bible In a Year

Genesis 41-42 ; Matthew 12:1-23

Thoughts For The Day

Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.

Within each of us is a hidden store of determination. Determination to keep us in the race when all seems lost.

I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will succeed

Motivation For The Day

Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness

On This Day

1912 - English explorer Robert Falcon Scott (Scott of the Antarctic) reaches the South Pole, one month behind Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen.
1945 - Henry VIII of England falls from his horse at the age of 44 while jousting and remains unconscious for several hours. Historians believe the fall triggered his mental instability.
1961 - Dwight D. Eisenhower makes his last television address to the American people as President.
1977 - Convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in Utah State Prison, Salt Lake City. It is the first execution in the U.S. for almost ten years.
1983 - Start of breakfast television in Britain with the BBC's Breakfast programme presented by Frank Bough and Selina Scott.
1991 - After the death of his father, Olav V, Harald V becomes King of Norway.
1995 - A massive earthquake hits Japan. The city of Kobe is worst hit, with hundreds of people feared dead.

Personal Story Of The Day

For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
Ecclesiastes 1:18

References from Ecclesiastes 1:12-18

Solomons field of expertise was life. He studied all the things that are done under heaven (v14). Even though he admits in verse 16 that his knowledge and wisdom exceeded that of all the rulers Jerusalem had ever known, todays verses shows the limited boundaries of the wisdom to which Solomon refers. Its the phrase thats repeated over and over throughout Ecclesiastes: under the sun or under heaven. Solomon knew that he could not know God with the same comprehensive wisdom with which he understood life on earth. During his dedication speech for the temple, Solomon acknowledged that God exceeded the confines of even the highest heavens (1 Kings 8:27). So he understood that the world under the sun did not encompass the full glory of God.

But Solomon searched out all that he could, everything from wisdom and knowledge to madness and folly (v17). Tomorrow, well look at Solomons summary of what all his understanding taught him.

Jokes Of The Day

A Scout Master was teaching his boy scouts about survival in the desert.

"What are the three most important things you should bring with you in case you get lost in the desert?" he asked. Several hands went up, and many important things were suggested such as food, matches, etc.

Then one little boy in the back eagerly raised his hand. "Yes Timmy, what are the three most important things you would bring with you?" asked the Scout Master.

Timmy replied: "A compass, a canteen of water, and a deck of cards."

"Why's that Timmy?"

"Well," answered Timmy, "the compass is to find the right direction, the water is to prevent dehydration..."

"And what about the deck of cards?" asked the Scout Master impatiently.

"Well, Sir, as soon as you start playing Solitaire, someone is bound to come up behind you and say, "Put that red nine on top of that black ten!"


Human Resource Lingo

We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors.

We have no time to train you.

We don't pay enough to expect that you'll dress up.

You'll be six months behind schedule on your first day.

Some time each night and some time each weekend.

Anyone in the office can boss you around.

We have no quality control.

Female Applicants must be childless (and remain that way).

If you're old, fat or ugly you'll be told the position has been filled.

We've filled the job; our call for resumes is just a legal formality.

You'll need it to replace three people who just left.

You're walking into a company in perpetual chaos.

You'll have the responsibilities of a manager, without the pay or respect.

Management communicates, you listen, figure out what they want
and do it.


Stumpy and his wife Martha went to the State Fair every year.
Every year Stumpy would say, "Martha, I'd like to ride in that there airplane."
And every year Martha would say, "I know Stumpy, but that airplane ride costs ten dollars, and ten dollars is ten dollars."
This one year Stumpy and Martha went to the fair and Stumpy said, "Martha, I'm 71 years old. If I don't ride that airplane this year I may never get another chance."
Martha replied, "Stumpy, that there airplane ride costs ten dollars, and ten dollars is ten dollars."
The pilot overheard them and said, "Folks, I'll make you a deal.
I'll take you both up for a ride, and if you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say one word, I won't charge you. But if you say one word it's ten dollars! "
Stumpy and Martha agreed and up they go. The pilot does all kinds of twists and turns, rolls and dives, but not a word is heard.
He does all his tricks over and over again, but still not a word.
They land and the pilot turns to Stumpy, "By golly, I did everything I could think of to get you to yell out, but you didn't."
Stumpy replied, "Well, I was gonna say something when Martha fell out, but like Martha always said, ten dollars is ten dollars."


Riddle Of The Day

A cabbage, a faucet and a tomato had a race. How did it go?

Answer to Yesterdays Riddle
What odd number becomes even when beheaded?
Seven... (S/even)

Devotional Thoughts Of The Day

In his letter to the Christians in Galatia, Paul tried to get them to understand the inner conflict that all who walk in the Lord will experience. This battle is between "the flesh" (our sinful human nature) and the Holy Spirit who lives within us (Galatians 5:17).

Because our self centered nature wants its own way, it fights the rule of Christ within us. So we often end up doing our will rather than God's (v17).

Once a friend prayed in desperation, "Lord, please show me how to overcome!" God directed him to Paul's words in Galatians 5:16... "Walk in the Spirit." He kept reading, and came to recognize his own "works of the flesh"... his envy, anger, hatred, and selfish ambitions (v19-21).

He asked God for forgiveness, and then began to understand that he had been crucified with Christ (2:20). The power of his sinful flesh has been broken (5:24; Romans 6:6-7). He has gradually learned to bring this "death" into effect by allowing his flesh no more rights than a corpse! So he resolves daily to recognize and obey God's will alone. He sometimes fails, but repentance puts him back in step with the Holy Spirit.

We face this conflict every day, but the Spirit can overcome our sinful desires and win the battle. Which side is winning in your life?


Woe Is Me!

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

How many times have you been chastised, only to feel it was unfair? I can remember being corrected on one occasion when I was a child, and felt that it wasn't me that should have gotten smacked, but perhaps my brother. Children always feel bad, when they get chastened. Sometimes parents do it out of the zeal to be correct, but mostly, they chasten them to teach them manners. But that doesn't really register with a child. They feel it's unjust punishment. Only later, when they are grown, and perhaps parents in their own right, do they reflect back on the necessity of correcting the children, perhaps in the same way their parents did. I know I've had my own daughter  come back and thank us for the way we raised her. That was music to my ears, considering I felt, at times, perhaps we had been too hard on them. Children do realize, as adults, that it was the parents' love for them that caused them to be heavy on them, at times.

Our heavenly Father will often chasen and rebuke us, too, for our sins. If He didn't love us, He would let us travel on down the road to destruction. But, He loves all His children, and wants them to lead a full, happy, and productive spiritual life. We may not always see the dangerous path on which we tread, but our God sees it all. And, He tries to keep us from going down that destructive path. We just need to listen for His voice, and take His advice. Then, instead of 'woe is me', we will be singing 'thank you, Lord'!

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Closing Thought

Lord, remind me that today is a day that you have made for me... don't let me waste it.