Saturday, May 31, 2008

Fun With Words, Part 3

In a democracy it's your vote that counts; in feudalism, it's your Count that votes.

A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion.

If you don't pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.

With her marriage she got a new name and a dress.

Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft and I'll show you A-flat miner.

When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered.

A grenade fell onto a kitchen floor in France, resulting in Linoleum Blownapart.

You are stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.

He broke into song because he couldn't find the key.

A calendar's days are numbered.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Music Video For A Teacher

My niece, Sarah, has written and performed a music video for two of her teachers. Both of the teachers have the last name "Wheeler", thus the title of the video The Wheeler Way. It is a play off of the song The Lion Sleeps Tonight.

I shot the video clips for her and, at her direction, produced the clips into the video. We both had a great time working on this project and I understand her teachers really enjoyed it too. Sarah and her sister, Alexx, also appear in some of my ministry videos.

If I had had access to this type of technology when I was her age... who knows what I would have produced. 8-) All I had was a cassette tape recorder, but I did have fun with that. One day I'll go through some of my old tapes and maybe share some of them with you.

Fun With Words, Part 2

We'll never run out of math teachers because they always multiply.

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles , U.C.L.A.

The math professor went crazy with the blackboard. He did a number on it.

The professor discovered that her theory of earthquakes was on shaky ground.

The dead batteries were given out free of charge.

If you take a laptop computer for a run you could jog your memory.

A dentist and a manicurist fought tooth and nail.

A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.

A will is a dead giveaway.

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

A backward poet writes inverse.

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OK Go Lego Style

This is a lego version of the famous video by OK Go called Here It Goes Again. Pretty funny stuff to me.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Can We Really Hear From God?

Be still, and know that I am God. —Psalm 46:10

A friend of mine who leads spiritual retreats once told me that not one person who has followed his regimen of a silent retreat has failed to hear from God. Intrigued and a bit skeptical, I signed up for a 5-day retreat. We had much free time and just a few requirements, such as the assignment to spend 2 hours praying each day.

I doubt I had devoted more than 30 minutes to prayer at any one session in my life. The first day I wandered to a meadow and sat against a tree. How long will I stay awake? I wondered. To my great fortune, a herd of 147 elk wandered into the very field where I was sitting. To watch 147 elk in their natural habitat is enthralling and, eventually, boring. Yet after a while the very placidity of the scene began to affect me. Over the next few days I said many words to God. I was turning 50, and I asked for guidance on how I should prepare my soul for the rest of life. Many things came to mind while sitting in a field for hours at a time. I had to agree that I had indeed heard from God.

When Elijah stood before the Lord on Mount Horeb, he didn’t meet Him in the wind, earthquake, or fire. Rather, God spoke in a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:11-12).

I’m more convinced than ever that God finds ways to communicate to those who truly seek Him—especially when we lower the volume of the surrounding static.

Philip Yancey

Speak, Lord, in the stillness, while I wait on Thee;
Hushed my heart to listen, in expectancy. —Grimes
© 1951 Singspiration, Inc.

God speaks to those who are quiet before Him.

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Hawaii Five-O

The program Hawaii Five-O was always one of my favorite TV shows many years ago. Today, the Five-O theme seems to be stuck in my head. I'm not sure why...

Pew Sitter

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Fun With Words, Part 1

I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.

Police were called to a day care where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.

The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference.

The butcher backed up into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.

To write with a broken pencil is pointless.

When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.

The short fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

A thief fell and broke his leg in wet cement. He became a hardened criminal.

Thieves who steal corn from a garden could be charged with stalking.

Gone The Sun

Your sun shall no longer go down , . . . for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended. —Isaiah 60:20

In 1862, during the US Civil War, General Daniel Butterfield wanted a new melody for “lights out.” And so, without any musical training, he composed one in his head.

Years later, the general wrote, “I called in someone who could write music, and practiced a change in the call of ‘Taps’ until I had it suit my ear, and then . . . got it to my taste without being able to write music or knowing the technical name of any note, but, simply by ear, arranged it.” General Butterfield gave the music to the brigade bugler, and the rest is history.

While there are no official lyrics to the hauntingly familiar strains of “Taps,” here is a commonly accepted version of one verse:

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills, from the lake, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

What a comforting lyric as faithful members of the military are laid to rest! And what hope in the acknowledgment that God is near, even—especially—in death!

At a time when death and evil reigned, the prophet Isaiah anticipated a day when death itself would die. “Your sun shall no longer go down,” he wrote to Israel, “for the Lord will be Your everlasting light” (60:20).

For those who follow Jesus, the strains of “Taps” are not a funeral dirge but a song of hope. “The days of your mourning shall be ended” (v.20). All is well. God is nigh.

Tim Gustafson

Sunset in one land is sunrise in another.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

My Spot

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Getting What You Want

READ: Luke 12:15,22-34

One’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses. —Luke 12:15

There’s a popular idea floating around about how to get whatever you want. It’s called “the law of attraction.” Just think and feel what you want to attract, and “the law will use people, circumstances, and events to magnetize what you want to you, and magnetize you to it.” This positive-thinking philosophy teaches that the “energy” of your dominant thoughts “attracts” your circumstances.

You won’t find that idea anywhere in the Bible! As believers, we have good reason to be positive in our thinking, but it’s because our heavenly Father understands our needs and meets them. Because He cares for us, we don’t have to be anxious (Luke 12:29-30). Life doesn’t consist “in the abundance of the things [we possess]” (v.15), so we make it our aim instead to be “rich toward God” (v.21). We do that by seeking His kingdom and purpose (v.31) and by laying up treasures in heaven, not for ourselves in this life.

Jesus said, “Take heed and beware of covetousness” (v.15) because one day, like the rich fool in the parable in Luke 12, we will leave it all behind. That’s when we’ll have more than we ever dreamed of. In the meantime, God promises to care for our needs—no matter what the circumstances. And that’s no secret.

Anne Cetas

I know not by what methods rare
The Lord provides for me;
I only know that all my needs
He meets so graciously. —Adams

God has promised to supply all our needs, not all our wants.

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Stormy Waters

This is a video of the Bluegrass Gospel band The Daltons singing Stormy Waters.

White Springs Tomorrow

I will be preaching is supply for Pastor Ron Thompson at First Baptist Church of White Springs tomorrow (Sunday, May 25, 2008) at 6pm. The church is located on Camp Street in White Springs, Florida.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Next Generation

The things that you have heard from me . . . , commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. —2 Timothy 2:2

A man who played double-bass in the Mexico City Philharmonic told me that the finest instruments are made of wood that has been allowed to age naturally to remove the moisture. “You must age the wood for 80 years, then play the instrument for 80 years before it reaches its best sound,” said Luis Antonio Rojas. “A craftsman must use wood cut and aged by someone else, and he will never see any instrument reach its peak during his own lifetime.”

Many important things in life are “next generation” matters—teaching, training, and parenting are among them. The apostle Paul invested himself in people whose spiritual influence would continue long after he was gone. He wrote to Timothy: “The things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2). Paul, Timothy, “faithful men,” and “others” represent four spiritual generations built on the enduring foundation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Are we living only for today and the short term, or are we giving ourselves to others who will continue the faith after our race is run? Living for Christ and making disciples are all about the next generation.

David C. McCasland

Day by day perform your mission,
With Christ’s help keep at your tasks;
Be encouraged by His presence—
Faithfulness is all He asks. —Bosch

We influence future generations by living for Christ today.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Cedar Creek Revival Date Added

I will be preaching the second service of a 3-day revival meeting on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at Cedar Creek Church. The service will begin at 7:30pm. Wednesday, July 16th will feature Rev. Bobby Griffin and Friday, July 18th will have Evangelist Bob McKenzie speaking. Cedar Creek Church is located at 14742 County Road 124 north of Sanderson, Florida. The pastor of the church is Rev. Wayne Williams.

For up-to-date information on my preaching schedule visit the schedule page of my ministry website. If you would like to receive schedule information via e-mail follow this link: Subscribe to James Croft Ministry Opportunities by Email.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Monday, May 19, 2008

Leap Of Faith

FBC White Springs Sunday Night

I will be preaching is supply for Pastor Ron Thompson at First Baptist Church of White Springs on Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 6pm. The church is located on Camp Street in White Springs, Florida. For more information call (386) 397-2895.

Funny Animal Video

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Ned Testament

One of American television's best-known evangelicals has published a book outlining his Christian faith and practice. But it's not who or what you might expect. Ned Flanders, The Simpsons' zealous next door neighbor presents his theology in Flanders' Book of Faith, part of the long-running, animated comedy's Library of Wisdom series based on each of the show's characters.

It's a slim, illustrated book, less than a hundred pages, and it presents the title character with the same mixture of affection and mockery with which Ned has been portrayed in the series for nearly two decades. What is interesting, however, is that the credited author is Matt Groening, the series creator, and the publisher is HarperCollins, a division of Fox. Together, this puts an imprimatur on the basically favorable view of believers that The Simpsons' irreverent writers have been running away from for years. That is, Ned Flanders is an exemplar of good-natured and (literally) muscular Christianity.

Read more of this story on Christianity Today.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Which Section?

Christians in Politics: Too Much or Too Little?

Over the past few weeks, a national polling firm for LifeWay Research and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission conducted a survey asking Americans to respond to this statement: “I am concerned that at times Christians are too involved in politics.”

The results were quite informative. The majority of Americans (52%) either “strongly disagree” (32%) or “somewhat disagree” (20%) with the statement. Even larger majorities of faith-affiliated Americans disagreed with the statement. When researchers asked Americans who attended religious services of any faith at least once a week, disagreement with the statement was even higher, with 65% indicating they were comfortable with Christians being involved in politics, and only 21% expressing varying discomfort with Christians’ political activity.

Read more about this survey on The Christian Post.

Dragon Skin

Put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. —Ephesians 4:24

In the fifth Chronicle of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Edmund, Lucy, and their spoiled cousin Eustace are summoned to help on a quest in the Eastern Sea. Along the way, Eustace is tempted by enchanted treasure and turned into a dragon. The desperate dragon accepts the help of the great lion Aslan, king of Narnia. But Eustace can only be freed by allowing Aslan’s claws to painfully tear off the dragon’s flesh. Grateful for his deliverance, Eustace chooses to become a better boy.

Receiving God’s gift of salvation through Christ is a one-time event, but to become like Him often requires suffering and struggle. It involves putting off old sinful habits and replacing them with new godly ones. Paul wrote, “Put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt . . . [and] put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:22-24).

What is troubling you today? God may be using the kind rebuke of a friend or a painful trial to prompt you to get rid of a sinful habit and to replace it with godly character (Rom. 8:29; 1 Peter 4:1-2).

The process of becoming like Christ is sometimes painful, but it’s always worth it.

Dennis Fisher

To be like Jesus is our goal,
Though it doesn’t happen fast;
We trust the Spirit as our Guide
Till we’re glorified at last. —Branon

The conversion of a soul is the miracle of a moment; the growth of a saint is the work of a lifetime.

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Two Youth Events Added To Summer Schedule

I will be teaching at two different children and youth events this summer for Chapel Hill Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida.

The first will be a Back Yard Bible Club for children. The activities and Bible lessons will be from the Outrigger Island Vacation Bible School curriculum. The event will begin on Monday, June 2, 2008 and will continue at 10am each day through Wednesday, June 4th.

The second event, a weekend youth retreat, will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3, 2008 at St. George Island Christian Retreat Center at St. George Island, Florida.

For details about the VBS location and other details on both events call (850) 222-6900. Chapel Hill Baptist Church is located at 224 Chapel Drive in Tallahassee, Florida.

The Truth About Prayer Requests?

Little Creek Revival In June

I will be preaching revival services at Little Creek Baptist Church beginning Sunday, June 15, 2008 at 11am and 6pm. The services will continue Monday-Wednesday, June 16-18, 2008 at 7pm nightly. The church is located on Little Creek Road in Little Creek, Georgia. For more information call Pastor Wayne Manning, Sr. at (912) 427-9845 or (912) 427-2849. Please be in prayer for these services.

Vatican scientist says belief in God and aliens is OK

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The Vatican's chief astronomer says there is no conflict between believing in God and in the possibility of "extraterrestrial brothers" perhaps more evolved than humans.

"In my opinion this possibility (of life on other planets) exists," said Rev Jose Gabriel Funes, a 45-year-old Jesuit priest who is head of the Vatican Observatory and a scientific adviser to Pope Benedict.

"How can we exclude that life has developed elsewhere," he told the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano in an interview in its Tuesday-Wednesday edition, explaining that the large number of galaxies with their own planets made this possible.

Read more of this story on Christian Today.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Internet Video Viewing Up 64%

U.S. Internet users viewed 11.5 billion online videos in March 2008, a 13-percent gain versus February and a 64-percent gain versus March 2007, according to figures from ComScore.

In March, Google Sites ranked as the top U.S. video property, with more than 4.3 billion videos viewed (38 percent share of all videos), gaining 2.6 share points versus the previous month. accounted for 98 percent of all videos viewed at Google Sites.

Other highlights:

  • 73.7 percent of the total U.S. Internet audience viewed online video.
  • 84.8 million viewers watched 4.3 billion videos on (50.4 videos per viewer).
  • 47.7 million viewers watched 400 million videos on (8.4 videos per viewer).
  • The average online video duration was 2.8 minutes.
  • The average online video viewer watched 235 minutes of video.
Read more of this story on Podcasting News.

NOTE: Video is obviously a powerful tool for communication online, this is one reason this ministry utilizes video in our evangelistic and devotional efforts. The JCEA has a video blog and YouTube Channel. We also place videos on GodTube and GospelTube.

True Trust

Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. —John 9:3

If you didn’t know him, you might think Nick Vujicic has everything going for him. Nick has never had a sore arm. He’s never had knee problems. He’s never smashed his finger in a door, stubbed his toe, or banged his shin against a table leg.

But that’s because Nick doesn’t have a shin. Or a toe. Or a finger. Or a knee. Or an arm. Nick was born with no arms and no legs. Before you begin to feel sorry for Nick, read his words. “God won’t let anything happen to us in our life unless He has a good purpose for it all. I completely gave my life to Christ at the age of 15 after reading John 9. Jesus said that the reason the man was born blind was ‘so that the works of God may be revealed through him.’ . . . I now see that glory revealed as He is using me just the way I am and in ways others can’t be used.” Nick travels the world to spread the gospel and love of Jesus.

Nick says, “If I can trust in God with my circumstances, then you can trust in God with your circumstances. . . . The greatest joy of all is having Jesus Christ in my life and living the godly purpose He has for me.”

Can we say that? Can we look beyond our limitations and have the same trust in God that transformed a man with no arms or legs into a missionary for Jesus?

Dave Branon

Lord, shape my life as only You can,
Guiding each day by Your loving plan;
Take what You need and give what You will;
My life is Yours to use and to fill. —Branon

Trusting God turns problems into opportunities.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Brandy Branch Scheduled

I will be preaching revival services at Brandy Branch Baptist Church at the end of September. The meeting will begin on Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 10am and 6pm and and continue Monday-Wednesday, September 29-October 1, 2008 at 7pm. For more information call Pastor Rusty Bryan at (904) 266-4314. Please be in prayer for the preparations for this meeting.

Preaching At Mission TIME

I will be one of the guest speakers again this year at the Mission TIME Youth Camp sponsored by Evangelist Rodney Keith. I will be preaching Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 10am. I'll post more info about this event as it becomes available.

New Dental Plan

Monday, May 12, 2008

A Child's Wonder

That they may arise and declare [God’s law] to their children, that they may set their hope in God. —Psalm 78:6-7

In 19th-century Scotland, a young mother observed her 3-year-old son’s inquisitive nature. It seemed he was curious about everything that moved or made a noise. James Clerk Maxwell would carry his boyhood wonder with him into a remarkable career in science. He went on to do groundbreaking work in electricity and magnetism. Years later, Albert Einstein would say of Maxwell’s work that it was “the most fruitful that physics has experienced since the time of Newton.”

From early childhood, religion touched all aspects of Maxwell’s life. As a committed Christian, he prayed: “Teach us to study the works of Thy hands . . . and strengthen our reason for Thy service.” The boyhood cultivation of Maxwell’s spiritual life and curiosity resulted in a lifetime of using science in service to the Creator.

The community of faith has always had the responsibility to nurture the talent of the younger generation and to orient their lives to the Lord, “that they may arise and declare [God’s law] to their children, that they may set their hope in God” (Ps. 78:6-7).

Finding ways to encourage children’s love for learning while establishing them in the faith is an important investment in the future.

Dennis Fisher

Our children are a gift from God
On loan from heaven above,
To train and nourish in the Lord,
And show to them His love. —Sper

We shape tomorrow’s world by what we teach our children today.

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Independent And Self-Motivated?

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Who And What We Are About

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Friday, May 09, 2008

Barbeque Season

Barbeque season is here so it's important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this outdoor activity since it's the only type of cooking a real man will do, probably because there is an element of danger involved and he gets to start a fire.

When a man volunteers to do the BBQ, the following chain of events are put into motion:

1. The woman buys the food.
2. The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert.
3. The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill, drink in hand.

Here comes the important part:

More of the routine....

5. The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery.
6. The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another drink while he deals with the situation.

Important, again:

Still more of the routine.....

8. The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces and brings them to the table.
9. After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.

And most important of all:

10. Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.
11. The man asks the woman how she enjoyed "her night off" and, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women.

Presented in honor of and appreciation for mothers and all other women.

Happy Mother's Day!

NOTE: From the monthly newsletter of the Santa Fe River Baptist Association.

Beard Envy

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

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Praying For Faith

I hear men praying everywhere for more faith, but when I listen to them carefully, and get to the real heart of their prayer, very often it is not more faith at all that they are wanting, but a change from faith to sight. Faith says not, "I see that it is good for me, so God must have sent it," but, "God sent it, and so it must be good for me." Faith, walking in the dark with God, only prays Him to clasp its hand more closely.
... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)

NOTE: From the monthly newsletter of the Santa Fe River Baptist Association.

Please Open Us With Prayer

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Hair Balls $0.50

Ministry Brochure Available

A brochure providing an overview of the ministries of James Croft Evangelistic Association is now available for pastors and other ministry leaders. The full-color pamphlet was produced by my good friend Jon Fletcher.

I will promptly send pastors and ministry leaders that are interested in this ministry one of the brochures after receipt of theit mailing address. If you would like to provide your pastor with a copy for consideration, please send me their name, church, mailing address and e-mail address if available.

A ministry DVD providing a more in depth look at the JCEA is also available upon request.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Religious Crutch

Future Minister

After church on Sunday morning, a young boy suddenly announced to his mother, "Mom, I've decided I'm going to be a minister when I grow up."

"That's okay with us," the mother said, "But what made you decide to be a minister?"

"Well," the boy replied, "I'll have to go to church on Sunday anyway, and I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell than to sit still and listen."

Sunday, May 04, 2008

True And Genuine Worship

True and genuine worship is when man, through his spirit attains to friendship and intimacy with God. True and genuine worship is not to come to a certain place; it is not to go through a certain ritual or liturgy; it is not even to bring certain gifts. True worship is when the spirit, the immortal and invisible part of man, speaks to and meets with God, who is immortal and invisible.
... William Barclay (1907-1978), The Gospel of John [1975]

NOTE: From the monthly newsletter of the Santa Fe River Baptist Association.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

April 2008 Top 5

The 5 most viewed blog posts on this site for the month of April 2008 are:

  1. Most Viewed On YouTube Channel

  2. Return On Investment

  3. Defining Moment

  4. Brindle Has A Website

  5. Podcast Audience Grows 40% In One Year

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Where Did We Come From?

A little girl asked her father, "How did the human race come about?"

The father answered, "God made Adam and Eve and they had children and so all mankind was made."

Two days later she asked her mother the same question.

The mother answered, "Many years ago there were monkeys, and we developed from them."

The confused girl returned to her father and said: "Dad, how is it possible that you told me that the human race was created by God and Mom says we developed from monkeys?"

The Father answered, "That's simple, honey. I told you about the origin of my side of the family, and your mother told you about her side."

Friday, May 02, 2008

Top Video Downloads: April 2008

Here are the 5 most downloaded videos from Walking With The Giant Videos for the month of April 2008:

  1. Bowling
  2. Down In The Valley
  3. A Very Scary Halloween Story
  4. Time Capsule
  5. (Tie) Now That's Global Warming & The Truth About Christmas,
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A Few Brief Thoughts

  • Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.
  • Kindness is a witness that offends no one.
  • Missionaries do Emmanuel labor.
  • The evidence for Christian truth is not exhaustive, but it is sufficient. Too often, Christianity has not been tried and found wanting--it has been found wanting, and not tried. - Os Guinness (b.1941)
NOTE: Compiled from the monthly newsletter of the Santa Fe River Baptist Association.

He's Waiting

I sought the Lord, and He heard me. —Psalm 34:4

Jane Welsh, secretary to Scottish essayist Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881), married him and devoted her life to him and his work. He loved her deeply but was so busy with his writing and speaking that he often neglected her. Some time into their marriage, she became ill and suddenly died.

In a new book by John Ortberg, I read that after the funeral Thomas went alone to Jane’s room and looked at her diary. He found these words she had written about him: “Yesterday he spent an hour with me and it was like heaven. I love him so.” On another day, she wrote, “I have listened all day to hear his steps in the hall, but now it is late. I guess he will not come today.” He wept brokenly, realizing his neglect of her and her desire just to talk with him.

As I read that, I couldn’t help but think, God loves me dearly and waits for me to fellowship with Him. How many days do I forget Him?

The Lord welcomes our worship, our prayer, our praise. He has told us in His Word to pray all the time (1 Thess. 5:17). As He did with the church in Laodicea in Revelation 3, Christ knocks on the door of our heart and patiently waits (v.20). He listens attentively for our call, our cry, our prayer. How often does He wait in vain?

David C. Egner

We can know that God is watching,
Always present, everywhere,
And with hope and joy and patience
He is waiting for our prayer. —Roworth

Talk with God—He longs to hear from you.

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Connie Talbot Videos

You've got to watch these videos. They are from the television show called "Britain's Got Talent". This 6 year-old girl, Connie Talbot, has a great voice. Also, "American Idol" judge, Simon Cowell is one of the judges on this program too. Well, it's interesting to watch and hear his response and comments about this young lady.

View more of Connie's videos at Behind The Secret.

The Cow And The Gingerbread Man

The Pastor's Wife

Gladys was the preacher's wife and accompanied her husband each Sunday to church. One particular Sunday when the sermon seemed to go on forever, many in the congregation fell asleep.

After the service, to be sociable, she walked up to a very sleepy looking gentleman. In an attempt to revive him from his stupor, she extended her hand in greeting, and said, "Hello, I'm Gladys Dunn."

To which the gentleman replied, "You're not the only one!"