Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner

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  1. Juker

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    AMEN!!
  2. lonewolf204

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    Amen!
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    And AMEN!!!
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    And another big AMEN!
    Thanks Terry.
  5. ampaterry

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    The movie, the Passion of the Christ, brought forth a lot of protest from some Christians who did not think it adhered closely enough to scripture. Others were greatly moved by the film. Personally, I was very impressed with this work, and the few departures from scripture were not the least bit troublesome to me, as they had no effect upon the message whatsoever.

    Many years ago, there was a much wider protest among Christians over the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar.” MANY Christians were highly opposed to a production which they considered to be highly irreverent, showing events in Christ’s life accompanied by rock songs. Personally, I liked it. Indeed, there were parts that departed from scripture, and some of the songs carried a message contrary to what we know to be true. However, I believe the songs truly reflected what some of the people at the time must have thought about Christ, and therefore should not be troublesome. What I liked MOST about that rock opera was that it brought the message of Jesus Christ to a generation that absolutely would not receive it any other way! Young people that would never DREAM of reading the Bible or listening to the preaching of it gladly absorbed the opera, the movie, and the soundtrack.

    I believe the Christians who object to any popularization of the gospel message could learn a lesson from the Oakland, California, police force. They added a new police car to their fleet. The vehicle had the standard logo, lights, and siren, but also included chrome wheels, hydraulic lifts, and a 500-watt sound system. The car was put on the force to help officers build better relationships with inner-city kids. Kids that would NEVER talk to a cop readily struck up a conversation with them when they were driving such a cool set of wheels!

    And beyond learning from these three examples, Christians need to turn to scripture and see that Paul applied the same principle to evangelism:
    1 Corinthians 9:22-23:
    "I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some."

    We are commanded to get the message out. If we do not do that in a manner that causes it to be HEARD, we are just wasting time.

    May God bless you, guys -
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    Amen!! And thank you for getting the word out!! I read your message first thing in the morning!:)
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    Amen!!
    Thanks Terry.
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    Amen!

    Thanks
    Terry
  9. ampaterry

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    Thank you, guys!

    The thought for today -

    There are two ways to ride a super-heavyweight motorcycle at low speeds. One is brute force; when it starts to lean to the right, you jam your right foot into the ground and kick the bike back up to vertical. The other way is finesse and balance. You keep the bike vertical by very subtle steering corrections which keep it from leaning too far and causing the problem in the first place. And then there are times that neither work, and I have the broken ankle to prove it!

    If your wall clock is a bit off time, how do you set it? Do you turn the little wheel that is connected to the inner mechanism, or do you grab hold of the hands and move them to where they belong?

    If the power window on your car is open and you want it shut, do you operate the little button on the door, or do you grab the glass and pull up on it?

    Leo Tolstoy wrote an essay called 'Why Do Men Stupefy Themselves?' in which he described man as both a spiritual and an animal being. He said that a man could be moved by influencing his animal being or by influencing his spiritual essence. This can be likened to the above; moving the hands of a clock by pushing them into place, or raising a window by gripping the glass, is similar to motivating a person by influencing his animal being. Although it is POSSIBLE to move a person this way, it is far better to move someone, whether yourself or another, by appealing to their spiritual side.
    Just like a heavy motorcycle, a person can be influenced by brute force – but finesse and balance, appeal to reason, is far superior.
    The Word of God tells us:

    Job 32:8 (KJV);
    "But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding."

    Psalms 51:10 (KJV);
    "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."

    Ecclesiastes 12:7 (KJV);
    "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it."

    I have been guilty at times of failing this test in dealing with people.
    Finesse is far superior, even though brute force can be more personally satisfying - -

    May God bless and direct each one of us - -
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    AMEN!
    Thanks Terry.
  11. lonewolf204

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    Amen! Thanks, Terry
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    Today is Native American Day, American Indian Day Or Indigenous Peoples Day. Starting in 1916, there have been several state and national efforts to designate one day to recognize the contributions made by the first inhabitants of North America. At this point in history, Tennessee has designated the the fourth Friday in September as American Indian Day. California has this day as Native American Day, and finally in 2007 the Fed. Named this day as Native American Day as well.

    Some state and local areas celebrate this day on Columbus Day, as a sort of protest against recognizing Columbus while ignoring the people that were here before he arrived. Actually, this makes sense to me. I was 19 years old when I first sampled Pizza. I was in Florida during the Cuban Missile crisis in 1962, and a small Navy club there served it. Would it be right for me to declare that date to be “Pizza discovery day?” That was MY first, but Pizza existed long before that! But we now have a national Native American Day separate from Columbus day, so I guess you could say that both sides won.

    We need to recognize that by the time we Europeans arrived here this continent had been completely settled from Atlantic to Pacific, from the Gulf of Mexico to the northern arctic regions, and the people who had settled it had a quite advanced civilization in place which our ancestors, for the most part, destroyed. They gave us help in many areas which made it possible for us to settle here, and we repaid them by hundreds of years of disease mistreatment, degradation, extermination, and genocide. We took their land, their heritage and their lives.

    And when did we, as a nation, set aside a national day to recognize these people?
    In 2007.

    Lord, forgive us for our treatment of these people.
    Bless them, father, and strengthen them as they work to regain and preserve the rich cultural heritage which we took from them.
    And help us, Lord, to continue to work together toward this end, which will be of great benefit to all of us living here.

    Amen -

    May God bless each one of you, guys -
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    Amen
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    AMEN!
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    My wifes great grandmother was Cherokee.

    According to a Cherokee chief/ambassador to Germany friend of ours, Cherokee is First Nation, and ANY Cherokee blood makes the person Cherokee - not PART Cherokee, but CHEROKEE.

    So when she gets up this morning, I will stand, raise my right hand in greeting, and say "HOW YOU BE, SQUAW?"
    She will smack me in the head with a tomahawk that looks a lot like an iron skillet, and our observation of Native American Day will be complete.
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    Good one Terry.
    My ancestors are of the North Carolina band of Cherokee's. My Great Grandmother was full blood Cherokee, Grand Dad 1/2 and so on, which makes me Cherokee according to your analogy.
    Lucky for me my wife is not Cherokee or I would be dodging the Tomahawk. LOL.
  17. ampaterry

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    This guy was quite serious. Judy had just said she was PART Cherokee, and he really go upset at that - there is no such thing, according to him - and he sure does seem to be an expert on his people.

    Some years ago, Judy asked me if her Indian ancestry was noticeable.

    I said "We have four horses in the pasture and five dogs on the porch. What do you think?"
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    Years ago, there was a master violinist in Europe. He would play in concerts, and he had a magnificent Stradivarius violin, extremely expensive. He would play the Stradivarius violin in concert and everyone would whisper in the crowd, "Listen to the beautiful sounds of the Stradivarius." He would play in churches, and people would say, "Listen to the beautiful sounds of the Stradivarius." He even played before kings and queens, and they, too, would turn to one another and say, "Listen to the beautiful sounds of the Stradivarius." All the glory went to the instrument.
    Then one day this master violinist was walking by a pawn shop. He noticed an old, beat-up, worn-out violin. He walked into the pawn shop and asked how much it would cost. The owner of the pawn shop told him the American equivalent of five dollars. He bought the violin, and he took it home. He polished it, and he refined it, and he tuned it, and he retuned it, and he built some character into that violin. Then, when he was to play the greatest performance of his life in a concert hall, he took out the little, five-dollar, worn-out, beat- up violin that he had polished and refined. He put it up to his chin, and he began to play, and everybody in the concert hall whispered, "Listen to the beautiful sounds of the Stradivarius."

    This story reminds me of God and sinners. People remark about this person being so wonderful, or that one being so virtuous – when in reality, all are sinners that have been cleaned and tuned by the hand of God.

    Romans 5:1-8 (KJV);
    "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

    May God richly bless each one of you, guys. May complete strangers listen to your life and say "listen to the beautiful sounds of the Stradivarius!"
  19. lonewolf204

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    Amen, Thanks Terry
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    Awesome!
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