Summary: Sometimes we need information or material for our bulletins or minute lessons. Maybe these will start a thought?

I call this minute sermons or bulletin fillers.

I gladly give permission to use these and you need not give me any credit.

Sometimes we just need a little thought to fill in space.

Where are you today? Are you where you want to be? How long will you stay here? When

will you change? Are you mad at the world? In what are you investing your Time? Talents?

and Energies? Are your efforts building sand castles on the sea shore? Will the waves of

time erase your work? Are you investing in the eternal? Is what upsets you what upsets God?

A member of the church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going.

After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the

man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor's visit, the

man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited.

The pastor made himself...lf at home but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the

dance of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs,

carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone then

he sat back in his chair, still silent.

The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember's flame flickered and

diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead.

Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting.The pastor glanced at his watch and realized

it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the

middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning

coals around it. As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his

cheek, 'Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I will be back in

church next Sunday.' We live in a world today, which tries to say too much with too little.

Consequently, few listen. Sometimes the best sermons are the ones left unspoken. (Unknown)

I would like to find that place, they say it is home, home on the range, where the deer and the

antelope play, where seldom is heard a discouraging word, and the skies are not cloudy by day.

We create our own moods then we tend to blame the whole world for the mood we have created?

Encourage someone today on purpose, make a plan to edify another. That will help the mood.

Paul been reassured do not be afraid, God has a plan. The shipwreck and then to be bitten by a viper,

dead man? No, shake it off in the fire and go on...

My friend sometimes you have to just shake it off and go on... SHAKE IT OFF ...

Did you hear about the lion that had a rabbit cornered and was preparing to eat the rabbit, when a big deer went running by... The lion caught a glimpse of the big deer and he said... That is a lot better meal than this little rabbit... So the lion started a chase with the deer. The deer had a head start and the lion could not catch the deer. So the lion returned to eat his tasty rabbit after his failure.. The rabbit was gone and the lion was so hungry. I am not sure what this story is about, hope you can make some sense of it? Looking for a smart friend.

I think I can honestly pray the last verse of the Bible today. EVEN SO COME QUICKLY LORD JESUS. The news from any source is bad... Jesus rescue Your people.

The problem of the heart is the heart of the problem. We try to fix all the external issues and the social injustices and sin scars without ever addressing the real root of the problem. Fix the internal heart sickness and we will cure the hurt.

Is it easier to complain than change? Someone explain to me what profit we find in complaining and belly aching? Does complaining bring joy or peace? If there is a trap and I willfully go after the cheese, and if I made the choice as to how I got here? How smart would I be to develop a strategy to rise out of this mess? Why stay here when God has greater...

Of course you are heavy, brokenken and spilled out. You have been so.special and a crutch to lean on ... Lean on your friends --- Press on toward the mark of the high calling... We have a home where sickness and death will never be made know... We have a home where Jesus himself.will be the light, we have a home where all the ages will gather to be together eternally... There is only one way to get there... That is to lay down our life's here.

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