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You’ve Got The Flashlight: No Battery Though By Gene McGuire November, 2013

ABUMFLASHLIGHT

 “….Faith worketh by love.” (Galatians 5:6)

COMMENT: As I have mentioned previously, my goal in life was to imitate the only professional person who lived in our Detroit ghetto. His name was Ernie Cooper, the pharmacist who worked in the drug store across the street from us. In order to prepare for that course of study in college, I had to take a lot of chemistry courses in high school.*** I don’t remember the formulas and chemical reactions we were forced to memorize, but I do remember a particular interesting principle. Some chemical reactions are so slow that it is necessary to add another chemical to speed up the process. This ingredient is called a catalyst. Spiritually speaking, love is the “catalyst” that makes our faith work. We should not be surprised because love has a higher ranking than faith and hope. (1 Cor. 13:13) In that same chapter we are told “. . . . .and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love [God’s love in me], I am nothing [a useless nobody]. (1 Cor. 13:2 Amp. Bible) In 1 Cor. 16:14 we are commanded to “Let all that you do be done in love.” And if by chance you need more convincing, 1 John 4:16 states that “God is Love.” Now if your faith seems to be somewhat impaired, you might want to check out your love walk.

POST SCRIPT: ***I flunked out of Pharmacy at Wayne State University; that profession just wasn’t my calling. I then switched to  the teaching vocation.

SCRIPTURE STUDY:Romans 12:9, 1 Timothy 1:5 and Hebrews 13:1

WISE SAYING: IF FAITH IS A FLASHLIGHT, LOVE IS THE BATTERIES.

Sincerely Yours, Gene McGuire   
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No Politics In Prayer! by Gene McGuire August, 2011

“Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.” (Matthew 24:42)

 

COMMENT: It doesn’t matter what political stripe you may have but most Americans realize that it doesn’t make any sense to set a date that the United States will pull out of Afghanistan because all the terrorists would have to do is sit back and wait until after that date and then get into action. I believe that our Heavenly Father, in His infinite wisdom, decided not to tell us the exact date when Jesus was coming back. Can’t you just picture it in your mind’s eye? Many people would be “doing their own thing” right up until the “due date” and then, all of a sudden, they would repent and become “holier than thou”. Amos 4:12 exhorts us to “prepare to meet your God.”  I’m not trying to be morbid, just spiritually realistic. Remember the farmer in “The Parable of the Rich Fool“, Luke 12:16 – 21.  He was busy building bigger and better barns to store his crops, but that day was his last day on earth. I suggest that each morning we purpose to treat that day as, possibly, the last day of our lives. That way we will have the tendency to walk more closely to the Lord each and every day that “we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” (1 John 2:28)

 

SCRIPTURE STUDY: 1 Thess. 4:13-18

 

WISE SAYING: PLAN AHEAD; IT WASN’T RAINING WHEN NOAH BUILT THE ARK. 

 

POST SCRIPT:Deborah Simmons is an excellent columnist for the Washington Times Newspaper. She is also a subscriber to the Thought for Today. On the Fourth of July I read her column about our great Country and I was greatly impressed. Years ago, as a teacher, I taught American History, but Deborah really opened my eyes to many wonderful facts about our Country. Please go to:

I guarantee you that you will be enthralled by this masterpiece.

Blessings,

Gene

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