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    Mon, Oct 25th - 1:45AM

    Jack-O-Lantern Christians?

      I felt really tired while driving in to work tonight, and I was thinking about the Sunday school lesson I had taught this morning. We were talking about 2 Corinthians chapter 4 where Paul says “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels…”  Someone in the class mentioned the phrase “God uses cracked pots” where the more “cracked” we are, the more God’s light can shine through.
    Then I thought of the jack-o-lantern. You carve up this old pumpkin, and put a light in it that shines through the areas you carved. The deeper you carve, the more light shines through. Christians are like that old pumpkin. Christ comes into our lives and provides the inner “light”. The world with its trials and tribulations “carves” our pumpkin letting Christ shine through and the deeper the cuts the more He shines through!

    So maybe like Paul we could say in this Halloween season I will rejoice when the world carves deep into my pumpkin! For when I am cut deeply, Christ shines through all the more!

    2 Cor. 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.

    2 Cor 12:9 Each time He said, "My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me.

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    Sun, Jun 6th - 4:26AM

    index of famous dogs

    I came across this site today. It's got a list from A to Z of famous dogs, real or imagined.


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    Wed, Feb 24th - 4:08AM

    Complicating Matters?

    Complicating Matters

    By Smokey the Dog 02/24/10


      The other Sunday I was listening to a wonderful offertory on the piano during the service. It took one of the familiar praise choruses and embellished on it, adding melodies and harmonies not in the original. I really liked it! Then I realized I probably would not be able to sing the song any more. It was just too complex for me to get the simple joy of the original.

       I wondered if that isn’t the way things get when we become Christians. At first we have that simple joy of our relationship with Christ. Then we start singing harmony. Then somehow lots of other notes get added, and before you know it, the original melody is lost. Now don’t get me wrong, I like a good musical arrangement as much as anyone. It’s just that I think we should leave well enough along when it comes to messing with the “song” of the Christian life. Don’t try to improve it. You can’t!

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    Sat, Feb 13th - 6:19AM

    The Carpenter's Tools

    Brother Hammer served as the chairman. The other members of the tool belt informed him that he must leave, because he was too noisy. But brother Hammer said, “If I have to leave this carpenter’s shop, then brother Gimlet must go too. He’s insignificant and makes a very small impression.” (A gimlet is a small tool with a screw point, grooved shank, and a cross handle for boring holes).
    Little brother Gimlet arose and said, “All right, but brother Screwdriver must go also. You have to turn him around and around to get anywhere with him.”
    Brother Screwdriver turned to the other tools in the belt and said, “If you wish, I will go, but brother Plane must leave too. All of his work is on the surface; there’s no depth to what he does.”
    To this brother Plane leveled his terse reply, “Well, then, brother Saw will have to depart too. The changes he proposes always cut too deep.”
    Brother Saw complained, saying, “Brother Ruler will have to withdraw if I leave, for he’s always measuring other folks as though he were the only one who is right.”
    Brother Ruler then surveyed the group and said, “Brother Sandpaper doesn’t belong here either. He’s rougher than he ought to be, and is always rubbing people the wrong way.”
    In the midst of the discussion, the Carpenter of Nazareth walked in. He had come to perform his day’s work. He put on His tool belt and went to the workbench to make a pulpit. He employed the ruler, the saw, the plane, the hammer, the gimlet, the screwdriver, the sandpaper, and all the other tools. When the day’s work was over, the pulpit was finished, and the carpenter went home. All the accusations against each of these tools were absolutely true, yet the carpenter used every one of them. No matter which tool He uses, no other tool could have done the work better.
      You and I are God’s “tools”. While we have our flaws, each of us has a purpose, ability, and a task to perform. Won’t you let God use you today?
    Author Unknown

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    Sat, Feb 13th - 3:23AM

    God and Dog video

    I thought this video "God and Dog" was very good.

    Check it out, especially if you are a dog owner.

    4 Paws Up!


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    About Me

    Name: Smokey the Dog
    ChristiansUnite ID: smokeythedog77
    Member Since: 2005-10-19
    Location: Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States
    Denomination: Canine Baptist
    About Me: I'm a 5 year old Corgi & Shelty mix. My owners adopted me from an animal shelter, and taught me everything I know.

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