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September 28, 2007 Posted by | Daily Devotional | Leave a comment

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CSC will be on vacation next week.  Look forward to jumping back in 9/24/07.

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September 14, 2007 Posted by | Daily Devotional | 2 Comments

Funnies

A cowboy, who is visiting Wyoming from Texas , walks into a bar and orders three mugs of Bud. He sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more.

The bartender approaches and tells the cowboy, “You know, a mug goes flat after I draw it. It would taste better if you bought one at a time.”

The cowboy replies, “Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is in Arizona , the other is in
Colorado. When we all left our home in Texas , we promised that we’d drink this way to remember the days when we drank together. So I’m drinking one beer for each of my brothers and one for myself.”

The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there.

The cowboy becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the same way. He orders three mugs and drinks them in turn.

One day, he comes in and only orders two mugs. All the regulars take notice and fall silent. When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, “I don’t want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss.”

The cowboy looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawns in his eyes and he laughs.

“Oh, no, everybody’s just fine,” he explains, “It’s just that my wife and I joined the Baptist Church and I had to quit drinking.”

“Hasn’t affected my brothers though.”

September 14, 2007 Posted by | Funnies | 2 Comments

Today’s Thought – September 11

 

Stop Child Abuse!

The baby screamed only louder when the mother jerked it out of its seat in the shopping cart and proceeded to pound on its tiny backside. I noticed marks on the baby’s arms and legs. The baby couldn’t have been a year old. The woman looked straight up into my baleful glare. I shook my head almost imperceptibly.  Me and Jesus have at least one thing in common–neither of us are “comely” and “baleful” does not look good on me. Nervously she plopped the baby back in the cart and shot down the grocery isle as if pursued by rabid dogs.

Spiritual babies often find themselves born into abusive “households.” Ignorant spiritual “parents”, unworthy of the trust given them, have unrealistic expectations, throwing a complicated set of rules and parameters in the baby’s lap and then beating them if they don’t perform up to the unrealistic levels they have set for them. This spiritual baby, the victim of abuse, becomes a tiny bewildered soul who only understands that life is about pain and fear.

Our responsibility to these babies is to

feed them: I Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

and

nurture them: Galatians 6:1 (a) Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness;

Stop spiritual child abuse!

September 14, 2007 Posted by | Spiritual Growth | 1 Comment

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Hi Common Sense Christians!

Not long ago, we mentioned that there were hundreds of daily devotional sites, emails, etc. available on the web.  Many of these are tremendous, and here at CSC we urge you to take advantage of them. 

We also mentioned that we wanted to continue to move toward more of a “thinking” format.  An attempt to stimulate our thought in a direction that may challenge or strengthen us.

The thoughts we want to present may take us away from our comfort zones, present worlds that we are unaware of or put us into situations that we may not want to think about, but truly NEED to think about.

If you notice today’s “Daily Devotional” caption has been changed to “Today’s Thought.”   It is our goal to present daily, but we want to think and pray about what we publish to make sure that it comes close to being worthy of the time you invest in its reading.

Thank you for your encouragement, love and support.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and [in] the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him [be] glory both now and for ever. Amen.

September 11, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

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Steve, Jean and Kendall!

Congratulations–We’re thrilled for your believer’s baptism!

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Church and Nutrition Fat Pastors Need to Confront Gluttony

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Daily Devotional – September 7

 

A FEW GOOD MEN

(Subtitled: A Manly Challenge to Pastors)

There are many young people who sign up for elite fighting units like the Green Beret, the Navy Seals, or Marine Recon. Often less than 5-10% of accepted applicants make it through basic training,  even less actually join the ranks of the elite.

There are literally hundreds of sites talking about “pastor burnout.” Some quote the percentages as high as 60%, many list various and sundry reasons “Lack Of Support/Encouragement For Pastors” to “Church Conflict” and hundreds of excuses in between. There is one site that cautions pastors not to preach but a couple times a month because of the “demands” message preparation puts on them and their families.

The true reason for pastor burnout is that many who choose this discipline were not CHOSEN to begin with.

To “endure hardness as a good soldier” (2 Tim 2:3) the job requires

  • discipline–the complete assumption of the role of a servant who accepts and follows orders without question,
  • a willingness to sacrifice everything for the cause of Christ,
  • and the desire to work to the point of exhaustion and beyond to win His battle.

Once initiated, the real man of God has little to worry about, his strength and tools to do the job come from above.  If you you can’t stand the pressure, get out and do yourself and God a favor–your pulpit desperately needs God’s man!

Service is tough, and God just needs a few good MEN.


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Enjoy creature comforts? Don’t join us–its about serving, not being served, or the accumulation of a comfortable lifestyle or pension.

God’s man is a lean fighting machine.

Want to be an elite? It takes work– HARD, SELF-SACRIFICING WORK.

God’s man knows hardness and thrives on it.

Fear burnout? Consider a easier branch of service, you may not have what it takes.  

God’s man is no pencil pushing desk jockey.

2Timothy 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

1Timothy 1:18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;

BOOYA!

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September 7, 2007 Posted by | Challenge, Spiritual Growth | 6 Comments

Daily Devotional – September 6

WHO’S IT ABOUT?

Many of us fail to realize God’s potential in our lives because we put our own might and power into play without giving God a chance to work through us.   We are often so ego-centric and self-focused that our desire to work is often for our own glory at the expense of God’s.

2Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

In a nation which thinks that everything should be “better than Texas”, it is hard for us to think in terms of how God usually works.  Paul points out that God’s work is usually manifest in weak things, things that most of the world dismisses as inconsequential or unimportant.   Many times, it is more likely the true work of God is manifest in:

  • The young parent who nurtures their newborn
  • The kind person who runs out during their own lunch to deliver meals-on-wheels.
  • The co-worker who stops to give a hand to a struggling fellow.

If you truly want to serve, be a part of Him, then you will have to learn to put yourself on the backburner of life–or crucify yourself:

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Only then it will be about Him, not you.

September 6, 2007 Posted by | Daily Devotional | 4 Comments

Funnies

A woman invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, “Would you like to say the blessing?”

“I wouldn’t know what to say,” the girl replied.

“Just say what you hear Mommy say,” the woman answered.

The daughter bowed her head and said, “Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?”

September 4, 2007 Posted by | Funnies | Leave a comment