The Awful Power of Anger

April 17, 2014

The Awful Power of Anger

 

Genesis 4:6: “Why are you so angry?” the LORD asked him. “Why do you look so dejected?”

 

Everyone gets angry sooner or later.

 

Your friend steals one of your favorite paintings. You’re ready to punch her lights out. She said she only meant to borrow it. But then you saw it being sold on eBay.

 

Your kids mess up the kitchen. You want to smack them upside the head.

 

Anger can strike in an instant. One second we’re laughing, and the next we’re ready to kill.

 

In this story about Cain in the Bible, we see a man who was angry. Why? Because God rejected the offering he brought (he gave God the shriveled, useless vegetables). God accepted his brother Abel’s offering, and that only made it worse.

 

Cain’s anger would lead him to kill his brother.

 

All through the world you’ll find angry people. Some commit horrendous acts like terrorists, murderers and abusers. Anger can be controlled, though, and overcome. How? With the help of God, a desire to obey him, and a commitment to his leadership. Ask God for his power, and God promises to give it.

 

Prayer: Father, teach me to control my anger. Let me never hurt others. Amen.

Trouble At Home

April 17, 2014

Trouble At Home

 

Today my wife told me

she thinks I hate her

astounded I asked why

she said I don’t support her

never support her in anything

rarely kiss her

more rarely say something nice

the list of things she has

to do is endless

the pile only groqwqws

and I do nothing

I say nothing

I just work at my computer

pounding the keys

like right now

dreaming of a better world

and me trying to make it better

for You

she says that’s why I think

you hate me

I love God more

aren’t I supposed to

but that doesn’t mean

I leave you out

no you say you hate me

the words catch in my throat

you have never been happy

with me of late

nothing like at the beginning

when it was all wondrous

but now

so much older

I don’t know how to

please you

how to make you

see that I am in agony too

and no longer know

what to do

I go to You God

You say nothing

I go to the Bible

I should love you as Christ loved

the church

I should put your needs

ahead of my own

but I am old

I am old I shall

wear the bottoms of my

trousers rolled

T.S. Eliot wrote that

a favorite poem

Prufrock

so true as we grow old

and now it describes me

a pair of claws scuttling

across the broken seas

please God show me

something to grasp onto

help my wife

see I love her

more than my own life

just that

is all I ask

and then it hit me today

was it from You

Valentine’s Day coming

I wrote a whole batch of poems

over a hundred

put it on Amazon

all of them

for her just her

Valentines for My Wife

she wept and said

it was the best present

I ever gave her

give me more like that Lord

for I want her to know

she is the love

of my life

deep down

in her very soul

and never question it

again

Watch Out!

April 15, 2014

The Big Lie

Genesis 3:4-5 “You won’t die!” the serpent hissed. “God knows that your eyes will be opened when you eat it. You will become just like God, knowing everything, both good and evil.”

 

Have you ever been walking along and a thought suddenly beams into your mind. “Kick over Mrs. Chambers’ trash cans.” Or, “Speed up. No one cares.” Or, “You’ve had a tough day. Go ahead and cuss.”

It’s a temptation. It’s the devil trying to get you to do something wrong.

 

What usually happens? You might say to him, “That’s wrong. I shouldn’t do that!”

And the devil comes back at you with, “Hey, it’ll be fun. There’s nothing in the Bible that says you can’t do that. And anyway, why should you have to listen to the stupid Bible? It’s not your boss!”

 

Satan has the power to plant thoughts in our minds, just like he did with Eve in Genesis 3. At the same time, he deceives us, tempts us, goads us, pushes us to do bad things.

 

Eve should have realized the devil was lying to her. But she was deceived. Watch out! Satan will deceive you too. How do you stop him? By knowing the Bible and obeying it. By learning what God says. That way you’ll send the devil running.

 

Prayer: Jesus, don’t let me give in to temptation. Help me obey your truth. Amen.

God Has Something

April 14, 2014

God Has Something for Everyone

Something For Everyone!
Genesis 2:15: The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and care for it.

Sally sat in her adult small group listening intently. The teacher said that morning that God had a job for everyone. Everyone mattered to God. And he would use all who asked him about the work of his kingdom. It seemed incredible to Sally. What could she possibly do?

The teacher referred to Adam, how God created him to work and tend the Garden of Eden. Suddenly, the teacher said, “God has work for all of us to do, work that we will enjoy. Work that will make us feel important, and loved.”

Sally raised her hand. “What am I supposed to do?”

The teacher smiled. “There are many things, Sally. You can help around your church. You can encourage your family and relatives. You could be an assistant here in Sunday School to lead everyone in learning.”

Sally loved drawing. “Could I teach those who wish to draw?”

“You bet,” the teacher said, and went to the cabinet for supplies.

God has work for you to do. Not boring work. Not stupid work. But the work of his kingdom. Where do you think you could fit in this week? What is your talent?

Prayer: Father, show me my talents, so I can use them for you. Amen.

 

Satan’s Problem

April 14, 2014

Satan

 

He and his minions

are always around

always there

always wreaking havoc

and bombing lives

with lies and deceptions

and temptations and accusations

it never ends

but this is what I don’t understand Lord

Satan knows what’s coming

he knows what his end is

the Bible tells him

hell

the great white throne

him banished

for all eternity

to the darkness

he’s known all this since

the books were written

and still he fights

still he lies

still he tempts

and destroys lives

and deceives

and he knows it will all

come back on him

all of it weighing him down

into deepest hell

where the pain is even worse

why doesn’t he repent

why doesn’t he turn himself in

why doesn’t he confess it all

and throw himself on God’s mercy

ask for forgiveness

like all of us

why not

I don’t get it

if Satan is Satan

and if the Bible is the Bible

he knows what to do

but he won’t do it

does he want to end up

in hell

or has he believed his own lies

and think they’ll never touch him

or does he think in the end

somehow he will defeat God

that must be it

that was what he thought]

the first time

when he knew everything

about God

and he was thrust down then

is he just stupid

if so all the more reason to offer

him and his minions a special

deal

they’re handicapped

they’re mental midgets

they have under 70 IQs

I don’t get it

he has to be totally

mentally-challenged

worse that ADHD

worse than schizophrenia

worse than any of it

and maybe he is

so maybe he’s not worth

dealing with

from God’s point of view

maybe he’s just garbage

a person that God tried to bring back

to the fold

and wouldn’t come

even though he knew it all

God Has Something for Everyone

April 14, 2014

Something For Everyone!
Genesis 2:15: The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and care for it.

Sally sat in her adult small group listening intently. The teacher said that morning that God had a job for everyone. Everyone mattered to God. And he would use all who asked him about the work of his kingdom. It seemed incredible to Sally. What could she possibly do?

The teacher referred to Adam, how God created him to work and tend the Garden of Eden. Suddenly, the teacher said, “God has work for all of us to do, work that we will enjoy. Work that will make us feel important, and loved.”

Sally raised her hand. “What am I supposed to do?”

The teacher smiled. “There are many things, Sally. You can help around your church. You can encourage your family and relatives. You could be an assistant here in Sunday School to lead everyone in learning.”

Sally loved drawing. “Could I teach those who wish to draw?”

“You bet,” the teacher said, and went to the cabinet for supplies.

God has work for you to do. Not boring work. Not stupid work. But the work of his kingdom. Where do you think you could fit in this week? What is your talent?

Prayer: Father, show me my talents, so I can use them for you. Amen.

God Had You In Mind

April 14, 2014

God Had You In Mind From the Beginning
Genesis 1:1: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

How would you like to have been there when God threw that first spangle of light out into the blackness of the universe? Pretty cool, huh? Like the best fireworks show ever.

Have you ever wondered why God took the trouble to create the world? After all, he knew what would happen in it – sin, hatred, murder, and even the death of Jesus.

Why do you think he still did it?

He wasn’t lonely. He had Jesus and the Spirit as best friends.

He wasn’t bored. God can never be bored.

He didn’t just want to do something different. Every moment is perfect to God.

So why did he do it?

For one reason: He looked down through time and he saw you. He loved you so much that he decided to create a whole universe, full of people like you that he could love forever.

Do you ever feel unloved? Then remember what God did: he created you to be his friend and worshiper. That makes you pretty important, don’t you think?

Prayer: Lord, thank you for creating me. Help me never to forget you love me. Amen.

NOTE: This is taken from my book, The Thru the Bible Devotional, published by Standard Publishing. Mark Littleton mlittleton@earthlink.net

Crap My Dog Says

January 12, 2014

You humans are nuts. When I’m down and depressed and want to go to that great kennel in the sky, I usually just go take a big dump in the backyard. That not only cleans out my anus, but also my brain, since for us our brains are connected directly to there. I don’t know how it is in humans, but I have seen how much toilet paper you use and that convinces me it may be the same for you. The only thing you don’t do is lick it. But that’s because you can’t get around to your butt, not because you don’t want to. If you could, you’d find out how wonderful it is, and you’d be doing it all the time. Like us.

So Hard

October 28, 2013

It’s been a hard three years. The recession. All the crud going on. Sometimes I don’t know what to do. I ask God, and He always says, “Keep on doing what you know is right.” So I go and do that. But it doesn’t seem to do much good. Maybe I should just sit down with the remote and see what’s on TV.

Where Are You, God?

October 14, 2013

God says he’s with us all the time. Jesus said, “I am with you always.” God said, “Fear not, for I am with you.” Good. Fine. But sometimes it feels like he’s nowhere in the universe to me. Sometimes I think he has deserted me. I get scared, hurt, say terrible things about Him. “You stink. I hate you. Where are you, darnit?” Usually God finally speaks. “I was here all along. You just couldn’t sense me because I hid myself for awhile to see what you would do.” I thought about it. Then I said, “Well, would you please tell my wife that, because she thinks I’ve gone back to being a pagan.” 


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