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July- One Minute Daily Devotions; Christians On Vacation
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Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2013

Christians On Vacation
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." - 1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV

A Christian goes on vacation for the same reason everybody else does. He needs to get away from everything back home for a while, and needs to be refreshed in his zeal for life. In some respects, however, a Christian on vacation should be different.

Christians on vacation don't consider worshiping God as something they only do "back home." They should take the time and make a real effort to find a place for worship. Christians on vacation should be able to find the "rest" of a worship service more enjoyable than a fish on the line or another two hours of sleep.

Christians on vacation can become as refreshed for their work as a child of God as they do for their job. In visiting other churches, you might find a church that is in need and you could find yourself performing "Christians labors of love" for another church, and find a new energy for Christ on vacation.

Christians on vacation can return with new perspectives on their home congregation. Every few years, each of our ministers is given time off, a sabbatical, to rest from constant service, as well as a chance to visit other churches and bring back new ideas and zeal to put them in action. I know I come back from my time away, I'm always loaded with new ideas!

So, as you plan your summer vacations this year, take time to slot in visiting other churches on Sunday morning. You might be surprised at the blessings you will receive. And don't forget, "whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
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Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013
What Are The Priorities Of Your Heart?
"Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully." - 2 Corinthians 9:6

I have found in my life that so many "light bulb" moments come from the most unlikely places and the most unlikely people. I never cease to be amazed how God uses all of us to teach and remind us of what's important.

I once had an interesting conversation with an atheist friend. He had visited our church and heard statistics on the high number of families who give nothing to the Lord's work each year. The basic minimum in faithful giving, according to the Bible, is ten percent, or a tithe. My friend said to me, "I was shocked. I thought if you people really believe this stuff about God, heaven, and hell, and the importance of spreading the message, you'd want to give more than ten percent. 'Cause what could be more important than that?" Well, of course, I knew what he said was true, but the fact that he truly "got it" and so many of our faithful don't get it really made me stop and think about this sad state of affairs.

Jesus certainly agreed with my friend, for He clearly said, "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be." In short, where you spend your money reveals the priorities of your heart. So, what does your bank statement say about your priorities? Your bank statement doesn't lie. To all you folks who profess to be Christians, what does your bank account say about your faith in God? Do you really believe what you profess to believe, and if you do, what could be more important than that??
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