Special Note…We apologize that some of you missed some of last week’s daily messages, as we were continuing to address various sending issues. Thus, we have included all those messages below, so that you might “catch-up” where necessary. We are still tweaking our e-mail sending methods, with hopefully just a small amount of work left, and we want to thank you all for your patience through this process. Most Sincerely, Greg and Eric for This Day’s Thought from The Ranch
There is not greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness and truth.
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
2 Corinthians 13:11 The King James Version
The better part of one’s life consists of one’s friendships.
I long to put the experience of fifty years at once into your young lives, to give you at once the key of that treasure chamber every gem of which has cost me tears and struggles and prayers, but you must work for these inward treasures yourselves.
-Harriet Beecher Stowe
Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
Isaiah 56:7 The King James Version
The three essential rules when speaking of others are: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
Galatians 5:13 The New International Version
A number of years back, my six-year-old son and I had gone shopping at one of those giant discount toy stores with toys piled to the ceiling. We had just come around the corner of an aisle when I saw a young, long-haired bearded man in a wheelchair. He must have been in some terrible accident because both his legs were missing and his face was badly scarred. Just then my six-year-old saw him too and said in a loud voice, “Look at that man, Momma!” I did my normal mother thing and tried to shush my son, telling him it was not polite to point; but my son gave a hard tug, broke free from my hand, and went running down the aisle to the man in the wheelchair. He stood right in front of him and said in a loud voice, “What a cool dude earring, man! Where did you get such a neat earring?” The young man broke into a grin that lit up his face. He was so taken aback by the compliment that he just glowed with happiness, and the two of them stood there talking awhile about his earring and other “cool stuff.” It made a life-long impression on me. For I had seen only a horribly scarred man in a wheelchair, but my six-year-old saw a man with a cool dude earring.
Ah! the bridge of grace will bear your weight, brother. Thousands of big sinners have gone across that bridge, yea, tens of thousands have gone over it. I can hear their trampings now as they traverse the great arches of the bridge of salvation. They come by their thousands, by their myriads; e’er since the day when Christ first entered into His glory, they come, and yet never a stone has sprung in that mighty bridge. Some have been the chief of sinners, and some have come at the very last of their days, but the arch has never yielded beneath their weight. I will go with them trusting to the same support; it will bear me over as it has borne them.
-C. H. Spurgeon
A man finds joy in giving an apt reply- and how good is a timely word!
Proverbs 15:23 The New International Version
You are one of a kind- designed to glorify God as only you can.
For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
Romans 10:13 The New King James Version
Heaven is full of answers to prayers for which no one ever bothered to ask.
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