Today's Word for Pastors...

Psalms 7:1
O LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me,

Today's Preaching Insight...

Living Upstairs

Gilbert K. Chesterton the British poet, essayist, novelist and journalist was dubbed "The Prince of Paradox." Chesterton was a professed Christian and he once made the spiritual observation that in the house of life many people are content to live in the cellar. In fact, they seem to assume that the cellar is the only room in the house.

I think we know exactly what he was saying. There are many who live out their lives in the dusty, musty chambers of the basement of life. They live where there is little vision of what life is really all about. But when someone becomes a Christian, they are moved upstairs to enjoy the quarters of the Heavenly Father.

Out of the life of the great Scottish preacher, George H. Morrison, there comes a story of a woman who lived in the cellar when she first went to hear him preach. He is one of the great preachers of all time. He was a great expositor of the Word. In the process, she became converted. Sometime later, someone noted that she had moved to an upstairs flat. In her well kept yard now there were flowers. A song regularly came from her little flat. When someone asked her about her move out of the cellar, she replied in her rich Scottish brogue, "Well, you can't live in a cellar and listen to George Morrison preach!"

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Today's Extra...

Illustration: Position, Motivation

Charley, a new retiree-greeter at Wal-Mart, just couldn't seem to get to work on time.

Every day he was 5, 10, 15 minutes late...but he was a good worker--really tidy, clean-shaven, sharp-minded, a real credit to the company and obviously was good at demonstrating their "Older Person Friendly" policies.One day, the boss called him into the office for a talk. "Charley, I have to tell you: I like your work ethic, you do a bang up job; but your being late so often is quite bothersome." "Yes, I know boss, and I am working on it."

''Well good, you are a team player. That's what I like to hear. It's odd, though--your coming in late. I know you're retired from the Armed Forces. What did they say if you came in late there?"

'They said, "Good morning, Admiral, can I get you coffee, sir?'''

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