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The X-Ray (Monday)
Read: 2 TIMOTHY 3:14-17; HEBREWS 4:12-13
Bellamy hopped up into the dentist's chair, leaned his head back, and opened his mouth wide so the dental assistant could clean, polish, and floss his teeth. When she was finished, Dr. Scott came and checked to see if there were any cavities. "I found one small cavity," he said after examining Bellamy's mouth. "Now I'm going to take an X-ray of your teeth in case there are any problems I can't see with my eyes alone."
The X-ray showed that Bellamy had one more cavity. His mother made an appointment to have them filled, and they headed home.
That evening, Bellamy told his dad about his visit to the dentist. "Dr. Scott gave me a new toothbrush," said Bellamy. "He says if I brush really well twice a day, I shouldn't have any cavities the next time I have my teeth cleaned." Bellamy frowned. "I don't see why I had to have that X-ray though. Now I need two fillings instead of just one!"
"That's true," said Mom, "but the second cavity would have shown up quite soon anyway. By then it would have gotten much bigger, and you'd need a big filling instead of just a little one. It might have even caused your tooth to hurt. So it's a good thing Dr. Scott found it now."
Dad nodded. "X-rays are a big help. They show what's deep inside us where we can't see. The Bible does that too."
"It does?" Bellamy asked in surprise.
"In a way, it does," Dad said. "God uses it to examine our hearts and show us our need for Jesus. One of the things it does is show us where there's sin in our lives--and also how to correct the problem."
"When we recognize our sin, we can go to Jesus and ask Him to forgive us and then trust Him to help us do what's right instead," Mom said.
Bellamy thought it over. "I guess it is a good thing Dr. Scott took that X-ray today," he said. "If he didn't find my second cavity, the problem could have gotten worse." He grinned at his parents. "And I'm glad God gave us the Bible so we know how to fix our problem with sin." JAN L. HANSEN
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you read the Bible to see what it has to say to you? Like an X-ray, it reveals things inside us that we can’t see—things like bad attitudes, mean thoughts, and selfish desires. It shows us sin in our hearts, but it also tells us about Jesus, who died to save us from sin. When you see sin in your life, confess it to Jesus and ask for His forgiveness. Then obey Him.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: HEBREWS 4:12 (KJV)
FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS ALIVE AND ACTIVE...IT JUDGES THE THOUGHTS AND ATTITUDES OF THE HEART. (NIV)
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Camisha's Clay Vase (Tuesday)
Read: 2 CORINTHIANS 4:5-7
Camisha glanced around and quietly walked through the apartment. She didn't want her mother to see the small package she carried. She tip-toed down the hall and into her room--but there was her mother, putting neatly folded clothing, fresh from the laundry, onto Camisha's bed.
"Hi, sweetie," said Mom. "What do you have there?"
"Hi, Mom. I, uh..." Camisha sighed. "This was supposed to be a present for Mother's Day, but it didn't turn out right. You don't want it. Trust me. It...it's ugly!"
"Maybe you should let me be the judge of that," said Mom. She held out her hand. "Can I see it?" Camisha handed over an object wrapped in several layers of tissue paper. Mom unwrapped the gift and found a small vase made of clay. It was a bit lopsided, and a piece had chipped off the rim. Its blue paint was streaky in places. "You must have made this in art class at school," Mom said, smiling as she held it up. "I love it!"
"You're just saying that to make me feel better," Camisha muttered.
"No, I'm not," said Mom. "I love this because you made it and because it reminds me of one of my favorite Bible verses."
"It does? Which one is that?" Camisha asked.
"Second Corinthians 4:7. That verse refers to our hearts as clay pots that are humble and imperfect. But it tells us we have a great treasure--the light of God's salvation--shining in our hearts."
Mom walked out onto the small balcony where she grew rose bushes in flower boxes. She picked a few of the beautiful blooms--yellow ones with soft pink edges--and set them carefully in the clay vase. Velvety petals hung down and covered the chipped rim. Mom took the vase into the kitchen, added a small amount of water, and placed it on the window sill over the sink.
"Wow! What a difference the flowers make!" Camisha said in amazement.
"Just like the difference Jesus makes in our hearts," said Mom. "This little vase with flowers will be a reminder of the light Jesus gives us, and it will be an encouragement to let others see His light in my life." LINDA HENTSCHEL
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you ever felt like a handmade clay pot—a bit lopsided, chipped, and generally imperfect? Well, in a way, you are. But remember that if you trust Jesus as your Savior, He has put the light of His Holy Spirit into your heart. He makes a huge difference in your life. When you trust in Him, His light shines in you so you can reflect His love and beauty to others.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 2 CORINTHIANS 4:7 (KJV)
WE HAVE THIS TREASURE IN JARS OF CLAY TO SHOW THAT THIS ALL-SURPASSING POWER IS FROM GOD AND NOT FROM US. (NIV)
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An Old Piece of Wood (Wednesday)
Read: ISAIAH 64:6; 2 CORINTHIANS 5:14-17
Carter was helping his dad pile firewood in the backyard when their next-door neighbor came over. "Looks like you've got some nice walnut here," Mr. Stevens remarked as he stooped down and picked up a piece of wood that Carter's dad had trimmed off a tree. "Mind if I borrow this for a week?"
"For a week?" asked Dad. He smiled. "Help yourself--there's no need to return it. If you see anything else you can use, you're welcome to it."
"Thanks," said Mr. Stevens, "but this will do for now." With a wave, he turned and carried the piece of wood into his garage.
"I wonder why Mr. Stevens wants that chunk of wood," said Carter.
Dad shrugged. "I don't know. I should have asked him."
They found out why a week later when they were grilling burgers in the backyard. Mr. Stevens came over to return the piece of walnut--but now it wasn't a chunk of firewood anymore. It was a beautifully carved mallard duck. "I know you said I didn't have to return this," said Mr. Stevens with a grin, "but I want you to have it."
"It's beautiful!" said Dad. "Thank you! We'll put this on our fireplace mantle instead of in the fire."
"Wow!" Carter said. "Look what you did with just an old piece of wood!"
The neighbor smiled. "I enjoy carving things. When I see an old piece of wood change into something beautiful, I'm reminded of what Jesus did for me. I was a sinner living a life of selfishness and pride, but Jesus took me and made me a new person!"
"Oh?" said Carter's dad. "Interesting. I know a little about Jesus, but I've never heard anyone talk about Him like that before."
"Me neither," said Carter. "Can Jesus change anyone into a new person?"
Mr. Stevens nodded. "He saved me from sin, just like I saved that old piece of wood from the burn pile, and He gave me a new life. And He will do the same for you."
Carter pointed to the carving. "Can I take it in and show Mom?"
"Sure." Dad handed him the duck, then looked at his neighbor. "Thanks again. You've given me something to think about." LINDA M. WEDDLE
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Has Jesus changed you and made you a new person? He gave His life so you could be saved from sin and have a new life with Him. Trust Him as your Savior, and He’ll make you into a beautiful, new creation! (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.)
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 (KJV)
ANYONE WHO BELONGS TO CHRIST HAS BECOME A NEW PERSON. THE OLD LIFE IS GONE; A NEW LIFE HAS BEGUN! (NLT)
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The Circle (Thursday)
Read: PSALM 90:1-4; 2 PETER 3:8
Cora was always full of questions--questions like: How many animals were on the ark? How did Jonah keep from drowning in the whale's tummy? How far away are the stars? Can we take a trip to one of them?
One day Cora came to her mother with another question. "Mom, who made God?" "Nobody," her mother answered.
"Then where did God come from?" asked Cora.
"He didn't come from anywhere--He just always was," Mom said. "I'm afraid I can't explain it so that you can really understand, honey."
"But He had to come from somewhere," Cora insisted.
Mom shook her head. "Our minds are not as great as God's mind, and there are some things we can't understand this side of heaven," she replied. "For now we just have to accept the fact that God has no beginning or end. He always existed and always will exist."
Mom hesitated and then took off her wedding ring. "Maybe this will help you," she said, handing it to Cora. "I want you to tell me where this ring begins and where it ends." Mom motioned to the shiny gold band.
Cora looked at the perfect circle. "It doesn't start or stop anywhere. It's a circle-- it doesn't have a beginning or an end."
"And that's like God, Cora. God is eternal. He never had a beginning, and He has no ending. We think of our lives in minutes and days and weeks and years, but with God, it isn't like that. The Bible says that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day."
"Oh," said Cora uncertainly. Then she smiled. "Okay. I'll try to remember that God is like this ring," she said as she handed it back to her mother. "He has no beginning or end."
"That's right," said Mom, "and God's love is like that too. Even though He's eternal, Jesus was willing to become human and die for our sins so we could be saved and live with Him forever. No matter what, His love for us will never end." CHARLES VANDERMEER
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Aren’t you glad God is too great for a human mind to fully understand? That’s one of the things that makes Him God! It’s good to ask questions and learn about Him from the Bible, but don’t worry if you can’t understand how He could have no beginning or end. He is greater than we can imagine, and we can trust Him. Thank Him for being so great and wonderful—and for loving you so much.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: PSALM 90:2 (KJV)
FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING, YOU ARE GOD. (NKJV)
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The Whole Clock (Friday)
Read: 1 Corinthians 12:12-22
"Did you already fix that one?" asked Elias, pointing at a large clock standing on the counter. He always enjoyed visiting Uncle Ben's shop--especially when his uncle was working on a clock. "That one seems to be ticking all right," Elias added.
Uncle Ben laughed. "Yes, but that's all it's doing."
Elias looked at the clock more closely. "Oh--it doesn't have any hands on it," he remarked, feeling foolish for not having noticed that.
"No, it doesn't," said Uncle Ben. "So even though the clock is ticking, it isn't doing its job and giving the correct time, is it?"
"Not without the hands it isn't," Elias agreed. "What happened to them?"
"I have them right here, and I'll put them back on. But first I want to use this clock as an illustration when I teach my Sunday school class tomorrow."
Elias grinned, remembering when his uncle had been his Sunday school teacher. "So you still use clocks as illustrations. What does this one illustrate?"
"Well, the inside of a clock has lots of different parts, and each one is needed," replied Uncle Ben. "But you can have all those inside parts clean and running well, and the clock still doesn't give you the time. Or..." Uncle Ben held up the clock hands. "You can pick up the hands or face of the clock and look at them closely, but you won't learn the time of day that way either. To tell time, all the parts have to work together."
Elias grinned. "I think I already know where you're going with this."
Uncle Ben nodded. "All the parts of a clock are important. None can do the job alone--and it's the same for the church too."
"Yep. I thought you'd say that. Pastors, Sunday school teachers, janitors, musicians, nursery workers--all are needed for the church to function."
"Yes, but it's not only those who do things to help with church services," said Uncle Ben. "It's all of us! In the Bible, the church is called the body of Christ, and Jesus has given each of us a part in showing His love to others, both at church and everywhere else. When we work together with other Christians, we show the world who He is." Ruth I. Jay
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you ever thought that your part in the body of Christ—the church—is not that important? It is. Just like it takes many parts to make a clock work, it takes many people to do the work Jesus has given us of building His kingdom and showing His love to others. Do your part faithfully, working together with other Christians. Each one of you is needed, and each one is important.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 12:27 (KJV)
All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. (NLT)