March 2018  
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Friends in Christ,

Parents sometimes have to say “no” to their children.  This is right and necessary.  But parents can also say “yes.”  The knife is a “no,” but the wooden spoon is a “yes.”  Coloring on the wall is “no,” but on paper is “yes.” 

God has laid down certain “Nos” for His people:  “Do NOT eat from the tree of knowing good and evil.”  “Have NO other gods before Me.”  “Do NOT imitate evil,” etc. 

It is possible to be guilty of so emphasizing God’s “NOs” that the opportunity to emphasize God’s “YESes” is neglected, but His “YESes” are often found right together with the “NOs.”  “Do NOT eat from the tree…”; but every other tree in the garden was a “YES.”  “Have NO other gods…”; because I am your God!  I am all you need.  I am your YES!  “Do NOT imitate evil…”; but do good. That is a YES.  Be so busy doing good that you have no time to do evil.

Maybe we need to re-orient our thinking.  We need not only “O be careful little feet where you go”, but also “Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.”  The “Thou shall nots” are important, but our lives will be empty unless they are filled with “Thou shalls.”


                                                                                                                                                                 Pastor Burger





   The believer on his knees is the position of strength.  Father hears the prayer of His child.  Fear flees.  Write a prayer today.


   Mr. Reilly, a friend of mine, shared with me that every night as he went to bed he would follow the same pattern.  First, he would read his Bible; second, he would tuck himself into bed and pull the covers up close.  Finally, he would say his prayers.  He would say a little prayer for everyone he met during the day starting in the morning.  "But," as he said, "to tell you the truth, Fred, I barely finish me prayers for the people I met before lunch, and I'm fast asleep!  So if you want to be remembered in me prayers, you need to see me in the morning!" 

   He passed away during his sleep.  If you knew Mr. Reilly, you felt better about life.


   The child’s prayer rewritten for older folks might read: “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should wake before I die, I pray Thee Lord teach me why.” - - - I fear some folks may be so busy making a life that they miss having one.

By Pastor Fred Naumann, retired