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What's on the other Side

WHAT'S ON THE OTHER SIDE? A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room. He said, "Doctor, I am afraid to die. I need to know what to expect when I go to heaven. Please tell me what lies on the other side." The doctor wanted to offer comfort to his patient, but he didn't know what to say. Very quietly, the doctor said, "I don't know." "You don't know?! Then why do you want to go to heaven if you don't know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?" The doctor was uneasy and was holding the handle of the door. From the other side came a sound of scratching and loud whining. As the doctor opened the door, a dog sprang into the room with his tail wagging and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what wa…

Fresh Start Devotionals

Get Creative I don’t watch a lot of television during the fall and winter, there just isn’t a lot to watch after the World Series and before Spring Training, but I have found a show that is become an addiction to me—The Discovery Channel’s Monster Garage. It is awesome. Jessie James, assembles a crew of mechanics to transform an ordinary automobile into a custom machine. They do more than trick the cars out, they literally transform them. In one episode, they made a school bus into a pontoon boat that really floated, in another they made a Limousine into a fire truck that put out a fire. Another time, they turned a Mustang into a lawn mower that cut grass at 60 miles per hour. My personal favorite was the time they turned a car into a hot air balloon. The rules are simple, the crew has seven days and $3000.00 to use to make the transformation. The automobile has to operate in its normal form and then transform into its new form. If they are successful, each of the crew gets a $3500.…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

January 2 O JESUS, I HAVE PROMISED John E. Bode, 1816–1874 God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them … show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. (Hebrews 6:10, 11) I asked the New Year for some motto sweet, Some rule of life by which to guide my feet. I asked and paused; it answered soft and low, “God’s will to know.” —Unknown The beginning of the new year is usually a time for reflecting on and evaluating the past as well as for setting serious goals for the future. Because it is so easy to get caught up in a blur of daily sameness, special days and events are important in life. We need these highlights for our growth and development. “O Jesus, I Have Promised” was written by an English clergyman on such a special day. It was penned especially for a confirmation service in which John Bode’s own daughter and two sons were making their life’s vows o…