September 2008

I was once dead and am now alive

Story of the day:  I was once dead and am now alive

Billy Graham tells a story “of a man who glanced at the obituary column in his local newspaper.  To his surprise he saw his own name, indicating that he had just died.  At first he laughed about it.  But soon the telephone began to ring.  Stunned friends and acquaintances called to inquire and to offer their sympathy.

     Finally, in irritation, he called the newspaper editor and angrily reported that even though he had been reported dead in the obituary column he was very much alive.  The editor was apologetic and embarrassed.  Then in a flash of inspiration, he said, “Don’t worry, sir, I’ll make it all right; tomorrow I’ll put your name in the births column.”

     This may sound like merely a humorous incident, but it is also a spiritual parable.  Not until we have allowed our old selves to be nailed to the cross and to die, can our new selves be born again and emerge to grow up into the likeness of Christ.  The Bible is marvelously true:  “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins…Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.” (Eph. 2:1; 5:1)”

Quote of the day:  Mieczyslaw Malinski

“It’s easiest to see the cross on Jesus’ shoulders.  It’s a bit harder with our neighbor’s cross.  Most difficult of all is seeing our own cross.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ephesians 2:1

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,”


Dear Father,

I can’t express how grateful I am for Your Son.  As I come to You everyday, may I pick up my cross and walk in Your Will.  I will give thanks to You with all my heart and I will tell of all Your wonders.  I will be glad and rejoice in You Father and I will sing praises to Your name all the days of my life.  Thank You that my old self has been placed upon that cross and today I am able to grow in the likeness of Your Son.  I pray for an opportunity to share Your Truth with others that they may come to know Your Saving Grace.  Thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,


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