Devotion in Motion: Drive time with God

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.       

                 Romans 10:17 (KJV)

By Bro. John L. Cash

Oh, how time changes things! When I first went into the ministry (almost 30 years ago), if I wanted to hear sermons by other preachers I had to purchase them on cassette tapes. And most of the time, a sermon tape cost between 3 and 7 dollars—which was a sizeable sum of money to a country preacher back then.  Needless to say, I was never able to afford as many cassettes as I would have liked to have had.

honda steering wheelBut with the advent of the internet and the mp3 file, my world has completely changed. Now I live in a world where I have more sermons than I could ever have time to listen to. And best of all, most of these sermons are free. It’s a treasure that all preachers should avail themselves to—and every Christian should do likewise.

My total daily commute is about an hour, and I use this time to listen to the teaching and preaching of the Word of God. I download Bible lesson mp3s onto a “thumb drive” and listen to them through the sync-feature in my car.

I’ve learned so much about the Bible. Right now I am listening to the recorded radio Bible lessons of Dr. J. Vernon McGee, who taught through the entire Old Testament and New Testament. You can download his complete library of lessons (free of charge) here:  http://www.ttb.org/contentpages/21793/e63bfac6-600d-436f-8231-5fcadefa77d6/5-YearSeriesinMP3.aspx

Why don’t you put your drive-time to its best possible use by learning God’s word? It’s likely to become the best hour of your day.

john l cashDr. John L. Cash is the “Country Preacher Dad.” He was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and has spent the last 29 years being a country preacher in the piney woods five miles south of the little town of Hickory, Mississippi. (On week days has a desk-job at a public school, where he used to teach Latin on closed-circuit-television.)  He and his lovely wife, Susan, live in the parsonage next door to the Antioch Christian Church (where the Preacher finished the Gospel of Mark in his car this week and is beginning the Book of Psalms.) Their kids include Spencer (age 23), his wife Madeline (age 23), and Seth (age 20).

Devotion in Motion: How do you think?

7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.    

        Proverbs 23:7a   (KJV)

By Bro. John L. Cash

I’ve had a really good week this week, and I’ve completed a great deal of work.  That always gives me a feeling of accomplishment.  So, I thought I’d share with you a “household hint” that has really been helpful.

Some years ago I read an anecdote in an old Guideposts magazine about a man who was always happy when he was working at the office. His secretary asked to do listhim the secret of his joy. He explained that he had a strategy for tackling the enormous pile of tasks that he was required to complete each day. First of all, he made a list of all the things that he needed to do.

Then, he chose the easiest task and completed that task. Upon completing that simple task, he chose the next-easiest-task on his list, and then completed that one.  Thus the businessman continued until he had finished his list. “How could I not be happy,” he replied, “when I spend my days doing only the easiest things?”

I’ve been using that strategy this week, and it is extraordinarily helpful. I find it is useful to use this kind of thinking even in the middle of a task;  for instance, when I am folding a load of laundry, I look to find the easiest garment to fold. (“Hmmm, that handkerchief won’t take any effort to do, and then I’ll fold that hand towel….”)  It may sound a little silly, but you can’t argue with the results.

In so many facets of life, improving our way of thinking about a situation is the equivalent of improving the situation itself. King Solomon said it this way, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7). So, approach your work with hope and joy. Because nobody ever got a sunburn from “looking on the bright side.”

john l cashDr. John L. Cash is the “Country Preacher Dad.” He was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and has spent the last 29 years being a country preacher in the piney woods five miles south of the little town of Hickory, Mississippi. (On week days has a desk-job at a public school, where he used to teach Latin on closed-circuit-television.)  He and his lovely wife, Susan, live in the parsonage next door to the Antioch Christian Church (where the Preacher is ready for Autumn weather even though it still feels like summertime in Mississippi.)  Their kids include Spencer (age 23), his wife Madeline (age 23), and Seth (age 20).

Devotion in Motion: The virtues of preparation

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 (NKJV)

By Bro. John L. Cash

I carry a very large lunchbox to school. Sometimes people poke fun at me, saying things like, “Hey John, is that thing from ‘The Napoleon Dynamite Collection’?” But I don’t mind that at all. People laughed at Edison and Einstein, too. And besides, my industrial- sized lunchbox is one of the tools that helps keep my life on track.

Not too long ago the doctor told me that I am pre-diabetic. (Historically, this is something that has happened to all the men in the Cash family when they turn lunchbox50.) So I’ve really tried to straighten up my act about what I eat on a daily basis.

I’ve discovered that I can keep my blood glucose at perfect levels if I’m careful to eat the right things. And I’ve found out that if I carry a lunchbox, I eat things like lean meat, non-carby-vegetables, salads, homemade soy yogurt, and fresh fruit. However, when I don’t have my lunchbox, I eat fast-food burgers, cookies, and things out of the snack machine. It’s really just that simple. For me, failing to plan to eat good food is the same as planning to eat bad food.

I heard a good sermon on the radio the other day. The preacher was talking about Mary and Martha and about how Mary sat at the feet of Jesus while Martha was scrambling around with the duties of the house. Usually, preachers blast Martha and tell her that she needs to be more like Mary.

But this speaker said something that has a lot of wisdom. It’s a statement that has stuck with me ever since: “If you want to be Mary on Sunday, you’ve got to be Martha on Saturday.” Clearly, failure to prepare is the same as planning to be absent. The “Lunchbox Principle” prevails again.

This week, let’s do our best to make advance preparations to do the things that are right. It’s never a mistake to make it easy to do what is good.

john l cashDr. John L. Cash is the “Country Preacher Dad.” He was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and has spent the last 28 years being a country preacher in the piney woods five miles south of the little town of Hickory, Mississippi. (On week days has a desk-job at a public school, and until recently taught Latin on closed-circuit-television.) He and his lovely wife, Susan, live in the parsonage next door to the Antioch Christian Church (where the lunchbox-carrying-Preacher has had perfect blood sugar levels all week.) Their kids include Spencer (age 22), his wife Madeline (age 22), and Seth (age 19).

Devotion in Motion: Spiritual encouragement for only 34 cents

31 When they had read it, they rejoiced over its encouragement.       

Acts 15:31   (NKJV)

By Bro. John L. Cash

If you’re looking for a way to encourage somebody in the Lord this week, why not send them a postcard? The lowly picture-postcard is the unsung hero of the postage world; you can mail one for only 34 cents. Also, it’s easy to procure a never-ending supply of them. In the past, a lot of people collected postcards, and now those collections are being sold on Ebay and in thrift stores. They often sell for a few pennies apiece.

What could be more day-brightening than opening nebraska postcardyour mailbox and finding a photo of a giant jackrabbit from Nebraska?

If you can’t find a pre-made postcard, make one of your own. Recycle a greeting card by cutting it to 4 x 6 inches, or use part of a cereal box.

I use a paper-slicer for fast and perfect work and always get comments on my professional results. A friend of mine once called to say, “Where in the world did you buy a postcard with a picture of a ‘Hostess Twinkie’ on it?” :-)

I’ve come to believe that postcards don’t just SEND sunshine — they SPREAD it. After all, your message of hope isn’t sealed up in an envelope. You have to believe that dozens of people are influenced by the good news you’re sending. Surely the mailman reads it and also anybody who finds the postcard on a kitchen table. (It’s human nature to want to be nosy and read other people’s mail. :-))

If you’ve watched the news lately, you know everybody is in need of the Good News and some Christian encouragement. Who are you going to send a postcard to this week?

john l cashDr. John L. Cash is the “Country Preacher Dad.” He was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and has spent the last 29 years being a country preacher in the piney woods five miles south of the little town of Hickory, Mississippi. (On week days has a desk-job at a public school, where he used to teach Latin on closed-circuit-television.)  He and his lovely wife, Susan, live in the parsonage next doojonny catr to the Antioch Christian Church (where the Preacher once made a postcard for his friend Jonny from a cat-litter-liner package.) Their kids include Spencer (age 23), his wife Madeline (age 23), and Seth (age 20).

Devotion in Motion: On giving your full attention

1 ¶ Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. ~ Ephesians 5:1   (NKJV)

By Bro. John L. Cash, minister, blogger and father of 2

Well, it’s time to resume my weekly devotional columns because summer break is over and school has started again. The summer went by quickly, but the Cash family had its fair share of fun and adventures.

Spencer and I took a road trip to Tennessee to visit my mom, who is in assisted living there. While in Memphis, he and I spent a day touring the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. This museum is exceptionally well-done. You would do well to make a special trip to take your family to see it.

As you would imagine, many of the exhibits there were devoted to the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and I was reminded of an anecdote about martin luther king jrhim  that I had read sometime. A reporter who had met Dr. King in the heyday of the civil rights movement recounted that the clergyman kept a hectic schedule filled with constant interruptions and people clamoring for his attention.

But the surprising thing to the interviewer was this: No matter how crowded the situation, no matter how hectic the scene, whenever Dr. King was talking to someone he always gave that person his undivided attention.

In this age of electronic devices and multitasking, the full-attention of another human being has become a rare commodity, indeed. But, upon thinking about this, I’ve come to the conclusion that attentiveness to the words and needs of others is one of primary components of the virtue of Christian love.

Did you ever stop to think that our Heavenly Father gives us His full attention whenever we speak to Him? Let’s strive to do this, too. It’s one of the ways that we can be more like our Heavenly Father.

john l cashDr. John L. Cash is the “Country Preacher Dad.” He was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and has spent the last 29 years being a country preacher in the piney woods five miles south of the little town of Hickory, Mississippi. (On week days has a desk-job at a public school, where he used to teach Latin on closed-circuit-television.)  He and his lovely wife, Susan, live in the parsonage next door to the Antioch Christian Church (where the Preacher is trying to learn to be “more present in the moment”.)  Their kids include Spencer (age 23), his wife Madeline (age 23), and Seth (age 20).

 

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