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Each weekday, Leith Anderson shares an inspiring and practical message of hope, encouragement and challenge, showing why "living by faith" can be the most stretching, fulfilling and rewarding experience you will ever have. This podcast is a one minute program.
||How to Begin||If you’re going to be a commercial pilot you have to begin by learning how to fly an airplane. You have to learn the basics of flying first. After that you can worry about licensing, logging hours and getting a job. How we begin is important in our spiritual lives as well. The Bible tells us that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Our generation doesn’t talk much about fearing God. We like to emphasize God’s love, forgiveness and mercy. But fearing God does not mean being scared out of our wits. Rather, it means respectful obedience. It means that we take God very seriously and do what he wants. It’s the foundation of wisdom. Fearing God means respecting him, trusting him, believing in him and obeying him. If we forget to fear the Lord, sooner or later we’re bound to crash! Read more - http://www.faithminute.fm/tasks/sites/default/assets/FullTranscripts/PVBS82-01.pdf||26 1 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Getting What You Wish For||A man named Pat had a deep-seated grudge toward his neighbor Mike and was obsessed with trying to add to Mike’s woes. One night an angel appeared to Pat and offered him whatever he wished. Then the angel added, “Not only will you get your wish, but whatever you ask for, Mike will get two.” “Do you mean that if I ask for a Cadillac, Mike will get two?” The angel nodded. Pat thought and thought and finally said, “I wish to be blind in one eye.” How often is our attitude is like Pat’s, “I’ll settle for what I’ve got only if the other guy comes out on the short end”? True contentment never comes from doing better or having more than the other guy. Contentment comes from being in the center of God’s will and fulfilling his purposes for our lives. Read more - http://www.faithminute.fm/tasks/sites/default/assets/FullTranscripts/HEB-05.pdf||25 1 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||911 Prayers||When you dial 911 in an emergency, you’re quickly connected to a dispatcher who can see your telephone number and address on his screen. Even if you’re unable to answer questions rationally, the dispatcher immediately sends the necessary help. To the person in distress the minutes in between seem like an eternity but, in reality, it’s amazingly fast. Sometimes our prayers are as desperate as a 911 call, but the service is even better! When we babble incoherently to God about our health or our job or our marriage, it may seem as if no one is listening and our desperate plea is going unheeded. But, in truth, God instantly knows who we are, what we need and help is on the way. Even if it feels like we’re waiting forever, God’s timing is always best. Read more - http://www.faithminute.fm/tasks/sites/default/assets/FullTranscripts/EXODUS-12.pdf||24 1 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Don't Run Ahead||Millions of Americans enjoy watching football. In football the quarterback calls for the ball to be snapped on a certain count. If a teammate runs forward before the ball is snapped, the referees call a penalty. If the same player does it often enough, the coach will take him out of the game – because you can’t keep playing if you make it a practice to run ahead before the ball is snapped. The Bible’s rules are not unlike those of football. Jesus is the quarterback and we’re the players. He calls the plays and he’s the boss. Those who think they know more than Jesus and try to “run ahead” of him cannot keep doing it and claim to be a Christian. Listen to how the Bible says it, “Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of [Jesus] does not have God.” Read more - http://www.faithminute.fm/tasks/sites/default/assets/FullTranscripts/2JOHN-03.pdf||23 1 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||All You Have to Do is Ask||When I was 14 years old I bought an old car for $55. It started but wouldn’t stop. I read books, asked questions and eventually fixed the brakes, but then it wouldn’t start. After I’d wasted days and dollars on parts, my father walked into the garage and said, “Want some help?” At fourteen, I thought I knew far more about cars than he could possibly know! I’d never seen him work on a car. But, trying to be nice I said, “Sure, why not?” He looked under the hood and suggested I connect the ground wire on the distributor. Later, I tried it and the car started! He had the answer – and I had never asked. And so it is with our human search for meaning in life. We spend years looking when the answer is right there in the Bible. All we have to do is ask God, our father. Read more - http://www.faithminute.fm/tasks/sites/default/assets/FullTranscripts/1JOHN-01.pdf||22 1 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||His Finest Hour||In 1940, in what was to become one of his most famous speeches, Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressed the House of Commons in Great Britain, calling upon the people of Britain to stand firm against the insanity of Hitler’s advancing conquests. Churchill said, “Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, this was their finest hour.” During the time Jesus was on earth he taught God’s truths with great skill and performed many miracles. But of all the things Jesus said and did, he shone most brilliantly when he said, “It is finished,” while hanging on the cross. With those words he died, paying the penalty for our sins. It was his finest hour. Read more - http://www.faithminute.fm/tasks/sites/default/assets/FullTranscripts/SLW-01.pdf||19 1 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||How to Plow a Straight Line||A farmer was trying to teach his son how to plow a field into straight furrows. He said, “To plow straight, you need a fixed point. Pick a tree or a fencepost and keep your eye fixed on that as you plow. Then you’ll be able to plow in a straight line.” The father watched from a nearby hill. His son’s first furrow looked more like a corkscrew than a straight line. The farmer went back down the hill and said, “I told you to fix your eye on something.” The boy said, “I did. I’m watching the cow.” How many times have we done much the same thing in our lives? Instead of focusing on a fixed point, we foolishly use such grazing cows as emotions or circumstances as our point-of-reference and end up with a twisted mess. The answer is to set our “fix” on Jesus who’s the same “yesterday and today and forever.” Read more - http://www.faithminute.fm/tasks/sites/default/assets/FullTranscripts/HEB-08.pdf||18 1 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Watch and Learn||When I was in grade school, my family invited a college student from Syria to our home for dinner. He barely spoke English and knew little about American customs. My mom served a fancy dinner and everything was going well. For dessert we were each served a large slice of cake with thick, gooey icing. My older brothers each took their knives and sliced, with a surgeon’s skill, between the icing and the cake, carefully setting the icing off to the side so they could save the best part for last. Meanwhile, our Syrian guest was watching closely. He then took his knife and very carefully copied them, assuming that this was how you eat cake in America. And that’s what Jesus asks us to do. He said, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” He wants us to love each other the same way he loves us. Read more - http://www.faithminute.fm/tasks/sites/default/assets/FullTranscripts/LOV-04.pdf||17 1 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Warning Signs||If you are driving through mountains, you have to be careful because of the dangerous switchbacks. There are signs that tell you when the sharpest curves are up ahead. Not following those warnings is dangerous, if not deadly. Or if you go swimming in the ocean, warning signs tell where there’s an undertow. Ignoring those signs can bring disaster. When you have a prescription filled, the pharmacist sticks on a warning label telling you what and what not to take with your pills. The difference between heeding those warnings and not heeding them can be the difference between recovery and staying sick. The Bible contains warning signs for living the Christian life that are to be taken seriously. They can mean the difference between eternal life and eternal death. Think of your Bible as having a warning sticker, “Ignore at your own risk.” Read more - http://www.faithminute.fm/tasks/sites/default/assets/FullTranscripts/.pdf||16 1 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Like a Lexus||Once after I had taken a Camry for a test drive, the Toyota salesman suggested that I go over to the Lexus dealership next and check out a new Lexus. At first I was surprised, but then I remembered that the same company makes both the Lexus and the Camry. They share similarities in design, mechanics and craftsmanship. I think he knew I wasn’t in the price range of a Lexus, but by comparing the two, I would be able to see the Lexus in the Camry. He was right and I eventually bought the Camry. It was a great car – sort of like a Lexus. Similarly, every one of us is like God. We are crafted to be like him. We may be imperfect models, but you can still see the image of God in us. We are of infinite value because we bear his image. Read more - http://www.faithminute.fm/tasks/sites/default/assets/FullTranscripts/LOV-03.pdf||15 1 2012||Free||View in iTunes|