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Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Honorary Chairman Charade - #4363
Our word for today from the Word of God comes from the words of Jesus Himself beginning in Luke 6:46. He begins with an unsettling question. "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?" Jesus says, "You're saying the right words. You're giving Me the right title. But I'm not really in charge. You are." Jesus then proceeds with an example that shows the difference between the person who knows what Jesus wants and the person who does what Jesus wants.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Milestones and Manure - #4122
There's a passage of scripture I've been familiar with most of my life that has recently taken on a graphic new meaning to me. Because, in a very real way, it's about manure. I know this is a strange subject for a Christian discussion, but tell that to the Apostle Paul. He's the one who used the analogy.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Escaping the "Me" Monster - #4175
The "me" monster. That's the tendency to think about myself most of the time, and it's the main reason Pam was down so much of the time, and maybe you are. There's nothing like hurt and pain and pressure to turn us into self-focused people. Too often, life is about my needs, my issues, my problems, my agenda, my feelings, my load. But a life of self-focus or self-pity or self-centeredness is just not how we were wired to live, especially if we belong to Jesus Christ.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Get in the Game! - #4011
I can't help but wonder if Jesus isn't trying to say that to some of us. Maybe to you. "Get out of the stands and get in the game!" The "game" is His work on this planet - in your church, your community, in some ministry, in trying to help some people you know be in heaven with you.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Semper Gumby - #4030
Now, a case could be made for putting that motto up in lots of places in our lives. In fact, when it comes to being the kind of person Jesus wants you to be, you can't really be "semper fidelis" - always faithful - unless you're "semper Gumby" - always flexible.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Only Passing It On - #4047
The waitress is right. As much as I appreciate her service, she does not get the credit for the great dinner I'm eating. She's just passing on the good work that someone else did. So are we - as we score our victories, touch some lives, accomplish some good things. We are only serving up what someone else actually has done - what God has done.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Only An Instrument - #4053
Our word for today from the Word of God comes from the last chapter of Scripture the Apostle Paul ever wrote. It's from 2 Timothy 4:17, probably written from a Roman prison cell shortly before Paul's death. It is, in a sense, his reflection on his whole life's work - an amazing life's work.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Stand Up and Do Something - #3955
The Lord has so much work to do - in your church, in your community, in the lives of people who don't know Jesus died for them, among the hurting, the hungry, and the helpless. But as He surveys all the massive needs in our broken and sinful world, He cries out today as He did in Isaiah's day - "Whom shall I send? Who will go for Me?"

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - No Such Thing As Retirement - #3956
It is God's will that you "still bear fruit" in your "old age" - that you stay fresh and productive, not stale and on the sidelines. You can retire from a career. You can retire from a company or occupation, but you can't retire from the service of Jesus Christ!

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Telling isn't Trusting - #5594
It doesn't do any good if I just tell my mechanic about the problems my car has. I have to leave it in his hands and drive away in another car. I do leave it there. I trust him. Maybe you're looking at a problem or need that really could use the touch of God right now. You say, "Well, I've prayed about it." You've prayed about it, but have you really left it with Him?