It was zero degrees Fahrenheit this morning where I live. The high of the day is not expected to be over twenty degrees. For some reason a scene from ‘A Christmas Story’ entered my head when I saw the temperature.
Before class, Flick and Schwartz argue over what would happen should someone stick their tongue to a frozen flag pole, engaging in a delicate nuance of phrase during which Schwartz dares Flick to stick his tongue to the pole. But as Flick sticks his tongue out to the pole, complication ensues for the poor boy.
That is something you should not try at home. However I do have a list of “triple dog dares” for you.
I TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU TO;
FIND A REASON TO PRAISE GOD TODAY. Psalm 150 Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! 2 Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! 3 Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! 4 Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! 5 Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. 6 Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!
VIEW THE BIBLE AS FOOD FOR THE SOUL. The Devil tempted Jesus to turn rocks into bread. Matthew 4:4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
To eat food the body takes in either healthy or unhealthy substance. The result is either sickness or health. That is the only two choices. The same applies to our spiritual health.
REPENT AND PRAY FOR OTHER BELIEVERS TODAY. James 5:16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
STOP WORSHIPPING TECHNOLOGY AS A FALSE GOD. Exodus 20:4-6 “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. 5 You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. 6 But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands. Chances are you go nowhere without your phone but don’t remember the last time you checked the Scriptures for instruction.
INVITE A NEIGHBOR OVER FOR A MEAL. Mark 2:15 Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) Jesus enjoyed having meals with all kinds of people. There may be a hidden blessing by following his example.
THANK GOD FOR HIS BLESSINGS AT THE START AND END OF THE DAY. 1 Chronicles 23:30 And each morning and evening they stood before the Lord to sing songs of thanks and praise to him.
Rev. Burt Schwab