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As requested by a number of you, herewith a few books that I strongly recommend.

The Case for the Psalms:Why they are Essential - N.T.Wright

Journey to the Common Good - Walter Brueggemann

Gagging Jesus: Things Jesus said we wish he hadn't - Phil Moore

Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God - Bob Kauflin

The Writings of the New Testament : An Interpretation - Luke Timothy Johnson

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Home DAILY DEVOTIONS Daily Devotions The Parable of the Pencil
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Wednesday, 04 March 2009 21:27

A 'call back the past' written after I preached at a Chapel Hour at Cornerstone Christian College using this Parable.  I have changed it slightly as per my interpretation, and I thought I simply had to share it with you, it’s priceless!

I can remember the days before clutch pencils when all we would use as kids were the good old ‘HB’ pencils that would need to be sharpened (often) and, of course the eraser on the ‘head’ of it which, with me, did not last too long!. Of course there weren’t only HB’s around but a host of different brands, sizes, and, of course ,colours.

What was common to this variety of pencils was that they all had a piece of lead running down the middle of them. Think of the lead as your soul. The story goes that one day the Maker of all the pencils lovingly picked up one as it came off the production line all sparkling and new, and said to it ;

”My dear pencil ,who I have so lovingly and intricately made, there are four things you need to remember as I set you off on your course into the waiting world.”

“Firstly”, He said, “you were made to write and the only way you will be able to do this is if you have a firm hand to guide you, and, if you are obedient to that hand, it will create a masterpiece through you.”

“Secondly, you will have a built-in eraser in case you slip – up and make a mistake. I who have made you, will allow you to erase your mistakes, only confess them to me.”

“Thirdly, you will be of little use if your ‘point’ is blunt. The guiding hand will keep you sharpened, and this process, I must warn you, is inclined to be pretty painful. Although it sounds strange now, these instances will strengthen you and help you grow. But, the more you allow the Guiding Hand to write with you in the proper manner, the instances of having to endure the sharpening process will diminish.”

“Finally, by being obedient to your Guiding Hand, you will find that you will not have to use your eraser as often, your pencil tip will remain sharp, and you will create masterpiece after masterpiece”! Now go out my dear pencil and make the world a better place!"


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