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We all need a positive way to start our day. Here is one minute of encouragement from the faith filled life experiences of Chris"Topher" Wiles.

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We all need a positive way to start our day. Here is one minute of encouragement from the faith filled life experiences of Chris"Topher" Wiles.

    Solar Eclipse - Glad it's temporary!

    Solar Eclipse - Glad it's temporary!

    Click "Play" to hear a Message Minute.Download the Podcast here: Google Music, iTunes, Stitcher, PlayerFM, mp3 Good morning, this is Topher from Washington Church of Christ bringing you a positive message minute. In just a little over 5 weeks, 3% of the United States will get the opportunity to see a truly rare event in our lifetime, a total solar eclipse.  From what I understand from friends in Tennessee, Kentucky, and southern Illinois, this is going to be a crazy time.  Schools are closing.  Governments are shutting down for the day.  Police are ramping up to handle the amount of traffic influx  they expect for this momentous occasion.  Hotels are already booked solid, campgrounds are maxed out, and  pieces of farmland are going for $125 a night just for someone to pitch a tent. Map Credit: http://www.eclipse2017.org People are really excited to experience this short moment in time where we can feel the temperatures drop during those few minutes where most of the sun's light is blocked, all but the edges.  Aren't you glad it doesn't last forever?  If the darkness blotted out the light forever, the results on earth would me the end of life as we know it.  In John 1:5, we are told,"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."  I take comfort in knowing that the darkness in this world, you know, the tough times, the evil moments, the trials of life, are only temporary.  I'm so glad that all the those times are really like a solar eclipse, they really only last a relatively short period of time because the light continues to shine, and the darkness will not overcome it. If you're struggling with dark times in life, try hard to look for God's light shining around the edges and remember that it is only temporary, for the darkness cannot overcome the light.   You'll be glad you did.  Click the logo below and subscribe to automatically receive these Podcasts every weekday morning on Google Play Music or iTunes.    Message Minutes are sponsored by  Washington Church of Christ and recorded for the public 107.9 The Memories WAMW morning radio program.  They air at approximately 7:35am on Weekday Mornings. To find more of the Message Minutes that have been uploaded to this blog CLICK HERE.   To subscribe to a Message Minute podcast feed on iTunes or other podcast player, copy the following URL into your subscription list.http://feeds.feedburner.com/topherwiles/MessageMinute 

    There's No Place Like Home

    There's No Place Like Home

    Click "Play" to hear a Message Minute.Download the Podcast here: Google Music, iTunes, Stitcher, PlayerFM, mp3 "My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?" - John 14:2 Good morning, this is Topher from Washington Church of Christ, bringing you a positive Message Minute.  Dorothy returned from her whirlwind journey to appreciate the simple pleasures of home.  Yes, her life may have been black and white.  Yes, her life may have lacked a little adventure.  Yes, all she had were simple family that loved her and a dog that followed her around.  Yet, she couldn't return to that humble abode in Kansas until she finally understood and said, "There's no place like home.  There's no place like home."  Ashley and I have spent the last couple weeks traveling, camping, and guest speaking in various locations.  While all the family time was nice, and the camping weather was wonderful, we finally had to admit the words that echo that feeling when you walk in the front door after  along time away, "Ahhh, there's no place like home." I believe we'll receive that same relieved and relaxed feeling when we finally travel from this life to the next.  When Jesus finally meets us with that key at the front door of our mansion in heaven, I think we'll simply say, "There's no place like home."  Today, why not spend a little time thanking God for the blessings of home.  You'll be glad you did.  Click the logo below and subscribe to automatically receive these Podcasts every weekday morning on Google Play Music or iTunes.    Message Minutes are sponsored by  Washington Church of Christ and recorded for the public 107.9 The Memories WAMW morning radio program.  They air at approximately 7:35am on Weekday Mornings. To find more of the Message Minutes that have been uploaded to this blog CLICK HERE.   To subscribe to a Message Minute podcast feed on iTunes or other podcast player, copy the following URL into your subscription list.http://feeds.feedburner.com/topherwiles/MessageMinute 

    Do Love

    Do Love

    Click "Play" to hear a Message Minute.Download the Podcast here: Google Music, iTunes, Stitcher, PlayerFM, mp3 Good morning, this is Topher, from Washington Church of Christ, bringing you a positive Message Minute. photocred: psychologytoday.comKids know things about Love that we forget as adults.  We tend to think of Love as an emotion, but kids know that it is an action, a decision.  One kid said, "Love is when mommy makes coffee for daddy and takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is ok."  Another said, "When my Grandma got arthritis and couldn't bend over, my grandpa started painting her toenails for her, even when his hands got arthritis too.  That's love." Kids know that love is an action and a decision.  That is exactly what the Bible says about it too.  That famous 1 Corinthians 13 passage says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (excerpt from 1 Cor 13:4-8) You didn't hear much talk of love as an emotion or a feeling in that reading did you?  Maybe kids know that love isn’t something you just feel, it’s something you do.  Decide to Love someone today by loving action, with loving behavior, by lovingly DOing something that they deserve as God’s beautiful creation.  DON'T JUST FEEL LOVE, DO LOVE.  You'll be glad you did.  Click the logo below and subscribe to automatically receive these Podcasts every weekday morning on Google Play Music or iTunes.    Message Minutes are sponsored by  Washington Church of Christ and recorded for the public 107.9 The Memories WAMW morning radio program.  They air at approximately 7:35am on Weekday Mornings. To find more of the Message Minutes that have been uploaded to this blog CLICK HERE.   To subscribe to a Message Minute podcast feed on iTunes or other podcast player, copy the following URL into your subscription list.http://feeds.feedburner.com/topherwiles/MessageMinute 

    Gas Station Love

    Gas Station Love

    Click "Play" to hear a Message Minute.Download the Podcast here: Google Music, iTunes, Stitcher, PlayerFM, mp3 Good morning, this is Topher, from Washington Church of Christ, bringing you a positive Message Minute. Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt 22:39)  Deuteronomy expounds on the second half of the ten commandments in chapter 24 and informs us that love goes out toward more than just neighbors at our physical address.  Loving your neighbor as yourself in just this one chapter includes: honoring your wife, being merciful to the family, showing grace to a debtor, giving justice to your countryman, treating fairly the poor, being accountable for only your own mistakes, blessing the visitor to your land, taking care of the orphans, and providing for the widows.  And that's just one chapter of the Bible folks. photocred: ashtachemicals.com I recently saw how another acted neighborly in caring for patrons in the local Viking Mart Marathon Gas Station in Montgomery.   As I dismounted my bicycle after a 45 minute ride a middle aged woman hustled out the door yelling to all the patrons soon to pump gas, "Wait!  Wait!  Don't pump!  The price is going down in just a few minutes!  Wait!"  So passionate in her desire to help the present patrons, this gas station attendant looked like she warning people of an impending apocalypsein her efforts to save them a dollar.  She truly cared for people and put forth effort to love as a neighbor.  Today, decide to put forth effort to love someone that has become your neighbor in life.  You'll be glad you did.  Click the logo below and subscribe to automatically receive these Podcasts every weekday morning on Google Play Music or iTunes.    Message Minutes are sponsored by  Washington Church of Christ and recorded for the public 107.9 The Memories WAMW morning radio program.  They air at approximately 7:35am on Weekday Mornings. To find more of the Message Minutes that have been uploaded to this blog CLICK HERE.   To subscribe to a Message Minute podcast feed on iTunes or other podcast player, copy the following URL into your subscription list.http://feeds.feedburner.com/topherwiles/MessageMinute 

    Family Laboratory

    Family Laboratory

    Click "Play" to hear a Message Minute.Download the Podcast here: Google Music, iTunes, Stitcher, PlayerFM, mp3 photo credit: Dexter's LaboratoryGood morning, this is Topher from Washington Church of Christ, bring you a positive Message Minute written especially for families.  I believe the family is your own personal laboratory, where moms and dads get to experiment on their children to see what hinders and what helps in bringing about the best and most well balanced adults by the time they finally fly from the nest.  Last week, we noticed a little bit of ingratitude creeping into our kids, you know, that kind that just grates on your nerves because of the thanklessness, complaining, and whining that it brings.   This week, we're experimenting with what we read in our history books about the pioneer days of America.  Our children only have one toy for the entire week, they only have two changes of clothes, we don't turn on the lights and night, and our food is much simpler, more repetitive, and a bit more bland.  You know what we learned in this experiment?  We learned that even dad can be more grateful for the daily blessings of life when he gets tired of eating beans every day.  1 Thessalonians 5:18 "In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." This experiment has been good for the kids and myself as well.  I encourage you to experiment with your families and be grateful for the blessings you've been given.  You'll be glad you did.  ***Extra:  We've also seen the kids show more imaginative and cooperative play, more help around the house, and the willpower to eat some of the food they don't like, because they know there is no snack and no dessert to follow.  We've treated it as education, not as punishment, and the results have been great!  Oh, and my wife has been enjoying other projects rather than spending so much time in the kitchen and cleaning up toys.  We may need to make this an annual experimental event!*** Click the logo below and subscribe to automatically receive these Podcasts every weekday morning on Google Play Music or iTunes.    Message Minutes are sponsored by  Washington Church of Christ and recorded for the public 107.9 The Memories WAMW morning radio program.  They air at approximately 7:35am on Weekday Mornings. To find more of the Message Minutes that have been uploaded to this blog CLICK HERE.   To subscribe to a Message Minute podcast feed on iTunes or other podcast player, copy the following URL into your subscription list.http://feeds.feedburner.com/topherwiles/MessageMinute 

    Signs of the End Times?

    Signs of the End Times?

    Click "Play" to hear a Message Minute.Download the Podcast here: Google Music, iTunes, Stitcher, PlayerFM, mp3 (P.S. Thanks for your patience as I took a little break from Message Minutes.  With multiple funerals in church and in family, combined with travel and preaching gospel meetings, I was burning the candle at both ends and needed to sleep past 5:30am for a while till our schedule calmed down.  We had to make room for our first priorities.  Thanks for understanding.) Good morning, this is Topher, from Washington Church of Christ, bringing you another positive Message Minute. photo credit: Huffington PostLet's smile for a moment and ask, "What is going to bring about the end of the world, Armageddon, the apocalypse?"  Some might say the Mayan calendar running out.  Others thought it would be Y2k.  Some hedged their bets on 4 blood moons.  As for me, I think the act that will bring about ultimate chaos will be...wait for it… disobedient children.  No, really!  "There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents...." (2 Timothy3:1-2) The end times will be characterized by disobedient children.  And if you've ever sheltered a rebellious child, you know that it either seems like the end of the world to you, or you want to END their world! Joking aside, I think there is more to the 5th command of the 10 commandments.  Paul said this about it in Ephesians 6:2-3. "Honor your father and mother - which is the first commandment with a promise - that it may go well with you that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Obedient children seem to be part of the recipe for a stable society, avoiding the apocalypse, and for enjoying long lives.  Today, focus on honoring your parents, so that it may go well with you.  You'll be glad you did.  Click the logo below and subscribe to automatically receive these Podcasts every weekday morning on Google Play Music or iTunes.    Message Minutes are sponsored by  Washington Church of Christ and recorded for the public 107.9 The Memories WAMW morning radio program.  They air at approximately 7:35am on Weekday Mornings. To find more of the Message Minutes that have been uploaded to this blog CLICK HERE.   To subscribe to a Message Minute podcast feed on iTunes or other podcast player, copy the following URL into your subscription list.http://feeds.feedburner.com/topherwiles/MessageMinute 

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