If You Shave, This $2 Tool Will Save You Heartache

Have you ever cut yourself shaving and couldn’t get it to stop bleeding? This $2 item will save you some embarrassment and heartache.

ministry shave styptic pencil stop bleeding shaving cut

One of our ushers came to a church service with a piece of toilet paper on his face. I knew what happened even before I asked him about it. He cut himself shaving and it wouldn’t stop. Every time he took the paper off, it would start bleeding again.

I’m not criticizing. It has happened to us all. We spent the next few minutes exchanging stories of our similar embarrassing moments.

I told him of an item that would keep him from ever having to face this stressful situation again.

It’s called a Styptic Pencil.

It is a simple item that IMMEDIATELY stops bleeding from shaving cuts. It burns for a second, but it is worth the momentary pain. It is a lifesaver.

Why write about this cheap item?

I cut myself this morning shaving. I don’t do it often, but I was in a hurry today so I nicked my face. I could barely see the cut, but the blood started flowing. 🙁 I took out my styptic pencil and stopped the bleeding immediately. I was thankful to have this simple tool.

As I thanked the Lord for a quick solution to the problem, I thought back to a situation a few years ago. I was out of town getting ready for an important meeting. As I was shaving in the hotel, I cut myself. I looked for my Styptic Pencil in my travel bag, but it was not there. Oh no!

The only thing I could do was try to stop the bleeding by pressure. I held a tissue to the minuscule cut thinking that it would clot quickly. It didn’t. After several minutes, I had to keep getting ready so I did what we all do – I put a small piece of tissue paper on the cut to stop it. I tried to take the tissue paper off a few times, but the microscopic cut started to bleed again.

I had to leave the embarrassing white tissue stuck to my face until I arrived in the parking lot. Thankfully, I remembered to take it off before I walked into a meeting with sharp-dressed business executives.

All of that drama would have been avoided if I just had my Styptic Pencil.

I was so thankful for the quick remedy this morning that I thought I would share this pro tip. You never have to face the panic or awkwardness of a shaving cut that won’t stop bleeding again.

Pick up a Styptic Pencil this week. I recommend the 3-pack. You won’t be sorry. Keep one anywhere you shave. Put one in your travel bag and leave it there so you never forget it.

You can get one HERE or at your local department store.

Do you have a similar embarrassing shaving story that you would like to share?

Sin Leads To More Sin – 30 Days to Victory

Day 20

Sins don’t happen alone.  They operate in groups.  If you surrender to one sin, expect more to follow.

Luke 11:26  “Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”

This parable speaks of a man who had an evil spirit.  The evil spirit left him.  I believe the story implies that the man worked to rid himself of the evil spirit.  He was successful for a period of time.  However, the evil spirit recruited seven more wicked spirits and barged back into the man’s life.  He was worse off in the end than he was in the beginning!

There are several vital truths found in this parable.

Willpower is not enough to (more…)

Christ Died For Our Sins – 30 Days To Victory Over Temptation

Day 5

Why did Jesus Christ endure the Cross? It was the price required to pay for sin. He did it to pay for the sin that you are tempted to commit.

 

1 Corinthians 15:3  “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;”

It helps to remember how terrible sin is when struggling with temptation. The world, the flesh, and the devil try to convince us that sin isn’t really a big deal. They will say that most of what the Bible calls sins are personal preferences that don’t hurt anybody.

Just how bad is sin?

The awfulness of a storm is measured by what it costs to fix the damage created by it. The awfulness of sin can be calculated using the same measure.

It is easy to see the horrible effects of sin in the world. That evidence alone should be enough to convince a rational person of sin’s repulsiveness.

Furthermore, sin is so damaging, dangerous, and destructive that it was dragging the entire human race to Hell!

However, if you want to see just how terrible sin is you must look at the Cross of Calvary. There you will see (more…)

JUST SAY NO to Temptation 30 Day Devotional

30 Days to Victory

Temptation is a reality in every Christian’s life.  Learn how to overcome it with God’s Word in this 30-day devotional journey.

I have something exciting to announce.

Every morning for the next 30 days I will post a Bible truth that empowers us to say NO to temptation.  This devotional style series will give 30 Bible Truths that will change the way you think about and respond to fleshly desires.

Summer is a time of increased temptation for many.  Over my 20+ years of ministry, I’ve witnessed many Christians succumb to temptations during that summer that they would have never considered any other time of the year.

Let’s decide together that we will finish the summer spiritually stronger than when be started it.

Will you join us for the journey?

See you tomorrow!

Spiritual Decisions That Don’t Fail

Making a spiritual decision is great. Keeping it is better. Make decisions that don’t fail using these three tips.

As I write this, I am in the chapel before an evening service of New England Baptist Teen Camp. God has been working mightily. Friendships of a lifetime have begun. Happy memories have been made. Powerful sermons have been heard. The altar has been full after every message as tender hearts surrender to God. Several people have been born again. Hundreds of life-changing choices have been made.

I am thankful to God for every decision made this week. Imagine the wave of change that would take place if every decision took root and bore the fruit of righteousness!

However, as an experienced youth worker, I am saddened to know that many of the decisions will not stick. I’m not being cynical. I believe that the decisions were from God. I heard God’s power in the messages. I felt the same Holy Spirit conviction. I saw the tears of repentance.

Nevertheless, the statistics are undeniable. Many decisions will not last past 60 days. Some people will fall into the old sins before they walk in the door to their home.

How can this be? How can God move so powerfully, on a heart with no lasting fruit? (more…)