Monday, September 29, 2014

GLUTTONY


During the 14th century, Raynald III was a duke in what is now Belgium. As the result of a violent quarrel, Raynald’s younger brother Edward successfully revolted against him.

When Edward captured Raynald, he built a room around him featuring windows & a door & promised him that the day he left the room his title & property would be returned to him.

The problem with this arrangement was that Raynald was grossly overweight & could not fit through the openings in the room. Raynald needed to lose weight before he could leave the room.

Edward knew that his older brother could not control his appetite & sent him delicious food every day. As you may imagine, Raynald grew fatter during this time.

Anytime someone accused Duke Edward of treating Raynald cruelly, he said: “My brother is not a prisoner. He may leave when he so wills.”

Raynald stayed in that room for ten years & wasn’t released until after Edward died in battle. By then his health was so ruined that he died within a year.

He was a prisoner of his own appetite. (ministry127.com)

“I believe that gluttony is as much a sin in the sight of God as drunkenness.” - Charles Spurgeon.

Pro 23:2 (KJV): “And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.”

Sunday, September 28, 2014

DEPRESSION VERSUS REJOICING


A little boy was playing outside & was stung by a bee. He went into his house crying & said to his mother, "I hate bees! I wish God had never made them." The mother eased his pain, then sat him down at the table & gave him some toast & honey.

The little boy said, "This is great!"

"You really do like honey, don't you?" the mother responded,

"Like it?" the little boy replied, "I love it!"

The mother then said, "The same bee that stings also produces the honey you are enjoying right now."

Her son thought for a minute & said, "I never realized there was a good side to that bee!"

We can view a bee as an enemy that stings or as a friend that produces honey. And that's the way it is with everything in life. We can choose to look at the plus side in every situation, or we can choose to look at the minus side. The difference will be one of living a life of depression or a life of rejoicing. – Kent Crockett.

Php 4:8 (CEV): “Finally, my friends keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don't ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise.”

Friday, September 26, 2014

KINDNESS


A gentleman saw a boy thief in his flower garden. He went forth quietly in a roundabout way to meet the boy & coming up behind him, laid his hand on the boy's shoulder, saying: "Now, my boy, answer me one question: Which is the best flower in my garden?"

The boy, finding no escape, looked around & after a few minutes' pause, said, "That rose is best," as he pointed to a beautiful moss rose.

The gentleman, still keeping one hand on the boy's shoulder, reached out his other hand & plucking the rose in all its beauty, gave it to the boy. As he released him, he said, "There, take it, my boy." The boy was amazed.

Looking into the face of his strange benefactor, he said, "Aren’t you going to have me punished, sir?" "No," was the reply; "but as I am going to give you the best flower in my garden, you will never steal from my flower beds again, will you?" "Never, sir, as long as I live," was the emphatic reply; "but, please, sir isn’t there some little errand I can do for you?"

Free forgiveness & a token of love had won the hardened boy's heart & from that hour he was the willing servant of his friend. (Christian Herald, London)

“Be kind to the unkind people. They need it the most.” - Ashleigh Brilliant.

Pro 11:17 (ESV): “A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.”

Thursday, September 25, 2014

JESUS CHRIST IS LORD


Napoleon summed up the admiration of the ages for Jesus Christ:

"Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I myself have founded great empires .... But Jesus alone founded His Empire upon love, and to this very day, millions would die for Him. Jesus Christ was more than a man." (Jesuschristonly.com)

Php 2:11 (ASV): “and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

“The name Emmanuel takes in the whole mystery. Jesus is ‘God with us.’ He had a nature like our own in all things, sin only excepted. But though Jesus was ‘with us’ in human flesh and blood, He was at the same time very God.” - J.C. Ryle.

“Jesus was God and man in one person, that God and man might be happy together again.” - George Whitefield.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST


A.W. Tozer says that people who are crucified with Christ have three distinct marks:

1. They are facing only one direction.
2. They can never turn back.
3. And they no longer have plans of their own.

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Paul (Gal 2:20 ESV)

“True friends face in the same direction, toward common projects, interests, goals.” - C.S. Lewis.

Heb 10:39 (CEV): “We are not like those people who turn back and get destroyed. We will keep on having faith until we are saved.”

“There is always death at the end of your plan and life at the end of God's plan.” - Rod Parsley.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GOD’S WILL


At a meeting of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Bobby Richardson, former New York Yankee second baseman, offered a prayer that is a classic in brevity & poignancy: "Dear God, Your will, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else. Amen." (sermonillustrations.com)

“The mere fact itself that God's will is irresistible & irreversible fills me with fear, but once I realize that God wills only that which is good, my heart is made to rejoice.” - A.W. Pink.

“When we want to know God's will, there are three things which always concur: the inward impulse, the Word of God & the trend of circumstances. Never act until these three things agree.” - F.B. Meyer.

“In all things seek to know God's Will and when known, obey at any cost.” - Jonathan Goforth.

“Life's trials are not easy. But in God's will, each has a purpose. Often He uses them to enlarge you.” - Warren Wiersbe.

John 4:34 (GNB): "My food," Jesus said to them, "is to obey the will of the one who sent me and to finish the work he gave me to do.”

Monday, September 22, 2014

NO TIME FOR GOD?


What fools we are to clutter up
Our lives with common things
And leave without heart's gate
The Lord of life and life itself
- Our God!

No time for God?
Some day you'll lay aside
This mortal life and make your way
To worlds unknown,
And when you meet Him face to face,
Will He - should He
Have time for you? - Norman L Trott.

Psa 90:12 (GNB): “Teach us how short our life is, so that we may become wise.”

“If Satan can't make you bad, he'll make you busy.” - Adrian Rogers.

If you are too busy to attend the Sunday service and a mid-week meeting, then you are busier than God wants you to be.