Tuesday, September 1, 2015

FORWARD & UPWARD


"Between an airplane & every other form of locomotion & transportation there is one great contrast.

The horse & wagon, the automobile, the locomotive, the speedboat & the great battleship - all can come to a standstill without danger & they can all reverse their engines or their power & go back.

But there is no reverse about the engine of an airplane. It cannot back up. It dare not stand still. If it loses its momentum & forward-drives, then it crashes.

The only safety for the airplane is in its forward & upward motion.

The only safe direction for the Christian to take is forward & upward. If he stops, or if he begins to slip & go backward, that moment he is in danger.”

- C. E. Macartney (ministry127.com)

"No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on that one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead." - Paul (Phi 3:13)

"The future is as bright as the promises of God."  -  William Carey.

Monday, August 31, 2015

THE MISCONDUCT OF THE CHILD


A lesson from the Chinese: There are about 3,000 Chinese boys & girls in a certain area of New York City. During the past 8 years there have been among them only 2 cases of Juvenile delinquency.

A recent legislature & court investigation has discovered that Chinese percentage of delinquency is the lowest of any racial or sectional group, the ratio being almost negligible.

Chinese teachers were questioned by the investigators concerning the reason for this remarkable showing. What they learned should be broadcast throughout America.

It was a precept of Confucius: "The misconduct of the child is the fault of the parent." 

- (moreillustrations.com)

Pro 29:15 (GNB): "Correction and discipline are good for children. If they have their own way, they will make their mothers ashamed of them."

"A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone."  -  Billy Graham.

Pro 22:15 (GNB): "Children just naturally do silly, careless things, but a good spanking will teach them how to behave."

Sunday, August 30, 2015

THE HOLY SPIRIT


The story is told about a little boy who was flying a kite. It was a windy day & the kite kept going higher & higher. Finally it got so high that it was out of sight.

A man passed by & saw the little boy holding onto the string. The man could not see the kite & he asked the boy, “How do you even know you have a kite up there?”

The boy replied, “Because I can feel it.”

Although we cannot see the Holy Spirit, we should be able to sense His work in our lives changing us into the image of Christ.

-  Paul Chappell (ministry127.com)

"This desire for heart purity is a creation of the Holy Spirit at work in the heart."  - Duncan Campbell.

Eph 5:18 (ISV): "Stop getting drunk with wine, which leads to wild living, but keep on being filled with the Spirit."

"Being born-again is a prerequisite to the in filling of the Holy Spirit."  - Rod Parsley.

Act 2:38 (GNB): Peter said to them, "Each one of you must turn away from your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven; and you will receive God's gift, the Holy Spirit."

Saturday, August 29, 2015

CELEBRITY OR SERVANT?


In 1971, the eyes of millions of Americans were on the Apollo 15 moon mission. You may remember the astronauts David R. Scott & James B. Irwin, who landed on the moon & spent 18 of their 66 hours there outside the spacecraft. They covered over 17 miles of the surface in a specialized vehicle people dubbed the “moon buggy.”

Upon returning to earth, James Irwin, a professed Christian believer, declared, “As I was returning, I realized that I am not a celebrity but a servant. So I am here as God’s servant on Planet Earth to share what I have experienced, that others may know the glory of God.”

Most of us will never attain the status of a James B Irwin, but all of us can have the attitude he possessed - the attitude of a servant.

- Tom Farrell (ministry127.com)

Jesus said: "… The most important one of you should be like the least important, and your leader should be like a servant."  (Luke 22:26 CEV) 

"The measure of a man is not how many servants he has, but how many people he serves." – D.L.Moody.

Jas 4:6 (KJV): "…God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble."

Friday, August 28, 2015

KNOWLEDGE MUST BE ACTED UPON


Scientists studied a native tribe in South America whose people have been dying prematurely for generations. After thorough investigation, the cause of premature death was determined.

The disease was transmitted by an insect that lived in the walls of their adobe homes.

This knowledge presented several options. They could move to another area where such insects did not exist, tear down their homes & rebuild them, use insecticide to rid their homes of the bugs, or, continue as they have & die early.

Surprisingly, these people have opted to remain as they are & do nothing about their problem.

Many people behave similarly. They know how to be saved, but they opt to remain unchanged.

- 'The Power to Be Your Best' by Todd Duncan (ministry127.com)

"The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives."  - D.L. Moody.

Heb 3:15 (GW): Scripture says, "If you hear God speak today, don't be stubborn. Don't be stubborn like those who rebelled."

"Knowledge without repentance will be but a torch to light men to hell. - Thomas Watson.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Jesus’ Blood Cleanses Sin


A preacher was speaking from the text, “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.”

Suddenly he was interrupted by an atheist who asked, “How can blood cleanse sin?”

For a moment the preacher was silent; then he countered, “How can water quench thirst?”

I do not know,” replied the infidel, “but I know that it does.”

“Neither do I know how the blood of Jesus cleanses sin,” answered the preacher, “but I know that it does.”

- Sunday School Times (ministry127.com)

Heb 9:14 (CEV): "But Christ was sinless, and he offered himself as an eternal and spiritual sacrifice to God. That's why his blood is much more powerful and makes our consciences clear. Now we can serve the living God and no longer do things that lead to death."

"If not washed in Christ's blood and clothed in His righteousness, no heaven for you, no heaven for me."  - William Tiptaft.

Heb 10:4(ASV): "For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins."

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

GOD AND GOLD


Roger Babson, an American historian, was visiting the president of Argentina about 100 years ago when the president said to him: 

“You are a student of history, Will you please tell me why it is that South America, with her unlimited resources & having been settled earlier than North America, has nevertheless made much slower progress in civilization & material prosperity?”

Mr. Babson threw the question back upon the president by saying, “Mr. President, you evidently have studied this question yourself & I would be interested to know your answer to it.

The President replied that he thought the explanation lay in the fact that South America was settled by Spaniards who came seeking gold while North America was settled by the Pilgrim Fathers who came seeking God.

Source: The University Of Colorado Journal Of Engineering, Volume XVII, No. 2 (ministry127.com)

"The reason America is a special nation is because it was founded by people who were first on their knees before they were on their feet. We are a nation rooted in our faith."  -  Mike Huckabee (former Arkansas governor).

"It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible."  -  George Washington (first President of the USA).

Psalms 33:12 (GW): "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. Blessed are the people he has chosen as his own."