Friday, May 29, 2015

CHURCH ATTENDEES


A study once disclosed that:

If both Mom and Dad attend church regularly - 72% of their children remain faithful.

If only Dad - 55% remain faithful.

If only Mom - 15%.

If neither attended regularly - only 6% remain faithful.

The statistics speak for themselves - the example of parents and adults is more important than all the efforts of the church and Sunday school.

- Warren Mueller (aksermonillustrations.blogspot.in)

2Ch 29:2 (BBE) “He (King Hezekiah) did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done.”

1Ki 22:52 (GNB): “He (King Ahaziah) sinned against the LORD, following the wicked example of his father Ahab, his mother Jezebel, and King Jeroboam, who had led Israel into sin.”

“Fathers and mothers do not forget that children learn more by the eye than they do by the ear... Imitation is a far stronger principle with children than memory. What they see has a much stronger effect on their minds than what they are told.” - J.C. Ryle.

Tit 2:7 (CEV): “Always set a good example for others. Be sincere and serious when you teach.”

“A good example is like a bell that calls many to church.” - Author Unknown.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

HONORING HUSBAND


There is an old story that illustrates the principle of honor within marriage.

A drunkard husband, spending the evening with his jovial companions at a tavern, boasted that if he took a group of his friends home with him at midnight & asked his wife to get up & cook supper for them, she would do it without complaint.

The crowd considered it a vain boast & dared him to try it. So the drunken crowd followed him home & he made the unreasonable demands of his wife.

She obeyed, dressed, came down & prepared a very nice supper & served it as cheerfully as if she had been expecting them.

After supper one of the men asked her how she could be so kind when they had been so unreasonable & when she did not approve of their conduct.

Her reply was: “Sir, when my husband & I were married, we were both sinners. It has pleased God to call me out of that dangerous condition. My husband continues in it. I tremble for his future state. Were he to die as he is, he would be miserable forever. I think it my duty to render his present existence as comfortable as possible.”

Not long after, her husband was saved.

(ministry127.com)

Eph 5:24 (ISV): “Indeed, just as the church is submissive to Christ, so wives must be submissive to their husbands in everything.”

“Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.” - Martin Luther.

Pro 10:12 (GNB): “Hate stirs up trouble, but love forgives all offenses.”

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Say Thank You before It Is Too Late


The brilliant Scottish writer, Thomas Carlyle, lived on a farm in Dumfries shire, which he called “the loneliest nook in Britain.”

Each day he climbed a ladder to his attic, where he worked until dark. His devoted wife Jane was left alone.

One evening at dinner, Jane asked why he had never expressed appreciation for the food she lovingly prepared for him.

“Woman,” Carlyle barked, “must you be paid for everything you do?” With that, he stamped off to his attic workshop.

Years later, when his wife died, Carlyle found her diary. On tear-stained pages, he read this recurring refrain, “Oh, I wish you would say a kind word or give me a compliment now and then about the things I try to do to make you happy.”

- Together Magazine (ministry127.com)

“Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.” - Blaise Pascal.

Pro 31:31 (GNB): “Give her credit for all she does. She deserves the respect of everyone.”

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

THE SILENT TREATMENT


A married couple had a quarrel & ended up giving each other the silent treatment.

Two days into their mute argument, the man realized he needed his wife’s help. In order to catch a flight to Chicago for a business meeting, he had to get up at 5 a.m.

Not wanting to be the first to break the silence, he wrote on a piece of paper, “Please wake me at 5 a.m.”

The next morning the man woke up only to discover his wife was already out of bed, it was 9 a.m. & his flight had long since departed.

He was about to find his wife & demand an answer for her failings when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. He read, “Its 5 a.m. Wake up.”

(ministry127.com)

“Okay, here's how to do relationships - be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God, in Christ, also has forgiven you.” - Chip Ingram.

Mat 6:15 (CEV): “But if you don't forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Monday, May 25, 2015

STEWARDSHIP


"I was born with music in my system. I knew musical scores before I knew my A B C's. It was a gift of Providence.

I never look upon the money I earn as my own. It is only a fund entrusted to my care for proper disbursement.

I reduce my needs to the minimum. I feel morally guilty in ordering a costly meal, as it deprives someone else of a slice of bread - some child, perhaps, of a bottle of milk.

My beloved wife feels exactly about these things as I do. In all these years of my so-called success we have not built a home for ourselves. Between it and us stand all the homeless in the world."

- Testimony of Fritz Kreisler, (1875 – 1962, was an Austria-born American violinist & composer and regarded as one of the greatest violinists of all time) in Gospel Herald.

(moreillustrations.com)

Pro 19:17 (GNB): “When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the LORD, and the LORD will pay you back.”

“We ought to be people of compassion. And being people of compassion means we deny ourselves, and our self centeredness.” - Mike Huckabee.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

UNAWARE OF HIS POSSESSIONS


William Randolph Hearst was a very wealthy newspaper publisher who had an incredible collection of art. The Hearst mansion in northern California is a testament to his quenchless desire for artistic treasures.

On one occasion he learned of some artwork he was determined to obtain. He sent his agent abroad to search for the treasure. After months of investigating, the agent reported that the treasure had been found.

To further sweeten the find, Hearst learned that the relic wouldn’t cost him a dime. He already owned it. The rediscovered piece was in Hearst’s warehouse with many other treasures that had likewise never been unpacked.

The desire for acquiring more can sometimes blind us from what we already possess.

- Michael Green (ministry127.com)

Luke 12:15 (GNB): And he (Jesus) went on to say to them all, "Watch out and guard yourselves from every kind of greed; because your true life is not made up of the things you own, no matter how rich you may be."

Jesus said: “Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully! (Mat 5:6)

Friday, May 22, 2015

BAD COMPANY


One day a farmer grabbed his shot gun to shoot at a flock of pesky crows. Unfortunately, he didn’t see his sociable parrot that had joined the crows.

After firing a few shots, he walked over to the fallen birds & was surprised to find his parrot badly ruffled with a broken wing.

When the farmer’s children saw the injured bird, they asked, “Dad, what happened?”

The farmer simply replied, “Bad Company.”

Scripture often warns us to avoid harmful influences. Regardless of our age or spiritual strength, over time, unwise influences will negatively affect our walk with the Lord.

Satan is determined to pull us into sin & wreck our lives & he often uses wrong influences to accomplish his goal.

(ministry127.com)

“Show me a man's books and show me a man's companions - and I will tell you what sort of a man he is.” - William Tiptaft.

1Pe 5:8 (GNB): “Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”