Saturday, April 19, 2014

VICTORY OVER DEATH


“All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, all hell is terribly afraid of it, while men are the only beings who more or less ignore its meaning.” -Oswald Chambers.

At a world gathering of religious leaders the spokesman for Christianity came to the heart of the matter when he said, "Religion means to me victory, victory, victory!" That is the thrust of our faith. Christianity means victory over sin! Christianity means victory over death! Christianity means victory over the grave! Christianity means victory over Hell itself! - J. Michael Shannon

William Sangster, the great preacher, was terminally ill with cancer. He could get about but could not speak. One Easter Sunday morning, he seemed especially despondent. Finally he wrote on his pad: "What tragedy! Resurrection Lord's Day and no voice with which to praise my great Redeemer's name." Then he sat dejectedly gazing out the window. Finally, he wrote again: "There is only one thing more tragic to have a voice and fail to praise the great Redeemer's Name." - J. Michael Shannon.

1Th 4:14 says: “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”

Thursday, April 17, 2014

GOD’S LOVE


A boy and his father were traveling in a car when a bee flew through the open window. The boy was so highly allergic to bee stings that both he and his father knew that his life was in danger. As the boy frantically jumped around and tried to avoid the agitated bee, the father calmly reached out and grabbed the bee. When he opened his hand, the bee began to fly again, terrorizing the boy once more. The father then said, “Look, son,” holding up a hand with an implanted stinger, “his stinger is gone; he can’t hurt you any longer.” (Bible.org).

As a bee loses its stinger when it stings, so death lost its sting when it stung Jesus.

1Co 15:55 says: “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”

God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, "I love you." - Billy Graham

But when the Captain of our salvation was laid to rest, He knew no such pomp and ceremony. The only honor accorded Him by men was Pilate's crude title above the cross: ‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.’ God, however, gave Him a stirring salute, for the earth quaked, darkness shrouded the midday sun, graves were opened and the dead walked. In the face of such honors, the centurion said, "Truly this man was the Son of God." How poor are the honors we come to bestow on Him today. But if we bring with those humble honors lives dedicated to Him, they will be graciously accepted. - J. Michael Shannon

Jesus said: “Those who do not carry their own cross and come after me cannot be my disciples.” (Luke 14:27).

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

FORGIVENESS


Ronald Reagan’s attitude after the 1982 attempt on his life made an impression on his daughter, Patti Davis.

The day following the shooting her father said he knew his physical healing was directly dependent on his ability to forgive John Hinckley. His daughter said that by this statement it showed her that forgiveness is the key to everything, including physical health and healing. He gave her an example of Christ-like thinking. - Christianity Today.

Jesus said, "Father, forgive them. They don't know what they're doing." (Luke 23:34).

“The medical evidence is clear and mounting. It's no exaggeration to say that bitterness is a dangerous drug in any dosage and that your very health is at risk if you stubbornly persist in being unforgiving." - Lee Strobel.

“I firmly believe a great many prayers are not answered because we are not willing to forgive someone.” - D.L. Moody.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A NEW LIGHT


One of the greatest tragedies for people would be to live in darkness when they could live in the light…

Rose Crawford had been blind for 50 years. Then she had an operation in an Ontario hospital. She said, “I just can’t believe it,” as the doctor lifted the bandages from her eyes. She wept when, for the first time in her life, she saw a dazzling and beautiful world of form and color.

The amazing thing about her story, however, was that 20 years of her blindness was unnecessary. She didn’t know that surgical techniques had been developed, and that an operation could have restored her vision at the age of 30. The Dr. said, “She just figured there was nothing that could be done for her condition. Much of her life could have been different.” - Jeff Strite.

Over 2000 years ago, Christ died on the cross & paid the punishment for our sins. We don’t have to keep living with the burden of guild of our sins anymore. Confess your sins to the Lord now & obtain His forgiveness.

Act 2:38 says: "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.”

UNUSED POWER


An American with an English gentleman was viewing the Niagara whirlpool rapids, when he said to his friend, “Come & I will show you the greatest unused power in the world.” Then he took him to the foot of the Niagara Falls, “There,” he said, “is the greatest unused power in the world.” “Ah, no, my brother, not so,” was the reply. “The greatest unused power in the world is the Holy Spirit of the living God.” - Christian Endeavor World.

“God loves to pour out His Spirit with power on those who will dare to align radically their purposes with His.” – Steve Childers.

Luke 11:13 says: “…how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”

Sunday, April 13, 2014

CHEER UP!


“A glad heart makes a cheerful face…’ Pro 15:13.

A Sunday school teacher asked her children, “Why do you have to be quiet in church?” A little girl replied, “Because people are sleeping.”

“A newly married man took up 2 jobs to please his wife with extra gifts. She left for another man saying, “I want a man to spend time with me.”

One Sunday, a pastor announced to his congregation, “I have good news & bad news. The good news is we have enough money to pay for our new building project. The bad news is, it’s still out there in your pockets.”

Friday, April 11, 2014

CHOOSE A GOOD NAME


At the end of World War I, Herbert Hoover, later to become President of the United States, led the allied relief efforts in Europe. He kept hundreds of thousands from starving, and a new word entered the Finnish language. In Finland, to “hoover” means “to be kind, to help.” If someone coined a word from your name, what would it be? - Guy McGraw.

“A man has 3 names; the name he inherits, the name his parents give him and the name he makes for himself. “

“A good name is what is given you by others and that which has been earned by you.” - Jack Hyles.

Joseph earned the nickname Barnabas, which means, "Son of Encouragement" (Acts 4:36).

Pro 22:1 says: “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches…”