Friday, November 21, 2014

WHAT GOD DOES - According To An Eight-Year Old


It was written by an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who lives in Chula Vista, CA. USA. He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment, to 'Explain God.' I wonder if any of us could have done so well.

Explanation of God:

'One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn't make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn't have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.'

'God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't go wasting his time by going over your mom and dad's head asking for something they said you couldn't have.'

'Atheists are people who don't believe in God. I don't think there are any in Chula Vista. At least there aren't any who come to our church.'

'Jesus is God's Son. He used to do all the hard work, like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn't want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him. But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K.'

'His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him he didn't have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did.’

'You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there's anybody you want to make happy, it's God!’

‘Don't skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides, the sun doesn't come out at the beach until noon anyway.'

'If you don't believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can't go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He's around you when you're scared, in the dark or when you can't swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.'

'But... you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases. And that’s why I believe in God.'

(Contributed by Pastor Betty Wong) (aksermonillustrations.blogspot.in)

“Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” – Jesus Christ (Mar 10:15).




Danny Dutton
                                      

Thursday, November 20, 2014

ANIMAL-TAGS


The dean of a girls' school was troubled because the girls insisted on crossing the street in front of the school without going to the corner.

Warnings, penalties & lectures did no good. Then the dean had a sign painted & set it up in the middle of the block. From that time on, the girls always walked to the corner to cross the street.

What did the sign say? "Cattle Crossing!" - Pelican. (moreillustrations.com)

Read this confession: “I am more like an animal than a human being; I do not have the sense we humans should have.” (Pro 30:2 GNB)

By heeding to warnings, one can avoid being given certain animal-tags, like:

2Pe 2:22 (GNB): What happened to them shows that the proverbs are true: "A dog goes back to what it has vomited" and "A pig that has been washed goes back to roll in the mud."

And Ps 32:9 (NLT) says: “Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”

But Jesus exhorted: “I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves. So be as wise as snakes and as innocent as doves.” (Mat 10:16 CEV)

“Man is at the bottom, an animal; midway, a citizen, and at the top, divine. But the climate of this world is such that few ripen at the top.” - Henry Ward Beecher.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

COMMUNION ON THE MOON


The date, July 20, 1969, will forever be known as the day the USA put the first man on the moon. What most people do not know is the date also marks when Edwin Buzz Aldrin celebrated the first & only Lord’s Supper on the moon, a fact the U.S. government refused to make public at the time.

Inside the lunar module, just hours before stepping onto the moon for the first time, Aldrin radioed Houston Space Center Mission Control. He asked for a few moments of silence “to invite each person listening in, wherever & whomever they may be, to pause for a moment & contemplate the events of the past few hours, & to GIVE THANKS in his or her own way.”

(At that point, NASA had decided to blackout the broadcast of the communion service.)

In that moment of silence that followed, Aldrin silently read a passage from the book of John (15:5 RSV) that he had written out on a 3×5 card: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, & I in him, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.”

Then he took out the miniature chalice & bread & wine from his personal allowance pouch. “I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me,” he told Guideposts magazine in 1970.

“In the one-sixth gravity of the moon the wine curled slowly & gracefully up the side of the cup. It was interesting to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, & the first food eaten there, were communion elements.”

Neil Armstrong, the other astronaut onboard, did not participate.

(Elizabeth Dias, writer-reporter in TIME's Washington bureau - time.com)

Don’t forget to THANK GOD even if you are over the moon!

ENDURANCE


According to a traditional Hebrew story, Abraham was sitting outside his tent one evening when he saw an old man, weary from age & journey, coming toward him. Abraham rushed out, greeted him & then invited him into his tent. There he washed the old man's feet & gave him food.

The old man immediately began eating without saying any prayer or blessing. So Abraham asked him, "Don't you worship God?"

The old traveler replied, "I worship only fire & reverence no other god."

When he heard this, Abraham became incensed, grabbed the old man by the shoulders, & threw him out his tent into the cold night air.

When the old man had departed, God called to his friend Abraham & asked where the stranger was. Abraham replied, "I forced him out because he did not worship you."

God answered, "I have endured him these eighty years although he dishonors me. Could you not endure him one night?" -Thomas Lindberg. (sermonillustrations.com)

2Th 3:5 (ISV): “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the endurance of Christ.”

2Co 5:10 (ESV): “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”

Monday, November 17, 2014

Former American President George W. Bush's Testimony:


Actually, the seeds of my decision had been planted by Rev Billy Graham. One evening my dad asked Billy to answer questions from a big group of family gathered for the weekend. He sat by the fire & talked. And what he said sparked a change in my heart. I don't remember the exact words. It was more the power of his example. The Lord was so clearly reflected in his gentle & loving demeanor.

The next day we walked & talked & I knew I was in the presence of a great man. He was like a magnet; I felt drawn to seek something different. He didn't lecture admonish; he shared warmth & concern. Billy Graham didn't make you feel guilty; he made you feel loved.

It was the beginning of a change in my life. I had always been a "religious" person, had regularly attended church, even taught Sunday school & served as an altar boy. But that weekend my faith took on a new meaning. It was the beginning of a new walk where I would commit my heart to Jesus Christ.

I was humbled to learn that God sent His Son to die for a sinner like me. I was comforted to know that through the Son, I could find God's amazing grace. Through the love of Christ's life, I could understand the life changing powers of faith. (Godlikeproductions.com)

2Co 5:17 (GW): “Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence.”

Sunday, November 16, 2014

SPECIAL BUT NOT SPOILED


Family counselor John Rosemond asks, "Is your child special . . . the most exceptional person in the world?" He answers, "Of course—to you!"

Rosemond says that letting your child know he's special to you is healthy, but no child should grow up thinking he's more special than others. "That child," he warns, "is likely to think he's also deserving of special things & special privileges." He'll easily "justify outbursts of hurtful anger, selfishness & jealousy." How can we counteract this danger?

Christian parents, if they are grounded in the Scriptures, are equipped to get the right balance.

First, they can affirm their children without showing favoritism by telling them that they are unique creations of God (Psalm 139:13-16).

Second, they can teach their sons & daughters that sin, the great equalizer, is in every individual & that they too need Christ's saving grace (Rom 3:23).

Parents who impart these perspectives are well on their way to fulfilling the Apostle Paul's instruction for child rearing: “Parents, don't be hard on your children. Raise them properly. Teach them and instruct them about the Lord.” (Eph 6:4 CEV). Children with this upbringing are more likely to grow up feeling special without being spoiled. - Joanie Yoder.

“Spoiled children are given what they want; wise parents give them what they need.” (preceptaustin.org).

Friday, November 14, 2014

POWER OF PRAISE


(Boy Sang Gospel Song Until Kidnapper Released Him)

This is an inspirational story about Willie Myrick who was allegedly abducted by an unknown man in Atlanta, USA. The boy sang a Gospel song non-stop for three hours, which irritated his kidnapper so much that he eventually released him.

According to an April 18, 2014, article by the New York Daily News, an unknown man used cash to lure young Myrick close enough to grab & force the boy into his vehicle on the evening of March 31.

During his close to 3 hour ordeal, Myrick repeatedly sang "Every Praise," a Gospel song by Hezekiah Walker, a song he learned in Sunday school.

While he was singing, Willie said his kidnapper yelled expletives at him. "He told me, shut up &%#* boy," said Willie. He, however, kept singing until his kidnapper got tired.

The kidnapper opened the car door, released Myrick & warned him not to tell anyone. That was one order that Myrick refused to obey & he has been telling the world about the incident since his release.

When Hezekiah Walker got news of this, he flew from New York to meet with Myrick & his church family at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in southwest Atlanta to celebrate the boy's 10th birthday.

Walker received a standing ovation when he gave a hug to Willie as the boy cried as he met his favorite singer. The article said that everybody present joined in the singing of "the life-saving song together as tears rolled down Myrick's cheeks." (Christianpost.com & truthorfiction.com)

"Every Praise" (Lyrics)

Every praise is to our God.
Every word of worship with one accord
Every praise every praise is to our God.

Sing hallelujah to our God
Glory hallelujah is due our God
Every praise every praise is to our God.

God, my Savior
God, my Healer
God, my Deliverer
Yes He is, yes He is.

2Ch 20:22 (CEV): "As soon as they began singing, the LORD confused the enemy camp."