Friday, November 28, 2014

PREACHING


As a young man, D. L. Moody was called upon suddenly to preach a funeral sermon. He hunted all through the Four Gospels trying to find one of Christ's funeral sermons, but searched in vain.
He found that Christ broke up every funeral He ever attended. Death could not exist where He was. When the dead heard His voice they sprang to life. (preachology.com)

Jesus said: “I am the resurrection, and the life.” (John 11:25)

“The reason why congregations have been so dead is because they have dead men preaching to them. How can dead men beget living children?” - George Whitefield.

“If you want to be popular, preach happiness. If you want to be unpopular, preach holiness.” - Vance Havner.

“What is the chief end of preaching? I like to think it is this: It is to give men and women a sense of God and His presence.” - Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

THANKFULLNESS


In a sermon at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, Gary Wilburn said: "In 1636, amid the darkness of the Thirty Years' War, a German pastor, Martin Rinkart, is said to have buried 5000 of his parishioners in one year, an average of 15 a day.

His parish was ravaged by war, death, & economic disaster. In the heart of that darkness, with the cries of fear outside his window, he sat down & wrote this table grace for his children:

‘Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.’

Here was a man who knew thanksgiving comes from love of God, not from outward circumstances. - Don Maddox. (sermonillustrations.com)

“Yes, give thanks for "all things" for, as it has been well said "Our disappointments are but His appointments." - A.W. Pink.

1Th 5:18 (GW): “Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God's will in Christ Jesus that you do this.”

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

THE ONES WHO NEVER GAVE THANKS


An honest farmer was asked to dine with a gentleman & there asked a blessing at table as he was accustomed to do at home.

His host said jeeringly, "That is old-fashioned; it is not customary nowadays for well-educated people to pray at table."

The farmer answered that with him it was customary, but that some of his household never prayed over their food.

"Ah, then," said the gentleman, "They are sensible & enlightened. Who are they?"

The farmer answered, "They are my pigs." - Christian Herald.

“The whole life of a Christian should be nothing but praises & thanks to God; we should neither eat nor sleep, but eat to God & sleep to God & work to God & talk to God, do all to His glory & praise.” - Richard Sibbes.

Psa 150:6 (JPS): “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Hallelujah.”

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

OVERCOMING


Once upon a time a farmer owned an old mule that tripped & fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule 'braying' & was unable to figure out how to bring up the old animal.

It grieved him that he could not pull the animal out - he'd been a good worker around the farm & though the farmer sympathized with the mule, he called his neighbors together & told them what had happened...& had them help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well & quietly put him out of his misery.

At first, the old mule was puzzled, but as the farmer & his neighbors continued shoveling & the dirt hit his back, he had a thought. He ought to shake off the dirt & step up. And he did just that. "Shake it off & step up...shake it off & step up...shake it off & step up!"

Even though he took painful blows of dirt & fought panic, he just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF & STEPPING UP! It wasn't long before the old mule, stepped up & over the lip of that well. What could have buried him, actually blessed him...all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity. (tripod.com)

Jas 1:2-4 (GNB) My friends, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure. Make sure that your endurance carries you all the way without failing, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Interview with Billy Graham's Daughter


The interview took place on CBS's "The Early Show" on the Thursday morning after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Jane Clayson conducted the interview with Anne Graham Lotz, a daughter of the Rev. Billy Graham.

According to the transcript of the broadcast, Clayson asked, "I've heard people say, those who are religious, those who are not, if God is good, how could God let this happen? To that, you say?"

Lotz replied, "I say God is also angry when He sees something like this. I would say also for several years now Americans in a sense have shaken their fist at God & said, God, we want you out of our schools, our government, our business, we want you out of our marketplace.

And God, who is a gentleman, has just quietly backed out of our national & political life, our public life, removing His hand of blessing & protection.

We need to turn to God first of all & say, God, we're sorry we have treated you this way & we invite you now to come into our national life. We put our trust in you.

We have ‘In God we trust’ on our coins, we need to practice it." (truthorfiction.com)

God said: “If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2Ch 7:14 ASV)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

DOCTOR’S ‘PRESCRIPTION’


Missionary John G. Paton was invited to dinner with a wealthy friend. Paton noticed that the servant poured a glass of whiskey for his host.

Somewhat embarrassed, the man explained, "I take a little whiskey for my cough on my doctor's prescription."

Paton asked "How long have you been doing this?" "Eight years," came the reply.

"Is your cough getting any better?" asked Paton. "No," answered the man.

"Well," said the missionary, "if I had a doctor who prescribed for me for 8 years and it didn't help me, I would quit taking his prescriptions and get a new doctor." (sermonillustrations.com)

“People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.” - Ann Landers.

Pro 23:21 (GNB): “Drunkards and gluttons will be reduced to poverty...”

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