Thursday, January 29, 2015

THE COOKIE THEIF


A woman was waiting at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies & found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book but happened to see, that the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be. . .grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between, which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.

So she munched the cookies & watched the clock, as the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock. She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by, thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I would blacken his eye.”

With each cookie she took, he took one too, when only one was left; she wondered what he would do. With a smile on his face & a nervous laugh, he took the last cookie & broke it in half.

He offered her half, as he ate the other; she snatched it from him & thought… oooh, brother. This guy has some nerve & he’s also rude, why he didn’t even show any gratitude!

She had never known when she had been so galled & sighed with relief when her flight was called. She gathered her belongings & headed to the gate, refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate.

She boarded the plane & sank in her seat & then she sought her book, which was almost complete. As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise, there was her bag of cookies, in front of her eyes.

If mine are here, she moaned in despair, the others were his & he tried to share. Too late to apologize, she realized with grief, that she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.
- By Valerie Cox in “A Matter of Perspective” (academictips.org)

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” - Albert Schweitzer.

Col 3:12 (CEV): “God loves you and has chosen you as his own special people. So be gentle, kind, humble, meek, and patient.”

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

IMITATION


President Calvin Coolidge invited some people from his hometown to dinner at the White House.

Since they did not know how to behave at such an occasion, they thought the best policy would be just to do what the President did. The time came for serving coffee.

The President poured his coffee into a saucer. As soon as the home folk saw it, they did the same. The next step for the President was to pour some milk & add a little sugar to the coffee in the saucer. The home folks did the same.

They thought for sure that the next step would be for the President to take the saucer with the coffee & begin sipping it. But the President didn't do so.

He leaned over, placed the saucer on the floor & called the cat. (sermonillustrations.com)

Paul said: “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.” (1Co 11:1 GW)

Jesus said: “Those who do not take up their cross and follow in my steps are not fit to be my disciples.” (Mat 10:38 GNB)

“Let us follow in Jesus' footsteps. Let people say whatever evil they want to, about us. If we honor God, He will one day honor us.” - Zac Poonen.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PROTECTION OF GOD


Lorrie Anderson, missionary to the head-shrinking Candoshi Shapra Indians of Peru, was looking for a quiet place for her daily time of Bible reading & prayer, so she went down by the edge of the river.

After reading the Bible, she took up her prayer list. Eyes closed, she did not see the deadly anaconda weaving through the water until it struck, burying its fangs into her flesh. It withdrew to strike, hitting her arm again & again as it held her, screaming, in its coils. It reared up for the death blows.

Then suddenly the giant snake, never known to release its prey, relaxed its grip & slithered off through the water.

While Lorrie was being treated, a witch doctor from a nearby village burst into the hut & stared at her. She couldn't believe Lorrie had survived. She said her son-in-law, also a witch doctor, had chanted to the spirit of the anaconda that morning & sent it to kill the young missionary.

"I'm certain," Lorrie said, "that except for the protection of God, it would have worked." (Our Daily Bread)

When David Livingstone was asked if he didn’t fear that going into Africa was too difficult & too dangerous, he answered, “I am immortal until the will of God for me is accomplished.”

John 7:30 (CEV): “Some of the people wanted to arrest Jesus right then. But no one even laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come.”

Monday, January 26, 2015

FIERY TRIALS


A happily married woman with two children lost both of them. They were buried in the same grave. After that, she suffered a deep emotional collapse. For years her family fed and cared for her as though she was as weak and helpless as a little child.

One day her aunt, a joyful Christian, took her turn at feeding her. The distraught and despondent woman said, “Auntie, you keep on saying that God loves us. I used to think so too; but if He loves us, why did He make me as I am?”

The aunt kissed her gently, said with the wisdom of years, “Dear, He hasn’t made you yet. He’s making you now!”

“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply; The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.” - Eddie and Alice Smith. (aksermonillustrations.blogspot.in)

Isa 43:2-3 (GNB): “When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire, you will not be burned; the hard trials that come will not hurt you. For I am the LORD your God, the holy God of Israel, who saves you.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

JESUS DID IT ALL


I was born a non-Christian.

I lost my leg in a bicycle accident at six.

My mother, who was my only hope died when in 3rd class.

My father who had many wives & cared very little about his many children, died when I was in 5th class.

I met Jesus in 6th class through the goodness of some Scripture Union brethren.

I was neglected by my brothers for my new faith in Christ.

I had it hard with Jesus providing until I completed my secondary education.

I went to School of Social work & now in a university in Canada studying Community Based Development.

I am a lay pastor of Assemblies of God Church. Jesus did it all.

If Jesus did it for me, He can do for you too. - Jacob Asogonnde (2jesus.org)

“Come to me, all you who are troubled and weighted down with care, and I will give you rest.” – Jesus Christ. (Mat 11:28 BBE)

Jesus replied: “I am the bread that gives life! No one who comes to me will ever be hungry. No one who has faith in me will ever be thirsty.” (John 6:35 CEV)

Friday, January 23, 2015

CONTROL OF TONGUE


At an evening social for Army Officers & their wives, the Commanding General of the base had been given a special award & proceeded to drone on in a long speech of thanks.

An Officer mumbled to the woman at his side, "Why they would award him a prize is beyond me. He's nothing but a stupid old windbag."

The woman turned to him; her jaw set & said, "Sir, do you know who I am?"

"No, ma’am."

"I am the wife of the man you just called 'a stupid old windbag.'”

"I see," said the Officer, "and do you know who I am?"

"No, I don't," said the General's wife.

"Good," said the Officer as he disappeared into the crowd.
(tripod.com)

Jas 3:2 (GNB): “All of us often make mistakes. But if a person never makes a mistake in what he says, he is perfect and is also able to control his whole being.”

“Remember that the tongue speaks only what is in the heart.” - Theodore Epp.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

FEAR OF DEATH


Louis XV, King of France, foolishly ordered that death was never to be spoken of in his presence. Nothing that could in any way remind him of death was to be mentioned or displayed & he sought to avoid every place & sign & monument which in any way suggested death.

Carlyle, Scottish philosopher, said of him, something like this: “It is the idea of the foolish ostrich, who, when hunted, sticks his foolish head in the ground & would happily forget that his foolish body is not unseen too.” - C. E. Macartney (tanbible.com)

“When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God's love.” - Charles Spurgeon.

Bible says: “Since the children, as he calls them, are people of flesh and blood, Jesus himself became like them and shared their human nature. He did this so that through his death he might destroy the Devil, who has the power over death and in this way set free those who were slaves all their lives because of their fear of death.” (Heb 2:14-15 GNB).