Friday, April 24, 2015

WILLING TO WASH WINDOWS


A neat, rather prepossessing young man applied to John Wanamaker for a job a number of years ago, in Philadelphia, and when told that there was no job for him, said, "I am willing to do anything."

Thinking to get rid of him, Mr. Wanamaker said, "The only job I have is a job of washing windows."

"I will take it," said the young man. He washed those windows as they had never been washed. In time he became the manager of the great store.

When this manager died, after twenty-five years of splendid service, Mr. Wanamaker said, "I am willing to pay as high as one hundred thousand dollars a year for a manager who can fill the place of the one I lost."

What the Church needs is men and women who are willing to "wash windows" for the sake of the Kingdom.

- Canadian Churchman. (moreillustrations.com)

“God is not looking for extraordinary characters as His instruments, but He is looking for humble instruments through whom He can be honored throughout the ages.” - A.B. Simpson.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Paul (Phil 4:13 MKJV).

Thursday, April 23, 2015

GOLD FOR OTHERS


No author ever wrote of the family joys & sorrows & affections in such a tender manner, ever struck the lyre of domestic affections with such winning touch, as did the English writer Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870).

Perhaps the fact that his own home was a desert had something to do with that magnificent expression of family hopes & joys & sorrows.

There may be gold for others in our own disappointments.

(moreillustrations.com)

“We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.”- Henry W Beecher.

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.”

2Co 1:4 (GNB): “He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles, using the same help that we ourselves have received from God.”

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

GOD’S PLAN


God disappoints us and baffles us sometimes in order to make us succeed.

If Phillips Brooks had succeeded as a school master, he would never have stood in the pulpit to move men with his mighty ministry.

If Frederick Robertson had got his commission in the British army, he would never have written the sermons which still throb with his great & yearning spirit.

If Hawthorne had been retained at the custom house, he never would have written those wonderful studies in the deep places of human sorrow & love & sin.

(moreillustrations.com)

Before we can pray, "Lord, Thy Kingdom come," we must be willing to pray, "My Kingdom go." - Alan Redpath.

Rom 12:2 (GNB): “Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God - what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.”

“When we want to know God's will, there are three things which always concur: the inward impulse, the Word of God and the trend of circumstances. Never act until these three things agree.” - F.B. Meyer.

Monday, April 20, 2015

TO HAVE HOPE IS TO HAVE HIM


Don Moen was awakened in the middle of the night by a phone call from his mother-in-law; a tragic car accident had just occurred.

Don’s sister-in-law, Susan, her husband & their four little boys were on an automobile trip when tragedy struck.

They all were seriously injured & their eight-year-old son was dying from his injuries.

As Don & his wife grieved & poured out their hearts to the Lord, they felt helpless to communicate any hope to Susan & Craig.

Don recalls asking the Lord to help him express hope to the family members.

In a very short time, Don scribbled some lyrics & composed the music for a chorus that, to this day, gives believers a deep sense of hope in the midst of difficult times.

The lyrics read:

“God will make a way,
where there seems to be no way;
He works in ways we cannot see,
He will make a way for me.
He will be my guide,
hold me closely to His side;
With love and strength for each new day,
He will make a way. He will make a way!”

To put it simply, the only way to have hope is to have Him.

(aksermonillustrations.blogspot.in)

“The greatest faith is born in the hour of despair. When we can see no hope and no way out, then faith rises and brings the victory.” - Lee Roberson.

Psa 27:14 (GW): “Wait with hope for the LORD. Be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Yes, wait with hope for the LORD.”

Psa 71:5 (GNB): “Sovereign LORD, I put my hope in you; I have trusted in you since I was young.”

Sunday, April 19, 2015

GIFT


When Livingstone went to Africa, a Scotch woman who had saved up thirty pounds, gave it to him with the words: "I want you to save yourself needless toil and exposure by hiring some competent body servant, who will go with you wherever you go, and share your sacrifices and dangers."

With that money, Livingstone hired his faithful servant, Sebantino.

In the heart of Africa, a lion threw the missionary down and crushed the bones of his left arm.' But Sebantino saved Livingstone at the risk of his own life.

What if the gift had not been made?

(moreillustrations.com)

Jas 1:17 (GW): “Every good present and every perfect gift comes from above, from the Father who made the sun, moon, and stars. The Father doesn't change like the shifting shadows produced by the sun and the moon.”

“Every good gift that we have had from the cradle up has come from God. If a man just stops to think what he has to praise God for, he will find there is enough to keep him singing praises for a week.” - D.L. Moody.

Friday, April 17, 2015

THE TEACUP


There was a couple who used to go to England to shop in the beautiful stores. They both liked antiques & pottery & especially teacups.

One day in this beautiful shop they saw a beautiful cup. They said, "May we see that? We've never seen one quite so beautiful."

As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the cup spoke. "You don't understand," it said. "I haven't always been a teacup. There was a time when I was red & I was clay. My master took me & rolled me & patted me over & over & I yelled out, 'let me alone,' but he only smiled, 'Not yet.'

"Then I was placed on a spinning wheel," the cup said, "and suddenly I was spun around & around & around. Stop it! I'm getting dizzy! I screamed. But the master only nodded & said, 'Not yet.'

"Then he put me in the oven. I never felt such heat!" the teacup said. "I wondered why he wanted to burn me & I yelled & knocked at the door. I could see him through the opening & I could read his lips as He shook his head, 'Not yet.'

"Finally the door opened, he put me on the shelf & I began to cool. ‘There, that's better,' I said. And he brushed & painted me all over. The fumes were horrible. I thought I would gag. 'Stop it, stop it!' I cried. He only nodded, 'Not yet.'

"Then suddenly he put me back into the oven, not like the first one. This was twice as hot & I knew I would suffocate. I begged. I pleaded. I screamed. I cried. All the time I could see him through the opening, nodding his head saying, 'Not yet.'

"Then I knew there wasn't any hope. I would never make it. I was ready to give up. But the door opened & he took me out & placed me on the shelf.

One hour later he handed me a mirror & said, 'Look at yourself.' And I did. I said, 'That's not me; that couldn't be me. It's beautiful. I'm beautiful.'

"'I want you to remember, then,' he said, 'I know it hurts to be rolled & patted, but if I had left you alone, you'd have dried up.

I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled.

I knew it hurt & was hot & disagreeable in the oven, but if I hadn't put you there, you would have cracked.

I know the fumes were bad when I brushed & painted you all over, but if I hadn't done that, you never would have hardened; you would not have had any color in your life.

And if I hadn't put you back in that second oven, you wouldn't survive for very long because the hardness would not have held.

Now you are a finished product. You are what I had in mind when I first began with you.'"

May we all see ourselves & God's creative mastery in this story.

~ Author Unknown (creativebiblestudy.com)

Then the LORD said to me, "Don't I have the right to do with you people of Israel what the potter did with the clay? You are in my hands just like clay in the potter's hands. (Jer 18:5-6 GNB)

“Life's trials are not easy. But in God's will, each has a purpose. Often He uses them to enlarge you.” - Warren Wiersbe.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

SOMEONE OUT THERE NEEDS HELP


Tears have always welled in my eyes because I thought God does not love me after many failures in life especially with the recent passing away of my daughter. As I walked past a TV set in the living room, my attention was taken by the word, "Someone out there needs help."

I turned toward the TV screen. "God loves you," the man continued. He seemed to speak directly to me as his kind face reinforced his compassionate, yet urgent words. Tears welled in my eyes. "No body loves me. I had thought".

The preacher proceeded to affirm, that no matter who you are or what you have done, God loves you. If you will ask for forgiveness of sins and accept Jesus into our lives, He can change it.

At these words I felled to the floor weeping freely. l understood for the first time that here was my escape from the void and the tragic circumstances in my life.

Then I said to Him. "Dear God, I am a lost sinner. I believe you died for sinners. I therefore receive you now as my personal Lord and Saviour."

- Jennifer Asadu (2jesus.org)

1Jn 1:9 (GW): “God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we've done wrong.”

John 1:12 (ESV): “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

“It is altogether doubtful whether any man can be saved who comes to Christ for His help with no intention to obey Him.” - A.W. Tozer.