Sunday, March 29, 2015

DISCOURAGEMENT


The devil is having a big sale in his store of evil tricks. Everything has a price except for one box that has no price. It is not for sales.

After almost everything has been sold, his demonic assistant asks him about what is in the box without a price.

The old devil whispers, "It's Discouragement! When all temptations fail, I have this box of potent tricks to use! I have more success using these against the Christians than any other tricks! Once hit, few have the strength or wisdom to rise to their former glory. Many just become mediocre & die fruitless! Isn't that great!" (aksermonillustrations.blogspot.in)

“The remedy for discouragement is the Word of God. When you feed your heart and mind with its truth, you regain your perspective and find renewed strength.” - Warren Wiersbe.

Heb 10:25 (GNB): “Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer.”

Friday, March 27, 2015

THE DEATH OF AN INNOCENT GIRL


I went to a party, Mom, I remembered what you said.

You told me not to drink, Mom, so I drank soda instead.

I really felt proud inside, Mom, the way you said I would.

I didn’t drink and drive, Mom, even though the others said I should.

I know I did the right thing, Mom, I know you were always right.

Now the party is finally ending, Mom, as everyone is driving out of sight.

As I got into my car, Mom, I knew I’d get home in one piece.

Because of the way you raised me, so responsible and sweet.

I started to drive away, Mom, but as I pulled out into the road

the other car didn’t see me, Mom, and hit me like a load.


As I lay there on the pavement, Mom, I hear the policeman say,

the other guy is drunk, Mom, and now I’m the one who will pay.

I’m lying here dying, Mom. I wish you’d get here soon.

How could this happen to me, Mom? My life just burst like a balloon.

There is blood all around me, Mom, and most of it is mine.

I hear the medic say, Mom, I’ll die in a short time.


I just wanted to tell you, Mom, I swear I didn’t drink.

It was the others, Mom. The others didn’t think.

He was probably at the same party as I.

The only difference is he drank and I will die.


Why do people drink, Mom? It can ruin your whole life.

I’m feeling sharp pains now. Pains just like a knife.

The guy who hit me is walking, Mom, and I don’t think it’s fair.

I’m lying here dying and all he can do is stare.


Tell my brother not to cry, Mom. Tell Daddy to be brave.

And when I go to heaven, Mom, put “Daddy’s Girl” on my grave.

Someone should have told him, Mom, not to drink and drive.

If only they had told him, Mom, I would still be alive.


My breath is getting shorter, Mom. I’m becoming very scared.

Please don’t cry for me, Mom. When I needed you, you were always there.

I have one last question, Mom, before I say good bye.

I didn’t drink and drive, so why am I the one to die?


This is the end, mom, I wish I could look you in the eye,

To say these final words, mom, I love you and goodbye.

- Author unknown (academictips.org)


Pro 20:1 (BBE): “Wine makes men foolish, and strong drink makes men come to blows; and whoever comes into error through these is not wise.”

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A BAD DREAM


The story is told of a man who had a horrible dream.

He said, “I dreamed that the Lord took my Sunday offering & multiplied it by ten & this became my weekly income. In no time I lost my color TV, had to give up my new car & couldn’t make my house payment. After all, what can a fellow do on $10 a week?”

If the Lord took your offering, multiplied it by ten & made that your weekly income, how much would you make? (ministry127.com)

“Give according to your income, lest God make your income according to your giving.” – Unknown.

2Co 9:6 (GNB): “Remember that the person who plants few seeds will have a small crop; the one who plants many seeds will have a large crop.”

“Plenty of people are willing to give God credit, yet few are willing to give Him cash.” – Unknown.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

EXCUSES


The story is told of a man who was asked, “Are you a believer in the Christian religion?”

“Oh, certainly!”

“You are a member of some church, then, I suppose?”

“Member of a church? No, indeed. Why should I be a member of a church? It is quite unnecessary; the dying thief wasn’t a member of a church & he went to Heaven.”

“But of course you have been baptized; you know the command -”

“Been baptized? Oh, no; that is another needless ceremony! I am as safe as the dying thief was & he never was baptized.”

“But surely, since you will not join a church or be baptized, you will do something in acknowledgment of your faith. You will give of your means - you will help the cause in some way?”

“No, sir; I do nothing of the kind. The dying thief ---”

“Let me remark, my friend, before you go any further, that you seem to be on pretty intimate terms with the dying thief. You seem to derive a great deal of consolation from his career. But, mind you, there is one important difference between you & him. He was a dying thief - and you are a living one.” - Charles Spurgeon. (ministry127.com)

“They would not have been guilty of sin if I had not come and spoken to them; as it is, they no longer have any excuse for their sin.” – Jesus (John 15:22)

“People who cover their faults and excuse themselves do not have a repentant spirit.” - Watchman Nee.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

DETERMINING YOUR TRUE PATH


A master was strolling through a field of wheat when a disciple came up to him and asked, “I can’t tell which the true path is. What’s the secret?”

“What does that ring on your right hand mean?” – asked the master.

“My father gave it to me before dying.”

“Well, give it to me.”

The disciple obeyed, and the master tossed the ring into the middle of the field of wheat.

“Now what?” – shouted the disciple.

“Now I have to stop doing everything I was doing to look for the ring! It’s important to me!”

“When you find it, remember this: You yourself answered the question you asked me. That is how you tell the true path: It is more important than all the rest.”

-Author Unknown. (academictips.org)

Mat 13:44 (GNB): "The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man happens to find a treasure hidden in a field. He covers it up again, and is so happy that he goes and sells everything he has, and then goes back and buys that field.”

“When we seek His Word above all others, His encouragement before all others, His truth instead of all others, then we will be pleasing to Him more than all others.” - Woodrow Kroll.

Monday, March 23, 2015

REDEEM THE TIME


Jonathan Edwards, America’s greatest theologian understood Paul’s charge to “redeem the time” and so as a young man wrote “Resolved: Never to lose one moment of time, but to improve it in the most profitable way I possibly can. Resolved: to live with all my might while I do live.”

The 16th-century reformer Philip Melanchthon kept a record of every wasted moment and took his list to God in confession at the end of each day. Little wonder that God used him in such mighty ways.

Like these great saints before us, we too should spend time wisely, by investing in eternity!

Time that is past you can never recall,
Of time to come, you are not sure at all;
Only the present is now in your power,
Therefore, redeem and improve every hour.

(preceptaustin.wordpress.com)

Eph 5:16 (KJV): “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

“The present is the only time in which any duty may be done or grace received.” - C.S. Lewis.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

FAITH REMOVE MOUNTAINS


In 1973, a church located on Route 46, in Netcong, New Jersey, faced a mountain-like problem.

Having built a church on a recently acquired 8-acre property, half of which was occupied by mountain & woods. The local authority could not grant them permanent occupancy until enough parking spaces was provided.

What would have served as parking space was predominantly woods & mountain. The cost of clearing the woods & removing the mountain was unaffordable by the church at this time.

One Sunday morning, Pastor Ray Crawford exhorted the congregation on Christ's Word on faith that can move mountain (Mat. 17.20). He told the congregation: if you believe this scripture come & pray with me on Wednesday night that God will remove the mountain from the back of the church.

The next morning, the phone rang from a telephone company planning to erect new building & needed to fill & reclaim a large swampy site. They had information that the mountain at the back of the church had correct proportions of sand, clay & rock which was required to reclaim their swampy site.

Within a month from the date of the phone call, 40,000 square yards of fill had been evacuated & the church was paid $5400.

God not only honored the faith of His servant by removing the mountain, but also provided him with funds for paving the site for the parking space. - Pastor Amakor (2jesus.org)

Mat 17:20 (ESV): He said to them, "…For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you."

“Ask yourself: Does my faith remove mountains or do mountains remove my faith?” – Unknown.