Friday, September 19, 2014

SOUL WINNING


A Christian who doesn't go soul winning is like a fireman who doesn't put out fires. A Christian who says I can win souls by my Christian life is like a fireman who tries to put out fires by being a good fireman at the station. (preachology.com)

“Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you're not saved yourself, be sure of that!” - Charles H. Spurgeon.

Russell Anderson, multi-millionaire, President of 13 corporations, said that if he didn't go personal soul winning two nights a week, he felt that the week had been a total loss. (preachology.com)

“Among the weak in faith I become weak like one of them, in order to win them. So I become all things to all people, that I may save some of them by whatever means are possible.” - Paul (1Co 9:22).

“We should be more concerned with reaching the lost than pampering the saved.” - David McGee.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

PROPER PERCEPTION


“If you could win an Olympic medal, which would you prefer—the silver or the bronze?

A study of Olympic medal winners produced some unexpected results. Most people would assume the silver medal winners would be happier than the bronze medalists since they received a higher honor, but that wasn’t the case.

The bronze medalists, who came in third place, were found to be happier than the silver medalists, who finished in second place.

The former Olympians explained how they felt about their medals. The third-place winners were thrilled just to have won a medal. The silver medalists, on the other hand, felt like losers because they didn’t come in first place.

What happens to you is not nearly as important as how you perceive it.” - Kent Crockett.

Heb 11:26 says Moses perceived that to suffer scorn for the Messiah was worth far more than all the treasures of Egypt, for he kept his eyes on the future reward.

2Ki 4:9: “And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us continually.” Based on her perception, she provided for his needs and in turn she and her family were greatly blessed. Yes, her perception was right.

How do you perceive whatever happens to you?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GOD’S GOODNESS


According to the story, a mother with seven children was asked the devilish question, "Don't you really have a favorite among all those kids?"

To the questioner's astonishment, she answered, "Yes, yes I do. My favorite is the one who is ill, until he is well. The one who is away from home, until he returns; the one who is distressed, until he is relieved; the one who is rebelling until he gets over it." (preachology.com)

Isa 49:15 (GNB): “So the LORD answers, "Can a woman forget her own baby and not love the child she bore? Even if a mother should forget her child, I will never forget you.”

Eze 34:16 (ESV): “I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak …”

Psa 34:6 GNB): “The helpless call to him, and he answers; he saves them from all their troubles.”

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A GOOD SOLDIER


“I think of David Livingstone, the pioneer missionary to Africa, who walked over 29,000 miles.

His wife died early in their ministry and he faced stiff opposition from his Scottish brethren.

He ministered half blind. His kind of perseverance spurs me on.

As I run, I remember the words in his diary: Send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. Sever me from any tie but the tie that binds me to Your service and to Your heart.” (‘Through The Fire’ - Joseph Stowell)

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” - Joseph Kennedy.

2Ti 2:3 (CEV): “As a good soldier of Christ Jesus you must endure your share of suffering.”

Monday, September 15, 2014

EXCELLENCE IN THE MIDST OF A LOT OF FAILURE


Edward Steichen, who eventually became one of the world's most renowned photographers, almost gave up on the day he shot his first pictures.

At 16, young Steichen bought a camera and took 50 photos. Only one turned out -- a portrait of his sister at the piano.

Edward's father thought that was a poor showing. But his mother insisted that the photograph of his sister was so beautiful that it more than compensated for 49 failures.

Her encouragement convinced the youngster to stick with his new hobby. He stayed with it for the rest of his life, but it had been a close call.

What tipped the scales? The vision to spot excellence in the midst of a lot of failure. (Bits & Pieces)

Before Jephthah became a ruler, how was his situation? (Jud 11) Son of a prostitute, chased out of the house by his step-brothers & his friends-circle consisted of ‘worthless people.’ Though he was living in such a negative environment, he had one positive quality – ‘brave soldier.’ Obviously because he focused himself on his positive quality, God used that quality as a handle to lift him up into public service.

Hence, Php 4:8 (ISV) says: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is fair, whatever is pure, whatever is acceptable, whatever is commendable, if there is anything of excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy-keep thinking about these things.”

Sunday, September 14, 2014

GROWING IN THE LORD


“A group of tourists visiting a colorful village walked by an old man sitting beside a fence. In a rather patronizing way, one tourist asked him, “Were any great men born in this village?” The old man replied, “No, only babies.”

Every person who is a born-again believer starts life as a baby in Christ. Whether the new convert is six or sixty, that person is still a new Christian and needs to grow in the Lord.

God intends for us to grow and mature so that we can be a positive influence in the lives of others. Until we learn to dig into the meat of the Word for ourselves, we will never grow.” - John Maxwell.

“Every Christian would agree that a man's spiritual health is exactly proportional to his love for God.” - C.S. Lewis.

“Pride is a barrier to all spiritual progress.” - Harry Ironside.

Heb 5:12 (GW): “By now you should be teachers. Instead, you still need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word. You need milk, not solid food.”

“Spiritual growth depends on two things: first, a willingness to live according to the Word of God; second, a willingness to take whatever consequences emerge as a result.” - Sinclair B. Ferguson.

Friday, September 12, 2014

WHOM ARE YOU FEEDING?


A grandfather talking to his grandson about a tragedy he witnessed:

“I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one.”

“Grandfather, which wolf will win the fight in your heart?” asked his Grandson.

Grandfather answered, “The one I feed.” (academictips.org)

"But I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity under the law of sin which is in my members." -Paul (Rom 7:23).

Rom 6:16 (ISV): “Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey-either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?”

“No one can sum up all God is able to accomplish through one solitary life, wholly yielded, adjusted, and obedient to Him.” D.L. Moody.