Friday, October 31, 2014

PROOF AND EVIDENCE


There is a difference between proof and evidence.

No one can prove Christianity but no one can disprove it and there is much evidence that it's true.

Faith is not blind - there is much great evidence that our faith is based on logic and truth and not just blind. Evidences: Jesus, Resurrection, changed lives, etc. (preachology.com)

“Faith must have adequate evidence, else it is mere superstition.” - A.A. Hodge.

Act 14:17 (GNB): “But he has always given evidence of his existence by the good things he does: he gives you rain from heaven and crops at the right times; he gives you food and fills your hearts with happiness."

“Failure to believe stems from moral failure to recognize the truth; not from want of evidence, but from willful neglect or distortion of the evidence.” - D.A. Carson.

Act 17:31 (CEV): “He has set a day when he will judge the world's people with fairness. And he has chosen the man Jesus to do the judging for him. God has given proof of this to all of us by raising Jesus from death.”

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FAITH WITHOUT WORKS


Bill Rice attended a prayer meeting before Revival services once.

One fellow prayed but he prayed so long no one else got to pray. He said, "God we want 100 saved and we believe you'll give us that tonight."

A Deacon patted Bill Rice on the back and said, "That's faith, isn't it?"

Bill Rice said, "If he had prayed: `I witnessed and beat the bushes all day and brought some lost to the meeting and I want you to save them,' that would have made sense." (preachology.com)

“Faith and works are as inseparable as sun and sunlight. Faith is the sun and good works are it rays.”

Jas 2:26 (BBE): “…faith without works is dead.”

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

LENDING TO THE LORD


I sat with my friend in a well-known coffee shop in a neighboring town of Venice, Italy.

As we enjoyed our coffee, a man entered & sat at an empty table beside us. He called the waiter & placed his order saying, “Two cups of coffee, one of them there on the wall.”

We heard this order with rather interest & observed that he was served with one cup of coffee but he paid for two.

When he left, the waiter put a piece of paper on the wall saying “A Cup of Coffee”.

While we were still there, two other men entered & ordered three cups of coffee, two on the table & one on the wall. They had two cups of coffee but paid for three & left.

This time also, the waiter did the same; he put a piece of paper on the wall saying, “A Cup of Coffee”.

It was something unique & perplexing for us. We finished our coffee, paid the bill & left.

After a few days, we had a chance to go to this coffee shop again. While we were enjoying our coffee, a man poorly dressed entered. As he seated himself, he looked at the wall & said, “One cup of coffee from the wall.”

The waiter served coffee to this man with the customary respect & dignity. The man had his coffee & left without paying.

We were amazed to watch all this, as the waiter took off a piece of paper from the wall & threw it in the trash bin.

Now it was no surprise for us – the matter was very clear. The great respect for the needy shown by the people of this town made our eyes well up in tears. (academictips.org)

Pro 19:17 GNB): “When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the LORD, and the LORD will pay you back.”

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

LITTLE CUCUMBERS


When I was just a boy, I was intrigued by a large cucumber. It was no different from any other cucumber, but it was in the strangest place. My uncle kept it in a bottle on a shelf. This particular cucumber was many times too large to go through the neck of the bottle. I wondered how it got there in the first place.

I was filled with awe of my uncle who could perform such a feat. He joked about it & never told me how he did it. My mother finally explained that when the cucumber was very tiny, it had been passed through the narrow neck & allowed to grow while still attached to the vine.

My mother practiced a similar principle with her children. From my earliest memory she surrounded me with prayer & instruction & the gospel. As a result, I was brought to Christ & am now safe in the bottle of His salvation.

What a lesson for parents who have "little cucumbers" at home. Don't let anything interfere with your first duty toward them. The person who said "Give me a child till he is 7 & I care not who gets him after that" knew the value of early training.

Don't neglect your little cucumbers. Soon they will be big. - M R De Haan

Pro 22:6 (BBE): “If a child is trained up in the right way, even when he is old he will not be turned away from it.”

“Train up a child in the way he should go - but be sure you go that way yourself.” - Charles Spurgeon.

Monday, October 27, 2014

THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN


(Described in Proverbs 31)

- is LOYAL

- is a HOMEMAKER

- is HARD TO FIND (a rare gem)

- is PRECIOUS

- has INNER BEAUTY (Heart attraction)

- WORKS WITH HER HANDS (a lovely life producing loving deeds)

- is RIGHT WITH GOD

- ABIDES IN THE HOME

- DOES HER HUSBAND GOOD

- is RESTING AT NIGHT SO SHE CAN AWAKE EARLY

- BLESSES HER FAMILY

- LIVES BY LOVE (middletownbiblechurch.org)

“To be a mother is by no means second class. Men may have the authority in the home, but the women have the influence. The mother, more than the father, is the one who molds and shapes those little lives from day one.” - John MacArthur.

“No man is poor who has had a godly mother.” - Abraham Lincoln.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

WHAT FATHER TEACHES


He teaches kindness by being thoughtful & gracious at home.

He teaches patience by being gentle & understanding, over & over.

He teaches honesty by keeping his promises to his family even when it costs.

He teaches courage by living unafraid with faith, in all circumstances.

He teaches justice by being fair & dealing equally with everyone.

He teaches obedience to God's Word by precept & example as he reads & prays daily with his family.

He teaches love for God & His Church as he takes his family regularly to all the services. (sermonsearch.com)

“I say to all fathers - be as good as you can be - because your sons and daughters will follow in your footsteps.” - Duane Chapman.

Gen 18:19 (GW): “I have chosen him (Abraham) so that he will direct his children and his family after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just. In this way I, the LORD, will do what I have promised Abraham."

Friday, October 24, 2014

ONE STEP AT A TIME…


A little boy walked along a country lane one dark night, with his father, and carried the lantern. The black silence all about frightened him.

He said, "Father, this light reaches such a little way, I am afraid." His father answered, "True, my boy, but if you walk on, the light will shine to the end of your journey."

There are night times in the Christian's experience when God gives His followers only enough light to take the next step. And that is all that is needed.

We may be sure of one thing- the light will never go out. If we walk on, it will shine to the end of the journey. (Sunday School Times)

“Keep walking the walk, one step at a time.” - Joyce Meyer.

“God won't light your second step until you have taken the first one.” - Woodrow Kroll.

Psa 32:8 CEV): “You said to me, "I will point out the road that you should follow. I will be your teacher and watch over you.”