Friday, July 3, 2015

CHURCH ATTENDANCE


The father had never missed church or Sunday school in 23 years.
The mother had a perfect record for 11 years.
A son has not missed for 12 years.
A daughter has been at the evening service every Sunday for 8 years.

What's the matter with the family, anyway?

~Don't they ever have company on Sunday to keep them away from church?

~Don't they ever get tired on Sunday morning?

~Don't they ever have headaches, or colds, or nervous spells, or tired feelings, or sudden calls out of the city, or weekend parties, or business trips, or picnics, or any other trouble?

~Don't they ever have a TV, so that they can get some good sermons from out-of-town preachers?

~Don't they ever get a lot better out of reading a sermon out of a book?

~Don't they ever get disgusted with whatever it is that their minister preaches?

What's the matter with this family anyway, and why are they so happy and cheerful?

We leave it to you to answer.

- Southern Churchman.  (moreillustrations.com)

"Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man."  - D.L. Moody.

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."

"If Satan can't make you bad, he'll make you busy." - Adrian Rogers.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

VALUE CHRIST


In 1799, Conrad Reed discovered a seventeen-pound rock while fishing in Little Meadow Creek. Not knowing what it was made of, his family used it as a doorstop for three years.

In 1802, his father, John Reed, took it to a jeweler who identified it as a lump of gold worth about $3,600. That lump of gold, which was used as a doorstop for three years in North Carolina, is one of the biggest gold nuggets ever found east of the Rockies.

Until its composition was determined, its value was unknown.

- John Hairr & Joey Powell (ministry127.com)

Likewise, "Christ is never fully valued, until sin is clearly seen. We must know the depth and malignity of our disease, in order to appreciate the great Physician."  - J.C. Ryle.

Heb 10:29 (GNB): "What, then, of those who despise the Son of God? who treat as a cheap thing the blood of God's covenant which purified them from sin? who insult the Spirit of grace? Just think how much worse is the punishment they will deserve!"

"Christ is not valued at all unless He is valued above all." -  Augustine.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES


In 2009, Fred Winters, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Maryville, Illinois, was shot & killed during a Sunday morning service by a disturbed young man.

The tragedy shocked the church & the pastor’s family, but it did not destroy their faith. The next week the newly-widowed Cindy Winters was interviewed on a national news broadcast.

When asked about her husband’s killer, she said, “I do not have any hatred or even hard feelings toward him. We have been praying for him. One of the first things that my daughter said to me after this happened was, ‘You know, I hope that he comes to learn to love Jesus through all of this.’ We are not angry at all, & we really firmly believe that he can find hope & forgiveness & peace through this, by coming to know Jesus. And we hope that that happens for him.”

Source: cbsnews.com, March 16, 2009 (ministry127.com)

Jesus said: "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your friends, and hate your enemies.' But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may become the children of your Father in heaven….. Why should God reward you if you love only the people who love you?.... " (Mat 5:43–46).

NO WAY HOME


I once read how, in the spring of 1981, Carl McCunn, a young wildlife photographer was flown into desolate northern Alaska (USA) to photograph the natural beauty and mysteries of the tundra. He took along 500 rolls of film, several firearms, and 1,400 pounds of provisions.

As the months passed, the words in his diary changed from wonder and fascination into a nightmare. In August he wrote, "I think I should have used more foresight about arranging my departure. I'll soon find out."

In November, sensing the hopelessness of his situation, he shot himself and died in a nameless valley, by a nameless lake, 225 miles northeast of Fairbanks. An investigation revealed that though he had carefully planned his trip, he had made no provision to be flown out.

Difficult to imagine, isn't it? How could anyone be so foolish? He made every provision for his journey except how to get home! Unbelievable! 

"How tragic," we say. And yet, how many people make every provision for life here on earth but no preparation for their departure? God has warned us that there is life after death ... after which is God's judgment.

- (aksermonillustrations.blogspot.in)

Heb 9:27 (GNB): "Everyone must die once, and after that be judged by God."

"Take your stand on the Rock of Ages. Let death, let the judgment come: the victory is Christ's and yours through Him." -  D.L. Moody.

Monday, June 29, 2015

RICHES RIGHT BENEATH OUR FEET!


The Mount Morgan gold mine in Queensland, Australia, is one of the richest in the world. For many years, though, the original landowners lived in deep poverty on the mountain's barren surface. Even though the vast wealth was out-of-sight, it was beneath their feet all the time.

Many Christians live in a similar situation. They toil along and struggle through their spiritual lives, laboring every step of the way. They are unaware of the vast riches God has promised them, and therefore they do not claim them.

Grace, forgiveness, strength, wisdom, direction, the power to resist temptation, reconciliation, protection, lightened burdens - all these riches and many more are ours. But how do we become aware of them and claim them?

The answer is: Prayerfully read the Bible and pay close attention when the Word of God is preached or taught. When you discover a truth or a promise that clearly applies to you, say to yourself, "That's for me!" As you do, you'll be tapping into the riches of God that lie right beneath your feet.

- David C. Egner (preceptaustin.org)

"Know the promises of God. The great and mighty promises of our Father mean nothing to most people because they do not know what they are."  - Lee Roberson.

Jos 1:8 (GNB): "Be sure that the book of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."

LOOK OVER & LOOK UP TO GOD


John Wesley was one day walking along the road with a friend who, sore vexed and troubled, expressed his doubts of God's goodness.

'I don't know what I shall do with all my worries and troubles,' said he.

Wesley noticed a cow looking over a stone wall, and put the question, 'Why does a cow look over the wall?'

`Because it can't see through it, I suppose,' replied his friend.

`Precisely!' said Wesley. 'So, if you can't see through your troubles, try looking over them: and look up to God.'

(moreillustrations.com)

Psa 121:1-2 (ESV): "I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth."

"Some people have the power but not the willingness to help. Others have the willingness but not the power. God has both." - Lee Roberson.

Friday, June 26, 2015

MISSING GOD'S PLAN


A gentleman captured two baby eagles & raised them with great care. They grew to be fine specimens of this noble bird, until one day the door of their cage was left open by accident & the birds escaped.

One flew to a nearby tree, where it settled on a low branch, for it could not use its wings, never having learned to fly except in the close confinement of its cage. It was not long until it met an untimely death by the gun of a hunter.

The other eagle fell or was knocked into a swift flowing river & was drowned.

Both of these eagles missed God's plan for their lives by being taken captive by man. They were created to live in high places & to soar aloft in the sky, but instead they were doomed to live on the ground & to meet an early death.

God created you & me to live on a high plane & to carry out the great plans He has for our life. May we have wisdom to yield our lives to Him so that the forces of sin may not take us captive & cause us to miss His plan for our life.

- Gospel Herald (moreillustrations.com)

Jer 29:11 (GNB): "I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for."

"There is always death at the end of your plan and life at the end of God's plan." - Rod Parsley.

Luke 7:30 (ISV): "But the Pharisees and the experts in the Law rejected God's plan for themselves by refusing to be baptized by John."