Wednesday, July 23, 2014

RESTITUTION


A lady in the north of England said that every time she got down before God to pray, 5 bottles of wine came up before her mind. She has taken them wrongfully once when she was a housekeeper & had not been able to pray since then.

She was advised to make restitution.

"But the person is dead," she said.

"Are not some of the heirs living?"

"Yes, a son."

"Then go to that son & pay him back."

"Well," she said, I cannot think of doing a thing like that. My reputation is at stake."

She went away & came back the next day to ask if it would do by putting that money in the treasury of the Church. "No," she was told, "God doesn't accept any stolen money. Restitution is the only way out."

She carried that burden for several days, but finally went into the country, saw that son, made a full confession & offered him a 5-pound note. He said he didn't want the money, but she finally persuaded him to take it & came back with a joy & peace that made her face radiant. She became a magnificent worker for souls & led many into the light.(Sermon illustration)

If there is anything wrong in your life, make it right.  - D L Moody's Anecdotes.

Exo 22:12 says: "But if it is stolen from him, he shall make restitution to its owner." (See Mt 3:8 & Lk 19:8).

Monday, July 21, 2014

GOD AND MONEY



An old minister was trying to inspire his unmotivated congregation. He said, "This church must get up and walk."

"Amen," a pious looking deacon shouted. "Let her walk."

Encouraged by the support, the minister said, "This church must run."

"Amen, let her run," said the deacon.

"More than that," shouted the preacher, warming to his message, "This church must fly."

"Amen," the deacon yelled again. "Let her fly!"

The minister was now ready to reveal his plan. "Brethren, it takes money to make a church fly," he said.

"Amen" said the deacon. "Let her walk." (hotsermons.com)

“Nothing I am sure has such a tendency to quench the fire of religion as the possession of money.” - J.C. Ryle

Mat 6:24 (GNB) says: "You cannot be a slave of two masters; you will hate one and love the other; you will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

“If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.” - Billy Graham

MISTAKES!


Ronald Reagan, recalling an occasion when he was governor of California & made a speech in Mexico City: "After I had finished speaking, I sat down to rather unenthusiastic applause & I was a little embarrassed.

The speaker who followed me spoke in Spanish - which I didn't understand - & he was being applauded about every paragraph. To hide my embarrassment, I started clapping before everyone else & longer than anyone else until our ambassador leaned over & said, 'I wouldn't do that if I were you. He is interpreting your speech.' ". (Selected from net)

Js 3:2 says: "All of us often make mistakes. But if a person never makes a mistake in what he says, he is perfect..."

Sunday, July 20, 2014

ALCOHOL


In 1879, a lawyer visited his client, a Christian, in St. Louis, USA, to transact some business.

Before the two parted, his client said to him, "I have often wanted to ask you a question, but I have been afraid to do so."

"What do you want to know?" asked the lawyer. The client replied, "I have wondered why you are not a Christian."

The man hung his head, "I know enough about the Bible to realize that it says no drunkard can enter the kingdom of God & you know my weakness!"

"You are avoiding my question," continued the client.

"Well, truthfully, I can't recall anyone ever explaining how to become a Christian," the lawyer responded.

Picking up the Bible, the client read some passages showing that all are under condemnation, but that Christ came to save the lost by dying on the cross for their sins. "By receiving Him as your Substitute & Redeemer," he said, "you can be forgiven. If you are willing to receive Jesus, let’s pray together."

The lawyer agreed & when it was his turn, he prayed, "O Jesus, I am a slave to drink. One of your servants has shown me how to be saved. O God, forgive my sins & help me to overcome the power of this terrible habit in my life."

Right there he was converted. That lawyer was none other than C I Scofield, who later edited the reference Bible that bears his name - Scofield Reference Bible. (sermonillustrations.com).

1Co 6:10 says: "thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God."

Saturday, July 19, 2014

SPECULATIONS


When the great Christian English scientist, Sir Michael Faraday, was dying, some journalists questioned him about his speculations for a life after death.

Faraday replied, "Speculations! I know nothing about speculations. I am resting on certainties. I know my Redeemer liveth & because He lives, I shall live also." (Job 19:25). (Sermon illustration)

"For the Christian, heaven is where Jesus is. We do not need to speculate on what heaven will be like. It is enough to know that we will be with Him forever." - William Barclay.

In Jh 5:24, Jesus says, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."

Friday, July 18, 2014

PRIORITIES


When asked why he has been so successful, Tom Landry (1924-2000, famous American football player & coach) responded to a crowd of more than 2000 students at Baylor University, Texas, "In 1958, I did something everyone must do. I determined my priorities for my life - God, family & foot ball." (Sermon illustration)

"Actions are based on priorities & priorities are based on faith." -Woodrow Kroll.

"Failures don't plan to fail; they fail to plan." - Harvey Mackey.

Mat 6:33 says: "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

Thursday, July 17, 2014

WINNING PEOPLE WITH GOD'S LOVE


No one treated Abraham Lincoln with more contempt than did Edwin Stanton, who denounced Lincoln's policies & called him a "Cunning Clown" & also "Original Gorilla".

Lincoln said nothing in reply. In fact, he made him his War Minister because he was the best man for the job.

Years later, when bullet stuck down Lincoln, Stanton said through his tears, "There lies the greatest ruler of men the world has ever seen." (Sermon illustration)

"Nothing breaks down barriers & preconceived ideas about 'Christians & Christianity' more than when we treat people the way Jesus treated His enemies." - Chip Ingram.

Jer 31:3 says, Long ago the Lord said to Israel: "I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself."