Monday, December 5, 2016

THE TRANSFORMATION



When the impotent man & the healing pool & the Master came together, there was health & hope.

When the little lad & the few loaves & fishes & the Master came together, there was sufficiency & even abundance.

A thirsty woman, an ancient well & the Master & there were streams of living water flowing into human hearts.

A rugged fisherman, a broken net & the Master & there was discipleship & a story to tell.

Wherever a human need & a sincere faith & the Master meet, there is transformation & consecration. If we bring our lives, weak & insufficient, to the Master, He will remake us.

- The Upper Room. (moreillustrations.com)

Acts 4:13 (GW): “After they found out that Peter and John had no education or special training, they were surprised to see how boldly they spoke. They realized that these men had been with Jesus.”

“The same Jesus who turned water into wine can transform your home, your life, your family, and your future. He is still in the miracle-working business, and His business is the business of transformation.” - Adrian Rogers.

PRICELESS MESSAGE



When a Duxbury, Massachusetts, man refused to pay one-cent postage due on a letter, it was returned to the Plymouth dead-letter office.

Postmaster Wm. Goodwin disclosed that when the letter was opened, it contained a $450 check. It will be returned to the sender in Boston.

Kindly reserve your criticism of the man who refused to pay one cent for a check-laden letter until you have answered this question: "Have I received the message on which nothing is due and which offers me that which money cannot buy and works cannot secure: Eternal Life?"

Here is the message: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

Is that priceless message but a dead letter to you, to be sent back to the sender, the Lord Jesus Christ?

- (moreillustrations.com)

“When a person refuses to come to Christ it is never just because of lack of evidence or because of intellectual difficulties: at root, he refuses to come because he willingly ignores and rejects the drawing of God's Spirit on his heart.” - William Lane Craig.

Heb 12:25 (NLT): “Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven!”

Friday, December 2, 2016

RECONCILIATION



Years ago in a Western city, a husband and wife became estranged & finally separated. They left the city & resided in different parts of the country. The husband one day chanced to return to this city on a matter of business.

He went out to the cemetery to the grave of their only son. He was standing by the grave in fond reminiscence when he heard a step behind him. Turning, he saw his estranged wife.

The first inclination of both was to turn away. But they had a common, binding interest in that grave; and instead of turning away they clasped hands over that grave of their son & were reconciled one to another.

It took nothing less than death to reconcile them! It takes nothing less than death, the precious blood of Christ, to reconcile man to God.

- (moreillustrations.com)

“In Christ alone, and His payment of the penalty for our sins upon the Cross, we find reconciliation to God and ultimate meaning and purpose.” - Dave Hunt.

2 Cor 5:18 (ESV): “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”

Thursday, December 1, 2016

RECONSTRUCTION



On a hill outside Florence, in a park overlooking that famous city & the river Po flowing through it, stands the great statue by Michelangelo, David slaying Goliath.

A marvelous figure of beauty & grace & strength, the young shepherd lifts his arm to hurl the stone from his sling. That statue was cut out of a block of marble which another artist had worked upon & then thrown away as useless.

So out of our sins, out of our mistakes, out of our failures, God's love & power, aided by our repentance, is able to reconstruct that which is forever fair & good & true.

- (moreillustrations.com)

Ps 51:17 (ICB): “The sacrifice God wants is a willing spirit. God, you will not reject a heart that is broken and sorry for it's sin.”

“Being in Christ, it is safe to forget the past; it is possible to be sure of the future; it is possible to be diligent in the present.” -  Alexander MacLaren.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

ADMITTING MISTAKES



A minister was passing a certain farm one day, when he noticed a fine rick of hay, just finished & ready for thatching.

He said to the farmer who was standing by, "That's a very fine rick of hay. Who made it?"

"I did," said the farmer. "I made it."

A few weeks later the minister had occasion to pass the farm again. To his astonishment he saw that the rick, through a heavy gale, had capsized & fallen to the ground. He went to the farmer & condoled with him on his misfortune & again asked, "Who made the rick?"

"There were several of us," was the reply.

That's it! When things go well, we are apt to say, "I did it"; but when they go wrong, we say, "There were several of us."

-Christian Herald. (moreillustrations.com)

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” - John C. Maxwell.

Pro 28:13 (TLB): “A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance.”

“God, send me a friend that will tell me of my faults.” - Thomas Fuller.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

VALUE OF CHRIST


In one of the cathedrals of England there is a beautiful window through which the sunlight streams. It displays the facts & personalities of the Old & New Testament & the glorious truths & doctrines of the Christian revelation.

This window was fabricated by the artist out of broken bits of glass which another artist had discarded

- (moreillustrations.com)              

Mark 12:10 - 11(GNT): “The stone which the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all. This was done by the Lord; what a wonderful sight it is!”

“We do not know the value of Christ, if we will not cleave to Him unto death!” -  Robert Murray McCheyne.

From the Diary of CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS…



(An Italian explorer, known as 'the man who discovered America', who realized that the world was round*, was in fact trying to find a westward sea passage when he landed in the New World in 1492. This unintentional discovery was to change the course of world history.)

"It was the Lord who put it into my mind, (I could feel His hand upon me), the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures.

I am a most noteworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace & mercy, and they have covered me completely. I have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy His marvelous Presence.

For the execution of the voyage to the Indies, I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps.
It is simply the fulfillment of what Isaiah had prophesied.*

No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service. The working out of all things has been assigned to each person by our Lord, but it all happens according to His sovereign will, even though He gives advice.

Oh, what a gracious Lord, who desires that people should perform for Him those things for which He holds Himself responsible! Day & night, moment by moment, everyone should express their most devoted gratitude to Him."

(Isa 40:22: "It is He who sits above the circle* of the earth…")

- (endtimepilgrim.org)