Tuesday, November 21, 2017

LOVING THE UNSEEN



"Papa, do you love Jesus?" asked little Emily of her father, who did not care for anything religious.

"Jesus is dead, my dear, long, long ago. He was crucified & that was the end of Him."

"But Jesus rose again & did what no other man could do. And if Jesus was not living now, we could not be living either, as He gives us life & everything else, Papa."

"But how can I love whom I have never seen, Emily? Tell me that, my dear."
Emily at first did not know what to reply & her father looked pleased to know that he had puzzled her. At length she said, "Papa, how old was I when Mama died?"

"Only 6 months, my child."

"Then I can't say that I ever saw her for I don't remember her at all. But you have always tried to make me love her by telling me how good & kind she was & I do love her, although I have never seen her that I can remember."

By this time the tears were running down the father's cheeks & kissing Emily, he said, "God has spoken to me by you, my dear & now you must pray for me & ask God to give me a new heart, with which I shall love Jesus."

And the prayer was soon answered.

- Sent of God.(moreillustrations.com)

Jesus said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” (John 20:29 CSB)

Monday, November 20, 2017

A HAPPY REPLY



After a ruthless process of rejection, 5 applicants for the post of errand boy remained to be interviewed.
The interviewer sought to amuse himself by asking the boys puzzling questions to test their real knowledge.

"How far away from the Earth is the North Star?" was the question fired at one shiny-faced youngster.

"I'm sorry I cannot give you the exact figure offhand, sir," was the reply. "But on a rough estimate I should say that it is far enough away not to interfere with my running errands."

He got the job.

- (moreillustrations.com)

Pro 15:23 (NLT): “Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!”

“Now just think a moment and answer the question, ‘what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?’” -  D.L. Moody. (Mat 27:22).

Sunday, November 19, 2017

YOUTH



The belief that youth is the happiest time of life is an illusion, declares Carl Holmes, the literary wizard of New York.

Every age has its silver lining & its golden glow. When we are young in spirit, we cannot help but enjoy life, no matter how old we are. Youth lies not in years but in feeling.

I was once told by a friend: "In the central place of your heart there is a wireless station. So long as it receives messages of beauty, cheer, courage & strength from fellow men & from the Infinite, so long are we young."

- Friendly Chat (moreillustrations.com)

Pro 15:4 (VOICE): “A word of encouragement heals the one who receives it, but a deceitful word breaks the spirit.”

Mat 4:4 (MSG): Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.”

Friday, November 17, 2017

DISCIPLINE YOUR CHILDREN



For 5 years Mayor E. H. Couch, of Guntersville, Alabama, has been sending minor offenders of all ages to Sunday School instead of levying fines or jail sentences.

Only recently did the plan become known. Then it was found that not one over 100 so sentenced reappeared before Mayor Couch charged with any crime.

About half of the culprits became regular attendants at Sunday School after their sentences expired.

Most of them, before their sentences, had never been to Sunday School.

When the plan was divulged, Mayor Couch made the following statement:

"I thought it was better to send offenders to a place where they would be in company with our best citizens rather than to the one place where in Guntersville they are sure to be thrown with our worst. For success of the idea I did not make public that they were being made to go to Sunday School. Then they would have been embarrassed."

- The Watchman-Examiner. (moreillustrations.com)

Pro 19:18 (GNT): “Discipline your children while they are young enough to learn. If you don't, you are helping them destroy themselves."

“A child of five, if properly instructed, can as truly believe and be revived as an adult.” -  Charles Spurgeon.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

MAKING CHANGES



A man dialed a number and got the following recording:

“I am not available right now, but I thank you for caring enough to call. I am making some changes in my life. Please leave a message after the beep. If I do not return your call, you are one of the changes.”

- (ministry127.com)

“People pay attention when they see that God actually changes people and sets them free. When a new Christian stands up and tells how God has revolutionized his or her life, no one dozes off. When someone is healed or released from a life-controlling bondage, everyone takes notice.” -  Jim Cymbala.

Mat 18:3 (NIRV): Jesus said, “What I’m about to tell you is true. You need to change and become like little children. If you don’t, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” - Augustine.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

THE SOULWINNER’S REWARD



General Booth told of a man leaving Australia who had been working in the gold fields & had acquired a fortune. He was on a ship, when a leak was sprung. The life-boats were lost & the people were without hope.

This strong man thought he could fight through the waves to the island & he was about to spring into the water when a little girl, whose mother had been lost in the storm, asked him, “Sir, can you save me?”

He looked at his belt of gold & then at the child & then at the belt & then at the child again. He threw the belt of gold away, took her on his back & threw himself into the sea. He struggled through the waves & with life almost gone he reached the land.

The next day, when he regained consciousness the little girl put her arms around his neck & her lips to his cheek & said, “I am so glad you saved me.” That was worth more than all the gold in Australia.

That is the soul-winner’s reward. It is for some man whom you have won for Christ to meet you on the streets of gold & say, “I am so glad you preached that sermon, or sang that song; it saved me.”

-‘Present Day Parables’, J. Wilbur Chapman (ministry127.com)

Rev 22:12 (GW): “I’m coming soon! I will bring my reward with me to pay all people based on what they have done.”

THE REWARD



Garibaldi, the great Italian reformer of a past generation, in a fiery speech, urged some thousands of Italy's young men to fight for the freedom of their homeland.

One timid young fellow approached him, asking:
"If I fight, Sir, what will be my reward?"


Swift as a lightning flash came the uncompromising answer:
"Wounds, scars and perhaps death. But remember, that through your bruises Italy will be free."


"Then," said the young man, "I will follow to the death."

Are you not willing to endure the scars in order to liberate souls?

- The C. U. Herald. (moreillustrations.com)

Rom 8:17 (EE): "And because we are God’s children, we will also receive good things from him. We will receive the things that God has prepared for his children. Also, together with Christ, we will receive the things that God has kept for him. We will receive these things if we agree to have troubles and pain, as Christ did. So then, as a result, we will also live always with God, who is so great and so good."