Thursday, February 22, 2018

FAITHFUL IN SMALL MATTERS



Charles Spurgeon preached to thousands in London each Lord’s day, yet he started his ministry by passing out tracts & teaching a Sunday school class as a teenager.

He was eventually invited to remote places in the country side to preach & after that became known as one of the greatest preachers in England.

Spurgeon said: “I am perfectly sure, that if I had not been willing to preach to those small gatherings of people in remote country places, I should never have had the privilege of preaching to thousands of men & women in large buildings all over the land.”

Source: C. H. Spurgeon’s Autobiography, Volume 2 (ministry127.com)

Luke 16:10 (GNT): “Whoever is faithful in small matters will be faithful in large ones; whoever is dishonest in small matters will be dishonest in large ones.”

1 Cor 15:58 (GNT): “So then, my dear friends, stand firm and steady. Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord's service is ever useless.”

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Dr BILLY GRAHAM (1918-2018)



William Franklin Graham Jr, better known as Billy Graham, was an Evangelist.

He was close to & a spiritual adviser to multiple U.S. Presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush, who said it was a conversation with Graham that led them to become committed Christians.

He was number seven on ‘Gallup's list of most widely admired people of the 20th century’.

He preached in person to more people around the world than anyone who have ever lived.

As of 1993, more than 2.5 million people had stepped forward at his crusades to "accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior."

As of 2002, his lifetime audience, including radio & television broadcasts, topped two billion.

In 2007, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association estimated that he had preached the Gospel to more than 215 million people in more than 185 countries & territories since beginning his crusades in 1947.

For many years he wrote a daily advice column ‘à la Dear Abby’, where every reader's dilemma was answered with the same ultimate advice: ‘Come to Christ’.

His 30 books include ‘How to be Born Again’.

In 1953, he started World Wide Pictures, a Christian studio that has been cranking out Christian films ever since.

In November 1995, on his 77th birthday, Mr. Graham named his son Franklin to succeed him as head of the BGEA. His daughter Anne Graham Lotz and his grandsons Will Graham & William Graham are also in ministry.

- (aksermonillustrations.blogspot.in)

Graham's last decades were slowed by illness & injury. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1989, felled by broken bones, bouts of hydrocephalus (accumulation of fluid in the brain), prostate cancer & rounds of pneumonia.

Age, illness & bone-breaking falls left him struggling to deliver 20-minute sermons.

The Rev. Billy Graham, a North Carolina farmer’s son, the nation’s best-known Christian evangelist for more than 60 years, died on Wednesday, 21st Feb, 2018 at his home in N.C. He was 99.
(News clipping)

“My home is in Heaven. I'm just traveling through this world.” – Billy Graham.

2 Tim 4:5 (HCSB): “But as for you, be serious about everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

DISTRACTIONS



Hebrews 12:1 admonishes Christians to “…Lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us.”

Many times those weights are simple distractions that create enormous drag.

One preacher illustrated it this way: “It’s perfectly legal to run a race in army boots.” 
He said it wasn’t wise & would guarantee failure, but you can legally do it. Many of the things that prevent spiritual growth & development are legal; they just don’t lead to success.

Source: The Last Men’s Book You’ll Ever Need, David Moore (ministry127.com)

“Do today's duty, fight today's temptation; do not weaken and distract yourself by looking forward to things you cannot see, and could not understand if you saw them.” -  Charles Kingsley.

Monday, February 19, 2018

COMFORT



Mrs. Charles Beer, for many years, with her husband, a missionary in Narsapur, India, sat on one side of the bed of her dying husband.

Opposite her, on the other side, sat Mr. E. S. Bowden, their close associate in the Lord's work among the Telugus for many years.

They watched his strength failing & looked on as the veteran worker passed into the presence of his Lord whom he had loved & served.

As the heart ceased to beat & the last breath was drawn, Mr. Bowden looked across to the now widowed & sorrowing sister & said quietly: “Gone in to see the King.”

Mrs. Beer found in those words the comfort that her heart needed.

2 Cor 5:8 (NLV): “We are sure we will be glad to be free of these bodies. It will be good to be at home with the Lord.”

- (moreillustrations.com)

“The Scriptures teach us the best way of living, the noblest way of suffering and the most comfortable way of dying.” -  John Flavel.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

"ARE YOU SURE?"



In a humble cottage out on a jagged promontory, a fisherman lay dying. His pastor sat beside him.

"Are you sure, John?" he asked the old man.

Rising on his elbow, the old veteran bade him look seaward through the open window.

"Are the Seven Stones still there?" he asked. "And the Twin Maidens and the Wolf Rock - are they still there?"

"Yes, yes," replied his pastor, "they are still there."

Lying back upon his pillow, the dying man said, reverently: “Though the mountains move and the hills shake, my love will not be removed from you and my covenant of peace will not be shaken, says your compassionate Lord.” (Isa 54:10 CSB)

- Christian Herald (moreillustrations.com)

“Be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you.” -  George Mueller.
               

Friday, February 16, 2018

INVEST WISELY



Termites ate 10 million rupees ($222,000) in money that was stored at a bank in a steel chest. The manager of the bank in Barabanki, U.P. India discovered the damage on April 20, 2011.

Termites had damaged furniture in the bank before.

Mat 6:19-20 (ESV): “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek, (ministry127.com)

“The fellow that has no money is poor. The fellow that has nothing but money is poorer still.” -  Billy Sunday.

“Most people fail to realize that money is both a test and trust from God.” -  Rick Warren.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

SIN



The first temptation in the history of the human race took place in a garden & with man at peace with the whole animal creation.

The temptation of Jesus, the second Adam, took place in a wilderness, where he "was with the wild beasts" (Mark 1:13).

That contrast between the first temptation & the temptation of Jesus - one in a garden, the other in a desert - is a picture of the ruin which had been wrought by sin.

- (moreillustrations.com)

Eze 18:20 (NLT): “The person who sins is the one who will die. The child will not be punished for the parent’s sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child’s sins. Righteous people will be rewarded for their own righteous behavior, and wicked people will be punished for their own wickedness.”

“It won't save your soul if your wife is a Christian. You have got to be something more than a brother-in-law to the Church.” -  Billy Sunday.