Tuesday, May 23, 2017

HASTE



The ferry-dock was crowded with weary home-goers when through the crowd rushed a man - excited &laden to the chin with bundles of every shape & size.

He sprinted down the pier, his eyes fixed on a ferryboat only two or three feet out from the pier; he made a flying leap across the intervening stretch of water & landed safely on the deck.

A fat man happened to be standing on the exact spot on which he struck & they both went down with a resounding crash. When the arriving man had somewhat recovered his breath he apologized to the fat man.

"I hope I didn't hurt you," he said. "I am sorry. But, anyway I caught the boat!"

"But you idiot," said the fat man, "the boat was coming in!"

- (moreillustrations.com)              

“In walking after the spirit we must avoid all haste.” -  Watchman Nee.

John 11:5 (GW): “Jesus loved Martha, her sister, and Lazarus.  Yet, when Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was for two more days.”

Monday, May 22, 2017

BE PREPARED



The lawyer for the defense, in the damage suit, asked the witness who had seen the plaintive struck by the automobile, how far the victim was thrown by the impact.

"Fifteen feet, six and three-quarter inches," was the instant response.

"You seem to be very exact in your figures," exclaimed the lawyer sarcastically. "How does that happen?"

"I guessed some fool lawyer would ask me," the witness answered, "and I measured the distance."

- (moreillustrations.com)

1 Pet 3:15 (NIRV): “But make sure that in your hearts you honor Christ as Lord. Always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you about the hope you have. Be ready to give the reason for it. But do it gently and with respect.”

“A prepared person will always have his opportunity.” -  Jack Hyles.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A GOOD NAME



Henry Heinz, born in 1844, to German immigrants in Pittsburgh, PA, helped support his family as a teenager by growing & selling vegetables in the family garden. After graduating from college & getting married, he started a business selling horse radish.

In 1875, a national financial collapse drove the young company into bankruptcy. Despite the legal freedom bankruptcy gave him, Heinz regarded each of the company’s outstanding debts as a moral obligation & personally paid back every penny.

Heinz went on to found the H.J. Heinz Company with its 57 varieties & became a leading American businessman. A devout Christian, he was known for the generous treatment of his employees & his generosity to Christian causes.

Throughout his life Heinz conducted his business & personal dealings with the same integrity that led him to pay back hundreds of thousands of thousands of dollars he technically did not owe.

He began his will with these words: “I desire to set forth at the very beginning of this will as the most important item in it a confession of my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior.”

Pro 22:1 (TLB): “If you must choose, take a good name rather than great riches; for to be held in loving esteem is better than silver and gold.”

Source: It Was Never About the Ketchup! - Steve Lentz (ministry127.com)

Friday, May 19, 2017

PRETENSION



The story is told of a zoo that was noted for their great collection of different animals.

One day the gorilla died & to keep up the appearance of a full range of animals, the zookeeper hired a man to wear a gorilla suit & fill in for the dead animal.

It was his first day on the job & the man didn’t know how to act like a gorilla very well. As he tried to move convincingly, he got too close to the wall of the enclosure & tripped & fell into the lion exhibit.

He began to scream, convinced his life was over…until the lion spoke to him: “Be quiet, or you’re going to get us both fired!”

- (ministry127.com)

“Whatever ‘call’ a man may pretend to have, if he has not been called to holiness, he certainly has not been called to the ministry.” - Charles Spurgeon.

Mk 7:6 (VOICE): Jesus: “Isaiah prophesied wisely about your religious pretensions when he wrote, these people honor me with words off their lips; meanwhile their hearts are far from me.”

“Until you have given up yourself to Him you will not have a real self.” -  C.S. Lewis.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

IGNORANCE



It's an old story - the one about the sailing ship, blown off its course, lost & in desperate need of fresh water.

One day, when it seemed that the crew could hold out no longer, they sighted another ship.

"Water! Water!" they signaled frantically. "We are dying of thirst!"

"Lower your bucket where you are!" came back the surprising reply.

The bucket they lowered over the side of the ship came up filled with fresh, sweet water.

They had been drifting in the current from the mouth of the mighty Amazon River, whose great flood of fresh water spreads far out of sight of land before it is conquered by the saltiness of the sea.

- Sunshine Magazine (moreillustrations.com)

Col 2:3 (NIV): “In Christ are hidden all the riches of wisdom and understanding.”

“The proof of spiritual maturity is not how pure you are but awareness of your impurity. That very awareness opens the door to grace.” -  Philip Yancey.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

MISTAKES



All men, no matter how big, make mistakes. But history teaches us that big men refuse to falter because of their mistakes.

Henry Ford forgot to put a reverse gear in his first automobile.

Edison once spent over two million dollars on an invention which proved of little value.

The man who makes no mistakes lacks boldness & the spirit of adventure. He is the one who never tries anything new; he is the brake on the wheels of progress.

Remember, a mistake becomes an error only when nothing is done to correct it.

- Gear-O-Gram (moreillustrations.com)

Js 3:2 (CEB): “We all make mistakes often, but those who don’t make mistakes with their words have reached full maturity. Like a bridled horse, they can control themselves entirely.”

“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.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY



Uncle Ephraim had put on his best coat & was walking majestically up & down the street.

"Aren't you working today, Uncle?" asked somebody.

"No, I am celebrating my golden wedding anniversary."

"You were married fifty years ago today, then!"

"Yes."

"Well, why isn't your wife helping you to celebrate?"

"My present wife," replied Uncle Ephraim with dignity "has got nothing to do with it."

- (moreillustrations.com)

“The best gift a father can give his children is to love their mother.” -  John Wooden.

Heb 13:4 (CEV): “Have respect for marriage. Always be faithful to your partner, because God will punish anyone who is immoral or unfaithful in marriage.”

“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” – Mother Teresa.