Tuesday, December 12, 2017

VIEWS REFLECTED ON A PIT



A man fell into a pit and couldn’t get himself out:

A Pharisee said, “Only bad people fall into pits.”

A Calvinist said, “If you had been saved, you never would have fallen into that pit.”

A charismatic said, “Just confess that you’re not in that pit.”

A geologist told him to appreciate the rock strata in his pit.

The county inspector asked if he had a permit to dig the pit.

A self-pitying person said, “You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen my pit.”

An optimist said, “Things could be worse.”

A pessimist, said, “Things will get worse.”

A realist came along and said, “Now that’s a pit!”

An evasive person came along and avoided the subject all together.      

Jesus seeing the man reached down, took him by the hand and lifted him out of the pit.

- (ministry127.com)

Ps 40:2 (GNT): “He pulled me out of a dangerous pit, out of the deadly quicksand. He set me safely on a rock and made me secure.”

Monday, December 11, 2017

HYPOCRISY



Teacher: "Tommy, who is a hypocrite?"

Tommy: "A boy that comes to school with a smile on his face."

- Graham Charteris. (moreillustrations.com)

“You may readily judge whether you are a child of God or a hypocrite by seeing in what direction your soul turns in seasons of severe trial. The hypocrite flies to the world and finds a sort of comfort there. But the child of God runs to his Father and expects consolation only from the Lord's hand.” -  Charles Spurgeon.

“The conflict will always be beyond your strength. The enemy always pushes us beyond our personal, preset limits concerning how far we will go for God. The test kills the limits, until we are like Christ in everything. We are left with a choice: Become Christ like or gradually shrink into superficial hypocrites: angry people who have stopped walking with God, who blame others for our bitterness.” -  Francis Frangipane.

Mark 7:6 (NLT): Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.’”

Sunday, December 10, 2017

AN EVANGELIST



William Franklin Graham Jr (born 7 Nov 1918), better known as Billy Graham, is an Evangelist & an Evangelical Christian. He is a Southern Baptist.

He has been a spiritual adviser to multiple U.S. Presidents & was number seven on ‘Gallup's list of most widely admired people of the 20th century’.

He has 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.

He was close with every American President from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush, who said it was a conversation with Graham that led them to become a committed Christian.

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 many 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.

Graham is retired & his son Franklin Graham is now CEO of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

- (aksermonillustrations.blogspot.in)

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

“The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'” - Billy Graham.

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

Friday, December 8, 2017

NOTHING TO CONCEAL



A sweet little 6 year-old girl looked up suddenly at her mother & said:

"Mother, I think Jesus was the only one who ever dared to live his inside out!"

The mother was fairly dazed by the little one's thought. Well she might be. It carried one of the profoundest thoughts suggested by lifelong study of that divine character.

But here it was out of the mouth of almost a babe. She had heard His story. She had seen that He was so pure in all His soul that there was nothing there that He needed to conceal from anybody.

Was not He the only one in all the history of mankind of whom that could be truly said?

- Onward.(moreillustrations.com)

“That the sinless Son of God must die upon the Cross to redeem us shouldn't make us feel good about ourselves but ashamed, for it was our sins that nailed Him there.” -  Dave Hunt.

1 Pet 1:16 (ERV): In the Scriptures God says, “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Thursday, December 7, 2017

PRE-WRITTEN HISTORY



In all ages God has pre-announced certain things which He purposed to do. These announcements are termed prophecies.

Prophecy is history pre-written. It is as credible as any Word that God hath spoken. The Bible is filled with prophecies.

Almost all the 66 Books contain some prophecy; but 16 Books of the Old Testament & one of the New Testament are wholly prophetic in character.

In all, nearly one-fourth of the Bible was predictive when it was written. It is most reasonable to conclude, since every Bible prediction concerning the past has been fulfilled, in minutest detail, that we may expect all the remaining prophecies to be just as literally fulfilled.

- (moreillustrations.com)

Isa 44:7-8 (GNT): “Could anyone else have done what I did? Who could have predicted all that would happen from the very beginning to the end of time? Do not be afraid, my people! You know that from ancient times until now I have predicted all that would happen, and you are my witnesses. Is there any other god?”

“God didn’t give us the Scripture to scare us. He gave us the Scripture to prepare us.” – Unknown Author.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

THE BODY OF CHRIST



As you drive your car on a daily basis, you may be aware of only a few of its many parts.

You turn the steering wheel, look into the rear-view mirror, adjust your radio station, press the gas and brake pedals, and move the turn signal up or down.
 
 You probably notice only a few of your vehicle's parts. But do you know how many parts the average automobile has? According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, 14,000!

Though only a few of those parts may be noticed on any particular trip, all of them together make up the automobile that gets you around.
  
It's the same way in church life. Though only a few members may get much notice, it takes all the parts to make up the body of Christ.

1 Cor 12:27 (TPT): “You are the body of the Anointed One, and each of you is a unique and vital part of it.”

- (aksermonillustrations.blogspot.in)

“God cares nothing about our man-made divisions and groups and is not interested in our self-righteous, hair-splitting, and religious, man-made formulas and organizations. He wants you to recognize the UNITY of the body of Christ.” -  M.R. DeHaan.

“The only way the corporate Body of Christ will fulfill the mission Christ has given it is for individual Christians to have a vision for fulfilling that mission personally.” -  David Jeremiah.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

FULLNESS OF CHRIST



A man met with a severe accident & was taken to the hospital.

When the doctor was examining his injuries, he noticed that the name of Jesus was beautifully tattooed across the man's breast.

A nurse, standing by, said: "I wonder if it is deeper than the skin."

Our religion, if it is to be fruitful, must be sincere - deeper than the skin; it must reach the heart.

- Christian Herald. (moreillustrations.com)

“Jesus did not die on the cross just so we could live comfortable, well adjusted lives. His purpose is far deeper: He wants to make us like Himself before He takes us to heaven. This is our greatest privilege, our immediate responsibility, and our ultimate destiny.” -  Rick Warren.

Ep 4:13 (GNT): “And so we shall all come together to that oneness in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God; we shall become mature people, reaching to the very height of Christ's full stature.”