Sunday, July 23, 2017

"MESSIAH IS COMING SOON"



William Bernard writes as follows:

"While in Java we called on a Chinese lady who held a good position. She told us that not very long before, she heard the sound of an unfamiliar voice while in her own home one day. No speaker was visible, but the message was clear & unmistakable. It was in her language - 'Messiah is coming!'

She was a Christian; however the name 'Messiah' she had never heard before. Thinking that she was being advised that a visitor was coming to call on her, she began to think of the entertainment of the coming guest.

Again, however, she heard the voice, this time saying, 'Messiah is coming soon.'

Perplexed, she went to a Christian friend & asked who Messiah was. She was informed that the Messiah was Jesus Christ.

Thus God gave to this Chinese lady in her own home in that far-away island the Second Advent message, 'Messiah is coming soon.'"

- (moreillustrations.com)

“Remember, I am coming soon! God will bless everyone who pays attention to the message of this book.” – Lord Jesus Christ. (Rev 22:7 CEV)

Friday, July 21, 2017

GOD’S PROMISES



In 1985, for the first time in more than 50 years, Congress authorized the issue of official US government gold coins.

Beginning in 1986 these new coins came on the market. Each of these American Eagles, as they are known, is guaranteed by the US Mint to contain the stated amount of pure 22 karat gold.

They come in 1/10, 1/4, 1/2, and 1-ounce sizes & buyers from around the world trust these coins because they trust the promises of the United States government that the coins are what they claim to be.

When it comes to Scripture, we have something far more reliable than the guarantee of a government - we have the promises of Almighty God that His Word is perfect & pure.

- (ministry127.com)

Ps 12:6 (GNT): “The promises of the Lord can be trusted; they are as genuine as silver refined seven times in the furnace.”

“If you are a child of God, know that every promise in the Bible is yours. The Bible is a gold mine, waiting for someone to take out its riches.” Lee Roberson.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

SELF-CONTROL



If a man sleeps & nods, even for a second of time, when he is at the wheel of an automobile, the automobile will be wrecked.

If when a plane is taking off or landing, the pilot loses control, even for the fraction of a second, the wreck of the plane & the death of the passengers will be the result.

It is not otherwise with a man's life.

A moment's carelessness, a moment's loss of self-control, may wreck his happiness & lay him in the dust.

- (moreillustrations.com)

2 Tim 1:7 (NET): “For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

“Character is made by many acts. It may be lost by a single act.” – Author unknown.

Pro 16:32 (NLT): “Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.”

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

HONOR



It is said that Napoleon once lost control of his horse & a private jumping into the path of the horse took control of it.

Napoleon then said, “Thank you, Captain.”

With that one word Napoleon promoted the soldier from the rank of private to captain, but it was because that soldier put his general first.

Likewise, God promises to honor His servants.

Source: Billy Sunday, the Man and His Message, William T. Ellis (ministry127.com)

Js 4:10 (NLT): “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.”

“Every Christian bears Christ's name; live as an honor to His name.” -  Woodrow Kroll.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

AMAZINGLY GENEROUS WILL



When 67-year-old carpenter Russell Herman died in 1994, his will included a staggering set of bequests.

Included in his plan for distribution was more than 2 billion dollars for the City of East St. Louis, another billion and a half for the State of Illinois, two and a half billion for the national forest system & to top off the list, Herman left 6 trillion dollars to the government to help pay off the national debt.

That sounds amazingly generous, but there was a small problem - Herman’s only asset when he died was a 1983 Oldsmobile car.

He made grand pronouncements, but there was no real generosity involved. His promises were meaningless because there was nothing to back them up.

Source: Chicago Tribune, (ministry127.com)

1 John 3:18 (NOG): “Dear children, we must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words.”

“You can always give without loving, but you can never love without giving.” -  Amy Carmichael.

Monday, July 17, 2017

SACRIFICIAL AND SECRET DEEDS



A group of churches was raising a fund of $30,000 to finance missionary projects in Africa & South America.

A little church whose members lost nearly all their property in a terrible dam disaster sent a check for $209. 

The secretary of the missionary society sponsoring the work was reproached for accepting the gift: "Doesn't it hurt your conscience to take money from people so `hard up'?"

The secretary replied, "Did the Lord tell the widow to come back and take her two mites out of the treasury box?"

- Sunday School Times. (moreillustrations.com)

Mat 6:3-4 (NET): “But when you do your giving, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your gift may be in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.”

“Christian giving is to be marked by self-sacrifice and self-forgetfulness, not by self-congratulation. -  John Stott.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

PROPER PRIORITIES



A lady was standing in front of a casino when she was approached by a desperate looking man, “Please!” the man begged frantically, “Could you possibly spare $500. My wife is very sick & I really need the money to take her to the doctor & to buy her the medicine she needs.”

The lady looked at him suspiciously & said, “If I give you $500, how do I know you won’t just go into a casino & gamble it all away?”

The man quickly responded, “Oh no, I wouldn’t do that! I’ve got gambling money!”

- (ministry127.com)

“Let us think often that our only business in this life is to please God. Perhaps all besides is but folly and vanity.” -  Brother Lawrence.          

Lord Jesus said: “And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, because I always do what pleases him.” (John 8:29 GNT)