Sunday, June 17, 2018

FATHERS!



The story is told of a young man who stood at the bar of justice to be sentenced for forgery. The judge had known him from a child & known the family intimately.

The boy's father was a famous lawyer, having written some of the best material on the subject of "Trusts."

"Do you remember your father?" asked the judge in stern fashion, "that father whom you have disgraced?"

"Yes," said the boy, "I remember him perfectly. When I went to him for advice & companionship he often said to me, `Run away, boy, I'm busy.' My father gave all his time to his work & little time for me. So here I am."

The great lawyer had written much about trusts, but had missed the greatest trust of all - his own son.

God has laid definite responsibilities on parents. What a tragedy to make the mistake the great lawyer made.

- (moreillustrations.com)

Gen 18:19 (ICB): “I have chosen him (Abraham) so he would command his children and his descendants to live the way the Lord wants them to. I did this so they would live right and be fair. Then I, the Lord, will give Abraham what I promised him.”

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”  -  Theodore Hesburgh.

Friday, June 15, 2018

QUOTES ON THANKSGIVING



“Giving thanks is too often demoted to a secondary place in the prayers of Christ’s people. We are quick to make our requests and slow to thank God for His answers. Because God so often answers our prayers, we come to expect it. We forget that it is only by His grace that we receive anything from Him.” - Unknown.

“So much has been given to me that I have no time to ponder that which I don't have.” - Helen Keller

“Giving thanks is not a matter of feeling thankful; it is a matter of obedience.” - Joni Erickson Tada.

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” -  Harry Ironside.

1 Thes 5:18 (NLT): “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

Thursday, June 14, 2018

YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW



Several years after helping inventing radar, Sir Robert Watson Watt was caught in a radar trap and arrested for speeding. He wrote this poem:

'Pity Sir Robert Watson Watt,
Strange target of his radar plot,
And this, with others I could mention,
A victim of his own invention.'

Source: 750 Engaging Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers, and Writers, Craig Brian Larson (ministry127.com)

Gal 6:7 (CEV): “You cannot fool God, so don’t make a fool of yourself! You will harvest what you plant.”

“They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” -  Hosea Ballou.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

AN EXHORTATION



"The work is solemn - therefore do not trifle;

the work is difficult - therefore do not relax;

the opportunity is brief - therefore do not delay;

the path is narrow - therefore do not wander;

the prize is glorious—therefore do not faint."

- D. M. Panton, in ‘The Presbyterian’. (moreillustrations.com)

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.”

“If Satan can't make you bad, he'll make you busy.” -  Adrian Rogers.
  

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

RIGHTEOUSNESS IS THE GREATEST WEAPON



Napoleon made a mistake when he said that God is on the side of the strongest battalion. This statement has been proven wrong many times in the Bible & throughout history.

Abraham took 318 men & defeated 4 kings & their armies.

Gideon with his 300 dedicated men defeated an army of thousands.

David, a shepherd lad, untrained for war & armed with only a sling, killed a giant nine feet tall.

I believe that God is on the side of those who do right. God will fight the battles of those who determine to be in His will.

Righteousness is still the greatest weapon.

Source: 'The Gold Mine', Lee Roberson (ministry127.com) 

Rom 4:3 (GNT): The scripture says, “Abraham believed God, and because of his faith God accepted him as righteous.”

“If we walk in righteousness He will carry us through.”  A.B. Simpson.
  

Sunday, June 10, 2018

DISAPPOINTMENT



The witty, brilliant, sophisticated Irish essayist & lecturer, Bernard Shaw, sums up the hopelessness of his own barren life & philosophy in the epigram:

"There are 2 tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it."

Shaw is talking about the desire of the heart of the natural man who does not know God.

He speaks truly when he says that, when such a man has got his heart's desire, he finds it only disappointment, empty & unsatisfying.

That is why so many today, both old people & young people, having won their heart's desires, commit suicide.

- Sunday School Times. (moreillustrations.com)

“No soul can be really at rest until it has given up all dependence on everything else and has been forced to depend on the Lord alone. As long as our expectation is from other things, nothing but disappointment awaits us.” -  Hannah Whitall Smith.

Rom 10:11 (TLB): “For the Scriptures tell us that no one who believes in Christ will ever be disappointed."

Friday, June 8, 2018

PEACE COMES FROM FOLLOWING CHRIST



Thousands of people each year visit the Winchester Mansion in San Jose, California. This massive structure was built by Sarah Winchester, the widow of the gun company owner.

For 38 years, from 1884 until her death in 1922, the house was under constant construction. Teams of carpenters, masons & other workers were employed around the clock. Various stories have been told about the reason for this unusual practice.

Most center on Mrs. Winchester’s belief that she either was haunted or would be haunted by the ghosts of those killed by her husband’s weapons unless she kept building her house. Others claim that she thought she would not die as long as building continued.

Whatever the reason, she continued ordering more renovations & construction as long as she lived. There are more than 10,000 windows in the Winchester Mansion, doorways & stairs that lead to blank walls & some 160 rooms in total. 

It is estimated that she spent more than $70,000,000 in today’s money on largely pointless construction - all in a desperate search for peace.

Many people today are seeking peace through equally fruitless means. They turn to pleasure, drugs, alcohol, immorality, wealth & other dead end avenues. Like the staircases that lead nowhere in the Winchester Mansion, pursuing such paths will never bring peace.

Instead we find peace when we follow the path that God has given us in His Word.

- (ministry127.com)

Ps 119:165 (ESV): “Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.”