Tuesday, March 20, 2018


“If I was to ask you tonight if you were saved? Do you say 'Yes, I am saved'. When? 'Oh so and so preached, I got baptized and...' Are you saved? What are you saved from, hell? Are you saved from bitterness? Are you saved from lust? Are you saved from cheating? Are you saved from lying? Are you saved from bad manners? Are you saved from rebellion against your parents? Come on, what are you saved from?” -  Leonard Ravenhill.

Mat 3:8 (ICB): “You must do the things that show that you have really changed your hearts and lives.”

“It is altogether doubtful whether any man can be saved who comes to Christ for His help with no intention to obey Him.” -  A.W. Tozer.

Monday, March 19, 2018


In July of 2011, 3 young tourists when visiting Yosemite National Park in California were swept over the 317-foot Vernal Fall.

One of the tourists, a young woman, was no doubt drawn by the alluring beauty of the raging waterfall & the fast moving Merced River below after a record winter snowfall. Tragically she slipped on a rock above the falls. Two friends reached out to rescue her & the trio was swept over the edge.

At the bottom of the trail leading to the Vernal Falls there is a sign warning about the fast moving water. Also, when entering the Yosemite Park, visitors are given a news paper warning about water hazards & to stay away from fast moving water.

Furthermore, at the top of the Vernal Fall there is a guard railing & a metal safety barricade marked with a warning. Tragically the victims of this tragedy ignored all the warning signs, climbed over the barricade & fell to a horrific death.

How foolish we say & yet, I wonder how many warnings in life we ignore.

The greatest tragedy of all is when we ignore all the warnings in God's Word, the Bible - and especially so if we ignore God's warnings about life after death.

- (aksermonillustrations.blogspot.in)

Gal 5:20-21 (ICB): “Worshiping false gods, doing witchcraft, hating, making trouble, being jealous, being angry, being selfish, making people angry with each other, causing divisions among people,  having envy, being drunk, having wild and wasteful parties, and doing other things like this. I warn you now as I warned you before: Those who do these things will not be in God’s kingdom.”

Sunday, March 18, 2018


A minister whose heart was aglow with missionary zeal gave notice to his congregation that in the evening an offering would be taken for missions & he asked for liberal gifts.

A selfish, well-to-do man in the congregation met the preacher before the evening service & said:
“You are going to kill the church if you go on saying, ‘Give, give, give.’ No church can stand it. You are going to kill it.”

After the sermon the preacher said to the people:

“Brother Jones told me I am going to kill this church if I keep asking you to give; but, my brethren, churches don’t die that way. If anybody knows of a church that died because it had been giving too much to the Lord, I would be very much obliged if my brother would tell me where that church is, for I will visit it & say, ‘Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.’”

Source: Sword of the Lord (ministry127.com)

“The only investment I ever made which has paid consistently increasing dividends is the money I have given to the Lord.” - J. L. Kraft (head of Kraft Cheese Corporation).

2 Cor 9:6-7 (GNY): “Remember that the person who plants few seeds will have a small crop; the one who plants many seeds will have a large crop.  You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly.”

“Since my money is God's money, every spending decision I make is a spiritual decision.” -  John Hagee.

Friday, March 16, 2018


A volunteer in fire department in Arkansas drew criticism for letting a house burn down.

It seems the owner hadn’t paid $20 annual fee for firefighting service. Because of the fire fighters’ inaction, two adjacent furniture shops also were destroyed.

A resident behind the shops did pay the fee while the fire was burning the shops and so his house was protected from fire.

The chief told reporters, “Once your house is on fire, you can’t pay, but if you’re a neighbor to some property that’s on fire, you can pay & join.”

When a house would burn down, fire fighters would simply stand by to see that the blaze didn’t spread to the homes of people who had paid the $20 fee.

Many of us act in just the same way. The punishment for our poor stewardship is always loss. Only when we face the loss, we start trying to make it up to God:

• Marriage - staying home from church until the storms start rising.

• Children - making church a priority once they start rebelling.

• Finances - start promising to give once it’s gone.

We cause the “fire” and then we expect God to put the fire out!

When the house catches on fire that is not the time to start paying the fire fighting fee!

Source: ‘Enough Is Enough’, John Westfall  (ministry127.com)

Pro 1:25-26 (NCV): “You did not follow my advice and did not listen when I corrected you.  So I will laugh when you are in trouble. I will make fun when disaster strikes you.”

“Many of our trouble occur because we base our choices on unreliable authorities; culture ("everyone is doing it"), tradition ("we've always done it"), reason ("it seems logical"), or emotion ("it just felt right").” -  Rick Warren.

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Marla Runyan gave her all to qualify for the Olympic Games in 1996, but her best time finished short of the mark to make the United States team.

Undeterred by that failure, she returned in 2000 & made the team for the Sydney Olympics. Her eighth place finish in the 1,500 meter race was the best finish ever for a United States woman runner.

The thing that makes Runyan’s accomplishments even more remarkable is that she is legally blind. She is the first legally blind athlete to ever qualify for & compete in the Olympic Games.

Runyan can only see shapes & blurs, but she says that her lack of vision is actually an asset - she just focuses on the finish line in front of her rather than looking around to see what the other runners are doing.

Not having visual distractions helps her compete & win her races.

The same thing can be true in our lives. There will always be things that try to pull us away from what we should be focused on doing. Many times these will be good things, but we must be willing to set them aside & stay focused on what is most important.

Heb 12:1-2 (GW): “…We must run the race that lies ahead of us and never give up.   We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith…”

Source: USA Track and Field (ministry127.com)

“Instead of concentrating on your problems and getting discouraged, focus on God and meditate on His promises for you. You may have fallen down, but you don't have to stay down. God is ready, willing and able to pick you up.” -  Joyce Meyer.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


In 1993, 4 executives from a Florida rental car company were convicted & jailed for defrauding their customers.

Using what con artists have long referred to as a “salami technique” (you slice off tiny pieces in hopes that no one will notice & that those little pieces will build up to a large amount of money over time), they cheated at least 47,000 customers over a 4-year period.

They had modified the computer billing software to overstate the size of the gas tanks on the cars. Then whenever a customer returned the car without filling it up, the gas charge would be increased to cover those “extra” gallons of gas purchased.

It took a long time to uncover the scam because most of the customers were only charged small amount - sometimes as little as $2.00 - and very few people noticed.

God demands that we be honest in all of our dealings. Even if you are convinced that no one will ever discover your scheme, God will know.

Pro 20:10 (ERV): “The Lord hates for people to use the wrong weights and measures to cheat others.”

Source: Network World Security Newsletter, (ministry127.com)

“When we forget God, we lose the only true basis for morality and ethics, and we are cast upon the shifting sands of moral relativism in which anything goes, including lying, cheating and stealing.” -  Judge Roy Moore.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman tells the story of a philanthropist who bade a contractor, who had been very unfortunate, build him a dwelling, and gave him authority to choose the material & to govern every part of its construction.

At last the house was finished, but the contractor had felt that this was an opportunity for him to recover some of his lost fortune, and had put into it the poorest material & the faultiest of work.

When the house was finished the philanthropist said: "This house is for you and your family, and you can live in it as long as you please. It is yours forever," and then the poor man realized that he had built a house in which he himself must live.

He thought he was cheating the other man, but he had really been cheating himself.

That is the way we are cheated when we fail in doing our duty concerning our own homes. No man, or woman, or child ever robs the home life of any good thing which ought to be there without cheating themselves just as this contractor did.

They must live there, and many people find home a cruel, heartless place because they themselves have failed in their duty.

- Rev. R. Cameron. (moreillustrations.com)

Gal 6:7 (ICB):  Do not be fooled: You cannot cheat God. A person harvests only what he plants.

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