Monday, June 26, 2017

THE DANGER OF COMPARISON



“Don’t be guilty of comparing your accomplishments or performances with those of any other (person) preacher.  To do so is to lessen your own effectiveness & frustrate the grace of God.  You are you & to attempt to become more is to become less.”

- Dr. Raymond Barber in ‘Profile of a Preacher’.

Luke 18:11 (GW): The Pharisee stood up and prayed, “God, I thank you that I’m not like other people! I’m not a robber or a dishonest person. I haven’t committed adultery. I’m not even like this tax collector...”

Phi 2:3 (WE): “Do not try to prove you are better than others. Do not be proud of yourselves, but be humble. Think of other people as being better than yourselves.”

“Take heed that you faithfully perform the business you have to do in the world, from a regard to the commands of God; and not from an ambitious desire of being esteemed better than others.” - David Brainerd.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

GOD IS LOVE



“Faith for my deliverance is not faith in God. Faith means, whether I am visibly delivered or not, I will stick to my belief that God is love. There are some things only learned in a fiery furnace.” -  Oswald Chambers

Source: Run Today’s Race, Oswald Chambers (ministry127.com)

Hab 3:17-18 (GNT): “Even though the fig trees have no fruit and no grapes grow on the vines, even though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no grain, even though the sheep all die and the cattle stalls are empty, I will still be joyful and glad, because the LORD God is my savior.”

“God has the right to be trusted; to be believed that He means what He says; and that His love is dependable.” -  A.J. Gossip.

Job 13:15 (NKJV): “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him…”

Friday, June 23, 2017

ARISE!



Napoleon's soldiers often used to sleep on the march. They were moving onward, yet asleep & indifferent to all around them.

Thousands are like them in spiritual matters. 

They are 'passing onward, quickly passing' in the journey of life, yet indifferent to their need of eternal life in Christ & to the claims of God upon their lives.

Ep 5:14 (WEB): Therefore he says, “Awake, you who sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

- (moreillustrations.com)

“Good conduct arises out of good doctrine.” -  John Stott.

“A Christian ought to feel that when a need arises, it is his duty to fill that need.” -  Jack Hyles.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

GENTLE & SELF-CONTROLLED



How is one to learn to be gentle & self-controlled?

The great secret, I am firmly convinced & I beg for earnest consideration of it, is to keep nearer to God than to Christians.

One can stand almost anything if one dwells in the secret place of the Most High.

Our Lord could face all the contradictions of sinners & the unbelief of His own family in Nazareth because He dwelt not there, but in the bosom of His Father.

- Dr. A. T. Schofield. (moreillustrations.com)

“The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ.” -  Oswald Chambers.

Ps 91:1 (KJV): “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” -  Helen Keller.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

THE HOLY SPIRIT IN US DOES THE WORK



I have a glove here in my hand. The glove cannot do anything by itself, but when my hand is in it, the glove can do many things. True, it is not the glove, but my hand in the glove that acts.

The Christian is a glove. It is the Holy Spirit in us, the hand, who does the work. We must make room for the hand so that every finger in the glove is filled.

- (ministry127.com)        

Lord Jesus said: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit. Without me, you can’t do anything.” (John 15:5 CEB)

“Once more, never think that you can live to God by your own power or strength; but always look to and rely on Him for assistance, yea, for all strength and grace.” -  David Brainerd.

BE FAITHFUL IN LITTLE THINGS



A young preacher once approached Dr. F. B. Meyer & asked how he could one day become as influential & well-known as Dr. Meyer.

Dr. Meyer responded, “Don’t waste your time waiting & longing for large opportunities which may never come. But faithfully handle the little things that are always claiming your attention.”

Source: 1001 Unforgettable Quotes about God, Faith, and the Bible; Ron Rhodes

- (ministry127.com)

Lk 16:10 (GNT): “Whoever is faithful in small matters will be faithful in large ones; whoever is dishonest in small matters will be dishonest in large ones.”

“Do daily and hourly your duty; do it patiently and thoroughly. Do it as it presents itself; do it at the moment, and let it be its own reward. Never mind whether it is known and acknowledged or not, but do not fail to do it.” -  James H. Aughey.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

HANG ON AND KEEP CLIMBING



In May of 2001, Erik Weihenmayer accomplished something that only about 150 people per year do - reaching the top of Mount Everest.

The thing that made Erik’s achievement unusual is that he is the first blind person to succeed in scaling the tallest mountain in the world. Erik was born with a disease called retinoschisis & by the time he was 13 he was completely blind.

Rather than focus on what he could not do, he made the choice to focus on what he could do & went much further than almost anyone expected.

His autobiography is titled ‘Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man’s Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See’.

Many times we face a choice - will we allow obstacles to stop us, or will we keep pressing on regardless of opposition & trouble?

It would be nice if following God meant that things would always work out well & people would always like us. The reality is that many times doing what is right requires overcoming obstacles. We should not expect constant smooth sailing, nor should we allow troubles that arise to convince us to quit.

- (ministry127.com)

Phil 4:13 (WEB): “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”

Sunday, June 18, 2017

CROSS – the Symbol of Hope



Alexander Solzhenitsyn was a prisoner in a Soviet prison in Siberia. He became so weak & discouraged that he wished he would die.

The guards would beat & usually kill anyone that stopped working. He decided to stop working so that the guards would kill him.

As soon as he did so, another Christian drew a cross where Alexander could see it.

Alexander said that he was encouraged by remembering that God gives hope & courage. He decided to continue working because of a Christian who cared too much to let him give up.

Source: McHenry’s Quips, Quotes, & Other Notes, Raymond McHenry (ministry127.com)

2 Thes 2:16-17 (GNT): “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and in his grace gave us unfailing courage and a firm hope, encourage you and strengthen you to always do and say what is good.

(Alexander was born in Russia in 1918, was brainwashed by the state education system which taught him that religion was the enemy of the people. Like most of his school friends, he enslaved himself to become an atheist. He was diagnosed with a malignant cancer in its advanced stages & was not expected to live. In the face of what appeared to be impending death, he believed in Christ & was astonished by what he considered to be a miraculous recovery. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature.)

Friday, June 16, 2017

CROSS – the Symbol of Sacrifice



The cross forces sacrifice into the heart of life. It condemns selfishness, the oldest idol in the world. It reveals God's method of dying in sacrifice, and being raised again in power - as the process through which the individual lives.

- Dr. J. Kelman (moreillustrations.com)

Jesus continued to say to all of them, “Any of you who want to be my follower must stop thinking about yourself and what you want. You must be willing to carry the cross that is given to you every day for following me.” (Luke 9:23 ERV)

“God is looking for men and women who will never be content with mere experiences and "blessings," but who will take up the cross daily and follow Jesus and thus manifest in their lives and in their service the reality of those words, "It is no longer I, but Christ that lives in me." This and this alone is the Spirit-filled life.” -  Zac Poonen.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

FAITHFUL WITNESS ALL THE TIME



Late in his career, when the Yankees were comfortably ahead in the pennant race, Joe DiMaggio was asked why he continued to play so hard.

He said, “Because there might be somebody out there who’s never seen me play.”

The Christian should live every day as if someone will see him who has never seen a Christian before.

Source: Summer of 49, David Halberstam  (ministry127.com)

Mat 5:16 (KJV): “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

“You are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read, and your life is under scrutiny every day. What do others learn from you? Do they see an accurate picture of your God?”-  John MacArthur.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

BEWARE OF LIONS



Bernard Lagat is a world-class runner from Kenya. During the Sydney Olympics, an interviewer asked him how his country was able to produce so many great distance runners.

With clever wit, Lagat told of the African strategy for motivating success in running. He said, “it’s the road signs: ‘Beware of Lions.’”

The Christian should flee temptation because his adversary the devil is chasing him.

- (ministry127.com)

1 Pet 5:8 (GNT): “Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”

“One of the best results of temptation is that it shows us what is in our hearts.” -  A.B. Simpson.

“Every temptation is an opportunity to do good.” -  Rick Warren.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

NOT WORTHY!



Some years ago, when Japan was taking over Korea & was bitterly persecuting many of the leading Christians by carrying them off to Japanese jails, believers who were not arrested felt that by this very fact they were somehow lacking in their Christianity.

A native Methodist pastor went to a missionary with the complaint: "Maksa, there must be something wrong in our Methodist church. I fear we are lacking in faith. There are thirty-seven Presbyterians in jail & only one Methodist. I fear the Lord does not count us worthy to suffer persecution."

- Sunday School Times. (moreillustrations.com)


Acts 5:41 (CEV): “The apostles left the council and were happy, because God had considered them worthy to suffer for the sake of Jesus.”


“If you take care of yourself and walk with integrity, you may be confident that God will deal with those who sin against you. Above all, don't give birth to sin yourself; rather, pray for those who persecute you. God will one day turn your persecution into praise.” -  Warren Wiersbe.

Monday, June 12, 2017

POSSESSIONS



On the grave of a man whose life had been an ornament to his country & a benefit to his fellow men was this epitaph:

"My wealth consists not in the abundance of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants."

This man evidently had been mindful of the words of our Lord, that "a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth" (Luke 12:15).

“Possessions only provide temporary happiness.” -  Rick Warren.

“The rich man is not one who is in possession of much, but one who gives much.” -  John Chrysostom.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

CHILDREN



There are about 3,000 Chinese boys & girls in a certain area of New York City. During the past 8 years there have been among them only 2 cases of Juvenile delinquency.

A court investigation has discovered that Chinese percentage of delinquency is the lowest, the ratio being almost negligible.

Chinese teachers were questioned by the investigators concerning the reason for this remarkable showing. What they learned should be broadcast.

It was a precept of Confucius: "The misconduct of the child is the fault of the parent."

- A Selection. (moreillustrations.com)

“Children are very quick observers; very quick in seeing through some kinds of hypocrisy, very quick in finding out what you really think and feel, very quick in adopting all your ways and opinions. You will often discover that, as the father is, so is the son.” -  J.C. Ryle.

Pro 29:17 (GNT): “Discipline your children and you can always be proud of them. They will never give you reason to be ashamed.”

Friday, June 9, 2017

PERSECUTION



The first two Scottish missionaries sent to the New Hebrides Islands were killed & eaten by cannibals on the day they arrived.

After that it proved difficult to find missionary volunteers. But even when John G. Paton agreed to go, well-meaning people in the church tried to dissuade him. One elderly man warned that he would be eaten by cannibals.

Paton replied, “I confess to you, that if I can but live & die serving & honoring the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether I am eaten by cannibals or by worms; and in the Great Day my resurrection body will arise as fair as yours in the likeness of our risen Redeemer.”

After fifteen years of fruitful ministry, almost everyone on the island of Aniwa where Paton ministered was saved.

- (ministry127.com)

Lord Jesus said:  “People will insult you and hurt you. They will lie and say all kinds of evil things about you because you follow me. But when they do that, know that great blessings belong to you.  Be happy about it. Be very glad because you have a great reward waiting for you in heaven. People did these same bad things to the prophets who lived before you.” (Mat 5:11-12 ERV)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

A WAY OF LIFE



“We must never forget that true Christianity is more than teaching - it is a way of life. In fact, it is life itself. 

"He who has the Son has life," remember? When we talk about life, we are talking about something that is far more than mere morality, far more than doctrinal accuracy.” -  Ray C. Stedman.

Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life…” (Jn 14:6 NLV)

“Christianity is not a religion or a philosophy, but a relationship and a lifestyle. The core of that lifestyle is thinking of others, as Jesus did, instead of ourselves.” -  Rick Warren.

“The Christian life is a life that consists of following Jesus.” -  A.W. Pink.

SATAN’S TRICK



The devil & his cohorts were devising plans to get people to reject the Gospel.

“Let’s go to them and say there is no God,” proposed one. Silence prevailed. Every devil knew that most people believe in a supreme being.

“Let’s tell them there is no hell, no future punishment for the wicked,” offered another. That was turned down, because men obviously have consciences which tell them that sin must be punished.

The concave was going to end in failure when there came a voice from the rear: “Tell them there is a God, there is a hell & that the Bible is the Word of God. But tell them there is plenty of time to decide the question. Let them ‘neglect’ the Gospel, until it is too late.”

All hell erupted with ghoulish glee, for they knew that if a person procrastinates on Christ, they usually never accept Him.

Source: Resource, Jul/Aug, 1990 (ministry127.com)

2 Cor 6:2 (GNT): Hear what God says: “When the time came for me to show you favor, I heard you; when the day arrived for me to save you, I helped you.” Listen! This is the hour to receive God's favor; today is the day to be saved!

“Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always.” -  Albert Schweitzer.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

VICTORY THROUGH THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB



Dr. Sewall, an old Methodist, when dying, shouted aloud the praises of God.

His friends said, "Dr. Sewall, do not exert yourself; whisper, doctor, whisper."

"Let angels whisper," said he, "but the soul cleansed from sin by the Blood of Christ, a soul redeemed from death & hell, just on the threshold of eternal glory - oh, if I had a voice that would reach from pole to pole, I would proclaim it to all the world: Victory! Victory! through the Blood of the Lamb!"

Perhaps we the saints, who are still alive & well, ought to shout out the glorious Gospel more!

- Christian Victory. (moreillustrations.com)

1 Cor 15:57 (ESV): “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Monday, June 5, 2017

WORK REFLECTS YOUR CHARACTER



Your work is an expression of the image of God in you & it's worth thinking about how your work reflects His character.

Work as simple as cleaning out a closet reflects the God who makes order out of chaos.

Holding a stop sign for children to cross the road creates an environment of safety that reflects the God who protects.

The person who flips burgers is providing food, which is something that God does.

A father or mother who nurtures a child reflects the love, patience & perseverance of God.

The CEO of a large business holds things together & moves things forward. This too is a reflection of God's work.

- (ministry127.com)

Heb 13:21 (NLT): “May he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.”

“The will of God for your life is simply that you submit yourself to Him each day and say, "Father, Your will for today is mine. Your pleasure for today is mine. Your work for today is mine. I trust You to be God. You lead me today and I will follow." -  Kay Arthur.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

PRACTICE



'Christianity refuses to be proved first & practiced afterwards: its practice & its proof go hand in hand,' wrote I. R. Illingworth.

The sermons of a certain preacher were magnificent, but his life was so inconsistent with his profession that, when he was in the pulpit, his congregation wished he would never leave it; and, when he was out of the pulpit, they wished he would never enter it again.

“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” – Paul (1 Cor 9:27 ESV)

- (moreillustrations.com)

“A man's life is always more forcible than his speech. When men take stock of him they reckon his deeds as dollars and his words as pennies. If his life and doctrine disagree the mass of onlookers accept his practice and reject his preaching.” -  Charles Spurgeon.

Friday, June 2, 2017

GIFTS



Aspiring vocalist - "Teacher, do you think I will ever be able to do anything with my voice?"

Perspiring teacher - "Well it might come in handy in case of fire or shipwreck."

- Cornell Widow. (moreillustrations.com)

“Your greatest fulfillment in life will come when you discover your unique gifts and abilities and use them to edify others and glorify the LORD.” -  Neil T. Anderson.

1 Cor 12:11 (GNT): “But it is one and the same Spirit who does all this; as he wishes, he gives a different gift to each person.”

“I used to think that God's gifts were on shelves one above the other and that the taller we grow in Christian character the more easily we could reach them. I now find that God's gifts are on shelves one beneath the other and that it is not a question of growing taller but of stooping lower.” -  F.B. Meyer.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

FLY LIKE AN EAGLE



Once when I was in Switzerland I saw an eagle, a splendid bird, but it was chained to a rock. It had some twenty or thirty feet of chain attached to its legs & to an iron bolt in the rock.

There was the king of birds, meant to soar into Heaven, chained to earth.

That is the life of multitudes of believers. Are you allowing business, are you allowing the cares of the world, are you allowing the flesh to chain you down, so that you cannot rise?

- Selected. (moreillustrations.com)

Isa 40:31 (ERV): “But those who trust in the Lord will become strong again. They will be like eagles that grow new feathers. They will run and not get weak. They will walk and not get tired.”

“What you can't go through, God will help you fly over.” -  Woodrow Kroll.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

BAD COMPANY



“The Nazarites, who might drink no wine, were also forbidden to cut grapes whereof wine is made; so we must not only avoid sin itself, but also the causes & occasion thereof, among which is bad company.”- Colton

- (moreillustrations.com)

Ps 1:1 (GNT): “Happy are those who reject the advice of evil people, who do not follow the example of sinners or join those who have no use for God.”

“Better be alone than in bad company.” -  Thomas Fuller.

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


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

PRAYER



When Grant was fighting his last campaign with cancer at Mount McGregor, General O. O. Howard, who had honestly won the title "The Christian Soldier," came to call on him.

He spoke for a time to Grant about some of the battles & campaigns of the war in which both men had played so illustrious a part.

Grant listened for a time & then, interrupting him, said, "Howard, tell me what you know about prayer."

Face to face with death and the unknown, the question of prayer was of greater interest to the dying soldier than the reminiscences of his battles.

- (moreillustrations.com)

Phil 4:6 (NIV): “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

“Of all things, guard against neglecting God in the secret place of prayer.” -  William Wilberforce.

Monday, May 29, 2017

HERITAGE



A Presbyterian minister of long & honorable service, who died sometime ago, concluded his last testament & will with this final bequest:

"I desire also to bequeath to my children & their families my testimony to the truth & preciousness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

This heritage of the Christian faith, received in unbroken line from exiled & persecuted Huguenots & Scotch Covenanters as ancestors, is of infinitely more value than any house, land, or barns. 

I hereby bequeath and devise it to them."

The greatest thing that parents can bequeath to their children is an interest & fortune in the Kingdom of God.

- (moreillustrations.com)

Ps 110:111 (CJB): “I take your instruction as a permanent heritage, because it is the joy of my heart.”

FORGETFULNESS



"Dear May," wrote the young man, "pardon me, but I'm getting so forgetful. I proposed to you last night, but really forget whether you said yes or no."

"Dear Will," she replied by note, "so glad to hear from you. I know I said 'no' to someone last night, but I had forgotten just who it was."

- (moreillustrations.com)

Ps 119:93 (ERV): “I will never forget your commands, because through them you gave me new life.”

“One sin is a step to another more heinous; for not observing, is followed with not remembering, and 
forgetfulness of duty draweth on disobedience and rebellion.” -  David Dickson.

Ps 119:141 (NLT): “I am insignificant and despised, but I don’t forget your commandments."


Friday, May 26, 2017

EVIL INFLUENCE



There is a story that Alexander the Great once sent to a certain province a beautiful maiden whose breath was like the perfume of richest flowers.

All her life, however, she had lived amid poison, inhaling it until her body was full of poison.

Flowers presented to her withered on her breast, and if she breathed on a bird it fell dead.

The legend embodies the truth that there are lives in whose presence nothing pure or beautiful can thrive, and whose moral breath is corruption & death.

- (moreillustrations.com)

2 Cor 6:14 (TLB): “Don’t be teamed with those who do not love the Lord, for what do the people of God have in common with the people of sin? How can light live with darkness?”

“Sin is the act of the will, and is only possible when the will yields to some unholy influence.” -  F.B. Meyer.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

TOO LATE!



The Titanic’s captain did not believe the ship was sinking until water was ankle deep in the mail room. At that point he realized that the unsinkable ship was sinking.

Ships that could have helped rescue the people on board were not asked to help early enough & did not arrive in time.

Many believe they will get saved at the eleventh hour. What they do not realize is it may come so fast they do not know it is the eleventh hour.

Source: Leadership Magazine, Volume X, Number 3 (ministry127.com)

2 Cor 6:2 (GNT): Hear what God says: “When the time came for me to show you favor, I heard you; when the day arrived for me to save you, I helped you.” Listen! This is the hour to receive God's favor; today is the day to be saved!

“Many who plan to seek God at the eleventh hour die at 10:30.” - Author Unknown.
 

COME!



When the caravans in the desert are in want of water, they are accustomed to send a camel with its rider some distance in advance.

Then, after a time, follows another & then at a short interval another.

As soon as the first man finds water, almost before he stoops down to drink, he shouts aloud, "Come!"

The next man hearing the call repeats it, "Come!" The nearest man again takes up the call, "Come!" until the surrounding desert echoes with the word "Come!"

This is the great invitation word of the Gospel, come! come! COME!

- Gospel Stories for the Young. (moreillustrations.com)

John 4:13-14 (PHILLIPS): Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water I will give him will never be thirsty again. For my gift will become a spring in the man himself, welling up into eternal life.”

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.

Monday, May 15, 2017

THE SECOND MILE!



There is a sign at the entrance of a great manufacturing plant that reads:

"If you are like a wheelbarrow - going no farther than you are pushed - you need not apply for work here."

The real beauty of Christian living lies in "the second mile."

Jesus talked at length to His followers that they were to be known by the beauty of going a little farther & consistent with His own teaching, He took the road to Calvary.

- Young People's Weekly. (moreillustrations.com)

Mat 5:41 (NIV): “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”


Gen 24:17-19 (GNT): The servant ran to meet her (Rebecca) and said, “Please give me a drink of water from your jar.”  She said, “Drink, sir,” and quickly lowered her jar from her shoulder and held it while he drank.  When he had finished, she said, “I will also bring water for your camels and let them have all they want.”