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Discussion in 'The Club House' started by AmPaTerry, Sep 25, 2015.
Thank you Lord for this day.
I take great comfort in the word.
people say there are no absolutes in life but death and taxes. i will offer another one, God's love for us, is absolute and unconditional, since he gave his only son to die for our sins. and all we have to do to receive God's love and grace is to ask for it. and he will give it freely, if we ask for it.
not one person is beyond God saving them. nothing they have done in the past, is beyond his forgiveness, and all we have to do is to ask for it. salvation and forgiveness, and God's love is there simply for the asking. all a person has to do is to say they are sinner and they want Jesus Christ for their savior and to accept him as their savior. it really is that easy!
God Bless us one and all, and thank you for another day with your love.
Good words, Dallas!
Here in Houston County, we have had the emergency 911 service operational for several years now. In the 37 plus years we have lived in this same house, we have had the privilege of having five different mailing addresses, including one Rye Road address, when the county named my driveway with that cryptic name, saying that it would help with the 911 service. No one seems able to explain why living on Rye road makes us easier to find than if we lived on Bethany road.
This 911 system is state of the art in emergency communications. All you need do is punch those numbers on your telephone keypad, and you will almost instantly be connected to a dispatcher. In front of the dispatcher will be a read-out that lists your telephone number, your address, and the name by which that telephone number is listed at that address. This dispatcher has instant access to the police, the fire department, and the paramedics.
Someone might not be able to say what the problem is. They may have a speech difficulty, or perhaps a woman's husband has just suffered a heart attack, and she is so out of control that all she can do is scream hysterically into the telephone. With this system, the dispatcher doesn't need her to say anything. The dispatcher knows where the call is coming from. Help can be already on the way before a word is spoken!
This marvelous, state of the art electronic communications system is the best man can come up with – but it is very slow and poor when compared to God’s emergency communication system! The 911 dispatcher can dispatch help to your location as soon as you place a call, before you even tell them what your problem is. But compare this to God’s system:
Matthew 6:8 (KJV);
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
God knows your needs BEFORE YOU EVEN PLACE THE CALL!
Yes indeed – the 911 system is a wonderful thing. But it can not even begin to compare to God's system, which is faster, more accurate, and has guaranteed results.
Amen again buddy and hallelujah brother !.......
Thank you Lord for this day.
thank you Brother Tom.
i want to share my spiritual journey. i grew up around my grandparents, and they worshiped at the Church of Christ, so i guess, i assumed i was of the CoC faith! i was even baptised into the CoC as a teenager. seemed like the thing to do at the time because many of the other teenagers i went to church with were getting saved and baptised, and i guess i didn't want to be left out.
well skip forward a few years and in my later years of high school, and getting married at an early age, and with work, going to church kind of took a back seat to things i thought were more important. (i was wrong!) after getting divorced, being a single father, relying upon my father, my stepmother, and my grandmother helping me raise my children, i did drift even further from the church and God. i was in many ways living a Godless life, and of the world, and not according to God.
well life steps in and myself like so many other people, had a good career, great children, and a loving family who stepped up and helped me out with my life's struggles of being single and a single father.
well fast forward some more years! a friend of mine that we had worked in a few different places along the years, had always been involved with the church, an upstanding person, father and husband. "Steve" and i are the same age, (though he's really about six months older than me!) we have been friends for over thirty years now. well, after my last divorce he got me to come to church with him and his family. it was my first experience in a Southern Baptist church and environment. his BIL was the pastor. after attending for a couple of months, i had a revelation, about my being saved. i had doubts about being saved , and was questioning my walk with God more and more. so i had a talk with "Randall" the pastor one Wednesday evening after services. after talking to him for a couple of hours, i realized, i wasn't saved. for the rest of that week, i had an uneasy feeling deep on my heart, and just lots of doubts about my life after i died. i knew something wasn't right, and something was missing. it was God being a part of my life and letting him taking contril. (for too many years, i thought i could handle it on my own, and i couldn't, i just didn't know it.)
well the followig Sunday morning, i'm back at church and sitting in the pew, next to "Steve" and his family. well Pastor "Randall" did the prayer for anyone that wanted to accept Jesus and be saved to come forth to the front. without even knowing it, i was up front, on my knees asking Jesus to be my Savior, and for God to forgive me. it was like a huge weight being lifted off my shoulders, and contentment coming into my heart. "Randall" came over and put his hand on my shoulder, and when i looked up, and i saw the smile on his face. i knew i was finally saved. that Sunday evening services, i was baptised and cleansed of my sins, and became a different man, a different person.
there have been many things i have done that i'm proud of, the accomplishments, my family, my friends, and so many other things, but becoming saved in Jesus Christ was person acheivement that has been more rewarding than everything else in my life.
i have slipped and strayed from the path of the Lord, but he always coaxes me back with little messages that i know he's sending me. i know i'm a sinner, and that only through Jesus Christ am i saved by God's grace, and his love for me.
the difference between a saved person, and someone who isn't, is that the saved person knows they are a sinner and has asked God for forgiveness, and accepted Jesus Christ into their heart. i am a sinner. and i will sin until the day i die. i know that. God knows that, but he forgives me, and loves me still.
Beautiful testimony, Dallas - THANK YOU for sharing it!
Chaing Kai Shek was the leader of China who spent his entire career in an effort to drive out the communists, and he was involved in the Christian revolution of that nation prior to WWII. Madame Chiang Kai Shek, his wife, whose father and mother were devout Methodists, relates how her mother would spend hours in prayer in a room on the third floor of their home.
At the time of the Manchurian invasion, in which Japan mounted an offensive to take over China, Madame Chiang said one day to her mother: "Mother, you are so powerful in prayer. Why don't you pray that God will annihilate Japan by an earthquake or something?"
Her mother looked gravely at her and said: "When you pray or expect me to pray, don't insult God's intelligence by asking Him to do something which would be unworthy of you, a mortal."
"After that," said Madame Chiang, "I can pray for the Japanese people."
What of you, brother? Do you have some for whom you cannot pray, sister? Every one of us, as human beings, has someone for whom we find it difficult to pray, at the very least, and almost impossible to pray for in some cases.
This is something which the Christian must battle against.
Scripture tells us:
Matthew 5:43-48 (KJV);
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
words of wisdom Brother Terry. beautiful message sir.
something a pastor told me years ago. pray more for your enemies, than your friends. pray that God will take the anger, and hatred from their hearts. pray for their salvation. they may be your enemy simply because they envy you, or they fear you, or because they are unhappy and don't have Jesus Christ in their lives and are unsaved.
pray for everyone, that they may know God's love, his blessings, and his grace.
Excellent, Dallas - thank you!
Thank you for this day Lord.
Thank you folks for your contributions to this this page. I think of prayer most when I actually forget to pray. It's when a challenge or problem pops up and I have to solve it now, and it's got to be done quickly. I run and dodge, weave and bow, duck and cover. Often times when I'm in the midst of emotional turmoil that small voice reminds me to ask for help. He calms the waters and makes me remember to eat the pie one forkful at a time. Prayer? Yes, please.
excellent point brother RedRiver.
i too sometimes am slow to ask for God's help. i think like a person, forgetting sometimes, nothing is too big for God to handle.
thank you Lord this day to serve you as best i can, and God Bless each and every one of us.
years ago, i was asked the question, how could i believe in God? how i could believe in something i could reach out and touch, or could see with my eyes?
my answer? i said i believed in God the way i believe in the air that i breathe. no i couldn't see it, but i could feel it. i knew it was always there. i could even hear it at times.
well God is like the air we breathe. try living without air to breathe. i can feel God in my life. i can hear him speak to me. and try living without God in your life, is like trying to live without air to breathe. so i may not be able to see him with my eyes, but i can see him with my heart, and i know he's always going to be there, just like the air that i need to breathe.
God is always there. and he's always going to be there. and he's waiting for you to call on him, and to ask him for forgiveness, and he will give you eternal life.
and after all, God also supplies the air that we breathe too!
Amen buddy, great analogy !..............
GOOD stuff, guys! As humans, we are like that old commercial where the young wife snaps "Please, mother - I'd rather do it MYSELF!"
We want to be self-sufficient, able to handle anything.
Of course we can't, and then we remember to pray.
If we speak with God often, we will find we do not have as many blind panics where we run to him with our world crumbling around us.
Many folks spend a lot of time working toward success in this life, and judge themselves by their relative achievement of it. One way to end this chasing of the brass ring is to look at the greats of history, the achievers who surpass anything we could ever hope to reach, like Rembrandt:
Rembrandt was one of the hardest working of the great masters among artists. We have today over 500 of his paintings, 300 etchings, and more than 1,500 drawings. His Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer was sold for more than $2,000,000, as an example of the great success in his work.
At the time of his death in 1669, however, Rembrandt's popularity was so low, his friends were so few, that many of his neighbors observing the lonely funeral precession exclaimed, "Who was he?" Rembrandt died broke. A friend had to come up with the price of the burial. It was $5.20. This great achiever did not have an estate worth $5.20 to pay his own funeral expenses! And his achievements in his life are beyond what most of us could ever hope to aspire to!
We must analyze what we REALLY want to achieve while we live here on this planet! If we do this honestly, we will find that true achievement has little to do with materialism.
Matthew 6:19-24 (KJV);
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
awesome message Brother Terry!
it sometimes seems like a contradiction! God gives us the knowledge, the strength, the character, the willingness to do a job, to figure things out and to work for a living, and then on the other hand, he wants us to turn all over to him and let him handle it! so sometimes when you're struggling, it's hard to turn loose and let him take over for us.
for me, i was raised to be independent, and self reliant. to trust in myself to get things done, and to figure things out for myself, rather than relying upon others, or being at their mercy. this is why there are so many things i'm able to do for myself. i'm no electrician, but i can do some electrical work around the house. i'm no plumber, but i can do smaller plumbing repair jobs. and so on, and on.car repairs, small engine repairs, and so many other things, that i can do for myself rather than having to call someone to fix things.
and i owe that ability to my father and God. God gave me the intelligence to be able to be self reliant. so it's hard to turn loose the reins, and say, "Okay God you take over!" but that's what we as Christians have to learn how to do. God is in control, and i have found, that it's much easier when i'm allowing him to take the driver's seat.
God Bless us, one and all, and i thank him for all i have, and all his blessings. Amen.
Thank you for this day Lord.
Dallas, Bethany is a small country church, and everyone out here has that struggle. We are country people, everyone is used to taking care of their own problems with heat, lights and water, and you are sure right; it is HARD to let go and let God!!
A certain Elbert Hubbard derived much pleasure from visiting the great art galleries. One day he was admiring a priceless painting in a New York gallery when a friend needled him a bit for this pastime of his;
"Elbert, why do you allow yourself to become so enthused over things you can never afford to own?"
"Harry," replied Mr. Hubbard, "I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have, than to have things I am not able to appreciate."
How about you, Christian? Do you take your material blessings for granted?
Do you have a job which you hate?
Many are unemployed, with no job at all.
Do you find yourself able to travel from place to place at will, without giving it much thought?
Many people do not have such personal freedom as you.
Can you do that traveling in your own personally owned vehicle, which you may wish was newer or better than it is?
In many areas of the world, only the very rich actually own personal transportation other than their own feet.
Are you able to read this message on your own computer screen, and not give that a second thought?
The world is full of people who have no computer and who have no home in which to place it even if they did have one.
Our desires for more should be vastly outweighed by our gratitude for what we already have.
The Word of God tells us:
Hebrews 13:5 (KJV);
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.