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"Most everyone knows of the newspaper comic strip called “Family Circus”. It pokes fun in a gentle way at the typical family life in a home with several very young children.
I remember one that started out with the mother giving the oldest boy, who appears to be about 6, something to take to the neighbor next door. Then the next frame is from a bird’s-eye view, and there is a dotted line showing the route the boy took to get next door. The line takes him across the street, through a park, stops at a swing set and slide, moves on to a brick wall that he apparently scaled and walked like a tightrope, around several other houses, stopping to talk to little boys and girls in the neighborhood, and finally stops at the front door of the next door neighbor’s house with the item he was to deliver.
I think that sometimes our days are much like that, except that at the end we haven’t delivered anything of value at all. I wonder how fruitful and prosperous, both for ourselves and the Kingdom of God, our lives would be if we prayed well into the night for the Father’s direction for the coming day?" -c.e.t.
The evangelist David Pawson tells a story about a budgerigar that sang hymns. He belonged to an old lady in Cardiff and could sing a whole verse of ’What a friend we have in Jesus!’
And when visitors come to this old folks home they heard a little voice saying ’What a friend we have in Jesus,’ and they look around and there’s this budgie in a cage and for some reason they push money through the bars of the cage.
And the lady who owned it sent the money to a Missionary in Africa.
That budgie was doing more than most church members, because it was actually praising God everyday, and supporting a Missionary in Africa. The old lady had sent over £175.
It’s was only a budgerigar, - it wasn’t a believer, and there are an awful lot of budgerigars in Church, saying the Creed, singing their little hearts out, and filling the pews.
When you believe the ’good news’ you can’t simply hold onto it like a treasured possession. For God’s Kingdom to come, Jesus must rule in the hearts of His people, and we must be the ones who go out and spread the good news.
Jeff Calendar’s three year old daugh-
ter along with the rest of her family
was observed opening Christmas packages.
As is often the case, Jeff’s wife had
recycled some bows from previous times,
and their daughter grabbed one and then
placed it on top of her head. The old
tape left on it caused it to stick to
her hair. That sight caused everyone to
begin laughing which excited her. In
the midst of their laughter, she cried,
"Look, I’m a present!" [And, in the
end, aren’t we all? On the otherhand,
are we ’a present’ worth keeping and
using in the Kingdom of God?]
THE REASON IT HAPPENED...
The Metropolitan Insurance Company has published this list:
Reasons/Excuses for Auto Accidents:
(1) “An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car, and vanished.”
(2) “The pedestrian had no idea which direction to go, so I ran over him.”
(3) “I had been driving for 40 years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had the accident.”
(4) “The indirect cause was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.”
(5) “The other driver was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him.”
(6) “I pulled away from the side of...
A WORRY SATIRE
Luke 12:22-34 (New Revised Updated Modernization Version for the E-Pad with notes) (NRUMVEPwN)
Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, about evil people hurting you your family, or random biological terrorist attacks, or how the stock market will do. 23 Life is more than safety and security, and happiness is more than what does or does not happen to you. 24 Consider the Amish: They sow and reap without modern technology and God feeds them and protects them. And how much more of a tempting target are you than the Amish! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27 "Consider how the Kardashians grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes people who are absolutely worthless in society, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on getting filthy rich or being physically perfect; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. 32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor on Craigslist. Provide purses for yourselves made out of duct tape that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
You know there are some things that I hate
Like deviled eggs, there is nothing about deviled eggs that I like
I don’t like the smell, the looks, or especially the taste
Its safe to say I hate deviled eggs
Some people dislike boxing or NASCAR or competitive eating as a sport
Some hate bell bottom pants, or rainy days, or Mondays
I suppose we all have things which are less than our favorites
But what do you really hate?
We talk about God’s love, but there are some things that God hates
God hates pride, lying, and hypocrisy, just to name a few
And with a passion!
But He never stops loving us
So while vehemently against those things, those attitudes and those actions which can hurt us
His love for the person is always there
God hates the sin but He still loves the sinner
And just think of all the sins committed in all of eternity
From the little white lies all the way up to the most horrible sin you can think of
Every sin from the fall of Adam, until God establishes His eternal Kingdom with the saints
Was placed on Jesus on that cross
His only Son who with every drop of blood covered each and every sin
And that is How God loves you
When the fireworks display began on the Fourth of July, my six-year-old nephew became so frightened I had to take him home. As we drove away, he said, "I bet God is mad at those people shooting at him!"
—Opal Stout, Cottageville, West Virginia. Christian Reader, "Kids of the Kingdom."
WORK IN GOD’S KINGDOM
John Stott tells a joke against his vocation: a clefgyman is the last person in the world to write about work. For, as everybody knows, he has not done an honest day’s work in his life. As the old saying goes, he is ‘six days invisible and one day incomprehensible!’
The story is told of a man who was taking a walk down a country lane, when he came across a stone quarry in which a number of men were working. He questioned several of them about what they were doing. The first replied irritably, ‘Can’t you see? I’m hewing a stone.’ The second answered without looking up, ‘I’m earning £100 a week.’ But when the same question was put to the third man, he stopped, put his pick down, stood up, stuck out his chest and said, ‘If you want to know what I’m doing, I’m building a cathedral.’ So it is a matter of how far we can see. The first man could not see beyond his pick, and the second beyond his Friday pay packet. But the third man looked beyond his tools and his wages to the ultimate end he was serving. He was co-operating with the architect. However small his particular contribution, he wa...
Pastor Amos Dele Dada
THE WORD OF GOD SENT THROUGH THE PROPHETS
You want success - believe the word of God he has sent through his prophets. Period.
Imagine The German Army and the USA Army and United Kingdom Army gathered against Canadian Army. And God sends Pastor Dada, call him a Prophet for this purpose to the Army General of Canada. 'Forget about your armoury, your trained army you will not need to fight in this battle. Get The Choir members of some churches in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver and let them begin to sing. That is it.' I guess the Generals of the three nations will be laughing their heads off hearing the Canadian Mass Choir in the night. But before you know it, German army begins to quarrel on why UK kept their strong Pound Sterling and mobilised others members of EU to be spending Euro. By the time UK finishes German army he decides to fight USA army accusing them of parading themselves as the world police until they both destroyed themselves! And Canada just goes there spending weeks and months to carry the spoils of war. Imagine the Army general of Canada on receiving the message says who is Dada, how do you think in your sense that your singing will cause us to defeat the Armies of Germany, UK and USA together? No matter what wars are coming against you financially, materially or matrimonially, if God sends his word to you through his prophet that' take it easy begin to sing' do not despise it. Keep singing, all will be well.
K. Edward "Ed" Skidmore
Years back when our youngest daughter, Kimberly, was about 4, she saw her first baptism. We were explaining the meaning, and her response was, "I want to be bap-a-tized!" We talked her into waiting until she was old enough to pronounce it --- but the attitude was right.
More recently, Kim's daughter Morgan saw her first baptism. (Now you, knew I'd find a way to talk about one of my grandkids, right?) Anyway, when the baptism was over, Kim saw that Morgan had tears on her face. She asked what was wrong. Morgan looked kind of confused and said, "I think the tears are happy."
There a reason that Jesus said, "You must become like a little child in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew 18:3). Whether you're 4 or 94, I hope you can see that Baptism as a wonderful Gift from God. No one should be Baptised with the attitude, "This is something I HAVE to do." It's a meaningful way we can respond to God's love by joining in his death and resurrection.