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President Calvin Coolidge once invited friends from his hometown to dine with him at the White House. Unsure of their table manners, the guests decided to imitate the president. They watched closely to see which utensils he used, what foods he ate and when. Their strategy seemed to succeed until coffee was served. Coolidge poured some coffee into his saucer. They did the same. He added sugar and cream. His guests did, too. Then the president bent over and put his saucer on the floor for the cat!
Be careful whose example you follow.

 
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“Life is war. That’s not all it is. But it is always that. Our weakness in prayer is owing largely to our neglect of this truth. Prayer is primarily a wartime walkie-talkie for the mission of the church as it advances against the powers of darkness and unbelief. It is not surprising that prayer malfunctions when we try to make it a domestic intercom to call upstairs for more comforts in the den. God has given us prayer as a wartime walkie-talkie so that we can call headquarters for everything we need as the kingdom of Christ advances in the world. Prayer gives us the significance of front-line forces, and gives God the glory of a limitless Provider. The one who gives the power gets the glory. Thus prayer safeguards the supremacy of God in missions while linking us with endless grace for every need.” (John Piper, “Let the Nations Be Glad”)

 
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Brent Williams
 
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Fishing Story

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Jimmy an orphan from a foster home, is fishing by himself on the end of a pier. Full of curiosity like most ten year olds, he leans over the edge to look at an insect crawling next to him and falls into the water. Unable to swim, he frantically splashes and screams, trying to paddle to the pier. Just as he goes under an d bobs to the surface again a strong arm reaches down, grabs him up and sets him on the pier. He is soaked to the skin and close to tears, but without the cocky attitude that allowed him to risk hanging over the edge. His rescuer scolds him about being so careless, turns, and walks off.

What’s missing in this picture?

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Jimmy an orphan from a foster home, is fishing by himself on the end of a pier. Full of curiosity like most ten year olds, he leans over the edge to look at an insect crawling next to him and falls into the water. Unable to swim, he frantically splashes and screams, trying to paddle to the pier. Just as he goes under an d bobs to the surface again a strong arm reaches down, grabs him up and sets him on the pier. He is soaked to the skin and close to tears, but without the cocky attitude that allowed him to risk hanging over the edge. Sounds like the same story, doesn’t it? So what’s different? This time the rescuer firmly but gently pats him on the back, burping out the water he has swallowed, carries him to the showers to wash away the saltwater, and dries him off. Then he drives him to the mall, buys him new clothes, and takes him home with him, introducing him to his father and family. They feed him a hot meal and invite him to live with them. This wonderful loving provider mentors the newly adopted boy in the family’s beliefs and makes him one of his heirs. He’s delighted as the boy participates in the activities of his new family. Jimmy finally has a family has a home, a father, and brothers who love him. He is secure in his new father’s love.

In the first story we saw what it means to be rescued, but not loved.






 
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ON TOP OF THE FENCEPOST

Alex Haley, the author of "Roots," had an unusual picture hanging on his office wall. It was a picture of a turtle on top of a fence post. When asked, "Why is that there?" Alex Haley answered, "Every time I write something significant, every time I read my words & think that they are wonderful, & begin to feel proud of myself, I look at the turtle on top of the fence post & remember that he didn’t get there on his own. He had help."

That is the basis of thankfulness - to remember th...

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Many wives think it’s really just sex. Marriage and family therapist, Dr. Klayne Rasmussen, says men really want 3 basic things. (1) To know he is still attractive to his wife, even well past his Adonis prime. To most men, being sexually attractive is more than just being sexual. In essence it means they are a real man and “I am OK, the relationship is OK.” (2) To know he is an adequate provider. Taking care of his own “proves” he’s a man because that’s what real men do. (3) To feel like he is the king in his castle. Men want to feel like they matter and have some importance in their home. Rasmussen thinks very few women have any idea about what men really want and end up actually undermining their mate. Men, if made to feel valued in these areas, would be putty in their wives hands. (eMedia newswire 6/29/06)

 
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Paul Krause was recently inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. He played sixteen years and had eighty-one career interceptions as a safety with the Minnesota Vikings. However, his greatest challenge in life did not occur on a football field but in his response to the automobile accident his wife of thirty-five years suffered on October 5, 1995. Pam Krause was in a coma for five years after suffering a brain stem injury and several broken bones on the left side of her body, including facial bones, ribs, pelvis, and vertebrae.
Former Vikings teammate Wally Hilgenburg recently said, "I have gained so much more respect and admiration for Paul over the past two years for what Paul has done as a husband, father, and provider for Pam. He has proven himself a true Hall of Famer based on how he has handled everything." Krause credits his strength to his faith in God: "When the doctors tell you that they do not know if she will live . . . that is not giving you any hope. But I never thought she would die. That is my belief in God, hoping that he would give me strength through all of it." (May, Steve, The Story File, Peabody: Hendrickson, 2000, p. 8)

 
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The world wide web is amazing all that information being passed down phone lines coming down onto our screens from all over the world right into our homes, I don’t really know how it works, its mind boggling, But I know it does work and I enjoy it.

Over the last few months in our house the internet has taken a real battering with a high usage from 7 individuals with 3 wireless computers – we have all been enjoying it, no end, everybody wants to surf the net - uploading - down load – ripping -, burning - googling - zipping – - blogging – pod casting - editing - Emailing - MSN –not to forget club penguining.

But the only way we enjoy all that we do is by the computer not crashing and by being connected to our service provider ( ours is tiscali) and recently we have been receiving some E mails serving as warnings about our heavy usage on the internet and that if we continue we will be disconnected from our provider, unable to surf any longer.

The internet reminds me that life is amazing too yet we so often just take it all for granted, never really understanding what it’s all about because there is so much for us to do, so much for us to enjoy, whoever wants to work it out, it just works.

But over time in our lives, like the internet in our homes, can take a real battering in the situations that are personal to us, I can well imagine some of you here today are really struggling, maybe you’re at the point of crashing like a computer in life.

Like our service provider telling our home to take it easier on the internet sometimes we need to listen to the service provider of life (God) to stop and think about our eternal souls, because if continue to live life without realising we have a soul which is connected to God , we will eventually find ourselves being disconnected from the service provider of life, not only in life but also death.
As Jesus said, “What should it profit a man if he gain the whole world yet lose his own soul. William Shakespeare commended his soul to God can you confidently commend yours and say it well with my soul.

taken from sermon William Shakespeare by Aubrey Vaughan

 
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NEVER REALLY CONNECTED

One night I saw my 7 year old daughter walking around with a cell phone. She was talking away. She would ask questions, wait for a reply, and give answers to apparent questions: "Yes...no...maybe...I’ll have to check on that..." and so on. Finally, worried about the bill she was running up, I said "Let me have that phone." I listened in the phone and, to my suprise, there was no connection. I...

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-[Illustration] Some of you are aware that Robin and I are in the middle of a house hunt. We would like to buy a house, and live there for quite awhile, if the Lord is willing. We have wanted to buy a home all along, but I just always assumed that we did not really have the buying power to purchase anything more than a shack. However, last Sunday (our 1 yr. anniversary here), something prompted me to step out and inquire about how our purchase power lined up with the houses that were on the market. Something had to happen to make me uncomfortable enough with my present situation to seek something different. Some of you know what that was: it was a For Sale sign in front of our house. It wasn’t there before church, but it was there, as big as life after church.
-After meeting with a realtor and a mortgage provider, we discovered something. We do have buying power. Not a lot, mind you, but enough. So, we are now looking for the right situation in which to use that buying power. Why am I telling you all this?
-Well, I think it might parallel the way some of us think about spiritual power. We think we have just enough to keep on living. Maybe we would like to do more for God, being used in the miraculous and sharing our faith with others. However, we don’t think we have the necessary power. Why is that? Mark 16:17-18 tells us what kind of power Christians have: 17”And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 if they pick up snakes with their hands; or drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." That sounds like more power than we are seeing in the lives of Christians today! Why? Has God’s power decreased? No! Have we run out of people who need healing or deliverance? No! Then what is the problem? If we are praying as we ought, and being fed by God’s word, then why are we not seeing God’s power at work among us, more than we are? I don’t have all the answers to this, but here is one thought from the book of Acts.
-Jesus told the disciples that they would receive power to be His witnesses after the Holy Spirit came upon them. Apparently, they believed Him, because after the Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost, Peter and the others demonstrated a bold confidence that miracles would happen and that people would be saved when they shared the gospel. We must come to one of two conclusions. Either we do not have the power Jesus spoke about, or we do not think we have it, and therefore we do little or nothing with it. Kind of like our house situation. I was not aware that we had enough buying power to get out of the renting game and buy a house. Therefore, I did not pursue it any further.
-Maybe God sends things into our lives sometimes to help us recognize the power and authority we have in His name. Those things may make us uncomfortable and shake us to the very core, but if they accomplish His purposes then we should welcome them. Maybe some of our sicknesses come so that we will call on God and see His power at work in our lives. If we are living according to the principles in God’s word, and are in right relationship with Him, then we do have authority as sons & daughters of God to speak truth and life into the most difficult circumstance or obstacle. If we are not in line with God’s word or if we are out of relationship with Him, the best thing for us to do today is come to Him and make things right. It is only as we keep things right with God that we will have the right stuff to give those who are in need.

 
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Church Shopping Online Church consultant Tom Bandy says that as tools for reaching potential worshipers, church Web sites are growing in number and getting more sophisticated. One sign: 5 years ago, churches made up only 5% of clientele for StreamGuys, an Arcadia, CA based provider of streaming audio and video services. Today, churches represent more than 20% of the company's business. 82% of churches with more than 200 worship attendees have websites, vs. 29% of those with fewer than 100 found a 2006 Ellison Research survey. Efforts to leverage the Web for recruitment are paying off for congregations, says Hartford Seminary's Scott Thumma, who says church shoppers increasingly make the process a largely online experience. "I hear from people in churches that they're constantly running into folks who say, 'I saw your website. Now I'm here.'" (USA Today 10/16/07)

 
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