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Brian La Croix
Listen to this quote from Ray Stedman –
“….notice that a major point of this parable is to give us a clue to the way that the enemy works most successfully. It is by imitation, by counterfeit. How simple it would be if evil people would only look evil. Wouldn’t that help a lot? If hypocrites would only snarl and growl a little bit it would help so much. But they always look so pleasant. They always talk so sweetly. They are such nice people, and that is why we go along with their ideas. We cannot believe that such nice people could be so far wrong. And, unless we use the Word of God to evaluate their teachings, we can be deceived by the niceness of people who are imitation, counterfeit apostles, as the Word of God calls them.” (From the sermon, THE CASE OF THE MYSTERIOUS HARVEST, by Ray C. Stedman)
"This year will have a notoriety among its fellows as the year of calamities. Just as that season when man goes forth to reap the fruit of his labors, when the harvest of the earth is ripe, and the barns are beginning to burst with the new wheat, Death too, the mighty reaper, has come forth to down his harvest; full sheaves have been gathered- the tomb, and terrible have been the wailing which compose the harvest hymn of death. In reading the newspapers during the last two weeks, even the most stoic must have been the subject of very painful feelings. Not only have there been catastrophes so alarming that the blood chills at their remembrance, but column after column of the paper has been devoted to calamities of a minor degree of horror, but which, when added together, are enough to astound the mind with the fearful amount of sudden death which has of late fallen on the sons of men. We have not simply been stunned with the alarming noise of one terrific clash, but another, and another, and another, have followed upon each other’s heels, like Job’s messengers, till we have needed Job’s patience and resignation to hear the dreadful tale of woes."
F. This is not the word of an older preacher in our day. The year was 1861 and the preacher was Charles Spurgeon. On August 25 of that year, a nightmarish train crash in the Clayton Tunnel (a 1.5-mile long tunnel between London and Brighton) had claimed 23 lives. Another train wreck in Kentish Town Fields (in North London) on September 2 of that year claimed 15 more lives.
G. Such things as these have always happened in all ages of the world. K. Some are saying that God has thrown away the reigns of the world. No, he is still in control.
L. The world and nations go through times of peace and prosperity, and through times of war and poverty. It is the way of this old, evil world.
In an article in this week’s issue of TIME magazine, Nancy Gibbs ponders the paradoxical nature of Thanksgiving. She says:
“It is an ordeal to travel and yet we do; family reunions can be wildly stressful and yet painful to miss…. This is the kind of holiday we need right now, an intrinsically complicated one that comes at the end of a bitter harvest and finds something sweet to celebrate. Everyone is a pilgrim now, stripped down to bare essentials and a single carry-on bag to sustain us in a strange new world.” (Nancy Gibbs, “We Gather Together,” TIME, 11-19-01, p. 29)
‘If God intended man to live on bread, why didn’t he create a bread tree?’ And the answer, in effect, is that God could have created a tree that produced crusty loaves of bread, but he prefers to offer us a grain and invite us to buy a field and plant the seed. He prefers that we till the soil while he sends the rain. He prefers that we harvest the crop while he sends sunshine. He prefers that we grind the crop and knead it and bake it while he gives us air in our lungs and strength in our arms. Why? B...
“Let us, therefore, not be weary of well-doing; for we shall reap an eternal harvest of comfort, if we faint not.”
It was reported today (7-24-90) in the news that former PTL leader and TV evangelist Jim Baker, now jailed for various fund- raising improprieties, makes eleven cents an hour cleaning toilets in the penitentiary. And a federal judge ruled that the little money he has accumulated could be seized to pay penalties he owes of over $500,000. His empire crumbled when he had an adulterous relationship with Jessica Hahn.
David Hocking, The Moral Catastrophe, Harvest House, 1990, p. 64ff.
William Seymore was an African American preacher who became filled with the Holy Spirit in 1905. He got kicked out of his Church and found an old run down grain store to meet in, in a Los Angeles street called Azusa. He had a lot standing against him. His race, His lack of education, He only had one eye and lots more, but God gave him a harvest! That harvest is still rolling!
BY THE SEEDS YOU PLANT
"Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."...
Stand Up, For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything.
Galatians 6:9-10 Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good.
A. No one is able to stand up indefinitely under the weight of carrying a grudge.
B. Your character is built on what you stand for, your reputation on what you fall for.
C. When a fellow is kicking, he has only one leg to stand on.
D. Go with the crowd and get lost; go with the Savior and you will stand alone.
E. It’s human to stand with the crowd; it is divine to stand alone.
F. Be bold in what you stand for, but be careful what you fall for.
G. To stand right with Christ, one must first learn to walk with Christ.
"Fruit, though a collective noun, is singular. The life that has been unified, with Christ at the center, produces a harvest of love, which has many expressions."