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$3.00 WORTH OF GOD, PLEASE
Tim Hansel in his book "When I Relax I feel Guilty," writes some insights of what most people want from God.
"I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don't want enough of Him to make me love a black man or pick beets with a migrant. I want ecstasy, not transformation; I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God, please."
If we would be totally honest, the idea of transformation really scares us. That is because we know that such a radical change would be quite uncomfortable. We realize that with transformation comes a major overhaul of our lives and priorities.
(From a sermon by Scott Chambers, The Mission if You Accept it: Transformation, 2/15/2011)
Catherine Marshall wrote:
"My friend Marge had an experience aboard a plane bound for Cleveland, waiting for takeoff. As she settled into her seat, Marge noticed a strange phenomenon. On one side of the airplane a sunset suffused the entire sky with glorious color. But out of the window next to her seat, all Marge could see was a sky dark and threatening, with no sign of the sunset.
"As the plane’s engines began to roar, a gentle Voice spoke within her. 'You have noticed the windows,' He murmured beneath the roar and thrust of the takeoff. 'Your life, too, will contain some happy, beautiful times, but also some dark shadows. Here’s a lesson I want to teach you to save you much heartache and allow you to abide in Me with continual peace and joy.
"'You see, it doesn’t matter which window you look through; this plane is still going to Cleveland. So it is in your life. You have a choice. You can dwell on the gloomy picture. Or you can focus on the bright things and leave the dark, ominous situations to Me. I alone can handle them anyway.
"'And the final destination is not influenced by what you see or feel along the way. Learn this, act on it and you will be released, able to experience the peace that passes understanding.'"
A wealthy man once called his faithful assistant into his office and said, “I’ve put you name in my will, and you will get $10,000 when I die. As it may be some time before you get that legacy, I want to make you happy by paying you each year the legal interest on that amount. Here is a check for $600 as a starter.” The clerk was doubly gratified. The prospect of the inheritance was good news, and the money he received in advance assured him of the reality of his joyous hope for the future.
OF ROYAL LINEAGE
People will pay big bucks to be royal.
A scrap book that once belonged to Britain’s Queen Victoria is now up for auction, and the current high bid is £53,400 (101,117.42 dollars).
One of the bidders is hoping to prove royal heritage through a hair that belonged to Victoria contained in the memoriabilia.
But, to be of regal birth, one doesn’t need to be descended from the great kings and queens of history. One only needs to believe in Jesus Christ. Galations 3:26-29 says "You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, mal...
Life-stages Drive Consumer Patterns: Life-stages; turning points in life, a period of sudden, perhaps dramatic, change that requires new skills and a new frame of mind¾influence buying and giving patterns particular-ly among boomers. Key life-stages are fairly predictable; birth, childhood, education, work/homemaking, retire-ment and death. But the longer lives, higher incomes and greater flexibility of today’s mature adults allow for great fluctuation in life-stage patterns. Adults today follow more of cycle than a straight line, leaving and re-entering life-stages several life-stages several times as their life changes, claims Bill Burkart, CEO of Age Wave Impact, Emeryville, CA. His company has identified 20 distinct adult life-stages and dozens of life events within each life-stage. These life events are highly predictive of changing buying and giving patterns. (DM News, 1/17/00)
THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY MEALS
"Kids who dine with the folks are healthier, happier, and better students, which is why a dying tradition is coming back." That's what an in-depth study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University concluded after nearly a decade of research.
Researchers identified several important patterns. For example, 55 percent of twelve-year-olds say they have dinner with a parent every night, compared with only 26 percent of seventeen-year-olds. Along ethnic lines, 54 percent of Hispanic teens say they eat with a parent most nights, compared with 40 percent of black teens and 39 percent of white teens.
Children who eat meals most often with their parents are 40 percent more likely to say they get mainly As and Bs in school than kids who have two or fewer family dinners a week. Children who participate in family meals fewer than three times a week are more than twice as likely to say there is a great deal of tension among family members and much less likely to think their parents are proud of them.
Finally, among those who eat together three or fewer times a week, 45 percent say the TV is on during meals (as opposed to 37 percent of all households), and nearly one-third say there isn't much conversation.
[Nancy Gibbs, "The Magic of the Family Meal," Time (June 12, 2006). Larson, C. B., & Ten Elshof, P. (2008). 1001 illustrations that connect (287). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House.]House.]
MARTIN SHEEN'S FAITH
Former Hollywood bad boy Martin Sheen says watching his son, Charlie Sheen, lead a similarly decadent life fills him with remorse. He worries that he learned to be a father too late. He particularly regrets his failure to share his faith. "I never lost my faith," Sheen says. "But I felt for a time that I had outgrown the church. Now it is a bone of contention in my soul that I did not share my faith with my kids, as my parents did with me. It was a source of grace when I needed it. I have been greatly nurtured and inspired by my faith."
[Electronic Telegraph interview with Martin Sheen. Larson, C. B., & Ten Elshof, P. (2008). 1001 illustrations that connect (292). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House.]
BIBLICAL STORIES FROM CHILDREN
The church is meant to supplement what is done in the home.
We have a tough job in this department, don’t we? I came across some true statements that kids made in a Sunday School class:
"Moses led the Hebrews to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made without any ingredients. The Egyptians were all drowned in the dessert. Afterwards, Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the Ten Amendments. The First Commandment was when Eve told Adam to eat the apple. The Fifth Commandment is to humor thy father and mother. Moses died before he reached Canada. Then Joshua led the Hebrews in the battle of Geritol. The greatest miracle in the B...
"We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity, for in pros...