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THE LION AND THE DOG
D.L. Moody one time saw a man beat his dog at a zoo one time because he was mad at him. He had made a bet and boasted about him being so obedient and when he tried to get the dog to so something he wanted, it wouldn’t do it and he lost his bet. He got so mad at that dog and just beat him and beat him and beat him mercilessly.
Finally, after he was wounded and bleeding and whimpering, he threw him in the lion's cage so that the lion would eat him. And that poor whimpering, beaten, pitiful dog, standing shaking on his legs was in the presence of that great lion. And that lion came over to that dog and sniffed him and then he begin to lick that little dog and the dog laid down and the lion laid down there just keeping him warm and licking his wounds. And the man, after a little while felt sorry for the dog and told the man to let him have his dog back. And the person in charge of the lion cage who had seen him beat that dog said, "Fine, you can have your dog back. But you're going to have to go in there and get him yourself!"
And that's the way it is with me and you – we were…
By sins and sin, and now the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Jesus, has taken us in and has healed our wounds and now protects us from the enemy that once enslaved us!
(From a sermon by Ricky Nelms, The Power To Become, 7/22/2010)
General MacArthur and Winston Churchill both said, "We don’t answer criticism. We don’t respond to slander. We don’t respond to accusation. If we did it would take all our time just fighting attacks."
What is this mercy and grace exactly…
This past week I pulled my “Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms” (one of those books I bought in seminary but very rarely open today ) off my library shelf. While I often quote that grace is the “unmerited favor of God,” it was interesting to find that this dictionary had twenty entries for grace.
Are you ready? Listed were actual grace, cheap grace, common grace, cooperating grace, covenant of grace, efficacious grace, free grace, glorifying grace, habitual grace, irresistible grace, justifying grace, means of grace, prevenient grace, sanctifying grace, saving grace, special grace, sufficient grace, systems of grace, theology of grace, universal grace, Christian graces, and the grace of God.
Prioritize Its one of the most important words in the...
Envy provides the mud that failure throws at success.
Chuck Colson makes an interesting observation. He points out that when the Communists took over Russia in 1917, they did not make Christianity illegal. The Soviet constitution guaranteed freedom of religion. What they did do is make it illegal for the churches to do any "good works" or works of service. The churches were no longer allowed to do what they had always done: feed the hungry, educate children, take care of widows and orphans, or care for the sick.
There was a very stunning result when the church obeyed the state in this matter. When the churches failed in their calling to ...
Zanzibar is an old city in East Africa. A city with an unfortunate past. It is filled with ornate architecture, and it is the home of the Swahili Institute, the official guardians of the Kiswahili language. But, for nearly 300 years it was the home of something else. It was the home of one of East Africa’s largest slave markets.
But, something happened in Zanzibar. About 150 years ago a single man walked out of the interior of Africa with a message of liberation and a determination to announce that message to those who were bound by slavery. That man’s name was David Livingstone. Even today, the name of David Livingstone commands deep respect in East Africa.
Today, in Zanzibar, a Christian Church rises on the very site of the former slave market, and the platform holding up the high altar of the church is the very same platform that for 300 years displayed slaves as they were being auctioned off to Arab slave traders.
This is a picture of how God wants to redeem your life. He will meet you...