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It is reported that in the late 1860s, President Ulysses S. Grant gave a cigar to Horace Norton, philanthropist and founder of Norton College. Because of his respect for the President, Norton chose to keep the cigar rather than smoke it. Upon Norton’s death, the cigar passed to his son, and later it was bequeathed to his grandson. It was Norton’s grandson who in 1932 chose to light the cigar ceremoniously during an oration at Norton College’s 70th anniversary celebration. Waxing eloquent, Norton lit the famous cigar and proceeded to extol the many virtues of Grant until...Boom! The renowned cigar exploded! That’s right—over sixty years earlier Grant had passed a loaded cigar along to a good friend, and at long last it had made a fool of his friend’s grandson!
Today in the Word, July, 1989, p. 39
Danielle Fineout grew up as the daughter of missionaries in Zaire. As a little girl, she went to a day-long rally celebrating the one-hundreth anniversary of Christian missionaries coming to that part of Zaile. After a full day of long speeches and music, an old man came before the crowd and insisted that he be allowed to speak. He said he soon would die, and that he alone had some important information. If he did not speak, that information would go with him to his grave. He explained that when Christian missionaries came a hundred years before, his people thought the missionaries were strange and there message unuasual. The tribal leaders decided to test the missionaries by slowly poisoning them to death. Over a period of months and years, missionary children died one by one. Then the old man said, " It was as we watched how they died that we decided that we wanted to live as Christians." That story had gone untold for one hundred years. Those who died painful, strange deaths never knew why they were dying or what the impact of their lives and deaths would be. They stayed because they trusted Jesus Christ.
There have been many failures, but let me share with you a recent success. A few weeks ago, I had the distinct impression that I needed to call LaVanice. It wasn't something I felt God wanted me to do but something that I needed to do. The feeling persisted for a couple of days until I knew today was the day. So I called. No particular reason but just to let her know that I had been thinking about her and praying for her.
LaVanice reminded that this was the anniversary of her husband's death. At that moment, I knew that God was in that. God was reminding me of how much He looks after all the details of our lives. God loves us that much. God loves you more than you can imagine.
In 1953 in Grimes Iowa, Violet Cross was getting sicker by the day. Finally her eldest son Frank insisted she go to the doctor. Eventually they ended up at the large teaching hospital in Iowa City. The diagnosis was devastating. Though Violet had never smoked she was dying of Lung cancer. One lung was already gone the other was rapidly being devoured by the malignancy. The doctors sent her home offering no real hope, six months of pain would ultimately lead to her death.
That Sunday violet went down to kneel at the altar at the tiny church pastored by her son-in-law, Clarence Lautt. There in Grimes Gospel Center she begged God for one thing. Her two youngest daughters, Kay and Linda were still in high school. "Please God," she prayed, "Let me see my girls finish high school."
Her husband Eddie bought her the engagement ring that he hadn’t had the money to buy 30 years earlier, expecting that to be one of his final acts of love toward her. But Violet started feeling better. Kay graduated from high school, and her mom was back on the farm doing chores again. Linda graduated from high-school. Both girls married. Grandchildren were born. In fact 18 grandchildren were...
WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH JESUS THIS CHRISTMAS?
Many years ago in the countryside of Bethlehem the townsfolk prepared for just another day, though this day was quite extraordinary. The shepherds were out tending to their sheep and the Jewish nation was feeling the restraints of Roman oppression. Everyone was ordered by a decree to come and register within their hometown and this is what brought Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem.
The inns were full and there was no lodging to be found. The only unsettling lodging that Joseph could find for he and his pregnant wife was that of a stable. The town bustled with noise and the folk were scurrying about busily. What is it that the Jewish nation has been seeking for years on end! A Messiah, a Savior! Well, very quietly, tonight was to be the night for such a miracle!
Unbelievably, the time of birth was upon Mary; yet, the hustle and bustle of life marched on! In due time, Mary gave birth to a miraculous Child; one conceived of God. He was the Messiah, the Savior. You know we become discouraged when little attention is paid to days important to us (birthdays, anniversaries etc.). We have something much greater going on in Bethlehem; but, to most Joseph, Mary and the Christ-child were strangers to most! To tell you the truth; some people came to see this comely child; but, the few that did understood very little regarding the enormity of this event. Isaiah proclaimed “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Yet, there were others that had not the time for such a trifle affair!
As we enter this Christmas season and look back at the birth, crucifixion, death, burial, resurrection, ascension and enthronement of the tiny little Babe; who is now sitting upon the throne of heaven. How do we entertain such a stranger? In all honesty, who can fully comprehend God manifested in the flesh as such a small incarnated wonder! The truth is that God has made countless provisions for you and I this morning (atonement, reconciliation, redemption, justification, sanctification, glorification, the Word, the Holy Spirit etc…) and He really is no stranger at all. No, the Christmas question this year is this: What will you do with Jesus? May I challenge you to open your heart (entertain) the Savior this morning? Don’t miss such an opportunity as to entertain a Savior with true humbleness this morning!
The death of C.S. Lewis in Nov. 22, 1963 has for years been overshadowed by the assisination of President John F. Kennedy on the same day. While the anniversary of Lewis’ death seldom gets much press, throngs of people crowd into Arlington Memorial Cemetary to watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier and climb the hill to Kennedy’s eternal flame. My friend even though our lives will be overshadowed by the rich and famous of this world, you need to know we are not living ...
Illustrate Fact: In 1907 Ana Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother’s Day. Ms. Jarvis persuaded her mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother’s Day on the second anniversary of her mother’s death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By the next year Mother’s Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia. Ms. Jarvis and her supporters began to write to ministers, businessman, and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother’s Day. It was successful as by 1911 Mother’s Day was celebrated in almos...