Ever watch duck hunting on TV? Good duck hunters have DECOYS that look so real, they move to imitate real ducks, they make real quacking sounds like ducks, and real ducks are SLICKED INTO THE BELIEF THAT THOSE DECOY DUCKS ARE REAL DUCKS. DOUBT BECOMES A REALLY GOOD DECOY AWAY FROM
GROWTH IS RARELY AN ACCIDENT, GROWTH HAS A PLAN…
GROWTH REQUIRES EFFORT… THE MORE EFFORT THE MORE THE GROWTH WILL THRIVE…
Blessed is he who expects nothing for he shall get exactly what he expected.
Les Brown tells a wonderful illustration that we need to consider…
There is a tree that grows
WE HAVE AN IMPERATIVE COMMAND:
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
PERPETUAL OR ETERNAL BABYHOOD…
From LIVING WITH JESUS TODAY by Juan Carlos Orte
We have a phenomenon in the church today which
Many years ago I took my wife to Walmart Christmas shopping. I can’t keep up with her. It was a beautiful, warm day so I went outside and sat on a bench and waited. There was a large wooden box and it had TOYS for TOTS painted on the side. A brand new large Lincoln Continental pulled up and a boy
HAVE YOU READ THE STORY ABOUT THE KING'S SERVANT THAT ALWAYS GAVE THANKS
AND SAID: "THIS IS GOOD!"
The King had a special servant that always traveled with him. The King loved being around this
servant as he was always upbeat and positive. The man always said kind things and was quick
METAL BARS OR MENTAL BARS...
There is a story that comes from Russia of the BEAR THAT WAS FOREVER TRAPPED.
There had been a great fire that burned miles of forest in Russia. Much of the wild life
had been destroyed.
There was a truck traveling along the edges of the destruction and
I HAVE MANY PEOPLE I GREATLY RESPECT...
ONE OF THOSE MEN I RESPECT FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY IS:
Several stories have made an impression in my heart.
I read once that Mahatma Gandhi attended a church in Northern Africa.
Gandhi had read about Jesus' teachings and he
WE MUST LEARN THE BATTLE IS BEFORE US...
I HAVE ANOTHER HERO: HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF WALTER PAYTON?
Walter Jerry Payton from the state of Mississippi. Payton lived from July 25,1954
until November 1, 1999. He was 45 years old when he died of a liver disease. Mike Ditka
was Payton's coach
Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
I love the story of the lady that was in a terrible battle with cancer. She made a choice:
THIS IS GOING TO BE A WONDERFUL DAY.
She decided she was going to MAKE THE CHOICE TO BE THANKFUL and LOVE
SOMETIMES LIFE KNOWS WE NEED A PIT STOP ---
LIFE MAY GIVE US WHAT WE NEED --- NOT WHAT WE WANT...
Did you hear about the KING that loved his people so much? This KING loved his family.
The King had the most beautiful palace, and to protect his family he had a huge MOTE
dug around the palace.
There was a young man that attended school in a large north-eastern city. In his studies he
fell in love with EAGLES. He read everything he could about eagles. He watched documentaries
about eagles and the more he studied the more he loved EAGLES.
He promised himself when he
YOU CHOOSE? YOUR CHOICES WILL CONTROL THE OUT GOING AND IN
120 years ago there was a family moving from Georgetown to Johnstown.
A new opportunity farming was before them. So they loaded up their
covered wagon, hitched up the horses, said farewell and away they went.
The journey from
IN 1937, NAPOLEON HILL wrote a development / self-help book:
THINK AND GROW RICH. Hill discussed a man that invested all his and his family’s money into a GOLD MINE. The man worked and worked. He was so excited, he was going to make millions of dollars and become rich and famous. For weeks the
A young woman woke up early one day, she was so excited.
She said: THIS WILL BE A WONDERFUL DAY.
She looked in the mirror to discover she ONLY HAD THREE HAIRS ON HER HEAD.
She thought for a while and decided she would BRAID her hair.
She thought her BRAID WITH THE Three HAIRS was so pretty.
Have you heard the story of a majestic eagle that lived in the safety of the high cliffs,
and often flew to great lofty heights. He could dive at great speeds.
HE OFTEN FELT HE WAS INVINCIBLE, NOTHING COULD TAKE HIM DOWN.
A hunter studied the eagle day after day, and
Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
I heard a story about a midwestern farmer 50 years ago. The farmer went to the bank to borrow money to buy seed to plant his whole farm in corn. He fired up the old
THE BRIDGE BUILDER
An old man, going down a lonely highway,
Came at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and wide,
Through which was flowing a swollen tide,
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The swollen stream had no fear for him.
But he turned when safe on the other
TOO SOON TO QUIT
Mark 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
I heard a story of a weak, sickly man. The weak man decided to withdraw from society and die. The man owned a cabin far from any other people. There was a boulder by the edge of the porch, a huge boulder. He
Did you hear about the story of the GREAT ARGUMENT...
FIVE FINGERS GOT TOGETHER AND IN A HEATED DISCUSSION
THE ARGUMENT AROSE: WHO IS THE GREATEST OF THE FIVE
The THUMB laid his claim: I am the greatest, I am the only opposing digit. I am used to HITCHHIKE.
The INDEX FINGER... I am
Did you hear about the lady that was bitten by a skunk with rabies? The doctor came into her room and informed her: "Yes, the skunk had a bad case of rabies, and rabies is a highly contagious disease. You are now infected with rabies."
The doctor told her that rabies was deadly, and there was