Monday, August 31, 2009

The Little Miracles

My guess is that when people think of miracles, the thoughts of the Red Sea being parted and water turning to wine are the first things to spring to mind.

But I'm learning that in my life God works miracles on a smaller scale every day.

Today I badly needed a certain file at work and looked at the overstuffed box of files it was in figuring it would be a might task. So I look into the box to begin my mighty task, and lo and behold there was my file sticking out like a sore thumb.

The other day my keys ended up being locked inside my car. I didn't have a clue what to do. I ask around for ideas and my team leader tells me his dad has a slim jim tool for getting into cars, and he's on his way over anyway for something completely different.

I was out of work for quite a while, and just when the bills really starting closing in on me, a job appears out of the blue.

Now, I should mention that I prayed for all the above mentioned things, and God came through, just like he always does.

Don't be afraid to ask God anything. If it fits with his will then it will be done.

Spurgeon Quote

“As sure as God puts His children in the furnace he will be in the furnace with them”

Charles H. Spurgeon

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Note to parents.........a Satanic bible is not an appropriate gift for kids.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sunday Bible Lesson

The Nature Of Christ

As Christians we should all strive to emulate the saviour. If fact the word Christian means Christlike.

To that end, it would be useful to study some of the traits demonstrated by Jesus in the scriptures.

Jesus Was Holy

Jesus was born without a sin nature and was the only person to ever live who committed no sin.

He loved righteousness and hated iniquity.

His love of righteousness can be seen in the way he marvelled at the faith of the centurion.

Matthew 8:5-13 (King James Version)

5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,

6And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

7And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

8The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

9For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

10When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

11And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

12But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

13And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

The bible teaches us that our faith is credited towards us as righteousness.

His hatred of sin can be seen in his cleansing of the temple of the money changers who were exploited those who came to sacrifice and worship:

Mark 11:15-17 (King James Version)

15And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;

16And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.

17And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Jesus Was Compassionate

John 11:35 (King James Version)

35Jesus wept.

Mark 6:34 (King James Version)

34And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

Matthew 20:34 (King James Version)

34So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

Jesus Was Prayerful

Hebrews 5:7 (King James Version)

7Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

Luke 3:21 (King James Version)

21Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,

This is just a very brief touching on of the many wonderful traits of the saviour.

I hope you get a blessing from it.

This study was taken from God's Answers To Man's Questions: 101 Bible Studies, Alban Douglas, Bible And Literature Missionary Foundation, 1966, 2003, pgs. 40-42

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Old Lady And The Atheist

There was this very righteous old lady who lived next door to an atheist.

Every morning she would come out on her front porch and sing and praise God.

As you can imagine, this did not sit very well with the atheist, who was always thinking of things to prove the foolishness of her belief in God. Each morning he would yell across the fence for her to stop her nonsense and to tell her there is no God.

Then one day the old lady fell on some hard times and it didn't look like she would have any money for groceries. That morning when she was on her front porch she cried out to the Lord to deliver her and provide some relief.

The atheist neighbor heard it and thought his opportunity to prove to her that there is no God had finally arrived.

He went to the store and the next morning there were bags and bags of groceries on her porch.

The old lady came out, saw the groceries, and proceeded to jump up and down praising God.

At that moment, the atheist jumped out from around the corner of the house and said, "See, I told you there was no God. It was I who bought those groceries."

When the old lady heard that she commenced to jump up and down again, sing praises to God, and worshipped the Lord like never before, leaving the atheist dumbfounded.

Finally the old lady says........."God is great and he has supplied all my needs....and he even made the devil pay for it."

Spiritual Attack

I think I am in the midst of a spiritual attack.

The enemy is coming after me since I made the commitment to teach Sunday school.

Right off the bat, the first day I taught, there was an incident with another member of the church that wasn't pleasant, but we talked about it and everything is all right now.

The future of my new job that I need so badly, that started out so well, is now on some shaky ground.

And today, well today was just awful.

Woke up in a very foul mood, my car wouldn't start, the washing machine broke down, and my loved ones are having some problems as well.

But God is great, and the devil is all ready defeated.

Whatever Satan brings, the Lord will be my defender.

If any of my brothers and sisters out there get a chance to read this, all prayers will be greatly appreciate.

Now I See

John 9:25 (King James Version)

"He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see."

The question is do you know you are saved or how do you know you're a backslider no more?

Some times its hard to find the words to explain what is going on on the inside. This verse captures the essence of what it means to be in Christ very well.

You just know something is different.

Friday, August 28, 2009

God Really Does Direct Our Paths

I didn't used to believe so, but the older I get the more I find myself looking back at all the times that God has intervened and directed the course of my life.

When I was six, my mom, my dad, and I lived in a trailer that destroyed the trailer in which we lived. Dad was thrown across the street and landed on his feet. Mom and I were thrown out in the backyard and a piece of tin landed on us, forming a barrier against all the debris flying around. The only injuries we had were a cut on my knee and a cut on mom's forehead.

Then there was the time I was sitting in front of a window with a thunder storm coming up. I got up for some reason or other and just a few seconds later a lightning bolt came through the window, right where I was sitting, and struck the TV.

The point is that God is in control and everything and works all things to his purpose.

If he hadn't protected me then, I wouldn't be here now writing this to praise and glorify him. And I certainly wouldn't be here come Sunday morning to teach Sunday School.

Just as God directed Jonah to Nineveh, he also directs the course of our lives.

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