Squeezed!

Maart 31, 2008 om 10:50 vm | Posted in Faith | 1 Kommentaar

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Mary’s little lamb

Maart 31, 2008 om 10:50 vm | Posted in Faith | Lewer kommentaar
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Mary, had a little Lamb,
His fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went,
The Lamb was sure to go.

He followed her to school each day,
T’wasn’t even in the rule.
It made the c hildren laugh and play,
To have The Lamb at school..

And then the rules all changed one day,
Illegal it became;
To bring The Lamb of God to school,
Or even speak His Name!

Every day got worse and worse,
And days turned into years.
Instead of hearing children laugh,
We heard gun shots and tears.

What must we do to stop the crime,
That’s in our schools today?
Let’s let The Lamb come back to school,
And teach our kids to pray!

Touching story

Maart 25, 2008 om 10:14 vm | Posted in Faith | 1 Kommentaar
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The man slowly looked up.  This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life.  Her coat was new.  She looked like that she had never missed a meal in her life.  His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before. 

“Leave me alone,” he growled. 

To his amazement, the woman continued standing.  She was smiling — her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows.  “Are you hungry?”  she asked. 

“No,” he answered sarcastically.  “I’ve just come from dining with thepresident.  Now go away.” 

The woman’s smile became even broader.  Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm. “What are you doing, lady?” the man asked angrily.  “I said to leave me alone.” 

Just then a policeman came up.  “Is there any problem, ma’am?” he asked. 

“No problem here, officer,” the woman answered.  “I’m just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?” 

The officer scratched his head.  “That’s old Jack.  He’s been a fixture around here for a couple of years.  What do you want with him?” 

“See that cafeteria over there?” she asked.  “I’m going to get him something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile.” 

“Are you crazy, lady?” the homeless man resisted.  “I don’t want to go in there!”  Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up”  Let me go, officer.  I didn’t do anything.” 

“This is a good deal for you, Jack,” the officer answered.  “Don’t blow it.” 

Finally, and with some difficulty, the woman and the police officer got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner. 

It was the middle of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had already left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived.  The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his table. 

“What’s going on here, officer?” he asked.  “What is all this?  Is this manin trouble?” 

“This lady brought this man in here to be fed,” the policeman answered. 

“Not in here!” the manager replied angrily.  “Having a person like thathere is bad for business.” 

Old Jack smiled a toothless grin.  “See, lady.  I told you so.  Now if you’ll let me go.  I didn’t want to come here in the first place.” 

The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled.  “Sir, are you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the street?” 

“Of course I am,” the manager answered impatiently.  “They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms.” 

“And do you make a goodly amount of money providing food at these weekly meetings?” 

“What business is that of yours?” 

“I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company.” 

“Oh.” 

The woman smiled again.  “I thought that might make a difference.” 

She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a giggle.  “Would you like to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?” 

“No thanks, ma’am,” the officer replied.  “I’m on duty.” 

“Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?” 

“Yes, ma’am. That would be very nice.” 

The cafeteria manager turned on his heel   “I’ll get your coffee for you right away, officer.” 

The officer watched him walk away.  “You certainly put him in his place,”he said. 

“That was not my intent.  Believe it or not, I have a reason for all this.” 

She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest.  She stared at him intently. “Jack, do you remember me?” 

Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes  “I think so  — I mean you do look familiar.” 

“I’m a little older perhaps,” she said.  “Maybe I’ve even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry. 

“Ma’am?” the officer said questioningly.  He couldn’t believe that such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry. 

“I was just out of college,” the woman began.  “I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn’t find anything.  Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. 

I walked the streets for days.  It was February and I was cold and nearly starving.  I saw this place and walked in on the off chance thatI could get something to eat.

” Jack lit up with a smile.  “Now I remember,” he said & quote;  I was behind the serving counter.  You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat.  I said that it was against company policy.” 

“I know,” the woman continued.  “Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it.  I was afraid that you would get into trouble.  Then, when I looked over, I saw you put the price of my food in the cash register I knew then that everything would be allright.” 

“So you started your own business?” Old Jack said. 

“I got a job that very afternoon.  I worked my way up.  Eventually I started my own business, that, with the help of God, prospered.”   She opened her purse and pulled out a business card. “When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons.  He’s the personnel director of my company. 

I’ll go talk to him now and I’m certain he’ll find something for you to do around the office.  “She smiled.”  I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet.   If you ever need anything, my door is always opened to you.” 

There were tears in the old man’s eyes.  “How can I ever thank you?” he said. 

“Don’t thank me,” the woman answered.  “To God goes the glory.  Thank Jesus.  He led me to you.” 

Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the entrance before going their separate ways.  “Thank you for all your help, officer,” she said. 

“On the contrary, Ms. Eddy,” he answered.  “Thank you.  I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget.  And. . . and thank you for the coffee.”  

If you have missed knowing me, you have missed nothing. 

But, if you have missed knowing my LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST,  you have missed everything in the world!  

God is so big He can cover the whole world with his Love and so small He can curl up inside your heart.

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Maart 9, 2008 om 5:30 nm | Posted in Faith | Lewer kommentaar
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Emergency Telephone Numbers 

These are more effective than 911 

When –

You are sad, phone……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. John 14
You have sinned, phone……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Psalm 51
You are facing danger, phone……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Psalm 91
People have failed you, phone………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Psalm 27
It feels as though God is far from you, phone……………………………………………………………………………….. Psalm 139
Your faith needs stimulation, phone…………………………………………………………………………………………… Hebrews 11
You are alone and scared, phone……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Psalm 23
You are worried, phone………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Matthew 8:19–34
You are hurt and critical, phone………………………………………………………………………………………… 1 Corinthians 13
You wonder about Christianity, phone …………………………………………………………………….. 2 Corinthians 5:15-18
You feel like an outcast, phone…………………………………………………………………………………………… Romans 8:31-39
You are seeking peace, phone……………………………………………………………………………………………. Matthew 11:25-30
It feels as if the world is bigger than God, phone…………………………………………………………………………. Psalm 90
You need Christ like insurance, phone……………………………………………………………………………….. Romans 8:1-30
You are leaving home for a trip, phone………………………………………………………………………………………. Psalm 121
You are praying for yourself, phone…………………………………………………………………………………………….. Psalm 87
You require courage for a task, phone………………………………………………………………………………………….. Joshua 1
Inflation’s and investments are hogging your thoughts, phone………………………………………. Mark 10:17-31
You are depressive, phone…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Psalm 27
Your bank account is empty, phone…………………………………………………………………………………………… Psalm 37
You lose faith in mankind, phone…………………………………………………………………………………… Corinthians 13
It looks like people are unfriendly, phone…………………………………………………………………………………. John 15
You are losing hope, phone………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Psalm 126
You feel the world is small compared to you, phone………………………………………………………………… Psalm 19
You want to carry fruit, phone…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. John 15
Paul’s secret for happiness, phone………………………………………………………………………………. Colossians 3:12-17
With big opportunity/discovery, phone…………………………………………………………………………………… Isaiah 55
To get along with other people, phone……………………………………………………………………………………. Romans 12 
ALTERNATE NUMBERS
For dealing with fear, call……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Psalm 3:47
For security, call……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Psalm 121:3
For assurance, call……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Mark 8:35
For reassurance, call……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Psalm 145:18

 ALL THESE NUMBERS MAY BE PHONED DIRECTLY.    

NO OPERATOR ASSISTANCE IS NECESSARY.    

ALL LINES TO HEAVEN ARE AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY.

FEED YOUR FAITH,

AND DOUBT WILL STARVE TO DEATH.

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Believe!

Maart 6, 2008 om 11:07 vm | Posted in Faith | 2 Kommentaar
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What if?

Maart 4, 2008 om 12:22 nm | Posted in Faith | Lewer kommentaar
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WHAT IF? 

What if God couldn’t take the time to bless us today
because we couldn’t take the time to thank Him yesterday?

What if God decided to stop leading us tomorrow
because we didn’t follow Him today?

What if we never saw another flower bloom
because we grumbled when God sent the Rain?

What if God didn’t walk with us today
because we failed to recognize it as His day?

What if, God took away the Bible tomorrow
because we would not read it today?

What if, God took away His message
because we failed to listen to the messenger?

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THINK ABOUT THIS ONE………

What if, God didn’t send His only begotten Son
because He wanted us to be prepared to pay the price for sin?

What if, the door of the church was closed
because we did not open the door of our heart?

What if, God stopped loving and caring for us
because we failed to love and care for others?

What if, God would not hear us today
because we would not listen to Him?

What if, God answered our prayers the way we answer His call to service?

What if, God met our needs the way we give Him our lives???

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The scars of love

Maart 3, 2008 om 9:44 vm | Posted in Faith | Lewer kommentaar
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Some years ago, on a hot summer day in south Florida, a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole that was behind his house. In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went.He flew into the water, not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligator was swimming toward the shore.In the house, his mother was looking out the window. She saw the two as they got closer and closer together. In utter fear, she ran toward the water, yelling to her son as loudly as she could.

Hearing her voice, the little boy became alarmed, and made a U-turn to swim to his mother. It was too late. Just as he reached her, the alligator reached him. From the dock, the mother grabbed her little boy by the arms, just as the alligator snatched his legs. That began a very incredible tug-of-war between the two.

The alligator was much stronger than the mother, but the mother was much too passionate to let go.

A farmer happened to drive by, heard her screams, raced from his truck, took aim, and shot the alligator. Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy Survived. His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal. On his arms, there were deep scratches where his mother’s fingernails dug into his flesh; in her effort to hang on to the son she loved.

The newspaper reporter, who interviewed the boy after the trauma, asked the boy if he would show him his scars.

The boy lifted his pant legs. Then, with obvious pride, he said to the reporter, “But look at my arms. I have great scars on my arms, too. I have them because my Mom wouldn’t let go.”

You and I can identify with that little boy.

We have scars, too. No, not from an alligator, but the scars of a painful past. Some of those scars are unsightly, and have caused us deep regret. But, some wounds, my friend, are because God has refused to let go. In the midst of your struggle, He’s been right there, holding on to you.

The Scripture teaches that God loves you.

You are a child of God. He wants to protect you, and provide for you in every way. But, sometimes, we foolishly wade into dangerous situations, not knowing what lies ahead. The swimming hole of life is filled with peril and we forget that the enemy is waiting to attack. That is when the tug-of-war begins.

If you have the scars of His love on your arms, be very, very grateful. He will not ever let you go. 

God has blessed you, so that you can be a blessing to others. You just never know where a person is in his/her life, and what they are going through.

Never judge other persons scars, because you don’t know how they got them.

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