Small Wonders

Small Wonders
– Author: Author Unknown, from Disciple Magazine
A group of geography students studied the “Seven Wonders of the World.” At the end of the lecture, the students were asked to list what they considered to be the present-day seven wonders of the world. Although there was some disagreement, the following got the most votes: 1) the Great Pyaramids of Egypt, 2) the Taj Mahal, 3) the Grand Canyon, 4) the Panama Canal, 5) the Empire State Building, 6) St. Peter’s Basilica, and 7) the Great Wall of China.

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student, a quiet girl, hadn’t turned in her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list.

The quiet girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many possibilities.”

The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.”

The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the Seven Wonders of the World are: 1) to touch, 2) to taste, 3) to see, 4) to hear. . . ”

She hesitated another moment, and then continued, “. . . 5) to hope, 6) to laugh, 7) and to love.”

The room became so silent it was deafening! You see, it is far too easy for us to look at the exploits of man and refer to them as “wonders,” while we overlook all the amazing things God has done, regarding such blessings as merely “ordinary.” Life itself is wondrous, amazing, and miraculous! Why don’t we notice this and declare it to be so with each breath and within every moment we live here on the earth? To do so is to truly LIVE! May you be aware each day of those things which are truly wondrous! Count your blessings, and shout for joy!

The Power of Prayer

R. A. Torrey, a great minister of years gone by, once told this story: “Up in a little town in Maine, things were pretty dead some years ago. The churches were not accomplishing anything. “There were a few godly men in the churches, and they said, “Here we are, only uneducated laymen, but something must be done. Let us form a praying band. We will all center our prayers on one man. Who shall it be?” “They picked out one of the hardest men in town, a hopeless drunkard, and centered all their prayers upon him. In a week he was converted. “Then they took up another, and another, until within a year, two or three hundred were brought to God, and the fire spread out into all the surrounding country.” Dr. Torrey went on to say: “Definite prayer for those in the prison-house of sin is the need of the hour.”

God hasn’t changed one iota since then, or ever for that matter. Why is it then we don’t see people saved and communities reached and churches ablaze like we once did, like in the story that Dr. Torrey told? Because we don’t plead to God like the men and women of previous generations did. Our prayers can be just as effective as their’s were if we will put the supplication into them that they did.

Pastor’s Corner

Pastor Corner 1-29-2012

This week we will continue last week’s pastor’s corner about a lie. The question that we are looking at is when is a person responsible for there actions whether they are unintentional or deliberate. In the ninth chapter of St. John, Jesus heals a blind man who was borne blind by spitting on the ground and rubbing the mud on his eyes. He was then instructed to go wash in the pool of Siloam and wash his face. Afterwards the man returned healed of the blindness and the people who knew him before were astonished. They ask him how he could see and he explained to them what had taken place, giving Jesus all the credit for the miracle. He was taken to the Pharisees and they tried in vain to convince the man and the people that Jesus had not performed a miracle. Afterwards Jesus met the blind man and told him that he was the Son of God and that he came to spiritually open blinded eyes. When the Pharisees heard this they ask if they were blind also and Jesus inferred that they were because they saw the miracle and did not acknowledge Jesus. He then explained to them that once they saw the miracle (made aware) they were accountable for there sin (denying Jesus as the Son of God). I believe that this principal is relevant to all sin, once we are aware we are accountable.

Pastor Danny

Armor-Up!

Armor-Up!

One of the channels our cable company provides is the History Channel. It offered a fascinating show about the history of armor. It illustrated the various types of armor from ancient to modern times. There are many different kinds and functions of armor. However, there is one central purpose for all armor: to protect and to keep safe. According to Ephesians 6:14-18, God has provided us with armor to keep His warriors safe. He has give us the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Sandals of Peace, the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit. These are our defenses against Satan, to protect us from harm and make us able to withstand the spiritual warfare that we as Christians should be waging every day. Did you put on your armor this morning?
– Author: Jim Davis (from Disciple Magazine)

The Meaning of Forgiveness

I found this unattributed piece on the Internet this evening. In today’s society I fear that many are like the thief in this story, looking to skate by until the next time. How sad each of us should be that there are folks that just don’t understand the scope of not only God’s grace, mercy, and love, but also His hate toward sin and the judgement to come.

The Meaning of Forgiveness
“How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child,” says William Shakespeare’s King Lear. Well, then, how about a thankless jailbird? If you want an answer to that one, ask District Judge Phillip Killien of Seattle. Recently, a young man appeared before Judge Killien on charges of car theft. The judge saw no reason to keep him locked up while he awaited court action. He released him on his own recognizance. A short time later, Killien’s own car disappeared. Police quickly found the stolen car, and the one who stole it. Then, Judge Killien was in court in a new role, not as a judge, but as a witness, against the same young man he had released, who stood accused of stealing the magistrate’s wheels. A Japanese proverb reminds us that forgiving the unrepentant is like drawing pictures on the water. Ignoring sin may gain the sinner’s temporary gratitude, but makes no lasting impression. A forgiven car thief is still a car thief if no change of character takes place. How about you? Do you seek to escape justice or to be justified by God’s grace and Christ’s mercy? God offers you liberty, not license, in the cleansing blood of Christ.

The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. (Psalm 51:17 NLT)

The Infinite God

The Infinite God
The finite can neither see nor comprehend the Infinite. The Infinite has to reveal Himself. Henry Ward Beecher said: “When Columbus drew near to the eastern coast of this continent, he could see that there were mountains, but do you believe he knew what minerals were in them? Do you suppose he knew all the trees, all the shrubs, all the vines, all the herbs there? He knew something about the outlying islands of this great continent, but he did not understand the details that went to make it up. I can understand there is such a being as God, but when it is said that He is infinite, I am so finite that my comprehension ends right there. I cannot understand infiniteness. All things in the natural world symbolize God, yet none of them speak of Him but in broken and imperfect words. High above all He sits, sublimer than mountains, nobler than lords, truer than parents, more loving than lovers. His feet tread the lowest places of the earth, but His head is above all glory; everywhere He is supreme.”

Exodus 3:14 “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”

One Man Band

I found this story online today and thought it was a great illustration of how important the gathering of ourselves together really is. That being said, I hope you get as much from it as I did.

Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. (Psalm 149:1 KJV)

One-Man Band
The late Bill Bright told the story of a lone musician-a man who believed himself to be the finest musician in the world and needing no one else to produce the finest music.

Accordingly, when the curtain went up for a symphonic concert, the audience was astounded to see 70 empty chairs, with the appropriate instruments, and only one person to play them all. When the conductor’s baton signaled the start, this man ran frantically from one instrument to another, trying to keep up with the conductor.

“Of course, this is just an allegory,” Bright wrote. “But isn’t that what many Christians are like? They are content to live their Christian lives by themselves without seeking the fellowship of others. There is no possible way that we can exist as healthy Christians without fellowship.

“In the fictional one-man orchestra above, you can imagine what the music sounded like-disconnected, uncoordinated and offbeat. That is what a Christian’s spiritual life is like in isolation from other members of the body of Christ.”