Mountain View Independent Methodist Church
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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Year 2017 - October thru December

 
 

 

 
 

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Responsibility
By: Susanna H. (Submitted by: Bobby Poole)


FRED SOMEBODY, THOMAS EVERYBODY, PETER ANYBODY and JOE NOBODY were neighbors, but they were not like you and me. There were odd people and most difficult to understand. The way they lived was a shame. All four belonged to the same church, but you would not have enjoyed worshipping with them. 
 

EVERYBODY went fishing on Sunday or stayed home to visit with friends. 

ANYBODY wanted to worship but was afraid SOMEBODY wouldn’t speak to him. So guess who went to church … un, huh -- NOBODY. 

Really, NOBODY was the only decent one of the four. NOBODY did the visitation; NOBODY worked on the church building. 

Once they needed a Sunday school teacher. EVERYBODY thought ANYBODY would do it, and ANYBODY thought SOMEBODY would do it. And you know who did it? That’s exactly right … NOBODY! 

It happened that a fifth neighbor (an unbeliever) moved into the area. EVERYBODY thought SOMEBODY should try to win him for Christ. ANYBODY could have made an effort. You probably know who finally won him: NOBODY! 

This little parable brings to focus again the fact that each of us is personally responsible for God’s work. If we leave it for somebody or everybody or anybody, nobody will do it. Let’s work till Jesus comes!                               

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Three sons discussed the gifts they gave their mother for Christmas. 

The first said, “I built a big house for our mother.” 
 
The second said, “I sent her a Mercedes.” 
 

The third said, “I’ve got you both beat. You remember how mom enjoyed reading the Bible? And you know she can’t see very well. So I sent her a parrot that recites the entire Bible. It took church elders 12 years to teach him. Mom just has to name the chapter and verse, and the parrot recites it.” 

Soon thereafter, mom sent out her letters of thanks: 

 

“Dear Milton, The house you built is too huge. I live in only one room but I have to keep the whole house clean.” 

“Dear Gerald, I am too old to travel. I stay at home most of the time, so I rarely use the Mercedes.” 

“Dearest Donald, You certainly know what your mother likes. The chicken was dee-licious!” 

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A Special Christmas
Written and Submitted by: Irene Wright

 As I began to read the Christmas story, it was as if time stood still
And suddenly I was watching a miracle unfold from atop of Bethlehem’s hill.
Gazing upon the city from afar
The sky was illuminated by a bright and shining star
As I looked into the city streets
There were all kinds of people to greet
But why the frowns upon their face
Did they not know a miracle was about to take place?
After all, it was just an ordinary Christmas so they thought
But all of their concerns were on the things they bought
Then I turned to the country side
Where the Virgin MARY was filled with pride.
For you see she was to give birth
To the Savior who would redeem the earth.
Could you have imagined such a thing?
What hurtful words this would bring.
But Joseph, being a just and loyal man
Followed GOD’S plan.
Traveling to the little town of Bethlehem was a long and tiresome way
But set in motion was taxes that they must pay.
No offer to help Mary and JOSEPH as they entered town
Seemed to be no one around!
I wonder how they could be so cruel
Did not they remember the golden rule?
With no place to stay, no room in the inn
How would all of this end?
Then I heard the small still voice of GOD
Whisper, “I am with you no matter where you may trod.”
Suddenly my eyes beheld a crude old stable, filled with hay
GOD had provided Mary with a place to stay!
And on the Christmas morn, Mary brought forth a Son!
Who would bring eternal life to everyone!
Wondering why that star appearing was so bright
It was the three Wise Men’s guiding light!
And when they gazed upon that tiny Babe’s face
There were filled with amazing grace!
Laying precious gifts at His feet
Sounds from Heaven’s Choir were so sweet!
Then in a dream, they were forewarned
You must heed to my words concerning this Child that has just been born
Return not the way you came
For King Herod’s words and actions are not the same.
The child grew in spirit and love
And someday we shall spend that special CHRISTMAS WITH Him in Heaven above! 


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Merry Christmas! 
Isn’t it fun 
To say “Merry Christmas” 
To everyone? 
Time for a party 
And presents and things 
That make children happy 
And give their hearts wings! 

 

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God’s Presence
Written and Submitted by: Jean Hunt 

As I sat listening to the early morning sounds, I could feel God’s Presence all around. I stand amazed of all His creation and it’s found in every nation. His Presence is everywhere and you can find Him when time with Him you share. I like the quietness of an early morning sunrise before the world seems to come alive. There are no distractions to be found and the time you spend with Him you can barely hear a sound, only nature communing with God as they are busy in the earth’s wooden sod. When man took that first step and decided not to obey, the plague of sin still haunts us to this very day. 

The Garden of Eden must have been a beautiful place that God created for the human race. Everything they would ever need was available for them to succeed, but Satan presented himself and Adam and Eve failed the test. There is no difference in us today because people still feel the need to disobey. God created everything good and we need to serve Him and live like we should. My desire is and always will be to love God and serve Him faithfully.

 

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The Road to Addiction
Written and Submitted by: Pat Lewallen, 11/11/17 

They married over a year ago
Both chose our city to stay.
They bought a new home 
And wanted children someday.

Their new friends said, “Come on, try it!
You can be happy too, you know!”
Both new friends were smiling,
Their faces and eyes were all aglow! 

Their old friends had warned them,
“Drugs will make a fool out of you!
T
hey’ll rob you of your dreams,
And steal all your tomorrows too!” 

They’d try drugs just one time
So they could stay in control.
They both wanted a “happy day”
And no one else would ever know. 

Their day began with “happy drugs”
And they were sticking to their plan!
This was the very day
The road to addiction began. 

There’re no “happy days” anymore!
They stay somewhere on Needle Alley.
How could they be so reckless?
Can they ever escape Addiction Valley? 

An old friend saw them a month ago.
Both were high and couldn’t speak.
Today, they made the Morning News:
“Couple OD’ed, probably died last week.”
 

Please memorize this truth, 
 Store it forever in your heart:
“The best way to defeat addiction 
Is to NEVER start!” 

 

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Eternal Life
Written and Submitted by: Richard Lewallen 

The Bible makes it clear that we all have eternal life. The soul of man shall never die. That is an awesome thought. It is very good news and very bad news at the same time. The Bible speaks of two resurrections, the resurrection of the just who have accepted Christ as their Savior, and the resurrection of damnation, which are all unbelievers. Every one of us better have as our number one priority to be in the first resurrection of the just! Jesus our Lord has made it very clear that He is the door to Heaven, and the only door! 

It’s scary to see the unconcern of the lost across our land, and also scary to see even believers with little concern for the lost. Perhaps this is the falling away that is to take place before His return. Time and opportunities are running our fast and it’s already been established that we have eternal life. The big question before us is “Where are we going to spend it?”  

Our Lord speaks about His promise to us in 2 Peter 3:9 (KJV): “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” Simply put, God bankrupted Heaven to keep you and me out of hell. Jesus made it possible for us to make our free will choice where we will spend eternity. Jesus, our Intercessor and High Priest, is praying for us to make the right choice. 


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The Heart’s True Home
ODB.org – Written by David H. Roper, Devotional - 11/24/17
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[God] has . . . set eternity in the human heart. (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV) 

 

We had a West Highland Terrier for a number of years. “Westies” are tough little dogs, bred to tunnel into badger holes and engage the “enemy” in its lair. Our Westie was many generations removed from her origins, but she still retained that instinct, put into her through years of breeding. On one occasion she became obsessed by some “critter” under a rock in our backyard. Nothing could dissuade her. She dug and dug until she tunneled several feet under the rock. 

Now consider this question: Why do we as humans pursue, pursue, pursue? Why must we climb unclimbed mountains, ski near-vertical slopes? Run the most difficult and dangerous rapids, challenge the forces of nature? Part of it is a desire for adventure and enjoyment, but it’s much more. It’s an instinct for God that has been implanted in us. We cannot not want to find God. 

We don’t know that, of course. We only know that we long for something. “You don’t know what it is you want,” Mark Twain said, “but you want it so much you could almost die.” 

God is our heart’s true home. As church father Augustine said in that most famous quotation: “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” 

And what is the heart? A deep void within us that only God can fill. 

 

Help me, Lord, to recognize my deep longing for You. Then fill me with the knowledge of You. Draw me near.  

Beneath all our longings is a deep desire for God.
 

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“And she shall bring forth a son, and
thou shalt call his name Jesus: for
he shall save his people from
their sins.” 

Matthew 1:21 (KJV)

 

 

 

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I've Always Been Religious
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association – 10/26/17
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A woman named Evelyn and her 86-year-old mother were driving through Charlotte on their way home to Michigan at the end of a Florida vacation. They noticed a road sign with the words Billy Graham Library and made a spur-of-the-moment decision to exit the freeway and check it out. 

The two women toured the historical exhibits and interactive galleries, with Evelyn pushing her mother in a wheelchair. The Good News of hope found only in Jesus Christ is woven into every part of the Library tour, and the women were deeply moved. In the final theater, they sat with other visitors to watch a giant-screen video of Billy Graham talking about God’s love. The video concludes with Franklin Graham inviting people to make a decision for Jesus Christ and, if they do, to speak to one of the prayer volunteers in the area just outside the theater exit. 

But Evelyn’s mother couldn’t wait. The Holy Spirit had opened her mind to understand, and she was ready to do something about it. While the video was still playing, she turned to her daughter and asked to be wheeled forward to the front of the theater. “You want to go forward right now?” Evelyn asked. Her mother responded with a resounding “Yes!” 

So Evelyn stood and pushed her mother to the foot of the screen, where in repentance and faith, she surrendered her life to the Savior Jesus Christ. Speaking with a prayer volunteer afterward, she explained simply: “I’ve always been religious, but today I realized that is not the same.” 

 
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Billy Graham will celebrate his 99th birthday on November 7, 2017. If you visit the Billy Graham Library that day, you’ll enjoy complimentary cake and get to sign a birthday banner for Billy Graham too.

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Christmas is a special time at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC with plenty of family-friendly attractions to celebrate the birth of Christ. December is a great time to plan a visit! 

We’re open December 1st – 23rd, 2017. Both admission and parking are free!
Monday thru Thursday hours are 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday hours are 9:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Christmas Activities begin at 5 p.m. 

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Who is the greatest babysitter mentioned in the Bible?
David. He rocked Goliath to sleep. 

What is the best way to get to Paradise?
Turn right and go straight. 

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Using Our Telephone
Written and Submitted by: Pat Lewallen
 

I remember many things about the home where I grew up and I’ll always cherish it. I was privileged to live at home with my parents and four siblings. I remember when we got our telephone. Folks from Central Telephone Company came out and set it up for us. The phone number still remains the same today, except the area code. We were added on to a “four party line.” That meant we got to use our phone when others weren’t using their phones. Believe me, there was a lot of talking going on! Sometimes my curiosity got me in trouble. I would try to listen in on a conversation and I would be greeted with, “Alright young un, hang up that phone!” 

I’m glad the Lord didn’t create party lines for everyone to use to talk with Him! Anyone can talk, without delay, to Jesus anytime, night or day! Have you used your private line to Jesus lately? Try it out - it still works and the Lord is never too busy to answer your call! My two sisters and I sang a portion of the following song years ago at our church, West Chapel Methodist Church. This is a great old church hymn and it still blesses my soul today! 

The Royal Telephone
Written by Frederick M. Lehman, 1919
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Central’s never “busy,” always on the line;
You may hear from heaven almost any time;
’Tis a royal service, free for one and all;
When you get in trouble, give this royal line a call.
 

Refrain:
Telephone to glory, oh, what joy divine!
I can feel the current moving on the line,
Built by God the Father for His loved and own,
We may talk to Jesus through this royal telephone
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There will be no charges, telephone is free,
It was built for service, just for you and me;
There will be no waiting on this royal line,
Telephone to glory always answers just in time.
 

Fail to get the answer, Satan’s crossed your wire,
By some strong delusion, or some base desire;
Take away obstructions, God is on the throne,
And you’ll get your answer through this royal telephone.
 

If your line is “grounded,” and connection true
Has been lost with Jesus, tell you what to do:
Prayer and faith and promise mend the broken wire,
Till your soul is burning with the Pentecostal fire.
 

Carnal combinations cannot get control
Of this line to glory, anchored in the soul;
Storm and trial cannot disconnect the line,
Held in constant keeping by the Father’s hand divine.
 

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6 NIV) 

“Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.”  ~ Billy Graham 

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Drug Overdoses Killed More Americans Last Year than the Vietnam War
Facts obtained from article by: Ashley Welch, CBS News, 10/17/17
 

The opioid epidemic ravaging the United States is taking a grim and growing toll. 

The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 64,070 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016. That's a 21 percent increase over the year before. Approximately three-fourths of all drug overdose deaths are now caused by opioids — a class of drugs that includes prescription painkillers as well as heroin and potent synthetic versions like fentanyl. Ashley reported that 58,200 Americans lost their lives in the entire Vietnam War. 

She also reported that the final reports on the 2016 data will be released in December, and overdoses are expected to continue to rise in 2017. 

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Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

 
Veterans Day
Written by: Cheryl Dyson
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On Veterans Day we honor all,
Who answered to a service call.
Soldiers young, and soldiers old,
Fought for freedom, brave and bold. 

Some have lived, while others died,
And all of them deserve our pride.
We’re proud of all the soldiers who,
Kept thinking of red, white and blue. 

They fought for us and all our rights,
They fought through many days and nights.
And though we may not know each name,
We thank ALL veterans just the same. 

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Trickling Toward Tomorrow
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Have you ever followed a trickling brook as it meanders merrily along? The trickle grows slowly into a stream and then a river, increasing in size and might, mile by mile on a journey toward the sea. On the journey toward our goals, we begin slowly like the trickling brook, growing and gathering strength as we move ahead. We can grow great and strong if our actions are rooted in spiritual principles. We can develop patience, humility and wisdom. We can learn about these principles as we visit our House of Worship each week, “…growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power….” (Colossians 1:10-11). Through worship and growth, God’s plan for us will unfold.

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A doctor says to his patient, “I have bad news and worse news.”
“Oh dear, what’s the bad news?” – asks the patient.
The doctor replies, “You only have 24 hours to live.”
“That’s terrible,” said the patient. “How can the news possibly be worse?”
The doctor replies, “I’ve been trying to contact you since yesterday.”
 

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God Will Not Always Strive With Man
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Genesis 6:3a (KJV): And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, 

The present day blindness is hard to fathom. This Scripture about the Lord not always striving with man is a very scary Scripture. When the heart is so hard and has consistently rejected the Lord then they are allowed to follow their free will. In the end, when we stand before the Lord, we will rejoice in His perfect judgement. 

Not long after coming to Christ I had a vision one morning before going off to lay bricks. I saw a great, winding procession of men that went back for miles and miles, as far as the eye could see and they were all moving slowly forward. Beside them was one like the pied piper, it was the evil one. He danced and sang and they danced and sang. Then I was drawn up further and I could see the bigger picture. They were all marching and dancing and singing towards an enormous pit and just falling in. There was an agony in my soul and I cried out to the Lord to stop the vision. I believed I felt a small part of the pain the Lord feels at a lost humanity dancing and singing their way into a lost eternity. 

One of my best friends almost lost his son this year to Leukemia. He said some people would come and visit and talk about the football game or the weather. There was an internal scream in his spirit that wanted to be released and say “I care nothing about these things, don’t you know that my son is dying?” And so it is when a tragedy or a crisis befalls us. What was important yesterday is not even given a thought today. What seemed important the day before has now been put in its proper perspective. 

When there is a matter of life and death, then all other issues are of little importance. And this is the times we find ourselves living in. The end of the age is upon us. God’s people know it in their spirit. There is no time for matters of no importance. And even if the end of ages was not upon us, what is a man’s life? But a vapor, like the grass of the field, today it’s here and tomorrow it’s gone. Oh that God would remove the scales from the people eyes so that they could see the shortness of their time here on this earth and the eternity that stretches out before them. Yet, this is exactly what God is doing. He is shaking everything that can be shaken, and sadly, most will only become harder in heart. They will not run to the High tower, they will dance and sing their way to the pit……

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God Sent Us a Savior
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If our greatest need had been information,
God would have sent us an educator. 

If our greatest need had been technology,
God would have sent us a scientist. 

If our greatest need had been money,
God would have sent us an economist. 

If our greatest need had been pleasure,
God would have sent us an entertainer. 

But our greatest need was forgiveness,
So God sent us a Savior 

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Little Johnny's new baby brother was screaming up a storm.
He asked his mom, "Where'd we get him?"
His mother replied, "He came from heaven, Johnny."
Johnny says, "WOW! I can see why they threw him out!"  

 

 
 

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Pastor Appreciation Month – October 2017
In Honor of our Pastor - Reverend Brian Hauk
(Modified Poem – Original by: Judy Crowe) 

When you came to us, we were unsure.
With all of our needs, would you endure?
There has to be times you wanted to quit,
But the Lord said no, stick around a bit. 

That bit of time, well it came and it went.
Because we needed a pastor, you were sent.
We have been through good times and bad
But you stuck around and that made us glad. 

We share eight years of wonderful memories here
And all of them in our hearts, we hold dear.
You have been our pastor, our guide, and friend.
Your wisdom is so helpful as on God you depend. 

It has been eight years of good times and bad,
Most of them were happy, but some were sad.
Some of us have gone on to be with the Lord
But we are still here with rivers to ford. 

We will have trials and storms to go through,
But you have been there and shown us what to do.
Our prayers each day include you as we pray
And we must give thanks for you each day. 

Now, may the Lord be with you all of your days
And continue to use you as you give Him praise.
We love and appreciate you for all you have done
And all the souls for Christ you’ve won!

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After a church service on Sunday morning, a young boy suddenly announced to his mother, "Mom, I've decided to become a minister when I grow up." "That's okay with us, but what made you decide that?" "Well," said the little boy, I have to go to church on Sunday anyway, and I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell, than to sit and listen." 

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A little boy was attending his first wedding. After the service, his cousin asked him, "How many women can a man marry?" "Sixteen," the boy responded. His cousin was amazed that he had an answer so quickly. "How do you know that?" "Easy," the little boy said. "All you have to do is add it up, like the preacher said: '4 better, 4 worse, 4 richer, 4 poorer'." 

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God’s Painting
Written and Submitted by: Irene Wright

Summer waves good-bye to all
Yet waiting in the wings are signs of fall
Mother Nature puts on her best clothes
And the smell of fall is as the fragrance of a rose.
The sun reflects the morning dew
And the day begins fresh and new
Blades of grass are turning brown
And falling leaves are covering the ground.
Stars illuminate the darken skies
And the stillness of the night gently lies
A chill is felt is the air
As GOD creates His master piece with a flair!
Brilliant colors catch the eye
As the sun sets low in the sky
Golden rays give a captivating view
As multi colors of fall compliment the sky of blue.
GOD’S paintings can’t be bought or sold
Framed by His word since the time of old
A mere image of His love to all
Can be found in GOD’S painting of fall!
 

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Praying Big
jvim.com 09/22/17
Today’s Devotional ACTS 12:1-17
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Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him (Acts 12:5). 

Persecution was daily fare for the early church. Stephen was stoned to death. James, the brother of John, was executed by King Herod. Imprisonment was common, the only crime being telling the good news of the Gospel. 

When Peter was arrested and jailed it was probably no surprise. Still, the church was not willing to ho-hum the matter just because the practice was common. They began to pray unceasingly for Peter’s release from prison. 

Meanwhile, back at the slammer, Peter was sound asleep — a good indication that he wasn’t overcome by his difficulties. The one who had been such a coward before the crucifixion now relaxed awaiting the will of God to unfold. Clearly, he had traded fear for faith. 

God answered the prayer of the church. An angel unshackled the sleeping apostle from his chains and set him free. It all happened so quickly and miraculously that Peter wasn’t sure he was awake. He thought he might be seeing a vision (verse 9). 

Finally, certain that this was for real, Peter hurried to where the church was at prayer — praying big — asking for Peter’s release. However, when their prayer was answered they could hardly believe it. Rhoda, who answered the door when Peter knocked, was thought mad when she reported that Peter had arrived. 

These early Christians learned two important lessons. First, it pays to pray big. Second, God is greater than our faith. They asked, but didn’t really expect an answer. In spite of their frail faith, God answered.  

Ask big. The answers may surprise you!
 
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Special Little Shoes
Written and Submitted by: Pat Lewallen
09/13/2017 

Walking by the store window
I couldn’t help but see
The cutest little girl’s shoes
They brought a big smile to me. 

These are special little shoes
They shine bright - they’ve got some bling!
I can just see them on her feet
She’d be the cutest little thing! 

I don’t know anything about her
But I know Lord she’s a gift from You!
I’m praying for this precious child
May she live happy, faithful and true. 

If she ever suffers being mistreated
By evil people that just don’t care
Please let her know she’s loved
And someone remembers her in prayer! 

Please guide her steps daily
Protect her from this world’s strife.
I pray she grows up to serve You
And Your love shines bright in her life! 

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Difficult Tests
AllWorship.com – Written by George Whitten
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I don’t know about you, but it seems that the tests we’re going through are getting harder and harder. Do you remember when you took tests in high school? At the time they may have seemed hard. But imagine if you had to take an elementary school test when you were in high school. You’d probably think—oh this is so simple. 

So if it seems that the testing of your faith is more intense, it simply means that you’re graduating to new levels of faith. Our faith is being tested, and as we pass each “faith” test, we’re finding different means of being tested. I suppose in a few years, we’ll look back and think to ourselves—wow that was a hard test, but now it doesn’t look so difficult! 

If you’re going through a tough time right now, be encouraged because it simply means that God is graduating you to new levels of faith! The harder the tests, the greater the difficulty, then the greater the reward. An increased blessing awaits you! Stay focused, stay alert and remember that God is trying to stretch your faith so that you can accomplish even more for His Kingdom!

 
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A teacher writes on a chalkboard the sentence:
"A woman without her man is nothing."

The teacher then asks the boys to punctuate it properly, and they all write:
"A woman, without her man, is nothing."

The teacher asks the girls to punctuate it and they write:
"A woman: without her, man is nothing." 

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My Answer

Written by: Rev. Billy Graham
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Question:

I don't believe in some kind of last judgment or hell. I think Christians just dreamed them up to scare people into believing the same way they do. Once this life is over, that's the end as far as I'm concerned. 

Answer:

Jesus didn’t just teach about these things, however. He also demonstrated beyond doubt that death isn’t the end and our lives continue beyond the grave, either with God in heaven, or in that place of absolute despair the Bible calls hell. He proved this by doing something no one else ever had done, or ever will do: He died and was buried, then came back from the grave by the power of God. Only Jesus could say, “Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19). 

I can’t help but wonder why you’ve chosen to believe there is no judgment. Only you can answer this, of course, but I suspect the real reason is because you want to be free to live any way you want to. But why gamble with your soul for the sake of a few short years of empty pleasure? 

Instead, face honestly the hopelessness of your life, and turn to the God who loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for you. The Bible’s words are true: “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once … to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:27-28). 

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C. H. Spurgeon once said” “What, is our faith such that it sings only in the sunshine? Have we no nightingale music for our God?” 

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Don’t be fooled by your emptiness, there’s so much room for happiness! 

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Food for the Soul… Are You Sure About Heaven? 

The Bible teaches you exactly what you need to know to be 100% sure of where you will go when you die: 

You are a sinner.  Romans 3:23 ”For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

 

What is the price of sin? Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is   eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

 

Who paid the price of sin? Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

How to accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior and be assured that you will live with him in Heaven? Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

 

How do you call upon the name of the Lord? Pray this simple prayer:

 

“Dear Lord, I know that I’m a sinner.
I know that Jesus died on the cross to pay for my sin.
Please forgive my sins and come into my heart and save me,
in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”