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+++ The Christian Banner - June 2018 +++

 

 

Congratulations to our 2018 Father of the Year - Billy Byrd!

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 Top 5 Spiritual Questions Asked of Billy Graham in 2017 

 

Question# 4: Is it OK for a Christian’s body to be cremated? 

Answer: The Bible does not give specific directions for the disposal of the body following death. Bible-era practices are described in Unger’s Bible Dictionary as follows: “Interment in Bible times followed soon after death, as is evident in the narratives of the burial of Sarah (Genesis 23:1-20), Rachel (Genesis 35:19-20), and Rebekah’s nurse (Genesis 35:8). The Hebrews did not normally cremate, except in most unusual cases of emergency, as in the case of Saul and his sons (1 Samuel 31:11-13).  

Later Babylonians burned their dead and deposited their ashes in ornate funerary urns, as did Greeks and Romans. Hebrews in later time, indicated by the numerous ossuaries found in New Testament Palestine, also practiced cremation.”  

Christians will want to show respect for the body. Even though the essential person or spirit has moved on to an eternal destiny, the body is the tangible reminder of all that person meant to us. In addition, the body is destined for resurrection, transformation, and reunion with the spirit at Christ’s return. 

Whether burial or cremation best expresses that appropriate respect is a very personal decision. The wishes of other close family members and friends should also be considered in any decision, because they are the ones who will live with the decision and with the memories. 

At the resurrection it will not make any difference whether a person’s body has been buried or cremated. God knows how to raise the body, either in the resurrection of life or the resurrection of condemnation (John 5:28-29). The new body of a Christian will be a radically changed and glorified body like the body of the exalted Christ. It will be an eternal, spiritual body never again to experience weakness, disease, suffering, or death (1 Corinthians 15:35-54 and Philippians 3:20-21). 

www.billygraham.org ~ copied article (Question# 5 will be in our July 2018 issue)  

 

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“We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining - they just shine.” ~ Dwight L. Moody  

“I want to congratulate all the men out there who are working diligently to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers, or biological fathers or just spiritual fathers.” ~ T. D. Jakes

“I love my dad; I'm a daddy's girl, all the way.” ~ Molly Quinn

“Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person.” ~ Naveen Jain  

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That Little White Church 

That little white church that stood beyond the old oak tree 

Held many memories for me 

An old church bell hung many years in the old church’s steeple 

And could be heard on Sunday mornings inviting all the people 

Doors unlocked, free to go in and worship as you pleased 

Always without fear; always at ease 

Windows raised in the summer time, in hopes of catching a breeze 

And in the winter time an old stove kept us warm from the winter’s freeze 

The old hymns sung uplifted the soul 

While the message preached never grew old 

Sunday school was always special to me 

Learning about Jesus and showing me how to be the best person I should be 

If that little white church still stood today 

I would make a way 

Just once again to sit on those old wooden pews 

And thank God for good ole MOUNTAIN VIEW! 

Written and submitted by: Irene Wright  

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God Had a Plan for Me 

My mother had three sonograms before I was born and none of them indicated any problems. But I was born without arms and legs. That obviously made life extremely challenging. I had tremendous parents but I was bullied throughout the early years of school. I became depressed and even had suicidal thoughts. My life changed when I was 15. I read how Jesus said the blind man was born that way so the works of God would be revealed through him. If God had a plan for that man, I certainly believed He had one for me. I totally surrendered my life to Christ. I realized God wasn’t the one that gave me this pain.  

What was intended for bad, God could turn into good. But I wondered how. I found out when I gave a speech at a high school. After the talk, a couple hundred students lined up to speak with me. A girl began sobbing uncontrollably as she approached, saying, “No one has ever told me that they loved me. No one has ever said to me I’m beautiful the way that I am.” At that moment, I knew God wanted me to share my story with as many people as possible. That was His plan. So I now speak to thousands each year through my "Life Without Limbs" ministry.  

Our mission is to break down barriers and build bridges that bring people to the love and hope found in Jesus Christ alone. I am a man of faith and without that, I wouldn’t be who I am today. I am not the person who says, “Pray for a miracle and it will come if you pray hard enough.” God doesn’t answer our prayers according to what we want. He answers prayers according to His perfect wisdom. Some are greatly disappointed in their faith walk because they’ve been promised miracles that never came to fruition. People ask if I wish I had arms and legs. At times, I do. I even have a pair of shoes in my closet in case He decides to give me limbs. But God has blessed me with a beautiful wife and children. I have seen God answer my prayer for hope, purpose, and significance in such a unique way that it would not be the same if I had arms and legs. I am thrilled to be living out His calling for my life.

www.TheChristianHeart.com, February 9, 2018, Written by: Nick Vujicic ~ copied article 

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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 

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Imperfections 

Richard enjoys hand carving songbirds out of wood. He picked up the hobby from his dad, Clarence Lewallen. Richard and his sister Cathy grew up seeing lots of bird customers coming by to visit their dad. They would even holler out, “Daddy, here comes another bird customer driving up!”  

Richard is very particular about his carvings. He takes great care in making his creations as close to the real birds as he can. Last night he was carving on an Eastern Meadowlark and applied Gesso on it. Gesso is a material he coats the bird with before he gets ready to wood burn the feathers and then hand paint the bird. He stopped and looked at his carving and I heard him say, “I’ve got more work to do because I see some problems with this bird.” Will Richard throw his carving away? No, he’ll continue to make adjustments until the bird meets his standards.  

I’m glad God knows my imperfections. I love the Lord and I try my best every day to live as close to Him as I can. Even doing my best, there are times I know I let Him down. Will God stop loving me because I’m not perfect? No, He’ll forgive me and continue working daily in my life. This reminds me of a favorite song of mine, “He’s Still Working on Me” written by Joel Hemphill. God will continue working on you too if you’re willing to give your heart and life to Him. 

"He's still working on me
 To make me what I need to be
 It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
 The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars
 How loving and patient He must be
 'Cause He's still workin' on me." 

Philippians 1:6 (ESV):  And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.  

Written and Submitted by: Pat Lewallen, 05/13/18
 
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A Happy Garden 
 

A budding gardener must learn one of the most important rules of successful gardening. The better the soil is, the more beautiful the flowers. Maybe you can get by with tired old dirt, but your garden won’t be as vibrant or your plants as happy. As a child’s parents teach her to enrich the soil and tend a garden, they can also teach her how to have a vibrant spirit.  

Where can you learn to grow a happy spirit? In your house of worship your children learn about their Heavenly Father with stories and songs. Their spirits are cultivated with His unconditional love. Enrich your spirit regularly in God’s House. Feel more vibrant instead of just getting by. Grow a happy family as you worship and learn of God’s love! 

www.kwnews.com, Faith & Worship 06/01/18 ~ copied article 

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Psalm 23 (KJV)
 

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. 

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Gigi Graham and Ruth Graham’s Funeral Tributes to Their Daddy 

"I'm the eldest. I tell people that I don't want to be called the oldest or the eldest in the         family," daughter Virginia “Gigi” Graham said. "I want to be called the one that Daddy loved the longest."

"I've read many, many articles, I've seen things on television, the cards that so many have written and there are so many adjectives that have been given about Daddy and they are all so wonderful." she continued adding that none of them described her father as well as a poem that his late wife, Ruth Graham, wrote when she was a teenager.

"Her parents had taught her to pray, even at that early age, for the man that God would prepare for her, Gigi Graham said. "And so there was a little boy, here in Charlotte, milking cows every morning and every afternoon and he had no idea that there was a little girl praying for him in China." 

“Dear God, I prayed, all unafraid (as we're inclined to do), I do not need a handsome man but let him be like You; I do not need one big and strong nor yet so very tall, nor need he be some genius, or wealthy, Lord, at all; but let his head be high, dear God, and let his eye be clear, his shoulders straight, whate'er his state, whate'er his earthly sphere; and oh God let his face have character, a ruggedness of soul, and let his whole life show, dear God, a singleness of goal; then when he comes (as he will come) with quiet eyes aglow, I'll understand that he's the man I prayed for long ago.” ~ Ruth Bell Graham 

"The Lord answered every single one of those prayers for Mother and many more," Gigi Graham said. "We are now grateful that God has now brought them back together again for eternity." 

Ruth Graham, her parents third daughter, thanked the thousands in attendance saying that "everyone has a Billy Graham story," including President Donald Trump who says his father took him to see Graham during a crusade in New York. 

Ruth talked about her personal life, saying that she got divorced after a 21 year-long marriage and moved out to be closer to her sister. She met a man through her church and "we dated hard." 

She recalls how her family told her to take it slow and get to know him more, but "I was stubborn." She married him on New Year's Eve. She says she regretted it right away and within five weeks had to get away. 

"I fled. I was afraid of him," she recalled. "What was I going to do? I wanted to talk to my mother and father. It was a two-day drive. Questions swirled in my mind. What was I going to say to Daddy? What was I going to say to Mother?" 

"We live on the side of a mountain and as I wound myself up the mountain, I rounded the last bend in my father's driveway and my father was standing there waiting for me," she said through tears. "As I got out of the car, he wrapped his arms around me and said 'welcome home.' There was no shame, there was no blame, there was no condemnation - just unconditional love. My father was not God, but he showed me what God was like that day." 

http://www.charlotteobserver.com, Billy Graham Article. 03/03/18 ~ copied article 

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~ James (age 4) was listening to a Bible story. His dad read: ‘The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt.’  

Concerned, James asked: ‘What happened to the flea?’ 

~ Scott (age 6) said, “Daddy, I don’t need a bath, you only need to Febreze me.” 

~ Jill (age 5) asked, “Daddy, were you born back when everything was invented?”
 


 

 
 
 +++ The Christian Banner - May 2018 +++

 

 

Congratulations to our 2018 Mother of the Year - Edith Kearns!

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Top 5 Spiritual Questions Asked of Billy Graham in 2017 

 

Question# 3: What happens the first minute after we die? 

Answer: The Bible doesn’t answer all our questions about heaven and life after death—and the reason is because our minds are limited and heaven is far too glorious for us to understand. Some day, all of our questions will be answered—but not yet. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “Now I know in part; then I shall know fully” (1 Corinthians 13:12). 

However, the Bible certainly does indicate that when we die we enter immediately into God’s presence if we belong to Christ. From our earthly point of view, death looks somewhat like sleep—but not from God’s point of view. Paul declared, “We are confident (of eternal life), I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). Elsewhere he wrote, “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far” (Philippians 1:23).  

Later, we will be given new bodies—bodies that will never age or be subject to death, because they will be like Christ’s resurrection body. As the Bible says, “The dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52).  

Is your hope in Christ? Death is a reality—but so is God’s offer of salvation in Christ. Don’t put off your decision for Him, because you could be called into eternity at any moment—and then it will be too late.  

www.billygraham.org ~ copied article (Question# 4 will be in our June 2018 issue) 

 

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For Mother’s Day, Give Her What She Really Wants  

I recently received an advertisement to buy a mom’s gift card displaying a big bowl of ice cream and a big red cherry on top. There was a spoon already in the ice cream too! It looked yummy and sure got my attention. I love ice cream (hint, hint Mark) and I think most moms do too! Please don’t forget that Mother’s Day 2018 will be celebrated Sunday, May 13th! 

This is my first year not being able to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom. I miss her so much but I wouldn’t bring her back for all the gold in Fort Knox. She’s healed - happy and living safe and sound in Heaven now. I had the privilege of being with Mom the days before she died. Mom was unresponsive but the Hospice nurses told us to talk to her because hearing is the last thing to go before death. My mom had a strong faith in the Lord. The Alzheimer’s/Dementia she endured stole the joy from her earthly life. Before Mom slipped away, I whispered to her, “I love you and I always will. I’ll meet you in Heaven where we’ll never part again!” That was my last gift to Mom.  

How about you? Can you tell your mom that you’ve accepted Jesus as your Savior and you’ll make Heaven your home for all eternity too? If you haven’t committed your life to Jesus there’s no better day than today. It’s a perfect day to start your walk with Jesus. You can be forgiven of your sins and be adopted into God’s family. If your Mom is still living, give her the gift she really wants! 

Written and Submitted by: Pat Lewallen, 04/18/18  

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Memories of my Brother  

Memories of our childhood days are what helps me from day to day. Looking back at better times soothes my soul and calms my mind, I loved you then and I loved you until the very end. You were different in so many ways but I knew you when you had better days. When we were just kids we ran and played just like all the other kids did. Going down to the creek and playing in the water that was only knee deep. Playing in the woods just as long as we could until Dad called us in and he always asked, "Where have you all been?" When we would sit down to eat you were the first one in your seat, saying grace before anyone else could and being thankful like you should. Always just a little runt but my, oh my you had so much spunk. You thought you could take on the best of them and a lot of times I had to come to your rescue way back then. 

I'm trying to remember all our childhood days when things were better in so many ways. Time had taken its toll but I am so thankful God saved your soul. I know you're in a better place thanking God for His amazing grace. Just reminiscing about the days gone by and trying to keep back all the tears that fill my eyes. I love you with all my heart and one day soon we will never have to part. When you see Mom and Dad and all our loved ones there be sure to remember me with the stories you have to share. Heaven must be a beautiful place and I'm so thankful I've been saved by God's amazing grace, see you soon with no more goodbyes when we reach Heaven where we will never have to die. 

Written & Submitted by: Jean Hunt 
In Memory of Darrell Alfred Ferree, 11/08/1948 – 04/26/2018 (age 69) 

 

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Happiness 

 

Have you ever wondered how are we able to be happy? Where does happiness come from? It is a gift from God. True happiness is only found in Jesus Christ. Nothing gives you an everlasting joy and happiness like Jesus Christ. Many people try to substitute Christ for other things to make them happy such as sin, works, ice-cream, hobbies, possessions, and more, but this joy only lasts for a moment. Then, you will go back feeling more miserable when you are done and when you are alone. We were not made to live without Christ. We need Christ and all we have is Christ. If you want happiness and joy you must trust and rest upon Him. 

~ Happiness Quotes ~ 

“We die daily. Happy those who daily come to life as well.” ~ George Macdonald 

“He, who always waits upon God, is ready whensoever he calls. He is a happy man who so lives that death at all times may find him at leisure to die.” ~ Owen Feltham 

 “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” ~ Charles Spurgeon 

 

~ 8 Quick benefits of Happiness ~ 

It helps you keep your mind on the Lord. 
Being happy improves your health. 
It helps you interact with others and make more friends. 
It helps you stay focused. 

Happiness helps every situation such as marriage, parenthood, work, stress, trials, etc.
It is contagious.
It leads to giving more to the poor and needy.
Being happy makes you more content. 

BibleReasons.com, Written by: Fritz Chery February 15, 2018 ~ copied article 

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“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.” ~ Barbara Bush 

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The Open Door 

 

One Sunday morning in 1856, a congregation of well-dressed people had been ushered to their rented pews in Chicago’s Plymouth Congregational Church. Suddenly there was a commotion near the door. Many turned and looked. Something occurred which had never before been seen by that elite congregation. In walked a young man—a 19-year-old salesman. Following him was a poorly dressed group of people that he had gathered off the streets. The young man led them into four pews he had personally rented for the visitors. He continued to do this important work each Sunday until God called him into a world-wide ministry. His name was Dwight L. Moody. 

God opens doors of service to those who are willing to serve. But there are always obstacles to overcome in the service of Christ. 

Phillips Brooks said: “Oh, do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be strong men and women. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work will be no miracle; but you shall be a miracle. Every day you will wonder at yourself, at the richness of life which has come to you by the grace of God.” 

Has God opened a door of service for you? 

What is holding you back? 

Are there adversaries…problems…obstacles?

They are to be expected, but God is able. 

The opportunity is brief — do not delay. 

The prize is glorious — do not faint. 

Walk through that open door. 

jvim.com, March 26, 2015 ~ Copied Article 

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“He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven.” ~ George Herbert 

“When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future.” ~ Bernard Meltzer

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Her Journey's Just Begun
Don't think of her as gone away
Her journey's just begun
Life holds so many facets
This Earth is only one
Just think of her as resting
From the sorrow and the tears
In a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days and years
Think how she must be wishing
That we could know today
How nothing but our sadness
Can really pass away
And think of her as living
In the hearts of those she touched
For nothing loved is ever lost
And she was loved so much! 

Written by: E. Brenneman ~ copied poem 
 
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What Losing My Mom Taught Me About Unconditional Love, Death And Grief 

It's been four years since my mom died of cancer, and not a day goes by where she doesn't pop into my thoughts. I still remember the days she was sick. Seeing my strong and wonderful mother in such a vulnerable state was terrifying. I wanted to protect her; I wanted to save her. She stayed brave and beautiful through her last days, which was nothing less than I expected. After all, she was the strongest person I have ever known. 

After she died, I remember going numb. I went through the routines of life, but I could not fully accept she was gone. It was like I was living, but my brain and heart were taking an emotional leave. To this day, I still don't know if I can truly say I have reached a state of acceptance that she is gone. However, I have realized that maybe this is OK. Maybe she doesn't ever truly need to be considered “gone.” 

Grief has no timeline. We all experience loss in unique ways, and we cope differently when someone we love dies. While you may never feel completely healed, if it's any consolation, the empty spot you feel is there for a reason. It's the space in your heart that can be filled with love and memories of the person you lost. 

Here are seven comforting lessons I’ve learned about love and death from the loss of my mom: 

1. Unconditional love is stronger than death. 

From day one, my mom taught me what unconditional love is. She protected me from the beginning, and yet, once she was diagnosed with cancer, I could not protect her. 

2. Death is just a farewell for now, not a goodbye forever. 

When someone you love dies, your relationship with the person will never change. Your relationship will never die. It lives on forever in your heart, in your actions, in your thoughts, in your values and in your memories. 

3. Death is not an ending. 

Sometimes our time on earth is cut too short. Our time in this world is precious, and when it ends sooner than we expect, we must have faith that something beautiful still lies ahead. 

4. When someone we love dies, we have to keep living. 

She told me she wanted me to do great things, to make my mark on this world. She wanted to leave knowing my dad, sister and I would still be happy, and that we would still continue to live. 

5. Be grateful for your relationship. 

You can't stop people from dying, but you can love them while they are here. Death teaches us how love is the most sincere form of appreciation and gratitude in human existence. 

6. Stay with them until the very end. 

Lie with them in their hospital bed and hold their hand. Stay there with them until the end. Hold their hand and never let go. Tell them goodbye, but only for now. 

7. Death is temporary, but love is infinite. 

You will never, ever, ever be alone. Love really is forever, and our hearts have special pockets solely for those we love. We carry them everywhere we go. And this is where love is so truly powerful. This is where love overpowers death every single time. 

Thank you, Mom. I love you, and I am honored to be your daughter. 

 

Elite Daily, Written by: Colleen George, April 22, 2016 ~ copied article 

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All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. ~ Abraham Lincoln
 

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. ~ Theodore Hesburgh 

 

 

 
 

+++ The Christian Banner - April 2018 +++

 

 

Top 5 Spiritual Questions Asked of Billy Graham in 2017 

Question# 2: What is the rapture? 

Answer: There are many Christians who believe that the second coming of Jesus Christ will be in two phases. First, He will come for believers, both living and dead, in the “rapture” (read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17). In this view, the rapture—which is the transformation and catching up of all Christians, dead or alive, to meet Christ in the air—will be secret, for it will be unknown to the world of unbelievers at the time of its happening. 

The effect of this removal, in the absence of multitudes of people, will, of course, be evident on earth. Then, second, after a period of seven years of tribulation on earth, Christ will return to the earth with His church, the saints who were raptured (Matthew 24:30, 2 Thessalonians 1:7, 1 Peter 1:13, Revelation 1:7). He will be victorious over His enemies and will reign on the earth for 1,000 years (the millennium) with His saints, the church. 

After 1,000 years, living unbelievers and the wicked dead now raised to life will be judged at the great white throne judgment. They will then be cast into the lake of fire, while the saved will live forever with Christ in a new heaven and earth (Revelation, chapters 19-22). 

Many other evangelical Christians believe that Christ’s return and the rapture will not occur until the seven years of the tribulation have ended. As far as the latter view is concerned, the rapture will not be secret, since it will be part of Christ’s visible and triumphant return to end this present evil age (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17). At this point, interpreters differ as to whether there will be a literal thousand year reign of Christ on earth or whether the white throne judgment and the new heaven and earth will immediately appear. 

All Christians do not agree on every detail of what will occur in the final events of this world’s history. Some of these events and their order of occurrence have simply not been made clear in the Bible. What is important is that all Christians hold in common that Christ will ultimately return bodily, visibly, and gloriously to reign and rule with His resurrected and transformed saints forever and ever. The details of this great event will be made known in God’s own time. 

www.billygraham.org ~ copied article (Question# 3 will be in our May 2018 issue)

 
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God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, “I love you.” ~ Billy Graham

We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining - they just shine. ~ Dwight L. Moody 

Jesus means life to me. Jesus is our savior. When I think about Jesus, I think about the sacrifice He made so that we may have eternal life. I can certainly tell you I'm not afraid to die, and I certainly have a peace about my life. ~ Jake Peavy

 
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A Great Falling Away 

I have a burden that's been on my heart for a long time and what I am about to share is what God has laid on my heart and it comes from a heart of love for my fellow man and my brothers and sisters in Christ. I go to bed with it on my mind and I wake up with it on my mind and it's a heavy burden that breaks my heart.  

The Bible tells us there will be a great falling away before Christ returns and I have lived to see it happen. It continues to grow worse each day and I know this is one of the signs before He returns. We leave God out of everything, sad to say that even some churches don't welcome His Presence there anymore, it has happened in our schools, our government and even in our families who have no time left to pencil God into their busy lives, even on the Lord's Day. He commanded us as Christians to use six of the seven days He gave us to work and on the seventh day to rest from all our labor and worship Him, but so many have taken this day to do whatever they want and never think about entering the doors of His house to worship Him. This has caused a breakdown in our family unit, our churches, and our schools and unfortunately our society as a whole and it has left a horrific effect on our world in which we live.  

Another sign of His coming, they will cry peace, peace but there will be no peace, sound familiar? We hear it all the time but they are looking to our government and other sources to fix these problems and they do not have that power in their hands to do so, it lies in God's hands, and He has been left out of about everything. A lot of churches can't have evening services anymore or in some cases even closed their doors permanently because there is not enough attendance that even warrants opening the church doors, how sad. It all boils down to this, man is selfish in all his ways and the only time they call on God is when they have exhausted all other available options. Their first option being those in authority over us to fix everything and then they play the blame game, there is no unity anymore and there won't be as long as we leave God out of His rightful place.  

When everything else becomes more important than serving God, then we're on the path of no return. God help us should be our prayer as Christians, we are repeat offenders and no different than those in Bible times, never learning from the past. If you know your Bible then you know what happened and it's not a pretty picture of what is coming to this world in the form of judgment. God be merciful to us is my plea, we have left our first love and if we don't repent, judgment from the hand of Almighty God is going to fall as never before. I have debated about this post and it was not something that I wanted to do but I felt the urgency to do so. Love and prayers to all, we serve a God who is full of mercy and grace and if only we will humble ourselves, pray for forgiveness and let Him have His rightful place in our hearts and lives, He will heal our land and bless His people. Something for us all to think about including myself… have a blessed day. 

Written by Jean Hunt, Facebook post - 03/19/18 

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The Accepted Time 

The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 6:2c: “behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” Nothing deserves our immediate attention more than our eternal soul, yet, the vast majority of people look at salvation as a trivial matter. The vast majority put it off as a last priority in their lives.  

God’s Word puts an utmost urgency in its appeal for people to accept salvation today. Their very souls are at stake for all eternity. The common temptation is any day except today. The sad truth is we can’t get salvation yesterday and we can’t get it tomorrow because we only live in present tense and that’s today! That’s the reason the scripture tells us that now is the accepted time. The vast majority of people will never make it to Heaven simply because they could not book it in the accepted time. They will realize their tragic mistake for all eternity too! 

Written and submitted by: Richard Lewallen, 03/30/18 

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Everywhere and Nowhere 

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?—Psalm 139:7 

A family friend who, like us, lost a teenager in a car accident wrote a tribute to her daughter, Lindsay, in the local paper. One of the most powerful images in her essay was this: After mentioning the many pictures and remembrances of Lindsay she had put around their house, she wrote, “She is everywhere, but nowhere.” 

Although our daughters still smile back at us from their photos, the spirited personalities that lit up those smiles are nowhere to be found. They are everywhere—in our hearts, in our thoughts, in all those photos—but nowhere. 

But Scripture tells us that, in Christ, Lindsay and Melissa are not really nowhere. They are in Jesus’s presence, “with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). They are with the One who, in a sense, is “nowhere but everywhere.” After all, we don’t see God in a physical form. We certainly don’t have smiling pictures of Him on our mantel. In fact, if you look around your house, you may think He is nowhere. But just the opposite is true. He is everywhere! 

Wherever we go on this earth, God is there. He’s there to guide, strengthen, and comfort us. We cannot go where He is not. We don’t see Him, but He’s everywhere. In each trial we face, that’s incredibly good news. 

Our greatest comfort in sorrow is knowing God is with us! 

www.odb.org, Written by: Dave Branon, February 10, 2018 ~ copied article 

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Far Better 

For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better (Philippians 1:2). 

An old Scotch preacher had struggled all through his ministry to help those who were facing death. He had difficulty in this part of his ministry because he had never himself conquered the fear of death. 

Near the end of his life, he moved to another house. When all the furniture had been removed from the old home, he lingered there. His children had been born there. He had prepared hundreds of sermons within those walls. It was hard for him to leave. A thousand memories moved through his mind. 

Finally, one of those helping in the move came to him and said, “Everything’s gone; and the new house is better than this one.” 

It was just what he needed. The sermon in that statement was unforgettable. He understood Paul’s desire to depart and be with Christ because heaven is far better. The years that remained found him capable in aiding others to prepare for heaven. 

There are many wonderful sights on earth… but heaven is far better.
 
Fond friendships are formed on earth… but heaven is far better.
 

Dream homes rise out of the minds of architects and under the sound of the builder’s hammer… but heaven is far better. 

Sweet music is played by gifted people and it echoes in great auditoriums produced by famous orchestras… but heaven is far better. 

And for the Christian, heaven is home!
 

jvim.com, Soul Food Devotional, 02/19/18 ~ copied article 

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Who Does The Bible Call A Fool? 

One of the best known verses about a fool in the Bible is from Psalm 14:1 which says “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.” The Hebrew word used for “fool” in Psalm 14:1 is “nabal” and means “foolishness” or “senseless” and indeed it is foolish not to believe that God exists. I am not calling a non-believer a fool; God is. In the New Testament, the Greek word used for “fool” is “aphrōn” which means “without reason,” “without intelligence” or “senseless” as we read in Luke 12:20 where Jesus says “Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?'” In both of these cases, it is foolish to deny the existence of God and for the one who Jesus spoke about in Luke 12, it was foolish for the rich man to deny God and at the end of life, “the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:21). 

We have already read that the fool denies the existence of God (Psalm 14:1) because all we need to do is to look at creation and see that a creation demands a Creator, just as a painting demands a painter. Unbelievers are without any excuse in denying God’s existence because “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1) and “Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge” (Psalm 19:2) and so unbelievers cover their eyes and close their ears to the obvious fact that God must exist. The creation is what is called “general revelation” or the fact that God has revealed Himself in His creation. It would be like an ant denying the existence of the earth upon which he walks and gathers food. We really know in our hearts that God does exist; it’s just that people deny God’s existence because they either love their sin and don’t want to stop or they are so full of pride that they refuse to humble themselves and acknowledge that there is a supreme and sovereign God that rules over all. It could even be both. 

Contrary to what non-believers say, they have no excuse for denying the existence of God because “what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Rom 1:19-20). Instead of acknowledging God, knowing that He exists, “they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator” (Rom 1:25). This is why the psalmist and other authors of the Bible repeat this so often that “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 53:1). 

The Bible describes anyone who refuses to believe in God as a fool because they know in their heart that He does exist and that He will bring judgment upon everyone who refuses to humble themselves and confess their sins, repent of them, and turn to Christ and put their trust in Him. Everyone will acknowledge the existence of God someday, but for many, it will be too late, and it will be at the judgment seat of Christ (Rev 20:12-15). Sooner or later it will be at “the name that is above every name so at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2:9-11). Paul gives one last warning to everyone who refuses to bend the knee and confess that Jesus is Lord and King that it is “because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will render to each one according to his works” (Rom 2:5-6). 

www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com, Written by: Jack Wellman ~ copied article 

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