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The Work of the Holy Spirit
 

First, the work of the Holy Spirit is to convict us of our sin. “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8, NKJV). He uses a mother’s prayers, or a tragic experience, or a pastor’s sermon, or some other experience to convict us of sin and of our need to run our lives over to Jesus Christ. That is the work of the Holy Spirit. He points to us and says, “You are a sinner. You need to repent.”  

We don’t like to hear that, but that is the work of the Holy Spirit. Without that work we could never have our sins forgiven, we could never be saved, we could never go to Heaven. 

Second, the Holy Spirit gives new life. The Bible says that we are dead in our sins and trespasses (see Ephesians 2:1). Our spirit within us, made in the image of God, is dead toward God. Mankind needs life. All have sinned. Therefore, all are dead toward God. The Holy Spirit gives us new life in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “No one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again” (John 3:3). You must be born again. 

And the Holy Spirit is the One who does the work of making you a born-again person. It is a supernatural act.  

Paul said to Titus, “not by works of righteousness which we have done”–not all our good works and all the good things we have done are going to save us–“but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5, NKJV). We are saved by the mercy of God, by the grace of God. It is something I didn’t earn, something I didn’t work for. It is the gift of God, the gift of salvation.  

Third, the Holy Spirit indwells us. As you read this, you may realize that you are spiritually dead, overdosed on our hedonistic culture. God says, “I will put my Spirit in you. I will come to live in you.” Your body becomes the temple where God dwells by His Holy Spirit.  

That is the reason we should never take anything unclean into our bodies. That is the reason we should discipline our bodies. God loves your body. He doesn’t want it polluted by fleshly lusts and the things to which you give yourself. The Bible says, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).  

Fourth, The Holy Spirit gives you power to serve Christ. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). I couldn’t do the work I am doing without the power of the Holy Spirit. I am a communicator of God’s message. He called me and gave me that gift. What counts is the message that–according to the Scripture–Christ died for our sins, He rose again. He is coming back again, and He is ready to come into your heart by the Holy Spirit and make you a new person. That is the Gospel.  

Written by: Billy Graham, 02/10/11 ~ Copied Article  

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What More Could God Have Done?


In Isaiah 5, God tells the story – through His prophet, Isaiah – of a disappointing vineyard.
  

The prophet Isaiah told a story of a man who had a vineyard on a fertile hill.  The man cultivated the ground.  He removed the stones so nothing would hinder the vines’ growth.  He planted only the best quality vines.  He built a tower in the middle of the vineyard so he could watch for wild animals and intruders.  He constructed a wine vat so he would be ready the ripe grapes.  Then he waited.  But, rather than producing good grapes, the vineyard produced worthless ones. 

In v.4, the question is asked: ‘What more could I have done for my vineyard than I did? Why, when I expected a yield of good grapes, did it yield worthless grapes?’  

This story illustrates the relationship between God and His people.  God has done everything necessary for us to produce an abundance of spiritual fruit in our lives.  He saved us when we were without hope.  He gave us the Holy Spirit to produce good fruit in our lives.  He removed our sin so we were free to serve Him.  We have the Bible in numerous translations.  We have access to more Christian books, music, videos, conferences, schools, radio and TV stations, magazines, and seminars than ever before.  There are churches of every kind and size. We have pastors and teacher to instruct us and encourage us.  Most of all, we have direct access to God through prayer.  

Jesus said, “To whom much is given, much is expected” (Luke 12:48).  One day, God will hold us accountable for all He has done for us.  He will ask us to show Him the fruit from all His bountiful provision in our lives.  What will He find in you?” 

https://thescottspot.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/what-more-could-god-have-done/ ~ Copied Article 

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Dead Church Story

 

A new pastor in Topeka, Kansas, USA, spent the first four days making personal visits to each of his prospective congregation inviting them to come to his inaugural services. 

The following Sunday the church was all but empty. Accordingly, the pastor placed a notice in the local newspapers, stating that, because the church was dead, it was everyone's duty to give it a decent Christian burial. The funeral would be held the following Sunday afternoon. 

Morbidly curious, a large crowd turned out for the ‘funeral.’ 

In front of the pulpit they saw a closed coffin which was covered in flowers. After the pastor had delivered the eulogy, he opened the coffin and invited his congregation to come forward and pay their final respects to their dead church. 

Filled with curiosity as to what would represent the corpse of a ‘dead church’, all the people eagerly lined up to look in the coffin. Each ‘mourner’ peeped into the coffin then quickly turned away with a guilty, sheepish look. 

In the coffin, tilted at the correct angle, was a large mirror. 

http://www.gospelweb.net/ChurchHumor4/DeadChurchStory.htm, Author Unknown ~ Copied Article 

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While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. The various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs, unfailingly intrigued her. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, "The tooth fairy will never believe this!" 

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Power of the Blood

 

Key Verse: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sin. – Colossians 1:4 

We live in a world where people like to display their power. But there is no power on earth that can do what today’s key verse says. Every one of us was born with a sinful nature that has separated us from a holy God. But through the blood of Christ we can be reconciled to God. If we confess our sins, they can all be forgiven and remembered against us no more. We can never do enough good works or give enough money to have our sins forgiven; it is only through the blood of Christ. That is what makes the blood of Jesus so precious. 

What else can the blood of Christ do? It can take away the very guilt of sin. There are many troubled souls that go to bed every night with guilt in their heart; the blood of Jesus is the only remedy for that. Also, Colossians 1:20 speaks of “peace through the blood of his cross,” which means having a clear conscience, no longer troubled by sin. In addition, Romans 5:9 says we are “justified by his blood.” This means we are made righteous, just as though we had never sinned. Amazing! 

The blood of Christ can do even more. Revelation 12:11 says, “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb,” meaning we can overcome any temptation from Satan by the blood of Christ. Are we experiencing victory over sin, or are we living in defeat? We may feel that we have committed so many sins that there is no hope for us. But as we cry out to God for forgiveness – God be merciful to me a sinner”— the blood of Christ will cleanse us. Have you experienced the power of the blood in your life? 

There’s wonderful power in the Blood. 

 

Beside the Still Water, Jan-Feb 2020 issue, Written by: Cleason Martin, 01/12/20 – Copied Article 

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A New Life in Christ 

 

Are you walking down a broken road and have no idea of which way to go? Does your life lack joy and are you tired of all the earthly toys? Does your life have true meaning and do you wonder which way you sometimes are leaning? Do you run to and fro and still end up with no place to go? Do you seek fortune and fame, and each time it evades you just the same? Do you think if only you were rich, then you wouldn't have to worry about getting out of that deep ditch? 

None of the above can ever bring you joy and a heart filled with love; only God can remedy this when you allow Him to fill your heart with eternal bliss. Once He takes up residence in your heart, then and only then, will these earthy desires depart. God changes the way you feel when He comes in and it's real. You no longer wander around when a new life in Christ you have found. He will change the way you act and react because your heart of His love is fully packed. So don't walk down a broken road with no place to go, let Jesus come in and cleanse your life of all that sin. Will your life be perfect then? Certainly not, but you have Jesus on whom you can depend! Stay on the straight and narrow road; Heaven will be your eternal home when it's your time to go. 

Facebook Posting by Jean Hunt, 02/20/20 

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“Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” ~ Steve Jobs 

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What Time is It? 

 

Memory Verse: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only (Matthew 24:36). 

Somewhere in time there is a sacred date known only to the Lord, the date of Christ’s return for His Bride…the Church. No one on earth can tell the day or pinpoint the hour of this long promised event. We know only that it is sure to come and that wise ones get ready for it. 

In his book, Pepper ‘N Salt, Dr. Vance Havner tells of a wild duck that came down on migration into a barnyard and liked it so well that he stayed there. In the fall his former companions passed overhead and his first impulse was to rise and join them, but he had fed so well that he could rise no higher than the eaves of the barn. As time passed, the day finally came when his old fellow travelers could pass overhead without his even hearing their call. Many Christians have become content in this world and scarcely hear the call of God concerning the needs in their lives. Preaching doesn’t touch them. They have settled down in the barnyard and have forgotten they belong to the Lord. 

On that special day to come, they will hear the call of the Lord and will rise to meet Him. All who have been born again will be taken in the Rapture of the Church…but many will be ashamed. The weight of worldly trinkets had overloaded them. John warned: “And now, Little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming” (1 John 2:28). The coming of Christ is imminent…an event to be expected at all times. He will return right on time. PERHAPS TODAY! 

Remember who you are. The time of His coming draws nigh. Get out of the barnyard. 

Today’s Devotional, www.jvim.com, 03/24/15 ~ Copied Article 

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On My Feet Walking
 

“We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved.” Romans 8:23-24 

Recently, when Ken and I were back in Maryland, my family showed 8 mm home movies. There, larger-than-life on the living room wall, I saw me at the age of sixteen. I had the same basic hairstyle and hair color, but my head was attached to a walking body—my body! I watched my hands hold the reins of my horse and pat his neck. I watched how I put one foot in front of the other. It gave me goose bumps. 

Later on Ken asked me how I felt as I watched myself walk. “There was a time I would have sighed and said, ‘Aww, that’s the way it used to be. I wish I could go back to that,’” I said. “But now, thirty years later and having spent almost as many years sinking my heart and head in the Word of God, I can say, ‘Oh, wow, this is the way it soon will be. I can look forward to having a body that works. And I’ll do so much more than walk!’” 

I am closer to this side of gaining my heavenly body than to the other side of losing my earthly body. Philippians 3:12 says, “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” The past is the past. The future is much more interesting to think about. Watching home movies doesn’t make me sad; it makes me happy to think of all I will gain back—and more! 

What are you dwelling on today? The loss of something or someone in your past? Let your groanings be not for what once was but for what will soon be! Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Count the years. You just might be closer to the future than you think. 

Lord, help me to set my heart and mind on things above! 

 

Daily Devotional, joniandfriends.org, 1/21/20, Written by: Joni Eareckson Tada ~ Copied Article

 

 

  
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Peace Will Not Come to the World Until Christ Returns

 

Q: Will we ever achieve peace on earth? — P.S. 

A: The human race continues its futile search for peace in all the wrong places, placing its hope in governments, successes, or religions. This is what the Bible says concerning mankind’s futility: “The way of peace they have not known” (Romans 3:17). Today there is little personal, domestic, social, economic, or political peace anywhere. Why? Mankind has within it the seeds of suspicion, violence, hatred, and destruction. 

Millions search for what can only be found in Christ. There have been men and women who had the ability to write a check for a million dollars, and would offer it, if it would bring them peace. But peace cannot be bought. 

Peace will not come to the world until Christ returns. “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division” (Luke 12:51). Jesus was not saying that he prevented peace; he was giving fair warning that his message would divide people. After all, who likes to be told they are sinners who must repent? When Christ began his earthly ministry, he showed love, gave comfort, and brought healing. The people’s response was to oppose him, reject him, arrest him, and kill him. 

And Satan does everything in his power to steer peace seekers away from the Peacemaker, Jesus Christ. The same people that talk of peace, lobby for it and convene peace conferences, are often the same people who are blinded by Satan who does not want the world to recognize the source of peace. 

But personal peace can be realized in the here and now. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace” (John 16:33). The future does not hinge on the world situation, however grim it might become. It depends on what each person does about Jesus Christ. 

Based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham ~ Copied Article 

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Spiritual Conditioning
 

All of the skill and technology in an operating room is dedicated to one purpose…the assurance that the patient will be restored to health. There is one condition, however, that all the skill of the surgical team cannot control – the condition of the patient’s spirit. It has been proven that those patients with a hopeful, positive, and faithful attitude have a significantly greater chance of survival and recovery. We can learn a faithful attitude by studying God’s Word. A practice of positive spiritual conditioning at your house of worship each week could save your life. 

www.kwnews.com, 01/24/19 ~ Copied Article 

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Eternal Things 
 

Memory Verse:
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).
 

Most spend their time working and scheming to get visible assets; money, property, stocks, bonds, etc. Yet all these things are temporal … tied to time. And because they are temporal their value is fleeting. 

Some material possessions are fleeting in value because our time on earth is limited. No matter how enduring the possession, the lifetime of the possessor determines the life of its usefulness to that person. Homes and automobiles are of no value to those who have passed from this life. The other dimension to the brevity of use of earth’s trinkets is the fact that someday they will all be destroyed. In view of this truth, Peter wrote: “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness” (2 Peter 3:11). 

But some things have lasting value.
 

Jesus said: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” (Matthew 6:19-20). 

Faithful service for Christ may not bring earthly acclaim or material rewards, but treasures in heaven await the Christian who gives of himself in labor for his Lord. Suffering here may be difficult but it cannot be compared with the blessings awaiting those who stand true to the Saviour: 

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17). 

Today's Devotional, jvim.com, 1/24/19 ~ Copied Article 

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Hallelujah!
 

Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted. — Psalm 148:13

Today's Scripture: Psalm 148:1-14
 

Recently I saw a television commercial that made it appear that fish and animals were singing “The Hallelujah Chorus.” At first it seemed a bit absurd and even sacrilegious to see angelfish and brown bears mouthing the word hallelujah. But as I thought about it, a passage of Scripture came to mind. 

Psalm 148 calls for everything in creation to praise the Lord. Included in the invitation are “great sea creatures” (v.7), “beasts and all cattle; creeping things and flying fowl” (v.10). Not exactly the usual crowd in the choir loft or the congregation on Sunday morning! 

As you read Psalm 148, count the number of different elements of God’s creation that are invited to join in praising the Lord. Among them are angels, stars, sea creatures, mountains, trees, animals, kings and princes, men and women, young and old. 

The psalmist cried out, “Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven” (v.13). Is anyone or anything excluded from this invitation? It appears not. 

On this day and throughout the year, may each of us answer this call to praise God in a joyful and lasting way. Let’s join all creation in celebrating the greatness of our God! 

www.odb.org, 01/02/2000, Written by: David C. McCasland ~ Copied Article 

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Created by God
 

The tiny little stars that shine so bright in the darkness of the night give me peace and comfort too, just to know that God created them for us to view. Everything in creation was created by Him and everywhere you look there is nothing that is dim. He's the Master of this universe and He created more than just this earth, He created humans to live and breathe and gave us a brain to take care of our needs. Even the animals know how to survive and what to do to stay alive, I love to watch as they work and play as they get ready to face another day. That big ole moon that shines so bright along with the stars on a cold, dark night and it makes me wonder as the stars twinkle so bright is Heaven not far out of sight.  

The snow that softly falls to the ground without making a sound as if there is no one else around. The raindrops that fall to this earth reminds me of my new birth, all the dirt and grime was washed away the day Jesus came into my heart to stay. The wind that blows through the trees is as if God is speaking to me, the rustling of the falling leaves and I wonder how can man not believe? All these were created by God above out of His great mercy and wondrous love. How can it be that He still has the time to love and take care of me as well as the little birds that sing in the trees? He's my Father, He's my Savior, He's my Friend and I don't have to worry because on Him I can depend. 

Facebook Posting by Jean Hunt, 01/24/20 

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God can. God will.
 

My life changed forever on May 10, 2016 when an oncologist’s diagnosis of ‘Pnet Brain Tumor’ was spoken about my precious, two-year old daughter, Emma Beth. Just one day earlier, Emma Beth had been healthy and happily playing with friends when she suddenly began displaying signs of paralysis on the right side of her body. The doctor’s diagnosis meant that Emma Beth would have less than a 20% chance of surviving and would be facing a possibly unsuccessful surgery to remove the egg-sized tumor growing in her brain.  

Immediately, I walked out of the room and headed straight to the hospital’s garden where I wept and prayed. As I felt God’s presence meet me on bended knees, the words of Philippians 4:6 swept over me, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” It was in this moment I felt a peace that God would fight for me and Emma Beth. And I sensed a calling to minister to others that I would encounter through Emma Beth’s diagnosis. I did this through bracelets I made that were inscribed with “God can. God will.” I handed out thousands of them. I prayed with and over babies and their families, trusting no prayer returns void.  

God opened doors for me to share verses of encouragement with others, including the mom of a little boy fighting the same brain cancer as Emma Beth. I initially stood silent as this mom struggled with hope, believing that her baby would die. Then God granted me an opportunity to take this mom’s hands and tell her of a God who was big and amazing, a God who was a bigger physician than the ones helping save the lives of our children.  

Over the past three years, my daughter and I have had the opportunity to lead seven people to Christ. Regardless of our outward circumstances, we have chosen to stand firm in our faith and be a light to others walking through a difficult and dark time. 

www.thechristianheart.com, 07/16/19 ~ Copied Article

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Honest Valentines Written by Children
 
Thank you mom for making me food so I don’t die.
 

Mom and Dad, You are lucky you are alive. I love you very much! Happy Valentin’s Day!  

People I love: Mom, Dad, Shawn, Kate, Tyler, Teddy Roosevelt.
 

I love you mama! Hi! Sydney loves you to! I have beautiful eyes! I meant you have beautiful eyes! p.s. You make the best gwockomoly!  

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If I Could Count my Blessings
 

If I could count the blessings given to me

They would reach above the mountains and extend beyond the crystal sea! 

If I could count the blessings then I could count the shifting sands

And hold it all in the palms of my hands! 

If I could count my blessings then I could count the stars in the sky

And behold all their beauty wherever they may lie! 

If I could count the sea shells along the golden shore

Then I could count the blessings that mean so much more! 

If I could count the ocean waves as they break apart

Then I could count all the blessings stored within my heart! 

If I could count all the times God has walked with me down that hard and bumpy road

Then I could count the times he has carried for me that heavy load! 

If I could count all the blessings, my cup would overflow

But all of His blessings would still continue to grow! 

Even if I couldn’t count all of my blessings, I know they come from Thee

Thank You for Your many blessings on me! 

Written by: Irene Wright 

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Slowing Down Time 

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 (NIV) 

A lot has changed since the electric clock was invented in the 1840s. We now keep time on smart watches, smart phones, and laptops. The entire pace of life seems faster—with even our “leisurely” walking speeding up. This is especially true in cities and can have a negative effect on health, scholars say. “We’re just moving faster and faster and getting back to people as quickly as we can,” Professor Richard Wiseman observed. “That’s driving us to think everything has to happen now.” 

Moses, the writer of one of the oldest of the Bible’s psalms, reflected on time. He reminds us that God controls life’s pace. “A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night,” he wrote (Psalm 90:4). 

The secret to time management, therefore, isn’t to go faster or slower. It’s to abide in God, spending more time with Him. Then we get in step with each other, but first with Him—the One who formed us (139:13) and knows our purpose and plans (v.16). 

Our time on earth won’t last forever. Yet we can manage it wisely, not by watching the clock, but by giving each day to God. As Moses said, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (90:12). Then, with God we’ll always be on time, now and forever. 

www.odb.org, Written by: Patricia Raybon, 01/14/20 ~ Copied Article 

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“Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.” ~ Debbie Macomber, writer

“God always answers prayers. Sometimes it’s ‘yes.’ Sometimes the answer is ‘no.’ Sometimes it’s ‘you gotta be kidding’.” ~ former President Jimmy Carter 

“God has given us two hands, one to receive and the other to give with.” ~ Rev. Billy Graham

 

  

 

 
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A New Year's Prayer 

Another year is dawning
With the chance to start anew
May I be kinder, wiser, Lord,
In all I say and do. 

Not so caught up in selfish gain
That I would fail to see
The things in life that mean the most
Cost not a fancy fee. 

The warm, kind word that I can give,
The outstretched hand to help,
The prayers I pray for those in need--
More precious these than wealth. 

I know not what may lie ahead
Of laughter or of tears;
I only need to know each day
That You are walking near. 

I'm thankful for this brand new year
As now I humbly pray,
My hand secure in Yours, dear Lord,
Each step along the way.  

Written by: Kay Hoffman, http://www.newyearfestival.com ~ Copied Poem 

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The Fight of Two Wolves within You 

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life: 

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. 

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil–he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” 

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.” 

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?” 

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”  

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Billy Graham: Will Jesus Return One Day?

Q: Do you think Jesus might come again during this year? I know we aren’t supposed to make predictions, but the world is in such bad shape that I don’t see how it can last much longer, unless He intervenes. — Mrs. M.F. 

A: One of the Bible’s greatest promises is that someday all the evil that infects our world will be destroyed, and Jesus Christ will come again to rule in perfect righteousness and power. No wonder the Bible calls this “the blessed hope — the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13)! 

Yes, you’re right — we live in a time of great conflict and upheaval. And as you point out, Jesus Himself warned us against making predictions about the exact time of His return. But He did tell us to be alert to the signs God would give us, assuring us that the time for Christ’s return was coming closer. Many certainly seem to be happening today. 

I often think, for example, of Jesus’ promise that He would only return once the Gospel had been preached to the ends of the earth. Don’t we see this happening today, as new technologies enable us to reach even the remotest parts of the globe with the Gospel? Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world ... and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). 

The real question, however, is this: What difference should Christ’s return make in our lives? First, it should make us examine ourselves; to be sure we are ready for His return. Have you committed your life to Christ, and are you seeking to live for Him? But it also should give us a sense of urgency, telling others of Christ and urging them to be ready to meet God.  

https://billygraham.org, Answers by: Billy Graham, 01/05/18 ~ Copied Article 

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Lost

I had been looking for a lost dog listed in the local newspaper for three weeks or more. The ad included the dog’s picture and a phone number to text or call if the dog was found. Many “Lost” posters were also put up in several places in town and outside of town too. Every time we made a trip anywhere I looked for this dog. It was on my mind so much that one night I dreamed I was lost and desperate to get back home. I was so happy to wake up and realize it was a dream! 

The newspaper ad stopped a few days ago. I hope the dog was found and returned to its family. I can only imagine how much the family loved and missed their dog. There’s no way to know how many people were looking for this dog either.  

Do you know that Jesus loves you and He longs for you to accept Him as your Lord and Savior? He loves you even if you don’t love Him. I can’t think of anything worse than being lost for all eternity without another chance of finding Jesus. Seek Jesus now while you can. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, save you and accept Him into your heart forever. You’ll be eternally grateful too!  

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17 (KJV)  

Written by: Pat Lewallen, 12/24/19  

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Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” ~ Anne Frank 

“God never made a promise that was too good to be true.” ~ Dwight L. Moody  

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Standing Strong in Difficult Times

My life was forever changed when I was diagnosed with my first brain tumor. I was experiencing severe headaches, and I knew something was wrong. When the results of the MRI came back and the doctor told me, I wanted to scream. I was devastated and cried uncontrollably. “Why me, Lord?” I yelled. But after a few days, I heard the Holy Spirit say “Why not you?” He told me He’d always be with me and not to be discouraged. Since then, I’ve had a peace that is hard to explain. The Bible says that it passes all understanding, and in my case, it really does. I went through the surgery. I woke up temporarily blind, but my sight returned and the surgery was deemed a success. I had a second chance at life. However, it is now eight years later, and the tumor has returned. With a vengeance. The tumor has disabled me, both physically and mentally. I am unable to work.  

There has been countless time when I didn’t know how I would survive with this pain. As I await the next surgery, I don’t know my future prognosis. I will either be cured here on earth or be totally restored in heaven. I know He has promised to be with me no matter the result. God’s grace and mercy have brought me through all my burdens and battles so far. While my life has been dramatically altered and not in the way that I would have scripted, it is now my goal to be a living testimony for Jesus. To share what He has done in my life. I feel, as a Christian, it is my duty to encourage others going through something like this. So I’ve gotten very involved with a couple brain tumor support groups, including one on the Internet. I tell them about my faith, share that I’m not afraid, and let them see that if you have faith, you can stand strong in the face of great adversity.  

http://www.thechristianheart.com/peggy/, 10/10/17 ~ Copied Article  

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Happy New Year!

We all look forward to a happy New Year, and that’s what I pray we all will receive. I’ve heard from different people here at Mountain View that they didn’t have such a great year in 2019. I had some health issues myself so I can relate to how they feel. I too am ready to start a new year. Hindsight has taught me one thing – if we put our faith and trust in the Lord, He can carry us through some very difficult places.  

This New Year is also an election year. It’s our responsibility as Christians to be informed voters and get out and vote our conscience. You and I, as born again Christians, need to be busy praying and touching God with our prayers. Let’s pray for the lost, for our nation, and for our brothers and sisters in Christ. May God grant us all a happy New Year. 

God gives us a wonderful promise in His word, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV.  

Written by: Richard Lewallen, 12/31/19  

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Father O'Malley answers the phone. "Hello, is this Father O'Malley?" 
"It is" 
"This is the IRS. Can you help us?" 
"I can" 
"Do you know a Ted Houlihan?" 
"I do" 
"Is he a member of your congregation?" 
"He is" 
"Did he donate $10,000 to the church?" 
"He will".
 

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Wise Use of Time 

Phillips Brooks wrote: “A friend says to me, ‘I have not time or room in my life for Christianity. If it were not so full! You don’t know how hard I work from morning till night. When have I time, where have I room for Christianity in such a life as mine?’ It is as if the engine had said it had no room for the steam. It is as if the tree said it had no room for the sap. It is as if the ocean said it had no room for the tide. It is as if the man had said he had no room for his soul. It is as if the life had said it had no time to live. It is not something added to life; it is life. A man is not living without it. And for a man to say, ‘I am so full in life that I have no room for life,’ you see immediately to what absurdity it reduces itself.” 

The first wise use of time is that moment of coming in faith to Christ that brings new birth. Jesus said: “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). From that point on, wisdom dictates using time to lay treasures in heaven through service for Christ. 

It is wise to take time to pray. 

It is wise to take time to read the Bible. 

It is wise to take time to tell others of Jesus. 

It is wise to take time to help those who are in need. 

It is wise to take time to bear the burdens of those who are troubled. It is wise to value spiritual things above material things. 

It is wise to act in faith. 

In view of the brevity of life, we must learn to number our days and apply our hearts to wisdom. Any other course results in a wasted life.  

www. jvim.com, March 23, 2015 ~ Copied Article 

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The Road to Eternity 

Life is but a stopping place,
A pause in what's to be,
A resting place along the road,
to sweet eternity. 

We all have different journeys,
Different paths along the way,
We all were meant to learn some things,
but never meant to stay...

Our destination is a place,
Far greater than we know.
For some the journey's quicker,
For some the journey's slow.

And when the journey finally ends,
We'll claim a great reward,
And find an everlasting peace,
Together with the Lord.
 

~ Author unknown  

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Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right. ~ Abraham Lincoln