Monday, February 18, 2008

The Holy Alphabet

The Holy Alphabet

A lthough things are not perfect
B ecause of trial or pain
C ontinue in thanksgiving
D o not begin to blame
E ven when the times are hard
F ierce winds are bound to blow
G od is forever able
H old on to what you know
I magine life without His love
J oy would cease to be
K eep thanking Him for all the things
L ove imparts to thee
M ove out of "Camp Complaining"
N o weapon that is known
O n earth can yield the power
P raise can do alone
Q uit looking at the future
R edeem the time at hand
S tart every day with worship
T o "thank" is a command
U ntil we see Him coming
V ictorious in the sky
W e'll run the race with gratitude
X alting God most high
Y es, there'll be good times and yes some will be bad, but...
Z ion waits in glory...where none are ever sad!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

wHAT did i have..?

One day a little boy come to Jesus and say :

Jesus, i pray to You everynight for my mom and dad, my brother, my friends, also for snup, my doggie....

And i'm not only praying, Jesus, but i also tell them about You, how You came to this earth and saving all people in this world, i told them just like my sunday school'z teacher told me,

And it'z being 3 weeks belong from now, Jesus..!!!
But, just see now...

What did i have?

mom and dad still fighting about grasswood....
my brother still wake me up in the morning just to walking arround...
my dog, snup, he always sleep when i call him...
and my friends, they still call me a freak...


Did You do somethin' for me, Jesus?

Then Jesus smile to that little boy and answer him:

But not in your way,
and not like what you think...

Guyz, we must realized that the truth is:
We are walking in HIS plan..
So, do not alwayz asking an answer for our prayer,
but ask Him what we must pray about...


Wednesday, February 13, 2008


by Jim Corner

I must confess that I really don't have a secret; I was just hoping that the title would catch your attention. What I do have is some really great news! GOD LOVES YOU!

I want you to think about that for a minute. The very one who created the universe, who is eternal, who has all power loves you! In our lives we have many people who love us: our parents, children and friends. I am thankful that I have a family and many friends who love me, but I am ECSTATIC that God loves me.

How can we know that God loves us? Well, I could quote many scriptures but I prefer to paint a picture for you. In this picture we see the Son of God leave Heaven to come to the earth. He was born in poverty and though a king, was treated like the lowliest of people. He went about doing good, healing people, loving people and showing kindness in so many different ways. The picture becomes ugly, however, as we see man take him and severely flog Him. We see man repeatedly punch Him in the face. We see man place a crown of thorns on His head. We see man strike Him on the head with a stick. We see man spit in His face. We see man mock Him. Finally, we see man lay Him on a cross and drive nails into His hands and feet. We then listen as He utters these words, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."

Why did Jesus suffer to this degree? The answer is because He loves YOU! That's right, the Son of God loves you! He died because He wants you to spend eternity in Heaven with Him. Would you like to learn about the love of God for you? World Bible School is a ministry of the Lord's Church in which you will have a teacher who will send you Bible lessons. You will study of the love that the Lord has for you and will discover what you must do to inherit eternal life. We look forward to assisting you in discovering the love that God has for you.

Monday, February 11, 2008

You And Your Possessions

READ: Matthew 19:16-26

It is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. —Matthew 19:23

Six armed gunmen broke into the deposit boxes in a London bank and stole valuables worth more than $7 million. One woman, whose jewelry was appraised at $500,000, wailed, “Everything I had was in there. My whole life was in that box.”

Some people have taken foolish risks to cling to their riches. They have died rushing into burning houses or were killed because they stubbornly resisted armed robbers. Apparently they felt that without their material possessions life would not be worthwhile. Others, when they lose their wealth, slip into despair, even to the point of suicide.

The greatest danger in becoming too closely identified with our possessions lies in the spiritual area of life. An unhealthy attachment to material things can keep an unsaved person from turning to Christ and prevent a believer from living for Him.

The story of the rich young ruler forcefully illustrates this truth. Jesus’ words “You cannot serve God and [money]” (Matt. 6:24) certainly apply to us all.

Keep a wide gulf between yourself and your possessions. It will spare you many heartaches. If you are not a believer in Christ, don’t make the mistake of the rich young ruler. It will cost you your soul. —Herbert Vander Lugt

The riches of this world are vain,
They vanish in a day;
But sweet the treasures of God’s love—
They never pass away! —Bosch

To be rich in God is better than to be rich in goods!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Forgetting God

READ: Matt. 13:3-8,18-23
He who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the Word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit. —Matthew 13:23

An insightful scholar by the name of A. J. Heschel recounts a story from his days as a student in Berlin. Although he was a devout man, he became so preoccupied by the arts in that glittering culture that one day he failed to pray at sunset, as his custom had been without fail. He admits, “The sun had gone down, evening had arrived . . . . I had forgotten God.”

Heschel’s omission may seem minor to us, but his zeal shows that he understands the importance of cultivating the spiritual life.
Jesus told a story of a sower, a seed, and four kinds of soil (Matt. 13:1-9). The soil among the thorns represented those who permit the Word of God in their hearts to be choked by the cares and pleasures of the alluring world (vv.7,22).

That’s a dangerous possibility for anyone who thoughtlessly responds to God’s Word. The world may induce a forgetfulness of spiritual reality and responsibility.

Do we allow the attractions of this world to keep us from reading and meditating on God’s Word? Prayerfully, let us strive to be like the one who “hears the Word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces” (v.23).

When the sun sets tonight, let it not be said that we have forgotten God —Vernon C Grounds

Take time to be holy,
Speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always
And feed on His Word. —Longstaff

Prayer and obedience to God will cultivate the soil of a hard heart.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

What God Owes Us

READ: Colossians 1:9-14
Walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him. —Colossians 1:10

A story is told about a vendor who sold bagels for 50 cents each at a street corner food stand. A jogger ran past and threw a couple of quarters into the bucket but didn’t take a bagel. He did the same thing every day for months. One day, as the jogger was passing by, the vendor stopped him. The jogger asked, “You probably want to know why I always put money in but never take a bagel, don’t you?” “No,” said the vendor. “I just wanted to tell you that the bagels have gone up to 60 cents.”

Too often, as believers, we treat God with that same kind of attitude. Not only are we ungrateful for what He’s given us—but we want more. Somehow we feel that God owes us good health, a comfortable life, material blessings. Of course, God doesn’t owe us anything, yet He gives us everything.

G.K. Chesterton wrote, “Here dies another day, during which I have had eyes, ears, hands, and the great world round me. And with tomorrow begins another. Why am I allowed two?” The psalmist said, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. 118:24).

Each day, whether good or bad, is one more gift from our God. Our grateful response should be to live to please Him. —Cindy Hess Kasper

Living for Jesus a life that is true,
Striving to please Him in all that I do;
Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessing for me. —Chisholm

Life is a gift from God to be lived for God.

Monday, February 4, 2008

The Power Of Influence

READ: Matthew 5:1-16
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? —Matthew 5:13

On February 9, 1964, the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and captivated the youth of America. After hearing their music and seeing their “look,” I did what millions of young American boys did—I begged my parents to let me grow my hair. Then, along with my best friend Tommy, I started a garage band. The Beatles’ performance had such an impact on us that we intentionally tried to be like them. It was a significant introduction to the power of influence.

Years later, the power of influence came to mean something far more significant to me as I began my journey as a follower of Christ. I had the desire to live under the influence of Christ, but I also wanted to be an influencer of others by pointing them to the Savior.

In part, this is what Jesus was challenging us to understand in Matthew 5:13-16. Salt and light are influential factors in a dark and corrupting world, and Christ, who is the Light of the world, calls us to be lights of influence as well. The Master who modeled perfect purity calls us to be salt that adds flavor and prevents corruption.

May we not only be influenced by Christ but also be influencers for Christ in a needy world. —Bill Crowder

Lord, let me be a shining light
In all I say and do,
That Your great love displayed in me
May lead someone to You. —Sper

As the “salt of the earth,” Christians will make others thirsty for the “Water of Life.”

Friday, February 1, 2008

Who Says What’s Right?

READ: Romans 2:12-16
Gentiles, who do not have the law, . . . show the work of the law written in their hearts. —Romans 2:14-15

People who reject absolute standards of right and wrong are often inconsistent. When they think they are being treated unfairly, they appeal to a standard of justice that they expect everyone to adhere to.

A philosophy professor began each new term by asking his class, “Do you believe it can be shown that there are absolute values like justice?” The free-thinking students all argued that everything is relative and no single law can be applied universally. Before the end of the semester, the professor devoted one class period to debate the issue. At the end, he concluded, “Regardless of what you think, I want you to know that absolute values can be demonstrated. And if you don’t accept what I say, I’ll flunk you!” One angry student got up and insisted, “That’s not fair!” “You’ve just proved my point,” replied the professor. “You’ve appealed to a higher standard of fairness.”

God has given everyone a conscience to tell right from wrong (Rom. 2:14-15), and His moral standards are written in the Bible. Every time we use the words good and bad, we imply a standard by which we make such judgments. Biblical values are true for any age, because they originate with an eternal, unchanging God. —Dennis J. De Haan

God has not left us in the dark
About what’s wrong or right,
For through His works and in His Word
His Spirit gives us light. —D. De Haan

Only God has the right to define what’s wrong.