What Do You Want To Be?

What Do You Want To Be?

In 1921, Charles William Paddock was widely acclaimed as the “fastest human being” in the world. In the 1920 Olympic Games in Belgium, Paddock captured the gold medal in the 100-meter dash and won a silver medal in the 200-meter dash. One day, Paddock visited a school in Cleveland, Ohio and spoke to the student body. A young black child listened intently as this famous athlete talked. “What do you want to be,” Paddock asked? You name it and then believe that God will help and you will become just that,” he said. That young man although materially poor was spiritually rich; he decided that he too wanted to be the fastest human being on earth. He shared his dream with Charles Riley his junior high track coach. Coach Riley said to him, “It’s great to have a dream son, but to attain your goal it is necessary to build a ladder to it, and on the ladder, you must have rungs or steps that will support the weight of all you hope to achieve. The first rung on your dream ladder must be determination and the second dedication. The third step is discipline! The fourth rung enabling you to build your dream is attitude!” To be successful you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish, and then resolve

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The Master’s Card

The Master’s Card

There are some things money can’t buy, for everything else, there’s Master card. I’m sure you’ve all received their applications in the mail. However, there is a different card. It’s The Master’s Card. That’s right, The MASTER’S CARD. Let me tell you about it. There are no finance charges, no payments due. Your bill has already been covered…it’s a prepaid deal… Because you couldn’t afford the price, Jesus stepped in and paid it for you. It is accessible twenty-four hours a day from anywhere in the world. The MASTER’S CARD has so many benefits it’s hard to list them all. Let me share some of them with you… You might want to apply for a personal card yourself. And best of ALL—IT’S FREE. Just for starters, there is UNLIMITED GRACE. That’s right, there is no preset limit to the amount of grace you receive from The MASTER’S CARD. Have you been looking for love in all the wrong places? Then, look no farther than The MASTER’S CARD. It offers the greatest rate on love that has ever been offered. The MASTER’S CARD gives you access to many “members only” benefits. Want real joy despite the difficulties of life? Apply for The MASTER’S CARD. Want a lasting peace? Apply for The MASTER’S CARD. Looking for something you can always rely on

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The Choice You Make (2)

The Choice You Make (2)

The Choice You Make Continued from yesterday… Shortly afterwards her Ladyship went down followed by a retinue of servants, in case any harm might come to her. Seeing the beggar, she asked him kindly, “Well, my good man, what do you want?” He bowed, and then said, “I have come to ask your hand in marriage today.” Her Ladyship looked at him steadfastly for a moment, then stepping forward, said “Very well. Here it is.” The beggar approached, bowed low, and taking her hand in his, kissed it, adding “And on what day will you marry me?” To which her Ladyship replied, “This day twelve months hence.” On hearing her reply, the beggar gathered up his crutches and hobbled away, greatly to the relief and delight of the servants standing around, who thought that she had got rid of the beggar very quickly and easily. During the week of the festivities, many of the young nobles asked her hand in marriage, but all of them got the same reply, “I am betrothed already.” Many began asking who the ‘lucky fellow’ was, but no one could tell. The servants, overhearing the conversations amongst the guests, began to wonder among themselves if it were really true that she had given away her hand in marriage to the beggar. At last, it came

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The Marriage Beatitudes

The Marriage Beatitudes

The Marriage Beatitudes 1. Blessed are the husband and wife who continue to be affectionate, considerate, and loving after the wedding bells have ceased ringing. 2. Blessed are the husband and wife who are as polite and courteous to one another as they are to their friends. 3. Blessed are they who have a sense of humour, this attribute will make their marriage much brighter. 4. Blessed are they who love their mates more than any other person in the world, and who joyfully fulfil their marriage vows with a lifetime of fidelity and mutual helpfulness to each other. 5. Blessed are they who remember to thank God for their food before they partake of it, and who set aside some time each day for reading the Bible and for prayer. 6. Blessed are they who attain parenthood, for children are a heritage of the Lord. 7. Blessed are those mates who never speak loudly to each other and who make their home a place “where seldom is heard a discouraging word.” 8. Blessed are the husband and wife who can work out their problems of adjustment without interference from relatives or friends. 9. Blessed is the couple that has worked out a complete understanding about financial matters and has a perfect partnership. 10. Blessed are the husband and wife

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The Choice You Make

The Choice You Make

The Choice You Make Once upon a time, there lived a great Duke. He had a large estate, was very rich, and had everything in this world to make a man happy, if that were possible, so far as worldly things were concerned. He was a widower, had an only child, a beautiful girl, who had a very sweet disposition, was very kind to the poor and was beloved by all around. When she was 20 years of age her father said to her, “My daughter, next year you will become of age, and I intend to ask to the castle here, for a week’s festivities, all the young nobles of the land. I expect that many of them will be asking your hand in marriage, and I beg of you to see that you make a good choice, for your happiness afterwards will depend on the choice you make. I might also say that, in case anything should happen to me, I have made my will, and everything I possess in this world at my death will belong to you.” The time soon came for the celebration of her 21st birthday, and while her Ladyship was in her room with her maid dressing, in preparation for the reception of the guests, a loud knocking was heard at the back

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The Car’s Headlights

The Car’s Headlights

Most cars today have a wonderful feature. Whenever you forget to turn off the headlights, a shrill warning goes off the minute you open the door. Although you may not like its jarring sound, it has a very useful purpose, it saves you from—a dead battery. Our conscience can work like that. When we get off on the wrong track as we’re traveling the road of life or tempted to, our conscience blows a whistle. It’s a sign that the Holy Spirit is either convicting us or warning us before we do. If we do wrong, the jarring feelings from our conscience are meant to lead us to repentance. When we confess and repent, God forgives and clears our conscience. The apostle Paul knew what it was to have a bad conscience. In I Timothy 1:13, he wrote, “I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man, but I obtained mercy.” He received the mercy of Christ’s forgive­ness, faith, and a good conscience. He charged young Timothy to fight the good fight and maintain his faith and good conscience. Paul said that some had rejected these, and spiritual shipwreck was the result (vv.18-19). Be thankful if you have a good conscience when you’re on the wrong track. When it gives you a warning whistle, pay attention so your

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