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Can You Sleep When the Wind Blows?

Can You Sleep When the Wind Blows?

Can You Sleep When the Wind Blows?

Years ago a farmer-owned a parcel of land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops.

As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals. Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. “Are you a good farmhand?” the farmer asked him. “Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man. Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him.

The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work. Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, “Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!”

The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.”

Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.

Moral: When you’re prepared, spiritually, mentally, and physically, you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life? The hired hand in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm. We, as believers in Christ, secure ourselves against the storms of life by grounding ourselves in the Word of God. We don’t need to understand, we just need to hold His hand to have peace in the midst of the storms.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “…In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” – Isaiah 30:15

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil. – Hebrews 6:19

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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The Vital Equation

The Vital Equation

The Vital Equation

Mathematicians say LIFE is like a line segment drawn from point B to point D.

What is point B to point D?

It’s from point of Birth(B) to point of Death(D). So life starts from the moment we are Born(B) until the day we Die(D).

But in the middle of B(Birth) and D(Death) is a mysterious C.

What then is C? It is CHRIST.

If we put Christ in the middle of our life (Birth—>Christ—>Death) our life will not end at D, but extend to E.

What is E? It’s Eternal Life.

So all those who put Christ in the middle of their lives have Eternal life after Death

But those who do not put Christ in the middle of their lives don’t have Eternal life after Death but they have F(Fire).

Therefore the mathematical Equation or Definition of Life For Christians is

B + C + D = E
Birth+Christ+Death= Eternal Life

And the mathematical Equation or Definition of Life For Unbelievers:

B + D = F
Birth + Death = Fire

Anyone that avoids C must surely lose E

For scriptural references, please check these: 1 John 5:11-13; Acts 4:12; John 5:34; Romans 10:1; John 3:16-17; Rev 20:11-15

— Author Unknown

Meditation: He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. – John 3:18

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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What Makes the Difference

What Makes the Difference

What Makes the Difference

The new stained glass windows in our church are exquisite. Each Sunday I admire their majestic beauty. The colors glow so vibrantly and the pictures depict one wonderful biblical scene or another.

Recently, when I attended an evening service, I saw things from a new perspective. When I walked toward the church my eyes were drawn to the round stained glass window high up on the building. The stars were shining and the moon was full, but their beauty was not as amazing as the sight of the stained glass window illuminated by the interior lights of the church. The glow was intense and it was a truly beautiful sight.

When I entered the church I settled in the pew and glanced at the side stained glass windows. They were dark and forlorn, showing no beauty at all. The magnificent colors and the story told with each window were obliterated from my sight. Of course! There was no light shining through them! I knew they were compiled of many beautiful pieces of cut glass, perfectly fitted together to depict a special Bible story. But knowing what compiled them and seeing their beauty display (in the daylight) were two different things.

Likewise, a person can have a colorful and well put together life. But if Jesus doesn’t live within them, they will not have the proper light to shine through them to illuminate their assets.

By Marion Smith

Meditation: In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. – John 1:4-5

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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Take Me Back to the Old Paths

Take Me Back to the Old Paths

Take me back to the old Paths

When Moms were at home, dads were at work.

Brothers went into the army.

And sisters got married BEFORE having children!

Crime did not pay; Hard work did;

And people knew the difference.

 

Moms could cook; Dads would work; Children would behave.

Husbands were loving; Wives were supportive, and children were polite.

 

Women wore dresses, and Men wore trousers.

Women looked like ladies; Men looked like gentlemen; and children looked decent.

 

People loved the truth, and hated a lie;

They came to church to get IN, not to get OUT!

 

Hymns sounded godly; sermons sounded helpful;

Rejoicing sounded normal; and crying sounded sincere.

Cursing was wicked; drinking was evil, and divorce was unthinkable.

 

We read the Bible in public; prayed in school;

And preached from house to house.

To be called a Christian was worth living for;

To be called a traitor was a shame!

 

Sex was a personal word.

Homosexual was an unheard-of word,

And abortion was an illegal word.

 

Preachers preached because they had a message; and

Christians rejoiced because they had the victory!

 

Preachers preached from the Bible;

Singers sang from the heart;

Sinners turned to the Lord to be saved!

 

A new birth meant a new life; Salvation meant a changed life;

Following Christ led to eternal life.

 

Being a preacher meant you proclaimed the word of God;

Being a deacon meant you would serve the Lord;

Being a Christian meant you would live for Jesus;

And being a sinner meant someone was praying for you!

 

Laws were based on the Bible;

Homes read the Bible;

And churches taught the Bible.

 

Preachers were more interested in new converts than new clothes and new cars.

 

Church was where you found Christians on the Lord’s day,

rather than in the park, on the creek bank, on the golf course,

or being entertained somewhere else.

 

Give me that old-time religion!

‘Tis good enough for me!

I still like the “Old Paths” best!

Author Unknown

Mediation: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” – Jeremiah 6:16

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Dancing with God

Dancing with God

Dancing with God

When I meditated on the word Guidance, I kept seeing “dance” at the end of the word. I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing. When two people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement doesn’t flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.

When one person relaxes and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music. One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another. It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully. The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other.

My eyes drew back to the word guidance. When I saw “G,” I thought of God, followed by “u” and “i.” God, “u” and “I” dance. God, you, and I dance. This statement is what guidance means to me.

As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life.

Once again, I became willing to let God lead.

– Author Unknown

Meditation: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. – Psalm 32:8

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We Need a Revival!

We Need a Revival!

At a time when the church has become a ground for entertainment, we need revival.

At a time when a music minister competes and compares himself with secular musicians, we need a revival.

At a time when the altar of God is used for comedy, we need a revival.

At a time when a successful minister of the Gospel is measured by how rich he is and not how much impact he is making, we need a revival.

At a time, when passion for souls has been replaced with fashion parades in the church, we need a revival.

At a time when motivational speaking has replaced biblical preaching, we need a revival.

At a time when you really cannot differentiate between a daughter of Zion and a harlot, we need a revival.

At a time when pastors kill each other for posts and higher positions, we need a revival.

At a time when modern preachers now tell us that Jesus is not coming soon, we need a revival.

At a time when packaging and special effects have replaced the beauty of God’s glory, we need a revival.

At a time when sexual sin is referred to as weakness and the grace of God is taken for granted, we need a revival.

At a time when prophets prophesy by divination and profit from false prophecy, we need a revival.

At a time when the church does not know the difference between a witchcraft spirit and the Holy Spirit, we need a revival.

At a time when filling the seats in our place of worship has become a priority rather than raising disciples of Jesus, we need revival.

At a time when sinners feel comfortable in our churches and saints feel no sense of urgency to preach the good news to the lost, we need revival.

At a time when pastors are more concerned about how much money members give than how much the members truly love the Lord, we need revival.

At a time when the word of God is scarce, the fire on the altar is going out, and the priests have become blind, the watchmen sleeping, and holiness is no longer our standard, we need a revival.

We need a revival not a programme. We need a reawakening of our souls and a new awareness of the power of God. We do not need another jamboree, but true repentance coupled with a changed life. We do not need another noise, we need a shaking and a mighty rushing wind. We do not need another movement, we need a reformation.

We need the Lord to come again and restore us unto Himself. We need the Lord to open our eyes again that we may see Him. We want to see His Holiness again that we may see our depravity. We need a genuine outpouring of the Holy Spirit, we are tired of speaking in tongues and not living Christ-like. There is no other desire we have than to hear again the same voice that spoke in the valley of dry bones to bring us back to life.

Our nations are in darkness, yet we are the light. We cannot pretend anymore. Jesus, come again in your power and reawaken us.

We need a revival!

— Author Unknown

Meditation: …that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage. For we were slaves. Yet our God did not forsake us in our bondage; but He extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to revive us, to repair the house of our God, to rebuild its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.Ezra 9:8-9

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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