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  • TFRStaff 5:41 am on 2015-08-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Great Lessons . . .) 

    GREAT LESSONS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT

    While the Old Testament no longer governs the people of God (we are governed by the new covenant which Christ sealed with His blood, Matthew 26:28), the Old Testament remains a part of the divinely inspired revelation of God to mankind and contains within it many great lessons for people living in the Christian age. Paul wrote: “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4). Following are some important lessons from the Old Testament. (More …)

     
  • John T. Polk II 11:08 am on 2015-08-15 Permalink | Reply
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    8-10-2015 The Sodomites’ Example 

    In Sodom, Lot had visitors, and “the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot and said to him, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally’” (Genesis 19:4-5 NKJV). God later turned “the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly” (2 Peter 2:6 NKJV). Homosexuals in the streets, demanding their “rights” brought Sodom to ashes. With the White House bathed in rainbow colors after the U. S. Supreme Court’s recognition of homosexual “rights,” the ungodly haven’t learned from the “example” of what God thinks!

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • Ed Boggess 8:46 am on 2015-04-17 Permalink | Reply
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    A lot of church members believe that when they’ve gone to church on Sunday, they have done their job as far as being a Christian is concerned. But the truth is that is a very small part of following Jesus. Everywhere we go and all-of-the-time we are either lifting up the name of Jesus to those we meet or we are treading it underfoot. At the work place as well as the church house, we are watched. At a restaurant, at a ball-game, waiting in line at a grocery store, wherever we are, we leave an impression for good or ill. The way we answer the phone, the way we speak to a waitress, the patience we show in heavy traffic, the kindness shown to a child, the sensitivity we give to a patient; all of this speaks louder than an hour we spend at worship. I’m not saying Sunday is unimportant. I am saying that Monday through Saturday count, too. You may be the only Bible many folks will ever read. What will others learn when they read your life? This is Just-A-Minute.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:31 am on 2015-03-03 Permalink | Reply
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    An illustrative preacher 

    Jesus was not only a preacher of illustrations, he was an illustrative preacher.

    Jesus didn’t fall into the “do as I say and not as I do” category. Besides the personal claims that he made about himself, this “follow what I’m doing and what I’m teaching” mentality was the main distinction between his ministry and the ministry of the majority of his contemporary Jewish leaders. Jesus’ adversaries couldn’t convict this rabbi of sin in word or in deed. He even challenged them to do so, and then made a preaching point out of it! (John 8:46)

    This element of Jesus is not only what separated him from the preachers of yesterday, it’s an element that still does so. After all, it’s easier to give illustrations in a sermon than it is to be an illustrative sermon isn’t it? Telling stories are one thing, but giving someone something to talk about in a good way is a different thing all-together. And yet a living illustration is what we’re called to be (Matthew 5:14-16).

    Remembering that Jesus was an illustrative preacher is why I follow him; it’s why I try to not get too stuck on me. I try to be a good example but I know who the example is.

    Jesus’ illustrations still teach basic principles to his listeners to this day (think the good Samaritan, the blind following the blind, the prodigal son, and many more than what this space allows), but these illustrations have the effect that they do because he didn’t only teach with illustration – he taught by illustration.

    The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,” Acts 1:1

     
  • Glenda Williams 10:47 am on 2015-02-06 Permalink | Reply
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    My daddy was much of a man He… 

    My daddy was much of a man. He was strong, tough, and hard working. I enjoyed being with Daddy, and especially riding with him in his truck. I liked to watch Daddy wave to everybody he met. You see Daddy didn’t wave like some by sticking up his pointer finger or all fingers. Daddy gave those he met more than that. He saluted them. I can still see his calloused hands, hardened by his years of carpentry work, clasping the steering wheel. Daddy had both hands on the steering wheel with his right hand positioned about the two o’clock hour. When we met a car Daddy took his hand off the wheel, raised it a bit, brought it toward him about four inches, and then thrusting it outward, he saluted those we met along the way. He didn’t have to know them. Everybody that met Daddy received a salute. Daddy was friendly. It showed in his salute and in his manner of life.

    It’s a good thing to be friendly. It’s good for our health. A friendly person smiles. wiki How.com had this tip on smiling: “Smiling changes people’s mood. When you’re feeling sad, smile. Your mood will become happier. Smiling tricks the body into changing your mood for the better – even if you’re faking the smile initially. Just smile every time that you are sad, and you will be healthier overall.”

    The Bible talks about the importance of being friendly. Proverbs 18:24 says “A man that would have friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Someone else said, “Strangers are simply friends you haven’t met.”

    Jack Exum often quoted the following poem by an unknown author while preaching:

    You don’t have to tell how you live each day;

    You don’t have to say if you work or you play;

    A tried, true barometer serves in the place–

    However you live, it will show in your face.

    The false, the deceit that you bear in your heart,

    Will not stay inside where it first got a start;

    For sinew and blood are a thin veil of lace–

    What you wear in your heart, you wear in your face.

    If your life is selfless, if for others you live,

    For not what you get, but how much you can give;
    
If you live close to God in his infinite grace–

    You don’t have to tell it, it shows in your face.

    Daddy’s salute was his way of being friendly, his way of smiling to those he met. Oh, to see that salute one more time…

     
  • Glenda Williams 7:54 am on 2015-02-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Granddaddy told me… 

    Granddaddy Felix T. Bryant died at the age of 91 years. I was 21. Granddaddy was on his death bed in their little low income apartment. I visited them often and made sure mother got to be with them regularly. One night I was visiting my grandparents when Granddaddy said, “Be sure you read Ephesians the fifth chapter before you marry.” “I will Granddaddy,” I replied. Nothing more was said about it on that occasion. I went home, opened my Bible to Ephesians chapter 5, and read it. I made a note in my Bible that Granddaddy had asked me to read that chapter before marrying. He was a sick man. He talked out of his head from time to time. It wasn’t long until I went back to visit him again. There he was, a tall, thin man, lying on his back on his bed. I was seated at the foot of the bed. He knew I was there. He said, “I bet you haven’t read Ephesians chapter 5 yet.” I was so glad to reply, “Yes I have, Grandaddy.” And that was it.

    A small comment, yet a powerful one, from the lips of a dying man. A comment that brings back the memory each time the book of Ephesians is mentioned or seen.

    What did I get from this encouragement from someone I loved dearly?He knew what Ephesians 5 was all about. There was a message he wanted me to hear straight from the word of God. He could have told me, I’m certain, but he wanted me to read it straight from the inspired Word.

    There’s an example in all of us, no matter what time it is, no matter what age we are, no matter where we are. We are setting and leaving our example in the minds of those we meet along life’s pathway. The Bible says “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks,” and we know it to be true. Whatever is on our mind, in our hearts, it is that of which we will speak. Granddaddy knew his Bible. Many are the memories I have of him sitting on the low platform yellow rocker that was much too small for his tall, thin, frame. His legs were crossed and both basically reached the floor. Across his lap lay his open Bible. He knew the Book, but more than that He knew the Author. His heart was filled with the word of God, and therefore out of it flowed the words of life. He left me a wonderful example, and one that I have, and forever more, will carry with me, sharing it all along the way with those who will hear.

     
  • Glenda Williams 8:42 pm on 2014-12-31 Permalink | Reply
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    Powerful example in Waffle House 

    We were seated in a Waffle House in Montgomery Christmas day. Our booth was next to the checkout counter. I heard the older man say, “I’m going to need your help in a few minutes.” I turned to look over Doug’s shoulder at the older gentleman and noticed there was an older lady beside him. He asked, “Do you have five twenty dollar bills?” He handed the girl a hundred dollar bill and she made the change for him. He then called all five of the employees, males and females, up to the counter and gave each one a twenty dollar bill.

    One girl was heard to say, “I was about to cry.” Others were telling him thank you. As he was leaving he turned and said, “It’s Jesus Christ birthday,” and went out the door.

    The man didn’t look to be wealthy. He wasn’t someone you would pick out in a crowd. He was just an everyday sort of guy, but he had a heart of gold. He didn’t wait around for all the praise that would come from the employees or those of us who witnessed his kindness, but he made a lasting impression on us. We won’t soon forget his act of kindness, nor will those employees who had left their families to come to work and serve us on Christmas day. He gave from the heart.

    One day Jesus was sitting over against the treasury, and watched how people cast money into the treasury. Many that were rich cast in much. And the Bible says that there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. Jesus took note of her giving, and said, “Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living” (Mark 12:43-44).

    The only Jewish coin mentioned in the New Testament is the “widow’s mite” or lepton, called a mite by the NKJV. These were very small copper coins worth only a fraction of a penny by today’s standards. Yet, Jesus commended the poor widow who gave two mites to the temple treasury, because “she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood (Mark 12:44). – Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary, p. 856

    May we be open to helping and blessing others with that which we have been blessed.

     
  • Glenda Williams 3:24 pm on 2014-12-06 Permalink | Reply
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    I want to wear Daddy's shoes when I grow up 

    The mother and young son were at the funeral home to view the body of her husband and the father of their 9-year-old son. She made certain her loved one was dressed in his finest pair of jeans, shirt, tie, and newest pair of tennis shoes. The young boy looked up at his mother and asked, “Mommy, can I keep Daddy’s shoes? I want to wear them when I grow up.” She agreed they could exchange them with another pair, and he could indeed save his daddy’s best tennis shoes.

    They went back home and found another pair of shoes and took them back to the funeral home. The young boy took the shoes to the funeral director. Handing them up to him, he said, “I want to put these on Daddy and keep the shoes he has on. I want to wear them when I grow up.”

    Knowing the family, I know the love the little fellow had for his daddy. The daddy that died way too early in life, due to health complications. No doubt he was his best friend. It’s a long, hard story…the story of their lives.

    The shoes. A pair of Nikes probably bought at a thrift store, or at a tremendous bargain somewhere. They were far too big for the young boy to wear, but they belonged to someone he wanted to be grow up and be like. Wearing his dad’s shoes one day would bring him closer to the man he loved, to the man he admired, to the man he wanted to be just like.

    What about the shoes you wear? You may have bought them at the finest store. You may have paid a high price for them. They may be from the finest manufacturer, and made from the finest leather, but what about the person who wears them? Is there anyone that would go to such lengths to walk in your shoes?

    It all depends on how you are walking each day, how you are living, and the example you are setting. Are you living in such a way that your child would think it an honor to have your shoes when you are gone? Are you living in such a way that your child would want to remove your shoes from your cold body and save them so they could wear them years later when they grow up…even if they are just a plain pair of tennis shoes?

    Ah, the example we are setting daily in front of others, and especially those inside our homes. Our example will live on long after we are gone.

     
  • Glenda Williams 3:14 pm on 2014-11-23 Permalink | Reply
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    Reading wisely 

    I love books! Ask Doug or our children and they will tell you that I love books. I wish I had a finished storage building with book cases so I could store all my books in one place. Of course I would want a comfortable chair, lamp, and telephone, and controlled climate. Might as well add some carpet, too!

    Recently I received a book, “Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary,” that I had ordered, used of course. This will prove to be one of my most treasured books next to the Bible.

    The older I have grown, the greater my interest has become in reading the Bible and books of a spiritual nature. Isn’t it sad that we don’t see the importance when we are young, and while we can remember things much easier? No doubt being busy with the home, children, and helping make a living, causes us to put these things on the back burner, so to speak. I want to think, or trust, we do the best we can under the circumstances.

    It is never too late to grow spiritually by studying God’s word. A day void of reading the Bible or praying does not put us on a downward spiral where we can’t get up and try to do better the next day, the next hour, or minute. It’s like falling down. We have to get back up. And what is that saying, “Always get up one more time than you fall down” to be successful? The same is true with our devotion to a study of God’s word. If we miss a day, we must try again the next.

    We must watch what we read. We should make sure that which we read does not lead our minds to dark or sinful places mentally. It must be “clean” reading. It must be something of which He (our Lord) would approve.

    We must watch what we read because not only is God watching, but others are also. If there are small children, grandchildren, or others in the home, they see what is beside our chair, or on the table next to it. “There’s an all-seeing eye watching you.”

    We must watch what we read because it takes valuable time. We are either growing mentally and spiritually from what we are reading, or we may be wasting our time. Time is valuable. Time spent should be spent valuably. We will give account of how we use our time.

    It has always disturbed me to think I have spent more time reading something secular than I have spent reading something spiritually uplifting in a day. Our time spent with God should supersede everything else.

    Quality time spent with the Great Physician offers greater healing than any prescription ever filled by man.

     
    • Randal 6:20 pm on 2014-11-23 Permalink | Reply

      I have this same dictionary, and I appreciate its uncomplicated entries that don’t delve into many technical issues of questionable spiritual value. Several of our brethren wrote for it, but unfortunately the entries are not signed. It’s also available in Portuguese, and I’d like to have it for reference and citations, but I have a hard time justifying the cost, since I have the same content on my desk in English.

    • Randal 6:26 pm on 2014-11-23 Permalink | Reply

      JasRandal:
      Glenda’s article starts out great and gets better with every paragraph.

      “It is never too late to grow spiritually by studying God’s word. A day void of reading the Bible or praying does not put us on a downward spiral where we can’t get up and try to do better the next day, the next hour, or minute. It’s like falling down. We have to get back up. And what is that saying, ‘Always get up one more time than you fall down’ to be successful? The same is true with our devotion to a study of God’s word. If we miss a day, we must try again the next.”

      Reading wisely | The Fellowship Room http://fellowshiproom.org/2014/11/23/reading-wisely/

      #reading #books #Bible
      via jasrandal.withknown.com

  • Glenda Williams 9:17 am on 2014-08-17 Permalink | Reply
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    It seems to me people in the world… 

    It seems to me people in the world are spiraling out of control, and there is no stopping them. Everyday I listen to the news and think surely it could not get any worse, only to hear something worse the next day. It breaks my heart.

    What can we do? Just yesterday I was walking on our treadmill as I listened to Faith Radio. The announcer said 50% of the babies being born are being born to girls who are living with the baby’s father, unmarried.

    Years ago we knew an older couple who were living together outside of marriage. Why? Because they wouldn’t get as much money from the government if they married, so they chose to live in sin instead. Another fine lady who was in the church thought she couldn’t live on her single income after her husband died. She married a man who had been married several times, and they were living in adultery…and knew it!!! Thankfully, we were able to talk to her and persuade her to get out of that relationship if she desired to go to heaven. She divorced the man, and started a catering business and made her own living. She recently passed away.

    Parents are not teaching their children, both boys and girls, the importance of purity. They are not teaching their children the importance of the marriage vow and bed, therefore we are seeing the results of pure spiritual neglect.

    A lack of respect for the word of God. Now that is a frightening statement, don’t you think? A lack of respect for the word of God will lead one to say, “well, I think, or I believe it’s okay if we do this or that.” A moment’s desire can make one lose respect for the word of God. As time goes on the weight of that decision weighs heavily on the mind and conscious, and causes havoc down the road, not to mention the losing of one’s soul in hell.

    Years ago, on several occasions, an older married man told me he wanted to talk to me. He said he just knew he could talk to me from the first time he saw me. He kept on until I let him come, so I could hear what he had to say. It didn’t take him long to tell me he had five women that he went to see on his “camper vacations.” His wife was one of my close friends and a wonderful Christian. Yet, he took off periodically with his camper on the back of his truck and was gone several days. I asked him what about his wife. “Oh, there’s nothing there. Nothing there,” he replied. That’s no excuse!!! When he started to leave he said he’d just give anything if he could just hug my neck. I told him I couldn’t live with myself if I did that. He replied the way he looked at it was he “just considered it a dream, just considered it a dream,” repeating himself. I lost all respect for him that day. Depending on one’s mind instead of God’s word will not lead to a heavenly homecoming.

    Children growing up with parents who are not married, who are living in adultery, or any other sinful circumstance, will grow up thinking it is okay to do the same thing, and even doing it as the example above. Parents will answer for setting the wrong example and leading their children astray.

    We must weigh our decisions by the word of God. We must teach our children and grandchildren the importance of abiding by the Word, instead of taking someone else’s teaching, or ideas, on the matter. Life is too short and uncertain to gamble with our souls.

    May God help us to correct the error of our ways before it is eternally too late.

     
    • sandirog 12:53 am on 2014-08-18 Permalink | Reply

      Amen! That’s one of the reasons I started a new blog for women. We need to grow in the Word and know right from wrong. I have a lot of denominational friends, and it’s my hope I can win some souls this way. Bless you for standing firm in our Lord! Here’s a link to my blog if you’re interested: http://thelordslady2.blogspot.com/p/welcome.html

    • mac1314 8:20 am on 2014-08-18 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent thoughts! 1Timothy 3 gives us much insight as to the concerns you’ve expressed. Our goal has to always be to “press on” in Him. I am also mindful of John 16:33

    • Beth Johnson 9:12 am on 2014-08-18 Permalink | Reply

      Glenda, it almost sounds like the people in Jeremiah’s time. “We will not obey!” “We will do what we want to do.”

      Sandy, I am glad to see among other things you writing for a reason. Yes, helping our sisters and those outside of Christ is a good thing. You never know who might be influenced for good.

  • John T. Polk II 2:00 am on 2014-04-09 Permalink | Reply
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    (#169) The Proverbs of Solomon 24:19-20-Imitation of Life 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 24:19-20: “Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the wicked; For there will be no prospect for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.”

    This proverb echoes what David had said in a Psalm: “Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:1-5).

    Since “envy is rottenness to the bones” (Proverbs 14:30), and ends at death (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6), and was the motivation for the Jews’ condemnation of Jesus (Matthew 27:17-18), and contradictions of the Gospel of Christ (Acts 13:45), then it is clearly coming from a carnal mindset and condemned as sin (1 Corinthians 3:3; Galatians 5:19-21). The person who envies has allowed someone else to become a standard to be reached, while ignoring the standards God has given. The Jews felt Jesus had become more popular and influential than they were, and were willing to ignore God’s Law given through Moses and have Jesus unjustly condemned and killed!

    According to James 3:13-17, envy is “earthly, sensual, demonic,” and is accompanied by “confusion and every evil thing.” To become “envious” of someone else’s language, beauty, skills, situation, or possessions, kills the Christian’s ability to, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). The person who is envied becomes an idol to be imitated, but those who follow Jesus Christ should be our model: “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1); and never let evil be our goal: “Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God” (3 John 11). If we pattern ourselves like the wicked, we will receive their reward!

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • Glenda Williams 11:34 pm on 2014-03-10 Permalink | Reply
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    For a minute I saw a child 

    We were seated in a booth at a favorite fish restaurant eating our food when I spotted him. He was sitting at a table slightly behind and to the side of my husband. A big, football type man, he was seated with two women. Their food came, and I didn’t mean to be looking at him, but I’m glad I glanced his way. He took his hands and put them together in a prayerful position. He held them up to his face and bowed his head to give thanks for his food.

    Somewhere there is a mother that years ago taught a little boy to give thanks for his food and how to fold in his hands in prayer. For a minute I saw her child, and I salute her. She would be proud.

    “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

     
  • Glenda Williams 3:40 pm on 2014-03-01 Permalink | Reply
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    “I want to go as long as I can.” 

    Lou Davis Higgins, 94 years old, lives in the Woodbury, TN area, and is my husband’s aunt. Aunt Lou Davis, as we call her, became a Christian at the age of 13 years. She was baptized by brother Lidge Martin in Lucky, TN. She said, “I remember how wonderful I felt when I came up out of the water, and I feel more wonderful now.”

    Lou Davis Warren married Brady Higgins, September 9, 1939, and to this union came four boys: Jimmy, Glenn, David and Steve. They were married almost 56 years when Uncle Brady died.

    When visiting in Tennessee recently, we were blessed to visit and talk with Aunt Lou Davis. It was on a piercing cold, Wednesday afternoon. Aunt Lou Davis was making plans to go to Bible study at the Woodbury Church of Christ that night. She said, “I want to go as long as I can.” One might ask, “Well, why shouldn’t she?” Aunt Lou Davis is blind. She could easily have made any number of excuses for not going on that bitter cold night. She could have said:

    1. “It’s Wednesday night. It is not absolutely necessary that we attend Bible study on Wednesday night.”
    2. “It’s freezing weather outside. It’s just too cold to go. I might get sick, and it would be the death of me.”
    3. “I’m 94 years old. The Lord doesn’t expect people my age to attend every service. He understands.”
    4. “I’m blind.”
    5. “I can’t drive anymore, and I don’t want to put people out to come help me back and forth to church.”

    She could easily have offered these excuses. When I shared my thoughts with her about this article, she said, “That’s what they would be…excuses, not reasons.”

    Thank God for those devoted saints who trudge on toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus, setting a perfect example for us to follow.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:31 am on 2012-12-14 Permalink | Reply
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    Happy 54th to My In-Laws and to Their Example 

    My in-laws have been like, acted like and felt like my parents in many more ways more than one. They have filled a big spot and have been a huge influence for good in my life for about the last 15 years of my life. The influence for good hasn’t stopped at 15 years…it keeps going! One reason is because they have celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary together! My wife and I have quite a way to go before we catch up to that number, but because of their example we want too. The amazing thing is that while this anniversary is absolutely wonderful, among the peers of their generation it isn’t exactly rare!

    I fear that while the life expectancy of my generation is expected to grow past my in-laws’ due to medical advancements, and other reasons, the fact of the matter is that anniversaries won’t be as commonplace among my peers. My generation has been raised by the “flower power” generation to believe that marriage is a come and go relationship rather than a leave and cleave relationship.

    My generation as a whole has traded homes for houses! My generation  as a whole has traded holy matrimony for happy musings! My generation as a whole has traded a lawfully wedded husband and wife for unlawfully wedded husbands and wives! My generation as a whole is in the hole when it comes to appreciating the value of marriage. What kind of generation will this generation raise???

    My prayer is that my generation will continue to see the beauty of marriages that last beyond the “joys” of life by being a part of each other’s “joy” in life. And on top of that, my prayer is that the great generation of mighty marriages will explain to my generation that a lasting marriage is built with hard work and love and not flat-screen TVs, credit card debt, a closet full of shoes and the newest model of vehicle off of the assembly line every two years…please remind us that marriages are built with an abundance of love and not an abundance of stuff!

    Now let me finish where I started – Happy Fifty-Fourth Anniversary Albert and Christine, I love you both!

    Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:30 am on 2012-10-01 Permalink | Reply
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    A Quarter and A Christian 

    I got this story sent to me in an email not too long ago. I’m sure it’s just one of those “chain like” emails that gets around a lot, but I thought there may be some here who had not read it. I used it last Sunday in Keltonburg’s bulletin. I don’t know the author but the story makes a great point. I hope someone can use it.

    Several years ago, a preacher from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, ‘You’d better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.’ Then he thought, ‘Oh, forget it, it’s only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a ‘gift from God’ and keep quiet.’ When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, ‘Here, you gave me too much change.’

    The driver, with a smile, replied, ‘Aren’t you the new preacher in town?’ ‘Yes’ he replied. ‘Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I’ll see you at church on Sunday.’ When the preacher stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, ‘Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter.’

    Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test! Always be on guard – and remember — You carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself ‘Christian.’

    Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

     
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