A Great Gift

presentjjChildren are a great gift. They are a gift that not everybody receives . . . and they are also a gift many people receive, but throw away. Fewer of these gifts are being kept . . . watch the following video and see how you can change that.

Almost Made It . . .

great-white-breaching_6450_600x450This poor seal almost made it before the shark got him from behind . . . a rather sad picture. Victory was just within reach but it was taken away in one foul bite. It reminds me of a story I heard a long time ago . . . it was from a pastor of a church who told a very interesting story that I decided to paraphrase below:

I was once preaching a message in front of a large crowd. People filled the seats and many were up in the balconies listening. As I came to a close in my message, I asked those in the audience that had not given their lives to Christ, to come forward and do it.

Many came forward, but I noticed one man in the balcony. He was a young man, and he kept fingering the hymn books everybody else was singing out of. He finally grabbed the hymn book and started singing. He then shut the book and started walking towards the front but stopped, picked up the book again and started singing again.

He did this a few more times. I earnestly prayed that he would come forward. Finally I looked at him and saw he had made up his mind. He closed the hymnal, set it down and started walking . . . and left the building. My heart broke for the man.

Sometime later I heard that the same man had been hospitalized. He had a deadly disease and only had weeks to live. I immediately went to see him.

I introduced myself to him, and he said he recognized me from that Sunday. I told him what I had seen him do and he told me why he had done it.

“Pastor, every time I wanted to go forward but I just couldn’t give up my sin! I knew I would have to give up my sin to accept Christ and I just couldn’t do it. I finally just left the church.”

I listened intently. Then I said, “but, you know you are going to die soon so why not give your life to Christ now? Sin can’t be holding you back anymore.”

That man looked into my eyes, tears pouring from his. “Pastor, you don’t understand. When I walked out those church doors something . . . something died in me. I have gone past the point of no return.”

I Would Have Told You . . .

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I have decided that I don’t like my history book. Because of this, I have decided which parts I do not think are believable and which parts I do think are believable. I mean, we can’t really know what all those people meant way back when. How do we know they were serious?

Just so you can get an idea of what I want to do with my history book, I want to tell you what I think are probably real events. At least, they make the most sense.

The Dust Bowl

Election of Dwight D. Eisenhower

Assassination of JFK

World War I

However, since I can not fully trust the history books, I have chosen the following as stories, myths, etc.:

Election of all presidents except Eisenhower

World War II

Red Scare

Cold War

Civil War

Indian War

And the list goes on and on.

One may ask, “why would you think these things didn’t happen?” And I would answer them simply, “because they couldn’t have happened!” And so, my reader, you are probably now worried that I have gone insane. Well, I’m telling you, it isn’t me that has gone insane, it is the critics of the Bible.

Here they go, year after year, proclaiming what didn’t happen in biblical history and what did. “Jonah couldn’t have been eaten up by a great fish. Impossible!” “Why is that impossible?” We ask. “Because it is!” They answer.

Then they get more serious. “Jesus couldn’t have risen from the dead! Preposterous!” “Why not?” “Because people don’t rise from the dead!” On and on it goes. They make a claim that this or that could not have happened. Then they shrug their shoulders when it comes to defending their belief.

So many people find it hard to take the Bible literally when it is meant to be literal. They like to pick and choose which parts of the story they deem “believable” and what parts are probably “fictional”. This is very dangerous and Christ told us plainly that He meant what He said and said what He meant.

John 14:2:

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Christ clearly tells us that if He meant something else then He would have said something else. It is as clear as that. Oh, and don’t worry, I still believe in my history books (at least the ones that tell true history). It would be “insane” to not believe in their history, just like it is insane for someone not to believe in the Word of God!

Why Didn’t He?

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As I looked through the window,

Bird flew to me, to back it went,

Flitting about the glass, it stared at me,

With cold eyes, asked me question,

“Why didn’t He?”

With stroke of wings the bird went off,

With tilt of head I saw Bug,

Back raised and feet searching,

Bug looked at me and cold eyes asked me question,

“Why didn’t He?”

With sluggish moves, Bug moved on,

Whipping Grass caught me next,

Glimmering green and sharp,

Cold edge asked me question,

“Why didn’t He?”

Bird flew to me,

Wings stroked, warm eyes asked me not a question,

“Why, He did!”

Bug crawled up to meet, Bird up in the air,

Grass and Bug nodded and asked me not a question,

“Why, He did!”

I smiled and turned from them,

And with loose lips, asked me not a question,

“Why, He did!”