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Thoughts and Reflections

The Son

Posted by WebMaster on June 15, 2011 at 4:01 PM Comments comments (0)

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art..

When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands..


He said, 'Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly.... He often talked about you, and your love for art.' The young man held out this package. 'I know this isn't much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.'


The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture.. 'Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift..'


The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.

The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.


On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. 'We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?'

There was silence...


Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, 'We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.'


But the auctioneer persisted. 'Will somebody bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?'


Another voice angrily. 'We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Gogh'S, the Rembrandts. Get on with the Real bids!'

But still the auctioneer continued. 'The son! The son! Who'll take the son?'


Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. 'I'll give $10 for the painting...' Being a poor man, it was all he could afford..


'We have $10, who will bid $20?'


'Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters.'


The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the son..


They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.


The auctioneer pounded the gavel.. 'Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!'

A man sitting on the second row shouted, 'Now let's get on with the collection!'


The auctioneer laid down his gavel. 'I'm sorry, the auction is over..'


'What about the paintings?'


'I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will... I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings.


The man who took the son gets everything!'


God gave His son over 2,000 years ago to die on the Cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is: 'The Son, the Son, who'll take the Son?'

Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything!


FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, WHO SO EVER BELIEVETH, SHALL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE...THAT'S LOVE

The Bible

Posted by WebMaster on June 1, 2011 at 10:16 AM Comments comments (0)

When you carry the Bible, Satan gets a headache..... When you open

it, he collapses..... When he sees you reading it, he faints..... When he sees

that you are living what you read, he flees..... And when you are about to

forward this message.... he will try and discourage you.. I just defeated

him!!! Any other takers?

 

Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point!

Layman's 10 Commandments.

Posted by WebMaster on May 23, 2011 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Someone has written these beautiful words. Read and try to understand the deeper meaning within.

They are like the Ten Commandments and should be remembered all through life.

  1. Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs you along the right path throughout life.

  2. Why is a car's windscreen so large & the rear view mirror so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look ahead and move on.
  3. Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.
  4. All things in life are temporary. If it's going well, enjoy it! It can't last forever. If it's going wrong, don't worry, that wouldn't last long either.
  5. Old Friends are like Gold! New Friends are like Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond in place, you always need a Base of Gold!
  6. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, my dear one, it's just a bend, not the end!
  7. When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems, HE has faith in your abilities!
  8. A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"
  9. When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them. So at other times, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
  10. WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES, it takes away today's PEACE.

DIRECTIONS TO OUR FATHER'S HOUSE.

Posted by WebMaster on May 3, 2011 at 12:11 PM Comments comments (0)

Make a Right onto Believeth Blvd.

Keep straight and go through the Green Light, which is Jesus Christ.

There, you must turn onto the Bridge of Faith, which is over troubled water.

When you get off the bridge, make a Right turn and Keep Straight.

You are on the King's Highway - Heaven-bound.

Keep going for three miles: One for the Father, One for the Son, and One for the Holy Ghost.

Then exit off onto Grace Blvd.

 

From there, make a Right turn on Gospel Lane .

Keep Straight and then make another Right on Prayer Road .

As you go on your way, Yield Not to the traffic on Temptation Ave.

Also, avoid SIN STREET because it is a DEAD END.

Pass up Envy Drive , and Hate Avenue .

Also, pass Hypocrisy Street , Gossiping Lane , and Backbiting Blvd.

However, you have to go down Long-suffering Lane , Persecution Blvd. And Trials and Tribulations Ave.

But that's all right, because VICTORY Street is straight ahead!

AMEN!!!!!


Life is God's gift to you.

The way you live it.............is your gift to God.

The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you

Posted by WebMaster on April 7, 2011 at 9:37 AM Comments comments (0)

A woman baked bread for members of her family and an extra one for a hungry

 passerby. She kept the extra bread on the Window-sill, for whosoever would

 take it away. Everyday a hunch-back came and took away the bread. Instead

 of expressing gratitude, he muttered the following words as he went his way:

 "The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!" This

 went on, day after day.

 

 Every day the hunch-back came picked up the bread and uttered the words: The

 evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!" The woman

 felt irritated. Not a word of gratitude she said to herself...Everyday this

 hunch-back utters this jingle!

 

 What does he mean? One day, out of desperation, she decided to do away with

 him. I shall get rid of this hunch-back she said. And what did she do?

 

 She added poison to the bread she prepared for him! As she was about to put

 it on the window sill her hands trembled. "What is this I am doing?" she

 said. Immediately she threw the bread into the fire, prepared another one

 and put it on the window- sill.

 

 As usual, the hunch-back came, picked up the bread and muttered the words:

 "The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to you!" The

 hunch-back proceeded on his way, blissfully unaware of the war raging in the

 mind of the woman.

 

 Every day as the woman placed the bread on the window-sill she offered a

 prayer for her son who had gone to a distant place to seek his fortune. For

 many months, she had no news of him... She prayed for his safe return. That

 evening, there was a knock on the door; as she opened it she was surprised

 to find her son standing in the doorway... He had grown thin and lean. His

 garments were tattered and torn.

 

 He was hungry starved and weak. As he saw his mother, he said, "Mom, it's a

 miracle I'm here. While I was but a mile away, I was so hungry that I

 collapsed. I would have died, but just then an old hunch-back passed by. I

 begged of him for a small part of his food, and he was kind enough to give

 me the whole bread. "As he gave it to me, he said, "This is what I eat

 everyday.Today, I shall give it to you, for your need is greater than mine!"

 "As the mother heard those words, her face turned pale and red. She leaned

 against the door for support.

 

 She remembered the poisoned bread that she had made that morning. Had she

 not burnt it in the fire, it would have been eaten by her own son, and he

 would have lost his life! It was then that she realized the significance of

 the words: "The evil you do remains with you: The good you do, comes back to

 you!

 Do good don't ever stop doing well even if it's not appreciated at that

 time. If you like this, share it with others and I bet you, so many lives

 would be affected.

 

 Have a wonderful day. Remember, "God is what we need, to do the will of

 God!"


People God Uses

Posted by WebMaster on April 6, 2011 at 10:24 AM Comments comments (0)

The next time you feel like GOD can't use you, just remember...

* Noah got drunk
* Abraham was too old
* Isaac was a day dreamer
* Jacob was a deceiver
* Joseph was abused, falsely accused and a dreamer
* Moses had a stuttering problem
* Aaron was weak
* Gideon was afraid
* Samson had long hair and was a womanizer
* Rahab was a prostitute
* Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
* David had an affair and was a murderer
* Elijah was suicidal
* Isaiah preached naked
* Jonah ran from God
* Naomi was a widow
* Job went bankrupt
* Peter denied Christ
* The Disciples fell asleep while praying and ran when Jesus was arrested
* Martha worried about everything
* The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once, and lived with a man
* Zaccheus was too small
* Paul was religious fanatic
* Timothy had an ulcer.. AND Lazarus was dead! ...no more excuses now.

God can use you to your full potential!!! Besides, you aren't the message, you are just the messenger.

WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN WHEN WE PRAY?

Posted by WebMaster on April 4, 2011 at 3:43 PM Comments comments (0)

This is one of the nicest e-mails I have seen and it is so true:

I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, 'This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.


I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.


Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.


The angel then said to me, "This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them." I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.


Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledgment Section, my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed." How is it that there is no work going on here? 'I asked.


"So sad," the angel sighed. "After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments"


"How does one acknowledge God's blessings?" I asked.


"Simple," the angel answered. Just say, "Thank you, Lord".


"What blessings should they acknowledge?" I asked.


"If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.


"And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity."


"If you woke up this morning with more health than illness. You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day. "


"If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ... You are ahead of 700 million people in the world."


"If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world."


"If your parents are still alive and still married ...you are very rare."


"If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you're unique to all those in doubt and despair......."


Ok, what now, You are thinking? How can I start?


If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.


Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you care to, pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are


ATTN: Acknowledge Dept.


"Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and for giving me so many wonderful people with whom to share it".


If you have read this far, and are thankful for all that you have been blessed with, how can you not send it on? I thank God for everything, especially all my family and friends.

The Bible Tree

Posted by WebMaster on April 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM Comments comments (0)

THE

BIBLE

CONTAINS

3,566,480 letters

810,697 words, 31,175 verses

1,189 chapters and 66 books. The

longest chapter is the 119 Psalm. the

shortest and middle chapter is the 117th

Psalm. The middle verse is the 8th of the

118th Psalm. The middle verse contains 50

letters. The longest name is in the 8th chapter
of Isaiah. The word “and”occurs 46,672 times
throughout the entire Bible; while the word “Lord”
appears 1,855 times. The 37th Chapter of Isaiah
and the 19th Chapter of the Second Book of Kings
are alike. The longest verse in the bible is the 9th
verse of the 8th Chapter of Esther, and the shortest
verse is the 35th of the 11th chapter of John. With the
exception of the letter “J”, the alphabet is found in
Ezra 7:21.The name of God is not mentioned in the
Book of Esther. The model prayer is the17th chapter
of John. The Lord wants each member to be an
Attender, not an Absenter, a Pillar, not a sleeper;
a wing not a Weight; a Goer not a Gladder;
A Booster not a knocker;
a true Soldier not a slacker.
The Bible
Contains
History,
Romance,
Justice,
Salvation,
Holiness,
Knowledge,
Wisdom,
And Love.
THIS IS THE TREE OF LIFE.
I TRUST YOU WILL HID YOURSELF
IT’S BRANCHES AND BRINGS FORTH FRUIT.

A poem to make one think‏

Posted by WebMaster on March 24, 2011 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I was shocked, confused, bewildered

As I entered Heaven's door,

Not by the beauty of it all,

Nor the lights or its decor.

But it was the folks in Heaven

Who made me sputter and gasp--

The thieves, the liars, the sinners,

The alcoholics and the trash.

There stood the kid from seventh grade

Who swiped my lunch money twice.

Next to him was my old neighbor

Who never said anything nice.

Bob, who I always thought

Was rotting away in hell,

Was sitting pretty on cloud nine,

Looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jesus, 'What's the deal?

I would love to hear Your take.

How'd all these sinners get up here?

God must've made a mistake.

'And why is everyone so quiet,

So somber - give me a clue.'

'Hush, child,' He said,

'they're all in shock.

No one thought they'd be seeing you.'

JUDGE NOT!!

Remember...Just going to church doesn't make you a

Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.

Every saint has a PAST...

Every sinner has a FUTURE!

Now it's your turn... Share this poem.

Cleansing Time

Posted by WebMaster on February 19, 2011 at 3:26 PM Comments comments (0)

2 Corinthians 7:1 - 'Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.'

 

 

 

 

To hear God's Word, you must be in position to hear it. There are so many voices that can be activated in your mind. If you live according to your flesh, then the voice of your flesh is what you hear. If you live according to your friends or others around you, then those are the voices that you will hear. If you listen to explicit music, watch filthy videos constantly, or R rated movies all the time full of sex, violence, and nudity, then those are the voices that you will hear in your head. Whatever you sow to is what speaks to you. That's why it's so important to fast and pray frequently. To cleanse your mind from the filth of the world and hear God clearly. Reading the bible is not enough. You can spend your whole day living foul or indulging in foul things and then try to read the Word at night and you will either fall asleep holding the bible or read several chapters and not retain anything you read. Why? Because you can't serve 2 masters. You can't hear 2 masters. Which ever master is master is the voice that you will hear.

 

 

You must cleanse yourself from all the voices in your life and learn the voice of God and be obedient to it. That way you can hear God's promises and your future will become inevitable because once you hear what his plan for your life is, then it has to happen! It's guaranteed life and security from death until it happens. It's guaranteed success and money until it happens. His Words are security and will build extreme faith! Faith comes by hearing his Words. Come on saints of God. Cleanse yourself and get into a position to hear him. His Words carry a promise of life for you in this life and the life to come.

 

 

Suggested Reading: Heb. 6:12, 2Cor. 1:20, Rom. 10:17, Phil. 1:6

 

 

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Just 27 Words

Posted by WebMaster on September 18, 2010 at 7:44 PM Comments comments (0)

 

God our Father, walk through my house and take away all my worries and illnesses and please watch over and heal my family in Jesus name, Amen.

 

This prayer is so powerful.

 

Pass this to 12 people including me.

 

A blessing is coming to you in form of a new job, a house, marriage or financially.

 

Do not ask questions. This is a test. Does God come first in your life? If so, stop what you’re doing & send it to 12 people now. Watch what He does!