Helpful Tidbits


Interesting how $10 looks so big when we take it to church, but so small when we take it to the store.

Interesting how big 60 minutes are when serving God, but how small when fishing, or playing golf or basketball.

Interesting how laborious it is to read a chapter in the Bible, but how easy it is to read 200 to 300 pages of a best selling novel.

Interesting how we believe what a person or newspaper says, but question what the Bible says.

Interesting how we can't think of anything to say when we pray, but don't have any difficulty thinking of things to gossip about to a friend.

Interesting how we need 2 or 3 weeks to fit a church event into our schedule, but have no problem adjusting for a soblipl event at the last minute.

Interesting how we get thrilled when a football game goes into extra-time, but complain when a sermon is longer than the regular time.

Interesting how people scramble to get a front seat at any game, but scramble to get a back seat at church services.

Interesting how difficult it is to share the gospel with others, but how simple it is to (talk about anything else).

Interesting how everyone wants to go to heaven, provided they don't have to believe, think, say, or do anything.

Interesting, isn't it?  Or is it Interesting at all?

Author unknown

A Little Story

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.
Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Happiness Cake

1 cup of good thoughts
1 cup of kind deeds
2 cups of well-beaten faults
1 cup of consideration for others
2 cups of sacrifice
3 cups of forgiveness

Mix thoroughly, add tears of joy, sorrow, and sympathy.  Flavor with love and kindly service.  Fold in 4 cups of prayer, Bible reading and faith and blend well.  Fold into daily life.  Bake well with the piano coversmth of Christian charity and serve with a smile any time.  It will satisfy the hunger of starved souls.    (author unknown; altered)

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

1Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Keep Busy!

"Keep busy!  It's the cheapest kind of medicine there is on this earth, and one of the best.  Don't allow yourself to become upset by the small things that come your way; life is too short to be little!  Think and act cheerfully, and you will feel cheerful..."  (Author Unknown)

Titus 3:14 And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Family Prayer

Here is an idea for your prayer list:  Collect photographs of as many of the people that  you pray for as is possible.  They should be small enough to suit the purpose of this project.  Get a file card box and file cards.  Using a glue stick, glue the photographs of the people to the cards, cutting down the photos that need to be.  Write the names of the family and perhaps a prayer request. Write short term requests in pencil so that they can be erased when they are answered. (Or you can use those little sticky-backed notes for this purpose.) You may wish to put more than one picture on a card.

After you have the photos glued on, you can go back through the cards and add to them the names (or requests) that you don't have photographs for.  Write one to a card till you go through them all, then start over till you have them all on.

For a handy touch, you could put the addresses and/or phone numbers of the people on the back of the card that their photo is on.  

You may also, wish to go through the cards and write "______'s future husband." or "_______'s future wife."  on some of the cards, unless you have a large family and can put one on every card.  Put in the names of your daughters and sons.  (It isn't too early to start praying for their future spouses.  This also lets your kids know that  there is a real person out there somewhere that God has for them and their objective is  to marry that person, not just anyone.  Psalms 37:5  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.   Also, finding that right person becomes a family matter, not just their private feeling.)

When you have your family prayer time you can use several each time, one per person each time, or work out your own scheme.  

It is nice to look at who you are praying for, and kids might espebliplly benefit from this method.  Seeing who you are ministering to is a Biblical thing.  Matthew 9:36  But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

Missionary cards can be used as they are if they are small enough for the box.

1 Samuel 12:23  Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you....
1 Thessalonians 5:17  Pray without ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:25   Brethren, pray for us.
1 Thessalonians 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

-- By Mary VN




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