Worldly Wisdom vs God’s Wisdom…..

Worldly wisdom Vs God’s Wisdom

FOR ALL THE NEGATIVE THINGS WE HAVE TO SAY TO OURSELVES…GOD HAS AN
ANSWER FOR US.

You say: “It’s impossible”
God says: “All things are possible with God as your source of strength.” (Luke 18:27)

You say: “I’m too tired.”
God says: “Come unto Me and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28-30)

You say: “Nobody really loves me.”
God says: “I love you enough to die for you” (John 3:16 & John 13:34)

You say: “I can’t go on”
God says: “My grace is sufficient for your weakness” (Cor. 12:9& Ps 91:15)

You say: “I can’t figure things out!”
God Says: “I will direct your steps if you…: (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: “I can’t do it!”
God says: “You can do all things through Christ Who strengthens you” (Phil 4:13)

You say: “I’m not able”
God says: “I am able if you lean on Me: (Cor 9:8)

You say: “It’s not worth it:
God says: “All things in your life are worth enduring to bring glory to My name” (Rom 8:28)

You say: “I can’t forgive myself”
God says: “I FORGIVE YOU” (1John 1:9 & Rom 8:1)

You say: “I can’t manage”
God says: “I will supply all your needs” (Phil 4:19)

You say: “I’m afraid”
God says: “I have not given you a spirit of fear but the spirit of power and love and a sound mind” (ll Tim 1:7)

You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated”
God says: “Cast all your cares on ME” (l Peter 5:7)

You say: “I don’t have enough faith”
God says: “I’ve given everyone a measure of faith” (Rom 12:3)

You say: “I’m not smart enough”
God says: “I will give you wisdom if you but ask in faith believing that I am able” (l Cor 1:30)

You say: “I feel all alone”
God says: “I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU OR FORSAKE YOU” (Heb 13:5)

Be sure to look up the references in the Bible, especially the one(s) that really spoke to you.

YOU MUST NEVER ALLOW E-mail to a substitute for God speaking directly to you!!!!!!!!

II Tim. 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

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Stopped by a Brick of Compassion….

I Peter 1:18,19″It was not with perishable things such as silver and gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”

What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.

“Stopped by a brick of Compassion”

A few years ago, a young and very successful executive named Josh was traveling down a Chicago neighborhood street. He was going a bit too fast in his sleek, black, 12 cylinder Jaguar XKE, which was only two months old. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.

As his car passed, no child darted out, but a brick sailed out and-WHUMP! — it smashed into the Jag’s shiny black side door! SCREECH…!!!!

Brakes slammed! Gears ground into reverse, and tires madly spun the Jaguar back to the spot from where the brick had been thrown. Josh jumped out of the car, grabbed the kid and pushed him up against a parked car.

He shouted at the kid, “What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing?!”

Building up a head of steam, he went on. “That’s my new Jag, that brick you threw is gonna cost you a lot of money. Why did you throw it?”

“Please, mister, please…I’m sorry! I didn’t know what else to do!” Pleaded the youngster,

“I threw the brick because no one else would stop!” Tears were dripping down the boy’s chin as he pointed around the parked car. “It’s my brother, mister,” he said. “He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.”

Sobbing, the boy asked the executive, “Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.”

Moved beyond words, the young executive tried desperately to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. Straining, he lifted the young man back into the wheelchair and took out his handkerchief and wiped the scrapes and cuts, checking to see that everything was going to be OK.

He then watched the younger brother push him down the sidewalk toward their home. It was a long walk back to the sleek, black, shining, 12 cylinder Jaguar XKE-a long and slow walk.

Josh never did fix the side door of his Jaguar. He kept the dent to remind him not to go
through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at him to get his attention…

I am not sure this story is real but I am sure that the lesson is. Some bricks are softer than others. Feel for the bricks of life coming at/to you.

What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God!

I John 3:17-20 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.”

One Solitary Life….

Romans 14:11 β€œFor it is written, as I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God.”

ONE SOLITARY LIFE

Nearly 2,000 years ago in an obscure village in a remote corner of the world, a child was
born of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village where He worked as a carpenter until He was thirty. Then for three years He was a traveling preacher.

This Man never went to college or seminary. He never wrote a book. He never held a
public office. He had no wife or children, and never owned a home. He never traveled more than 200 miles from His birthplace. But though He never did any of the things that usually accompany greatness, throngs of people followed Him.

While He was still young, the tide of public opinion turned against Him. Even his closest
followers deserted Him. He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was sentenced to death on a cross between two thieves.
While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on
earth— the simple coat He had worn. His body was laid in a borrowed grave provided by a compassionate friend.

But three days later this Man arose from the dead — living proof that He was who He
had claimed to be — the Savior whom God had sent.

Nineteen centuries have come and gone, and today the risen Lord Jesus Christ is the
central figure of the human race. His birth divides history into two eras. One day of every
week is set aside in remembrance of Him. Our two most important holidays celebrate His
birth and resurrection.

On church steeples around the world His cross has become the symbol of victory over
sin and death. This one Man’s life has furnished the theme for more songs, books, poems, and paintings than any other person or event in history.

Thousands of colleges, hospitals, orphanages, and other institutions have been founded
in honor of Him.

All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the governments that
ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned have not changed the course of history or affected
mankind as much as——-THIS ONE SOLITARY LIFE.

JESUS, NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Acts 4:12 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven
given among men by which we must be saved.”

And He is coming again……………..are you ready?

John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

Prayer and our Country….

Kansas Senate Opening Prayer
A reminder from a couple of years ago!

II Chronicles 7:14 “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

When Minister Joe Wright (2001) was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual politically-correct generalities, but what they heard instead was a stirring prayer, passionately calling our country to repentance and righteousness. The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In six short weeks, the Central Christian Church had logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively.

The church is now receiving international requests for copies of the prayer from India, Africa and Korea. Commentator PAUL HARVEY aired the prayer on ‘The Rest of the Story’ on the radio and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired!!

THE PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance.

We know Your Word says, “Woe on those who call evil good,” but that’s exactly what we have done.
We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.
We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism.
We have worshiped other gods and called it multi-culturalism.
We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have neglected the needy and called it self-preservation.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn children and called it a choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
We have abused power and called it political savvy.
We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from ever sin and set us free. Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the center of Your will.

We ask it in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ,
Amen.

This is a great reminder to pray for our country and the importance of confessing our sins being the first step. If you have not done so, take a moment right now to do so.

Mark 9:50 “Salt is good: but if the salt has lost his saltiness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.”

John 15:20 “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”

Breakfast anyone – Real Love….

I John 4:10a “This is love: not that we loved God, but that…

Breakfast anyone!

Six year old Brandon decided one Saturday morning to fix his
parents pancakes. He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled a chair
to the counter, opened the cupboard and pulled out the heavy flour
canister, spilling it on the floor. He scooped some of the flour
into the bowl with his hands, mixed in most of a cup of milk and
added some sugar, leaving a floury trail on the floor which by now
had a few tracks left by his kitten.

Brandon was covered with flour and getting frustrated. He
wanted this to be something very good for Mom and Dad, but it was
getting very bad.

He didn’t know what to do next, whether to put it all into the
oven or on the stove (and he didn’t know how the stove worked!).
Suddenly he saw his kitten licking from the bowl of mix and
reached to push her away, knocking the egg carton to the floor.

Frantically he tried to clean up this monumental mess but
slipped on the eggs, getting his pajamas white and sticky.
And just then he saw Dad standing at the door. Big crocodile
tears welled up in Brandon’s eyes. All he’d wanted to do was
something good, but he’d made a terrible mess. He was sure a
scolding was coming, maybe even a spanking.

But his father just watched him. Then, walking through the
mess, he picked up his crying son, hugged him and loved him,
getting his own pajamas white and sticky in the process.
That’s how God deals with us. We try to do something good
in life, but it turns into a mess. Our marriage gets all sticky
or we insult a friend or we can’t stand our job or our health
goes sour. Sometimes we just stand there in tears because we
can’t think of anything else to do. That’s when God picks us
up and loves us and forgives us, even though some of our mess
gets all over Him. But just because we might mess up, we can’t
stop trying to “make pancakes,” for God or for others.

I John 4:10 “This is love: not that we loved God, but that He
loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

Acts 2:38….

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

ACTS 2:38

An elderly woman had just returned to her home
from an evening of Church services when she was
startled by an intruder. She caught the man in the act
of robbing her home of its valuables and yelled,

“Stop! Acts 2:38! β€œ(Repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ so
that your sins may be forgiven.)

The burglar stopped in his tracks.
The woman calmly called the police and
explained what she had done.

As the officer cuffed the man to take him in,
he asked the burglar,

“Why did you just stand there?

All the old lady did was yell a scripture to you.”

“Scripture?” replied the burglar.

“She said she had an Ax and Two 38’s!”

Psalm 91:4 ” He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge;”

Homeless Man…..

John 13:34, 35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Homeless Man

It was a cold winter’s day that Sunday. The parking lot to the church was
filling up quickly. I noticed as I got out of my car that fellow church
members were whispering among themselves as they walked to the church.

As I got closer I saw a man leaned up against the wall outside the church.
He was almost lying down as if he was asleep. He had on a long trench coat
that was almost in shreds and a hat topped his head, pulled down so you
could not see his face.

He wore shoes that looked 30 years old, too small for his feet with holes
all over them, his toes stuck out. I assumed this man was homeless, and asleep,
so I walked on by through the doors of the church. We all fellowshipped for a
few minutes, and someone brought up the man lying outside. People snickered
and gossiped but no one bothered to ask him to come in, including me.

A few moments later church began. We all waited for the Preacher to take his
place and to give us the Word, when the doors to the church opened. In came the
homeless man walking down the aisle with his head down. People gasped and
whispered and made faces.

He made his way down the aisle and up onto the pulpit he took off his hat and coat.
My heart sank.

There stood our preacher…he was the “homeless man.” No one said a word.
The preacher took his Bible and laid it on the stand. “Folks, I don’t think
I have to tell you what I am preaching about today.”

Then he started singing the words to this song. “If I can help somebody as I pass
along. If I can cheer somebody with a word or song. If I can show somebody
that he’s traveling wrong. Then my living shall not be in vain.”
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Justice – When you get what you deserve
Mercy – When you don’t get what you deserve
Grace – When you get what you don’t deserve

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…by this all will know that you are My disciples…