With God nothing is impossible…

Mat 19:26a ‘But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible…'”

With God nothing is impossible…..

The Biggest Mathematical Miracle in the World!

Moses and the people were in the desert, but what was he going to do with them? They had to be fed, and feeding 3 or 3 million people requires a lot of food.

According to the Quartermaster General in the Army, it is reported that Moses would have to have 1,500 tons of food each day. Do you know that to bring that much food each day, two freight trains each a mile long would be required!

Besides, you must remember they were out in the desert, and they would have to have firewood to use in cooking the food. This would take 4,000 tons of wood and a few more freight trains, each a mile long, just for one day.

And just think, they were forty years in transit.

Oh yes, they would have to have water. If they only had enough to drink and wash a few dishes, it would take 11 million gallons each day, and a freight train with tank cars 1,800 miles long, just to bring water!

And then another thing: They had to get across the Red Sea in one night. If they went on a narrow path, double file, the line would be 800 miles long and would require 35 days and nights to get through. So there had to be a space in the Red Sea, 3 miles wide so that they could walk 5,000 abreast to get over in one night.

But then another problem: Each time they camped at the end of the day, a campground two-thirds the size of the state of Rhode Island was required, or a total of 750 square miles long. Think of it! This space just for nightly camping.

Do you think Moses figured all this out before he left Egypt?

I think not!

You see, Moses believed in God. God took care of these things for him. With obedience comes God’s provision for the task regardless of its size. If it is God’s will you cannot fail!

Now, do you think God has any problem taking care of all your needs? Maybe one of the most important things to remember is that God will answer our prayers in His will and not our will! The difference never being because God does not care or is not able!!

Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

Mat 19:26 “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'”

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Are you a Member of Jesus’ Church?

 Are you a Member of Jesus’ Church?

While the Bible never mentions a specific denomination, it does challenge us to be attending a church that proclaims God’s truths. Many do not attend a church because there are many hypocrites out there. Or so the excuse goes. The interesting thing is that there will always be those who we do not like or agree with in the church. So, a lack of time, or those hypocrites or those …. just does not wash with Jesus when we ignore attending His Church. Oh, by the way the best church for you and your family is not one that has all the programs that meet you and your family needs. It is possible that the church without the programs is in that condition because you have chosen to be served rather than to serve!

Mat 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Are you concerned about whether the church you do attend is one of Jesus’ church’s?  Here is a test. For a church to be one of His it would naturally proclaim the gospel as scripture proclaims it. When is the last time you heard, “You must be born again to enter Heaven”? When is the last time you heard that no good deed or amount of money or baptism or any action on your part can save you from spending eternity in hell? Listen to what Jesus said;

John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 14”6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me

And it challenges those that are of His Universal Church to…

I John 3:1-3 “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we
              should be called children of God|  Therefore the world does not
              not know us, because it did not know Him.  Beloved, now we are
              the children of God; And it has not yet been revealed what we
              shall be, but we know that when He shall appear, we will be like
              Him, for we shall see Him as He is. AND EVERYONE WHO HAS THIS
              HOPE IN HIM PURIFIES HIMSELF, JUST AS HE IS PURE.”

So, how do I become a Member?

Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Acts 16:30b,31 “ “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

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” (2 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.”

Meeting my Standards…

James 2:8, 9 “If you really fulfill the royal law according to the
Scripture, You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ you do well; but if
you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law of
transgressors.”

Meeting my Standards…

My alarm went off — it was Sunday again; I was tired — it was my one day to sleep in. But the guilt I’d have felt the rest of the day would have been too much, so I’d go; I’d pray. I showered and shaved, adjusted suit and tie got there and swung into a pew just in time.

Bowing my head in humble prayer before I closed my eyes, I saw that the shoe of the man next to me was touching my own and I sighed. With plenty of room on either side, I thought, “why do our soles have to touch?” It bothered me so; he was glued to my shoe, but it didn’t seem to bother him much.

Then the prayer began: “Heavenly Father,” someone said But I thought, “Does this man with the shoes have no pride?” They were dusty, worn, scratched end to end. What’s worse, there were holes on the side!

“Thank You for blessings,” the prayer went on. The shoe man said a quiet amen. I tried to focus on the prayer, but my thoughts were on his shoes again. Aren’t we supposed to look our best when walking through that door? “Well, this certainly isn’t it,” I thought, Glancing toward the floor.

Then the prayer ended and songs of praise began. The shoe man was loud, sounding proud as he sang. He lifted the rafters; his hands raised high; The Lord surely heard his voice from the sky.

Then the offering was passed; what I threw in was steep. The shoe man reached into his pockets, so deep, And I tried to see what he pulled out to put in, then I heard a soft “clink,” as when silver hits tin.

The sermon bored me to tears–And no lie– It was the same for the shoe man, for tears fell from his eyes.

At the end of the service, as is custom here, we must greet the visitors and show them good cheer. But I was moved inside to want to meet this man, so after the closing, I shook his hand. He was old, his skin dark, his hair a mess. I thanked him for coming, for being our guest. He said, “My name’s Charlie, glad to meet you, my friend,”

And there were tears in his eyes–but he had a wide grin. “Let me explain,” he said, wiping his eyes. “I’ve been coming for months, and you’re the first to say, “Hi.” I know I don’t look like all the rest, But I always try to look my best.” “I polish my shoes before my long walk, but by the time I get here they’re as dirty as chalk.”

My heart fell to my knees, but I held back my tears, He continued, “And I must apologize for sitting so near.” “But I know when I get here, I must look a sight. And I thought. If I touched you, our souls might unite.”

I was silent for a moment knowing anything I said would pale in comparison, so I spoke from my heart not my head.

“Oh, you’ve touched me,” I said. “And taught me, in part, that the best of a man is what’s in his heart.”

The rest, I thought, this man will never know. How thankful I am that he touched my soul!

James 2:9 “but if you show partiality, you commit sin…”

Be Content and give Thanks…

Luke 12:15 “And He said to them, ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s Life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.'”

Be Content and give Thanks…..

One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people can be. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”

“It was great, Dad.” “Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked.

“Oh Yeah” said the son.

“So what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.

The son answered, I saw that we have one dog and they had four.” “We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.” “We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.” “Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.” “We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.” “We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.” “We buy our food, but they grow theirs.” “We have walls around our property to protect us; they have friends to protect them.”

With this the boy’s father was speechless.

Then his son added, “Thanks dad for showing me how poor we are.”

Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don’t have. Your worthless object may be another’s prize possession. It is all based on one’s perspective. Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for all the bounty we have instead of worrying about wanting more.

Take joy in all we have, especially our friends and family.

Phil 4:11b “…for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content”

Luke 12:15 “And He said to them, ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.'”

Cell Phone vs. the Bible…

Mat 11:28, 29 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. “

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Cell phone vs. the Bible

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?

What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?

What if we flipped through it several times a day?

What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?

What if we used it for direction in our lives?
What if we gave it to Kids as gifts?

What if we used it when we traveled?

What if we used it in case of emergency?

This is something to make you go….hmm…where is my Bible?

Oh, and one more thing.
Unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.

Makes you stop and think where my priorities are? And no dropped calls!

A couple of final wonderful thoughts;

  • God and His word never change so there is no updating to the latest version!!!!
  • God is the Author so we can totally trust it. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter etc were the scribes!

Mal 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob”

2 Timothy 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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Jesus’ Blood for our Freedom…

John 19:17-18a “and He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the place of the skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. Where they crucified Him.”

Jesus’ Blood for our Freedom

There once was a man named George Thomas, a pastor in a small New England town. One Easter Sunday morning he came to the church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit.

Several eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, Pastor Thomas began to speak. “I was walking through town yesterday when I saw a young boy coming toward me, swinging this bird cage. On the bottom of the cage were three little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright. I stopped the lad and asked, ‘What you got there son?”

“Just some old birds,” came the reply.

“What are you gonna do with them?” I asked.

“Take ’em home and have fun with ’em. I’m gonna tease ’em
and pull out their feathers to make ’em fight. I’m gonna have a real good time.”

“But you’ll get tired of those birds sooner or later. What will you do then?”

“Oh, I got some cats. They like birds. I’ll take ’em to them.”

The pastor was silent for a moment. “How much do you want for those birds, son?”

“Huh??!!! Why, you don’t want them birds, mister. They’re just plain old field birds. They don’t sing-they ain’t even pretty!”

“How much?”

The boy sized up the pastor as if he were crazy and said, “$10?”

The pastor reached in his pocket and took out a ten-dollar bill. He placed it in the boy’s hand. In a flash, the boy was gone. The pastor picked up the cage and gently carried it to the end of the alley where there was a tree and a grassy spot. Setting the cage down, he opened the door, and by softly tapping the bars, persuaded the birds out, setting them free.

Well, that explained the empty bird cage on the pulpit, and then the pastor began to tell this story.

One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation. Satan had just come from the Garden of Eden, and he was gloating and boasting. “Yes sir, I just caught the world full of people down there. Set me a trap, used bait I knew they couldn’t resist. Got ’em all!”

“What are you going to do with them?” Jesus asked.

“Oh, I’m gonna have fun! I’m gonna teach them how to marry and divorce each other, how to hate and abuse each other, how to invent guns and bombs and kill each other. I’m really gonna have fun!”

“And what will you do when you get done with them?” Jesus asked.

“Oh, I’ll kill ’em.”

“How much do you want for them?”

“Oh, you don’t want those people. They ain’t no good. Why, you take them and they’ll just hate you. They’ll spit on you, curse you and kill you!! You don’t want those people!!”

“HOW MUCH?”

Satan looked at Jesus and sneered, “All your tears, and all your blood.”

Jesus paid the price. He picked up the cage…
HE OPENED THE DOOR.

John 19:17-18a “and He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the place of the skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. Where they crucified Him.”

 Heb 9:22 “And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”

 John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”