December 11, 2015

Interesting Sayings By Different People

Abraham did not know the way, but he knew the Guide.
Lee Roberson
What makes the difference is not how many times you have been through the Bible, but how many times and how thoroughly the Bible has been through you. -Gipsy Smith
If you are in with God, you are at outs with this world. Gypsy Smith (B. 1860)
A state of mind that sees God in everything is evidence of growth in grace and a thankful heart. Charles G. Finney (1792-1875)
The Holy Spirit descended upon me in a manner that seemed to go through me, body and soul. I could feel the impression like a wave of electricity going through and through me. Indeed, it seemed to come in waves and waves of liquid love . like the very breath of God . it seemed to fan me like immense wings. Charles G. Finney (1792-1875)
Some men will spin out a long prayer telling God who and what he is, or they pray out a whole system of divinity. Some people preach, others exhort the people, till everybody wishes they would stop, and God wishes so, too, most undoubtedly. Charles G. Finney (1792-1875)
Great sermons lead the people to praise the preacher. Good preaching leads the people to praise the Savior. Charles G. Finney (1792-1875)
Finney said something cute: "There can be no revival when Mr. Amen and Mr. Wet-Eyes are not found in the audience."
We see God all around us: the mountains are God's thoughts upheaved, the rivers are God's thoughts in motion, the oceans are God's thoughts imbedded, the dewdrops are God's thoughts in pearls. Sam Jones (1847-1906)
Many a person is praying for rain with his tub the wrong side up Sam Jones (1847-1906)
What hinders you from giving Christ your all? Throw it off. Reduce the things that weigh you down. F.B. Meyer says, "Thousands of Christians are like water-logged vessels, they cannot sink; yet, they are saturated with so many inconsistencies, worldlinesses and little permitted evils that they can only be towed with difficulty into the celestial port.
F. B. Meyer was pastor of Christ's Church in London at the same time that G. Campbell Morgan was pastor of Westminister Chapel and Charles H. Spurgeon was pastor of the Metropolitan Chapel. Both Morgan and Spurgeon often had much larger audiences than did Meyer. Troubled by envy, Meyer confessed that not until he began praying for his colleagues did he have peace of heart. "When I prayed for their success," said Meyer, "the result was that God filled their churches so full that the overflow filled mine, and it has been full since."
We never test the resources of God until we attempt the impossible. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
Unbelief puts our circumstance between us and God, but faith puts God between us and our circumstances. - F.B. Meyer
A Sunday school superintendent read this text. "Who can tell me what a yoke is?" he asked. "Something they put on the necks of animals," answered a ten-year- old girl. "Then," asked the leader, "what is God's yoke?" There was silence until a four-year-old raised his hand and said, "God, putting His arms around our neck." The Oriental shepherd was always ahead of his sheep. He was down in front. Any attack upon the sheep had to take him into account. Now our God is down in front. He is in the tomorrows. - F. B. Meyer
If God maintains sun and planets in bright and ordered beauty he can keep us. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
God incarnate is the end of fear; and the heart that realizes that he is in the midst . will be quiet in the midst of alarm. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
God will be our compensation for every sacrifice we have made. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
The circumstances of our daily life are to us an infallible indication of God's will, when they concur with the inward promptings of the Spirit and with the Word of God. So long as they are stationary, wait. When you must act, they will open, and a way will be made through oceans and rivers, wastes and rocks. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
God does not fill with his Holy Spirit those who believe in the fullness of the Spirit, or those who desire him, but those who obey him. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
I used to think that God's gifts were on shelves one above the other and that the taller we grew in Christian character the more easily we could reach them. I now find that God's gifts are on shelves one beneath the other and that it is not a question of growing taller but of stooping lower. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
Joy is peace dancing and peace is joy at rest. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
Our God does not always answer our prayers as we request. But he does for us, as for our Lord in the Garden; he strengthens us. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
Dr. F. B. Meyer learned the secret of appropriation when he was addressing a large group of children who became very unruly. On the verge of losing his temper, he prayed in his heart, "Thy patience, Lord!" Immediately all anger and annoyance died. From then on he used the same formula for every difficult situation. When he felt lonely, he said, "Thy companionship, Lord!" When he was afraid, "Thy serenity, Lord!" When he felt critical of others, "Thy love, Lord!" He found the Savior sufficient for his every need when he appropriated by faith the promises of God!
The measure of our success will be the measure of our ability to help others. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
F. B. Meyer once said: "I used to think that God's gifts were on shelves one above the other; and that the taller we grew in Christian character the easier we could reach them. I now find that God's gifts are on shelves one beneath the other. It is not a question of growing taller but of stooping lower; that we have to go down, always down, to get His best gifts."
A Sunday School teacher, a Mr. Kimball, in 1858, led a Boston shoe clerk to give his life to Christ. The clerk, Dwight L. Moody, became an evangelist. In England in 1879, he awakened evangelistic zeal in the heart of Fredrick B. Meyer, pastor of a small church. F. B. Meyer, preaching to an American college campus, brought to Christ a student named J. Wilbur Chapman. Chapman, engaged in YMCA work, employed a former baseball player, Billy Sunday, to do evangelistic work. Billy Sunday held a revival in Charlotte, N.C. A group of local men were so enthusiastic afterward that they planned another evangelistic campaign, bringing Mordecai Hamm to town to preach. During Hamm's revival, a young man named Billy Graham heard the gospel and yielded his life to Christ. Only eternity will reveal the tremendous impact of that one Sunday School teacher, Mr. Kimball, who invested his life in the lives of others.

The Greatest of These by Dr. Wallace Strawn

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things...
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity"
I Corinthians 13

This chapter is about love. It is a part of a larger context dealing with spiritual gifts and sandwiched in to show the necessity of a heart of love in order to understand and minister the other gifts. In Matthew 22:35-40 a lawyer asked Jesus a question about the greatest commandment. Jesus said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Some gifts are temporary, but God makes it plain in I Corinthians 13:13, that there are three gifts that abide forever. And then He says, "But the greatest of these is charity." Every believer in Christ receives this gift of love. Everyone can’t sing in the choir, play an instrument, or teach a class. But according to I Corinthians 12, we are all gifted in some way to function within the church.

There is no way to measure spirituality. We can’t say how much we have grown in grace or how knowledgeable we are of the Word of God. But when love is present and manifested in a person’s life it is all so quickly recognized. Jesus said in John 13:35, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if you have love one to another."


April 18, 2015

TWO REASONS PEOPLE DON'T GO TO CHURCH

TWO REASONS PEOPLE DON'T GO TO CHURCH


People give all types of reasons for why they no longer attend church. Most of those given mask the real reasons someone becomes a former church member? It’s the same motivations for virtually every other human decision: pain and pleasure.
If you associate church with pain or church with interfering with your pleasure, you probably won’t go. Those are the real reasons why you don’t go to church, but they still shouldn’t be what keeps you out. Here’s why.
Reason 1: Someone in church hurt you, so you refuse to go back.
Maybe it was last month. Maybe it was last decade. But somebody in a church somewhere hurt you, maybe even deeply.
To those I want to say, as sensitively as I can, join the club. You are not alone in that. Everyone, and I mean everyone, who has ever been part of a church for an extended period of time has been hurt by others there. My deepest personal wounds as an adult came from church people. I say that to let you know, I understand. It hurts and the easiest way to escape that seems to be to leave church entirely. But it won’t really work.
Christians often speak of the “church family.” It is a way to communicate the bond that should be present among believers in a local church body. It also, inadvertently perhaps, expresses another truth. Church families are like physical families. You are around them so much that you rub each other the wrong way and people get hurt.
If you gave up on anything that brought you pain, your life would be dull, bland, self-absorbed and lonely, while lacking any real adventure, growth, achievement and love. If, the moment you experienced pain, you surrendered, you would never exercise, never learn anything new, never undergo necessary medical treatment that may hurt, never push yourself past the limits you thought possible, never achieve anything of lasting value, never be a part of a relationship with anyone else, never love or be loved.
You still want to leave and never come back because of some hurt? We can get past that pain and find joy. Everyone you ever see at church has done just that.
Reason 2: You are enjoying things that you know the Bible says are sinful.
Can we be honest about this? Most people who have left church fall in this category. Hurt and hypocrisy, while honest critiques that the church should confront and correct, are more often than not excuses to continue living a certain way.
You remember all the teachings from church. You remember what the Bible said about the recent life choices you made. You also don’t feel like changing. You like what you are doing and don’t want anyone telling you that it’s wrong.
Maybe if you aren’t confronted with the Bible or Christians, you can continue on in your new lifestyle. There will be no one there to say no. You can make your own choices without interference from others.
It’s like avoiding going to a doctor because you think he might tell you something is wrong. Sure, no one likes to hear bad news, but wouldn’t you rather hear it coupled with hope for the cure? Why would you want to avoid confronting problems that only will get worse with time? All those fears you have about returning? They’re lies. People love you and are praying for you to come home, even now. More importantly, God loves you and longs to be reunited with you.
Do you remember the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Jesus describes God as the Father who stood by the road and waited for the moment when His child would come home. He’s there waiting for you—ready to take you in.
Coming home can be difficult and painful. It means leaving old things behind to embrace new life, but it is dropping rags to pick up riches. When you embrace Christ and the things He has for your life, everything else, even those things that seemed so valuable to you before, pales in comparison.
As precious as our sin may seem to us, we cannot take hold of the treasures God has for us with our fingers still clutching our old rags.
Sure, you’ll find hypocrites in the house when you come home, but you’ll remember that they’re not any different from you. They need grace and forgiveness, just like you. Maybe, just maybe, you can offer it to them and they can extend it to you.

Here are two questions for those of us who are active members of a church family.
What can we do to help comfort those who have been hurt by church and the people there? How can we show those who are enjoying their sin that their is more joy within the church than outside?
Perhaps the two questions have the same answer.