Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Persistance

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” Calvin Coolidge.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Great Poem by C.T. Studd

“Two little lines I heard one day,Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one, Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet, And stand before His Judgement seat;
Only one life,’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice, Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave, And to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years, Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill, living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore, When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way, Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep, In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife, Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn, And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone, Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, “twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one, Now let me say,”Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call, I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”;
Only one life,’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last. ”

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

8 Facts About the Harvest

1. The Harvest is READY. “The harvest is ripe...” (John 4:35).

2. The Harvest is BIG. “The Harvest is plentiful...” (Matthew 9:37).

3. The Harvest needs LABORERS. “The Laborers are few...” (Matthew 9:37).

4. The Harvest requires our PRAYERS. “Pray...for laborers...” (Matthew 9:37).

5. The Harvest belongs to GOD. “The Lord of the Harvest...” (Matthew 9:38).

6. The Harvest is EVERYWHERE. “Lift up your eyes and look at the fields...” (John 4:35).

7. The Harvest numbers in the MILLIONS. “Swing the sickle for the harvest is ripe...Multitudes, Multitudes in the valley of decision.” (Joel 3:13-14).

8. The Harvest needs us to become INVOLVED. “Jesus called his disciples and gave them authority...” (Matthew 10:1).

We are Soul Winners! Our goal is to lead 1,000,000 people to Jesus every year. Thank you for caring about the harvest. Your financial support and prayers are what allow us to work diligently in the harvest fields of the world. Thank you for helping us reach people for Jesus.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Free Resources for Pastors

Hey Pastors,

My friend Greg Ford recently pointed me towards five websites that offer free design work, videos, and countdowns for churches. Check them out:

openresources.org
muddyrivermedia.org
freecountdowns.net
Wingclips.com
seeds.churchonthemove.com

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Reservation in Hell

A Reservation in Hell: A Short Story
By Daniel King

It was a boring day at Hell’s check-in desk. Only a teenage drunk driver and a Hindu guru had checked in so far. It was not like yesterday when a suicide bomber and his victims arrived. Then the flames had been roaring and a full contingent of demons had been present to drag everyone to the torture chambers. But, for now, the flames smoldered in the darkness and reflected off the brass, maggot eaten nameplate sitting on the desk. Just barely, the name could be seen. William Zane Bub.

The red-faced, deformed demon looked up from his desk and wiped the sweat from his forehead. What was the annoying sound that was disturbing his rest?

“Ring,” blasted the sharp, piercing noise of the antique telephone sitting next to his elbow. Lethargically, he stretched out his claw and grabbed the handset.

In a tired, rebellious voice, he began to sing the jingle management forced him to recite when answering the phone, “Hell, Hell, Hell, Hello. We’re looking foreword to seeing you below. Hell, hell, hell, hello, where the flames are bright and time goes slow...” He decided not to sing the other ninety-four poorly written verses of the hotel’s theme song.

“What can I do you for,” he coughed, “I mean, what can I do for you?”

“My name is John Smith. I want...”

“My enemies call me Bill,” the demon interrupted, “hold for a second, let me find you in the computer.” Bill tapped on his keyboard only to find that the computer had performed an illegal function and had gone into semi-permanent hyphenation. “Stupid computer demons,” he muttered to himself, “those bugs they programmed into this operating system are purely diabolical.”

Finally, John Smith’s info came flickered into life on the screen. Bill took a moment to look over the profile then he spoke into the telephone, “John, I have you right here, it says you were born July 9, 1978, is that correct?”

“Yes,” said John with relief in his voice. The rock music playing while he was on hold was ear splittingly loud and badly out of tune.

“Right, I have your reservation right here. It looks like you made this reservation the first time you lied to your mom when you were three years old.”

“Uhh...I guess so.”

“We have you scheduled to be in the Mausoleum Suite.”

“I don’t want that room.”

Bill chuckled to himself. Here was an opportunity to use the worst of his puns. “You know, people are dying to get in there. Don’t laugh, this is a grave matter. I’m dead serious. Do you know why funerals are so sad? It because six of your best friends let you down,” He waited for the groans but when only silence ensued, he continued, “but on a lighter note, I could put you in the Crypt Chamber.”

“I’m not coming...” John began to explain.

“Nonsense, of course you’re coming. Everyone comes. As a matter of fact, you’re scheduled to be with us sometime next year. I’m sending Agent Death to pick you up real soon. You’ll be able to recognize him, he’s the one with the big sickle. Ha, ha.”

“You are not listening to me, I do not want to come,” John reiterated forcefully.

“Very common response, but you really have no choice, besides, the worms are ready to eat.”

“I’m not going to eat worms” John exclaimed!

“No, of course not sir, the worms eat you. Ha, ha! By the way, do you like rare, medium, or well done...actually, there’s not really an option. We keep the flames so hot that everyone is well-done.”

John was not getting through to Bill. “I am not coming to Hell Hotel.”

“But, you’ve already paid a high price for this reservation.

“How much?”

Bill tapped away at the keyboard for a moment, “So far, your reservation in hell has cost you your health, your wealth, and according to a note here, for your next installment on your payment plan, it will cost you your marriage.”

“I had no idea it was costing me so much.”

Bill gloated, “Well, sir, we try to give you a foretaste of hell, by giving you a little hell on earth.”

“I want a full refund,” John angrily demanded.

“We don’t give refunds, your investment in this reservation is non-refundable.”

“I want more than a refund, I want a seven-fold return.”

Bill paused for a moment. Where had John heard about that clause? It was hidden in the smallest of the small print at the bottom of the contract. Few knew they could demand a seven-fold return on Hell’s prices. Perhaps it was a fluke, he would be careful. “What are you talking about?”

John took a breath and started to explain, ‘Last week, one of my business associates invited me to go to church with him.”

Bill began to squirm, “You didn’t go, did you?”

“I did go, just to be polite.

‘What happened?”

“The people were friendly, the music was nice, and the sermon was interesting.”

Bill breathed a sigh of relief, it sounded like the hundreds of churches where nothing ever really happened on a typical Sunday.

Then he caught his breath as John continued. “After the sermon, the preacher started talking about sin and salvation. I thought about all the wrong things I’ve done and when he asked if anyone wanted to give their lives to God, I raised my hand.”

Furiously Bill said, “You what?”

“I got saved.”

“What?”

“I’m going to heaven when I die.”

“You can’t...I mean, why...Why are you calling me?”

Bill Z. Bub cringed as he listened to John yell, “Because, I’M CANCELING MY RESERVATION IN HELL!”

Friday, August 13, 2010

Will you be a Pig for Jesus?

Once there was a farmyard where a chicken, a cow, and a pig lived. One morning the chicken had an idea. The chicken said, “Brock, bock, let’s make breakfast for the farmer. I’ll give an egg.” The cow said, “Moo, I think that’s a good idea. I’ll give some milk.”

The pig said, “Oink, oink, hold on just a second, I’m not sure I want to give some bacon. If we make breakfast for the farmer, both of you will give a contribution, but I will have to make a sacrifice.”

Are you making a contribution to God, or are you willing to make a sacrifice? I encourage you to “Be a Pig for Jesus.”

Thursday, August 12, 2010

3 Things God Does Not Know

1. God does not know anyone that He does not love.
The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whosoever believth in him shall not perish, but shall have eternal life” (John 3:16). God loves the entire world. God loves you. God believes you are a beautiful person and He wants you to have eternal life. Will you accept God’s love?

2. God does not know anyone who has not sinned.
The Bible says, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Everyone has messed up. Sin is when we decide to do things our own way instead of God’s way. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). There is a price that must be paid for our sin. The price of sin is death. Jesus Christ paid this price by dying on the cross for our sins. God gave His Son as a gift so we could have eternal life. Do you want eternal life?

3. God does not know any way to get to heaven except through Jesus.
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). The only way to get to God is through Jesus. The Bible promises, “That if you confess with you mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). You have sinned. Your sin separates you from God. Jesus died to pay the price for your sin. If you make Jesus the Lord of your Life, God will give you eternal life.

Would you like to make Jesus the Lord of your life? If so, pray this prayer right now. “Dear God in heaven, I am sorry for sinning. Please forgive me. I make Jesus Christ the Lord of my Life. Thank-you for giving me eternal life. In Jesus name, Amen.”