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Recently a decision has been made to make a change. Every year we meet new challenges, mainly financially. This year again it is a financial issue. We have begun the process to become a non-profit organization. On top of those costs, the cost of bibles and postage have yet again risen. We will never give up on helping others, but the one decision that we have made, at least until we get the ball rolling with the non-profit, is to change the bible that we give out. We will now only be offering an ESV outreach bible with a cd full of study material. The study bible will be a prize for the bible trivia. Hopefully we will be able to give out the NIV life application study bible again. Everyone who has requested one up until now, 2/1/2014, will receive one. although this may take a little more time than expected because of new costs. We hope that you will be patient and understanding and we are sorry for any inconvenience.
The Hardest Thing That I've Ever Done
A lot of people believe that when you become a Christian, everything is going to be just peachy. That everything is going to go up from here, and just get better and better. You might expect great prosperity, great health, everything you want. Not only do many expect it, but many churches encourage believer's expectation by preaching prosperity. Its known as prosperity theology, the prosperity gospel, the health and wealth gospel, and also the gospel of success. And it couldn't be further from the truth if you are going to follow Jesus.
When engaging in conversations with many "Christians", you can usually tell which ones actually follow him and his ways, and those who are weekend warriors, the ignorant, or hypocrites. At some point throughout the conversation about God and Jesus, those who are truly committed always respond with, "Its the hardest thing that I've ever done." And that's the way that it was meant to be.
God desires godly children(Malachi 2:15). To become a godly child in Christ takes much refining. Just like gold is refined in the fire, so are we(Zechariah 13.9), and the fire is hot. Just as you discipline your children, to teach them, so God teaches us. Through suffering and trials we become better, and in the end reap a reward (James 12:1) . Pain and gain, is a common phase that comes to mind when thinking about exercise, but such a phase can also be used when describing discipleship in following Jesus Christ. Many people find trials or troubles in life demeaning, especially when they feel that they are supposed be living some kind of "perfect" healthy and prosperous "Christian" life in the eyes of the public. The truth is, that whomever thinks like that, has set their self up for failure from the very beginning of their false journey. Their expectation was that they would not have to face anything hard like health problems, a financial crisis, family problems, marriage problems, house problems, car trouble, trouble with friends, problems at work, etc. In fact before I decided to follow Christ, nothing really bad ever happened to me.
A War Was Waged
When I decided to make a commitment, a war was waged for my soul. It was like the Lord said, "Get ready because there is going to be trouble, but remember that no trouble will be too hard or unbearable as long as YOU TRUST ME." One thing that I have learned is that trusting in the Lord usually means going in the direction that feels most uncomfortable, and most difficult. I am always led in the direction that LOOKS less appealing. The direction that I do not want to go in. But everything always works out for the best and in the end I ALWAYS see why God led me in the direction that He did.
A Journey For Wisdom
Sometimes you might ask, "Why doesn't God just plain out tell me what he wants." Sometimes He sort of does, but most of the time He doesn't because a lesson is better taught with a journey. Think about school. It wasn't fun or interesting most of the time. You probably don't even remember even half of what you were taught sitting in class, even though you went to school 18-25 years of your life. But one thing you never forget are the field trips. Those days that you left the classroom and took a journey to learn by doing, not just by hearing. That is the difference between knowledge and wisdom. You can find all the knowledge that you want in a book, but wisdom comes from doing. And it is written to get wisdom, and though it cost all that you have get understanding. The bible is great for study and reference and teaching (2Timothy 3:16) but God doesn't want a bunch of people that just "know" everything. Knowledge is good but Wisdom is the application of your knowledge learned and understanding is what you gain from wisdom. The fact that you have lived through a problem or have lived through a trial and in the end you understand how to get through it and how to help others who go through those same problems. In helping people through their problems, you act as God. That is what being a godly child is. Allowing God to teach you and work through you. That's what God wants.
Jesus himself suffered, so why should we expect luxury if we are to follow Him. You can't choose luxury and Jesus (Matthew 6:19-24), and you can't expect that nothing bad is going to happen when you start following Jesus, because the moment you make the decision to follow Jesus you make yourself a target for the devil, and raw ore ready for God to refine. The conclusion is this: That love overcomes everything, and If you do decide to follow the Lord, you must love God with all your heart and with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength (mark12:30) just as Jesus said, because following him is going to be the hardest thing that you have ever done.
Two new jokes every month, because we know that "A cheerful heart is a good medicine". Enjoy your daily dose!
More than Asked For
Five year old Johnny told his daddy he'd like to have a baby brother and offered to do whatever he could to help. His dad, a very bright 35 year old, paused for a moment and then replied, " I'll tell you what, Johnny, if you pray every day for two months for a baby brother I guarantee that God will give you one!"
Johnny responded eagerly to his dad's challenge and went to his bedroom early that night to start praying for a baby brother.
He prayed every night for a whole month but when he told his friends what he was doing they said that it wasn't possible to pray for a baby brother; it has never happened before. Being the believing young man he was, Johnny quit praying and after another month Johnny's mother went to the hospital. When she came back home, Johnny's parents called him into the bedroom. He cautiously walked into the room, not expecting to find anything, and there was a little bundle lying right next to his mother. His dad pulled back the blanket and there was not one baby brother, but two!! His mother had twins!
Johnny's dad looked down at him and said, "Now aren't you glad you prayed?"
Johnny hesitated a little and then looked up at his dad and said, "Yes, but aren't you glad I quit when I did?"
They have Dial-a-Prayer for atheists now.
You call up and it rings and rings but nobody answers.
A 4-year-old boy who was asked to return thanks before Christmasdinner. The family members bowed their heads in expectation. He began his prayer, thanking God for all his friends, naming them one by one. Then he thanked God for Mommy, Daddy, brother, sister, Grandma, Grandpa, and all his aunts and uncles. Then he began to thank God for the food. He gave thanks for the turkey, the dressing, the fruit salad, the cranberry sauce, the pies, the cakes, even the Cool Whip.
Then he paused, and everyone waited--and waited. After a long silence, the young fellow looked up at his mother and asked, "If I thank God for the broccoli, won't he know that I'm lying?"
As the storm raged, the captain realized his ship was sinking fast. He called out, "Anyone here know how to pray?" One man stepped forward. "Aye, Captain, I know how to pray."
"Good," said the captain, "you pray while the rest of us put on our life jackets - we're one short."