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TRAVELING ON YOUR KNEES
Last night I took a journey
To a land across the seas.
I didn't go by ship or plane
I traveled on my knees.
I saw so many people there
In bondage to their sin,
And Jesus told me I should go,
That there were souls to win.
But I said "Jesus, I can't go
To lands across the seas."
He answered quickly, "Yes, you can
By traveling on your knees."
He said, "You pray, I'll meet the need.
You call, and I will hear.
It's up to you to be concerned
For lost souls far and near."
And so I did; knelt in prayer,
Gave up some hours of ease,
And with the Savior by my side,
I traveled on my knees.
As I prayed on, I saw souls saved
And twisted persons healed,
I saw God's workers strength renewed
While laboring in the field.
I said, "Yes Lord, I'll take the job.
Your heart I want to please.
I'll heed Your call and swiftly go
By traveling on my knees."
A FIERY SERMON
A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services
regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit
him. It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone,
sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor's visit,
the man welcomed him, led him to a big chair near the fireplace and waited.
The pastor made himself comfortable but said nothing. In the grave
silence, he contemplated the play of the flames around the burning logs.
After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a
brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone.
Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched all this in
quiet fascination. As the one lone ember's flame diminished, there was a
momentary glow and then its fire was no more.
Soon it was cold and "dead as a doornail." Not a word had been spoken
since the initial greeting. Just before the pastor was ready to leave, he
picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the
fire. Immediately it began to glow once more with the light and warmth of
the burning coals around it.
As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said, "Thank you so much
for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I shall be back in
church next Sunday."
SPIRITUAL VITAMINS SHIPPED DIRECT FROM MALAYSIA
Submitted by Pastor Samuel, Seremban, West Malaysia
Part of whole life stewardship is the nourishment of the soul. Add
these Biblical promises to your daily supplements:
Anxious? Take Vitamin A.
All things work together for good for those who love God, who are
called according to his purpose. (Rom 8:28)
Blue? Take Vitamin B.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy
name. (Ps 103:1)
Crushed? Take Vitamin C.
Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. (1 Pet 5:7)
Depressed? Take Vitamin D.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4:8)
Empty? Take Vitamin E.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give
thanks to him, bless his name. (Ps 100:4)
Fearful? Take Vitamin F.
Fear not, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God.
Greedy? Take Vitamin G.
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down,
shaken together, running over, will be put unto your lap; for the
measure you give will be the measure you get back.(Lk 6:38)
Hesitant? Take Vitamin H.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who
announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation,
who says to Zion, "Your God reigns." (Isa 52:7)
Insecure? Take Vitamin I.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Phil 4:13)
Jittery? Take Vitamin J.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Heb 13:8)
Know nothing? Take Vitamin K.
Know this that the Lord is God, it is He that made us and not we
ourselves. (Ps 100:3)
Lonely? Take Vitamin L.
Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Mt 28:20)
Mood swing? Take Vitamin M.
My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in
weakness. (2 Cor 12:9)
Nervous? Take Vitamin N.
Never, no never will I leave you nor forsake you. (Heb 13:5)
Overwhelmed? Take Vitamin O.
Overcome evil with good. (Rom 12:21)
Perplexed or puzzled? Take Vitamin P.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you
as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not
let them be afraid. (Jn 14:27)
Quitting? Take Vitamin Q.
Quit you like men and women, be strong. (1 Cor 16:13)
Restless? Take Vitamin R.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him. (Ps 37:7)
Scared? Take Vitamin S.
Stay with me, and do not be afraid; for the one who seeks my life
seeks your life; you will be safe with me. (1 Sam 22:23)
Tired? Take Vitamin T.
Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall
mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they
shall walk and not faint. (Isa 40:31)
Uncertain? Take Vitamin U.
Understand that I am (the Lord). Before me no god was formed, nor
shall there be any after me. (Isa 43:10)
Vain? Take Vitamin V.
Vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one. (Acts
Wondering what to do? Take Vitamin W.
What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love
kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Mic 6:8)
eXhausted? Take Vitamin X.
Exercise thyself rather unto godliness. (1 Tim 4:7)
Yearning for hope? Take Vitamin Y.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will
fear no evil; for you art with me; your rod and your staff-they
comfort me. (Ps 23:4)
Zapped? Take Vitamin Z.
Zealous for good deeds. (Titus 2:14)
AIN'T HOME YET
A missionary spent his entire life in the mission fields of Africa telling
the story of Jesus. During those days, missionary support was meager at
best and nonexistent at worse. But, struggling the best he could he stayed
on the field. In the latter years of his life, his wife died but he did not
have the money to take her back to her home for burial, so he was forced to
bury her in a make-shift grave near his home.
Finally, with his health, his money, and his family gone he scraped
together enough for boat passage back to New York. As the boat entered the harbor, suddenly it was surrounded by fire boats spurting spray of water and tugs blowing horns. As the boat docked, a band
began playing and a crowd of people began shouting and waving their arms as a celebrity walked down the gang plank. As he watched all this from the railing, this elderly missionary, knowing he was coming home alone, began feeling sorry for himself and began to pray something like this. "Lord, I
have given you all I have. I gave you my life, my family, my health. Now,
at the ending of my life, why couldn't I be welcomed home with caring people
who appreciate what my life has meant for the glory of God?
Then, almost as if it was an audible voice, this elderly missionary felt
God speaking to him saying, "Son, you ain't Home yet!"
From: Lawrence Brotherton
A DEBATE: Science Versus God
Submitted by Savithri Venu Gopal
"Professing to be wise, they became fools . . . " (Romans 1:22).
"LET ME EXPLAIN THE problem science has with Jesus Christ." The
atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks
of his new students to stand.
"You're a Christian, aren't you, son?"
"So you believe in God?"
"Is God good?"
"Sure! God's good."
"Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?"
"Are you good or evil?"
"The Bible says I'm evil."
The professor grins knowingly. "Ahh! THE BIBLE!" He considers for
moment. "Here's one for you. Let's say there's a sick person over here
you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help them? "Would you try?"
"Yes sir, I would."
"So you're good...!"
"I wouldn't say that."
"Why not say that? You would help a sick and maimed person if you
could...in fact most of us would if we could... God doesn't."
"He doesn't, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of
even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good?
Can you answer that one?"
The elderly man is sympathetic. "No, you can't, can you?" He takes
sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.
philosophy, you have to go easy with the new ones. "Let's start again,
fella. Is God good?"
"Is Satan good?"
"Where does Satan come from?"
The student falters.
"That's right. God made Satan, didn't he?" The elderly man runs
fingers through his thinning hair and turns to the smirking, student
"I think we're going to have a lot of fun this semester, ladies and
He turns back to the Christian. "Tell me, son. Is there evil in this
"Evil's everywhere, isn't it? Did God make everything?"
"Who created evil?
"Is there sickness in this world? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness.
terrible things - do they exist in this world? "
The student squirms on his feet. "Yes."
"Who created them? "
The professor suddenly shouts at his student. "WHO CREATED THEM?
TELL ME, PLEASE! "The professor closes in for the kill and climbs into
Christian's face. In a still small voice: "God created all evil, didn't
The student tries to hold the steady, experienced gaze and fails.
the lecturer breaks away to pace the front of the classroom like an
panther. The class is mesmerized. "Tell me," he continues, "How is it
this God is good if He created all evil throughout all time?" The
swishes his arms around to encompass the wickedness of the world. "All
the hatred, the brutality, all the pain, all the torture, all the death
and all the suffering created by this good God is all over the world,
"Don't you see it all over the place? Huh?"
"Don't you?" The professor leans into the student's face again and
"Is God good?"
"Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?"
The student's voice betrays him and cracks. "Yes, professor. I
The old man shakes his head sadly. "Science says you have five
you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you seen
"No, sir. I've never seen Him."
"Then tell us if you've ever heard your Jesus?"
"No, sir. I have not."
"Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelled your
in fact, do you have any sensory perception of your God whatsoever?"
"Answer me, please."
"No, sir, I'm afraid I haven't."
"Yet you still believe in him?"
"That takes FAITH!" The professor smiles sagely at the underling.
"According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol,
says your God doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son? Where is
The student doesn't answer.
"Sit down, please."
The Christian sits... defeated.
Another Christian raises his hand. "Professor, may I address the
The professor turns and smiles. "Ah, another Christian in the
Come, come, young man. Speak some proper wisdom to the gathering."
The Christian looks around the room. "Some interesting points you
making, sir. Now I've got a question for you. Is there such thing as
"Yes," the professor replies. "There's heat."
"Is there such a thing as cold?"
"Yes, son, there's cold too."
"No, sir, there isn't."
The professor's grin freezes. The room suddenly goes very cold.
The second Christian continues. "You can have lots of heat, even
heat, super-heat, mega-heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat but we
have anything called 'cold'. We can hit 458 degrees below zero, which
heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as
otherwise we would be able to go colder than 458. You see, sir, cold is
a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold.
Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is
the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it."
Silence. A pin drops somewhere in the classroom.
"Is there such a thing as darkness, professor?"
"That's a dumb question, son. What is night if it isn't darkness?
you getting at...?"
"So you say there is such a thing as darkness?"
"You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something, it is the
of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light,
but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it's called
isn't it? That's the meaning we use to define the word. In reality,
isn't. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker and give me
jar of it. Can you... give me a jar of darker darkness, professor?"
Despite himself, the professor smiles at the young effrontery
This will indeed be a good semester. "Would you mind telling us what
point is, young man?"
"Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed
with and so your conclusion must be in error...."
The professor goes toxic. "Flawed...? How dare you...!"
"Sir, may I explain what I mean?"
The class is all ears.
"Explain... oh, explain..." The professor makes an admirable effort
regain control. Suddenly he is affability itself. He waves his hand to
the class, for the student to continue.
"You are working on the premise of duality," the Christian
for example there is life and then there's death; a good God and a bad
You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can
measure. Sir, science cannot even explain a thought. It uses electricity
and magnetism but has never seen, much less fully understood them. To
view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that
cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life,
the absence of it."
The young man holds up a newspaper he takes from the desk of a
who has been reading it. "Here is one of the most disgusting tabloids
country hosts, professor. Is there such a thing as immorality?"
"Of course there is, now look..."
"Wrong again, sir. You see, immorality is merely the absence of
Is there such thing as injustice? No. Injustice is the absence of
there such a thing as evil?" The Christian pauses. "Isn't evil the
The professor's face has turned an alarming color. He is so angry
The Christian continues. "If there is evil in the world, professor,
and we all
agree there is, then God, if he exists, must be accomplishing a work
the agency of evil. What is that work, God is accomplishing? The Bible
us it is to see if each one of us will, of our own free will, choose
The professor bridles. "As a philosophical scientist, I don't view
as having anything to do with any choice; as a realist, I absolutely do
recognize the concept of God or any other theological factor as being
the world equation because God is not observable."
"I would have thought that the absence of God's moral code in this
is probably one of the most observable phenomena going," the Christian
replies. "Newspapers make billions of dollars reporting it every week!
me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a
"If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young
of course I do."
"Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?"
The professor makes a sucking sound with his teeth and gives his
a silent, stony stare.
"Professor. Since no-one has ever observed the process of
and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you
teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a priest?"
"I'll overlook your impudence in the light of our philosophical
Now, have you quite finished?" the professor hisses.
"So you don't accept God's moral code to do what is righteous?"
"I believe in what is - that's science!"
"Ahh! SCIENCE!" the student's face splits into a grin. "Sir, you
state that science is the study of observed phenomena. Science too is a
premise which is flawed..."
"SCIENCE IS FLAWED..?" the professor splutters.
The class is in uproar.
The Christian remains standing until the commotion has subsided.
continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, may I
you an example of what I mean?"
The professor wisely keeps silent.
The Christian looks around the room. "Is there anyone in the class
has ever seen the professor's brain?"
The class breaks out in laughter.
The Christian points towards his elderly, crumbling tutor. "Is
here who has ever heard the professor's brain...felt the professor's
touched or smelled the professor's brain?"
No one appears to have done
The Christian shakes his head sadly. "It appears no-one here has
any sensory perception of the professor's brain whatsoever. Well,
to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says
professor has no brain."
The class is in chaos.
The Christian sits... Because that is what a chair is for.
"Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father in heaven."
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