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God’s Garden

This is such good advice. If every church member used it as a guideline in addition to the Bible, our churches would be much different and have much more power for winning the lost and making disciples out of new Christians. I have no idea who wrote it, but it is full of wisdom.

GOD’S GARDEN

In growing a healthy, fruit-bearing church, try this plan:

Plant three rows of squash:

  • Squash gossip
  • Squash criticism
  • Squash indifference

Plant seven rows of peas:

  • Prayer
  • Promptness
  • Perseverance
  • Politeness
  • Preparedness
  • Purity
  • Patience

Plant seven heads of lettuce:

  • Let us be unselfish and loyal
  • Let us be faithful to duty
  • Let us search the Scriptures
  • Let us not be weary in well-doing
  • Let us be obedient in all things
  • Let us be truthful
  • Let us love one another

No garden is complete without turnips:

  • Turn up for church
  • Turn up for meetings, in prayer, and Bible study
  • Turn up with a smile, even when things are difficult
  • Turn up with determination to do your best in God’s service

After planting, may you grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3: 18).

And may you reap rich results.

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The Power of Prayer

A missionary on furlough told this true story while visiting his home church in Michigan…

“While serving at a small field hospital in Africa, every two weeks I traveled by bicycle through the Jungle to a nearby city for supplies.

This was a journey of two days and required camping overnight at the halfway point. On one of these journeys, I arrived in the city where I planned to collect money from a bank, purchase medicine and supplies, and then begin my two-day journey back to the field hospital.

Upon arrival in the city, I observed two men fighting, one of whom had been seriously injured. I treated him for his injuries and at the same time talked to him about the Lord. I then traveled two days, camping overnight, and arrived home without incident.

Two weeks later I repeated my journey. Upon arriving in the city, I was approached by the young man I had treated. He told me that he had known I carried money and medicines.

He said, ‘Some friends and I followed you into the jungle, knowing you would camp overnight.

We planned to kill you and take your money and drugs. But just as we were about to move into your camp, we saw that you were surrounded by 26 armed guards.’

At this, I laughed and said that I was certainly all alone in that jungle campsite. The young man pressed the point, however, and said, ‘No sir, I was not the only person to see the guards. My five friends also saw them, and we all counted them.

It was because of those guards that we were afraid and left you alone.'”

What an awesome God of protection we have!

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Patience is a form of Action!

I would love to give credit, but I have no idea of the author. It sure gives a great word picture of what can happen when we rebel and determine to do things our own way no matter what God says. Sometimes I think it takes Him much longer to answer our prayers because we have messed things up trying to make something happen ourselves. Then He has to undo our damage before He can make things right.

All the while, then, we find ourselves thinking about how slow God is. If we could just see things from His perspective, we would find that we can trust Him with every detail and know that He will work everything out for the best.

I came across an anonymous quote the other day that I put in a place where I can see it every day to help me remember its point:

PATIENCE IS ALSO A FORM OF ACTION

God loves His Children with a love that we can’t even imagine. Trust Him to supply your needs and work on your behalf.

What happens sometimes when we try to do it ourselves!

What happens sometimes when we try to do it ourselves!

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The Beauty of a Snowflake

There are things everyday that we take for granted that show us the majesty of God. These are pictures of snowflakes. The first four photos are ones that have been taken through a microscope; the next four were taken with the Macro Mode on a digital camera.

Both sets are fascinating. If God cares enough to put that much detail in a snowflake, how much more does He care for you in even the smallest detail of your life. Give Him every problem and let Him show you how He can miraculously meet your need.

Matthew 6: 25 – 34 has the cure for anxiety.

Therefore I say unto you Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Words of Jesus)

God knows your every need before you have it. No matter the circumstances you see around you, He is still in control. Let God show you what He can do!

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These photos came from the blog mazm.com

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A Story – Have you cleaned your windows lately?

When I read the story below I couldn’t help but think of how easy it sometimes is for me to see the faults of others and totally disregard my own faults. I have been asking God to clean my windows so that I can see clearly to get rid of the “stuff” in my life that He is not pleased with.

When my life is clean, He can use me to help others grow in their relationship with Him.

Luke 6: 41 – 45

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye but do not notice or consider the beam [of timber] that is in your own eye?

Or how can you say to your brother, Brother, allow me to take out the speck that is in your eye, when you yourself do not see the beam that is in your own eye? You actor (pretender, hypocrite)! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.

For there is no good (healthy) tree that bears decayed (worthless, stale) fruit, nor on the other hand does a decayed (worthless, sickly) tree bear good fruit.

For each tree is known and identified by its own fruit; for figs are not gathered from thorn-bushes, nor is a cluster of grapes picked from a bramble-bush.

The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.

(These words of Jesus are taken from the Amplified Version with the ( ) being what the word means in the Greek. The [ ] are used to make the sentence read more clearly.)

A Story – Have your Cleaned your Windows Lately?

A young couple moves into a new neighborhood.

The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.

“That laundry is not very clean,” she said. “She doesn’t know how to wash correctly.  Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.” Her husband looked on, but remained silent.

Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband: “Look, she has learned how to wash correctly.  I wonder who taught her this?”

The husband said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”

Let God get rid of the beam of timber in your eyes so that He can radically use you to help others do the same.

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Video of Shout to the Lord

This song probably has to be close to my all-time favorite. It doesn’t matter who sings the words, it is always a blessing. I believe it is one of those few songs that God just penned Himself using a person’s hands to write the words.

Sometimes I get discouraged by looking at things that happen around me. I forget that God is always there waiting for me to give him all my burdens. He wants me to learn to praise Him even in the worst of times because He is my Father and has everything under control. He can see the future and He knows exactly how He will work everything out.

Open your heart and mind and let yourself worship God as you watch this video!

Darlene Zschech, Ron Kenoly, Alvin Slaughter are singing this.

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Don’t be a Whiner and Complainer like the Israelites were!

It is easy to put down the Israelites and say how selfish and shallow they were because of the way they acted in the wilderness. They had witnessed more astounding miracles in a short time than most of us may see in a lifetime, yet they still found it hard to believe that God could and would take care of them. They certainly had trouble believing that He had wonderful plans for their future and wanted to bless them immensely.

All they could see is where they had come from. Even though they had been slaves under horrible circumstances, they still preferred it to what they had at the moment. They felt that at least they knew what to expect in Egypt; now they had no clue where they were going or what would happen, so it was very easy for them to whine and complain about everything they thought was going wrong.

Yes, they did have to live in tents for a time, but God miraculously fed and clothed them, and provided for all their needs. He also intervened in such a way that the Egyptians gave them silver, gold, and other valuable things such as animals before they left, so they were not poor by any means. In fact, after their departure Egypt was crippled economically for quite a while.

They had a very hard time seeing God as a loving Father that wanted to give them His Very Best if only they would trust Him and wait for it. His plan was to show them that He could abundantly meet every circumstance or need that ever arose in their life. He just wanted to show them who He was; then they would have no trouble depending on Him to meet their needs. God wanted to reveal His Glory to them to change their hearts and lives forever.

This cartoon is funny, but at the same time it is very sad. I have heard numerous pastors say the hardest part of their job is listening to people who whine and complain because they don’t get their way about something. They talk about the fact that they have to spend most of their time babysitting Christians who should be much stronger in their faith.

Every verse in the Bible has been put there by God for a reason and is totally relevant to you today.

God wanted to give us the whole story of the Israelites as they went from slaves in Egypt to their own glorious land of Canaan. He shows us the mistakes they made as well as the times they trusted Him completely. We can learn from their mistakes and determine that we will not make the same ones.

You may right now be at the point where you don’t exactly know where God is leading you, but He wants you to learn to trust Him completely with your life. He can see the whole picture, and He knows just how He will lead and deliver you in every set of circumstances.

You can’t see into the UNKNOWN, but God sees it perfectly. Trust Him to show you the way.

Are you a whiner and complainer?

Are you a whiner and complainer?

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