Illustrations

Subject: Spiritual gifts

The Search for Significance

Think about it for a moment: Do you know lyour purpose in life? There are many people who struggle through the day-to-day rigors of life, never fulfilling their God-purpose. These people invest a lot of time and energy expending natural gifts and abilities, but what they do fails to have any lasting significance.

There is a much better way to make a difference in the world in which we live. God has given each of us a wonderful opportunity to join with Him in His work using His gifts. One of the greatest things we can do is make a passionate search for significance as we put into practice the spiritual gifts God has entrusted to us. The reward of finding your spiritual gift or gifts is a personal blessing. But important as it is, your spiritual gift has no value unless you are willing to use it, to give it away. Do you know what your spiritual gift is? Are you willing to share it?

Practical Illustrations-Galatians-Colossians, by Leadership Ministries Worldwide

 

Subject: Covetousness

Street Smart

In 1904 Elizabeth Magie patented the Landlord game. Her board game was a statement on the evils of real estate monopolies. Later, her game's name changed to Anti-Monopoly, with streets like Poverty Place and Lord Blueblood's Estate.

Meanwhile, in 1935 unemployed salesman Charles Darrow sold the rights to his creation, Monopoly, to Parker Brothers. By 1971 the squabbling relatives of both Parker and Magie claimed ownership of the game and went to court. The Parker boys were the ultimate winners, and no one had to go "directly to jail."

Most of us have enjoyed rolling the dice, buying property, erecting houses, and pretending to be tycoons in this fun game. Few of us, though, have any actual experience in tycoonship. For those who do, be very careful. In the pursuit of increasing your bottom line, it is easy to fall into avarice and cold-heartedness. 

The Bible says, "He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich, both come to poverty" (Prov. 22:16). Your Creator has a more satisfying game for you to play. He said: "Godliness with contentment is great gain" (1 Tim. 6:6). Wouldn't this pursuit be less stressful and more rewarding?

Remember: If Jesus has a "monopoly" on your life, you can start building houses on heaven's "boardwalk."

J. Kenneth Bassett, Timeless Signatures, ©2003

 

Subject: Practical Christianity

Seven Things I Have Found

1. Laughing at difficulties-and found them disappearing.

2. Attempting heavy responsibilities-and found them growing lighter.

3. Facing a bad situation-and found it clearing up.

4. Telling the truth-and found it the easiest way out.

5. Doing an honest day's work-and found it most rewarding.

6. Believing men honest-and found them living up to expectation.

7. Trusting God each day-and found Him surprising me with His goodness!

Baptist Herald, via Sparks

 

Subject: Our Creator God

God and the Scientists

One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. They picked one scientist to go and tell Him they were done with Him.

The scientist walked up to God and said: "God, we've decided that we no longer need you. We're to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don't you go on and get lost?"

God listened patiently to the man, and after the scientist was done talking, God said: "Very well. How about this? Lets have a man-making contest."

The man replied, "Okay, that's great!"

But God added, "Now, we're going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam."

The scientist said, "Sure. No problem." Then he bent down and grabbed a a handful of dirt.

God just looked at him and said, "No, no, no. You go get your own dirt!"

(Just a story, but it gives us food for thought.)

Via Sparks

 

Subject: Seeking God

Irrelevant Exploration

Someone searching for gasoline by digging holes in the ground will be horrible disappointed when he finds only crude oil-if he's lucky.

If its gasoline you want, the ground is the wrong place to be looking that's why we have gas stations every few blocks.

The world needs to know their search for happiness and satisfaction is much like searching for gasoline in the ground.

Man in his search for meaning is looking in all the wrong places; searching the world for what comes from God alone is futile.

J. A. Gillmartin, sheepcribone.blogspot.com

 

Subject: Humor

No God-No Brains?

There was a Quaker who in dealing with an atheist hit the nail on the head:

The atheist asked the Quaker, "Did you ever see God?" "No."

"Did you ever feel God?" "No."

"Did you ever smell God?" "No."

"So why do you believe there is a God?"

The Quaker, in disgust, asked the infidel, "Friend, did thee ever see thy brains?" "No."

"Did thee ever feel thy brains?" "No."

"So why dost thee think thee hast any brains?"

If we have any brains at all, we must come to the conclusion that there IS a God; that there is an Architect behind this marvelous architecture called the Universe.

The Exchange, via Sparks

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