Pastor Allen Cook- How big is your Gospel? Its bigger than the world, bigger than any enemy we face. But you would not know it, because we limit our Gospel to our comfort level. This amazing message needs to be spread to those we would not normally associate. The Gospel is big enough for everyone.
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A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaks lies shall not escape – Proverbs 19:5
In preparation for a dinner party, a women stopped by a small butcher shop to buy meat for the meal. She had decided to stuff and roast a chicken as the main course. When she asked the man at the meat counter for the largest chicken he had, he reached into the cold storage compartment, grabbed the last chicken he had, and placed it on the scale. “This one weighs four pounds, ma’am,” he said.
The woman thought for a moment and then said, “I’m not sure that will be enough. Don’t you have a bigger one?”
The attendant put the chicken back into the compartment, pretended to search through the melting ice for another bird, and then brought out the same chicken. This time when he weighed it on the scale, he discreetly applied some finger pressure on the scale. “Ah,” he said with a smile, “this one weights six pounds.”
The woman frowned, and making some mental calculations, brightened as she said, “I’m just not sure. I’ll tell you what – wrap them both up for me!”
I warn everyone among you not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance, but to rate his ability with sober judgment. – Rom 12:3
A little boy struggled to rehang the growth chart that had come off the inside of his closet door. He finally got it hung as straight as possible. Then he backed up against it, placed a ruler against his head, and reached up to mark the place on the chart where the ruler touched it. “I’ve grown ten inches,” he cried in joy as he ran to the kitchen to tell his mother the new measurement. “I’m four feet eleven inches tall!”
His mother recognized that something must be amiss so she followed him back to his room. She quickly noted what had happened. First, the boy had hung the chart so the bottom of it touched the floor, instead of being hung six inches above the floor as called for on the chart’s instructions. Then, when holding the ruler he had held it at an angle.
The boy was disappointed as his mother adjusted the chart and then remeasured him. “If you hadn’t measured yourself,” she asked, “would you have been happy with a growth of an inch and a half? That’s really a lot for just one summer.” The boy thought for a moment and then said: “Well, at least I didn’t shrink.”
When measuring spiritual growth we need to leave the measuring up to God, not ourselves.
(From God’s Little Devotional Book for Men, Honor Books)
Lord, Thou knowest better than I know myself that I
am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of
thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release
me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs.
Make me thoughtful but not moody. Helpful, but not
bossy with my vast store of wisdom—it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou
knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.
Keep my mind free from the recital of endless
details; give me wings to get to the point swiftly. Seal my lips on my aches
and pains. They are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter
as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of
others’ pains, but help me to endure them with patience. I dare not ask for
improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when
my memory seems to clash with the memories of others.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may
Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a sour
old person—some of them are so hard to live with and each one a crowning work
of the devil.
Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected
places, and talents in unexpected people. And, give me, O Lord, the grace to
tell them so.