|The Coal Basket Bible
The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could.
One day the grandson asked, “Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?”
The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.”
The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You will have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again.
This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was “impossible to carry water in a basket,” and he went to get a bucket instead.
The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You’re just not trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.
At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, “See Papa, it’s useless!”
“So you think it is useless?” the old man said. “Look at the basket.”
The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old coal basket, it was clean. “Son, that’s what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.” That is the work of God in our lives. To change us from the inside out and to slowly transform us into the image of His son.
Take time to read a portion of God’s word each day, and remind a friend by sharing this story.
“Live Simply, Love Generously, Care Deeply, Speak Kindly, Leave the Rest to God
Tomorrow is Christmas and I am wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a great new year. And by the way please do attend the church of your choice and thank God for everything we have and the beautiful world he has given to us.
Our state has early voting, and I voted this week. As I got out of my car, a lady approached me and asked if I wanted a list of the Progressive candidates. I told her no thank you. You know, the word Progressive is just a way to try to make secular and godlessness sound better and more up-to-date. I told this lady that Progressives are for the most part atheists—and they’re not going to stand for God’s laws and for His direction in our country. Beware, and be sure to know what you are voting for and who you are voting for.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7)
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Given this week’s news, I didn’t expect Hillary Clinton to be in a very cheerful mood. But I’ve noticed that just about every time I’ve seen a clip of her speaking this week, she was launching an aggressive attack of some sort. Maybe at James Comey, but usually at Donald Trump, whom she repeatedly portrays as a mean, crazy, vicious, sexist, racist, dangerous lunatic who will blow up the world with nuclear weapons – and even worse, he insults people!
Meanwhile, Trump gets …in his shots, but I mostly see him talking about policy: how he’ll repeal and replace Obamacare, cut taxes, bring back manufacturing jobs, restore law and order, rebuild inner city neighborhoods and so on. I also notice that he does it with a lot of humor. He throws in funny jabs at the media, sarcasm, hyperbole and self-deprecating ad-libs. Of course, these exaggerated humorous asides are misconstrued by the media as literal expressions of what he seriously believes, so they can pretend to be OUTRAGED!!! But if you actually see the speeches, you realize that Trump is having a ball joking with the crowds, and his optimism about America and his chances of winning is contagious. Hillary scowls that Trump is the “angry” candidate, and the media echo that accusation; but when you see him on the stump, he comes across as a Happy Warrior, fighting hard but enjoying every minute of it.
That’s why I predicted months ago that he would win, in the face of all the media assurances that Hillary was unbeatable, and I’m standing by it. I think voters are finally starting to see through the 24/7 character assassination of Trump and realize that he’s offering them positive reasons for vote for him, not just fear and paranoia about his opponent. That’s what most voters are hungry for.
All that is the perfect set-up to this story from Pew Research that looked into which candidates’ supporters really are the more tolerant of those with diverse views that differ from their own. Some call this a “shocking result,” but I’m not even surprised. I suspect you won’t be, either.
After so many WikiLeaks revelations, Americans might be tempted to echo Bernie Sanders and say they’re “tired of hearing about Hillary’s d***ed emails.” But Bernie shouldn’t have said that, and neither should we. At the link, an explanation of why the news that broke last night of the FBI finding 350 previously-unknown (not duplicate) Hillary Clinton State Department emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop is a major deal, possibly the first crack in exposing what could become “t…he biggest scandal in US history.”
Also worth noting: the story was broken by CBS News. Not Fox or Breitbart or the Internet. The MSM have made it their duty for the past year to act as Hillary’s palace guard, even sending her campaign their stories to edit before printing them. If even CBS senses that what’s coming is so bad, there’s no point in trying to protect the Clintons anymore, and therefore news outlets had better get back to protecting their own reputations, then the dam might be about to burst. Stay tuned.
My favorite prophet in my youth..Stepenwolf” said “There’s a monster on the loose and has our heads into a noose and he stands there watching”. I think they were right.
The monster is a corrupt “progressive” machine that has our schools, mainstream media, one and a half of our political parties, the executive branch of our Government, half of the Supreme Court and about half of congress.
I believe this election and all the scandals will bring their evil house of cards down or seal their deal. I pray for the innocent to prevail and evil to be defeated. Evidence is mounting. The cockroaches are scurrying away from the light. Innocence need not hide or bleach emails nor fear any leaked info. Man this is awesome spiritual warfare.
I almost can’t watch the news. My heart breaks for my country. Our government is corrupt. Our politicians are disgusting. Our cities are war zones. Our economy is fledgling. Our debt is staggering. Our military is gutted. Our schools are a mess. Racial tensions are the worst I’ve seen in my life time. We can’t even figure out where to go potty. Our media is no more than a propaganda tool for the progressive movement.
“They spurned my rules and their soul abhorred my statutes. I will discipline you for your sins and I will break the pride of your power” Lev 26.. ya think there might be a spiritual problem in our country? We are reaping now what we have sown. The downward spiral can’t be fixed with money or politics.
Duke Hergatt Thank you for the confidence. My calling is preaching and to be a voice of warning. From our church came out state senator, town supervisor and clerk of our county board of Supervisors. They are making a difference in my stead
When God set up a Government provision was made for the poor. Corners of the fields were left unharvested. It was free for the taking but the poor needed to do their own harvest and food preservation. It was workfare and not welfare. Their was no government redistribution if wealth. There were no tax dollars paying salaries of bureaucrats. Their poverty was situational due to life’s unexpected difficulties. There was no generational poverty. Their poverty was temporary and not permanent. Alms were freely given to the few who were physically unable to harvest. It worked well for thousands of years. But I guess we’ve found a better way now huh! When government becomes your god..this is what you get.
This is my post from a group I belong to for the Waterford Weslyan Church.
Sorry for being first to post again and I promise I will edit out a lot of the notes I have been making but here goes. . .
How do we keep kids from falling away from the church? I’ve been making a lot of notes on this since I saw the video and the more I think about it the more complex the answer tends to be. This is just so complicated that I don’t think there is a one size fits all answer to this. I can only give a few examples of my childhood that I believe helped me over the years.
I was fortunate that both my Mom and Dad were active in our church and watching how they lived and treated people was certainly a big plus for me. I do think it is important that kids are exposed to church activities as much as possible; I remember going to our churches monthly covered dish or spaghetti suppers where we were around Christians of all shapes and sizes. I helped my dad most Saturdays take care of the church lawn and gardens; a simple thing but it teaches you how to serve the church and God.
When I was being shipped to Utapao Thailand in 1967 one of my moms relatives (Rev Thomas P. Dean) presented me with a small pocket New Testament and while I may not have always read it – I carried it with me wherever I went and still have it to this day and I take it out and thumb through it. It is little things like this that plant these tiny seeds somewhere in the back of your mind that help our faith journey.
Sometimes just being around the right mix of people makes a big difference. I remember when a group of men were talking after church and Manual Beito said to my dad “Henry, I’m a Cuban and you’re a Cracker and we are going to be friends”. That was the beginning of a lifelong friendship.
These are just some miscellaneous thoughts. I hope I haven’t bored everyone.
By Franklin Graham • April 7, 2016
I don’t need to tell you—America is in trouble. Washington and our political system are fractured.
We’ve seen violence at political rallies. One candidate is under investigation by the FBI. Another candidate says we need a political revolution. One thing I’m sure of—what America really needs is a spiritual revolution!
It will only happen if we turn to God. The urgency of repentance and prayer for our nation becomes more obvious by the day. As Christians we need to stand together and ask God to intervene in this country—to forgive us and to give us another chance. That’s why I’m going to every state this year to hold a Decision America Tour prayer rally on the capitol steps. When Icome to a city near you, I hope you will join me. Bring your family, bring your Bible study group, bring your pastor and church leaders. Our nation is broken—politically, spiritually, and morally—and our only hope is Almighty God.
One of the things that has surprised and thrilled me is that at every stop on the tour, as I take several minutes to share the Gospel message, hundreds of people are letting us know that they have prayed to accept Christ as their Savior! We thank God for each and every soul that has been saved.
My two older sons Will and Roy have just returned from China, where they were invited to speak at the 100th anniversary of the beginning of my grandfather’s ministry there. My mother’s parents, Dr. and Mrs. L. Nelson Bell, went to China in 1916 as medical missionaries, and their years of work are still widely remembered by churches in that country. Will, who serves as a BGEA associate evangelist, had an opportunity during the trip to preach the Gospel to over 4,500 people. As God worked, hundreds responded to the invitation to turn to Christ in repentance and faith.
Will has also just finished a Crusade in the Lake Havasu area of Arizona. More than 5,000 people attended, and another 6,000—from at least 50 different countries—joined in through live streaming on the Internet. We thank God for the hundreds who let us know they made a life-changing decision for Christ as a result of the outreach. In the months ahead, we have BGEA Crusades in India, Australia, Norway, Uganda, Scotland, Canada, and Myanmar. Your prayers can help heal hearts and change lives at each one.
As I write this, we have 37 states to go on the Decision America Tour, and that is a huge undertaking. We couldn’t do it, or any of the other work God has given us, without your prayers and your support.
Thank you for standing with us. May God bless America—once again!
May He also richly bless you,
Found this on Facebook this morning and it is soooooo right on I wanted to share it with everyone:
Ezekiel is preaching to a nation who isn’t listening and hate him for his message. He speaks of the false prophets “Every vision comes to nothing”. History is repeating itself here in our country that has shut it’s ears to the Word of God. Go back thirty years and listen to all the political promises our nation has voted into office. What have we gotten?…less jobs, more debt, weakened military, lost respect worldwide, poorer schools, crumbling infrastructure, healthcare debacle, drug epidemic, systemic poverty and a deeply divided population
I think turning back to God would turn it all around. But political correctness says I’m a backward idiot. But if they keep doing what they’ve always done they’ll always get what they always got.
I kind of liked today’s devotional so I thought I would share with everyone. I know I probably don’t get a lot of readership but just in case . . .
O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
– Psalm 107:1 (NRSV)
When I was a child, my mother and father taught me the importance of the words please and thank you. Over the past 60 plus years, I’ve learned again and again just how powerful these words can be both in conversation and in prayer.
Reflecting recently on my daily prayers, I found myself using the word pleasefrequently — very frequently in fact. I used the words thank you, too, but not as often. I realized that my petitions and requests were far more numerous than my expressions of gratefulness and appreciation for the blessings God has already provided. Wanting to change that, I decided to begin silently saying “thank you!” throughout the day — every time I sense God’s presence or every time I experience one of God’s blessings.
As a result of a more purposeful focus on my expressions of gratitude, the power of those simple words my parents taught me decades ago has been renewed. My silent acknowledgments of God’s boundless blessings throughout the day are a vivid and pleasant reminder of God’s care and constant presence. As we say please and thank you to God, we are continually reminded of God’s amazing grace, peace, and steadfast love that endure forever!
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Socialism says everything you have is ours and always has led to poverty. Christianity says everything I have is yours and has always led to prosperity. Socialism is a take away. Christianity is a give away. Socialism is control based. Christianity is love based. As America has turned away from God..government has become god. When America was good..America was great. We have ceased to be good and we have ceased to be great.