Read the Bible

An old man lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his Bible. His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every 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 replied, "Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water." The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the house.

 The grandfather laughed and said, "You'll 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'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 back to the house. The boy again dipped the basket into river 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 realized that the basket was different.

It had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out. "Son, that's what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be changed, inside and out. That is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Take time to read a portion of God's word each day. It will change you from the inside out, transforming you into the image of His Son. You were created to be in the Image of God.

Faith in Jesus

There was a professor of philosophy there who was a deeply committed atheist. His primary goal for one required class was to spend the entire semester attempting to prove that God couldn’t exist. His students were always afraid to argue with him because of his impeccable logic. For twenty years, he had taught this class and no one had ever had the courage to go against him. Sure, some had argued in class at times, but no one had ever really gone against him because of his reputation. 

At the end of every semester on the last day, he would say to his class of 300 students, "If there is anyone here who still believes in Jesus, stand up!" In twenty years, no one had ever stood up. They knew what he was going to do next. He would say, "Because anyone who believes in God is a fool. If God existed, he could stop this piece of chalk from hitting the ground and breaking, such a simple task to prove that He is God, and yet He can't do it." And every year, he would drop the chalk onto the tile floor of the classroom and it would shatter into a hundred pieces.

All of the students would do nothing but stop and stare. Most of the students thought that God couldn't exist. Certainly, a number of Christians had slipped through, but for 20 years, they had been too afraid to stand up. Well, a few years ago there was a freshman who happened to enroll. He was a Christian, and had heard the stories about his professor. He was required to take the class for his major, and he was afraid. But for three months that semester, he prayed every morning that he would have the courage to stand up no matter what the professor said, or what the class thought.

 Nothing they said could ever shatter his faith...He hoped. Finally, the day came. The professor said, "If there is anyone here who still believes in God, stand up!" The professor and the class of 300 people looked at him, shocked, as he stood up at the back of the classroom. The professor shouted, "You FOOL!!! If God existed, he would keep this piece of chalk from breaking when it hit the ground!" He proceeded to drop the chalk, but as he did, it! It slipped out of his fingers, off his shirt cuff, onto the pleat of his pants, down his leg, and off his shoe. As it hit the ground, it simply rolled away unbroken. The professor's jaw dropped as he stared at the chalk. He looked up at the young man, and then ran out of the lecture hall.

The young man, who had stood, proceeded to walk to the front of the room and shared his faith in Jesus for the next half hour. 300 students stayed and listened as he told of God's love for them and of His power through Jesus.

God is at the window.

                       There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm.One day Johnny was given a slingshot to play with.

He practiced in the woods but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged he headed back to dinner. As he was

walking back he saw Grandma's pet duck. Just out of impulse he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head, and killed it.

He was shocked. In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the  woodpile, only to see his sister watching Diane had seen it all, but she

said nothing.

      After lunch the next day Grandma said, "Diane, let's wash the dishes." But Diane said, "Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted

to help in the kitchen." Then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck?" So Johnny did the dishes.

      The following day Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing. But Grandma said, "I'm sorry but I need Diane to help

make supper." Diane just smiled and said, "Johnny told me he wanted to help you."
 She whispered again, "Remember the duck?" So Diane went fishing and Johnny stayed home.

      After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Diane's he finally couldn't stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and

confessed that he had killed the duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug, and said, "Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was

standing at the window and I saw the  whole thing. But because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you

would let Diane make a slave of you."

       Thought for the day and everyday thereafter: Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done that the devil keeps throwing

up in your face (lying, debt, fear, hatred, anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, etc.),  you need to know that God was standing

at the window and He saw the whole thing.  He has seen your whole life. He wants you to know that He loves you and that you

are forgiven. He's just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you. The great thing about God is that when you

 ask for forgiveness, He not only forgives you, but He forgets. It is by God's grace and mercy that we are saved.

       Go ahead and make the difference in someone's life today. Share this  with a friend and always remember, God is at the window.


Lessons on Life

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So, he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the autumn.When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.


The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.


The second son said "No it was covered with green buds and full of promise"



The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.


The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all speaking the truth, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree's life.He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.If you give up when it's winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your autumn.

Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.
Don't judge life by one difficult season.
Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come sometime or later.