Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Jesus has made the biggest impact upon the world than any one else.

Historian Kenneth Scott Latourette said:
“As the centuries pass, the evidence is accumulating that, measured by His effect on history, Jesus is the most influential life ever lived on this planet.”

Ernest Renan said:
“Jesus was the greatest religious genius that ever lived. His beauty is eternal, and His reign shall never end. Jesus is in every respect unique, and nothing can be compared with him. All history is incomprehensible without Jesus Christ.”

Jesus has not only made the biggest impact upon the world than anyone else; He can make the biggest impact upon your life as well.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Our Unlimited Resources in Christ (by Wil Pounds)

Our Unlimited Resources in Christ

(Original post from http://gospeldelights.loaves-and-fishes.org/profiles/blogs/our-unlimited-resources-in)

William Carey, the father of the modern missionary movement said, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

Carey’s motto is similar to D. L. Moody’s, who listened to the challenge of a pastor who said, “The world has yet to see what God will do through one man fully surrendered to Him.” Moody’s response was, “By the grace of God I will be that man.”

In John 6:1-14 a great challenge confronted Philip and Andrew. Multitudes kept following Jesus because they were continually seeing the signs that He was continually performing on those who were sick (v. 2). Jesus went up on the mountainside and seeing the great multitude gathering asked His disciple Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, that these may eat?” (v. 6). Unaware that he was in the presence of the all-sufficient Christ, he said, “We have a days wages worth of bread, but that is not sufficient for everyone of these to receive a little.”

John tells us that Jesus asked this question to test Philip because Jesus already had in mind what He was gong to do (v. 6).

Andrew spoke up and said, “There is a lad here, who has five barley loaves, and two fish; but what are these for so many people?” (v. 9).

What would you have done if you saw 5,000 hungry men gathering together? Would you have rung your hands in despair? As you face difficult, near impossible situations in your life, what is your typical response? Do you take it to the Lord? What do you trust in when you face the challenges of life? Do you trust in your money, intellect, people, and organizations? Do you fret when they do not provide your needs?

Philip and Andrew left Christ out of the picture. We do not have enough money, and we do not know where we can get such an amount. Five little barley loaves and two dried pickle fish is all we have. “What are these for so many people?”

With Christ it is more than enough. His desire is to bless us abundantly.

If anything was going to happen, Philip and Andrew had to cast themselves upon the Lord to provide. What are great needs that stand before you in your ministry today? Do you see the multitudes standing before you in dire need? What will you do? How will you meet the challenge? Have you run out of money meeting the challenge God has placed before you? Are your resources down to five pieces of bread and two pickled fish?

There is nothing that God cannot do in your life if it is according to His will that He has done in any other Christian's life in church history. He is just as active today in His church as He was in the New Testament times.

If He has placed something in your life to test you He has done it in order that you and others will bring honor and glory to His holy name.

Do you see yourself as insignificant and inefficient? What are five pieces of bread and two sardines in the hand of our omnipotent God? Everything! Two sardines may be useless to you, but not to God. If you will take what you are and what you have and give it over to the Lord to use as He pleases, you will find that it is more than sufficient for the task He sets before you.

All that He asks of you is for you to make yourself available to Him one day at a time. Are you ready for the Master to expand your horizons? Will you trust it to Him? Will you surrender what He has given to you into His hands? Will you surrender whatever is in your hands to the Lord? All that He asks of you is to make yourself available to Him just like the lad with the five small barley loaves and the two fish.

Perhaps you are one of the crowd and you stand in need today. Have you asked God to supply that need? The apostle Paul lived by the conviction, “My God shall supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Do you ask Him for everything in which you stand in need? Jesus knows your situation you are in right now. He is aware of your current needs, and He is willing to supply all your needs according to His abundant supply.

Jesus is the only bread that satisfies men spiritually. But there must always be a recognition of need before He can meet it.

Jesus Christ is all-sufficient. He gives spiritual food in abundance.

Do you come to Jesus daily expecting to be fed? A. W. Pink writes, "This is what Jesus does to all His people. He comes to the poor bankrupt believer, and, placing in his hand a draft on the resources of heaven, says to him, ‘Write on it what you will.’ Such is our precious Lord still. If we are straightened, it is not in Him, but in ourselves. If we are poor and weak, or tired and tempted, it is not that we cannot help ourselves—it is because we do not. We have so little faith in things unseen and eternal. We draw so little on the resources of Christ. We come not to Him with our spiritual wants—our empty vessels—and draw from the ocean of His grace."

Monday, April 19, 2010

Christian Quotes

Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a living presence. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Christian life consists of faith and charity. -- Martin Luther

The purpose of Christianity is not to avoid difficulty, but to produce a character adequate to meet it when it comes. It does not make life easy; rather it tries to make us great enough for life. -- James L. Christensen

Life is an adventure in forgiveness. -- Norman Cousins

The fewer the words, the better the prayer. -- Martin Luther

Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens. -- Daniel Webster

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because I see everything by it. -- C.S. Lewis

To be like Christ is to be a Christian. -- Daniel Webster

The measure of a Christian is not in the height of his grasp but in the depth of his love. -- Clarence Jordan

A Christian is a keyhole through which other folk see God. -- Robert E. Gibson

We should live our lives as though Christ was coming this afternoon. -- Jimmy Carter

Monday, April 5, 2010

No Grave, Nor Tomb can Contain

When Jesus was dead and buried, with a big stone rolled against the tomb, the Pharisees came to Pilate and asked for permission to seal the stone and guard the tomb. Pilate said, “You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can” (Matthew 27:65). So they did. They gave it their best shot—in vain.

It was hopeless then, it is hopeless today, and it will always be hopeless. Try as they may, people can’t keep Jesus down. They can’t keep him buried. They may use physical force or academic scorn or media blackout or political harassment or religious caricature. For a season they will think the tomb is finally sealed. But it never works. He breaks out.

Friday, January 15, 2010

New Year Verses

(I was searching for some Christian websites and came up with some really good ones. This post is a copy from christianity.about.com, one such site. I thought it was a great way to promote Christian sites. I do not know them and they don't know me either. I guess it's better then spreading sex sites, phishing and spamming.)

Begin the New Year meditating on these encouraging Bible verses chosen to inspire a fresh new walk with God and a deeper commitment to living the Christian faith.

New Birth - A Living Hope

    1 Peter 1:3
    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

    Hope for the Future

      Jeremiah 29:11
      "For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

    A New Creation

      2 Corinthians 5:17
      Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

    A New Heart

      Ezekiel 36:25-27
      "Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so you will obey my laws and do whatever I command.

    Forgetting the Past

      Philippians 3:13-14
      No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.

    Learning from Past Mistakes

      Hebrews 12:10-11
      Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

    Wait on the Lord

      Psalm 37:7
      Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don't worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
      Isaiah 40:31
      Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.

    God's Timing is Perfect

      Ecclesiastes 3:11
      He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

    Each New Day is Special

      Lamentations 3:22-24
      The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, "The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!"

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Year Quotes

Ten Inspirational, Motivational Quotes for the New Year

Welcome to the New Year! It is time for change, renewal, and celebration. The great thing about today is that yesterday is gone. You can't go back and undo things you have done, but you can embrace today and look toward the future with hope.

Build on yesterday's success and learn from yesterday's failures. Live in today.

Below are ten inspirational, motivational quotes that may encourage you as you begin the journey into the promises of 2010.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
--George Bernard Shaw

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right.
--Henry Ford

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
--Helen Keller

I never worry about action, but only about inaction.
--Winston Churchill

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.
--Yogi Berra

Don't bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.
--David Ogilvy

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
--Aristotle

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
--Samuel Johnson

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
--Albert Einstein

May this year be the best year of your life!