This was not written by me and can be found in many places on the internet
If you can live without caffeine,
If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him or her,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion, gender preference, or politics,
–Then you have almost reached the same level of spiritual development as your dog!
Jim McClure is a friend of mine (an Irishman living in Australia with his wonderful wife, Jean.) He is also an excellent man of God who has been involved in teaching and training in the Church around the world for decades. Many many believers have been strengthened and encouraged by his life and teaching.
Jim has produced an excellent book giving an overview of the Old and New Testaments. The book provides a clear and simple guide to the books of the Bible and is witten in a warm and accessible manner. If you are confused or unclear about how the Bible fits together and how to read it intelligently then this is a wonderful resource that you will find very beneficial. I highly commend it.
Jim has kindly agreed to make the ebook available as a free download – just click on the link below.
Overview of the Old and New Testaments
One of the great joys I have is to conduct football training for some young men at Immanuel International Academy. In a short period of time I have seen them grow not only in footballing skills but also in life skills as men and in understanding how to work as a team.
I am not a great coach and I am no longer able to play football as well as I used to 🙁
But God has given me a chance to change young lives through coaching. It costs me – aching joints and weak knees, time preparing, prayer time, travel time – I feel tired in the evening after we have trained.
I am thankful to God – for he is good. Whose life have you got the opportunity to change today? What is holding you back from doing something? God heals us, strengthens us and is prepared to use us. We just need to be available.
I started reading this cartoon because I liked the title – Invisible Bread.
Many sermons have been preached on the Israelites in the wilderness and the daily provision of God for their bodies, manna and quail – they also had the option of going to the tent of meeting to fellowship with God.
Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread…,” and then as he died the curtain in the temple was torn in two.
As an adult no one forces you to eat, but a wise person chooses to do so.
Sitting in my hotel room last week I flicked through tv channels looking for something to watch. I found John Rambo – iconic hard man portrayed by Sylvester Stallone. He was doing some good – rescuing missionaries from their stupidity in Myanmar. Good old Rambo.
I watched about 5 minutes during which I heard at least 50 expletives and saw dozens of people blown to pieces by mortar or machine gun fire. There was blood and body parts everywhere.
I turned it off. I could rant and rave about how it shouldn’t be shown. But really in a sin darkened world I can’t blame the companies for putting such programmes on.
However I can choose not to watch it and refuse to expose my family to it.
“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”
When summed up in the cartoon below much of modern society sounds grotesque. It obviously needs saving.
However before you agree ask yourself what salacious gossip you have feasted on, what item of enjoyment you had to have rather than give to the poor and oppressed or to the spread of the Gospel?
Whatever happened to being salt & light?
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Following on from last Monday’s post: I know many Violet’s – all too few Linus’s.
Isn’t it time to spend more dedicated time reading, meditating upon and memorising your Bible? Or do you have more valuable things to do with your time?
Incidentally Linus was the name of the second Roman Catholic Pope – reigning from 67 to 76AD.
I don’t like it when someone prefaces their remarks with something like “I think I can speak on behalf of everyone…”