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Continued Requests: Jerry Love, Betty Wills, Willie Kinney Family
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Russell Hord, Barbara Jordan, John Bayless
Our Web Prayer Requests, Our Troops, Unspoken Needs, Missionaries, the
“Lost”, the Emotionally, Physically and Spiritually Troubled
Birthday January 10 Rachel Edington
Bible Study—Tonight—6:30—Matthew 13
Aills Christian Church Services
Dismissal Prayer to classes
Sermon—Faith for A New Year
Closing Remarks and Prayer
Grind or Shine
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
Adversity is the grindstone of life. Intended to polish you up, adversity also has the ability to grind you down. The impact and ultimate result depend on what you do with the difficulties that come your way. Consider the phenomenal achievements of people experiencing adversity.
Beethoven composed his greatest works after becoming deaf. Sir Walter Raleigh wrote the History of the World during a thirteen year imprisonment. If Columbus had turned back, no one could have blamed him, considering the constant adversity he endured. Of course, no one would have remembered him either. Abraham Lincoln achieved greatness by his display of wisdom and character during the devastation of the Civil War. Luther translated the Bible while enduring confinement in the Castle of Wartburg. Under a sentence of death and during twenty years in exile, Dante wrote the Divine Comedy. John Bunyan wrote Pilgrim’s Progress in a Bedford jail.
Finally, consider a more recent example. Mary Groda-Lewis endured sixteen years of illiteracy because of unrecognized dyslexia, was committed to a reformatory on two different occasions, and almost died of a stroke while bearing a child. Committed to going to college, she worked at a variety of odd jobs to save money, graduated with her high school equivalency at eighteen, was named Oregon’s outstanding Upward Bound student, and finally entered college. Determined to become a doctor, she faced fifteen medical school rejections until Albany Medical College finally accepted her. In 1984, Dr. Mary Groda-Lewis, at thirty-five, graduated with honors to fulfill her dream.
ADVERSITY – THE GRINDSTONE OF LIFE.
WILL IT GRIND YOU DOWN OR POLISH YOU UP?
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4 NIV [ Charlotte -- 'Tidings@Topica.com' ]
He Put The Words In My Mouth
Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me. (John 7:16 NIV)
You are approached by a friend who says, “I’ve been noticing that you seem to be content and at peace all the time. I wish I could be like that. I’ve got a lot of crazy things happening in my life and I worry about them all the time. I’d like to be like you. What’s your secret?”
Obviously, this is a person ready to hear the Good News. But you hesitate, wondering what words to say that will turn him on to Christ, not turn him off. You need not worry.
All things come from God, even those words that come from our mouths. You do not have to be a good speaker to spread the Good News. If you trust in God and ask for his guidance, the Holy Spirit will say the right words for you.
“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” (Luke 12:11-12 NIV)
If someone comes to you and asks about your faith, ask God to give you the right words to say. Then say them without hesitation.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 NIV)
Ask God right now to give you the power of effective witnessing so that you will be able to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to others.
O Lord and Everlasting Father, bring down your Holy Spirit upon us so that we may be effective witnesses for you. Give us the words to speak to spread the Good News of Salvation throughout the world. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen.
[ by Charles Edwin Price — from ‘Themestream’
I Wish You Jesus
This shiny bright new year I wish you Faith ~
Faith that this world cannot dampen or cool,
Faith in your dreams when the facts overrule,
Faith in the Word, though some folks call you fool,
I wish you Faith for this coming new year.
This shiny bright new year I wish you Peace ~
Peace that the world’s cares cannot nullify,
Peace that is unswayed though all goes awry,
Peace that this world cannot beg, steal or buy,
I wish you Peace for this coming new year.
This shiny bright new year I wish you Joy ~
Joy that is untouched by earth’s trials and fears,
Joy that is constant when sorrow appears,
Joy that is able to smile through its tears,
I wish you Joy for this coming new year.
This shiny bright new year I wish you Love ~
Love that is steadfast, a love to abide,
Love that’s a refuge in which you can hide,
Love unconditional, unqualified,
I wish you Love for this coming new year.
This shiny bright new year I wish you Someone ~
One who’s the source of all mentioned above,
One who brings Faith on the wings of a dove,
One who’s synonymous with Peace, Joy and Love,
I wish you Jesus this coming new year!
“For all the promises of God in Him are yea,
and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.”
(II Corinthians 1:20 KJV)
[ by: Connie Hinnen Cook (firstname.lastname@example.org) — from Connie Hinnen Cook
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