Five More Minutes

While at the park one day, a woman sat down next to a man on a bench near a playground. “That’s my son over there,” she said, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater who was gliding down the slide.

“He’s a fine looking boy” the man said. “That’s my son on the swing in the blue sweater.” Then, looking at his watch, he called to his son. “What do you say we go, Todd?” Todd pleaded, “Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes.”

The man nodded and Todd continued to swing to his heart’s content. Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his son. “Time to go now?” Again Todd pleaded, “Five more minutes, Dad. Just five more minutes.” The man smiled and said, “O.K.”

“My, you certainly are a patient father,” the woman responded.

The man smiled and then said, “My older son Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent much time with Tommy and now I’d give anything for just five more minutes with him. I’ve vowed not to make the same mistake with Todd. He thinks he has five more minutes to swing. The truth is, I get Five more minutes to watch him play.”

One of my favorite verses of Scripture:

Psalm 127:3 “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD”

Because children are a gift of the Lord, we need to honor and glorify them also. Personally, I am guilty of not spending enough time with my child or with my family. But I urge each of us, including myself, give that someone special in your life just five more minutes!

The poor preacher

After the church service, seven year old Brian said to the preacher:  “When I grow up, I’m going to give you some money.”

“Well, thank you,” the preacher replied, “but why?”

“Because my daddy says that you’re one of the poorest preachers we’ve ever had.”

Sand & Stone

A story tells of two friends who were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey, they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, she wrote in the sand:

“TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE”

They kept on walking, until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but her friend saved her. After she recovered from the near drowning, she wrote on a stone:

“TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE”

The friend, who had slapped and saved her best friend, asked her, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand, and now, you write on a stone, why?”

The other friend replied: “When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand, where the winds of forgiveness can erase it, but when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone, so no wind can ever erase it.”

LEARN TO WRITE YOUR HURTS IN THE SAND AND TO CARVE YOUR BLESSINGS IN STONE.

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. – Matthew 18:21-22

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. – Colossians 3:13

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As I started off this week, I came upon a common passage of Scripture and wondered why? Why would God lead me to such a common verse. Then, it hit me.

I’ve told my students this before, and it’s so true. The Bible is the “living” Word of God. It speaks to us; we just have to listen. Today, as I read this popular passage, I listened to see what God was trying to tell me. And I found out that there is something more, something deeper in this passage today to focus on.

Let’s start with the passage from the Gospel of Mark:

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” – Mark 1:9-11

While, there are many teachings out of this passage, I feel God leading me to one simple message today. God speaks of Jesus as His Son, the person with whom He is well pleased.

Wow, wouldn’t it be great to hear God say that about you?

The message today can be summed up in the title of this blog: 

Title: What would God say about you?

or What does God say about you? Is He pleased with you? If not, why not? And what can you do today to change His attitude toward you?

God loves you – just the way you are. But that doesn’t mean He loves your actions. Make a change today and see if there is something you can do to make sure that God is pleased with all of you.

What’s in your old family Bible?

A little boy opened their big family Bible.
He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages.
Suddenly something fell out of the Bible.
He picked up the object and looked at it closely.
What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages.

Momma, look what I found,” the boy called out.

What have you got there, dear?” his mother asked.

With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered: “I think it’s Adam’s underwear!”

Life is like a box of chocolates

A wise man once said “Life is like a box of chocolates.” Do you know what Forrest Gump meant? “You never know what you’re gonna get.” But do you understand the deeper truth in this quote?

We may never know – we may never understand everything that is going on in our life.

Recently, a friend was telling me about being obedient. Although this person sometimes struggles with following the Lord in everything they do, everybody struggles at times. In fact, I’m willing to vouch that many people don’t follow the Lord in many aspects of their lives. But why?

Is it that we just don’t understand? Is it because we don’t know what the Lord is telling us to do? Or is it because we try to over-analyze everything in our lives?

Proverbs 3:5 states:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Do we EVER do this? Do we TRUST in the Lord? Or do we try to “lean on our own understanding?”

I think the answer is obviuos. The question though is: WHEN will we start trusting in the Lord with ALL our heart? What will it take to for you to start trusting in Him?

Have you prayed today for help in trusting the Lord? Will you pray today for help in trusting in Him?

Denouncing the devil

A priest was speaking with a man on his deathbed.

The priest told the man: “Denounce the devil! Let him know how little you think of his evil.”

The dying man said nothing.

The priest repeated his order. Still the dying man said nothing.

The priest asked, “Why do you refuse to denounce the devil and his evil?”

The dying man said, “Until I know where I’m heading, I don’t think I ought to aggravate anybody.”

Do you know where you’re going? A local church has a message on their sign that says:

Where will you spend eternity? The choice is yours…for now.

You see, while we’re alive, we do have a choice where we spend eternity. But unfortunately, by not making the choice to accept Jesus while you are alive (and go to Heaven), you have automatically made a choice (by default) to spend eternity in Hell. Is that what you want?

I definately don’t want that for me, and I don’t want it for you either. I hope you don’t want that choice, and I hope you won’t allow your friends and family to make that choice by default. Speak to them about Jesus today and let them know how to be saved.

If you are reading this and aren’t saved already, PLEASE click th link below and read more about Jesus, or e-mail me at eflowsemaj@gmail.com 

Here is the link: http://whativaluemost.com/Gospel_main.aspx 

The time is NOW!

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  – Matthew 3:1-2

If it was true back then (and it was), then how much more true is it now? John the Baptist went through the countryside warning people that Jesus was coming. Yet many still refused to believe. Today, those people don’t have any more time. Their bodily death has come upon them, and those who didn’t repent are condemned to eternal damnation.

However, YOU still have time. BUT…you might not have much time. Jesus is coming back. And our lives are getting shorter each day. If you haven’t repented of your sins by now, you might not have time. Tomorrow may never come. Come to Jesus today!  Visit this website to learn more: http://whativaluemost.com/Gospel_main.aspx 

Pray to God for your salvation and free gift of eternal life now.

 

Life and Peace

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. – Romans 8:5

What is your mind focused upon? Why do I ask this question? Read the very next Scripture in Romans below:

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. – Romans 8:6

Therefore, the ultimate question: Are you full of peace in your life? If not, what is holding you back? What is causing you to remain focused on something other than life and peace?

God wants us to be focused on Him. When we are focused on Him, our hearts are filled with love. Take time to pray today and ask God to help you refocus your life on Him.

who’s his daddy?

A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg , TN.  One morning, they were eating breakfast at a little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet, family meal. While they were waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished looking, white-haired man moving from table to table, visiting with the guests.

The professor leaned over and whispered to his wife, ‘I hope he doesn’t come over here.’ But sure enough, the man did come over to their table.

‘Where are you folks from?’ he asked in a friendly voice.
‘ Oklahoma ,’ they answered.
‘Great to have you here in Tennessee ,’ the stranger said. ‘What do you do for a living?’
‘I teach at a seminary,’ he replied.

‘Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well, I’ve got a really great story for you.’ And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at the table with the couple.

The professor groaned and thought to himself, ‘Great .. Just what I need …another preacher story!’

The man started, ‘See that mountain over there? (pointing out the restaurant window). Not far from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up, because every place he went, he was always asked the same question, ‘Hey boy, Who’s your daddy?’ Whether he was at school, in the grocery store or drug store, people would ask the same question, ‘Who’s your daddy?’

He would hide at recess and lunchtime from other students. He would avoid going into stores because that question hurt him so bad. ‘When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher came to his church. He would always go in late and slip out early to avoid hearing the question, ‘Who’s your daddy?’

But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so fast that he got caught and had to walk out with the crowd.

Just about the time he got to the back door, the new preacher, not knowing anything about him, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, ‘Son, who’s your daddy?’

The whole church got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye in the church looking at him Now everyone would finally know the answer to the question, ‘ Who’s your daddy?’

‘This new preacher, though, sensed the situation around him and using discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the following to that scared little boy.. ‘Wait a minute! I know who you are! I see the family resemblance now, You are a child of God.’

With that he patted the boy on his shoulder and said, ‘Boy, you’ve got a great inheritance. Go and claim it.’

‘With that, the boy smiled for the first time in a long time and walked out the door a changed person. He was never the same again. Whenever anybody asked him, ‘Who’s your Daddy?’ he’d just tell them , ‘I’m a Child of God.”

The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said, ‘Isn’t that a great story?’
The professor responded that it really was a great story!

As the man turned to leave, he said, ‘You know, if that new preacher hadn’t told me that I was one of God’s children, I probably never would have amounted to anything!’ And he walked away.

The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He called the waitress over and asked her, ‘Do you know who that man was — the one who just left that was sitting at our table?’

The waitress grinned and said, ‘Of course. Everybody here knows him. That’s Ben Hooper He’s governor of Tennessee !’

Someone in your life today needs a reminder that they’re one of God’s children!

Ok, some of you are thinking: great story, but is it true? Well, mostly. Ben Hooper was born out of wedlock; and he did become governor of Tennessee after much harassing about who his daddy was. Like most stories, the fine details and ages are not entirely true, but it does prove to exhibit a valuable lesson:

Everyone needs to be reminded that they have a Heavenly Father above that wants them to be part of His family – a child of God. vSo take time today and remind somebody of the eternal love that God shares with each of us!

This story should also remind us that we have been given a mission to tell others about God. Don’t forget that the love that He shows you will help you tell others about His love!