A Letter To My Grandson

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Dear Lincoln,

An acorn is a tiny little thing, its a nut to be more precise.  Now the little acorn goes and gets planted under the ground.  Its hard to believe that the little acorn will one day be an oak tree.  That’s right Lincoln, inside that little acorn is a mighty oak tree just waiting to come out.  Again it’s a hard thing to believe, but residing in that little nut is growth potential that’s phenomenal.

“A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it.    Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture.    Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants.    Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!”  When he had said this, he called out,  “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”  Luke 8:8

My point today Lincoln is that as you grow up surround yourself with good people and follow the Lord, for inside you is growth potential that’s phenomenal.

I love you little man, Puppa

God’s Trademark Is Love

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Designer clothes are known by their trademarks or designs.  You know if it’s a Tommy Hilfiger or a Ralph Lauren.  They have trademarks that make them very visible and very identifiable.  Those that hold an office of a unique kind can be identified by their attire.  You can know a doctor by his attire or a policeman by his attire or a judge by his attire.

God has sent forth something as irrefutable evidence that we are close to God – an irrefutable test by which you can measure your own spiritual growth.  In fact, so awesome is this trademark of God that He said it would be the major declaration of your faith.  Jesus put it this way.  He said, “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, that you love one another.”

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.    Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”  John 13:34-35

Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.  Romans 13:8

This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.  1 John 3:11

There Are Three Kinds Of Givers

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There are three kinds of givers: the flint, the sponge, and the honeycomb.  If you want to get anything out of the flint, you have to hammer it.  And you’ll only get chips and sparks.  To get water out of the sponge, you have to squeeze it.  The more you squeeze, the lore you get.  But you have to squeeze a lot.  But the honeycomb simple overflows with sweetness.

When a person understands what God has done for them, you don’t have to prime them to give and you don’t have to have collection after collection.  They understand that He is a great God.  In fact, at offering time, we ought to jumping to our feet and applauding that we are here to give, have something to give, and have been blessed to be have the strength to work that we might be able to give.  We ought just to appluad the privilege of giving.

Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. ”  Luke 6:38

Believe in Your Heavenly Father

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Evolution is the belief that nobody plus nothing equals everything.  But that’s not so.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Isaiah 64:8 And yet, O   lord , you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.

It’s quite natural for us to see a watch and assume that it has a watchmaker.  Evolution would have us believe that we could take the contents of the watch, throw them up in the air, and expect them to fall perfectly, and precisely in the correct order and positioning and automatically start ticking.

O  lord , our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you. When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place— what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority— the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. O  lord , our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Psalm 8:1-9

Lets say you walked into a quiet forest and stumbled upon a ball, the natural assumption would be that someone put it there.  You would be right to assume someone had been there before.  If you stumbled upon a very large ball, say like the size of a house, you’d assume that someone very big had to have put it there.  Now suppose that ball is the size of the planet Earth.  Then someone really big would have had to put it there!

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.  Romans 1:20

The whole point is, if there is a design, there is a designer.  If there is a painting, there has to be an artist.  If there is a you, there is God.

for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.  Colossians 1:16

Adrift at Sea

Good Time Stories

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Life can be tough. There are times in all of our lives that situations, people or circumstances can seem unbearable, horrendous, or intolerable. There are usually two things that a person can do in these situations and the choices that they make will generally create them into the kind of person they are…a positive or negative individual.
The following inspiring, true story of Steven Callahan, as told by Adam Kahn on insprationalstories.com, demonstrates the power of positive thinking and the will to live in a very difficult situation

In 1982, Steven Callahan was crossing the Atlantic alone in his sailboat when it struck something and sank. He was out of the shipping lanes and floating in a life raft, alone. His supplies were few. His chances were small. Yet when three fishermen found him seventy-six days later (the longest anyone has survived…

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