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|The Coal Basket Bible
The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could.
One day the grandson asked, “Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?”
The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.”
The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You will have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again.
This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was “impossible to carry water in a basket,” and he went to get a bucket instead.
The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You’re just not trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.
At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, “See Papa, it’s useless!”
“So you think it is useless?” the old man said. “Look at the basket.”
The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old coal basket, it was clean. “Son, that’s what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.” That is the work of God in our lives. To change us from the inside out and to slowly transform us into the image of His son.
Take time to read a portion of God’s word each day, and remind a friend by sharing this story.
“Live Simply, Love Generously, Care Deeply, Speak Kindly, Leave the Rest to God
Easter is coming up pretty soon (couple weeks). Everyone is buying eggs to color and hide and I kind of like that also; I remember an Easter egg hunt at my Grandma Knights Methodist church in Mascotte FL. What fun, what memories. Of course as an adult I now know the real significance of Easter – a time of sadness that turns into a time of joy as Jesus sacrifices himself for us on the cross.
Waterford Weslyan Church has a huge Easter Egg hunt for children at a local park. This is a way to reach out and do something for the community much as Jesus has reached out to us in saving us. If I can get it to work I am going to try to insert here a YouTube video about Easter.
Forgiveness is the answer to the child’s dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again. – – Dag Hammarskjold.
If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive – Mother Teresa
“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” Paul Boese quotes
“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. ” Luke 23
We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies –Voltaire
Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were. –Cherie Carter-Scott
He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.—George Herbert
Forgo your anger for a moment and save yourself a hundred days of trouble. — Chinese proverb
“The man who opts for revenge should dig two graves.” — Chinese proverb
The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less. — Elderidge Cleaver
I saw this in an E-Mail I receive called “Laugh & Lift” by Chris Long.
Anyway, I thought this message was so important that I wanted to share it with everyone. After getting permission to copy this item here it is:
The Church’s Orphan Mandate
Let this sink in – the top # is children waiting for adoption in the United States and the bottom # is the number of churches in the state.
There are more churches in America than there are children who need to be adopted! If every church in the U.S. saw to it to just take care of adopting ONE child, then there would be NO kids awaiting adoption in foster care and there would actually be church families on a waiting list waiting for kids to even be available to adopt. That means the solution is possible – every church can be a part of taking care of orphaned and abandoned kids. The government doesn’t have the strategy and success because it is the mandate of the CHURCH to care for orphans, widows, poor and oppressed – it’s never been the government’s mantle. We can do this church! This is how we change generations!
The children included in this map are awaiting adoption in the foster care system. Because these are the state agencies, there would be little or no fees involved for adoptive families. Contact your local DSS or foster care agency to learn of the waiting children in your state.
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Christianity is a power religion. Christ has the power to re-create men from the inside out, as every man who has ever met Him knows.
We forget that God sometimes has to say No. We pray to Him as our heavenly Father, and like wise human fathers, He often says, No, not from whim or caprice, but from wisdom and from love, and knowing what is best for us.
A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.
Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.
O God, forgive the poverty and the pettiness of our prayers . Listen not to our words but to the yearnings of our hearts. Hear beneath our petitions the crying of our need.
Most of us know perfectly well what we ought to do; our trouble is that we do not want to do it.
Oct. 13, 2016 11:49am
Matt Walsh is a blogger, writer, speaker, and professional truth sayer.
The Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party have been engaged in a covert plot to infiltrate and undermine the Catholic Church. That is a crazy Republican conspiracy theory, and the craziest thing about it is that it also happens to be the truth. This demonstrates one of the major problems conservatives have always had in dealing with the Clinton Machine: They’re so absurdly corrupt and villainous that simply reporting on their actual behavior makes you sound like a fringe nutcase in an aluminum foil hat.
But the truth is the truth, regardless of how outlandish it sounds. And we know about this truth because it was clearly outlined in leaked emails between top officials in the Clinton campaign. During the course of several conversations, they complained bitterly about conservative Catholics, calling them “severely backwards” and accusing them of being people attracted to “systematic thought,” duped by a “bastardized” faith, and harboring terrible, sexist views about gender. Oddly, it was concluded that wealthy and influential Catholics are only Catholic because they want to seem “sophisticated.” I’m not quite sure how someone can be both backwards and sophisticated at the same time, but I suppose hateful prejudices are rarely coherent or consistent.
Of course, we’re all familiar with and hardly surprised by these common complaints about the mean old Christians who refuse to give up on 2,000 years of teachings for the sake of conforming to the ideological trends of the moment. More noteworthy was the conversation in one of the email chains about the need to “plant the seeds of revolution” within the Catholic ranks. The campaign plotted to rid Catholicism of its doctrines and orthodoxy by fomenting a progressive rebellion. It was agreed that they need to spark a “Catholic spring” to “end the Middle Ages dictatorship.” Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, assured his co-conspirators that Trojan horse groups had already been created for this purpose:
We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this. But I think it lacks the leadership to do so now. Likewise Catholics United. Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have to be bottom up.
We need not even point out how the media would react if these same emails were leaked from top Republicans — as long as “Catholic” and “Catholic Church” were replaced with “Muslims” and “Islam” or even “Jews” and “Judaism.” If it were revealed that the Trump campaign not only griped about the “backwards” American Muslims or the “bastardized” Jews, but actually had a hand in creating fake Muslim or Jewish groups as vehicles to sneak in anti-Muslim or anti-Jewish ideology, anchors on CNN would be having actual heart attacks on camera. Hillary Clinton would weep publicly over the “hatefulness” and “cynicism” and “discrimination” and so on and so forth. “We’re stronger together,” she would cry out in a robotic voice straining to sound at least somewhat emotional.
Yet, because the Democrats did it, and they did it to those bastard Catholics, they won’t even be forced to say they’re sorry. The Clinton camp came out and dismissed the whole issue as a “faux controversy,” which is the same thing they said about Clinton breaking federal law and then deleting emails to cover it up, and the same thing they said about Clinton getting four Americans killed in Benghazi, and the same thing they’ve been saying for 30 years. I’m starting to suspect that these people don’t know what the word “faux” means. In fairness, they did agree that an apology should be forthcoming in this case — but they said the apology should come from Donald Trump for colluding with the Russians.
As for them colluding with each other to destroy a religion that 70 million Americans belong to, they see no reason to express remorse. And why should they? The media has dutifully shelved this story, along with every other negative Clinton story (it’s a very crowded shelf at this point), and now we’ve moved back to dwelling on Donald Trump’s dubious sexual exploits. Don’t get me wrong: It is certainly relevant that the GOP nominee is an alleged serial abuser of women, but it’s also relevant that the Democratic nominee is a crook, a liar, and a bigot engaged in a plot to overthrow our religious institutions and reshape them in her own image. A fair minded and honest person would find the time to be outraged by both. But in our country there is a severe shortage of those kinds of people, particularly in the media.
Unfortunately, I can’t force the news to report this story, and I can’t make anyone care about it even if they did. But I can at least point out that, despite the slogan she constantly repeats, Hillary Clinton does not intend to be a president “for all Americans.” While we hear so much about Donald Trump’s “bigotry” and “divisiveness,” let’s keep in mind that Hillary Clinton is the one who thinks that millions of Americans are ”irredeemable” and millions more are “backwards” misogynists who subscribe to a “Middle Ages” faith. And it’s not only Catholics that Clinton hates. Recall that just last year she announced at the Women in the World Summit that “deep seated religious beliefs have to be changed.”
It was around that time that her people were emailing back and forth about infiltrating the church, so we know that she meant what she said. And what she said is quite terrifying when you break it down. Religious beliefs have to be changed. She does not think that those of us who harbor the beliefs should have a choice in the matter. And they must be changed, which is noticeably different than saying that the members of these faiths should change them. No, they must be changed. As in, some more enlightened, progressive force must come in from the outside and make the necessary alterations. After all, the silly, ridiculous fools who buy into this religious crap can’t well be expected or trusted to do it themselves.
Hillary Clinton is not for all Americans. She is for a very specific sort of American, and those who do not fit that mold should be forced to change or pay the price. She does not intend to be a president for Christians, or orthodox members of any other faith, or conservatives. Nor will she be a president for the unborn, we should note. In Hillary’s view, the only real Americans are those who have met her standards of physical and intellectual development. Anyone who falls outside of those requirements does not deserve respect, nor do we really deserve our constitutional rights. As far as she’s concerned, we’re modern day neanderthals. She’s not for us. And if — as will very likely be the case — she becomes president simply and solely because she had the great fortune of running against Donald Trump, we Christians ought to remember this fact.