Archive for December, 2005

Got troubles?

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005 at 1:46 pm

Malachi 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.

The following was written by someone else. I received it via email and thought it was very good and worth sharing:

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: “He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.” She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?”

He smiled at her and answered, “Oh, that’s easy — when I see my image in it”

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.

Does God see himself when he looks at you?

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by gahammerle

Candle power

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005 at 10:37 am

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

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Do you want glory?

Monday, December 19th, 2005 at 11:01 am

Proverbs 19:11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

When someone does you wrong, do you hold it against them? Will you not let it go? Do you never give them a second chance? Not only does God want us to forgive others for trespassing against us, but he also says we will get glory for passing over another’s transgression.

Forgive them and forget it. God is a God of second chances. Follow his example.

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Moses and the prophets

Sunday, December 18th, 2005 at 3:38 pm

Luke 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

In this passage, Abraham was addressing the rich man who died and went to Hell. The rich man wanted Abraham to send Lazarus back to testify to the rich man’s five brothers so they would know that Hell is real and how to escape damnation. Abraham told the rich man that they already have what they need to know: Moses and the prophets. The prophets made many and various prophecies that have been fulfilled. The purpose of these fulfilled prophecies was so that men could have confidence in God’s word. The prophets are an appeal to our intellect. Moses represents the law – more specifically, the Ten Commandments. Moses – the law – is an appeal to our conscience.

Abraham told the rich man that all anyone needs to be saved is the law to appeal to our conscience – to convict us of our sins, to show us we are guilty before God – and the fulfilled prophecies to appeal to our intellect – to give us confidence in the word of God, to show us that the Bible is true.

If you want to win someone to Christ, you need to give them the prophets and show how the prophecies have been fulfilled so that the person will be able to believe God’s word. Then you need to throw the book at them – give them Moses and the law until they collapse under the weight and guilt of the law. Only then – when the person believes God’s word and sees themselves guilty and condemned before a holy and just God – and only then will that person be ready for the grace of God. That’s when we tell them about the Lord Jesus Christ and how he paid the penalty for us.

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Ears and tongues

Saturday, December 17th, 2005 at 9:08 am

Proverbs 17:4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

If you listen to false lips – if you listen to lies, you are a wicked doer. It doesn’t say you are wicked if you are the one telling the lies; it says if you listen to the lies you are wicked.

The second part of the verse says if you listen to a naughty tongue, you are a liar. Not if you have a naughty tongue, but if you listen to a naughty tongue.

Open ears are just as bad as a loose tongue. Before you condemn and scorn one who spreads gossip, you better examine yourself and see if you are guilty of listening to lies and gossip.

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by gahammerle

Life is like a roller coaster

Thursday, December 15th, 2005 at 7:32 am

You start out excited and full of anticipation, but once you get over the hill, you scream and want to get off as quickly as possible.

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by gahammerle

Life is a coin

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005 at 7:13 am

You can spend it any way you wish, but you only get to spend it once.

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More stem cell success – with adult stem cells

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005 at 7:19 am

According to this article, researchers show promising results from adult stem cells – not the controversial embryonic stem cells which require the destruction of a life prior to harvesting.

Hopefully, now people will begin to see that respecting life is the best route to take.

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by gahammerle

How white is that sheep?

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005 at 7:12 am

Look at a white sheep in a green, grassy field. The sheep looks really white. Now take that same sheep and put it in a field of fresh snow. It doesn’t look so white anymore, does it? How we perceive an object varies greatly by the thing to which we compare it.

In Proverbs, we are told that most men will proclaim their own goodness. Most people think they are pretty good – especially when we compare ourselves to people like Adolf Hitler, John Gacy, Ted Bundy, etc. The danger in that though is we get a false sense of security. It is self-righteousness and pride. We should not be comparing ourselves to others. Jesus said unless our righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the Pharisees, we will not enter Heaven. The Pharisees were outwardly very righteous. They kept the law down to the tiniest detail. The Pharisees would say they were good because they are not as bad as us. We are the Pharisees’ Adolf Hitler, John Gacy, Ted Bundy, etc.

We need not compare ourselves to others – we need to see how we measure up against the Lord Jesus Christ. We will then see how far we have fallen and how great our need is for a saviour. We need to be found in him, not having our own righteousness, but the righteousness which is of faith in Jesus Christ.

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by gahammerle

Making any New Year’s resolutions?

Monday, December 12th, 2005 at 8:04 am

Resolve to perform what you ought;
perform without fail what you resolve.

-Ben Franklin

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by gahammerle