|Posted by sarah04 on February 10, 2011 at 8:30 AM||comments (1)|
Father's love letter
An Intimate Message From God To You.
You may not know Me,
but I know everything about you.
I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
I am familiar with all your ways.
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
For you were made in My image.
In Me you live and move and have your being.
For you are My offspring.
I knew you even before you were conceived.
I chose you when I planned creation.
You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book.
I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
I knit you together in your mother's womb.
And brought you forth on the day you were born.
I have been misrepresented
by those who don't know Me.
I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love.
1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father.
1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
For I am the perfect Father.
Every good gift that you receive comes from My hand.
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Because I love you with an everlasting love.
My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.
And I rejoice over you with singing.
I will never stop doing good to you.
For you are my treasured possession.
I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul.
And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
If you seek Me with all your heart,
you will find Me.
Delight in Me and I will give you
the desires of your heart.
For it is I who gave you those desires.
I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine.
For I am your greatest encourager.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you.
As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart.
One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes.
And I'll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.
I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my Son, Jesus.
For in Jesus, My love for you is revealed.
He is the exact representation of My being.
He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you.
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you.
1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love.
If you receive the gift of my Son Jesus,
you receive Me.
1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you
from My love again.
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.
I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.
My question is?
Will you be my child?
I am waiting for you.
Love, Your Dad
Father's love letter video narration
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|Posted by Rev.Salman Yousaf on January 6, 2011 at 11:23 AM||comments (0)|
Let us go into the depth of the Word
If the Bible is coherent, then understanding the Bible means grasping how things fit together. Becoming a Biblical theologian means seeing more and more pieces fit together into a glorious mosaic of the divine will. And doing exegesis means querying the text about how its many propositions cohere in the author's mind.
If we are going to feed our people, we must ever advance in our grasp of Biblical truth. And to advance in our grasp of Biblical truth we must be troubled by Biblical affirmations.
It must bother us that James and Paul don't seem to jibe. Only when we are troubled and bothered do we think hard. And if we don't think hard about how Biblical affirmations fit together, we will never penetrate to their common root and discover the beauty of unified divine truth. The end result is that our Bible reading will become insipid, we will turn to fascinating "secondary literature," our sermons will be the lame work of "second-handers," and the people will go hungry.
"We never think until we have been confronted with a problem," said John Dewey. He was right. And that is why we will never think hard about biblical truth until we are troubled by its complexity.
But there are several strong forces which oppose our relentless and systematic interrogating of Biblical texts. One is that it consumes a great deal of time and energy on one small portion of Scripture. We have been schooled [quite erroneously] that there is a direct correlation between reading a lot and gaining insight. But in fact there is no positive correlation at all been quantity of pages read and quality of insight gained. Just the reverse. Except for a few geniuses, insight diminishes as we try to read more and more. Insight or understanding is the product of intensive, headache-producing meditation on two or three verses and how they fit together. This kind of reflection and rumination is provoked by asking questions of the text. And you cannot do it if you hurry. Therefore, we must resist the deceptive urge to carve notches in our bibliographic gun. Take two hours to ask ten questions of Galatians 2:20 and you will gain one hundred times the insight you would have attained by reading 30 pages of the New Testament or any other book. Slow down. Query. Ponder. Chew.
Another reason it is hard to spend hours probing for the roots of coherence is that it is fundamentally unfashionable today to systematize and seek for harmony and unity. This noble quest has fallen on hard times because so much artificial harmony has been discovered by impatient and nervous Bible defenders. But if God's mind is truly coherent and not confused, then exegesis must aim to see the coherence of Biblical revelation and the profound unity of divine truth. Unless we are to dabble forever on the surface of things (content to turn up "tensions" and "difficulties") then we must resist the atomistic (and basically anti-intellectual) fashions in the contemporary theological establishment. There is far too much debunking of past failures and far too little construction going on.
A third force that opposes the effort to ask the Bible questions is this: Asking questions is the same as posing problems, and we have been discouraged all our lives from finding problems in God's Holy Book.
It is impossible to respect the Bible too highly, but it is very possible to respect it wrongly. If we do not ask seriously how differing texts fit together, then we are either superhuman (and glance all truth at a glance) or indifferent (and don't care about seeing more truth). But I don't see how anyone who is indifferent or superhuman can have a proper respect for the Bible. Therefore reverence for God's Word demands that we ask questions and pose problems and that we believe there are answers and solutions which will reward our labor with "treasures new and old" (Matt 13:52).
We must train our people that it is not irreverent to see difficulties in the biblical text and to think hard about how they can be resolved.
This is just the opposite of irreverence. It is what we do if we crave the mind of Christ. Nothing sends us deeper into the counsels of God than seeing apparent theological discrepancies in the Bible and pondering them day and night until they fit into an emerging system of unified truth. For example, a year ago I struggled for days with how Paul could say on the one hand, "Have no anxiety about anything" (Phil 4:6), but on the other hand say (with apparent impunity) that his "anxiety for all the churches" was a daily pressure on him (2Cor.11:28). How could he say, "Rejoice always" (1 Thess.5:16), and "Weep with those who weep" (Rom.12:15)? How would he say to give thanks "always and for everything" (Eph.5:20) and then admit, "I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart" (Rom. (9:2)?
More recently I have asked, What does it mean that Jesus said in Matt5:39 to turn the other cheek when struck, but said in Matth 10:23, "When they persecute you in one town, flee. . ."? When do you flee and when do endure hardship and turn the other cheek? I have also been pondering in what sense it is true that God is "slow to anger" (Ex.34:6) and in what sense "His wrath is quickly kindled" (Ps.2:11).
There are hundreds and hundreds of such seeming discrepancies in the Holy Scripture, and we dishonor the text not to see them and think them through. God is not a God of confusion. His tongue is not forked. There are profound and wonderful resolutions to all problems. He has called us to an eternity of discovery so that every morning for ages to come we might break forth in new songs of praise.
In 2.Timt2:7 Paul gave us a command and a promise. He commanded, "Think over what I say." And he promised, "God will give you understanding in everything."
How do the command and promise fit together? The little "for" (gar) gives the answer. "Think . . . because God will reward you with understanding."
The promise is not made to all. It is made to those who think. And we do not think until we are confronted with a problem. Therefore, brothers and sisters let us query the text.
Rev. Salman Yousaf
|Posted by Tabish on October 20, 2010 at 3:43 PM||comments (1)|
Have you ever thought about what the word Christian means? It comes from a Latin word. It means “partisan for Christ.” When you come to Christ, you take sides. You take sides with Christ.
by Billy Graham
Partisans are never neutral. They never play it safe. They never sit on the fence. They’re never spectators of the struggle of their times. They commit themselves.
What is a Christian? I believe a Christian is three things: A Christian is a person who has made a choice, a person who has accepted a challenge, a person who has been changed through the new birth.
Originally, the word Christian was used in derision. It was a term of reproach. Many people today have a wrong idea of what a Christian is. They think a Christian is someone who prays, or lives by the Golden Rule, or is sincere, or goes to church, or keeps the Ten Commandments. But even if you did all that, you still wouldn’t be a Christian. It’s more than that.
You make a choice. You come to the cross of Christ, and you choose Him. And you say, “Lord, I’m a sinner. Please forgive me. I’m sorry for my sins, and I come to the cross where You shed Your blood for me, and I receive You.”
Adam and Eve made the wrong choice, and that’s why we have so much trouble in the world today, because they handed down the disease of sin from generation to generation. And that’s what’s wrong with our world today.
You pick up a newspaper or watch the television news, and you see all that’s going on in the world. It’s a result of sin. Until we tackle the basic problem of sin, those other problems will continue.
What choices are you making now that will shape your character and determine your destiny? I’m asking you to choose Jesus, to come to Him and make your commitment to Him and say, “Jesus, I want to follow you.”
Moses, the great Hebrew leader, said, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).
Joshua, the great military leader of Israel who helped the people take over the country that God had promised to give them, said to all the people, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15).
He said this day. Now. Don’t wait. Choose now.
Elijah, in 1 Kings the 18th chapter, came to all the people and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him” (verse 21). If Jesus is who He claims to be, follow Him. Give your life to Him.
Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). He claimed to be the embodiment of all truth. He was either a liar, or He had a tremendous ego, or He was who He claimed to be.
As a teenager in Charlotte, N.C., I made the decision by faith—I couldn’t prove it—by faith I said, “I receive what Jesus said as the truth.” And it gave me life, and it changed my life, and it’s still changing it this very day.
Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). He said there are two ways of life. There’s the broad road. Most people are on that road. That’s where the glamour is, that’s where the drugs are, that’s where the sex is. You can go that road if you want to, or you can go the road that follows Jesus, which is narrow and tough.
It’s not easy to follow Him. He said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24). We don’t like that. When He said, “Take up a cross,” that would be like saying today, “Take up your electric chair and come after me,” because a cross was a place where criminals were executed. He said you have to pay a price if you come.
Somebody asked me, “What is the greatest surprise of your life?” I said, “The greatest surprise of my whole life is the brevity of life—how short it is.” It seems just yesterday that I was in high school. And I’m glad that one night in Charlotte a preacher preached the Gospel and told me that I needed to repent of my sins and receive Christ. And I did, and He changed my life. And now I know if I die, I’m going to Heaven. I know that.
A Christian also is a person who makes a change in the way he lives. If you come to Christ, you’ll have to change some things. Are you ready to pay that price? It’ll cost you. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). The Scripture says that you have to change your mind. You have to change your will so that you say, “I will follow Christ. I will believe in Christ.” It affects your total person.
Freud, the great psychiatrist in Europe, said that people change by renewing their fixations; Adler said that people change by renewing their goals. But that’s not it. People change when they come to Christ, because Christ changes them and makes them a new creation, a new creature. Changing from a defeated, problem-oriented person will depend upon first changing your mind and your heart by receiving Christ.
And then, third, a Christian is a person who has accepted a challenge. Will you accept the challenge of Jesus? He challenged the people of His day to come and follow Him. Some fishermen out fishing left their nets, left their fishing, left their businesses and followed Jesus. Jesus would walk down the streets of His day and say, “Follow me,” and they would follow Him. Many of them quit following Him, however, when they learned that He was going to die. You can’t be neutral.
Many people during the Civil War in America tried to be neutral. I read about one man who put on a blue coat and gray trousers because he was not going to take sides. They shot at him from both sides.
You have to make a choice. You have to accept the challenge. And it will cost you. I remember when I received Christ. I went to school the next day and things were different, but I couldn’t tell you what was different. I couldn’t tell you what had happened to me. I knew something had changed, but I didn’t know what. At school, one of the teachers made a remark. She said, “I hear we have a preacher in our midst today.” And several people looked around at me, including a girl I liked a lot. And I knew that I was paying my first price.
You may not be the most popular guy when you take your stand for Christ. You hear some of these great football players and some of these great athletes and some of these great stars talk about knowing Christ. They pay a price that you don’t even hear about, but they’re willing to follow Him and live for Him. Some things will drop off, but other things will come that will last for eternity.
I’m going to ask you to make a decision. I’m going to ask you to say yes to Christ. Say right now, “I’m willing to change my whole life if that’s what it takes. I am willing to follow Christ. I am willing to be His follower.” Come to the cross and say, “Lord, I’m a sinner. I’m sorry for my sins. I believe that You have been raised from the dead and that You are alive, and I give my life to You now.’”
|Posted by Sohail Bhatti on August 21, 2010 at 1:39 AM||comments (11)|
THE WOODEN BOWL
A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and afour-year old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight wasblurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together nightly at thedinner table. But
the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating rather
difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped theglass often milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son and daughter-in-law
became irritated with the mess. "We must do something about
said the son. I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and
the floor. So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner.
grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner at the
dinner table. Since grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was
served in a wooden bowl. Sometimes when the family glanced in
direction, he had a tear in his eye as he ate alone. Still, the only
the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or
spilled food. The four-year-old watched it all in silence.
One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood
scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, "What are youmaking?"
as sweetly, the boy responded, "Oh, I am making a little bowl for you
mama to eat your food from when I grow up." The four-year-old smiled and
went back to work. The words so struck the parents that they were
speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no
was spoken, both knew what must be done. That evening the husband took
grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table.
For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for
some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a
was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled. Children are
Love Ur parents if u wants to be loved by ur children.
|Posted by Sohail Bhatti on August 21, 2010 at 1:34 AM||comments (3)|
Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents inthe Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the firstcommandment with promise That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest livelong on the earth.
From this passage, we can learn the following:
Children are to obey their parents--that is, both mother and father. They are to obey their parents "in the Lord." This phrase contains a couple of ideas. First, to obey their parents is to obey the Lord. By obeying them "in the Lord" they are also in obedience to the Lord. The reverse is also true. To disobey their parents is to disobey the Lord. Second, this passage gives guidance to those dealing with wicked parents or parents that would lead the child into sin. If they are to be obeyed in the Lord, then obedience is not absolutely required if they are asked to do something that is in direct disobedience to God. For instance, if the child is told to steal something by one of his parents and the child knows that this is a sin against God, the child may refuse to obey this commandment. As you can understand, this usually deals with older children with ungodly parents. Even then, the instances are unusual.They are to obey their parents because it is right. They are not simply to obey because of fear or necessity. As they grow in the Lord, they should learn to obey because it is the desire of God and it is the right thing to do.They are to honor their father and mother. This goes beyond obedience It means to hold high; it means to give a special place of respect. Obedience will be the result of such honor, but obedience can be performed without honor.The command for children to honor their parents is one of the ten commandments and it is the first of the commandments that had a special promise attached to it. The promise is twofold: that "it may be well with thee" refers to the quality of life while "thou mayest live long on the earth" refers to the quantity of life. The children who honor their parents will have a better life and a longer life. Does this mean that all these children will live to 90 and beyond? Of course not. But they will extend the length of their life and improve the quality of their life by their honor and obedience.
Colossians 3:20 states,"Children,obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord."In this verse we learn that God is pleased when children obey their parents.
|Posted by Mastermind on July 24, 2010 at 3:24 AM||comments (6)|
A Box Of Kisses
The story goes that some time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.
Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, "This is for you, Daddy." He was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he found the box was empty.
He yelled at her, "Don't you know that when you give someone a present,there's supposed to be something inside it?"
The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said,"Oh,Daddy, it is not empty. I blew kisses into the box. All for you, Daddy."
The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged for her forgiveness.
It is told that the man kept that gold box by his bed for years and whenever hewas discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love ofthe child who had put it there.
In a very real sense, each of us as humans have been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, friends, family and God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.
|Posted by Mastermind on May 25, 2010 at 2:04 AM||comments (2)|
The Year was 1902 when the professor would question his question to his student, whether it was God who created everything that exists in the universe?
Student replied: "Yes"
He again questioned "What about evil? Has God created evil also?"
The Student was silent. . . . Then student requested whether he may ask a question from him? .. .. .. Professor allowed him to do so,
He asked "Does cold exists?" Professor replied: "Yes, don't you feel the cold, dear?" Student said you are wrong Sir; Cold is the complete absence of heat; there is no cold, only complete absence of heat."
Student asked again: "Does Darkness exists?" Professor answered as "Yes"....Student "You are again wrong; there is no such thing as darkness; its actually the absence of Light; we can study light and heat but not darkness and cold.
Similarly. The evil does not exist; Actually it is the absence of Love, Faith and true belief in God.. .... ...
That Student was
|Posted by Mastermind on April 29, 2010 at 6:12 AM||comments (0)|
The Carpenter's Tools
Brother Hammer served as the chairman. The other members of the tool belt informed him that he must leave, because he was too noisy. But brother Hammer said, "If I have to leave this carpenter's shop, then brother Gimlet must go too. He's insignificant and makes a very small impression." (A gimlet is a small tool with a screw point, grooved shank, and a cross handle for boring holes).
Little brother Gimlet arose and said, "All right, but brother Screwdriver must go also. You have to turn him around and around to get anywhere with him."
Brother Screwdriver turned to the other tools in the belt and said, "If you wish, I will go, but brother Plane must leave too. All of his work is on the surface; there's no depth to what he does."
To this brother Plane leveled his terse reply, "Well, then, brother Saw will have to depart too. The changes he proposes always cut too deep."
Brother Saw complained, saying, "Brother Ruler will have to withdraw if I leave, for he's always measuring other folks as though he were the only one who is right."
Brother Ruler then surveyed the group and said, "Brother Sandpaper doesn't belong here either. He's rougher than he ought to be, and is always rubbing people the wrong way."
In the midst of the discussion, the Carpenter of Nazareth walked in. He had come to perform his day's work. He put on His tool belt and went to the workbench to make a pulpit. He employed the ruler, the saw, the plane, the hammer, the gimlet, the screwdriver, the sandpaper, and all the other tools. When the day's work was over, the pulpit was finished, and the carpenter went home. All the accusations against each of these tools were absolutely true, yet the carpenter used every one of them. No matter which tool He use, no other tool could have done the work better.
THOUGHT: We are all "tools"" in Jesus' tool box. Each of us has a purpose, ability, and a task to perform.
"For we are God's fellow workers..." (1 Corinthians 3:9a; cf. 12:12ff).
|Posted by Elizwar Javed Gill on March 30, 2010 at 12:12 AM||comments (1)|
ITS very interesting topic..
Must read this...
Many people believe that the major problems people face can be solved by human wisdom, such as science and philosophy. But what are people's greatest problems? Aren't we concerned about war, crime, corruption, broken homes, delinquent children, alcoholism, drugs, death, and disease? Can human wisdom really solve these problems?
Jeremiah 10:23 says, "O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps." Let's face it. Every real problem we have can be traced, directly or indirectly to sin. We are guilty of disobeying God!
Whether it be murder or stealing, pornography or adultery, alcoholism or lying, the problem is human lust, greed, and immorality. Even death and disease are in the world because sin is in the world. Ever since Adam and Eve, people have been "doing our own thing," following our own human wisdom. And it hasn't worked, and it won't work, because "the way of man is not in himself."
What people really need is the willpower to control our lusts and to learn to love others. Then we need to be made free from the guilt of our past sins (John 8:32.34). In other words, we need repentance and forgiveness.
Now what source of wisdom can we find that will tell us the truth about these issues? Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths."
Human wisdom cannot solve our real problems. But Divine wisdom can, provided we are willing to study it and obey it.
To please God, we must know the truth, and that truth is found in God's word.
|Posted by Mastermind on March 18, 2010 at 1:00 AM||comments (0)|
There was a man who had a dream. He heard God speaking to him. "Press hard against the large rock". He did not understand this until the morning. He looked out from his hut and saw a huge rock that had rolled down the hillside.
He began to push and push, but he could not move the rock. Throughout the day he had several attempts, but he could not move it. Convinced that God had spoken to him, he made a mission of this task and for weeks he spent some hours every day but he could not budge the rock.
A traveler came by and asked him what he was doing. "God told me to move this rock" he replied. The traveler laughed and said, "You must be mistaken. You will never move a rock that large". Still the man continued his attempts to move the rock without success. Another traveler came by some weeks later and asked what he was doing.
"God told me to move this rock" he replied. The traveler scorned him and said, "Your God is stupid to ask such a thing. It is impossible. Give up". That night the man turned to God in his prayer. "Lord, I have done what you asked, but the task is impossible and it seems you have made fun of me. The travelers have mocked me for believing that I could move the rock as you asked me to do".
Then God spoke gently to him "My son. Look at your strong arms and legs; look at the rippling muscles in your back; look at the tanned hardness of your skin. Look at your increased strength. Look what has happened to you. You are a different man! I asked you to press against the rock and this you have done. I never told you to move it!"
Everything God asks us to do is for our own good.
Even if at the time we do not see it.
When everything seems to go wrong ... just P.U.S.H.!
When the job gets you down ... just P.U.S.H.!
When people don't react the way you think they should ... just P.U.S.H.!
When your money looks gone and the bills are due ... just P.U.S.H.!
When people just don't understand you... just PUSH!