Sunday, November 28, 2010

ADOPTED

2 Corinthians 6:18
“ I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters,Says the LORD Almighty.”

Is there any thing more tragic than a beautiful, talented mother who gets so entangled in the need for drugs that she actually agrees to give away her two precious daughters? Here is a picture of those two precious girls. One is eight and the other is five. 
They have been treated like unwanted outcasts. They have lived in “hovels” and an older 12 year old sister had to try to be a mother to her little sisters while mother would spend days strung out on drugs. They experienced hunger and neglect. and youngest one was actually born while her mom was in prison. The sad details of this story could go on, but I am sure you can read between the lines and fill in the story yourself. There are so many of these children in our world today.

The girls are extremely bright and extremely sweet, and my daughter, and her husband, are extremely blessed to be able to adopt them.
And think how blessed the girls are.

They have gone from being unwanted and unloved to becoming a part of a real family who has given them the kind of love and hope they have never known, and believe you me, they are “eating it up”. They seem to get a special thrill out of being able to say “Mommy and Daddy”. And you know what?  In being adopted into the family, they became heirs to everything the family has. WOW!

The world is made up of a lot of “Spiritual Orphans” today. I hope you are not one of them. They live in the “Hovels” of ungodliness, and wander around seeking something that can satisfy the hunger of their anemic souls. But there is hope! And that hope is in adoption. We need to tell them that they will never be satisfied, or know what real love is, until they cry out to be adopted into the family of God.

In the eighth chapter of Romans we are reminded that;
“Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. ..And the Spirit you received brought about your ADOPTION ...And by him we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.
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IF YOU ARE HURTING AND LONELY TODAY,  GOD IS ANXIOUS TO ADOPT YOU INTO THE FAMILY OF GOD!

Monday, November 22, 2010

OVERDRAWN?

Philippians 4:19....”But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

I'm sure you have heard of the lady who said, “I can't be overdrawn! I still have checks left”. (That was a lady, wasn't it?)

Well, most of us, at one time or another, has probably bounced a check when we were sure we had money in the bank. But it doesn't make it any less embarrassing, does it?

The first question most of us asks is, “How could that have happened”? Well, the answer is simple. We withdrew more than we deposited. DUH!
"I warn you, Sir! The discourtesy of this...Image via Wikipedia

The same thing can happen to us spiritually. How often do we overdraw our spiritual account? How often do we run out of our own resources and cry out to God, “I can't be overdrawn! I still have checks left?

Then with a love we can't understand He Quietly says, “Oh child, when will you ever understand? It's not the checks! It's the resources! Come unto me and I shall supply all your needs according to my Father's riches in glory.”

 
If we invest our lives in God, our account balance will always be greater than our own resources.

"And you can bank on it!”



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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hogs, Garbage, and Hollywood

Looking out my window this morning, I see a very messed up world. Oh for the days of Mayberry again! I am not an alarmist, but hey, you have to admit, the wheels are coming off of the wagon. There is no longer any right or wrong.

 Have you ever watched the Mory (what ever his name is) show on TV? The whole thing is about trying to figure out which of the dozen or so men that a young woman slept with is the father of her child. It animalistic! (Is that a word? You know what I mean).

 I heard just yesterday where a young girl 10 years old gave birth and the father was a minor. Unbelievable! Want to hear a couple of statistics I read just a couple of days ago? In 1965 2% of the babies born to white girls were born out of wedlock. We thought that was bad, and it was, but today it is 26%.  One in four. The same statistics show that 72 % of all black babies are born out of wedlock today.  Notice I said "out of wedlock".  I didn't say they are illegitimate.  There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate  parents. 
The Hollywood Sign as it appears from a trail ...Image via Wikipedia
Thank you Hollywood! Our young people, and some not so young, are worshiping at the shrine of Hollywood. Trying to pattern their life after the ungodly, immoral, dregs of the earth. Hollywood is the garbage can of America! I now hear people in the church talking about  how great this movie or that movie is. BULL! It is all garbage. I even hear pastors use illustrations from“R” rated movies they have seen. God help us! And I “ain't” lilly white. I've have been to a movie or two myself but I'm not proud of it or wasn't comfortable going and I don't plan to go again. Folks, if we wallow with the hogs and eat with the hogs we will look like the hogs, and smell like the hogs, and act like the hogs.

 Whatever happened to Philippians 4:8?
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”        Isn't that still in the Bible? 

Well, I'm tired of looking out of my window, so this is the last blog I will write. If you have honored me by reading some of them I want to thank you and encourage you keep the faith.........Dale

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Monday, November 1, 2010

TRASH OR TREASURE, WEEDS OR FLOWERS?

Well, we had a garage sale yesterday. That was the third garage sale we have had since I said we would never have another garage sale! But people paid us about $150.00 to carry off our trash. Can you beat that? The stuff we had in our garage sure looked like junk to me, but, evidently, to other folks it looked like treasure.

I once saw a sign on an antique store that said,”We buy junk and sell treasures. Isn't that ironic? ”

How can a weed have such a beautiful FlowerImage via Wikipedia
Webster's Dictionary says that a weed is just an unwanted flower. Imagine that! If you see a plant you think is pretty, it is not a weed, It's a flower. But to the next person it may just be a dandelion or a thistle.

I guess wether it is trash or treasure, weed or flower is all in the eye of the beholder.

What do you think God see's when He looks at you?  
Does He  see junk or treasure? Do you think he see's a weed or a flower?

Genesis 1:27 tells us that, “ God created mankind in his own image.”
 No ugly junk there.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 Declares, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Only flowers there.

2.Corinthians 4:7 Reminds us that,“We have this treasure in jars of clay.” Can you imagine? God stores His beauty and treasures in our frail, imperfect bodies of clay.

Notice He says, IN jars of clay. He knew the “gene pool” would louse up His perfect jars of clay. He knew some would have bulges, warts, and ugly imperfections, but He wants us to know that it's not the outside of the jar that is important. It is what's poured out from the inside that makes us beautiful, gives us worth, and confirms His power.

Today, I want to say with the apostle Paul, “Even if I am being poured out like a drink offering...I am glad and rejoice...”
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