Today's Christian thought: Friday September 26th, 2003
It's fall in Maine and the woods are full of animals preparing for winter. They are stocking up and fattening up for what they know to be a cold hard upcoming six months. The animals getting fat include bears, wolves, coyotes, and cougars. In 1993 Mr. Richard Moore of Allentown, Pennsylvania shot a 608 pound black bear in Patten, Maine. Just two days ago a 500 pounder was taken with a bow in Bethel, Maine. So wandering around in the woods of Maine can get interesting to say the least.
Once upon a time there was a man walking through the woods of Maine. He was being quiet because he was praying as he walked. As he came around a corner he could see the back side of a huge black bear standing upright with hair bristling. Looking past the bear he could see a young mother and her toddler thirty or forty feet beyond the bear and obviously the object of the bear's attention.
As he looked past the bear, he could see the young mother silently mouthing the word "HELP." So, he slowly and silently opened his coat, drew out his sidearm and aimed it at the back of the bear's head. Then the young mother yelled out, "Please, don't hurt him." This caused the bear to charge and caused the man to shoot four quick rounds at a moving 400 pound bear. Fortunately the four rounds were well aimed and the bear fell dead several feet shy of the young mother and her toddler.
How many of you are like that young mother? How many of you, when you go to the Lord in prayer, especially prayer for the salvation of a loved one, say to the Lord, "Please Lord bring him to salvation, but please don't hurt him."
Too many of us forget that to be Saved, one must be broken.
Jesus saith unto them, "Did ye never read in the scriptures, The Stone(Jesus) which the builders(unsaved) rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes. Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you(those who reject the Lord), and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
And whosoever shall fall on this Stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever It (Jesus) shall fall, It will grind him to powder." The Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 21 verses 42-44.
So, don't be like that young mother. When someone whose salvation you are praying for runs into hard times, go see that person, tell him or her you care, tell them that Jesus loves them and let them know that you are praying for them to have better times. Better times meaning their Salvation. For their hard times may just be the Lord getting them to look at their lives in answer to your prayers.
The Lord be with and bless you all, amen.
Lord I would also ask You to be with my friend Mac, and for the salvation of Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh. Amen.
All Scripture is quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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