Being a Christian

May,22 2011

THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL ANSWER TO WHAT MOST OF US BELIEVE. PRAISE BE TO GOD………..

MAY GOD BLESS YOU !

‘A person’s heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find them.’

When I say that ‘I am a Christian’, I am not shouting that ‘I am clean living. I’m whispering ‘I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.’


When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I don’t speak of this with pride.
I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.


When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not trying to be strong.
I’m professing that I’m weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not bragging of success. I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not claiming to be perfect. My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I still feel the sting of pain. I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.


When I say ‘I am a Christian’ I’m not holier than thou, I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace, somehow!


Today is Beautiful Christian Person’s Day
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Pretty is as Pretty does but, Beautiful is just plain Beautiful..

If you share this with another person, you will boost that person’s self esteem, and he/she will know you care about him/her !


Be Blessed, Be a Blessing.

Godspeed

Webpastor B

The table cloth

May,22 2011

Beautiful story…. makes you understand that things happen for a reason

The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry, to reopen a church in suburban Brooklyn , arrived in early October excited about their opportunities When they saw their church, it was very run down and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything done in time to have their first service on Christmas Eve.

They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls, painting, etc, and on December 18 were ahead of schedule and just about finished. On December 19 a terrible tempest – a driving rainstorm hit the area and lasted for two days.

On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church. His heart sank when he saw that the roof had leaked, causing a large area of plaster about 20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about head high.

The pastor cleaned up the mess on the floor, and not knowing what else to do but postpone the Christmas Eve service, headed home. On the way he noticed that a local business was having a flea market type sale for charity so he stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful, handmade, ivory coloured, crocheted tablecloth with exquisite work, fine colours and a Cross embroidered right in the centre. It was just the right size to cover up the hole in the front wall. He bought it and headed back to the church.

By this time it had started to snow. An older woman running from the opposite direction was trying to catch the bus.. She missed it. The pastor invited her to wait in the warm church for the next bus 45 minutes later. She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and it covered up the entire problem area.

Then he noticed the woman walking down the centre aisle. Her face was like a sheet.. "Pastor," she asked, "where did you get that tablecloth?" The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check the lower right corner to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria.

T he woman could hardly believe it as the pastor told how he had just gotten the Tablecloth. The woman explained that before the war she and her husband were well-to-do people in Austria . When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave. Her husband was going to follow her the next week. He was captured, sent to prison and never saw her husband or her home again.

The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth; but she made the pastor keep it for the church. The pastor insisted on driving her home, that was the least he could do.. She lived on the other side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn for the day for a housecleaning job.

What a wonderful service they had on Christmas Eve. The church was almost full. The music and the spirit were great. At the end of the service, the pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door and many said that they would return. One older man, whom the pastor recognized from the neighbourhood continued to sit in one of the pews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he wasn’t leaving.

The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on the front wall because it was identical to one that his wife had made years ago when they lived in Austria before the war and how could there be two tablecloths so much alike.

He told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and put in a prison.. He never saw his wife or his home again all the 35 years in between.

The pastor asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten Island and to the same house where the pastor had taken the woman three days earlier.

He helped the man climb the three flights of stairs to the woman’s apartment, knocked on the door and he saw the greatest Christmas reunion he could ever imagine.

True Story – submitted by Pastor Rob Reid. Who says God does not work in mysterious ways..

Godspeed

Webpastor B

 

By Eric Elder
The Ranch

Today we’re celebrating, “Internet Evangelism Day,” which is simply a day to remind you to use this great tool known as the Internet to share your faith with others. The Internet was made specifically for delivering messages, and we as Christians have one of the greatest messages to deliver…our hope and faith in Jesus Christ!

So today, I’d like to give you 5 tips for how you can use the Internet to share your faith with others in a way that’s both natural and effective. Having shared my faith full-time over the Internet for the past 16 years, I’m still amazed at what God can do with our smallest of efforts. For today’s tips, I’m going to highlight some recent examples from my oldest two daughters, because they’re both extremely natural and effective at how they share their faith! (I’ll save some excellent examples from my other kids for another day!)

1) Be open. One of the best ways to share your faith is to simply be open with others about what God is doing in your life. You don’t have to share just the “big deal” things, but the little, everyday deals, too, as you see God working in your life. Here’s a simple post from my 20-year old daughter’s Facebook page a few days ago:

“If you ever want to meet people in an airport, just walk around with a guitar in hand. 😉 Haha! Love it! 😀 Another thing, never doubt God’s faithfulness and provision! He is able to do abundantly more then we can even ask or imagine, He is so good!”

She shared a simple thought from her day, along with a quote from the Bible, and even though she didn’t quote the chapter and verse (Ephesians 3:20), she shared a truth about God and a word of encouragement for her friends.

2) Be honest. You don’t always have to share just the positive things that are going on in your life. It’s OK to share the hard things, too. But as you share, remember to point people back to God and to the Bible, the Source from which you draw your hope. Here’s a post from the same daughter’s page a few days before, when she had to leave her friends at the end of the school year:

“Hardest night ever. :‘( I never want to have to say goodbye again. Why does it have to hurt so much to leave everyone you love? Tonight I am holding on to the promise that no matter where I go God is always with me and that gives me hope. Psalm 33:20-22.”

She didn’t shy away from the fact that it was a hard day, but she continued to look to God herself, which has a natural tendency to encourage others to do the same.

3) Be yourself. If God is part of your life, then share that part with others. Here’s the beginning of a post that my daughter sent out recently on her own blog, along with a picture of a young woman facing into a forest in front of her:

“This is kinda how I feel right now. On the brink of stepping into the woods of something so much bigger then me. Its dark and scary, threatening to overwhelm me and make me forget that my heavenly Father is right next to me walking me through it every step of the way.”

The blog post continues for several more paragraphs, describing her feelings, and how God has spoken into those feelings. It’s a terrific way to share what it looks like to walk with God every day. (You can read the rest of her post at: http://sapphiraadi.tumblr.com/ ).

Don’t underestimate what God can do with posts like this! I began writing a weekly devotional several years ago, sending it to family and friends and inviting others to subscribe, too. Now, after combining my list with a friend’s, we’re sending those messages out to over 35,000 people each week, including you! I’ve used a similar method over the years, simply sharing what God has been doing in my life and how those things relate to Scriptures that I’ve read.

4) Ask questions. As you share your life and your faith with others, invite them into the conversation. My 16-year-old daughter was filling out an application for a summer program that asked her a thoughtful question, so she asked it to her friends. Here’s the question:

“What character in the Bible, other than Jesus, do you enjoy or are challenged by the most? And why?”

After getting dozens of replies, she discovered that the question intrigued many other people as well. Their responses became part of their collective conversation about God, faith, and their own personal thoughts on many biblical stories.

5) Share Scriptures. There are so many quotes posted on the Internet. One of my favorite is this one: “What makes Facebook so great is the fact that you can make up absolutely random quotes and then attribute them to famous people.” – Albert Einstein (Of course, Albert Einstein was long gone before Facebook started).

But the truth is, with so many quotes out there, it’s a natural place to share the most quoted book in the world, the Bible…and so many of the truths in the Bible are so practical and helpful, people appreciate the advice. My 16-year old daughter recently posted this quote from the Apostle Paul:

“The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:5-7

She simply quoted a verse that spoke to her that day, and from the comments that she got back, it spoke to others as well. There’s great wisdom in the Bible, and God loves it when we share His words with others, for then He can speak directly to their hearts.

These are just a few ideas about sharing your faith on the Internet. I haven’t even touched on tips for YouTube, Twitter and dozens of other great technologies. I’d love to hear yours! You can post them on my Facebook page at the links below! But most of all, I just wanted to encourage you to be real with your friends. Let them see your faith in action, and let them know what God is doing in your life. As Jesus said:

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house” (Matthew 5:14-15).

Let’s pray…

Father, thank You for this great tool called the Internet that we can use to share about you with so many people, so quickly, all over the earth. I pray that we would make the best possible use of it today, bringing hope to those we know, and even though we may not yet know! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Godspeed

Webpastor B

www.agapesenteret.org