Archive for the Tag 'prayer'

Feb 29 2008

Posted by under Religion

THE CHURCH’S PASTOR

THIS WILL GIVE YOU CHILLS:
AFTER A FEW OF THE USUAL SUNDAY EVENING HYMNS,

THE CHURCH’S PASTOR SLOWLY STOOD UP,

WALKED OVER TO THE PULPIT AND,

BEFORE HE GAVE HIS SERMON FOR THE EVENING,

HE BRIEFLY INTRODUCED A GUEST MINISTER

WHO WAS IN THE SERVICE THAT EVENING.

IN THE INTRODUCTION, THE PASTOR TOLD THE

CONGREGATION THAT THE GUEST MINISTER WAS

ONE OF HIS DEAREST CHILDHOOD FRIENDS AND

THAT HE WANTED HIM TO HAVE A FEW MOMENTS

TO GREET THE CHURCH AND SHARE WHATEVER

HE FELT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR THE SERVICE.

WITH THAT, AN ELDERLY MAN STEPPED UP TO THE

PULPIT AND BEGAN TO SPEAK.

"A FATHER, HIS SON, AND A FRIEND OF HIS SON WERE

SAILING OFF THE
PACIFIC COAST ," HE BEGAN.
"WHEN A FAST APPROACHING STORM BLOCKED ANY

ATTEMPT TO GET BACK TO THE SHORE.

THE WAVES WERE SO HIGH, THAT EVEN THOUGH THE

FATHER WAS AN EXPERIENCED SAILOR, HE COULD NOT

KEEP THE BOAT UPRIGHT AND THE THREE WERE SWEPT

INTO THE OCEAN AS THE BOAT CAPSIZED."

THE OLD MAN HESITATED FOR A MOMENT,

MAKING EYE CONTACT WITH TWO TEENAGERS WHO WERE,

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE SERVICE BEGAN,

LOOKING SOMEWHAT INTERESTED IN HIS STORY.

THE AGED MINISTER CONTINUED WITH HIS STORY,

"GRABBING A RESCUE LINE, THE FATHER HAD TO MAKE THE

MOST EXCRUCIATING DECISION OF HIS LIFE: TO WHICH BOY

WOULD HE THROW THE OTHER END OF THE LIFE LINE.

HE ONLY HAD SECONDS TO MAKE THE DECISION.

THE FATHER KNEW THAT HIS SON WAS A CHRISTIAN AND

HE, ALSO, KNEW THAT HIS SON’S FRIEND WAS NOT.

THE AGONY OF HIS DECISION COULD NOT BE MATCHED BY

THE TORRENT OF WAVES.

AS THE FATHER YELLED OUT, ‘I LOVE YOU, SON!’

HE THREW OUT THE LIFE LINE TO HIS SON’S FRIEND.

BY THE TIME THE FATHER HAD PULLED THE FRIEND BACK

TO THE CAPSIZED BOAT, HIS SON HAD DISAPPEARED BENEATH

THE RAGING SWELLS INTO THE BLACK OF NIGHT.

HIS BODY WAS NEVER RECOVERED.

BY THIS TIME, THE TWO TEENAGERS WERE SITTING UP

STRAIGHT IN THE PEW, ANXIOUSLY WAITING FOR THE NEXT

WORDS TO COME OUT OF THE OLD MINISTER’S MOUTH.

"THE FATHER," HE CONTINUED, "KNEW HIS SON WOULD

STEP INTO ETERNITY WITH JESUS AND HE COULD NOT

BEAR THE THOUGHT OF HIS SON’S FRIEND STEPPING INTO

AN ETERNITY WITHOUT JESUS.. THEREFORE, HE SACRIFICED

HIS SON TO SAVE THE SON’S FRIEND. "

HOW GREAT IS THE LOVE OF GOD THAT HE SHOULD DO THE

SAME FOR US. OUR HEAVENLY FATHER SACRIFICED HIS ONLY

BEGOTTEN SON THAT WE COULD BE SAVED. I URGE YOU TO

ACCEPT HIS OFFER TO RESCUE YOU AND TAKE A HOLD OF THE

LIFE LINE HE IS THROWING OUT TO YOU IN THIS SERVICE."

WITH THAT, THE OLD MAN TURNED AND SAT BACK DOWN IN

HIS CHAIR AS SILENCE FILLED THE ROOM.

THE PASTOR AGAIN WALKED SLOWLY TO THE PULPIT AND

DELIVERED A BRIEF SERMON WITH AN INVITATION AT THE

END. HOWEVER, NO ONE RESPONDED TO THE APPEAL.

WITHIN MINUTES AFTER THE SERVICE ENDED, THE TWO

TEENAGERS WERE AT THE OLD MAN’S SIDE.

"THAT WAS A NICE STORY," POLITELY STATED ONE OF

THEM, "BUT I DON’T THINK IT WAS VERY REALISTIC FOR A

FATHER TO GIVE UP HIS ONLY SON’S LIFE IN HOPES THAT

THE OTHER BOY WOULD BECOME A CHRISTIAN."

"WELL, YOU’VE GOT A POINT THERE," THE OLD MAN REPLIED,

GLANCING DOWN AT HIS WORN BIBLE. A BIG SMILE BROADENED

HIS NARROW FACE. HE ONCE AGAIN LOOKED UP AT THE BOYS

AND SAID, "IT SURE ISN’T VERY REALISTIC, IS IT?  BUT,

I’M STANDING HERE TODAY TO TELL YOU THAT STORY GIVES

ME A GLIMPSE OF WHAT IT MUST HAVE BEEN LIKE FOR GOD

TO GIVE UP HIS SON FOR ME.

YOU SEE…

I WAS THAT FATHER AND YOUR PASTOR IS MY SON’S FRIEND."

Take 60 seconds & give this a shot.

Let’s see if Satan can stop this one!

All you do is simply:

Say this small prayer for the person who sent you this,

Father, God bless this E-mail sender in whatever it is

you know he or she may be needing this day!

Amen


I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die

to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there

isn’t and die to find out there is.

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Feb 23 2008

Posted by under Humor

talking parrots

Educating Parrots
A lady goes to her parish priest one day and tells him, "Father,
I have a problem. I have two female parrots but they only know
how to say one thing." "What do they say?" the priest inquired.
"They say, ‘Hi, we’re prostitutes. Do you want to have some
fun?" "That’s obscene!" the priest exclaimed, "I can see why you
are embarrassed." He thought a minute and then said, "You know,
I may have a solution to this problem. I have two male parrots
whom I have taught to pray and read the Bible.

Bring your two parrots over to my house and we will put them in
the cage with Francis and Job. My parrots can teach your parrots
to praise and worship. I’m sure your parrots will stop saying
that…that phrase in no time." "Thank you," the woman
responded, "this may very well be the solution."

The next day, she brought her female parrots to the priest’s
house. As he ushered her in, she saw this two male parrots were
inside their cage, hold their rosary beads and praying.
Impressed, she walked over and placed her parrots in with them.
After just a couple of seconds, the female parrots exclaimed out
in unison, "Hi, we’re prostitutes. Do you want to have some
fun?"

There was a stunned silence. Finally, one male parrot looked
over at the other male parrot and said, "Put the beads away,
Francis, our prayers have been answered!"

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Feb 03 2008

Posted by under Religion

Pastor has Guts!!

It seems prayer still upsets some people. Please read…
   

When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the

Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but

                           This is what they heard;
 
 

                             "Heavenly Father,

                       We come before you today

                     To ask your forgiveness and

               To seek your direction and guidance.
 
 
 

                           We know Your Word says,

                         "Woe to those who call evil good"

                        But that is exactly what we have done.

                        We have lost our spiritual equilibrium

                           And reversed our values.
 
 
 

                         We have exploited the poor and

                             Called it the lottery.
 
 
 

                           We have rewarded laziness

                             And called it welfare.
 
 
 

                           We have killed our unborn

                             And called it choice.
 
 

                           We have shot abortionists

                            And called it justifiable.
 
 

                         We have neglected to discipline

                           Our children and called it

                             Building self esteem.
 
 

                            We have abused power

                             And called it politics.
 
 

                         We have coveted our neighbor’s

                         Possessions and called it ambition.
 
 

                            We have polluted the air

                             With profanity and

                           Pornography and called it

                        Freedom of speech and expression.
 
 

                           We have ridiculed the time

                            Honored values of our

                 Forefathers and called it enlightenment.
 
 

                             Search us, Oh, God,

                       And know our hearts today;

                       Cleanse us from every sin

                             And set us free.

                                    Amen!" 
   

                     The response was immediate.

                A number of legislators walked out

                     During the prayer in protest.
 
 

               In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is

                Pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those

                  calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving


                               International

     requests for copies of this prayer from India , Africa and Korea .
 

        Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, "The

      Rest of the Story," and received a larger response to this program than any 
                                

                                           other he has ever aired.
 
 

                With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our Nation and

              Wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called

                                              "One Nation under God."
 
 

                 If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends "If you

                       don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything."
 
 

            Think about this: If you forward this prayer to everyone On your

              Email list, in less than 30 days it would be heard by The world.
 
 

             How many people in your address book will not receive This

                         Prayer…..do you have the guts to pass it on?
 
 

                                                 I just did!

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Jan 26 2008

Posted by under Religion

THE LORD’S PRAYER

The Lord’s Prayer  Be sure to go all the way to see the new postage stamp!!!
 
 WOW !!!!!

I hope you enjoy this as much as I.   If God brings me to it, he will bring me through it.
The Lord’s Prayer  
 
During the next 60 seconds, Stop whatever you are doing, and take this opportunity.
 
(Literally it is only One minute!) All you have to do is the following: You simply say
 
"The Lords Prayer" for the person that sent you this message:

 The Lords Prayer  
 Our Father, who are in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name,
 
Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.
 
Give us this day, our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who
 
trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
 
For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, forever.
 
Amen.  

Next, you send this message to everyone you know. In a while, more
 
people will have prayed for you and you would have obtained a lot of
 
people praying for others.
 

Next, stop and think and appreciate God’s power in your life,

 
for doing what you know is pleasing to Him.  


If you are not ashamed to do this, follow the instructions!
 

Jesus said, "If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before My Father"
 

This is a simple test.
 
If you love God and you are not ashamed of
 
all the great things that He has done for you,
 
send this to everyone you know,
 
and the person that send it to you!!!  




 

God loves you and watches over you every day.

  If God brings me to it, he will bring me through it
 
—- Here is the new postage stamp that will be issued in September.  Isn’t it awesome?

READ AND RETURN (sorry – will not break this)  
May today there be peace within you. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
 
"I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."  


Just send this to people and see what happens. Do not break this, please.

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