The Monkey Trap

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An interesting system has been used for capturing monkeys in the jungles of Africa. The goal is to take the monkeys alive and unharmed for shipment to zoos of America. In an extremely humane way, the captors use heavy bottles, with long narrow necks, into which they deposit a handful of sweet-smelling nuts. The bottles are dropped on the jungle floor, and the captors return the next morning to find a monkey trapped next to each bottle.

How is it accomplished? The monkey, attracted by the aromatic scent of the nuts, comes to investigate the bottle, the nuts, and is trapped. The monkey can’t take its hand out of the bottle as long it’s holding the nuts, but it is unwilling to open its hand and let them go. The bottle is too heavy to carry away, so the monkey is trapped.

We may smile at the foolish monkeys, but how often we hold to our problems so tenaciously as the monkeys hold to the nuts in the bottle. And so, figuratively we carry our bottle around with us, feeling very sorry for ourselves, and begging for sympathy from others, even from God.
Lk 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

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Little Sheep- (Poem)

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For Sunday August 30, 2015

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Why do you stray?
Because O Lord, there’ll be another day

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Why do you roam?
Because O Lord, we know a short cut home

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Why do you fall?
Because O Lord, we fail to heed your call

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Why do you cry?
Because O Lord, we have not given a try

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Why won’t you go?
Because O Lord, we’re afraid of answers we’ll not know

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Why do you weep?
Because O Lord, your commandments we do not keep

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
If you are my sheep you’ll know my voice
It’s time to kneel and make a choice

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
But why Lord? you might say
It’s because of love, my life I gave

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Just follow the Light
You’ll flee the darkness and be victorious in the fight

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Don’t have any fear
I know the best outcome and control things from here!

This is not a moral blog or a lesson but the implications are there.
Are you one of these sheep who are lost and need to find your way back?
If so, could this be your time? Have you ever felt like you have it going on;
but still felt like something was wrong, out of place…maybe even you, were out of place and cannot find that missing element in your life? Do you feel something nagging at you? Then maybe it’s not too late.

 

Call upon God, the name of the Lord, Jesus and today find the Shepherd and come back to the fold. No conditions, just come back. God loves you! And not just you, but we all need that second chance. Let today be yours.

 

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

Save me Lord!

Saved, but…..

Is 55:6 “Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near:…”

Matt. 18:11 “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.”

1 Pet 2:25 “For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”

Mt 18:13 “And if so be that He find it, verily I say unto you, He rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.”

A day coming near, that the door will be closed. Don’t be one of those that knock and the door will not be opened unto you. Call upon the Lord while there is time!

Lk 13:25 “When once the Master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and He shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:…”

A Sermon About Lying

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A minister told his congregation, “Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17.”

The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up. The minister smiled and said, “Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying.”

 

God says it this way:

1 Timothy 4:1-5 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:  For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”

 

3 Jn 1:4 “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

1 Jn 2:21 “I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. ”

1 Jn 1:8 ‘If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

1 Jn 1:6 “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:…”

Jas 3:14 “But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.”

2 Tim 4:4 “And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

2 Tim 3:7 “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

1 Tim 6:5″ Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”

Eph 4:25 “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.”

Prov 12:22 “Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.”

Prov 12:19 “The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.”

Scorpion and Turtle Story

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A Scorpion, being a very poor swimmer, asked a Turtle to carry Him on his back across a river.

“Are you crazy?” exclaimed the Turtle.

“You’ll sting me while I’m swimming and I’ll drown.”

“My dear Turtle,” laughed the Scorpion, “if I were to sting you, you would drown and I would go down with you. Now where is the logic in that?”

“You’re right!” cried the Turtle. “Hop on!”

The Scorpion climbed aboard and halfway across the river gave the Turtle a mighty sting. As they both sank to the bottom, the Turtle resignedly said:

“Do you mind if I ask you something? You said there’d be no logic in your stinging me. Then why did you do it?”

“It has nothing to do with logic,” the drowning Scorpion sadly replied. “It’s just my character.”

Moral of the Story: Be careful of whom you associate with.

As simple as this story is, it teaches a fundamental lesson about the dangers of befriending the wrong people. (Yes! there are wrong people in this world). It’s our job to point them amidst the wicked in the world, to a safe haven where righteousness is favored over liberal evil. We should not think of freedom as “if it feels good do it” but an opportunity to do what’s right AT ANY COST.

Romans 3:10-18 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

1 Cor 5:13 “But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.”

Eph 5:11 “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

2 Cor 6:17 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”

Acts 13:10 “And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?”

1 Tim 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;…”

Jude 1:4 “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Mt 13:38 “The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;…”

1 Jn 3:10 “In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.”

Jn 8:44 “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

Rom 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

The Little Fly

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There was a fly buzzing around a barn one day when he happened on a pile of fresh cow manure. Due to the fact that it had been hours since his last meal, he flew down and began to eat. He ate and ate and ate.

Finally, he decided he had eaten enough and tried to fly away. He had eaten too much though, and could not get off the ground. As he looked around wondering what to do now, he spotted a pitchfork leaning up against the wall.

He climbed to the top of the handle and jumped off, thinking that once he got airborne, he would be able to take flight. Unfortunately he was wrong and dropped like a rock, splatting when he hit the floor. Dead.

Moral of the story:

Indulgence and greed may seem sweet and tasteful for the moment, but when you need to move and do something else, you have so much with you, you cannot go forward. Sometimes the things we carry with us never parting with, will forever hold us down, pull us down or just keep us down. The only reason we should get more than what we need is to give it immediately to someone else. Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Learn to take everything in moderation.

Prov 21:26 “He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.”

Prov 13:25 “The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.”

Never let your eyes get bigger than your stomach and never bite off more than you can chew!

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Highly Religious Horse (Joke)

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There’s this guy who had been lost and walking in the desert for about 2 weeks. One hot day, he sees the home of a missionary. Tired and weak, he crawls up to the house and collapses on the doorstep. The missionary finds him and nurses him back to health. Feeling better, the man asks the missionary for directions to the nearest town. On his way out the back door, he sees this horse. He goes back into the house and asks the missionary, “Could I borrow your horse and give it back when I reach the town?”

The missionary says, “Sure but there is a special thing about this horse. You have to say ‘Thank God’ to make it go and ‘Amen’ to make it stop.”

Not paying much attention, the man says, “Sure, ok.”

So he gets on the horse and says, “Thank God” and the horse starts walking. Then he says, “Thank God, thank God,” and the horse starts trotting. Feeling really brave, the man says, “Thank God, thank God, thank God, thank God, thank God” and the horse just takes off. Pretty soon he sees this cliff coming up and he’s doing everything he can to make the horse stop.

“Whoa, stop, hold on!!!!”

Finally he remembers, “Amen!!”

The horse stops 4 inches from the cliff. Then the man leans back in the saddle and says, “Thank God.”

Let Go

Well, yet another Friday. WEEEEEEKEND! It looks like cooler weather(pleasant) is coming. Probably an early fall; at least where I sit. Glory to God! It was an intense hot summer. Like I said, it’s the weekend. If you’re having a good one, or plan on it…share it with someone you think needs an uplift. Force it on them!!! LOL. Many times we hear, “I’m busy…” “I got plans.” Or “Think I will just sit this one out.”

But in reality, they really want to hang out….just not sure why they don’t ask. Today, if you’re reading this- I bet there is someone special in your life. maybe you’ve not seen them in a while. Go visit. People need relationships in their lives. We need to reach out to others. Make them happy. Share your joys. Make them laugh. But whatever you decide…do it with all your heart. The world is falling a part in many places…and guess what? We can be the glue to fix them back. As often as I can I like to post a little humor on Fridays. So without further adieu…enjoy the joke at the bottom! “…ofthestory.”

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Let Go

The following is a very meaningful story which is called “Let Go”, and written by Dr. Billy Graham.

A little child was playing one day with a very valuable vase. He put his hand into it and could not withdraw it. His father too, tried his best, but all in vain. They were thinking of breaking the vase when the father said, “Now, my son, make one more try. Open your hand and hold your fingers out straight as you see me doing, and then pull.”

To their astonishment the little fellow said, “O no, father. I couldn’t put my fingers out like that, because if I did I would drop my penny.”

Smile, if you will–but thousands of us are like that little boy, so busy holding on to the world’s worthless penny that we cannot accept liberation. I beg you to drop the trifle in your heart. Surrender! Let go!
Joke

The Reverend Billy Graham tells of a time early in his ministry when he arrived in a small town to preach a sermon. Wanting to mail a letter, he asked a young boy where the post office was. When the boy had told him, Dr. Graham thanked him and said, “If you’ll come to the Church this evening, you can hear me telling everyone how to get to Heaven.”

“I don’t think I’ll be there,” the boy said. “You don’t even know your way to the post office.”

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