Sword of Damocles

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There once was a king named Dionysius who ruled in Syracuse, the richest city in Sicily. He lived in a fine palace where there were many beautiful and costly things, and he was waited upon by a host of servants who were always ready to do his bidding.

Naturally, because Dionysius had so much wealth and power, there were many in Syracuse who envied his good fortune. Damocles was one of these. He was one of Dionysius’s best friends, and he was always saying to him, “How lucky you are! You have everything anyone could wish for. You must be the happiest man in the world.”

One day Dionysius grew tired of hearing such talk. “Come now,” he said, “do you really think I’m happier than everyone else?”

“But of course you are,” Damocles replied. “Look at the great treasures you possess, and the power you hold. You have not a single worry in the world. How could life be any better?”

“Perhaps you would like to change places with me,” said Dionysius.

“Oh, I would never dream of that,” said Damocles. “But if I could only have your riches and your pleasures for one day, I should never want any greater happiness.”

“Very well. Trade places with me for just one day, and you shall have them.”

And so, the next day, Damocles was led to the palace, and all the servants were instructed to treat him as their master. They dressed him in royal robes, and placed on his head a crown of gold. He sat down at a table in the banquet hall, and rich foods were set before him. Nothing was wanting that could give him pleasure. There were costly wines, and beautiful flowers, and rare perfumes, and delightful music. He rested himself among soft cushions, and felt he was the happiest man in all the world.

“Ah, this is the life,” he sighed to Dionysius, who sat at the other end of the long table. “I’ve never enjoyed myself so much.”

And as he raised a cup to his lips, he lifted his eyes toward the ceiling. What was that dangling above him, with its point almost touching his head?

Damocles stiffened. The smile faded from his lips, and his face turned ashy pale. His hands trembled. He wanted no more food, no more wine, no more music. He only wanted to be out of the palace, far away, he cared no where. For directly above his head hung a sword, held to the ceiling by only a single horsehair. Its sharp blade glittered as it pointed right between his eyes. He started to jump up and run, but stopped himself, frightened that any sudden move might snap the thin thread and bring the sword down. He sat frozen to his chair.

“What is the matter, my friend?” Dionysius asked. “You seem to have lost your appetite.”

“That sword! That sword!” whispered Damocles. “Don’t you see it?”

“Of course I see it,” said Dionysius. “I see it every day. It always hangs over my head, and there is always the chance someone or something may cut the slim thread. Perhaps one of my own advisors will grow jealous of my power and try to kill me. Or someone may spread lies about me, to turn people against me. It may be that a neighboring kingdom will send an army to seize this throne. Or I might make an unwise decision that will bring my downfall. If you want to be a leader, you must be willing to accept these risks. They come with the power, you see.”

“Yes, I do see,” said Damocles. “I see now that I was mistaken, and that you have much to think about besides your riches and fame. Please take your place, and let me go back to my own house.”

And as long as he lived, Damocles never again wanted to change places, even for a moment, with the king.

 

 
Heb 13:5Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
1 Tim 6:8And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

The Starfish And The Christian

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Did you know that if a starfish’s arm was cut off, then a new arm will grow to replace it? If a starfish is cut to pieces, then each piece that consists a part of the central disc will grow into a new starfish.

Some shell fishermen noticed this when they found that the place where they usually stored the shells were crowded with starfishes. The fishermen cut the starfishes captured and threw the pieces into the sea. But what they did was actually make new starfishes grow into more than before.

For centuries, Christians have been the objects of hatred and rejected intensely in many countries- and more so now than ever. But this oppression never destroys Christianity. Even in the most severe conditions, not only does Christianity grow and become even stronger through struggles, it also grows rapidly. Jesus told His church, “…and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Mt.16:18)

Believers in the first century in Jerusalem went through a strong oppression, however that just made them spread to all over Judea and Samaria. And, wherever they went to, they always taught the Words and many people turned to believing in Jesus. In Acts 8:5-6,12 many people received Philip’s teachings.

It is true, the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, will continue to grow regardless of how severe the oppression is. Even death will not be able to destroy it!

STARFISH 

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The Sneeze

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They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-three students filing into the already crowded auditorium. With rich maroon gowns flowing and the traditional caps, they looked almost as grown up as they felt. Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and moms freely brushed away tears.

This class would not pray during the commencements — not by choice but because of a recent court ruling prohibiting it. The principal and several students were careful to stay within the guidelines allowed by the ruling.

They gave inspirational and challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance and no one asked for blessings on the graduates or their families. The speeches were nice, but they were routine… until the final speech received a standing ovation. A solitary student walked proudly to the microphone. He stood still and silent for just a moment, and then he delivered his speech… an astounding SNEEZE!.

The rest of the students rose immediately to their feet, and in unison they said, “GOD BLESS YOU.”

The audience exploded into applause. The graduating class found a unique way to invoke God’s blessing on their future …. with or without the court’s approval.

Acts 4:16-21

16 “Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it. But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.”

 

Acts 5:38-42

38 “And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”

 

It’s Friday; time for a little new and old news (links below)- Have a great Memorial Day weekend. 🙂

Eleven states sue over Obama administration’s transgender directive

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13 Year Old Invents Tesla Inspired Free Energy Device For Under $15

POPE FRANCIS SAID YESTERDAY THAT CHRISTIANS SPREADING THE GOSPEL MUCH THE SAME AS MUSLIMS WAGING JIHAD (what an evil dumbarse)

(WTF???!!)PAGAN POP STAR ADELE SAYS THAT BEYONCE IS ‘JESUS CHRIST’ AND THAT SHE ENJOYS WORSHIPPING HER

(WTF???!!)CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOTES TO ALLOW SODOMITE MINISTERS TO BE IN SAME-SEX MARRIAGES

A Shocking NBC News Report Says That Someday We Will Be Microchipping All Of Our Children

FORMER FACEBOOK ‘NEWS CURATORS’ ADMIT THEY WERE TOLD TO BLOCK CONSERVATIVE NEWS STORIES

 

Which God? (There is Only One)

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When I was told to people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, “Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don’t believe?”

Isaiah 45:5

“I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me:…”

 

Isaiah 44:6

“Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.”

 
Isaiah 43:11

“I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.”

 

 

Mark 12:32

“And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: …”

 
1 Corinthians 8:6

“But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”

 

 
1 Timothy 2:5

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; …”

 

 

James 2:19

“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. ”

 

 

1 John 5:7

“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

 

For a more in depth study of catholicism click HERE 

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Who Really Loves God?

At first this may seem blasphemous; however, it was once thought that men (and women) thought too much about how they walked with God so much to the point of it becoming a ritual; a daily sacrifice to keep up with; walking on eggshells around the Lord, watching our every step. But, in doing so we lost our savor, forgetting how much God loves us and eagerly wants others hearts as well- dull became we and not as sensitive to the voice of the Lord; in essence, we became so heavenly minded that we were no earthly good. This is one to ponder and deserves to be shared….but before you do, ask yourself….”Do I really love God?”Moraldiplomat

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Who Really Loves God?

An angel was walking down the street of a nearby town. In the angel’s right hand was a torch and in the left was a bucket of water. “What are you going to do with that fire and water?” a passerby inquired.

The angel replied, “With the torch, I’m going to burn down the mansions of heaven, and with the bucket of water, I’m going to put out the fires of hell. Then we’ll see who really loves God.”

 

Jn 21:16 “He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. ”

Jn 21:17 “He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”

 

OUR LORD HAS SHEEP OUT HERE…LET’S FEED AND BUILD THEM BACK UP AGAIN; THEY HAVE FALLEN AWAY…!

 

 
2 Tim 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

 

Lk 22:32 “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted,strengthen thy brethren.”

 

That’s God

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Have you ever been just sitting there and all of a sudden you feel like doing something nice for someone you care for? THAT’S GOD. . . He talks to you through the Holy Spirit; encouraging us in a positive and loving direction.

Have you ever been down and out and nobody seems to be around for you to talk to and you feel like you really need to just stop, be still and just pray? THAT’S GOD . . . He wants you to talk to Him.

Have you ever been thinking about somebody that you haven’t seen in a long time and then next thing you know… you see them or receive a phone call from them;  THAT’S GOD. . . God speaks to us! Many times when we think of others-we need to just get quiet and pray for that person, even if we never see them. There is no such thing as “coincidence. ”

Have you ever received something wonderful that you didn’t even ask for? Like money in the mail, a debt that had mysteriously been cleared, or a coupon to a department store where you had just seen something you wanted or needed, but couldn’t afford?  THAT’S GOD. . . God supplies all our needs through better means-by Christ Jesus; He knows our needs before we tell Him.

Have you ever been in a situation and you had no clue how it is going to get better, but now as you look back on it, you got through it? THAT’S GOD. . .  God steps in where others won’t or can’t. He passes us through or around tribulation to see a brighter day.

*If you’re a Christian and you have felt just one of these things…God is speaking to you…in that small still and gentle voice- listen to Him today and your tomorrow will be much better. If you’re not a Christian, you’re missing out! Want to be one, give God a chance to make your life now and your future later better, click HERE

Mt 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Eph 3:20 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,…”

God is reaching out to us….take hold of Him and don’t let go. When you do, your purpose

in life will change.

Jesus reaching out

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Call out to God/Jesus Today!

He’s waiting on you!!!

2 Pet 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

The Small Cross

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A young man was at the end of his road , seeing no way out, he dropped to his knees in prayer.

“Lord, I can’t go on,” he said. “I have too heavy a cross to bear.”

The Lord replied, “My son, if you can’t bear its weight, just place your cross inside this room.

Then, open that other door and pick out any cross you wish.”

The man was filled with relief and said, “Thank you Lord,” and he did as he was told.

Upon entering the other room, he saw many crosses; some so large the tops were not visible. Then, he spotted a tiny cross leaning against a far wall.

“I’d like that one, Lord,” he whispered. The Lord replied, “My son, that is the cross you just brought in.”

When life’s problems seem overwhelming, it helps to look around and see what other people are coping with. You may consider yourself far more fortunate than you imagined.

YOUR CROSS

Whatever your cross
Whatever your pain
There will always be sunshine
After the rain

Perhaps you may stumble
Perhaps even fall
But God’s always there
To help you through it all