THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
There have been great writers throughout the centuries who have caught the imagination of readers. I am one of those who have loved these stories. There are also men and women who are wondrous story tellers. I heard one of them when I worked at the Tamaya Resort, who was a Native American story teller. He could keep the attention of all ages. The thing about many of these stories is that they were wonderful, but fictional. My imagination and emotions were charged by something that was not real.
The greatest story ever told is a true story. In fact, it is only effective if it is told only in all it’s truth. It has made it’s greatest effect on all of today’s society. It supersedes all other the other great stories of man’s history. It is a story that should be heard by all mankind, yet many desire not to hear it. The greatest story ever told is the story about Jesus’ birth. The rest of the story continues with his life, death, resurrection, and all of it is true. None of the biblical account is made up. Remember to tell others about the greatest story ever told. It might just change their life as it had changed mine.
So much is made of the time known as Halloween. It is not a nationally recognized holiday, though you wouldn’t know that from the material sold in the stores. The national chains and hardware stores make sure their shelves are stacked up with Halloween merchandise. Every year these sales types take up more and more space on their shelves. We as Christians know what Halloween means, yet many just see it as harmless fun. The Bible has something to say about a thing that only appears as evil, but is promoted as harmless fun…
1 Thessalonians 5:22-24 22 Abstain from the appearance of evil. 23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
From reading this passage, and many others in God’s Word, I believe God wants his Son promoted above any of this. When we promote October, we should point people to the last harvest of the year that only God can make happen; not some vision of something evil. Do you even understand what evil means anymore? I know that our forefathers did. That is why they refused to recognize Halloween as a holiday.
Throughout our history , people have stated complaints about uncertain days ahead. In America, we have had the revolutionary, Civil, Vietnam, World 1 & II, Kuwait, and Iraqi Wars. I ‘m sure during all these events people felt fear about uncertain days.
Today in America we currently are not fighting a war against another country. I wonder if people still worry about uncertain days. The economy – war on drugs, potential wars with North Korea and Iraq, these and many other things to worry about.
Charles Schultz, the creator of Peanuts and Charlie Brown, talked about worry using his wit. “ Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” Also he stated “all worrying today does it take away your joy”.
Jesus made it plain not to worry about the future, but let God take you through life day by day. When you plan for the future, make sure God is included. He knows the future. Matthew 6:34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day in the evil thereof.
Hot air balloons work because hot air rises. By heating the air inside the balloon with the burner, it becomes lighter than the cooler air on the outside. This causes the balloon to float upwards as if it were in water. Obviously, if the air is allowed to cool, the balloon begins to slowly come down.
God created the ability for hot air to rise so that when heat builds up within the balloon, it can rise into the heavens taking passengers to see things they would not see otherwise. When we pray, we want our prayers to rise up to the throne of God and be heard. We learn from the scriptures just as the balloon needs the hot air inside it to rise. We also need something that strengthens our prayers to rise to God. We need something that is greater than the sin and hatred of this cold world. It is something that actually improves our prayers, so that God will accept them. The Bible states that we need the help of the Holy Spirit, without which our prayers would not rise up and be improved to a holy God. I thank the Lord Jesus that after we are saved, he gives us the Holy Spirit for this reason, and many others.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26)
The United States Navy has over 700 ships that comprise of what is called the “Mothball Navy”. These vessels are anchored in various harbors around the country, and receive regular maintenance to prevent rust. But they are just sitting there, doing nothing, even though they all require a considerable sum of money and effort to maintain them
Ask any pastor and he will tell you that one of the frustrations of the ministry is that there are so many “Mothballed Christians” in the church. They sit harbored there – week in and week out. They require maintenance, especially when they have a problem or need. But they are not doing anything to serve the Lord. Pastors call this the 80/20 rule., that 20 percent of the Christians do 80 percent of the work. But this should not be! If Christ has saved you from your sins, then out of love you should be zealous to serve him! For Jesus said “For even the Son of Man came not to be ministered, but to minister and give his life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). If we are growing to be like Jesus, then our focus in life should be to serve him.