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February 2012

HIS WAY IS PERFECT

 The following are statements written by children about the Bible that have not been retouched or corrected. 

1.  In the first book of the Bible, Guinesses, (Genesis) God got tired of creating the world, so He took the Sabbath off.  (From a child’s point of view, that’s reasonable.)     
2.  Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree.    
3.  Moses died before he ever reached Canada. (Canaan)
4. The epistles were the wives of the apostles.                               

God bless the little children.                          

The Bible says, “When I was a child, I thought like a child, but then I grew up and saw things as they really were.”                                         

A young minister was sent to a church that was known for friction amongst some of its members.    It had started some years previously when a decision about the color of the new church carpet couldn’t be decided upon.  Some wanted red while others wanted blue.  The ones who hadn’t gotten their way had held bad feelings ever since.      

The young minister pondered what to do.  He decided to try something that had been told to him by an old Bible teacher.  At the close of his 4th sermon, he told his congregation that he wanted to give them some homework for the following week.  “Dear friends, as the Bible is our guide through life I am asking you to read your Bible every day this week and in particular, 1 Corinthians 13.  I encourage you to read it, study it and apply it, and next Sabbath we’ll talk some more.”                       

All that week, the minister and his wife prayed for reconciliation for their congregation. The next Sabbath, before he gave his sermon, Pr. Bill, for that was his name, asked the members who had read 1 Corinthians 13 during the week.  The church had a membership of about 120, and around 100 raised their hands which made Pr. Bill quite happy.  He continued; “While about 100 of you get an A for endeavoring to fulfill the request, you all get an A for at least being honest.  I am now going to preach on 1 Corinthians 13, and I would ask that you try to follow my request this coming week.  Read, study the Word till you understand the meaning, and then ask for grace to apply it.”                                  

Gradually, over the next few weeks and months, he started to see and feel a change for the better.   People who hadn’t spoken to each other for some time started to speak again, and best of all, just about the whole church decided to work together on a special outreach program for their community.    

When we take God’s words seriously, wonderful things happen.

The apostle Paul writes in Colossians  2:6 “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.”

And King David said in Psalm 18:30 “As for God, His way is perfect, the word of the LORD is flawless.  He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.”

Blessings and love,      
Beverley Carter

P.S.    Here is 1 Corinthians 13 from The Good News Bible version.

I may be able to speak the languages of men and even of angels, but if I have no love, my speech is no more than a noisy gong or a clanging bell.  I may have the gift of inspired preaching; I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets; I may have all the faith needed to move mountains-----but if I have no love, I have nothing.  I may give away everything I have, and even give up my body to be burned-----but if I have no love, this does me no good.

Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth.  Love never gives up; and its faith, hope and patience never fail.

Love is eternal.  There are inspired messages, but they are temporary; there are gifts of speaking in strange tongues, but they will cease; there is knowledge, but it will pass.  For our gifts of knowledge and of inspired messages are only partial; but when what is perfect comes, then what is partial will disappear.

When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a child; now that I am a man, I have no more use for childish ways. What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror; then we shall see face-to-face.  What I do now is only partial; then it will be complete---as complete as God’s knowledge of me.  Meanwhile these three remain; faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of these is love. 

 
 

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