Somebody is Proud of You

Morning Story and Dilbert

Morning Story and Dilbert Vintage Dilbert
October 16, 2006

***  Kleenex Alert  ***

A teenager lived alone with his father, and the two of them had a very special relationship. Even though the son was always on the bench, his father was always in the stands cheering. He never missed a game.

This young man was still the smallest of the class when he entered high school. But his father continued to encourage him but also made it very clear that he did not have to play football if he didn’t want to. But the young man loved football and decided to hang in there.

He was determined to try his best at every practice, and perhaps he’d get to play when he became a senior. All through high school he never missed a practice nor a game, but remained a bench. His faithful father was always in the stands, always with words of…

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WHERE IS GOD?

When I listen to the news, it seems like evil is winning. Leaders of nations are wringing their hands over how to stop the terrorists from gaining more ground and murdering more people. The terrorists think no one can stop them. Kingdoms are clashing!

As Christians we should not be surprised. Jesus said we would have tribulation in this world. We wonder why God does not intervene and stop the terrible bloodshed. Sometimes He does. And then sometimes He doesn’t.

I’m reminded of the three Hebrew children in Daniel 3 who were faced with death in a fiery furnace if they refused to bow down to the image the king had made. The king asked the question, “What god is there who can deliver you out of my hands?” They answered, “Our God Whom we serve is able to deliver us from the the fire and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king!”

But, even if He does not, we will not worship the image. The king was so incensed he ordered the furnace to be made seven times hotter than normal. They would not bow and they were thrown in the furnace. The fire was so hot it killed the men who threw them in. In the furnace they were not alone. The king noticed a fourth man in there. They were all walking around in there without the fetters. God was with them and they came out without even the smell of smoke on them. Amazing!

Today, many people in places like Iraq and Syria are refusing to give up their faith. Even children have stood firm in the face of death and have been killed by the terrorists. They are victorious in their stand. They look to God for deliverance but even if He does not they will not bow to any other god.

When we think about the mess the world is in we wonder why we can’t all “live and let live?” The people in Iraq and Syria were just living their ordinary lives, when all hell broke loose.Suddenly life as they used to live, was over! There was chaos, confusion and death.,

Where was God? Where is God? I believe He is there, in the midst of their fiery furnace. I don’t pretend to understand why He has not delivered them. One answer comes, Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation BUT be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

If we choose to follow Christ, we are not called to a life of ease, but we are called to bear a cross. The cross is my right to myself, my right to my life. The cross is my will. Luke 9:23  Jesus said, “If anyone wished to follow Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me.”

Many people are doing just that, choosing to follow Jesus, no matter what the cost. I pray for them! We may be called to do that too. So far we are living far away from the noise of battle. We don’t know about tomorrow!

Our God is able to deliver and He will deliver – BUT, if He does not, we will not give up our faith, we will follow Jesus, no matter what. He has a better place prepared for those who follow Him. Our sights are set on that.

Truth and Logic

Morning Story and Dilbert

Morning Story and Dilbert Vintage Dilbert
October 5, 2006

One day a 6 year old girl was sitting in a classroom. The teacher was going to explain evolution to the children. The teacher asked a little boy: Tommy do you see the tree outside?

TOMMY: Yes.

TEACHER: Do you see the grass outside?

TOMMY: Yes.

TEACHER: Go outside and look up and see if you can see the sky.

TOMMY: Okay. (He returned a few minutes later) Yes, I saw the sky.

TEACHER: Did you see God?

TOMMY: No.

TEACHER: That’s my point. We can’t see God because he isn’t there. He doesn’t exist.

A little girl spoke up and wanted to ask the boy some questions. The teacher agreed and the little girl asked the boy: Tommy, do you see the tree outside?

TOMMY: Yes.

LITTLE GIRL: Tommy do you see the grass outside?

TOMMY: Yessssss (getting tired of the questions by this…

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