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Three Bullets There was a man who had nothing for his family to eat. He had an old rifle and three bullets. So, he decided that he would go out hunting and kill some wild game for dinner. As he went down the road, he saw a rabbit. He shot at the rabbit and missed it. The rabbit ran away. Then he saw a squirrel and fired a shot at the squirrel and missed it. The squirrel disappeared into a hole in a cottonwood tree. As he went further, he saw a large wild 'Tom' turkey in the tree, but he had only one bullet remaining. A voice spoke to him and said, 'Pray first, aim high and stay focused. However, at the same time, he saw a deer which was a better kill. He brought the gun down and aimed at the deer. But, then he saw a rattlesnake between his legs about to bite him, so he naturally brought the gun down further to shoot the rattlesnake. Still, the voice said again to him, 'I said 'Pray, Aim high and Stay focused..' So, the man decided to listen to God's voice. He prayed, then aimed the gun high up in the tree and shot the wild turkey. The bullet bounced off the turkey and killed the deer. The handle fell off the gun and hit the snake in the head and killed it. And, when the gun had gone off, it knocked him into a pond. When he stood up to look around, he had fish in all his pockets, a dead deer and a turkey to eat for his family. The snake (Satan) was dead simply because the man listened to God. Moral of the story: Pray first before you do anything, aim and shoot high in your goals, and stay focused on God. Never let others discourage you concerning your past. The past is exactly that, 'the past.' Live every day one day at a time and remember that only God knows our future and that he will not put you through any more than you can endure. Do not look to man for your blessings, but look to the doors that only He has prepared in advance for you in your favor... Wait, be still and patient: keep God first and everything else will follow. Don't worry about tomorrow, God is already there!
The news these days isn’t always so good. There’s the economy. There’s the swine flu, I mean H1N1. There’s growing terrorism in the Middle East. Another cute child has gone missing. There’s … well, you get the point. The news hasn't been so good lately. If the only news you get is bad, it’s hard to feel good. Worse, the news media thrives on bad news. They “sell papers,” if you’re old school and remember what those were, by creating a need in the reader to get the most up-to-date data. We saw that recently with the Swine Flu pandemic. For a week news of its spread covered the Internet as though we were seeing the resurgence of the Black Plague. This morning when I checked, there was but one story on the flu on one of the major news outlets website. Did it go away? Have we all been miraculously healed? Or, did something worse, I mean better, come up? I’d be comfortable saying that it was the latter. Satan thrives on bad news as well (no, I’m not comparing the media to Satan though some have and will). He will remind Christians of how bad we once were. He’ll plant seeds of doubt as to your salvation. He seeks to undermine your faith in God by pointing out all the godlessness in society. He wants you to think God has lost control because that’s the only way Satan can keep control. Very often he uses those big, bold, and bleak headlines to accomplish his mission. Well, things do look bad on the surface. People are losing their jobs. Some are struggling with health issues. But, it’s time for Christians to put a positive spin on it all. God hasn’t lost control. God isn’t on vacation. God doesn’t throw in the towel. God wins in the end. Paul takes that message and puts a very personal spin on it in his letter to the Philippians. There he writes, “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:3-6).” Did you hear that? Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, locked away in a prison of his own bad news, was “confident” that God will finish what He has started. Sure, you’ll stumble. Yes, life with be difficult. Unfortunately, bad things do happen to good people. But, God will finish what He has started. God will save those who have believed. God will sanctify those who He has called. Not only does God win in the end, He’s at work right now. God hasn’t lost control, He’s exercising for our benefit even now. God won’t rest until He’s done with us. That’s good news that you can count on. Paul makes the same argument in the book of Romans. In verse 28, Paul writes, “God works all things for the good of those who love him.” Notice, God doesn’t work some things for good. God works all things for the good of His saints. And then, even more powerfully, Paul continues, “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified (Romans 8:29-30).” In this theologically-loaded passage are riches of spiritual significance and promise. Note the tense of every verb in these two verses. They’re all past tense. In God’s mind, these things are already done. Mission accomplished. Case closed. God’s not wondering what happens next. He’s already finished the course. You see, the Gospel is called the “Good News” for a reason. The good news doesn’t end with salvation. The good news follows us every day of our Christian lives. As the Psalmist wrote, “surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life (Psalm 23:6).” Now, that’s good news indeed.
Pastors Removal from Television: Removal of Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Charles Stanley, David Jeremiah and other pastors from the airwaves. An organization has been granted a Federal Hearing on the same subject by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington , D.C. Their petition, Number 2493, would ultimately pave the way to stop the reading of the gospel of our Lord and Savior, on the airwaves of America .They got 287,000 signatures to back their stand! If this attempt is successful, all Sunday worship services being broadcasted on the radio or by television will be stopped. This group is also campaigning to remove all Christmas programs and Christmas carols from public schools! You as a Christian can help! Please don't take this lightly. We ignored onelady once and lost prayer in our schools and in offices across the nation.Please stand up for your religious freedom and let your voice be heard. Together we can make a difference in our country while creating an opportunity for the lost to know the Lord.
I love your blog. You really understand this country and what we used to represent. I am glad to know there are others still out there that are proud to be an American such as myself.