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GOOD TIMBER

“The tree that never had to fight for sun and sky and air and light, Never became a forest king, But lived and died a common thing.

The man who never had to toil, Who never had to win his share of sun and sky and light and air, Never became a manly man, but lived and died as he began.

Good timber does not grow on ease. The stronger wind, the tougher trees, The farther sky, the greater length By sun and sky and rain and snow, In tree or man good timber grows.” ~Douglas Mallock~


IT DOESN’T MATTER… how great the pressure is. What really matters is where the pressure lies, whether it comes between me and God or whether it presses me nearer His heart. ~Howard Taylor~


FOR WOLVES TO WORRY lambs is no wonder, but for lambs to worry one another, this is unnatural and monstrous. ~Thomas Brookes~ Romans 14:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:11


The Basis Fact About Human Experience… is not that it is a tragedy, but that it a bore. It is not that it is so predominantly painful, but that it is lacking in any sense. ~H.L. Mencken~

“Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labor which he taketh under the sun? One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose. The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again. All things are full of labor; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.” Ecclesiastes 1:2-11

Brothers and Sisters, The Bible is the only Book that nails things down when it comes to all philosophies of life and its reason. One would do good to “take heed” to it. Brother Thurman


What Almost Defeated Him

Not long ago a stranger met an overland traveler, who had walked on foot from the Golden Gate to New York. He was interested to know what was the greatest difficulty the traveler had encountered in his long journey. He suggested that perhaps the mountains on the trail had been the greatest barrier, but the traveler assured his questioner that it was not that. Then he suggested that perhaps the swollen streams that cut across his road presented the greatest hazard, but it was not that. After a little he said, “What almost defeated me in my journey across the continent was the sand in my shoes.” Life is forever tripping over trivial things. -Religious telescope

“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10

WE’RE ALL MOLDED BY GOD…some are just moldier than others. ~Ray Steadman, sermon 1968~


A FOOLISH SCIENTIST made plans to send a rocket to the sun. Someone said, “You’re gonna burn up.” “No,” he answered, “we’re going at night.”


A Little Girls Question

A little girl and her brother were carrying a basket of cakes to their grandmother. Curious to see what was in the basket, they very carefully raised the cover and looked in. When their greedy eyes saw the tempting cakes, their mouths fairly watered to taste them. After counting them over several times, they almost made up their minds they might eat just one of them. Nobody would know it, and it would taste so good! While they were gazing at the cakes, and just ready to take one, the little girl looked up in her brothers face, and asked the question, “Can God count?” This settled the matter; the lid was shutdown, and all the cakes were carried to the grandmother. -MM

“The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” Proverbs 15:3

“Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right” Proverbs 20:11


A Frustrated Pianist

..shouted to the soloist, “I’m playing on white keys and I’m playing on black keys, so why must you sing in the cracks?” ~unknown~


Small Things

Shamgar had an oxgoad. David had a sling, Samson had a jawbone, Rahab had a string, Mary had some ointment, Aaron had a rod, Dorcas had a needle, All were used for God! ~Harvester Mission~


A familiar tombstone inscription from over a century ago say’s:

“Remember, man, as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I; As I am now, so you shall be, so, prepare yourself to follow me.” On the tombstone dated 1856, in Chicago suburban cemetery, another scribe had taped two additional lines to the above poem. They go like this. “To follow you is not my intent, Until I know which way you went!” We know which way Christ went, and we can have perfect confidence in following Him into death. ~Unknown~ 1 Corinthians 15:54, 55


INFLUENCE

In the November 1987 Readers Digest, Betty Wein retells an old tale she heard from Elie Wiesel:

A just man comes to Sodom hoping to save the city. He pickets. What else can he do? He goes from street to street, from marketplace to marketplace, shouting, “Men and women repent. What you are doing is wrong. It will kill you; it will destroy you.” They laugh, but he goes on shouting, until one day a child stops him. “Poor stranger, don’t you see it is useless?” “Yes,” the just man replies. “Then why do you go on?” the child asks. “I was convinced that I would change them. Now I go on shouting because I don’t want them to change me.” 1Timothy 6:11-14; John 21:22; Matthew 5:15-16; Proverbs 24:21

Brethren, If you will not Believe the Truth; then you must accept a lie! Period.


One, Two, Three and Four?

A lady wanted to marry four different men in her lifetime. She said each one would help her with what she needed most. First, she wanted to marry a banker. Second, a movie star. Next, a clergyman. And finally, a funeral director. When asked why, she answered, “One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go!” ~C.R.S~


Fortune Magazine quotes a comment made by billionaire H. Ross Perot

“Guys, just remember, if you get real lucky, if you make a lot of money, if you go out and buy a lot of stuff – it’s gonna break. You got your biggest, fanciest mansion in the world. It has air conditioning. It’s got a pool. Just think of all of the pumps that are going to go out. Or go to a yacht basin any place in the world. Nobody is smiling, and I’ll tell you why. Something broke that morning. The generator’s out; the microwave oven doesn’t work…. Things just don’t mean happiness.” Matthew 6:19-21


“Case Dismissed!” A southern boy was arraigned in juvenile court for stealing a watermelon. He was guilty. Before passing sentence the Judge asked, “Is there anything you wish to say before I pass sentence?” The boy thought for a minute, then said, “Judge, have YOU ever stolen a watermelon?” A painful silence pervaded the court room. Finally, the judge blurted out, “No cross examination allowed! CASE DISMISSED!” ~W.B.K.~


God’s Glory

The heavens declare God’s glory, the wonders of the sky; Repeat each day the message, That He is ever nigh. The earth takes up the chorus, the mountains, hills and plains; Stand forth in testimony, That He forever reigns. The rivers, lakes and valleys, bear witness of His power; He speaks through every forest tree, And smiles through every flower. ~Florence Jansson~


Comforting Little Verse

What most you long and hope for, Might only bring you pain;

You cannot see the future, God’s purpose to explain. So, ever trust thy Master, He doeth all things well;

He loveth more than heart can know, and more than tongue can tell. ~Unknown~


Business Tomorrow

Archis, the magistrate of Thebes, was sitting with many mighty men drinking wine. A messenger came in bringing him a letter, informing him of a conspiracy against his life and warning him to flee. Archis took the letter, but, instead of opening it, put it into his pocket and said to the messenger who brought it, “Business Tomorrow.” The next day he died. Before he opened the letter the government was captured. When he read the letter it was too late. ~Pulpit Treasury~

You know friends, God has kindly and mercifully given man a letter of warning of an upcoming event in each and every human beings life. It tells in detail of several different outcomes for everyone depending on whether or not the individual will read and take action before it arrives. That letter is the word of God. AV1611KJV. Everyone no matter who you are, in Gods mind has been afforded the opportunity to open it and read it John 5:38-40 and according to the Lord will be “without excuse.” Romans 1:18-20 There is some critical information in the Holy Scripture you should avail yourself Acts 17:11 and not leave it for “business tomorrow.” Isaiah 55:6-11 Brother Thurman James 4:13, 14


His Life on Undrunk Water

A poor criminal stood before an Eastern monarch, trembling for his life. A moment later his head was to be severed from his body. He asked for a drink of water. They brought it, but his hand trembled so that he could not drink. The king cried to him, “Do not be so alarmed; your life is safe till you drink that water.” In an instant the glass was shivered on the pavement and the water untasted, and looking boldly up to the king, the condemned man claimed the royal word. The monarch smiled bitterly, and said, “You have fairly won your life: I cannot break my word even to you. You are saved.” ~Unknown~

"He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso
trusteth in the LORD, happy is he." Proverbs 16:20
"The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the
LORD shall be safe." Proverbs 29:25

“I believe the promises of God enough to venture an eternity on them.”

~G. Campbell Morgan~

Do All The Good You Can

John Wesley had this for his rule of life:

“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.”


Relationships

Two Porcupines in Northern Canada huddled together to get warm, according to a forest folktale. But their quills pricked each other, so they moved apart. Before long they were shivering, so they sidled close again. Soon both were getting jabbed again. Same story; same ending. They needed each other, but they kept needling each other.

~Leslie Flynn~

"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you." Ephesians 4:31-32

Money

When you go to the doctor for your annual check-up, he or she will often to begin to poke, prod, and press various places, all the while asking, “Does this hurt? How about this?” If you cry out in pain, one of two things has happened. Either the doctor has pushed to hard, without the right sensitivity. Or, more likely, there’s something wrong, and the doctor will say, “We’d better do some more tests. It’s not supposed to hurt there!” So it is when Pastors preach on financial responsibility, and certain members cry out in discomfort, criticizing the message and the messenger. Either the Pastor has pushed to hard, or perhaps there is something wrong. In that case, I say, “My friend, we’re in need of the Great Physician because it’s not supposed to hurt there.” ~Unknown~

"But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly;
and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give;
not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

Still Wanting To Return?

During the early days of the war, a little group of people were shipwrecked on a desert island in the middle of the Pacific. After many weary months a passing ship saw their plight and sent a boat ashore. But the boat did not land at once; one of the sailors threw a bundle of newspapers on the beach, shouting that they were from the captain, and saying: “After you’ve read them, he wants to know whether you want to be rescued.” ~Unknown~

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” John 2:15-17


Stealing?

If a child steals; he’ll grow out of it! If a young fellow steals; he has gotten into bad company! If a poor man steals; it is because he is poor! If a grown-up steals; he is a kleptomaniac!

Thou shalt not steal. Exodus 20:15