“He asked a third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was sad that Jesus asked him a third time, ‘Do you love me?’ He replied, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep’”—John 21:17(CEB).
For over 10 years, my 2001 Honda Passport has sported a bumper sticker stating, “Real Men Love Jesus.” Although women have commented on the slogan, I’ve never had a man mention it—until recently.
As I was approaching a red light, a pickup pulled up next to me. Honking his horn, the driver pointed at me. Did I have a tire going flat? Had I left the gas cap dangling when I’d filled up with gas a few minutes earlier? He kept pointing at me as I lowered my window. Smiling, he yelled, “Yes, lady, real men do love Jesus.”
“If men would love Jesus they would be real men.”
The light turned green and as we drove off, he gave me a thumbs-up sign. Smiling, I returned his gesture. I’m sure the smile on my face was plastered from ear-to-ear.
Byron Yawn, Community Bible Church pastor in Nashville, says, “We turn to heroic biblical figures and icons in (movies for examples of manhood) but not to Christ. Yet Christ is the one to whom all biblical figures point and the one who makes Hollywood depictions of strength look foolish. There is no understanding of manhood without understanding Christ.”
Yawn admits that for years he mocked the bumper sticker that reads ‘Real Men Love Jesus.’ “I considered it an oversimplification and evidence of slogan-driven spirituality,” he says. “I once saw it posted on a billboard strategically situated over a gentlemen’s club. It seemed a foolish gesture. Are we to believe that Jesus can save us from the brazen immorality in our culture? Yes. We must believe it or there is nothing to believe.
5-Year-Old Begs His Mother to Feed a Homeless Man
Then he prays for him
To my readers: Sometimes, the media overlooks the positive news in our world. I found this article in a news feed on twitter and wanted to share this heartwarming story with you.
by John Callahan
Seeing a homeless man inside of a Waffle House in Alabama caused one little boy to respond with kindness.
After seeing that this man had no food, this boy quickly rushes over to his mother and asks if she can buy him a meal. The homeless man is in shock and it doesn’t end there. Josiah Duncan goes over to the man and begins to pray, and after that, there wasn’t a dry eye in the building.
This young boy has a heart of gold. His mother, Ava Faulk, was in complete shock and felt so blessed when he prayed for the man.
“He came in and sat down, and nobody really waited on him,” Faulk told a local radio station. “So Josiah jumped up and asked him if he needed a menu because you can’t order without one.”
The photo is now being shown all over the world to promote kindness, and it sure does touch your heart when you look at it.
“Watching my son touch the 11 people in that Waffle House tonight will be forever one of the greatest accomplishments as a parent I’ll ever get to witness,” Faulk said.
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/buzzvine/a-5-year-old-begs-his-mother-to-feed-a-homeless-man-then-he-prays-for-him-139299/#fgCekbTyOsHMzy4X.99
“Forgive, and you will be forgiven”—Luke 6:37 (NRSV).
Upset she had cheated my son out of $30, I didn’t want to forgive her. I was also mad at myself because I had been used in the process. I guess it’s because I trust too much, trust others to do unto me as I would do unto them. However, I failed to remember not all people are trustworthy.
My son had agreed to purchase two items through an online site where people buy, sell and trade merchandise. Because the seller lived in a community closer to me, and because my son works odd hours sometimes, he asked me to contact her, set up a time to meet and pay for the merchandise. I agreed.
We met nearby in a public place where we made the exchange. Because I trusted that my son and this woman had made the deal, and he knew what he was getting, I got into my vehicle without checking the merchandise. Placing them in the cup holder beside me, I noticed a small part had fallen off one of the items. Picking it up, I discovered the part could not have broken off just by my handling it. It had been broken when she handed it to me.
“Forgiveness doesn’t make the other person right, it makes you free.”
I knew the seller hadn’t gone too far up the highway so I called her. I was trying to be gracious when I said, “The merchandise I just purchased from you…something is wrong. A piece fell off.”
To my readers: I would like to share the following written by Darrell “Coach D” Andrews, Motivational Strategist, Consultant, Accountability Coach and Book Author. Darrell Andrews is a former youth pastor who now engages youth worldwide from all walks of life. For more information about Coach Andrews, you can check out his website at http://coachdspeaks.com/ I hope you are motivated by his post below to take action. Our children, our youth need us to make a difference in their lives. It is up to each of us. As Coach Darrell says, “We all have a part to play.”
Darrell “Coach D” Andrews
I have been blessed as a former youth pastor and now as a speaker to interact with hundreds of thousands of youth worldwide. I have had the privilege of engaging youth from all walks of life, races and socioeconomic situation. With all this being said, I was recently telling my wife that over the years I noticed a pattern. This pattern is deeply concerning to me. The looks in the eyes of many of our youth are getting darker and their care for others is diminishing. It seems like the influence of this world, with all of its gadgets, negative music, movement away from Godly things, and demise of family structure, is being very effective at winning the hearts of kids, Christians and non-Christians. The bible is very clear in its realization that it is our responsibility to protect our children. The scriptures are very clear on this subject:
1. Genesis 18:19 “For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”
2. Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
3. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward”— Psalm 127:3 (ESV).
Normal is just a setting on your clothes dryer.” I love this quote by author and speaker Patsy Clairmont. I’ve heard her speak several times at Women of Faith conferences and love her sense of humor.
As mothers, we must embrace a sense of humor if we want to survive the ups and downs of that most sacred role. We strive to be perfect mothers, i.e. normal, but we’re all different. As women, we struggle, fail, start over and celebrate the small and large victories as we watch our children grow from a tiny bald-headed creature that we fell in love with before he/she ever emerged from the womb to adulthood.
Motherhood, while celebrated, is not easy. I can attest to that. So can millions of other mothers. It’s a role bringing joy, heartache and satisfaction to the one called “Mother.” A Jewish proverb says, “God could not be everywhere, so He created mothers.” Can you relate?
As long as we live, we parents will always have our children on our minds and hearts.
One of the most often quoted scriptures on love is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. “Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not jealous; is not proud; is not conceited; does not act foolishly; is not selfish; is not easily provoked to anger; keeps no record of wrongs; takes no pleasure in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.” As mothers we can love unlike any other person.
“Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better. Yes, you must be a new and different person, holy and good. Clothe yourself with this new nature”— Ephesians 4:23-24 (TLB).
“Your Encouragement for the Week email moved me this afternoon.” This opening line in an email I recently received from a reader of my column brought affirmation when I needed it the most. I was humbled after reading the email from a reader in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
I’m amazed how God uses what He has laid on my heart to reach others in countries where I’ve never been. In this instance, my reader had written about a previous column titled, “Do You Know the Most Dangerous Prayer?”
The column’s focus was about being used by God. While I don’t have the space to go into the contents of her entire email, I know God used this woman to encourage me, just as He had used my writing to reach her in her time of need.
“Walking in newness and being renewed is a daily process and a life choice.”
I’d been struggling for several months about a decision concerning my freelance writing for other publications. I was “burned out,” but concerned about giving up the additional income. I also wanted to focus exclusively on my Christian writing. Just a week prior to receiving the above email, God had heard my pleas for guidance and I’d taken that big step, giving up my other writing jobs. When the decision was made, I was filled with peace. This reader’s email affirmed what I already knew. God would take care of my finances if I obeyed Him to focus on what He has called me to do.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”—Romans 8:28 (NIV).
I recall using a teaching tool to help my high school students understand the importance of following directions. At the top of the page, the first instructions were “to read everything before doing anything on the list.”
While I don’t recall all of the items on the list, some were ridiculous. Numbers one and two on the list were:
- Write your name in the top right-hand corner of the page.
- Write today’s date in the top left-hand corner of the page.
The very last on the list of approximately 20 questions was “Do only numbers one and two on this list.” Many ignored the instructions and would do each on the list, which became gradually embarrassing. For example, one of the instructions included, “Stand up and shout your name aloud.” You can imagine the red faces when those students realized they only had to do the first two things on the list. It was a great lesson in following instructions.
“Just because we know right from wrong doesn’t mean we’ll do the right thing.”
Recently, I was listening to the first in a sermon series by Pastor Andy Stanley called “Starting Over.” Stanley said, “Many of us don’t like to follow directions. But there’s a price to pay for rushing into a situation without knowing what we’re doing. We get things wrong. And by the time we go back, undo everything we messed up, and then do it correctly, we’ve wasted more time than if we’d just followed the directions to begin with.”