The Ant and the Contact Lens

Brenda was a young woman who was invited to go rock climbing. Although she was scared to death, she went with her group to a tremendous granite cliff. In spite of her fear, she put on the gear, took a hold on the rope, and started up the face of that rock.

Well, she got to a ledge where she could take a breather. As she was hanging on there, the safety rope snapped against Brenda’s eye and knocked out her contact lens. Well, here she is on a rock ledge, with hundreds of feet below her and hundreds of feet above her.

Of course, she looked and looked and looked, hoping it had landed on the ledge, but it just wasn’t there. Hear she was, far from home, her sight now blurry. She was desperate and began to get upset, so she prayed to the Lord to help her find it. When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but there was no contact lens to be found. She sat down, despondent, with  the rest of the party waiting for the rest of them to make it up the face of the cliff. She looked out across range after range of mountains, thinking of that Bible verse that says, “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth.” She thought, “Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.” Finally, they walked down the trail to the bottom. At the bottom there was a new party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out,”Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?” Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across the face of the rock, carrying it.

Brenda told me that her father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a picture of an ant lugging that contact lens with the words, “Lord, I don’t know why You want me to carry this thing. I can’t eat it, and it’s awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I’ll carry it for You.

At the risk of being accused if being fatalistic, I think it would probably do some of us good to occasionally say, “God , I don’t know why you want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it’s awfully heavy. But, if you want me to carry it, I will.”

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

 

 

 

 

 

-Author Unknown



Sage Advise From A Wise Father-In-Law

 

 

 

 

 

Exodus 18



Amazing Grace

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ephesians 2:8-10



Christ and the Church

The church of the New Testament takes on new proportions and becomes infinitely more significant when we consider its relationship to Christ. The scriptures tell us that Jesus was builder of the church. In Matthew 16:18, the Lord said: “I will build my church.” Christ never promised to build a church for John or Peter or anyone else. Rather, He said, “I will build my church.” Thus, by right of establishment, the church belongs to Christ.

The inspired Word further states that Christ is the Purchaser of the church. The purchase price was His precious blood. Paul urged the elders “to feed the church of the Lord which He purchased with His own blood.” (Acts 20:28) The value of the church increases immensely for us when we consider that Jesus “gave himself for it” (Eph. 5:25)

Christ reigns as Head of his church. No man or group of men has valid claim to this distinction; God has reserved this honored place for Jesus alone. The Father hath put all things under the feet of His Son and “gave Him (Christ) to be the Head over all things to the church.” (Eph. 1:22) All authority belongs to Christ. Hence, every Christian submits to Him, and Him alone as Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

Finally, the Lord Jesus is savior of His church. When men become Christians by obeying the gospel, the Lord adds them to the church. (Acts 2:47) As members of the body of Christ, the church, children of God rejoice in the truth that Christ is “the Savior of the body.” (Eph. 5:23) Every faithful Christian can look forward to the time when Christ will come to claim the church, his bride, as his very own.

What a high and holy privilege to be a member of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ! How we should love the church which Jesus built and bought! How we should appreciate the church over which Christ reigns as head and which He will ultimately save eternally in heaven!

 

 

 

-A.T.Pate



Ten Commandments

 

 

 

 

 

Exodus 20



Jesus at a Marriage

 

 

 

 

 

 

John 2



This Little Light of Mine

One night, as I watched a rather spectacular fireworks show, I thought of why the colored fire in the sky was so impressive. They are impressive because they are seen against a dark night sky. That’s why fireworks are done at night.

I also found a key chain light this week. The manufacturer promises that it will never need batteries. The salesman said that he left his on for four straight days and the light did not dim at all. The little light hardly weighs a thing. The light is blue and not very impressive in the daytime. But at night , it is enough to find your way, locate dropped items and find that illusive slot in the door where the key must go.

Sometimes when we are talking about letting our lights shine for Jesus, I am afraid that we look around at the bright lights of the many Christians about us and think, “What good can I do compared to these accomplished Christian examples?” But you forget that your light is not in competition with other Christians. It is in competition with the darkness. So let your honesty, morality and Christlike life shine where you live , work and play. And others will see against the dark sky of our culture and be drawn to the Lord.

“You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

 

 

-Bo Shero

 

 

 



The Ten Commandments

 

 

 

 

 

Exodus 20



Blessed is the Nation Whose God is LORD

 

 

 

 

 

Psalms 33:12



“Heading West…or East?”

Where is the separation point between east and west? How far are they apart? Where does the west begin? Where does the east begin? No one really knows. You see, we call the USA the “west” and China is “the East,” but its just a matter of perspective.

Starting from Baldwyn, MS, where would I go to be west? Pontotoc? Oxford? The Mississippi River? But suppose I wanted to start here and go as far west as I could. How far would I have to travel? Would it be San Francisco or Los Angeles? How about Hawaii? China is still west and so is India. From there, Iraly is still west and from there Boston or New York.

How far then must we go westward to reach the farthest eastern point on the map? Fact is, you cannot measure it all.

God made a promise to us in Psalm 103:12. The Psalmist declared, “As far as the east is from the west. So far has He removed our transgressions from.” God’s love is vast and unlimited. It was shown in forgiving the sins of Israel and it is shown to us today. In fact, the entirety of Psalm 103 is spent in David blessing God for what He has done and continues to do.

We can rejoice knowing that our sins are forgiven. Jesus died on the cross and by the power of God He arose from the dark domain of the grave. Because of this, God removed our transgressions “as far as the east is from the west.” That’s quite a stretch of real estate! When God forgives our sins, they are forgotten. Let’s praise God for His goodness.

 

 

For the Challenge of the Cross,

Russ Vickers