Thursday, December 31, 2009

**CLICK HERE FOR HYMN** Robert Robinson Bio By Pastor Tim Smith www.marshillchurch.org

The message of the Grace of God has power to grip the heart of the rebellious and bring them to a place of writing hymns that reveal humility and contrition.

** CLICK HERE FOR HYMN ** William Cowper Bio By Pastor Tim Smith www.marshillchurch.org

** CLICK HERE FOR HYMN ** Charlotte Elliot Bio By Pastor Tim Smith www.marshillchurch.org

An entire life time of pain and suffering, yet still a desire to love your creator??? That is grace!

** CLICK HERE FOR HYMN ** Horatio Spafford Bio By Pastor Tim Smith www.marshillchurch.org

The faithfulness of Horatio Spafford will blow your mind! Without the strength of God and grace upon Horatios' life, it's hard to imagine him being able to endure so much pain.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Origin of The Species UPDATE

Wildly Successful Origins Giveaway
Ray Comfort & Kirk Cameron

"You're not supposed to be here today. We are not ready!" That was the reaction of one atheist at UCLA when we showed up on the 18th to give away 2,000 books. He was right. We originally intended to give the copies of On the Origin of Species out on the 19th, but because of the threats of book burnings, of "unilateral resistance," and the many threats to tear out the Introduction, we changed our strategy. We are so glad we made this move. Atheists had planned to disguise themselves as students and collect multiple copies themselves to stop students getting the books.

One atheist wrote: "I wish people would stop ragging on him distributing the books early. It's a good strategic move to try to pre-empt our events, themselves intended to oppose his. It's a purely political thing and in his position I'd likely have done much the same thing. It's pretty similar to a route being changed or a meeting set earlier than scheduled in order to foil a protest -- it's a legitimate tactic, no matter how frustrating."

The Yale Daily News said, "The book-giving event was originally scheduled for Thursday, effectively ruining the plans of the SSA to counter the creationists' event with their own, more satirical, on-campus event."

The Secular Student Association went to some expense with colorful bookmarks with a picture of a banana on them. I offered to pay their printing bill, but as yet haven't heard back from them.

But for a few copies being destroyed and one atheist managing to collect 22 copies for himself, everything went very smoothly. All we wanted to do was peacefully pass out the books and it was wildly successful.

A team in England also passed out 1,000 copies to Oxford University students. Richard Dawkins has told students to rip out the Introduction, that they are cousins of bananas, that nothing created everything, and that anyone who didn't believe as he did, was "wicked." So we went to his home university to let students know that they are not cousins of bananas, that God created them, and that they are free to believe anything they wish. We also sent him a very nice gift basket along with his own copy of the book, and yes . . . I had a banana put into the basket. But we didn't say who the gift basket was from. We will leave him to formulate his own theory as to its origin.

We are working on a documentary of the Origin into Schools project, and will give you progress reports.

We are so grateful to the nearly 2,000 Christians that cared enough about the lost, to help us get the gospel into the hands of 171,000 people (minus 22). Please know that this is just the beginning.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Be a light to the world...


A Great Teammate and a Great Ballplayer Every now and then a person does something that gets noticed. This past weekend at the CFBL Wood Bat Classic, I was impressed by one particular young man. Many of you know that I was was struggling to keep the fields playable. After doing yet another field rake I was dreading raking another field but on I went to prepare a field for the Lyman/Olympia game. As I began to rake a young man behind me said "Coach can I help you get the field ready?" I turned around and this young man began to rake the mound and stayed with me until the field was ready to play again. I chatted with him a little as we worked together and he was extremely polite. We finished and I thanked him. I also made sure that I told his Coach, Rick Bennett, that a kid wearing #14 on his roster helped me with the field. As the games began I was particularly interested in watching Lyman (new team on the block) so I gravitated to their game. This same kid who had helped me rake the field I found out later was named Jonathan Lemelin. He was on the mound for this game and man he was bringing it. Hard throwing righty with good change of speed and control. If an ump missed a call his body language was quiet. I kept thinking he looked very poised out there. It was easy to see that his pitching was giving Lyman hope after suffering 2 losses in pool play. His pitching stats? 5 innings strong with 10 Ks. As if his pitching wasn't enough, Jonathan went 3 for 3 with a walk, 2 doubles off the base of the wall, scored two runs and hit the only HR of the weekend. A mammoth 320 foot bomb (yes with a wood bat). While his statline was certainly impressive, that isnt what initially caught my attention. It started when he came out to unselfishly help me when he should have been warming in the bullpen. It continued when I watched him encouraging his young teammates. The lesser talented kids were the recipients of high fives, encouragement and praise from Jonathan. The way he speaks to his coaches, treats his teammates and conducts himself with class was refreshing and represents what the CFBL is all about. It was a pleasure watching him lead his team. I didnt want to let the moment pass without recognizing this young man. I know we all have a few like this on our rosters and I want to encourage all of you to recognize sportsmanship and good citizenship like I saw in Jonathan this weekend.
Jim Boghos

Friday, September 4, 2009

This is radical....

Regardless of what you may think, this young man is preaching boldly to all who has ears to hear. He is doing it for the glory of God. He may need to fine tuning on his technique, but without a doubt this is a soldier in training!

Obama Illinois Senate April 4, 2002...

Abortion is eliminating an existing life that God, the creator of all life, has began.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Discipleship Starts at Home....

Part 2 Winfield Bevins (From: TheResurgence.com)
Discipleship Starts at Home Series [Part 2 of 2]

Start Early

You can and should teach your children basic Christian beliefs and how to memorize Scripture. This can be both fun and educational. You can choose short Scriptures to begin teaching your children. As you continue to learn the Scriptures, you can use longer passages such as the Ten Commandants and 23rd Psalm for when you and your children feel ready to go deeper. You can also use a short family catechism with questions and answers for you to discuss together that will help your children learn basic Christian doctrine.

Here are a few practical ideas that may help you disciple your children:

• Find a good children’s Bible.
• Remember to have fun with your children while learning the Bible.
• Keep the time brief to hold the child's attention.
• Recite the verse several times a day in your child's presence so it becomes familiar to them.
• Make flash cards with Scripture on one side and the book, chapter, and verse on the other.
• Put the verse to music or rhythm. Your child will enjoy singing and clapping their hands.
• Think of fun activities to make the verse fun and easy to remember.
• Tell them you are proud of them and have them recite it to someone else, like a grandparent or teacher.
• Pray with your children every day at meals and before they go to bed at night.

The Revolution Begins at Home

If we want a revolution of discipleship in our nation, it will have to begin in our homes. Discipleship begins in our marriages, by loving our spouses with the love of Christ. It happens by teaching, loving, and disciplining our children. When we bring the gospel back in the home, it will spread through our neighborhoods and into the communities where we live. If every family in every church got serious about making disciples in the home, it would change our world.

The great Puritan Pastor Richard Baxter knew the importance of family ministry. He said, “We must have a special eye upon families, to see that they are well ordered, and the duties of each relation performed. The life of religion, and the welfare and glory of both the Church and the State, depend much on family government and duty. If we suffer the neglect of this, we shall undo all…. I beseech you, therefore, if you desire the reformation and welfare of your people, do all you can to promote family religion.” Let us not neglect our duty to disciple those who are within our very homes.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Discipleship Starts at Home....

Part 1 Winfield Bevins (From: TheResurgence.com)
Discipleship Starts at Home Series [Part 1 of 2]

“A house is actually a school and a church, and the head of the household is a pastor in his house.”
–Martin Luther

The Great Need

I am the lead pastor of Church of the Outer Banks, located in Nags Head, NC. I am the husband of an amazing wife and the father of two incredible little girls. More than ever before, I see the importance of integrating faith in the home every day. Statistics for divorce are rising at an alarming rate. Statistics also show that between 70 and 88 percent of Christian teens will leave the church by their second year in college. More than ever, it is time for us to step back and rethink the importance of discipleship in our own homes.

Don’t Neglect Your Family

What good is it if you make disciples of your neighbors, co-workers, and friends, yet neglect to disciple your own family? This is what Paul meant when he said, “If a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?” (1 Tim. 3:5). This Scripture is not just for pastors, but is also applicable for all Christian parents. The reality is that we are not putting enough focus on discipling our own families, and instead we tend to leave the responsibility to the church.

Disciple Your Children

The call to “make disciples” begins in our homes first. It is our spiritual responsibility as parents to teach our children about the faith. The Bible tells parents, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6). As Christian parents, we should desire for our children to have a firm foundation and grow up to love Jesus and know what the Bible says about their lives.

Faith as Routine

Faith is not just something that we do once a week, but should be incorporated into the daily routines of the home. David Wegener said, “Reading and memorizing Scripture and the catechisms of the church results in incredible development of children, both spiritually and intellectually… What families regard as important is evidenced by the manner in which they spend their time.” How do we spend our time? Watching TV, playing video games, or shopping? Sadly, many families devote more time to these things than they do teaching their children about God, or just simply spending quality time together.

It’s Our Responsibility

It is not the churches’ or schools’ responsibility to raise our kids. Too often, we think that the church is more like a baby-sitting service to watch our kids for a few hours a week while we enjoy the worship service. While church is important, the Bible tells us that the home is the primary place of learning the Bible and moral instruction. In Deuteronomy 6:4-9, we read:

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 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.

To be continued.

Be vocal and STAND UP.....

This is a statement that was read over the PA system at the football game at Roane County High School , Kingston , Tennessee , by school Principal, Jody McLoud

"It has always been the custom at Roane County High School football games, to say a prayer and play the National Anthem, to honor God and Country."

Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, I am told that saying a Prayer is a violation of Federal Case Law. As I understand the law at this time, I can use this public facility to approve of sexual perversion and call it "an alternate life style," and if someone is offended, that's OK.

I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity, by dispensing condoms and calling it, "safe sex..." If someone is offended, that's OK.

I can even use this public facility to present the merits of killing an unborn baby as a "viable! means of birth control." If someone is offended, no problem...

I can designate a school day as "Earth Day" and involve students in activities to worship religiously and praise the goddess "Mother Earth" and call it "ecology.."

I can use literature, videos and presentations in the classroom that depicts people with strong, traditional Christian convictions as "simple minded" and "ignorant" and call it "enlightenment.."

However, if anyone uses this facility to honor GOD and to ask HIM to Bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, then Federal Case Law is violated..

This appears to be inconsistent at best, and at worst, diabolical.
Apparently, we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone, except GOD and HIS Commandments.

Nevertheless , as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and students to abide by rules with which they do not necessarily agree. For me to do otherwise would be inconsistent at best, and at worst, hypocritical... I suffer from that affliction enough unintentionally. I certainly do not need to add an intentional transgression.

For this reason, I shall "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's," and refrain from praying at this time.

"However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise and thank GOD and ask HIM, in the name of JESUS, to Bless this event, please feel free to do so. As far as I know, that's not against the law----yet."

One by one, the people in the stands bowed their heads, held hands with one another and began to pray.

They prayed in the stands.. They prayed in the team huddles. They prayed at the concession stand and they prayed in the Announcer's Box!

The only place they didn't pray was in the Supreme Court of the United States of America- the Seat of "Justice" in the "one nation, under GOD."

Somehow, Kingston , Tennessee Remembered what so many have forgotten. We are given the Freedom OF Religion, not the Freedom FROM Religion. Praise GOD that HIS remnant remains!

JESUS said, "If you are ashamed of ME before men, then I will be ashamed of you before MY FATHER.."

Monday, August 17, 2009

Tithe...

I believe that those who love God and God's people should tithe without a doubt. In the Old Testament times their liveliehood was their crops and cattle and other animals and so forth, so it was fit for them to give 10% of their livelihood in that time. This was so that the storehouse would be plentiful and well supplied for the people of God. It is also a sign that you are not consumed or "owned" by the natural things that have no eternal significance.

Now our livelidhood today is $$$$ money. Therefore, we should bring our tithe into the "storehouse" or "church building" that you are committed too. It my sincere advice for Christians of any particular ministry that they are giving too, to make sure that that ministry is committed to God and His infallible Word. This so that you can be confident that the "church building" or "storehouse" is acting in obedience to the word of God in how they handle the money that is brought in and that they are being good stewards of what they have received from the people of God in obedience to giving.

With all of that said, think about this.... God wants YOU much more than your MONEY. Giving your money is reflection that you are not bound by worldly riches and/or possessions. But are YOU giving 10% of your God given days to Him?? 2 hours and 40 minutes. And remember that is just the required tithe! What about offering?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

God help me deal with these emotions...

It can without a doubt be tough when you are isolated from the world. When you really stand up and make a decision to live out loud for Christ and make it known to all that you will stand up both in your actions and in your verbage for the infallible word of God. Have you ever felt left out? When you just wanted someone to acknowledge you and/or notice you in a group setting. Not because of your attraction to this individual, I talking about you simply feeling unloved or insignificant or unimportant. Welcome to Christianity!! What am i talking about? Well when you are not apart of the world because you are living for a eternal livelihood by being dead to yourself and your selfish desires and alive in Christ alone, your considered an outcast. You are not of the world therefore when the aquantances that you see everyday conversate and carry on and laugh and mingle, your left out, on the outside looking in. Why? Because you have made it know what the word of God says and made it known that God does not approve of the behavior that they are engaged in, and that has made you a foe. Made you a hater, or a bigot. As far as they're concerned you are not a loving person, you are against them and they are aware of it. They acknowledge you, but you are without a doubt misunderstood, they acknowledge you as YOU. Do you understand? Christianity isn't about you. It is about CHRIST!! It is natural to have the feelings of loneliness, however, Christ was both fully God and fully man, the only one of His kind ever before His time or after His time, He knows loneliness. If you truly are denying yourself daily and taking up your cross to follow after Him (Luke 9:23) you will be isolated from the world, you will be lonely, you will be misunderstood (1 Corinthians 2:14) because you are living a life that is Spiritually lead in a physical world that does not understand spiritual things. This world will tell you to get popular and noticed and rich and famous, while the Gospel of peace involves you relying on Christ and promoting Christ both in action and word by the grace of God for the glory of Christ. The only part you play in Christianity is willingly getting out of the way so that Christ can lead.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

HUMAN DEFECT!! Romans 3:23

RECALL NOTICE:

The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of gender make or nationality model, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component, the heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve (See operating Manual: Romans 5:12), resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been technically termed "Sub-sequential Internal Non-Morality," or more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.

Some of the symptoms (See operating Manual: Mark 7:21-23, Jeremiah 17:9)

1. Loss of direction
2. Foul vocal emissions
3. Amnesia of origin
4. Lack of peace and joy
5. Selfish or violent behavior
6. Depression or confusion in the mental component
7. Fearfulness
8. Idolatry
9. Rebellion

The Manufacturer who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect (See operating Manual: Psalm 145:17), is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this defect. The Repair Technician, JESUS, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required.

The number to call for repair in all areas is: P-R-A-Y-E-R. Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure. Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus, into the heart component. No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:

1. Love
2. Joy
3. Peace
4. Patience
5. Kindness
6. Goodness
7. Faithfulness
8. Gentleness
9. Self control

Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Believers' Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of these fixes.

WARNING: Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded (See operating Manual: Matthew 25:41). For free emergency service, call on Jesus.

DANGER: The human being units not responding to this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace (See operating Manual: Mark 2:17). The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter Heaven so as to prevent contamination of that facility.

Thank you for your attention!

- Messenger of God -

P.S. When given the opportunity to notify others about this defect please do so that they wil be aware of this worldwide RECALL. If there are still further questions please contact the Father by 'Knee mail'.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

God wants more....

After you read this "click" on the title phrase >> God wants more above.

God wants more of Him to be present in you. He wants for you to not trust in yourself and lean on your own understanding of what you "FEEL" is right, or what you "THINK" is right. He can provide you with His joy and His peace and His understanding, however, none of this can be obtained by us trying to please Him and obtain His joy, peace, and understanding ourselves. We must rely on His Word (The inspired Word of God 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Does anyone really, I mean really, think about this now, really think that we can be effortless and pleasing to God at the same time??? What are you successful at that requires no effort??? How about your marriage (if your married, at least 3 years)? Does that require effort? How about parenthood (if your a parent or as I call us, "Babysitter for God")? Does that require effort? I hope that everyone will take the time to really think (I can't stress the thinking part enough) about how Holy God is and a Holy God must carry out discipline and correction on His children for their continual disobedience to His Word. And yes, we must know the Word in order for us to know how to be obedient to what is written in it. Come on that is common sense!! Too many "CHRISTIANS" think that they are OK with God, or God is OK with them, however, they are not reading His Word (hindering God's inspired Words from entering into their minds), and they are not on their faces crying out to Him for direction (speaking to God through prayer). Now let's think again, what relationship do you have that is healthy and loving where you don't speak to that person and they never speak to you???

The BIBLE says that we are to lay down our lives to follow after JESUS (Luke 9:23-24). That is laying down how you feel about a situation, laying down what you think is OK with God, laying down your own understanding of how loving God is (many say that God is loving I am a good person so...yada yada yada BULL CRAP!!), when you hear, feel, think or read ANYTHING, your next step is to go to God's Word and align what information you have come across with His Word. God gave us His Word and it is sufficient to provide us (humanity) with the answer to every question that we need an answer for while we are living here on this planet. Apart from JESUS we are seperated from God and will always be. JESUS said why call me LORD LORD and not do the things that I say (Luke 6:46), and let's THINK, how can we really know what JESUS says to do without reading God's Word??

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Understand the Value....

I work at Southern Fire Protection and I design the blueprints for the installation of Fire Sprinkler Systems. Check out this video from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) that demonstrates how valuable Fire Protection is, both for safety and for potential damages.

Friday, May 29, 2009

This is awesome! Check it out:
www.411God.net
"Apart from Christ I am just a sinner with no hope in eternity"
-Pastor Chad-

Thursday, May 28, 2009

This is where we are...

Last night at bible study I did a devotion from an article by Matt Slick from Christian Apologetic Research Ministry (carm.org). The article title was, "Christianity and Homosexuality". I was surprised with the normality of the issue. The term "normality" is a term that I use based on the open discussion that we had. How have "Christians" youth or not, come to the point where we are able to take God's Word and lower His standards that are clearly evident, to meet are own personal feelings or emotions on a situation or in circumstances? How? Someone please tell me how "God's Children" are not offended by the ungodliness of those who consider themselves the Body of Christ? Homosexuality is an abomination to God (Leviticus 18:22). In the old testament those who broke the moral standard of God that declares we should not change the natural use of that which is against nature; no man should lie with another man and no woman should lie with another woman, were dealt with in a manner that is worthy of capital punishment (Leviticus 20:13). The same God in the old testament is the same great and loving God that we serve today. He is guiding someone like me to post this blog post so that anyone who is reading may come to an understanding of how He feels about Homosexual immorality, so that maybe they will repent and be forgiven of the lawlessness against God. His grace is sufficient and His mercy endures forever. I am not provoking any kind of hate crime or malicious actions be brought upon any individual who practices Homosexuality, they are sinners just like myself who are in need of a Savior. God has supplied the need by sending His Son, Jesus into the world to be sin so that we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). However, God is still the same God, and instead of that transgressor being literally put to death, God may give them over to a reprobate mind (Romans 1:26-28). They will become comfortable in their sins and have no conviction of wrong in their actions thereby finding no reason to repent and thus leaving no room for forgiveness which leads to salvation. Apart from God in eternity is worse than capital punishment, it is eternal punishment. To all of my brothers and sisters in Christ, be loving in all things and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people with the hope that God will grant them repentance (2 Timothy 2:24-25). Align your morality with the morality of God, afterall we are to be dead to ourselves and alive in Christ. It is no longer our will be done, but the will of God is to be perfected in us continually. If God does not like something, then we should not be fond of it ourselves. In love Pastor Chad.

Dating By Pastor Mark Driscoll


- by Pastor Mark Driscoll on Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 11:40 am


Dating
As part of the Religion Saves and Nine Other Misconceptions series, last Sunday I answered the question: “How does a Christian date righteously; and what are the physical, emotional, and mentally connecting boundaries a Christian must set while developing an intimate relationship prior to marriage?
The entire answer is available for download in audio and video format on the Mars Hill Church website and on iTunes. It will also be expanded as a chapter for an upcoming book I am writing for Crossway.


Here’s a basic outline of the sermon (By. Pastor Mark Driscoll):
I started by explaining four kinds of relationships–three of which are acceptable for Christians, and one of which is sinful (option #3).

#1 - Prearranged Marriage
#2 - Courtship
#3 – Non Christian Dating
#4 - Christian DatingI also gave some practical advice for single men and single women alike, and advice for men and women specifically:


Christian Dating Principles for Both Men and Women
1. Maximize your singleness for God.
2. Do not pursue a relationship until you are ready to marry.
3. Be reasonable – do not set your expectations too high or too low.
4. A date is not dating: date = time together; dating = couple (1 Tim. 5:1-2).
5. Never go on a date or date a non-Christian (2 Cor. 6:14).
6. Only date one person at a time.
7. He initiates; she responds.
8. Look at who God puts in front of you (e.g. Boaz & Ruth).
9. Feel free to use technology (e.g. internet dating) wisely.
10. Only invest in a relationship with someone who you are attracted to entirely (e.g. physically, 11. Mentally, spiritually, emotionally, ministry gifts).
12. Only date someone who agrees with you on gender and family.
13. Guard your heart (Prov. 4:23).


Christian Dating Questions for Men
1. Are you overlooking good women (e.g. single moms, shy, divorcees)?
2. Are you honoring, God, her, her family, her friends, etc.?
3. Is she modest (1 Tim. 2:9)?
4. Will she follow your leadership?
5. Does she have noble character (Prov. 31)?
6. Can you provide for the lifestyle she expects (1 Tim. 5:8)?
7. Is she like the worst women in Proverbs (e.g. nag, loud, quarreling, unfaithful)?
8. Do you want your daughters to be like her and your sons to marry someone like her?


Christian Dating Questions for Women
1. Do you want to help him and join his course of life (Gen. 2:18; 1 Cor. 11:9)?
2. Is he tough enough to remain strong in tough times (2 Tim. 2:3)?
3. Will he take responsibility for you and your children (1 Cor. 11:3)?
4. Is he considerate and gentle with you (1 Peter 3:7)?
5. Will he be a good father (Ps. 127:3-5; Eph. 6:4)?
6. Is he a one woman man (1 Tim. 3:2)?
7. How valuable are you to him?
8. Do you want your sons to be like him and your daughters to marry someone like him?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Check this out and let me know if you see anything :-) http://www.bring2help2.com/opl/operationpromisedland/id/index.php?ref=chadreyes
Christians know that they should not go and watch Corpus Christi, but what about TV in general that grieves the Holy Spirit?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Are you putting your belly before God's Word? Would you go "X" amount of time without eating? How about "X" amount of time without reading God's Word?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Pray to Jesus...

DADDY'S EMPTY CHAIR
A man's daughter had asked the local minister to come and pray with her father. When the minister arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows. An empty chair sat beside his bed. The minister assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit. 'I guess you were expecting me, he said. 'No, who are you?' said the father. The minister told him his name and then remarked, 'I saw the empty chair and I figured you knew I was going to show up.' 'Oh yeah, the chair,' said the bedridden man. 'Would you mind closing the door?' Puzzled, the minister shut the door. 'I have never told anyone this, not even my daughter,' said the man. 'But all of my life I have never known how to pray. I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer, but it went right over my head.I should have searched through the bible more for answers, but that time is gone now. I abandoned any attempt at prayer,' the old man continued, ' until one day four years ago; my best friend said to me, 'Johnny, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus. Here is what I suggest. 'Sit down in a chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see Jesus on the chair. It's not spooky because he promised, 'I will be with you always' (Matthew 28:20). 'Then just speak to him in the same way you're doing with me right now.' 'So, I tried it and I've liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day. I'm careful though. If my daughter saw me talking to an empty chair, she'd either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm.' The minister was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old man to continue on the journey. Then he prayed with him, anointed him with oil, and returned to the church. Two nights later the daughter called to tell the minister that her daddy had died that afternoon. Did he die in peace?' he asked. Yes, when I left the house about two o'clock, he called me over to his bedside, told me he loved me and kissed me on the cheek. When I got back from the store an hour later, I found him. But there was something strange about his death. Apparently, just before Daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on the chair beside the bed. What do you make of that?' The minister wiped a tear from his eye and said, 'I wish we could all go like that.'