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Released 29 October 2007

 

John 6:48-51 NIV  I am the bread of life. 49 Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. 50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."

 

I.          I'M STARVING TO DEATH -

People who waste their time and resources looking for things that don't satisfy

 

Two friends who hadn't seen each other in years met in a supermarket. One woman asked, "Tell me, Ruth, how is your son, George?" "He's getting along fine," Ruth replied. "He's a poet. He just received his master's degree in Literature from the university."

 

"And what about Mary?" "She's just as smart as George," Ruth replied. "She graduated from college with a degree in Modern Art."

 

"Wonderful! And how is little Freddy? What is he doing?" "Well," Ruth said, "Freddy is still Freddy. He wouldn't go to college-he became a plumber, instead. If it weren't for him, we'd all be starving."

 

Isa 55:1-3

"Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. 3 Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live.

 

Ezek 7:19-20 They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will be an unclean thing. Their silver and gold will not be able to save them in the day of the LORD's wrath. They will not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it, for it has made them stumble into sin.

 

Some time ago in Reader's Digest there was a short article about a group of sea gulls that was starving to death in St. Augustine. They were not starving because of a food shortage but because they had forgotten how to fish. For years they had depended on the shrimp fleet operating out of the harbor to toss them scraps from the nets. When the shrimp fleet moved to Key West, they began to starve. They had lost their natural ability to fish because they had not been using it.

This is a rule of nature. If you do not use what you have, it will be taken from you. This is the lesson in the parable of the talents. The servant who did not use the one talent had it taken from him.

 

Isa 46:6-7  Some pour out gold from their bags and weigh out silver on the scales; they hire a goldsmith to make it into a god, and they bow down and worship it.  7 They lift it to their shoulders and carry it; they set it up in its place, and there it stands. From that spot it cannot move. Though one cries out to it, it does not answer; it cannot save him from his troubles. NIV

 

Jer 31:14  I will satisfy the priests with abundance, and my people will be filled with my bounty,"  declares the LORD.

 

Ps 22:26 The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the LORD will praise him--may your hearts live forever! NIV

 

Luke 15:15-17 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 17 "When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!

 

Isa 44:20-22 He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say,

"Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?" 21 "Remember these things, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I have made you, you are my servant; O Israel, I will not forget you. 22 I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you." NIV

 

 

 

 

John 6:64, 66 NIV

64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe. " For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him." 66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

 

II.        I JUST COULDN'T GET OVER IT -

People who experience something so deep, so life changing that they just can't get over it.

 

Noah -A voice spoke to you and told you build a what...

Abraham - Your taking our son where? To do what?

Moses  - You say a burning bush spoke and so were moving...

Mary - You say an angel came to you and told you what?

Paul - You say you were blind and someone told you to do what?

William Booth -

God shall have all there is of William Booth/ Catherine, I have found my destiny

Billy Graham -

In 1934, Mordecai Ham preached in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a great awakening took place. A farmer was deeply concerned about the meetings, so he invited a group of his Christian friends to come spend a day in prayer at his farm. As they prayed, they felt compelled to ask God to raise up a man from their city to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth. Although they didn't see an immediate answer to their prayer, the great awakening had begun. The farmer's teenage son was converted during the crusade, and that boy has indeed carried the Gospel to the ends of the earth. His name is Billy Graham. Good thing that farmer took time to pray for revival!

 

"We are witnesses for Jesus in the home and in the mart

Where the cares of life and fashion crowd the Savior from the heart"

 

The world tells us -  "Oh, get over it!" but the world is filled with men and women who experienced Jesus and just couldn't get over it.

 

 

 

 

John 6:67-69 NIV

67 "You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve. 

68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."

 

John 6:68-69 KJV

68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

 

III.       WHATEVER YOU SAY -

People who look to Jesus and trust His word, no matter what

 

John 5:24       "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.

 

Acts 4:12        Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

 

Ps 73:25-26     Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

 

At first, I saw God as my Observer, my Judge--keeping track of things I did to know whether I merited heaven or hell. He was out there--sort of like a President. I recognized His picture but I did not know Him.

Later on, when I met Christ, life became a bike ride. It was a tandem bike, and Christ was in the back helping me pedal. When I had the control, I knew the way. It was rather boring, but predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points.

I do not know just when He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since. Christ makes life exciting. When He led, He knew delightful long cuts--up mountains and through rocky places--and at breakneck speeds. It was all I could do to hang on! Even though it looked like madness, He said "Pedal!" I worried and was anxious and asked, "Where are you taking me?" He laughed and did not answer, and I started to trust.

I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure. And when I would say, "I am scared," He would lean back and touch my hand. He took me to people who gave me gifts of healing, acceptance, joy and peace for our journey. He said, "Give the gifts away." So I did to people we met. And I found that in giving I received, and our burden was light.

I did not trust Him at first to control my life. I thought He would wreck it. But He knows how to make bikes bend to take sharp corners, jump to clear high rocks, fly to shorten scary passages.

I am learning to be quiet and pedal in the strangest places. I am beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face. And when I am sure I just cannot do any more--He just smiles and says, "Pedal!"

 

 

The quality of person's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor. -Vince Lombardi

 

It doesn't take such a great man to be a Christian; it just takes all there is of him. -Seth Wilson

Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.

-David (Psalm 37:5 NASB)

 

And since He bids me seek His face,

Believe His word and trust His grace,

I'll cast on Him my every care

And wait for thee sweet hour of prayer

 

A man stood to watch a ball game between two young teams. As he walked toward the bleachers, he asked one of the players, "What's the score?" The young fellow replied, "We're behind 18 to nothing." "Well," the man said, "I must say you don't look discouraged." "Discouraged," the player said with a puzzled look, "Why should we be discouraged? We haven't had our turn to bat yet."

  • The army of Israel faced a giant, but a young man named David thought, "I haven't had my turn," and he won!
  • The twelve disciples saw 5,000 hungry people and said, "Send the crowds away, so they can buy some food." But Jesus thought, "I haven't had my turn yet!"
  • The angry mob had Pilate seal the tomb where Jesus was buried, but God knew, "I haven't had my turn yet!"

The church is ready to "go to bat" and, like others who have placed their trust in God, we will win! Remember these words of Jesus; "I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it" (Matt. 16:18).

 

Barry Sanders, an exciting running back for the Detroit Lions, is also a deeply-committed Christian who has learned to trust God's perfect timing. He didn't start for his high-school team until midway through his senior season. When he made it to Oklahoma State, he didn't start until his junior year of college football. His football career with the Lions is encouragement enough to persevere, but his spiritual zeal in an arena that can be hostile to one's faith is a real encouragement to persevere for the cause of Christ. (In 1991, Sanders commented about a Bible on the desk of his head coach, Wayne Fontes. He said, "Coach, the bookmark in your Bible hasn't moved.")

 

* Sports Spectrum, Nov./Dec.1992,

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Mac and my daddy used to work together, making hay, harvesting grain, and cutting and hauling cross ties. They had a wagon load of Mr. Mac's cross ties, and were on the way to market with the load. They had stopped at the little stream to let the horses drink when Daddy noticed a decayed place in the end of one of Mr. Mac's ties.

"Mac," he said, "did you want to put this tie with the decayed place in your load? The inspector will deduct from the price you get for the load." Mr. Mac picked up a handful of mud and daubed it into the decayed place to cover it quite effectively. On they went to the market. The inspector looked the load over and rejected the whole load.

Do our lives stand inspection? Jesus said, "There is nothing covered that shall not be revealed: neither hid, that shall not be know


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