Have you discovered www.lifechurch.tv? Craig Groeschel started this church in 1996 and now ministers through some 13 campuses via satellite broadcasts. There are a number of congregations that have freely associated their church body with this unusual collection of churches. I watched on Fox television this week (April 23,2009) as this church presented Dave Ramsey to over 6000 congregations connected to Life Church.tv and Fox Business Network nationwide (worldwide). Remarkable undertaking and it all started in Edmond, Oklahoma. Another remarkable thing about this church is their generosity. The pastor freely gives their ministry resources to other congregations. He wants to be a blessing to your church. I urge you to visit www.lifechurch.tv and register. Then explore their site. You will discover hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of graphics, sermon material and resources without a dime of cost to you or your church.
PUT YOUR CAR KEYS BESIDE YOUR BED AT NIGHT
Thanks to my cousin, Max Sewell, for this important safety tip. This tip may save your life or the lives of your loved ones. A PERSONAL NOTE: Had I practiced this one It would have saved my car. It was stolen out of my garage (Keys were inside the car).
Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents your Dr’s office, the check–out girl at the market, everyone you run across.
Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.
This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this:
It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar rapist won’t stick around… After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there …… This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime..
P.S. I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can’t reach a phone. My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn’t hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she’ll know there’s a problem.
Please pass this on even IF you’ve read it before. It’s a reminder.
A brief look into the family life of T. DeWitt Talmage. Just a glimpse.
However, important stories of how his family learned about the saving power of Jesus Christ. Remarkable conversions.
THE FIRST MILESTONE
My father was a religious, hard-working, honest
man. Every day began and closed with family worship, led by my father, or, in case of his absence, by Mother. That which was evidently uppermost in the minds of my parents, and that which was the most pervading principle in their lives, was the Christian religion. The family Bible held a perfect fascination for me, not a page that was not discoloured either with time or tears.
My parents read out of it as long as I can remem-
ber. When my brother Van Nest died in a
foreign land, and the news came to our country
home, that night they read the eternal consolations
out of the old book. When my brother David died
that book comforted the old people in their
trouble. My father in mid-life, fifteen years an
invalid, out of that book read of the ravens that
fed Elijah all through the hard struggle for bread.
When my mother died that book illumined the
dark valley. In the years that followed of lone-
liness, it comforted my father with the thought of
reunion, which took place afterward in Heaven.
To the wonderful conversion of my grandfather
and grandmother, in those grand old days of our
declaration of independence, I trace the whole
purpose, trend, and energies of my life. I have
told the story of the conversion of my grandfather
and grandmother before. I repeat it here, for my
My grandfather and grandmother went from
Somerville to Baskenridge to attend revival
meetings under the ministry of Dr. Finney. They
were so impressed with the meetings that when
they came back to Somerville they were seized
upon by a great desire for the salvation of their
children. That evening the children were going
off for a gay party, and my grandmother said to
the children, ” When you get all ready for the
entertainment, come into my room ; I have some-
thing very important to tell you.” After they
were all ready they came into my grandmother’s
room, and she said to them, “Go and have a good
time, but while you are gone I want you to know
I am praying for you and will do nothing but pray
for you until you get back.” They did not enjoy
the entertainment much because they thought all
the time of the fact that Mother was praying for
them. The evening passed. The next day my
grandparents heard sobbing and crying in the
daughter’s room, and they went in and found
her praying for the salvation of God, and her
daughter Phoebe said, ” I wish you would
go to the barn and to the wagon-house
MY PARENTS’ CONVERSION
for Jehiel and David (the brothers) are under
powerful conviction of sin.” My grandparent
went to the barn, and Jehiel, who afterward
became a useful minister of the Gospel, was
imploring the mercy of Christ; and then,
having first knelt with him and commended his
soul to Christ, they went to the waggon-house,
and there was David crying for the salvation of
his soul. David, who afterward became my
father. David could not keep the story to himself,
and he crossed the fields to a farmhouse and told
one to whom he had been affianced the story of
his own salvation, and she yielded her heart to
God. The story of the converted household
went all through the neighbourhood. In a few
weeks two hundred souls stood up in the plain
meeting house at Somerville to profess faith in
Christ, among them David and Catherine, after-
ward my parents.
My mother, impressed with that, in after life,
when she had a large family of children gathered
around her, made a covenant with three neigh-
bours, three mothers. They would meet once a
week to pray for the salvation of their children
until all their children were converted â€” this inci-
dent was not known until after my mother’s death,
the covenant then being revealed by one of the
survivors. We used to say : ” Mother, where are
you going ? ” and she would say, ” I am just
going out a little while ; going over to the neigh-
bours.” They kept on in that covenant until all
their families were brought into the kingdom of
God, myself the last, and I trace that line of
results back to that evening when my grand-
mother commended our family to Christ, the tide
of influence going on until this hour, and it will
My mother died in her seventy-sixth year.
Have you wondered just how far churches can go with multimedia? Check out Northland Church in Orlando, FL. Marty Taylor is an accomplished and creative, multimedia director. If you were issuing advanced degrees for his talent and accomplishments his would most likely be a PHD to the 3rd power. The man gets it done! This video interview will confirm what I am saying and the visuals presented here will impress you beyond words.
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SIR ISAAC NEWTON (Scroll Down)
By Michael Guido, The Sower
Read Philippians 4:13
When Isaac Newton was born, the midwife said, “He’ll not live through the day.”
He was so frail, he had to wear a leather collar to support his head. And he did so poorly at school, he was at the bottom of his class.
But at nineteen he went to Cambridge, and became a Christian. Then he determined to glorify God and minister to man. He believed every discovery he made was given to him by God.
The boy who had been so frail lived to be 85, and who had been a dud in grade school became one of the world’s greatest scientists.
Frailty doesn’t mean failure and handicaps don’t have to hinder. With the Lord in your life and His strength in your soul, like Newton, you can go on to victory.
Prayer: Help us today, Father, and every day to live under Thy counsel and control. Grant that today we may improve ourselves, help others, and please Thee: through Christ. Amen
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By Michael Guido, Founder
Read John 3:7
Three monks, residing in a Trappist monastery, asked the Abbot for permission to speak.
“Very well,” he said. “The oldest will speak first, a year later the next, another year the youngest will speak.”
After breakfast, the oldest said, “I hate oatmeal.”
A year later the second said, “I love oatmeal.”
Another year passed, and the youngest said, “I’m tired of this bickering!”
There’s been a lot of bickering over how to make a new man. “Cultivate,” says one. “Educate,” says another. “Legislate,” says still another.
But the Bible says, “Regenerate!” Our Lord said, “Ye must be born again.”
Prayer: God of all grace, we come to Thee now for Thy saving and sustaining grace. Give us the sureness of salvation and success in becoming a soul winner. Inspire us to glow with Thy grace and go with Thy gospel: through Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.
MAKE ME GOOD, BUT NOT REAL GOOD
By Michael Guido, Founder
Read 1 John 2:1-6
One night a mother was shocked to hear her boy pray, “O God, make me good, but not real good; just good enough to keep from being spanked.”
There are some church members who want to become Christians, but not Christlike. They want to go to heaven, but they don’t want to do anything to bring others with them.
But if you’re going to become a Christian, be Christlike. If you’re going to give Christ anything, give Him everything. If you’re going to worship Him, work for Him.
If it’s false, Christianity is of no importance. If it’s true, it’s of infinite importance. It can’t be of moderate importance.
What is it for you?
Prayer: Dear Lord, I have so much to thank Thee for. I thank Thee for making me a Christian, now make me Christlike. I thank Thee for preparing for me a place in heaven. Help me bring others with me: through Christ. Amen.
DON’T PLAY WITH SIN
By Michael Guido, Founder
Read James 1:15
In Dallas, according to the Associated Press, a pet 8-foot-long python slithered into the crib of a sleeping baby, and crushed the girl to death.
Seven-month-old Toni Lynn never uttered a cry. Because, “as the victim tries to breathe, the snake squeezes tighter around the body.”
Alerted by his wife, Robert rushed into his daughter’s room, shot the snake, and then severed it with a kitchen knife.
What a picture of sin.
Don’t play with it, for it won’t play with you. It deceives, then defiles, and then deadens.
The Bible says, “Sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we now turn from our sins to Thee. Be pleased to strengthen us in every duty and to safeguard us in every danger. Keep us evermore in the peace and power of a holy and happy life, that we may love Thee with all our hearts. Amen.