Protect Your Family

 
 
PUT YOUR CAR KEYS BESIDE YOUR BED AT NIGHT

Simple Safety PlanThanks 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 checkout 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.

Should We Love Our Enemies?

Matthew 5:43-48
43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

OUTLIVED MY ENEMIES
Read Matthew 5:43-48 By Michael Guido, The Sower

Matthew 5:43-48
43-Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44-But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45-That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46-For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47-And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48-Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

A reporter asked a man, “How old are you?”

“Ninety,” the man replied, “and I don’t have an enemy in the world.”

“Beautiful,” said the reporter. “What’s your secret?”

“I outlived them all,” he explained.

But it’s not a matter of outliving your enemies; it’s outloving them. The Bible says, “Love your enemies.”

No matter what a person may do to you, don’t allow yourself to desire anything but his highest good. Is he cruel to you? Be kind to him. Does he hate you? Love him.

This love isn’t something of the head but of the heart. When you become a Christian, the Lord fills your heart with His love.

Give in to the Lord, won’t you?

Prayer: Father, constrain us to love Thee and others as Thou dost love us – willingly and wholeheartedly: in Thy name. Amen.


Talmage: As I Knew Him

A brief look into the family life of T. DeWitt Talmage.  Just a glimpse. 

Dr. Talmage
Dr. Talmage

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

children.

 

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 — 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

never cease.

 

My mother died in her seventy-sixth year.

 

 

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Blustery Bickering

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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BLUSTERY BICKERING
By Michael Guido, Founder
The Sower
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.

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  MAKE ME GOOD, BUT NOT REAL GOOD
By Michael Guido, Founder
The Sower
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.

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DON’T PLAY WITH SIN
By Michael Guido, Founder
The Sower
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.

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