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EVEN THE SMALLEST OF FAITH!

STORIES OF FAITH!

I Don’t Believe God Exists

It started simply enough. “I don’t believe God exists” Mike the barber said in a matter of fact way. Bill went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation, telling stories as usual. They talked about politics and the elections, the state of the economy, their families and kids.

“That’s Right, God Doesn’t Exist.”

When they eventually touched on the subject of God, Mike said: ‘I don’t believe that God exists.’

“Why do you say that?” asked Bill.

barbershop haircut

“Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn’t exist. Tell me Bill, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can’t imagine a loving God who would allow all of these things.”

Bill thought for a moment, but didn’t respond because he didn’t want to start an argument. Mike finished his barbering job and Bill left the shop. Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and unkempt.

dirty beard long unkempt hair

Bill  turned back and entered the barbershop again and he said to Mike, the barber:

“You know what? Barbers do not exist.”

“How can you say that?’ asked the surprised barber. “I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!”

“No!”  Bill exclaimed.

“‘Barbers don’t exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside.”

“Ah, but barbers DO exist! That’s what happens when people do not come to me.”

“Exactly!’ Bill affirmed.

“That’s the point! God, too, DOES exist!  And that’s what happens when people do not come to God too.”

MORNING DEVOVITIONAL!

Morning and Evening Daily Devotional by C.H. Spurgeon
August, 25 (Morning) Devotion
“His fruit was sweet to my taste.”

Song of Solomon 2:3

Faith, in the Scripture, is spoken of under the emblem of all the senses. It is sight: “Look unto me and be ye saved.” It is hearing: “Hear, and your soul shall live.” Faith is smelling: “All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia”; “thy name is as ointment poured forth.” Faith is spiritual touch. By this faith the woman came behind and touched the hem of Christ’s garment, and by this we handle the things of the good word of life. Faith is equally the spirit’s taste. “How sweet are thy words to my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my lips.” “Except a man eat my flesh,” saith Christ, “and drink my blood, there is no life in him.”

This “taste” is faith in one of its highest operations. One of the first performances of faith is hearing. We hear the voice of God, not with the outward ear alone, but with the inward ear; we hear it as God’s Word, and we believe it to be so; that is the “hearing” of faith. Then our mind looketh upon the truth as it is presented to us; that is to say, we understand it, we perceive its meaning; that is the “seeing” of faith. Next we discover its preciousness; we begin to admire it, and find how fragrant it is; that is faith in its “smell.” Then we appropriate the mercies which are prepared for us in Christ; that is faith in its “touch.” Hence follow the enjoyments, peace, delight, communion; which are faith in its “taste.” Any one of these acts of faith is saving. To hear Christ’s voice as the sure voice of God in the soul will save us; but that which gives true enjoyment is the aspect of faith wherein Christ, by holy taste, is received into us, and made, by inward and spiritual apprehension of his sweetness and preciousness, to be the food of our souls. It is then we sit “under his shadow with great delight,” and find his fruit sweet to our taste.

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THE LORD WILL PROVIDE!

FINAL THOUGHTS!

THE STILL SMALL VOICE INSIDE

Have you ever had a song flash through your mind, a song that you hadn’t heard for a long time? Then out of the blue while listening to the radio, the very next song played is THAT song. Or you think about a friend you haven’t heard from for several months and that very day guess who calls and wants to go out for lunch. Many would call that a coincidence. But, is it? Or is it something else?

Through out our lives there has been instances where a fleeting thought has passed through our minds. Did you follow it or did you just let it pass by with no action taken? Then something happens that made you wish you had followed through on the thought.

One of my most precious memories I have, is in 1983 when we went to vist my grandparents. On that Sunday evening Nancy and I and our then 10-month son David, spent a very pleasant evening with two very special people who have had a very big impact on my life.

A few days later, my grandmother was killed and my grandfather was injured in a horrible car accident. I thank God that I have the memory of that Sunday night, where there was laughter and love all around. Coincidence, or a soft whisper.

There has been to many circumstances in my life for me to believe that it is anything other than the soft voice of a Father who loves me and wants to protects me. A Father who does not “force” anything onto me, but speaks to me in a voice that allows ME to choose the path I want.

But, those choices do have consequences, if we had decided not to go to my grandparents house that Sunday, my recent memory of my grandmother would have been on the accident. Instead, though that day will always be there, my most vivid memory will be of the loving smile on her face as she talked away with that child sitting between her and my grandfather.

What memories in your life do you have, whether good or bad? And, what choices did you have to make, for those memories?

Coincidence or small voice, like the choices you make, that tiny push you get is up to you to decide where it comes from.

Prayer of the Day!

Give me strength,
Lord, you are Holy above all others, and all of the strength that I need is in your hands.

I am not asking, Lord, that you take this trial away. Instead, I simply ask that Your will be done in my life. Whatever that means, that is what I want.

But I admit that it’s hard, Lord.

Sometimes I feel like I can’t go on. The pain and the fear are too much for me, and I know that I don’t have the strength on my own to get through this.

I know that I can come to you, Jesus, and that you will hear my prayer. I know that it is not your intent to bring me to this point just to leave me in the wilderness alone.

Please, Lord, give me the strength that I need to face today. don’t have to worry about tomorrow.

If you just give me the strength that I need today that is all I need.

Keep me from sinning during this trial. Instead, help me to keep my eyes on you. You are the Holy Lord, and all of my hope rests in you.

Thank you for hearing my prayer.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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