Thursday, January 08, 2009

Where God Ain't

If I asked you to become a missionary, what would be your first thought? Exotic locations? Uprooting your family for several years? Investing years of your life in a remote corner of the Third World? Perhaps you'd just whisper "no way" to yourself and move on to the joke.

But not so fast, dear friends. An initiative called Global Media Outreach has created more than 70 websites to share the gospel with people all over our planet. And they need your help to respond to emails and answer questions. They say that in 2007 more than one million people indicated a decision for Christ ... and that there are still more than three billion people with Internet access, and for most of them the Gospel does not exist in their life.

So, yeah, make a difference. Reach the other side of the world for Jesus right from the comfort of your own chair at home.


He was just a little boy, on a brand new week's first day
He was wandering home from Sunday School, and dawdling on the way

He scuffed his shoes into the grass and found a caterpillar
He picked a fluffy milkweed pod, and blew out all the "filler"

A bird's nest in a great big tree, so wisely placed on high
Was just another wonder that caught his eager eye

A neighbor watched his zig-zag course, and hailed him from his lawn
He asked him where he'd been that day and what was going on

"I've been to Bible School" he spoke, and turned a piece of sod
He picked a wiggly worm and said, "I've learned a lot 'bout God"

The neighbor said, "A right fine way for a boy to spend his time"
"If you can tell me where God is, I'll give ya this brand new dime"

Quick as a flash his answer came, nor was his small voice faint
"I'll give YOU a *dollar*, Mister, if you can tell me where God ain't!"

[Pastor Tim's Illustrations; poetic edits by Mark Raymond]


WISDOM for YOUR WEEK: "Be imitators of God, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." (Ephesians 5:1-2)


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