A Women and A Fork October 4, 2013Posted by Streim in Living in the Real World, Time for Sharing.
Tags: Christianity, family, friends, funerals, Gospel, Heaven, Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, Joy, pastors and church leaders, Praise, story, terminal illness, worship
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A Woman and A Fork
There was a young woman in her late twenties who suffered from a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things “in order,” she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her home to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what Scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.
Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered
something! “There’s one more thing,” she said excitedly. “What’s that?” the Pastor asked. “This is very important,” the young woman continued. “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.” The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say. “That surprises you Pastor, doesn’t it?” she said. “Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,” responded the Pastor.
The young woman explained. “My grandmother once told me a story, and from that time on I have always
tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement.
“In all my years of attending family get-togethers, church socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming … like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!”
So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder, “What’s with the fork?” Then I want you to tell them: “Keep your fork. The best is yet to come.”
The Pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged her good-bye, knowing this may be the last time he
saw her before her death. But he knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.
At the funeral people were walking by the young woman’s casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing
and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, “What’s with the fork?”
And over and over he smiled. During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either. He was right.
In John 14: 1-8 Jesus said “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to
come. Have a beautiful weekend of filled worship, praise and thanksgiving to our God. Our Father, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit! ♥ Streim (** I am not the original writer of this story, however I did some editing**)
the TRUTH be known: introduction August 31, 2013Posted by Streim in Bible Study, Everyday News, Living in the Real World, One True Gospel.
Tags: Bible, Christian living, Christianity, deceivers, Encouragement, Exhortation, false gospels, false teachers, family, Finding The Savior, forgiveness, friends, Gospel, Joy, Living in the Real World, pastors and church leaders, post-modern, Salvation, Study
4 comments A reader of my most recent blog post “What Do Cheerios and 21st Century Christianity Have In Common?” left this comment: Phillip Brande wrote “This post had a great start, could you unpack some of the things you mentioned in the first paragraph? What are the different flavors of the gospel? In your words… based on the scriptures you have given.”
First I want to thank Phillip for this comment/question. I must answer his question for the clarity of my readers. But more importantly, I know millions of Christians in today’s world are following leaders/pastors/teachers/authors who believe post-modern Christianity needs new flavors/varieties of the Gospel to bring the world (people) to God! Nothing could be farther from the Truth. The Christian who follows the ‘newly flavored gospel’ may think, feel and even believe they’re walking towards the straight and narrow gate with the Lord Jesus Christ. According to Scripture–the Word of God to man, they are trudging along the broad path which leads to destruction. ( Matthew 7:13-14)
I rarely study the words of men, but I have done some (minimal) reading of early church reformers ( Spurgeon, etc). I with all boldness proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ because of the new life He’s so mercifully given to me. The joy of growing in the truth and sharing His love is vital to me. If you read my “about” pages, you’ll see I was a horribly, sinful, self-willed and arrogant woman. What a wondrous day it was when I, like the prodigal son, sorrowfully repented of my sins and ran into my Father’s loving arms. It was only by repentance of my disgrace and acceptance of His GRACE that I am ‘alwayzHIS’
God’s Word precisely directs man to Himself through sound doctrines. These doctrines are being compromised in many ministries today throughout the world. One small compromise= complete deadly doctrine. That’s why Jude wrote
For clarification, each of the doctrinal points listed will be a post in itself. First, the sound doctrine according to God’s Word. Then, I will prove (and you can see for yourself) false doctrines today that come from negating or minimizing the pure truth. We must always remember our LORD God, Creator of all, is perfectly holy. His Word (the Holy Bible) is infallible in its original writings. BEING PERFECT AS HE IS…if a person/group/authority figure should change one word to manipulate the Gospel message into anything other than what it is… they are deceivers and liars. My heart aches; weeps for people in this world who are unwittingly deceived by false teachers.
Jude 1:3-4 “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”
As the LORD God’s adopted, blood bought reborn children we need to stand up for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and speak the Truth in love.
Outline of Doctrines in This Study
1. Sinfulness of man (total depravity of man)
2. What does sin to our relationship with God? (separation)
3. What are the results of sin? (wages of sin–eternal death)
4. What and why did God Himself do to make a way for us to commune with Him? We are never good enough! Grace-Gift of His Only Son
4a. Gift of God– Jesus Christ– Deity (God incarnate)
4b. Perfect blood sacrifice needed for atonement ( pay the debt for sin)
4c. Jesus death, burial and resurrection: He was the atoning sacrifice and defeated death!
5. The Need for Repentance!!!
6. A New Creation— a new heart after being filled with the Holy Spirit (born-again)
7. Living according to the Word; following the commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ and bearing fruit.
8. Watching and waiting for the Lord Jesus to return
If we need to look at other doctrines we will. Please be patient with me as I prayerfully seek the will of God in preparing these posts and also the physical ability to do so. Thank you!
It’s not about me~it’s about HIM and making the Truth known. ♥Streim
Chronic Pain and Other Blessings August 8, 2013Posted by Streim in Comforting Others, Living in the Real World, Security in Jesus, The Grace of God, Trusting God.
Tags: Bible, children, Christian living, chronic pain, Encouragement, Faith, family, God, grandchildren, Jesus Christ, Joy, persecution, Study, The Truth
2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 ” And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Was Paul out of his mind when he used the words “most gladly” and “take pleasure” in describing his list of very unpleasant situations like infirmities, reproaches, needs, persecutions, distresses? Absolutely NOT! Rather he was giving us a wonderful lesson on what true reliance on the Lord means. You might say, “well Paul could say that, but I am different”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Today, we as God’s blood bought adopted children NEED to realize that if we suffer these things “for Christ’s sake”, He strengthens and the grace of God will show itself to be stronger than any and all the pains (physical, psychological), sadness, losses, persecutions and distressful times we may experience.
How can I say that? For three simple reasons: 1) God’s Word says it 2) I believe God’s Word 3) My personal experience with my Father and Lord Jesus
2 Timothy 3: 12-14; “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived . But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;” (KJV)
“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it” (ESV)
There are so many places in Scripture we see people of God suffer joyfully. I honestly can’t say that I jump up and down with joy when I get out of bed everyday… because I know (and feel) the excruciating, chronic pain is still with me; plus what other body part is going out today. But I can say— I stop for a moment, give all of my day to Him and grab my walker and go. I could go on about other issues besides my health, but I won’t because it’s ALL in HIS ALMIGHTY hands… for whatever good HE sees fit— not what I like or want. In many of today’s churches, there are far too many that believe once they’ve asked Christ to be their Savior… all their troubles will be over. Well, I’m here to tell you that if you are hearing that from your pulpit; you better get a copy of the Word and read for yourself. (I guess I should have titled this “No Rose Garden Here Part 2.)
I would like to share a little story. My 8-year-old granddaughter said it simply! On the way to daycare a few days ago, my granddaughter said “Ya know mommy I have 2 daddies!” To that my daughter just paused and said “I know” (thinking of her bio dad and step-dad). My granddaughter asked “You want to know who they are mommy?” “Okay, sure… ” my daughter replied. My granddaughter said ” Well my number 1 Daddy is God!”
She knows Jesus as Savior and God as her Daddy. We all know a daddy takes care of us, protects us and more. May all of us have that faith Jesus spoke of when He said “… Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
May you grow everyday in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and have an intimate relationship with the Father through prayer and His Word. ♥ Streim