One great requirement and quality for leadership is to not be discouraged. Four times in Joshua 1 God tells Joshua, "be strong and of good courage." Leader, you too must be of good courage. These two poems can be a great blessing to you. By the way, A. M. Overton was a printer and printed 10,000 of my first of 29 tracts I have written. sumner
He Maketh No Mistake
by A.M. Overton
My Father's way may twist and turn,
My heart may throb and ache,
But in my soul I'm glad I know
He maketh no mistake.
My cherished plans may go astray,
My hopes may fade away,
But still I'll trust my Lord to lead
For He doth know the way.
Tho' night be dark and it may seem
that day will never break;
I'll pin my faith, my all in Him,
He maketh no mistake.
There's so much now I cannot see,
My eyesight's far too dim;
But come what may, I'll simply trust
And leave it all to Him.
For by and by the mist will lift
And plain it all He'll make,
Through all the way, tho' dark to me,
He made not one mistake.
By A.M. Overton
Too Blessed to Be Stressed
Too Anointed to Be Disappointed!
I refuse to be discouraged, to be sad or to cry.
I refuse to be downhearted and here's the reason why:
I have a God who is almighty: who is sovereign and supreme;
I have a God who loves me, and I am on his team.
He is all wise and powerful; Jesus is his name;
Though everything is changeable, my God remains the same.
I refuse to be defeated.
My eyes are on God.
He has promised to be with me, as through this life I trod.
I am looking past my circumstances, to heavens throne above.
My prayers have reached the heart of God.
I am resting in his love.
I give thanks to him in everything.
My eyes are on his face.
The battle is His; the victory is mine;
He will help me win the race.
I repeat, "I'm too blessed to be stressed!"
"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)
A Man Who Has God's Favor
"...Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you." Zechariah 8:23
Few men of God have become extraordinary people of faith without the influence of mentors. A mentor is one who takes responsibility for the spiritual and, sometimes, physical care of another. It requires a commitment from the teacher and the student.
Elijah mentored Elisha. Elisha became one of the greatest prophets in all the Bible. One of the primary reasons for this was Elisha's hunger. Elisha wanted a double portion of Elijah's spirit. It was this hunger that drove Elisha to be sold out to God's purposes for his life. Many of us have been privileged to have had many mentors throughout our spiritual life. In each stage of maturity, God brings new mentors who have unique gifts that the previous mentor did not have. God gives us the hunger to desire a double portion of those positive attributes of our mentors. This desire is sorely missing among many today. They fail to see the hunger among many who could be used greatly in the Kingdom. Instead, they get distracted by the cares of this world. It is an attitude of a la carte versus an attitude of pressing in to the full measure of what God might have for them.
Who are the people of God He has placed in your life? Are you learning from them? Are you seeking a double portion of their anointing? What prevents you from gaining from their wisdom and experience? God may have brought them into your life to prepare you to be a man or woman of God with great anointing. However, there is a time of training and waiting to prove out your own faith. Ask God today if there is someone He would have you mentor or be mentored by.
- O.S. Hilsman
Thank you Sumner Wemp for unknowingly mentoring me. (This shocked me for I knew nothing about
it! - Sumner)
This will give you cold chills, but puts life into perspective!
At a fund-raising dinner for a school that serves learning-disabled children, the father of one of the school's students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended.
After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question.
"Everything God does is done with perfection. Yet, my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is God's plan reflected in my son?"
The audience was stilled by the query. The father continued. "I believe," the father answered, "that when God brings a child like Shay into the world, an opportunity to realize the Divine Plan presents itself. And it comes in the way people treat that child."
Then, he told the following story: Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, "Do you think they will let me play?" Shay's father knew that most boys would not want him on their team. But the father understood that if his son were allowed to play it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging.
Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance from his teammates. Getting none, he took matters into his own hands and said, "We are losing by six runs, and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him up to bat in the ninth inning." In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.
At the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the outfield. Although no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base. Shay was scheduled to be the next at-bat. Would the team actually let Shay bat at this juncture and give away their chance to win the game?
Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball. However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher moved a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least be able to make contact. The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.
The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly toward Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball to the pitcher. The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could easily have thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have ended the game.
Instead, the pitcher took the ball and threw it on a high arc to right field, far beyond reach of the first baseman. Everyone started yelling, "Shay, run to first. Run to first." Never in his life had Shay ever made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled. Everyone yelled "Run to second, run to second!" By the time Shay was rounding first base, the right fielder had the ball. He could have thrown the ball to the second baseman for a tag. But the right fielder understood what the pitcher's intentions had been, so he threw the ball high and far over the third baseman's head. Shay ran towards second base as the runners ahead of him deliriously circled the bases towards home.
As Shay reached second base, the opposing shortstop ran to him, turned him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to third!" As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams were screaming, "Shay! Run home!" Shay ran home, stepped on home plate and was cheered as the hero, for hitting a "grand slam" and winning the game for his team.
"That day," said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, "the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of the Divine Plan into this world."
The truth is everyone needs someone to believe in them, to give them a chance, to urge them on, to make their day, Make someone King or Queen for a day this week.
Invest Yourself in Someone's Life
His name was Fleming and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.
The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dresses nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the Father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved. I want to repay you, "said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life." No, I can't accept payment for what I did, the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.
Is that your son?" the nobleman asked. "Yes," the farmer replied proudly.
I'll make you a deal. Let me take him and give him a good education. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll grow to a man you can be proud of.
And that he did. In time, Farmer Fleming's son graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin.
Years afterward, the nobleman's son was stricken with pneumonia. What saved him? Penicillin. The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill.
His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill.
"Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap. And as we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith" Galatians 6:7,10.
Jake Lyons, now in heaven, first encouraged me the night I got saved. Then he and his wife prayed for me everyday for 40 years until he died. What I am doing through these emails is only reaping what he sowed in my life. Oh, how I loved him and Dolly. Encourage and pray for some young preacher boy every day and in heaven you will \shout all over the place at what God does through you and him.
How to Stay Young
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her. Age is only a number and let yours be unlisted.
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise but a companion of fools shall be destroyed" Proverbs 13:20.
3. Keep learning. Read the Bible often and over and over. Joshua 1:8. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." The devil's name is Alzheimer's Disease.
4. Enjoy the simple things. When the children are young, that is all that you can afford. When they are in college, that is all that you can afford. When you are on retirement, that is all that you can afford! "Children are the heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is his reward" Psalm 127:3.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the store by your distinctive laughter. "A merry heart doeth good like medicine" Proverbs 17:22
6. The tears happen. "There is a time to weep" Ecclesiastes 3:4. "Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning" Psalm 30:5. Endure, grieve, and move on. Don't have a pity party! Be alive while you are alive, don't put out a mailbox on the highway of death and just wait in residence for your mail.
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health. "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus, concerning you" 1
Thessalonians 5:18. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips. "Judge yourself" 1 Corinthians 11:31 and "confess your sins" 1 John 1:9 and you wont be chastened. "Overcome evil with good" Romans 12:21. Go to the mall, the next county, a foreign country, but not to guilt country.
10. At every opportunity, tell people, "see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently" 1 Peter 1:22 and God "Lovest thou me?" John 21:15 that you love them.
(Author Unknown) Scriptures added by C. Sumner Wemp
The Littlest Firefighter
In Phoenix, Arizona, a 26-year-old mother stared down at her son who was dying of terminal leukemia. Although her heart was filled with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination. Like any parent she wanted her son to grow up and fulfill all his dreams. Now that was no longer possible. The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son's dreams to come true. She took her son's hand and asked, "Billy,
did you ever think about what you wanted to be once you grew up? Did you ever dream and wish what you would do with your life?"
"Mommy, I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up." Mom smiled back and said, "Let's see if we can make your wish come true." Later that day she went to her local fire department in Phoenix, Arizona, where she met Fireman Bob, who had a heart as big as Phoenix.
She explained her son's final wish and asked if it might be possible to give her six-year-old son a ride around the block on a fire engine.
Fireman Bob said, "Look, we can do better than that. If you'll have your son ready at seven o'clock Wednesday morning, we'll make him an honorary fireman for the whole day. He can come down to the fire station, eat with us, go out all the fire calls, the whole nine yards! "And if you'll give us his sizes, we'll get a real fire uniform for him, with a real fire hat-not a toy one-with the emblem of the Phoenix Fire Department on it, a yellow slicker like we wear and rubber boots. They're all manufactured right here in Phoenix, so we can get them fast."
Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy, dressed him in his fire uniform and escorted him from his hospital bed to the waiting hook and ladder truck. Billy got to sit on the back of the truck and help steer it back to the fire station. He was in heaven.
There were three fire calls in Phoenix that day and Billy got to go out on all three calls. He rode in the different fire engines, the paramedic's van, and even the fire chief's car. He was also videotaped for the local news program. Having his dream come true, with all the love and attention that was lavished upon him, so deeply touched Billy that he lived three months longer than any doctor thought possible.
One night all of his vital signs began to drop dramatically and the head nurse, who believed in the hospice concept that no one should die alone, began to call the family members to the hospital. Then she remembered the day Billy had spent as a fireman, so she called the Fire Chief and asked if it would be possible to send a fireman in uniform to the hospital to be with Billy as he made his transition. The chief replied, "We can do better than that. We'll be there in five minutes. Will you please do me a favor? When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights flashing, will you announce over the PA system that there is not a fire? It's just the fire department coming to see one of its finest members one more time. And will you open the window to his room?"
About five minutes later a hook and ladder truck arrived at the hospital and extended its ladder up to Billy's third floor open window. 16 firefighters climbed up the ladder into Billy's room. With his mother's permission, they hugged him and held him and told him how much they loved him.
With his dying breath, Billy looked up at the fire chief and said, Chief, am I really a fireman now?" Billy, you are, and the Head Chief, Jesus, is holding your hand," the chief said. With those words, Billy smiled and said, "I know, He's been holding my hand all day, and the angels have been singing." He closed his eyes one last time.
Words of Wisdom for Weddings
1. Daylight Savings
Location aside, wedding consultants all agree: Reception halls charge the highest fees for 7 p.m. on Saturday night. Any other time is guaranteed to be a bargain. "I always encourage brides to consider Sunday brunch," says Mimi Doke, owner of The Wedding Specialist in Arizona. "Or, if late-night drinking is important, then go for Friday evening."
2. Bond With Other Brides
Doke also suggests her clients network with other brides to divvy up the decorating costs at catering halls. "Talk to the bride who is getting married immediately before or after to see if you have similar ideas for decorations," she says. "If so, you might be able to split the cost." Experts say reception halls usually recycle the decorations, but charge every bride for them anyway.
3. Cut the Cake
Another unnecessary reception budget-breaker: overloading on sweets. "People really overspend on desserts," says Marcia French of Stardust Celebrations in Dallas. "They'll get a three-tiered bridal cake, plus a chocolate one for the groom, and have a full tray of desserts at the reception." She points out that after a long evening of eating, drinking and dancing, many guests will forego dessert altogether. For smaller weddings, she recommends using a faux bottom for the lower two tiers of the bridal cake: "It will look good for the pictures, and that's really what matters," she says.
4. Greens Are Good
And how many of the guests know what kind of flowers are in season at any given time of year? "Stay with what's in season, use more greens and fewer blooms," advises Carol Koch Waldmann, a wedding consultant in Natick, Mass. "No one will ever notice." Roses are always available, but brides should steer clear of floral-intensive holidays such as Mother's Day, when high demand will drive up costs. Another flower tip from Regina Tate of Regina's in Nederland, Texas: Don't feel the need to adorn the church with fresh flowers for the ceremony. "People expect churches to be less ornate, and they'll spend a lot more time at the reception," she says.
5. Dress Down the Gown
Assuming that no one at the wedding will be checking out the tags on your bridal gown, the dress can be another good place to economize. Tate says that cheaper fabrics are almost always available for every dress design, and that using a lower-end satin can cut the cost by almost two-thirds. Sample sales and outlet stores are other good bets, and remember, the gown doesn't need to fit like a glove right away: having a too-large dress fitted will still be cheaper than buying one that's custom-made. For those who favor less complicated designs, consider using this trick from Erin Smith, a bride-to-be in Boston. "I went to a bridal shop and picked out one of their bridesmaid dresses, ordered it in white, and voila - simple wedding dress," she says.
6. Do Yourself a Favor
According to Markel, the average number of wedding guests is 149, which means that overspending on seemingly inexpensive items such as invites and party favors can add up to a big hit on your checkbook. "If you use candy kisses in the favor instead of truffles, you'll save about $3 per bag," French says. Other experts recommend letting place cards double as favors, or incorporating the favors into a creative table centerpiece of chocolates or candles. One bride French knows used assortments of giant, colorful seashells for her centerpieces; guests loved it. Ann Rinke put a small bowl filled with smooth rocks and a live goldfish on each table when she got married last November. The guests were given plastic bags to take the fish home.
7. Save a Tree
Waldmann, who estimates that most brides end up overshooting their initial budget by about 15%, encourages her clients to think twice before spending hundreds of dollars on a seven-piece hand-engraved invite. The invitation liner is completely unnecessary, she says, as are separate enclosure cards. Keeping it to a single sheet, she notes, saves on the costs of both paper and postage.
8. To Consult, or Not to Consult
Of course, talk to wedding consultants, and you'll hear that the No. 1 must-do savings tip is...hire a wedding consultant. In theory, the consultant will do all the legwork for you, shop around for the best bargains, and use their network of vendors to get insider deals. But with some of these pros charging up to 15% of the total wedding budget, we'll leave you to determine if that's a cost-cutting move you want to make.
A Room For Two
One stormy night many years ago, an elderly man and his wife entered the lobby of a small hotel in Philadelphia. Trying to get out of the rain, the couple approached the front desk hoping to get some shelter for the night.
"Could you possibly give us a room here?" the husband asked.
The clerk, a friendly man with a winning smile, looked at the couple and explained that there were three conventions in town. "All of our rooms are taken," the clerk said. "But I can't send a nice couple like you out into the rain at one o'clock in the morning. Would you perhaps be willing to sleep in my room? It's not exactly a suite, but it will be good enough to make you folks comfortable for the night."
When the couple declined, the young man pressed on. "Don't worry about me, I'll make out just fine," the clerk told them.
So the couple agreed.
As he paid his bill the next morning, the elderly man said to the clerk, "You are the kind of manager who should be the boss of the best hotel in the United States. Maybe someday I'll build one for you."
The clerk looked at them and smiled. The three of them had a good laugh. As they drove away, the elderly couple agreed that the helpful clerk was indeed exceptional, as finding people who are both friendly and helpful isn't easy.
Two years passed. The clerk had almost forgotten the incident when he received a letter from the old man. It recalled that stormy night and enclosed a round-trip ticket to New York, asking the young man to pay them a visit.
The old man met him in New York, and led him to the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. He then pointed to a great new building there, a pale reddish stone, with turrets and watchtowers thrusting up to the sky.
"That," said the older man, "is the hotel I have just built for you to manage."
"You must be joking," the young man said.
"I can assure you I am not," said the older man, a sly smile playing around his mouth.
The older man's name was William Waldorf-Aster, and that magnificent structure was the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The young clerk who became its first manager was George C.
Boldt. This young clerk never foresaw the turn of events that would lead him to become the manager of one of the world's most glamorous hotels.
Ten Commandments of Human Relations
1. Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.....Psalm 19:14 - "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer."
2. Smile at people. It takes seventy-two muscles to frown, only fourteen to smile.....Proverbs13:9 - "The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out."
3. Call people by name. Music to anyone's ears is the sound of his/her own name.....Romans12:10 - "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves."
4. Be friendly and helpful.....John 13:35 - "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
5. Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure, and if it isn't, learn to make it so.....Philippians 2:3 - "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves."
6. Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost everybody if you try.....Proverbs 20:6 - "Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?"
7. Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.....Romans 12:7-8 - "If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully."
8. Be considerate with the feelings of others. There are usually three side to a controversy: yours, the other fellow's, and the right one.....1 Peter 2:17 - "Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king."
9. Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what we do for others.....2 Corinthians 4:5 -"For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as servants for Jesus' sake."
10. Add to this a good sense of humor, a big dose of patience, and a dash of humility, and you will be rewarded manifold through life.....Galatians 5:22-23 - "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such
there is no law."
A daughter complained to her father about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.
Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In one he placed carrots, in the second he placed eggs, and the last he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil, without saying a word.
The daughter sucked her teeth and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. In about twenty minutes he and turned off the burners. He fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them a bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.
Turning to her he asked. "Darling, what do you see."
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.
He brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. She smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.
She humbly asked. "What does it mean Father?"
He explained that each of them had faced the same adversity, boiling water, but each reacted differently.
The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. But after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.
The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.
The ground coffee beans were unique however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
"Which are you," he asked his daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean? "
So my friend, how about you? Are you the carrot that seems hard, but with pain and adversity do you wilt and become soft and lose your strength?
Are you the egg, which starts off with a malleable heart? Were you a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a divorce, or a layoff have you become hardened and stiff. Your shell looks the same, but are you bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and heart?
Or, are you like the coffee bean? The bean changes the hot water, the thing that is bringing the pain, to its peak flavor reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water gets the hottest, it just tastes better.
If you are like the coffee bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and make things better around you .
When people talk about you, do your praises to the Lord increase? When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, does your worship elevate to another level?
How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?
Pray for Missionaries
ANOINTING - Ask for the anointing of the Holy Spirit so that the missionary will operate in the Spirit's Power.
BOLDNESS - Pray that the missionary will speak the Word of God with boldness.
COMFORT - Ask for comfort when the missionary is discouraged, brokenhearted or stressed out.
DIRECTION - Ask that the missionary will sends God's specific direction in ministry.
FAMILY - Ask God to send someone to encourage the missionary.
GLORY TO GOD - Pray that the missionary will live each day to glorify God.
HUMILITY - Ask that the missionary will do a sense of humility and reject pride.
INSIGHT - Ask that the missionary will see people and things from God's perspective.
JOY - Pray that the missionary will be full of the joy of the Lord in all situations.
KNOWLEDGE - Pray that the missionary will desire knowledge of God's Word and apply it consistently.
LOVE - Ask that the missionary will be a vessel through which God's love flows to others.
MOTIVATION - Pray that the missionary will labor from godly motives, not to please other people.
NEEDS - Pray that the missionary will realize that in Christ all needs will be met.
OPEN DOOR - Pray that the missionary will recognize opportunities to share the gospel.
PRAYER PARTNERS - Ask God to provide prayer partners who will intercede on a regular basis.
QUIET TIME - Pray that nothing will keep the missionary from having a quality quiet time each day.
REVIVAL - Ask God to work in the missionary's life so he or she will experience personal revival.
SERVANTHOOD - Pray that the missionary will do his or her work with a servant spirit.
THANKFUL HEART - Ask God to give the missionary a thankful heart, even in difficult situations.
UNSAVED - Pray that the unsaved will develop a hunger and thirst for Jesus Christ in their lives.
VICTORY - Pray that the missionary will know victory in spiritual warfare.
WEARINESS - Pray that the missionary will not get bogged down in having too much to do.
X-RAY VISION - Ask that the missionary will have X-ray vision of the heart and desire a cleansed life.
YIELDEDNESS - Pray that the missionary will be completely yielded to Christ and willing to die to self.
ZEAL - Pray that the missionary will have a renewed zeal to share the gospel.
Desire for Your Church to be Ready
for the Rapture
If all the sleepers would wake up,
And all the grumblers would cheer up,
And all the doubters would look up,
And all the Christians would pray up,
And all the non-tithers would pay up,
And all the gossipers would shut up,
And all the quarrelers would make up,
And all the slothful would catch up,
And all the cold ones would warm up,
And all the fallen would get up,
And all the hypocrites would clean up,
And all the members would show up,
Our church would be ready to go up.
The Lord is my Shepherd - THAT'S RELATIONSHIP!
I shall not want - THAT'S SUPPLY!
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures - THAT'S REST!
He leadeth me beside still waters - THAT'S REFRESHMENT!
He restoreth my soul - THAT'S HEALING!
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness - THAT'S GUIDANCE!
For His name sake - THAT'S PURPOSE!
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death - THAT'S TESTING!
I will fear no evil - THAT'S PROTECTION!
For thou art with me - THAT'S FAITHFULNESS!
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me - THAT'S DISCIPLINE!
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies - THAT'S HOPE!
Thou anointest my head with oil - THAT'S CONSECRATION!
My cup runneth over - THAT'S ABUNDANCE!
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life - THAT'S BLESSING!
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord - THAT'S SECURITY!
Forever - THAT'S ETERNITY!