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A Water Bearer in India had two large pots; each hung on each end of a pole, which he carried across his neck.  One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master's house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.  

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master's house.  Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made.  But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.  

After two years of what perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the Water Bearer one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you."  "Why?" asked the bearer. " What are you ashamed of?"  "I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master's house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said.  

The Water Bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path."  Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some.  But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.  

The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you've watered them.  For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master's table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house."

Each of us has our own unique flaws; we're all cracked pots, but if we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father's table.   In God's economy, nothing goes to waste.  So as we seek ways to minister together, and as God calls you to the tasks He has appointed for you, don't be afraid of your flaws. Acknowledge them, and allow Him to take advantage of them, and you, too, can be the cause of beauty in His pathway.  Go out boldly, knowing that in OUR weakness we find HIS strength, and that "In Him every one of God's promises is a YES."  

-- Author Unknown
BillGlenney Mar 8 '16 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 2 · Tags: insprition story
Friend, I'm not interested in religion, but I'm deeply interested in the Gospel. I wouldn't walk across the street for religion, but I'm willing to go around the world for the sake of the Gospel. There is a great difference between the two.

- Religion is man-made; the Gospel is God-given.

- Religion is what man does for God; the Gospel is what God has done for man.

- Religion is man's search for God; the Gospel is God's search for man.

- Religion is man trying to climb the ladder of his own self-righteousness, with the hope of meeting God on the topmost rung; the Gospel is God coming down the ladder of the incarnation of Jesus Christ and meeting us as sinners at the lowest rung.

- Religion is good views; the Gospel is good news.

- Religion is good advise; the Gospel is a glorious announcement.

- Religion takes a man and leaves him as he is; the Gospel takes a man as he is and makes him what he ought to be.

- Religion ends in an outer reformation; the Gospel ends in an inner transformation.

- Religion whitewashes; the Gospel washes white.

- Religion often becomes a farce; the Gospel is always a force, the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes.

- There are many religions, but one Gospel.

~ Author Unknown

Bill's Notes
 And finally, I spell "Religion" = D O  as  in you are always doing something for religion and i spell "Christianity" = D O N E as in for that we do not have to do ANYTHING for our Salvation because Jesus said "It Is Done" on the cross.

BillGlenney Jun 2 '16 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 2
Three guys were tried for crimes against humanity.

Two guys committed crimes.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys were given government trials.
Two guys had fair trials.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys were whipped and beaten.
Two guys had it coming.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys were given crosses to carry.
Two guys earned their crosses.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys were mocked and spit at along the way.
Two guys cursed and spit back.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys were nailed to crosses.
Two guys deserved it.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys agonized over their abandonment.
Two guys had reason to be abandoned.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys talked while hanging on their crosses.
Two guys argued.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys knew death was coming.
Two guys resisted.
One guy didn’t.

Three guys died on three crosses.

Three days later.
Two guys remained in their graves.
One guy didn’t.

~ Author Unknown


Bill here

Praise the Lord that one guy didn't  stay in the grave. He Is Risen!

BillGlenney Apr 9 '17 · Comments: 2

Autism has struck me in the face prior to my official diagnosis @ age 18. They were afraid to give the official diagnosis when I was a kid. I have always never been able enough or good enough for most things,too dumb( MY feelings,not others'.Others overestimated my potencial enough to be angry about my failures,which I knew I was too dumb to be successful,but I was happy with living with myself anyway)

Autism spectrum disorder I have got makes me limp thru life(figuratively speaking)but my limping in my mental conduct hurts less now.Isaiah 40:31 helped me a lot (check my profile for posts,I have a pic) I WOULD LOVE TO SHARE A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE !! I have bought this devotional some time ago. AS MY USERNAME REVEALS,I have autism.To be specific,it is of a squizo affective paranoid with ADHD ! I was on meds which did battle by lightening the symptoms. The meds side effects,however were so strong that I took half the dosis and yet were still making me drowsey and making one time of the day feel like another. I GAVE UP ON THE MEDS but I decided to grab on th the Word of God. Already I felt an oppression lift from me when I got a hold of this devotional,which was a common struggle among believers,autistic or not...BUT I GRABBED ON TO this passage of the book of Isaiah,of the bible and I AM BACK ON THE EXACT SAME EFFECTS THE MEDICATION DID,but WITHOUT THE SIDE EFFECTS ! One should grab on to Scripture's messages.You see,with your heart( meaning your free will mental conduct power potencial { ALSO suggest READ 2 Timothy 1:7 for reenforced indoctrination about this I am talking about,of the "heart ")SO WHENEVER you face temptation,find a Scripture that contradicts sin,just like JESUS did to resist the devil's temptation. ALSO when you may be discourage or hopeless,use a written promise. The devil said to JESUS, 'If you are really the Son of God command that these rocks into bread " SEEMS THAT devil first attacked His self esteem,TRYING TO FORCE hIM TO PROVE the devil ?? JEEPERS ! JESUS resisted with the Word saying "it is written " SOON I WANNA POST ABOUT THE SELF ESTEEM in relationship with biblical occurances,coming soon, if God wills and Holy Spirit's inspiration :) God bless you all
haveAutismbutJESUSmanMethodist Apr 24 '17 · Comments: 2 · Tags: testimony, wordofgod

Mattera Ministries International

As a full-time church minister since 1981, I have had the task of observing the lives of thousands of believers. Consequently, I have come to the conclusion that there are believers in the church who say they are Christians, while, at the same time, espousing value systems that are secular. However, these secular believers are slightly different from what we may identity as a “carnal Christian,” whose ways have to do with the overt sins of the flesh and emotions (read 1 Corinthians 3:1-4). Of these two types, the secular believer, as with “secular Christianity” (which, by the way, is contradictory and, therefore, a misnomer) is more subtle because they are sugar-coated with spirituality and outward peace but have foundations of secular values.

The following are ten signs you are a secular believer:

1. You make major decisions without first determining God’s will.

Many believers are functional atheists because they make major decisions, such as marriage, moving to another region, changing jobs, or changing churches, without hearing from God, getting input from spiritual leadership or searching the scriptures.

2. You care more about what others think than what God thinks about you.

In this “selfie” secular age, appearance, status, and popularity with friends are sometimes pursued more than understanding the fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). When we care more about what people think of us than respecting the ways of God, then we are secular.

3. You are led by money not by the Holy Spirit.

Whenever you prioritize money over God’s will, you are secular. This is why so many so-called believers work so many hours; then they rarely have time to participate in a faith community. Jesus said that if we “seek first His Kingdom, then all the other things we seek will be given to us” (Matthew 6:33).

4. You attend church services primarily to socialize.

Secular believers’ primary motivation to attend church services is to meet their friends, while biblical Christ followers’ primary motivation is to meet God in the context of communing with the saints and hearing what the Spirit is saying to the church.

5. You mimic the values of popular culture.

Secular believers espouse the world’s values when it comes to dating, pre-marital sex, dress, popular music, language, etc. This reminds me of the old adage: “If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s a duck!” If you internally celebrate the value systems of the world, then you are worldly-minded (secular), not spiritually-minded.

6. God is a mere part of your life.

True Christ followers do not make God a mere part of their lives. Christ is their life! (Colossians 3:1-4).

7. You don’t have a lifestyle of seeking God.

Secular believers may say a quick prayer here and there, usually to bless their secular lifestyle, but they do not consistently seek God’s face in prayer or pour over the scriptures.

8. Your life does not impact others for the Gospel.

Secular believers do not have a burden to win others to Christ. Many have never even won one person for God in the past five to ten years! The reason is because they are so subsumed with this world they do not have a sense of eternity. Sadly, many times unsaved family members, friends, and co-workers are not able to notice the difference between a believer and an unbeliever.

9. You are not making disciples.

There are many people in the body of Christ today who have been saved for many years and have not invested their lives in making even one disciple. If you are not presently mentoring and helping somebody mature in Christ, then you are willfully disobeying the Great Commission Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:19). Just because you have a title of pastor or elder does not mean you are a disciple maker.

10. You do not practice biblical financial stewardship.

It is sad that many in the body of Christ do not believe that their money belongs to God. How do I know? It is because they only tithe and give offerings when it is convenient. They live as if they are the ones in charge of their lives, money and wealth. Even those who tithe should understand that God claims ownership of one hundred percent of their money, not just the ten percent. When you spend your money as if it were your own, then you are not practicing biblical stewardship. You are acting like a secular believer and not like a true Christian.

roberte Mar 18 '18 · Comments: 1 · Tags: teaching
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