Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Of Carrots, Eggs or Coffee?

Carrots, Eggs or Coffee?

By Bob Street – Minster of Personal Evangelism Triumphantlife
“A carrot, an egg, or a cup of coffee” a modern parable for today… 
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed as if when one problem was solved, a new one reared its ugly head. 
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners.

She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl.

She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. 

Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, 'Tell me which you want the carrots, the eggs, or coffee,' she inquired. The young women sat frozen in indecision.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. 

Then the mother asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked, 'What does it all mean, mother?'

Her mother explained that each of these items had faced the same adversity: boiling water.

Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, they softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell it's only protection for 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 surrounding them.

'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? 

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt, become soft, and lose my strength? Or am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I once have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, did my spirit become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same on the outside, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases it's fragrance and flavor.

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Have you been a carrot or an egg?  But now you want to be the coffee bean?

Remember, to be a coffee bean, you must take Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30 (NIV) 

You cannot be a coffee bean without Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Is There Not a Cause by Jeff Pruett

Is there not a cause? 

     In the world we live in today, well over half of the population are young people. These young people are desperately looking for something or someone to believe in, something worth living for, and if necessary even worth dying for.  Young David, before he was king, asked a profound question, he asked, "Is there not a cause?"
    True Christianity, biblical Christianity, holds the answer to the question that young David and the youth of this generation are asking deep down in their hearts.  But, make no mistake, there are other voices speaking... vying for the allegiance of the youth of this generation. Our culture is saying, "Just fit in, and be like everybody else." However, today's "blend in" culture creates a suffocating vacuum into lifestyles of powerlessness; paralyzing its victims with apathy and boredom.  Who's to blame?
    During the 19th century, Dwight L Moody founded a Bible College because he saw this dilemma in and among church leaders. He put it this way: "The greatest problem among ministers in my generation is they are trafficking unlived truth."  
     The Gospel preached in the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit, brings an authentic, unfathomable transformation, and these results must be completely equivalent to that of those men and women we read about in the book of Acts. Men and women full of God, this has always been the Lord's answer and way of addressing a world filled with deep hurt and shame from the ravages of sin. I love how succinctly E. M. Bounds put it -

          "Men are God's methods; the church is looking for better           
           methods; God is looking for better men."

    The Word of God reminds us that, "The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but are mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds." (2 Corinthians 10:4)  In response to young David's profound question to this "Now" generation, "Is there not a cause?"...I say YES, YES there is a be world changers in the power of the Holy Spirit!  I firmly believe this "Now" generation is not looking for a new definition of Christianity, rather it's looking for a new demonstration of Christianity!
     God is rising up a generation of sold-out believers that are full of new wine, and no longer only points the way, but leads the way! Great men and women of God that we rightfully and respectfully honor in generations past did not have bigger Bibles, they did not have bigger calendars, and they did not serve a bigger God!
     God has made a promise to the youth of this generation and that promise will be fulfilled! As always ,it is conditional. That condition is availability. You may call it dedication, total surrender, commitment, whatever you want but bottom line is; if you are willing, the promise is for you.  "When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die" Dietrich Bonheffer
     This Last Days Army of World Changers will be a people that are familiar with the miraculous! God will use our youth to grip their own generation with cause and a vision that will drive back the dark angel of complacency and destruction.  Daniel 11:32 "but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits."
     This holy battle cry has come down through the ages, and still echoes in the hearts of God's people today. The Gospel still has the power to deliver from the tyranny of "social approval" and make us free to do the will of God even if it means laying down our lives in the process. Yes, there is a cause.
Blessings to you!
Jeff Pruett
MidSouth District NextGen Rep

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Purity and Clarity of a Glass Slipper by Jessica Nichols

The Purity and Clarity of a Glass Slipper                                    Jessica Nichols, 2014

“ONCE UPON A TIME”... ahhhh, wonderful words for every little girls heart because at the END of the story is her Knight in Shining Armor to take her away, to love her endlessly, and to make
ALL her dreams come true. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Well I suppose this is why they’re called ‘fables’ or ‘fairy tales’. The fact is, LIFE IS HARD, and we EACH need someone to help deliver us from the realities of our sometimes broken and bleeding lives… here’s just one take on that!

Cinderella… when I think of Cinderella, I can get all warm inside. Not because she overcame all that happened to her, but in MY mind… I AM CINDERELLA! I can be the princess, the one He chooses, the one that is wanted above all others. I can be the one
HE looks at from across the room and when our eyes meet, sparks fly!  And then?
THEN IT HAPPENS! My heart is touched by the response of His true love and as yet, not even one word has been spoken. There’s absolutely NOTHING I need to do to get
His attention, because I know I already HAVE His attention. He sees only me, He wants only me, and He pursues only me.

And my dress? Well, my dress is SO full that when I walk towards Him I can hear it’s rustling in rhythm and rhyme to His heartbeat for me. For tonight, I am the prettiest, the brightest, the smartest, funniest, I am to be chosen by the Prince. But wait, I know things about myself that He does not yet know. So, do I run away, as not to infect HIM with the truth of MY reality? OH NO….I stay and bear witness to what I ALLOW myself to believe… I AM CINDERELLA! But then, there are those glass slippers, the ones that represent absolute truth and the purity of clarity, as much clarity as is within them, PERFECT clarity. So, I try, and I try to fit my feet into those glass slippers, and oh, HOW I WANT THEM TO FIT! They are lovely, adorned with the sparkles that only the purest love can expose. And rainbows, so many rainbows of color bouncing off of them and splashing all around the room when the light of His love reveals their beauty. But today, there is a problem… my feet are swollen, and not from dancing the night before. They are swollen with the jealousy, hurt, bitterness and anger that now weighs heavy in my heart, all the things that make me more like the stepsister than Cinderella.

UH-OH… now my heart is pounding with the TRUTH and begs the question… I’m NOT Cinderella???? Now I hear myself screaming, I’M NOT CINDERELLAAAAAAAA!!!!!!! In fact, I’m NOTHING like her! She is the one who forgives; I am the one who holds a grudge. She is the one who’s angelic; I am the one who is wicked. She mixes compassion with everything she touches; I am the one who’s merciless and heartless. OH WHAT TO DO, WHAT TO DO???

Do I continue in my dream, my own personal fairy tale, or do I face my reality and ask forgiveness of the Prince who now knows all about the deep darkness of my illegitimate desire to be Cinderella? Truth be known, I always knew I was more like the stepsister than Cinderella all the time, like a bad nightmare never letting me forget! It was SO much easier to believe a fantasy than face a reality caused by my own sin and choices. So, now knowing what I know about myself, facing the terrible swollen-ness of my poor pitiful life, I cry——— I cry out———I cry out for help! And there He is, answering my cry, my beloved Prince Jesus, answering me with the testimony of His ‘better than prince charming’ love! He declares He knew about me the whole time and yet His love never faltered or failed. Now broken and wounded by the reality and shame of my own swollen sin, Jesus rushes in and brings healing to my once pitiful life and tells me I will forever be His. Now THIS is love… the kind of forgiving love that EVERY child of humanity desires. It’s better than a fairytale any day! So now when the ‘swollenness of sin’ tries to break into the reality of my forgiven life, I simply put on the truth and clarity of a glass slipper that says I am His and He is mine. I recognize that He chose me long before I chose Him. I realize that a once broken and bleeding life has now been resurrected by THE Resurrection and THE Life. I no longer have a desire to be Cinderella, but rather to be all that Jesus has for me… which is to be His forever
and ever, all due to the purity and clarity of a glass slipper.