Things Change but God Doesn’t

July 25th, 2014

A family went to one of those restaurants where the walls are plastered with movie memorabilia. The grandmother went to see the hostess about reserving a table. When she returned, she found her 10-year-old granddaughter staring at a poster of Superman standing in a phone booth. She looked puzzled.

“She doesn’t know who Superman is?” she asked her husband.

“Worse,” he replied. “She doesn’t know what a phone booth is.”

It is amazing how things we take for granted change over time.

            1 Peter 1:24-25: “For, ‘All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.”

            Hebrews 13:8: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Our world changes quickly, but God’s truth does not change.

 

-James Johnston

Raising the Eye Level

July 18th, 2014

            Hazel Hurst is blind and a trainer of seeing-eye dogs for the blind. She points out that the most difficult thing in training dogs for the blind is to lift the eye level of the dog. The eye level of a dog – 18 inches: the eye level of a person is five feet or more. So an obstruction crossing the path of a blind person at the height of four to six feet is not an obstruction to a dog. The dog naturally and habitually pays no attention to it. So the dog’s eye level must be lifted to see what a person would see.

            This is very difficult. But when it is finally accomplished it is a great day. And until it happens the dog is useless.

Every Christian needs to have their eye-level raised. Colossians 3:2:  “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

 

-James Johnston

Less of Self

July 11th, 2014

A father and his son were strolling down the street past the place where a skyscraper was being constructed.  Glancing upward, they saw some men at work on one of the upper stories of the building.  “Dad-what are those little boys doing up there?”

“Those are grown men.”

“But why do they look so small?”

“Because they are so high up!”

The boy asked, “Then dad, when they get to heaven there won’t be anything left of them, will there?”

Hopefully we understand the truth contained in that little statement.  The nearer that we can come to Christ and imitate Him in all we do, the less others are going to see of us and the more they are going to see of Christ.

Matthew 5:16:  “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

 

-James Johnston


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