. Her head was bandaged from the surgery that had failed to resolve her epilepsy. The first woodcutter looked at the first tree and said, "This tree is beautiful. The once tall tree wondered. I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth. "My child," the person asked, "why did you want to come to Me before I am ready to call you?" "We didn't come to see this painting. What the Church is (re)Discovering about Disciple-Making by Jake Dukes, 5 Ways to Jumpstart Disciple-making in Your Church, Transforming Your Church’s Discipleship Culture, Taking Special Offerings & Church Tithing. Is there a person in your life who would be encouraged if you let them know that you believe in them? Nobody spoke. The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. After the first three years, he said to the Brother Superior, Bad bed. Three years later he came back to say, Bad food. After three more years of silence the monk said, No TV. Another three years passed. A third figure was Joan's brother. Instead, it should come from your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in My sight." Jump in to this free trial to get the practical tools to boost your preaching that you never got in school. There are many ways to communicate acceptance to people. If they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken. One afternoon it was announced that there would be elephant rides for the children in the hotel parking lot. Later she told God she had covered the day with prayer, and it felt like it all had gone terribly wrong. The wind has blown them in all directions. That is true, said the wise man. We offer 30,000+ outlines and 10,000+ free sermon illustrations from top Christian pastors and communicators. "Lord, You know. Satan tries to enter our minds and our homes by deceiving us into believing that just a little bit of evil won't matter. And its easy to make excuses if we feel we arent well-versed enough in spiritual matters to mentor others. Being a poor man, it was all he could afford. Pound their minds with news 24 hours a day. The professor presented the following logic: "Hello, Jack." Instead of diving, he knelt down and asked God to come into his life. He said, "Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more that human beings. Ouch! Thanks for subscribing! Then the stranger quietly said, I led that retreat. Even with all these explanations for the rating, the father wouldn't give in. True Inspirational Short Stories – Pastor Receives Divine Healing After Congregation Prays As the pastor of the Federated Church of Bondurant in Iowa, Jeff Sanderson is no stranger to the … "All I ever wanted was to stay on the mountain top and point to God..." The Blind Girl (Change) There was a blind girl who hated herself purely for the fact she was blind. "Now I shall be made into a beautiful chest, I shall hold wonderful treasure!" Sarah told her, Life is always full of wonderful surprises if were open to them. I asked God to grant me patience. She had wanted to make such a good impression. When the Viet Nam conflict broke out, the son went to war. God said, No. I've given them healthy bodies. They lie on the table, side by side The Holy Bible and the TV Guide. A Trappist monk was allowed to say only two words every three years. 40+ inspiring stories, poems, and quotes that you can share with your friends through emails, Facebook, or wherever. It had made the third tree strong. Now when this father's youth want to do something or see something they should not, the father merely asks them if they would like some of his special dog poop brownies and they never ask about that item again. Get rid of the oppressed and wretched forecasts! Battle the thoughts that dont line up with Scripture through prayer, saying Bible verses instead, and by speaking truth out loud when negativity, lies, and agreements with untruth swirl in your brain. So she was excited to give her parents a 50th anniversary party, because it would be an opportunity to show old friends and family how she had become an amazing woman of God. She prayed that this day would reveal to everyone in her family how God can change a life. Remember, encouragement and advice are not the same thing. It contained all the dirt and evil of my life: my pride, my selfishness, the depression that constantly tormented me. About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the church, an Elder is slowly making his way toward Bill. He just said, "No." I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day. So let them go to church, let them have their conservative lifestyles, but steal their time, so they can't gain that experience in Jesus Christ. The third tree was confused when the woodcutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumberyard. The father acted surprised. Ask God for help and try again. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a man's hands to her. By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick. Convince the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work six or seven days a week, ten to twelve hours a day so they can afford their lifestyles. She felt like God said, Most of your family and friends remember how angry you used to be. Thats cultivating thankfulness! Accepting is not the same as approving, condoning, or even tolerating bad behavior. The man died a few months later. But on Sunday morning, when the sun rose and the earth trembled with joy beneath her, the third tree knew that God's love had changed everything. We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ." Many of the stories were received in email forwards, and I have collected the best of them to share with you. "Has anyone in this class heard God?" "Those are small. I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and I would call it art. Never forget how much your friends and family love and admire you. Another letter said, You dont know how much your visit meant to us! It is a time when there is much in the show window, and nothing in the stockroom. It was my first time as a conference leader, and I felt like a total failure. I can't afford to go to the beauty shop. There was silence. (...The student received an "A" in the class. God said, No. Don't let them go out in nature to reflect on God's wonders. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I would have talked less and listened more. I'm afraid I bent the rules a bit-just this once." The auctioneer pounded his gavel. Paula's felt heavy: She was raising four small boys without a father. Tall Prayer Answers: A young … The three trees nearly forgot their dreams. If I Become A Christian Will I Live For Eternity? His name is Bill. "I shall be a strong ship for mighty kings!" "Because I have loved you with an everlasting love. One of them is to listen to them with patience and compassion and receive them with love in the name of Jesus. Jack watched until it disappeared. One is well worn, but cherished with pride (Not the Bible, but the TV Guide) I will be with you always. The Lord removed my burden and placed Joan's on my shoulders. I untied the straps and opened the top. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. The service has already started and So Bill starts down the aisle looking for a seat. No time for prayer....no time for the Word. These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare, more leisure and less fun, more kinds of food, but less nutrition. She felt ugly and harsh and cruel. I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. Until this moment, I have always believed it was one of the biggest failures of my life. Dale Bourke wrote, What had seemed like the simple act of offering a ride to a stranger had turned into a powerful reminder that God uses our efforts whether we realize it or not. Being thankful doesnt come easy for some of us, but God says to cultivate thankfulness. All three of them. "Joan, you'll never be good enough for my son," it began. Keep them from spending time with their children. "And this?" Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. The rain came, the sun shone, and the little trees grew tall. He's not quiet like the other two. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection. All Rights Reserved. I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world. What happened to Your hands? Writer Katie McCabe described her mentor, Charles Savedge, as a man who changed a room simply by walking into it. In His brow were ragged scars-as though someone had pressed thorns into His flesh. The man was silent. I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I would get sports heroes to advertise them. An inspiring story of how an empty chair helped a man to pray. By My Spirit you can gain self-control to lose weight. She knew she did not have the strength to carry so many passengers safely through with the wind and the rain. I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things. Bob scribbled away on the pad. And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God. As we draw near to Him, we ask Him to love through us. They had Everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. Perhaps you would like to try a different one?" I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me, they'll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. Known worldwide for his scholarly works on theology and history, James Ussher was also known to those blessed enough to hear him preach as a gifted and passionate orator. The shadow of his body in the shape of a cross. Who else would live out in the woods away from people? The Bible says, Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. It also says, Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, or admirable, think on these things. It doesnt say, Try to think on these things. Would God tell us to do something that is impossible to do? A man sitting on the second row shouted. (Not the Bible: it's the TV Guide.) One last spray to her hair to set it, and she would be off … except that she grabbed bug spray from under her sink instead of hairspray. "Dear Jack, I reached to pick up my burden. I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the other way around. He asked quietly. The traveler fell asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into the lake. Gratitude comes from humility. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections. When you left, I felt as if the sun had stopped shining. Gordon said, I dont know what generation of my family put a check on the release of such emotions. Maybe a verse e'er they fall into bed. "Any kind of tree will do for me," he muttered. Amazingly, he begins: Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. How could he say that? Who Is Jesus Christ And What Can He Do For Me. His career was shortened by ALS, which is now called Lou Gehrigs disease, a debilitating muscle disease that eventually stops the heart. She flinched as she was carried through an angry jeering crowd. "With My blood." Know what I mean?" A fine and three months in jail, and the man was free. Bruce finished the story with a flourish saying that the retreat had had worldwide impact when you think about it. My burden now seemed lighter than before. I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that their lifestyles should be accepted and marveled. How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some college kid on the floor? "But why, Lord?" All eyes are focused on him. You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful. You'll write powerful and fresh messages every week with our preparation tools on a number of sermon topics, including expository preaching. Another voice shouted angrily. Many, many days and night passed. I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed. God said, No. With a deep sob I tried to will myself into oblivion, then welcomed the blackness that came over me. You see how hard it is for me. I sank my knees beneath its weight. He didn't even give them a satisfying explanation for saying, "No." A guy he was about to play golf with tomorrow. As their family fragments, soon their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work." The first tree rejoiced when the woodcutter brought her to a carpenter's shop. It belongs to Me. "Give it to him for $10. My son is all I have left. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the portrait. I'm overweight and can't stay on a diet. Sometimes she drove me to church in her Cadillac when my car was broken. I simply can't carry it anymore." You see all these burdens? … Please, if you know the author of any of the inspiring stories … We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. Ive been preaching since 1968. But we have no insurance, and when the kids get sick, we can't always take them to the doctor. Gratitude. He told her to go buy a bird and pluck out its feathers one by one as penance for her sin. Sometimes God stirs things up so that, through our responses, we can showcase His transforming grace and joy. Youve done nothing but complain since you got here!, He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin (Proverbs 13:3). Inside was a figure of her Mother-in-law, and when I lifted it out, it began to speak. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. With the brownies, just a little bit makes all the difference between a great brownie and a totally unacceptable product. The lie seemed to come easier with every ticket. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life, we've added years to life, not life to years. "Look inside." It wasn't very bad. It was in 1972 in New Hampshire. Bruce went on to explain that eventually his whole family became Christians and went into Christian work. He became a Christian recently while attending college. In his opening address to his evil angels, he said, "We can't keep Christians from going to church. "I'm sorry, the auction is over. Another is to refrain from mental condemnation and judgments, from constantly evaluating and analyzing (those things keep us from loving). "Overstimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still small voice. It was the long-time gardener of the man and his son. And the evil angels went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get busy, busy, busy and rush here and there. Stories are a great teaching tool (Thats why we teach you how to use them in Preaching Rocket, our step-by-step sermon prep and delivery system. "Will someone bid for this painting? "I see why her burden is so heavy, Lord. I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains. "Oh God," I cried, "let me sleep. There was nothing else she could do. He saw a cabin in... #2. But this can be a hard thing to do! A great tool to … He pointed to several burdens lying at His feet. Everyone else was seeing it. "I can do that?" When you feel discouraged, hand that discouragement over to God. "Oh, You don't have to take that. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands. We could all use some of that. "This manger is beautiful." I ask God to help me LOVE others, as much as he loves me. Fourth time in as many months. But the auctioneer persisted. And help her in whatever matter she may require assistance from you, for she has been a helper of many, including myself [shielding us from suffering] (Romans 16:1-2). He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. Honor one another above yourselves (Romans 12:10). I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue. Are you crushing yourself with self-hatred? Let me sleep forever and never wake up!" The auctioneer laid down his gavel. Instead of complaining, you have had to be retrained to think differently. We offer 30,000+ outlines and 10,000+ free sermon illustrations from top Christian pastors and communicators. He told himself that the person who answered the door would be angry and irritated for the interruption. It hardly made a ripple. Always be sincere when giving encouraging words (Your words wont go far if your actions dont back them up). It was quite a convention in the end. I hate all my clothes. Silence. I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life. A thousand times I thought I had. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves (Henry Ward Beecher). "Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. They didn't want the painting of the son. Then confusion reigns, they can't all agree on what they shall watch on the old TV. Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family unity for the good of the cause." God said, No. She was six when killed by a car. We tend to nurse, curse, and rehearse stories like Jack. But we can do something else. Get help now! And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor. When the minister gains control, he says, "What I'm about to preach, you will never remember. She was tired of traveling, and not really a spontaneous person, so she told them she would probably not go. Her daughter, Katie, was delirious with excitement. ( Side note: Another positive way to improve your life is to read and learn something new every day. What was this? He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans and no shoes. You, your family, and your congregation will thank us later! Joan was married to a wealthy businessman. It's money. Maybe some other car will tweak his backside with a mirror. Something went wrong. Stop wounding and maiming yourself and others. One Sunday morning during service, a 2,000-member congregation was surprised to see two men enter, both covered from head to toe in black and carrying sub-machine guns. The mother squeezed his hand and smiled as the starlight shone on the smooth and the sturdy wood. They can’t be serious all of the time--our church leaders can crack a joke or two. I may spend the rest of my life doing things that dont seem at all successful. Most of them are 'Author Unknown'. ""Give back my own." Dale and Bruce though that maybe they were boring him. The man who had spoken took off his hood, looked at the preacher and said, Okay Pastor, I got rid of all the hypocrites. Evil is contemplated and performed with both hands, yet we cannot lift a finger for our fellow man. Doing what we are called to do is the point. You work at it. They may never hear your testimony, but they saw living proof today of My power to change a life by the way that you handled this situation with humor and grace. It's thin, and I can't make it look nice. As they drove away from the hotel, she and Bruce asked the man where he worked, and he mentioned a Christian organization. I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. Right now, you may feel like a failure in what youre doing. Whatever the reason, it would be a month of Sundays before Jack ever sat near this cop again. Let's not allow the enemy to distract us... The Word of God is seldom read. How could a guy get caught so often? On the platform sat the painting of the son. They may be 'true', or based on true events, but some may be written as an inspiring story with a wonderful message in it (excluding Testimonies of course). We are in a continuing series from what Bible students call ¡§the great … Its not your job to figure out if what you do (or what you did in the past) matters. "Tempt them to spend, spend, spend then borrow, borrow, borrow. The pool had been drained for repairs. "Diane said something about roast beef and potatoes tonight. I also know that you have a reputation in our precinct." These are motivational life stories that are family friendly. One night the diver went to the indoor pool at the college he attended. What are you meditating on? In the book Second Calling, Dale Bourke writes that years ago, she attended a conference. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, pray too seldom, and watch too much TV. May God have mercy on our souls. Paul Tournier was a brilliant thinker and writer, and an influential … But why does mine have to be so heavy?" Very true, we will get what is destined to us by God. One of the men proclaimed, "Anyone willing to take a bullet for Christ remain where you are." Just be faithful. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fear (Psalm 34:4). Please browse through the stories and then share yours! "You may try any of these." … Pray for me. Love Matters. Open your mouth and say the positive things you are thinking. We've learned to rush, but not wait, we have higher incomes, but lower morals, more food, but less appeasement, more acquaintances, but fewer friends, more effort, but less success. They've never been to a dentist. He was probably a truly terrible person. A writer named Ambrose Redmoon wrote: Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. But the woodcutter never even looked up. You be the judge. And the two men turned and walked out. I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deaconess of the church at Cenchreae. The son! Jack began to read: Jack could not quite keep the sneer out of his voice. Reply. "We want to see the famous paintings. His sister was a Wycliffe missionary and Bruce himself became publisher of a major Christian publishing house, which brought many significant Christian books to the public. With great difficulty he lowers himself and sits down next to Bill and worships with him so he won't be alone. As I lifted the familiar load once again, It seemed much lighter than the others. Read the story … One day three woodcutters climbed the mountain. Out of the 2,000 there only remained around 20. I can handle it." Then He lifted out the figure of a small boy. The gentle thunder of His voice compelled me. The father opened the package. "What happened?" Its nearly impossible to do. The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on it's way to the ocean. "He never should have married you. "I don't want to leave the mountain top at all. Who will start the bidding? I guess I would leave things pretty much the way they are. 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