Posts Tagged ‘repentence’



   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Famous evangelist Dwight L. Moody once illustrated Repentance by telling this story:

“A little nephew of mine, a few years ago, took my Bible and threw it down on the floor. His mother said, “Charlie, pick up uncle’s Bible.” The little fellow said he would not. “Charlie, do you know what that word means?” She soon found out that he did, and that he was not going to pick up the Book. His will had come right up against his mother’s will.

I began to be quite interested in the struggle; I knew if she did not break his will, he would some day break her heart. She repeated, “Charlie, go and pick up uncle’s Bible, and put it on the table.” The little fellow said he could not do it. “I will punish you if you do not.”

He saw a strange look in her eye, and the matter began to get serious. He did not want to be punished, and he knew his mother would punish him if he did not lift the Bible. So he straightened every bone and muscle in him, and he said he could not do it. I really believe the little fellow had reasoned himself into the belief that he could not do it.

His mother knew he was only deceiving himself, so she kept him right to the point. At last he went down, put both his arms around the Bible, and tugged away at it; but he still said he could not do it. The truth was – he did not want to. He got up again without lifting it.

The mother said, “Charlie, I am not going to talk to you any more. This matter has to be settled; pick up that Bible, or I will punish you.” At last she broke his will, and then he found it as easy as it is for me to turn my hand. He picked up the Bible, and laid it on the table.

So it is with the sinner; if you are really willing to take the Water of Life, YOU CAN DO IT.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Everyone wants a great bargain. Pay close attention to the real deal you get in this national donut store chain ad:

FREE! 3 Muffins when you buy 3 at the Regular Half-Dozen price.

Unless there’s a typo in that, it sounds like you can buy 6 donuts at the price of 6 donuts. But the double-talk makes it seem like another deal altogether.

Its kind of like that with Satan’s deceptions. He makes it sound like its a special deal to do this or that. Then in the end, we pay much more than we thought, and the bargain ceases to become a bargain. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and there is no way around it except to repent.

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   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Uncategorized

Unbelief, indifference, busyness, and laziness are some of the excuses people give for not reading the Bible. Gamaliel Bradford, a renowned American biographer who explored the lives and motives of famous individuals, candidly admitted, “I do not read the New Testament for fear of its awakening a storm of anxiety and self-reproach and doubt and dread of having taken the wrong path, of having been traitor to the plain and simple God.”

How do you think that excuse will hold up in the High Court of heaven when he will surely stand before God? Its about as irrational as refusing to see a doctor because there’s a suspicion that cancer has started to develop in your body.

As I reread his statement above I thought it was a remarkably accurate record of what happened to me when I encountered God back in 1972 and was awakened to all the things he described. Thank God I listened and repented.

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