Posts Tagged ‘will’

14
Jan

MOODY’S NEPHEW

   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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2
Oct

MR. DONOHOE’S WILL

   Posted by: pastordiehl    in Power of Forgiveness

What do you think of when you read the words of Mr. Donohoe, written in his  1935 will?:

“Unto my two daughters, Frances Marie and Denise Victoria, by reason of their unfilial attitude toward a doting father,…I leave the sum of $1.00 to each and a father’s curse. May their lives be fraught with misery, unhappiness, and poignant sorrow. May their deaths be soon and of a lingering malignant and torturous nature.”

Continuing, he concluded, “May their souls rest in hell and suffer the torments of the condemned for eternity.”

What do you think was going on inside his head and heart? How did this man develop such hatred? If you knew Mr. Donohoe personally, what help could you offfer him?

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