John 3:16

One cold, dark night, a blizzard was setting in. A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner, while other people were in and out of the cold. The little boy was so cold that he wasn’t trying to sell many papers. He walked up to a policeman and said, “Mister, you wouldn’t happen to know where a poor boy could find a warm place to sleep tonight would you? You see, I sleep in a box up around the corner there and down the alley, and it’s awful cold in there at night. It sure would be nice to have a warm place to stay.”

The policeman looked down at the little boy and said, “You go down the street to that big white house and you knock on the door. When they open the door you just say ‘John 3:16’ and they will let you in.”

So the boy walked up the steps to the door, and knocked on the door and a lady answered. The little boy looked up and said, “John 3:16.”

The lady said “Come on in, Son.” She took him in and she sat him down in a split bottom rocker in front of a great big old fireplace and she went off. He sat there for a while, and thought to himself “John 3:16… I don’t understand it, but it sure makes a cold boy feel warm.”

Later she came back and asked him “Are you hungry?”

He said, “Well, just a little. I haven’t eaten in a couple of days and guess I could stand a little bit of food.”

The lady took him in the kitchen and sat him down to a table full of wonderful food. He ate and ate until he couldn’t eat any more. Then he thought to himself “John 3:16… Boy, I sure I don’t understand it, but it sure makes a hungry boy feel full.”

She took him upstairs to a bathroom to a huge bathtub filled with warm water and he sat there and soaked for a while. As he soaked, he thought to himself, “John 3:16… I sure don’t understand it, but it sure makes a dirty boy feel clean. You know, I’ve not had a bath, a real bath, in my whole life. The only bath I ever had was when I stood in front of that big old fire hydrant as they flushed it out.”

The lady came in and got him, and took him to a room and tucked him into a big old feather bed and pulled the covers up around his neck and kissed him goodnight and turned out the lights. As he laid in the darkness and looked out the window at the snow coming down on that cold night he thought to himself, “John 3:16… I don’t understand it, but it sure makes a tired boy feel rested.”

The next morning she came back up and took him down again to that same big table full of food. After he ate she took him back to that same big old split bottom rocker in front of the fireplace and she got a big old Bible and sat down in front of him and she looked up as she asked, “Do you understand John 3:16?”

He said, “No, Ma’am, I don’t. The first time I ever heard it was last night when the policeman told me to say John 3:16.”

She opened the Bible to John 3:16 , and she began to explain to him about Jesus. Right there in front of that big old fireplace he gave his heart and life to Jesus. He sat there and thought, “John 3:16, I don’t understand it, but it sure makes a lost boy feel safe.”

The lady then said: “You know, I have to confess I don’t I understand it either; how God would be willing to send His own Son to die for you and me, and how Jesus would agree to do such a thing. I don’t understand it either, but it sure does make life worth living.”

John 3:16:For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.(NIV)

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Why Go to Church?

A church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.

“I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 Sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”

This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor” column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: “I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.  Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”

Christian Alphabet

lthough things are not perfect

ecause of trial or pain

ontinue in Thanksgiving

o not begin to blame

ven when the times are hard

ierce winds are bound to blow

od is forever able

H old on to what you know

magine life without His love

oy would cease to be

eep thanking Him for all the things

ove imparts to thee

ove out of “Camp Complaining”

o weapon that is known

n earth can yield power

raise can do alone

uit looking at the future

edeem the time at hand

S tart every day with worship

o thank is a command

ntil we see him coming

ictorious in the sky

e’ll run the race with gratitude

alting God’s Most High

es, there will be good times, and yes some will be bad, but…

ion waits in glory…where none are ever sad.

Prayer Vitamins

 

Anxious- Take Vitamin A

“All things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Blue- Take Vitamin B

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His Holy name.” (Psalm 103:1)

Crushed- Take Vitamin C

“Cast all your care on Him, because he cares for you.”(1Peter5:7)

Depressed- Take Vitamin D

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)

Empty- Take Vitamin E

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4)

Fearful- Take Vitamin F

“Fear not, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Greedy- Take Vitamin G

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down,shaken together, running over, will be put unto your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” (Luke 6:38)

Hesitant- Take Vitamin H

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces Salvation, who says to Zion,’Your God reigns.'” (Isaiah 52:7)

Insecure- Take Vitamin I

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”(Philippians 4:13)

Jittery- Take Vitamin J

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

Know nothing- Take Vitamin K

“Know this that the LORD is God, it is He that made us and not we ourselves. (Psalm 100:3)

Lonely- Take Vitamin L

“Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”(Matthew 28:20) 

Mortgaged- Take Vitamin M

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Nervous- Take Vitamin N

“Never, no never will I leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

Overwhelmed- Take Vitamin O

“Overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)

Perplexed or puzzled?- Take Vitamin P

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Quitting- Take Vitamin Q

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”(1 Corinthians 16:13)

Restless- Take Vitamin R

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” (Psalm 37:7)

Scared- Take Vitamin S

“Stay with me, and do not be afraid; for the one who seeks my life seeks your life; you will be safe with me.” (1 Samuel 22:23)

Tired- Take Vitamin T

“Those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Uncertain- Take Vitamin U

“Understand that I am (the LORD). Before Me no God was formed, nor shall there be any after Me.” (Isaiah 43:10)

Vain- Take Vitamin V

“Vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.(Acts 5:16) 

Wondering what to do?- Take Vitamin W

“What does the LORD require of you but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

Exhausted?- Take Vitamin X

“Exercise thyself rather unto godliness.” (1 Timothy 4:7)

Yearning for hope?- Take Vitamin Y

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff,they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)

Zapped- Take Vitamin Z

“Zealous for good deeds.” (Titus 2:14)