Applies to Baby Boy AND Baby Girl.
He put his little hand out
And tried to reach my hair;
He smiled as I pulled back
And then he seemed to stare.
I wondered what he’s thinking
In his little mind so pure;
Because in those little eyes,
He had a look so sure!
He smiled again, and I
Picked him up once more…
To cuddle him just like I’d done again that day…
A hundred times before!
©Edna L. Ingram.
A young boy grew up and left home. When he applied for his
first job, he told the owner of the shop that he would not
work on Sundays, Sunday nights or Wednesday nights, because
he didn’t want to miss ‘church’. The boss said it wouldn’t be
a problem at all.
One Wednesday about closing time, he was in the middle
of a job, and the foreman told him to stay and finish. The young man
told him he couldn’t, but that he would come back and work all
night if need be, but he was not going to miss Bible study.
The foreman got mad and told him to pick up his tools then.
He did and left.
The next morning he didn’t know if he had a job left or not, but
he went on to work. The owner of the shop remembered what
he had told him when he was hired, so he still had his job.
Jesus tell us to “seek first the kingdom of heaven and all these
things will be added unto us…” “All these things” are not
wealth and riches but are the things that we need. (See Matthew 6:33)
Where did this young man get this kind of training and example,
that he had the courage to stand up against this kind of thing?
He got the example from his dad.
At one point in time a man from the next town came and told this
dad that he would like to hire him to do oil well equipment
servicing in Shamrock, Texas during the big oil boom of the 70’s.
The dad was offered $2400.00 per week and that was about 6 times
what he was making per week in his shop, and even more than the
president was making at that time. He turned it down. Why?
Because he would have to be on call 24/7 and could not be sure
he would get to be at the assemblies of the church each time.
Parents are the best source of example for little children
|Pride Comes Before A Fall
by Tom Wacaster
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Three-hundred-fifty-three Japanese aircraft were launched from six air craft carriers. The death and destruction at Pearl Harbor was horrific. It is still considered a day that lives in infamy. America suffered the loss of more than 2,400 lives, and casualties numbering more than 2,000. Damage and/or complete destruction was widespread. All eight of the American battleships were damaged or sunk. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship, and one minelayer. In addition, 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed. The attack came as a profound shock to the American people and led directly to America’s entry into World War II in both the Pacific and European theaters. The following day, December 8, the United States declared war on Japan. As news spread of the attack reporters struggled to find words to describe what had occurred: “Horrible,” “inhumane,” “barbaric,” to name just a few. Similar words were used to describe the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and/or other inhumane acts that have occurred throughout history.
Even as I write these lines Europe is remembering the Holocaust and the millions who died in German concentration camps such as Auschwitz. Time and space would fail us were we to catalogue all of the horrible atrocities against the human race since the beginning of time. And in the words of an old 70’s song, “the beat goes on.”There is, however, something more devastating, more destructive, and which touches more lives than all of the human atrocities of the last two or three centuries. It has caused more havoc and unrest than ISIS, Nazism, or Alquida combined. I am talking about pride! Various synonyms have been used to define pride: vanity, self-exaltation, haughtiness, self-righteousness, envy, puffed up, disdainful, supercilious, boastful, pompous, self-esteem. Take your pick; they all belong to the same family, and their offspring breeds more of the same. Pride is listed with the seven deadly sins in Proverbs 6:16-19. In fact, it heads the list: “There are six things which Jehovah hateth; Yea, seven which are an abomination unto him: Haughty eyes [that’s just another word for pride, TW], a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood; A heart that deviseth wicked purposes, Feet that are swift in running to mischief, A false witness that uttereth lies, And he that soweth discord among brethren.” It is apparent that pride does not keep good company. No wonder Solomon gave us the following warning: “Pride goeth before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of a lowly spirit with the poor, Than to divide the spoil with the proud” (Pro. 16:18-19). Let’s take a closer look.
The Origin of Pride
All pride finds its origin in Satan, for it was he who was a murderer from the beginning (John 8:44) and the instigator of all the evil that has poured forth as a result of the dragon’s rampage against humanity (Rev. 12:17). Paul warned that one of the qualifications of an elder is that he be “not a novice, lest being puffed up he fall into the condemnation of the devil” (1 Tim. 3:6). Paul was not talking about condemnation the devil would pronounce, but God’s condemnation of the devil. The devil may have been the first to exhibit pride, but he certainly was not the last. Cain was so proud that he thought his sacrifice was just as good as his brother Abel’s, and who was God to tell him different? (Gen. 4:1-8). Nadab and Abihu were of the attitude that “any old fire will do,” and their pride brought swift punishment from the Lord (Lev. 10:1-3). Don’t tell me pride is some innocent little attitude problem! It may have originated with Satan, but multitudes have learned from the original arrogant one, and have traveled in his footsteps since the beginning of time.
The Outgrowth of Pride
This will not be, yea cannot be, an exhaustive list, for the simple reason that the damage caused by pride is carried out in almost every other form of sin imaginable to man. Pride is never the final step, but it is rather a springboard, launching the unsuspecting soul into complete degradation and destruction. Pride isolates men from God, insulates the individual from his own faults, and incarcerates a man in a prison house of darkness and despair.
First, pride will lead men into all manner of fleshly abominations. In Ezekiel 16 the prophet addressed the abominations of Jerusalem (Ezek. 16:1). The holy city was utterly unfaithful. So degraded had the nation of Judah become that God compared them to the wicked cities on the plains: “As I live, saith the Lord Jehovah, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters” (Ezek. 16:48). The root cause is given in the very next verse: “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom: pride, fulness of bread, and prosperous ease was in her and in her daughters; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy” (Ezek. 16:49). Look across our land today. Homosexuality, immorality, fornication, over-indulgence! I can say without fear of contradiction that America is puffed up, haughty, and arrogant. This is precisely why she is now struggling for her very existence.
Second, pride brings strife and contention. “By pride cometh only contention; But with the well-advised is wisdom” (Pro. 13:10). Show me a congregation embroiled in strife and contention and I’ll show you where at least one, and perhaps many more, of its members is puffed up. Pride is the problem.
Third, pride will prevent growth and stunt spirituality, both individually and congregationally. “Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him” (Pro. 26:12). The church at Corinth faced the same problem: “Now some are puffed up” (1 Cor. 4:18). “Now these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes; that in us ye might learn not to go beyond the things which are written; that no one of you be puffed up for the one against the other” (1 Cor. 4:6). The church at Corinth was the epitome of division and strife, so much so that Paul placed that sin at the head of the list in his first epistle to this congregation (1 Cor. 1:10-13). If you want to see what pride will do to a congregation’s unity, look at the church at Corinth.
Fourth, pride will bring spiritual and moral decay. Israel of old is an example of this. God had a “controversy with the inhabitants of the land” (Hosea 4:1). Her problem? “There is no truth, nor goodness, nor knowledge of God in the land” (Hosea 1:2). Ephraim was like a “cake not turned,” scorched on one side, uncooked on the other (Hosea 4:8). So rotten had the nation become that God described her as a sick and decaying nation: “From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and fresh stripes: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with oil” (Isaiah 1:6). The KJV has “putrifying sores” for “wounds.” What was wrong with that once glorious nation? “And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this” (Hosea 7:10).
The Outcome of Pride
There is not a single blessing in all the Bible pronounced upon a man filled with pride. Pride promises but never delivers. Like any other sin, it will take you where you do not want to go, and cost you more than you want to pay. If unchecked, un-repented, and un-renounced, it will lead to one’s fall and eternal loss. “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Prov. 16:18). Destruction follows pride as sure as night follows day. It is a one way street that leads to apostasy. Destruction and punishment are all that await the proud. “Jehovah will root up the house of the proud; But he will establish the border of the widow” (Prov. 15:25). The proud will be brought low: “A man’s pride shall bring him low; But he that is of a lowly spirit shall obtain honor” (Prov. 29:23). Don’t be deceived, beloved. Pride will be your downfall.
Several years ago Ray Stevens took a humorous jab at pride in his popular song, The Grand Oder of the Alla Babba Temple of the Shrine.” Majestic words and phrases abound throughout the song. We hear of the “Grand Master,” and the “Noble Lumpkin.” The ongoing conversation between “The Illustrious Potentate” and “Bubba” make me laugh every time I listen to the song. Stevens’ satire is quite comical, and I must admit, entertaining. The song ends with Bubba embarrassing the entire Hay Hira delegation, and in a comical way, the fruits of pride are shown to be what they are. We must not forget, however, that pride is a sin that poses a serious threat to every child of God. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (1 Pet. 5:6).
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
There is a lot of controversy over this little short Scripture. Some don’t believe it means what it says and they call it a “Truism” in defence of their position. In doing so they err. Truism means a “a self evident obvious truth. In believing that this Scripture doesn’t mean what it says (which is very plain), they believe the first part and throw away the best part. The last part of it is the “goal” you are trying to reach in their short lives. They believe they trained their children in the way they should go…but they did depart, and so they believe this is not a true statement in all cases.
Another thing is that if young parents can’t believe this means exactly what it says…they won’t try as hard. It is a travesty to twist a Scripture to the point that it discourages efforts of a young parent. Compare it to a basket-ball team… and the team thinks they can’t win the game. They are not going to play as hard as they would if they believed they could win.
God lets us know the outcome of our efforts and it helped us tremendously in our efforts to train our children in the way they should go. Yes, we made some mistakes…but I’m so thankful that I read this Scripture way back before I had read “man’s explanation” of it.
Daniel and his little son, Levi…spending quality time together.
What Are We Really Telling The World?
My name is Daniel Ingram and I am a baseball player. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I think about is baseball. My entire day revolves around baseball and how I can be a better player in the future. Everything that comes out of my mouth and all my actions scream out that I am a baseball player. I can’t take all the credit, this kind of attitude and commitment has been passed down to me. My father and his father before him were both baseball players. They have showed me that there is nothing more important than baseball and it should be number one priority in my life. Nothing gets in the way of me practicing baseball. My wife realizes that this is important to me and she not only supports me in this but she is also caught on fire with love for this special game. I know that by my commitment and my desire to be a great baseball player, my children will catch on to what is truly important and have a desire to pursue this great sport. I know that because of my hard work and dedication that I will be able to achieve my goal of playing professional baseball. Knowing the time and energy that I have put into baseball, going professional will be a dream come true. Then, I will finally have the product of my heart’s desire.
My name is Daniel Ingram and I am a Christian. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I think about is Christ. My entire day revolves around Christ and how I can better serve in His kingdom. Everything that comes out of my mouth and all my actions scream out that I am a Christian. I can’t take all of the credit, this kind of attitude and commitment has been passed down to me. My father and his father before him are both faithful Christians. They have shown me that there is nothing more important than Christ and He should be the number one priority in my life. Nothing gets in the way of me drawing closer to Jesus. My wife realizes that He is important to me and she not only supports and uplifts me in this, but she is also on fire with love for Christ and God. I know that by my commitment and my desire to be a faithful Christian, my children will catch on to what is truly important and have a desire to pursue a Savior who loves them. I know because of His commitment and faithfulness that I will be able to achieve my goal of heaven. Knowing the pain and suffering that He endured on the cross, I turn my heart to him daily so that heaven will be a promise fulfilled. Then, I will finally have the product of my heart’s desire.
In our lives what do we treasure? It may not be baseball; it may be work, money, a hobby, fame, recognition, or even sin. The thing about it is, people can see where our hearts are. Usually the things that you talk about, how you spend your time, what you teach your kids, the things that you are committed to; truly tell where your heart is pointed.
In Matthew 10:17, a rich young ruler comes to Jesus and asked what must I do to inherit eternal life. Jesus answers his question by telling him to obey the law. Then Jesus tells him there is one thing that he lacks, and he tells him to go sell all of his possessions and follow Him. At this the young man goes away sad because he was very rich. It was the man’s actions that truly stated what his heart was focused on. I need to make sure that my heart is turned to Christ. I need to make sure that my actions and my commitment is turned to Christ. I need to make sure that my family sees where my heart is pointed. I need to make sure the world sees where my heart is pointed. I am promised that I will have the product of my heart’s desire. The questions I need to ask myself daily “Where is my heart”, and “What am I truly telling the World”?
Written by our Grandson, Daniel.
The leaders of our nation need to try their best to fix the economy, instead of tearing it down… and the cost of living, where one income would do for a family… so the mother, if she wished, could stay home and take care of her family. I know that my husband and I would rather pay extra income tax towards giving a mother a reward for marriage and for taking care of the children in their own home, rather than seeing day care centers spring up all over our nation and funded by our government, which we help pay for anyway!
As it now stands if a couple has children out of wedlock, they gain more monetarily by remaining single and either living in the same house without marriage or go their separate ways without benefit of a mother and father to their little one. What a sad commentary it is when evil and weakness is rewarded in our country and on the other hand and for the same consideration, marriage and making a home for a little child is penalized!
If every house hold were taxed for this reason, what an improvement in morals and child care it would have for the United States! Granted, it takes more than perks to have good morals, but our country has been penalizing morals and marriage and giving perks for immorality for a long time.
For instance people can draw more money for living together than for being married in some cases. I don’t begrudge them the money, except for the fact that the little child doesn’t have a good home and also I would like for them to be encouraged to live right and have good spiritual health along with the other needful things in life.
We had rather give our taxes for a mother to be able to be with her children rather than working…than for a grant of thousands of dollars, to study the digestive system of a buzzard and the many other foolish things they give grants to.
And then…there are the cases in families where being satisfied with a smaller loaf of bread would help. -Edna L. Ingram
Originally posted on familyties8:
Just imagine that someone very close to you died…and the day of their funeral, you decided you were tired and would just sleep in that day and skip the funeral or maybe you had taken a job and had to work that day or maybe company came and you stayed home with them. Do you think that decision would persuade anyone that you were really close to that person…or that you even cared for them at all?
Well,Someone did die…and that Someone did it because He loved us so very much that He gave up, not only His life, but also His equality with God, (Philippians 2:5-8) to be our Savior and take our sins away on that cross (if we obey Him.)
Many do not even accept Him and obey Him…but many who do, eventually let their dedication slide and when the church meets together they cannot be depended…
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Today, exactly thirteen years ago (on St. Patrick’s Day) our house burned. I had come in from working at the post office that Saturday morning and after lunch decided to wash my hair. First I turned on the central heat because it was a tad chilly in the house; (Mistake #1) then I let Baby Bird out of the cage…mistake #2! As I was rinsing my hair, I could hear Baby Bird squawking and flying wild about the room. I finished rinsing my hair and put a towel over it and raised my head up.
I could tell what he was upset about and it was pretty serious. Black smoke was pouring out of the vents in the ceiling. I hurried around trying to get Baby Bird on my hand to put him back in his cage and get outside. He wouldn’t let me. I was beginning to feel the effects of the smoke and sadly, had to get out and leave him. The squirrel cage of the central heat unit in the attic had frozen up. One of our neighbors later that afternoon, said that he heard an explosion before he saw the smoke. I didn’t hear it with the water running over my head.
As I went out to move the car from under the carport and down the road a ways, an old classmate stopped and told me he would go tell Bobby at the shop….As I was about to move the van, Bobby drove up and moved it for me and someone had called the fire dept. I told Bobby, in tears, that I couldn’t get Baby Bird out. Bobby wanted to go in and get Baby Bird but I was afraid the burning ceiling would fall in on him. He went in to get him, with me begging him not to. I told him he’d probably be dead from the smoke by that time. By that time there was quite an audience out in the road watching the fire with me. The fire dept had left the screen door propped open and Bobby saw Baby Bird fly by and went in to get him and brought him to me. I was so happy to have the little fellow again!
The month before the fire, my kidneys shut down from a prescription I had received from a doctor who thought I had rheumatoid arthritis, which I was found to not have. I was in the hospital about 2 weeks until they were sure my kidneys were working okay again. That’s why the smoke got to me so fast.
About a month after the fire, I lost my full time (temporary position) and went back to part time. They had left me in the full time position 8 months longer than they were supposed to over the 6 months’ time limit. So that was a triple whammy in about the space of about 3 months. Three bad happenings??? No, not really! It wasn’t long until I realized they were all three big blessings? We are told in Romans 8:28 that “….all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
All of these really did work together for our good. In June of that year I could tell my strength was not building up as fast as I needed it to, so I retired from the postal service. Eight years later Bobby decided to retire from his barber shop. So we have had these 5 years together without a constant watching of the clock….just in time for our little Great-Grandchildren to arrive on the scene.
Bobby goes through a lot of preparatory stages before he puts the knife to the wood in his carving of guns or airplanes. Here is a picture of the specs of the one he is working on now. There’s no comparison with him to NASA because they, of course, go through even more preparation in building space shuttles, satellites, etc. This reminds me of a spiritual thought:
Not comparing God to NASA and Bobby…but God went through much, much more preparation in the building of His church. He prepared a nation and then a tribe for His beloved Son to come through. This Son would come in human form and have the name of Jesus…and it was prophesied that He would die upon a cruel cross in the fullness of time. It was prophesied that this would happen during the Roman empire.
If Jesus had been guilty of what they accused Him of, the Jewish Law’s penalty would be stoning. During the Roman empire, the penalty was crucifixion. It all comes together just as it was prophesied. He was born, he lived about 33 years, he told about His kingdom for about 3 years and then He was crucified for the sins of the world, because of His great love for us.
Then on the third day, He was resurrected and after He had left instructions for His apostles that He had chosen, He ascended back to heaven… and they remained in Jerusalem until power came from on high. On the Day of Pentecost after the resurrection (50 days from the Passover) the church began and 3,000 heard the apostles teaching, believed, repented, confessed Christ and were baptized into Christ on that first day. Since that day many more have been added to His church by being obedient to the gospel of Christ.
Sadly, there is another prophesy that will come true someday, stated in several places in Scripture and in different ways. This one:
(2 Thessalonians 1: 7-12) “… And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power; When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed ) in that day. Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness, and the work of faith with power: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
We hear a lot of talk in our nation today about “the separation of church and state.” Many in our society believe that religion has no place in the political arena. Even some Christians believe that because our citizenship is in heaven, we have no right or responsibility to participate in civil government. As our nation prepares for another election, every Christian should consider this question: Does God want His people involved in civil government?
A clear answer to this question can be found in the Bible. For example, in Genesis 14:18, we read of Melchizedek, who was the priest of God Most High; he was also king of Salem. In Genesis 29:41, we read of Joseph, the son of Jacob, who through the providence of God was raised to power in the kingdom of Egypt. In Exodus 1-2, we read of Moses , who through the providence of God was brought up in the palace as grandson to the Pharaoh of Egypt.
Throughout the history of Israel, God sent prophets to be advisors to Israel’s kings. Samuel was advisor to King Saul; the prophets Gad and Nathan were advisors to King David; Elijah prophesied to the wicked King Ahab; Isaiah was advisor to King Hezekiah of Judah; and Jeremiah prophesied to the last four kings of Judah. God also sent prophets as counselors to other nations. Daniel served as advisor to the kings of Babylon, and Jonah was sent to preach to the city of wicked Nineveh in Assyria.
In the New Testament, we are told in Matthew 14:1-5 that John the Baptist rebuked King Herod for his immoral conduct. In Luke 21:12-13, Jesus tells his disciples that they will be brought before kings and governors as witnesses to them. In Acts 9:15, the Lord, speaking about Saul of Tarsus, says that he would carry the name of the Lord before the Gentiles and kings. Saul, later called Paul preached to the Roman governors, Felix and Festus, to King Agrippa and even to Caesar and his court in Rome. It is obvious as we look at both the old and New Testaments, God has always wanted His people to be involved in influencing civil governments.
An objective examination of our history reveals that the principles of Christianity had an overwhelming influence on our founding fathers and the forging of this great nation. These Christian principles produced a government that gave every citizen the opportunity and the responsibility to participate in the political process. Having a government that is “of the people, by the people and for the people,” there has never been a nation throughout history where Christians have had a greater opportunity to be an influence for the cause of Christ. For almost two centuries the citizens of this nation enjoyed the freedom to speak, to print and to preach what we believe, and it is the principle of Christianity that prevailed in such struggles as abolishing slavery and extending civil rights to every citizen.
Yet in the last fifty years, these freedoms have been threatened. Prayer and the Bible have been removed from our public schools. Efforts are underway and great strides have been made to remove the influence of God and Christianity from every level of government and almost every aspect of public life.
Why are these things happening in our nation? The answer is simple. While the advocates of atheism and humanism have been actively working to influence our government, Christians for the most part have been complacent and willing to sit quietly on the sidelines and let it happen. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5: 13-16 that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Much can be said about these words of Christ, but it is obvious that He wants us as Christians to affect the world around us and to permeate every aspect of society with the illuminating, liberating, life-giving influence of Christ and His Word.
As we approach the next national election, let’s take our influence for Christ outside the walls of our church buildings. Let’s speak out for Christ on the moral issues that are debated in the political arena. Let’s inform ourselves and others…about the candidates and where they stand on the moral issues, and let’s cast our vote for the candidates that hold most closely to the Christian principles upon which our nation was founded. May we let our light shine for Christ in every aspect of our society, including the political arena…and may God continue to bless America. -Wendell Ingram, in House to House /Heart to Heart publication
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”. Psalm 33:12