Thought you might enjoy. B-man Rick GOD'S GRACE There once was a man named George Thomas, pastor in asmall New England town. One Easter Sunday morning he came to theChurch carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it bythe pulpit. Eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, PastorThomas began to speak... "I was walking through town yesterday whenI saw a young boy coming toward me swinging this bird cage. On thebottom of the cage were three little wild birds, shivering with cold andfright. I stopped the lad and asked, "What you got there, son?" "Just some old birds," came the reply. "What are you gonna do with them?" I asked. "Take 'em home and have fun with 'em," he answered."I'm gonna tease 'em and pull out their feathers to make 'emfight. I'm gonna have a real good time." "But you'll get tired of thosebirds sooner or later. What will you do?"Oh, I got some cats," said the little boy. "Theylike birds. I'll take 'em to them," The pastor was silent for a moment.How much do you want for those birds, son?" "Huh?? !!!Why, you don't want them birds, mister. They're just plain old field birds. They don't sing. They ain'teven pretty!" "How much?" the pastor asked again. The boy sized upthe pastor as if he were crazy and said, "$10?" The pastor reachedin his pocket and took out a ten dollar bill. He placed it in the boy's hand. In a flash, the boy wasgone. The pastor picked up the cage and gently carried it to the end ofthe alley where there was a tree and a grassy spot. Setting thecage down, he opened the door, and by softly tapping the barspersuaded the birds out, setting them free. Well, that explained the emptybird cage on the pulpit, and then the pastor began to tell this story. One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation.Satan had just come from the Garden of Eden, and he was gloating andboasting. "Yes, sir, I just caught the world full of people downthere. Set me a trap, used bait I knew they couldn't resist. Got'em all!" "What are you going to do with them?" Jesus asked.Satan replied, "Oh, I'm gonna have fun! I'm gonna teach them how tomarry and divorce each other, how to hate and abuse each other, how todrink and smoke and curse. I'm gonna teach them how to invent guns andbombs and kill each other. I'm really gonna have fun!" "And what will you do when you get done with them?"Jesus asked. "Oh, I'll kill 'em," Satan glared proudly. "How much do you want for them?" Jesus asked. "Oh, you don't want those people. They ain't no good.Why, you'll take them and they'll just hate you. They'll spit onyou, curse you and kill you. You don't want those people!!" "How much? He asked again. Satan looked at Jesus and sneered, "All your blood,tears and your life." Jesus said, "DONE!" Then He paid the price. The pastor picked up the cage he opened the door andhe walked from the pulpit. Was sent by my cuz in the corps, before he left for the Persian Gulf, yesterday. Pray for our troops and all of us. B-man
B-man,Was sent by my cuz in the corps, before he left for the Persian Gulf, yesterday.Pray for our troops and all of us.Thank you for posting this. We will save it and send it along to others, for it is good.Indeed we are praying about all that is taking place, and we will especially remember your cousin. Jim & Ronda
J&R, Glad to hear you liked the piece. Was meant to be(e) shared with others. (Sorry, I like puns, ect.) Dave has a unique outlook on the gathering storm. He's half arabian decent and a fully committed Christian. (Mom and Dad were missionaries, in Lebanon. During the Lebanon\Christian war, they lived in Beruit during the war.) Dave grew up in a war zone for however long the battles raged. After coming here he joined the corps and is a officer of decent rank, as of now.(Can't say more) This war is much deeper and older than most know. Some of the things that he and his parents have discribed about the arab enemy would stop and make you think. I can't relate to you because I don't want to get wrong. Some can't be discussed in polite company,the tales of how they live are by one that lived as a unbeliever. Abe converted to Christianity and still teaches and preaches today. (Dave's dad) "We fight not against princes, but against powers...." I don't remember Chapter and verse..sorry. Thought you'd like to know. B-man
B-man,Abe converted to Christianity and still teaches and preaches today. (Dave's dad)This kind of conversion is not common, but wonderful to hear about. Despite the ancient conflict between Isaac and Ishmael that continues to this day, God has said He will save people out of "every tribe and tongue and people and nation." (Rev. 5:9)You have witnessed to a great and living example of God's grace, and we thank you for posting and telling us all.J&R
J&R, "This kind of conversion is not common, but wonderful to hear about." Happened in early '60's I think. His son is a year or so older than myself (40). Abe was preaching over there from the time before Dave was born. To this day there are those who seek to kill Abe. "Despite the ancient conflict between Isaac and Ishmael that continues to this day, God has said He will save people out of "every tribe and tongue and people and nation." (Rev. 5:9)" The forces driving this conflict are older still. Let me just say this: allah is not GOD! The Lord has seen that both of these men are being used as HE desires. B-man
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