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God’s Overpowering Purpose

Simposious reminds everyone that God does the following great things for us:

God gives us power to advocate for others; to be fruitful; to reap a harvest; to grow; and to save sinners from loss.

 

God’s Overpowering Purpose

From: My Utmost For His Highest

I have appeared to you for this purpose . . .—Acts 26:16

The vision Paul had on the road to Damascus was not a passing emotional experience, but a vision that had very clear and emphatic directions for him. And Paul stated, “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19). Our Lord said to Paul, in effect, “Your whole life is to be overpowered or subdued by Me; you are to have no end, no aim, and no purpose but Mine.” And the Lord also says to us, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go . . .” (John 15:16).When we are born again, if we are spiritual at all, we have visions of what Jesus wants us to be. It is important that I learn not to be “disobedient to the heavenly vision”—not to doubt that it can be attained. It is not enough to give mental assent to the fact that God has redeemed the world, nor even to know that the Holy Spirit can make all that Jesus did a reality in my life. I must have the foundation of a personal relationship with Him. Paul was not given a message or a doctrine to proclaim. He was brought into a vivid, personal, overpowering relationship with Jesus Christ.Acts 26:16 is tremendously compelling “. . . to make you a minister and a witness . . . .” There would be nothing there without a personal relationship. Paul was devoted to a Person, not to a cause. He was absolutely Jesus Christ’s. He saw nothing else and he lived for nothing else. “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).
Inspirational stories about helping others 
From: Inspiratoinalstories.euA man was driving his car, when he saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road. He saw that she needed help. So he stopped his Pontiac near her Mercedes and got out.He smiled, while he was approaching her, still she was worried, as nobody had stopped for hours. Moreover, he did not look safe, as his appearance was so poor and shabby. He could see, how frightened she was, so he tried to calm her: „ I‘m here to help you, don‘t worry. My name is Bryan Anderson“.The tire was flat, so he had to crawl under the car. While changing the tire, he got dirty and his hands were hurt.

When the job was done, she asked how much she owed him for his help. Bryan smiled. He said: „If you really want to pay me back, the next time you see someone, who needs help, give that person the needed assistance. And think of me“.

A the same evening, the lady stopped by a small cafe. That place looked dingy. Then she saw a waitress, nearly eight months pregnant, wiping her wet hear with a towel. The waitress had a sweet friendly smile, although she had spent on her feet the whole day.

The lady wondered, how someone, who has so little, can be so kind and giving to a strange. Then she remembered Bryan.

The lady had finished her meal and paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress went to get change and when she came back, the lady was gone. She left a note on the napkin: „You don‘t own me anything. Somebody once helped me, just like now I‘m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, do not let this chain of love end with you“. The waitress found four more one hundren bills under the napkin.

That night the waitress came home earlier. She was thinking about the lady and the money she left. She was wondering, how the lady could know, how much she and her husband needed it? Especially now, when the baby will soon arrive. She knew, that her husband worried about that, so she was glad to tell him good news. Then she kissed him and whispered „Now everything will be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson“.

 

Inspirational stories about kids 
From: Inspirationalstories.euA long time ago I worked as a volunteer at a hospital. There was a little girl, who suffered from a serious disease. The only chance for her recovery was a blood transfusion from her five-year-old brother, since he had experienced the same disease and had miraculously recovered. Thus he had the needed antibodies to struggle with this illness.So the doctor told about the situation to the boy and asked him, if he is willing to give his blood to his sister. He hesitate only for a moment, then the little boy took a deep breath and said: „Yes, I will do this, if it will save her life“.During the transmission his sister was laying in bed next to him. The boy looked at her and smiled, but gradually his face became pale and his smile faded. He asked the doctor with a trembling voice: „Will I start to die right now?“

The little boy thought that he would have to give all his blood to save the life of his beloved sister.

A little girl was decorating a box with a gold wrapping paper to put it under the Christmas tree. Money was tight, so the girl‘s father punished her for wasting almost all roll of that expensive paper.

However, the next morning the girl brought the gift to her father. „This is for you, Daddy“ – she said. He opened a box and found it empty, so he became angry again. „Don‘t you know, that when you give someone a gift, it is supposed that there would be something inside it?“ – he said severely.

The little girl looked at her father with tears in her eyes. „Daddy, this box is not emply, I filled it with my kisses, all for you“.

The father was stunned. He felt so embarrassed that could just put his arms aroung his little daughter and beg for her forgiveness.

For many years of his life the man kept that golden box near his bed. Wherever he felt sad and downhearted he opened the box and thought of love that the little child had put into it.

Each of us have been given a present of unconditional love from our childrens, family, friends and God. It is the most precious possession that anyone could hold.

Inspirational stories about working hard 
From: Inspirationalstories.euGeorge was a driver and he spend so much time at his work, that he could hardly have a meal together with his wife and three children. In the evenings he attended classes, seeking to get knowledge, that one day would help him to find a better paying job.George‘s family often complained that he is not spending enough time with them, but his only answer was „I am doing all this for you, I work hard to provide my family with the best that I can“.Soon after George had passed his exams, he received a good job offer with a salary, which was significantly higher that he had before. So now George could provide his family with more expensive clothes, some luxury items or vacations in foreign countries. It was like a dream come true, but family still did not get enough attention from George, as he continued to work very hard and often he did not get to see his family for most of the week.

Time passed and George‘s hard work paid off, he was promoted. He decided to relieve his wife from domestic works, so he hired a maid. He also decided that their flat is not big enough for their family and they need a more spacious one. Thus he needed to work even harder and, moreover, he continued his studies, so that he would be promoted again. George worked so hard, that sometimes he even had to spend his Sundays with his clients instead of his wife and children. And again, whenever family asked for his time and complained that they do not spend enough time together, he answered, that he was doing all this only for them.

Some time later George was promoted, so he could buy a spacious house with a beautiful view. On the first Sunday evening at their new home, George told his wife and kids, that now he decided not to take any studies and work not so hard, so that he could spend more time with his beloved family. The very next morning George did not wake up.

 

Guiding Us To Follow Jesus

From: American Bible Society

Acts 8:26-40 (Good News Translation)

God’s Word: Guiding Us to Follow Jesus

Introduction

Acts 8:26-40: An angel of the Lord commands Philip to go toward Gaza. Along the road he encounters an Ethiopian official who asks Philip to interpret a passage from the book of the prophet Isaiah. Philip tells the Ethiopian the Good News about Jesus and baptizes him. The Spirit of the Lord then carries Philip away, and he preaches the Good News in every town from Azotus to Caesarea.

Today’s Scripture: Acts 8:35

Then Philip began to speak; starting from this passage of scripture, he told him the Good News about Jesus.

Today’s Reading

26 An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get ready and go south to the road that goes from Jerusalem to Gaza. ” (This road is not used nowadays.) 27-28 So Philip got ready and went. Now an Ethiopian eunuch, who was an important official in charge of the treasury of the queen of Ethiopia, was on his way home. He had been to Jerusalem to worship God and was going back home in his carriage. As he rode along, he was reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah. 29 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to that carriage and stay close to it.” 30 Philip ran over and heard him reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah. He asked him, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 The official replied, “How can I understand unless someone explains it to me?” And he invited Philip to climb up and sit in the carriage with him. 32The passage of scripture which he was reading was this:“He was like a sheep that is taken to be slaughtered,like a lamb that makes no sound when its wool is cut off. He did not say a word.33 He was humiliated, and justice was denied him.No one will be able to tell about his descendants, because his life on earth has come to an end.” 34 The official asked Philip, “Tell me, of whom is the prophet saying this? Of himself or of someone else?” 35Then Philip began to speak; starting from this passage of scripture, he told him the Good News about Jesus. 36 As they traveled down the road, they came to a place where there was some water, and the official said, “Here is some water. What is to keep me from being baptized?” 38 The official ordered the carriage to stop, and both Philip and the official went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away. The official did not see him again, but continued on his way, full of joy. 40 Philip found himself in Azotus; he went on to Caesarea, and on the way he preached the Good News in every town.

Reflect

Philip helps the Ethiopian official to understand the meaning of a Scripture passage. What books, people, or other resources do you turn to in order to help you understand Scripture?

Pray

Sovereign God open my eyes and my heart to the meaning of your Word for my life. May I seek your wisdom through the resources you give us and share my understanding of the Holy Scriptures with others. Amen.

Diligent Service and The Big Surprise

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Diligent Service and The Big Surprise

     Pastors take their job seriously. They are concerned for people. One pastor, who took his work seriously, had an interesting thing happen to him one day as he went about his normal work of the ministry. He was in a large hospital doing patient visitation. He would talk to the patients, pray with the patients, and encourage them with readings from the Bible. This particular day he was to visit a prominent lady member of the church. The pastor would always stop by the nurses station to have them check if the patient was ready for visitation. So, he went to the station and asked if the nurse would check on the patient prior to entering the room. The nurse went in and came out saying she’s ready you may go in. The pastor went into the room expecting to see the patient in bed. Rather, he found her sitting over to the side of the room with a sheet around her neck and draped to the floor covering the her. The women’s face was red and she looked uncomfortable. He began to speak to her and her answers were short but friendly. They were talking for about five minutes when another nurse came into the room and told him to step out of the room for a moment. He stayed outside the room waiting for the nurse to come out. When she came out she looked upset with the pastor but told him to go back into the room. When he went back into the room the patient was back in her bed and to the right where she was sitting before was a patients potty  chair. She was still red faced and the pastor was embarrassed as well. Why did the first nurse tell him to go into the room? The pastor explained the situation to the patient with his apology, and the patient understood the situation and their conversation was friendly and the pastor was able to talk to her and encourage her before she was to have her procedure.

     We are thankful for ministers who are diligent in their calling. Many of us have been in the hospital and remember how nice it was that someone would come by and help us with our time of suffering and loneliness. Hopefully, many other people whether or not they are ministers will visit the sick and encourage the suffering. We are grateful for all the care givers that help so many people each day.

 

A Trooper’s Kindness

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Here is a story of a public official doing a courteous duty. A young State Trooper just out of the the patrol academy was on his own after spending thirty days with a senior trooper. The senior trooper was there to show the rookie some of the things he was not taught at the academy. The senior officer would  tell him what to do and not do to help the public. He told him never push a vehicle out of the road, never change a flat tire, and never take anything from the public especially while on duty. After thirty days when the senior man said he felt the officer was ready to be on his own, he would get his first patrol vehicle. Usually, it would be an older vehicle and the other equipment would be older but in good condition.

The young trooper the day after receiving his patrol car began policing his assigned area. He drove up behind a vehicle on a country road that had a flat tire. He had been taught that he was supposed to help the public and this was an older woman who seemed not to know what to do. He approached the car and the woman began telling him that she was late to an appointment and her tire went flat. So, the young trooper said, ” I’ll take care of that for you.” He began to change the tire when it started to rain heavily. He got soaked and the ground became muddy. The rain was very heavy, but he prevailed and got her on her way without any problems.

About two hours after changing the lady’s tire, he received a message over the police radio to return to the station to meet with his supervisor. So, he returned without knowing what the call was all about. He began to think, “What have I done to be called into the station?” He was very nervous as he drove into the station parking lot. When he came into the station, he was met by his supervisor who looked upset. “Come in and have a seat” the supervisor said. “Did you change a flat tire this morning?” Yes, he said. The lady has called in a complaint on you. The young trooper began to think, “Did I say something or do something that was out of line?” As he sat there his thoughts could not provide any clue that he could think of. The young guy said “Yes, I changed a tire but I can’t think of anything I did wrong concerning that  repair. The supervisor said,”She reports that you left a muddy hand print on the side of her car and she wants the state to pay for her car to be washed.”  “What do you think about that?” the supervisor said. The trooper said, “I don’t remember any hand print but the conditions were very wet and muddy.” The supervisor called the lady and said the trooper was doing his duty and was on duty at the time. If you insist on your car being washed, the state will have to charge you for the hour the trooper spent changing your tire. His clothes are soiled and have to be dry cleaned. So, we will wash your car, but you will have to pay for one hour of his salary and the cleaning bill. She said forget it and closed the communication by slamming down the receiver of the telephone.

Sometimes doing your duty can result in issues like that. However, we are all thankful for the acts of kindness that come our way by strangers and friends. To the young trooper we say keep up the good work and serve the public as you were taught at the academy. ( A true story from Simposious. We are very grateful for all the men and women who serve in law enforcement).

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