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The Son

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A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art. When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war.
He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for h…is only son.
About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands.
He said, “Sir, you don’t know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly.
He often talked about you, and your love for art.” The young man held out this package. “I know this isn’t much. I’m not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.”
The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting.
The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture. “Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It’s a gift”.
The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.
The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.
On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. We will start the bidding with this picture of the son.
Who will bid for this picture?” There was silence.
Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, “We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.”
But the auctioneer persisted. “Will someone bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?” Another voice shouted angrily. We didn’t come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Goghs, the Rembrandts. Get on with the real bids!”
But still the auctioneer continued. “The son! The son! Who’ll take the son?”
Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. “I’ll give $10 for the painting.” Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.
“We have $10, who will bid $20?”
“Give it to him for $10. Let’s see the masters!” someone shouted.
“$10 is the bid, won’t someone bid $20?”
The crowd was becoming angry. They didn’t want the picture of the son. They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.
The auctioneer pounded the gavel. “Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!”
A man sitting on the second row shouted, “Now let’s get on with the collection!”
The auctioneer laid down his gavel. “I’m sorry, the auction is over.”
“What about the paintings?”
“I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings. The man who took the son gets every thing!”
God gave His son 2,000 years ago to die on a cruel cross.
Much like the auctioneer, His message today is: “The son, the son, who’ll take the son?” Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything.
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” He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” – 1 John 5:12
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The Sneeze

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They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two students filing into the already crowded auditorium. With their rich maroon gowns flowing and the traditional caps, they looked almost as grown up as they felt.

Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and Moms freely brushed away tears.

This class would NOT pray during the commencements – not by choice, but because of a recent court ruling prohibiting it.

The principal and several students were careful to stay within the guidelines allowed by the ruling. They gave inspirational and challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance and no one asked for blessings on the graduates or their families.

The speeches were nice, but they were routine … until the final speech received a standing ovation.

A solitary student walked proudly to the microphone. He stood still and silent for just a moment, and then, it happened.

All 92 students, every single one of them, suddenly SNEEZED!!!!

The student on stage simply looked at the audience and said, “GOD BLESS YOU, each and every one of you!” And he walked off stage …

The audience exploded into applause. This graduating class had found a unique way to invoke God’s blessing on their future with or without the court’s approval.

This is a true story; it happened at the University of Maryland.

Heaven’s Grocery Store

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 ~Author Unknown

As I was walking down life’s highway many years ago,
I came upon a sign that read Heaven’s Grocery Store.

When I got a little closer the doors swung open wide,
And when I came to myself I was standing inside.

I saw a host of angels. They were standing everywhere.
One handed me a basket and said, “My child shop with care.”

Everything a human needed was in that grocery store.
And what you could not carry you could come back for more.

First, I got some Patience. Love was in that same row.
Further down was Understanding, you need that everywhere you go.

I got a box or two of Wisdom, and Faith a bag or two.
And Charity, of course, I would need some of that too.

I couldn’t miss the Holy Ghost. It was all over the place.
And then some Strength and Courage to help me run this race.

My basket was getting full, but I remembered I needed Grace.
And then I chose Salvation, for Salvation was for free,
I tried to get enough of that to do for you and me.

Then I started to the counter, to pay my grocery bill.
For I thought I had everything to do the Master’s will.

As I went up the aisle, I saw Prayer and put that in.
For I knew when I stepped outside I would run right into sin.

Peace and Joy were plentiful, the last things on the shelf.
Song and Praise were hanging near, so I just helped myself.

Then I said to the angel, “Now, how much do I owe?”
He smiled and said, “Just take them everywhere you go.”

Again, I asked, “Really now, how much do I owe?”
“My child,” he said, “God paid your bill a long, long time ago.”

Love Always,
Chontate Brown
Inspirational Diva

Let Us Pray

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“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

James 5:16, NIV

Prayer

Nobody can grow spirituality without a continually developing prayer life. The Master illustrated to us the importance of time alone with God. The same requirement is valid for His modern day disciples if they wish to develop into spiritual maturity. Their faith can only be effective if they have a pulsating prayer life.

Too often prayer is the stepchild of spiritual growth instead of being its foundation. It requires strict discipline and regular practice. Don’t think your prayers are effective only when you are in the mood to pray. It is often when you don’t feel like praying at all that you should persevere.

Make sure that all your prayers are focused on God. Many prayers seem to accentuate problems, instead of praising God for His ability to deal with them.

Stay Bless and Be Empowered!

Love Always,
Chontate Brown
Inspirational Diva

Promise #76

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1 John 2:27 WEB
As for you, the anointing which you received from him remains in you, and you don’t need for anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, you will remain in him.   

Promise #76: My anointing will teach you all you need to know.In today’s promise, the Apostle John tells us that the anointing that comes from God abides in us and will teach us all the things that we need to know. The Greek word used for anointing in this passage is chrisma which is the root word for charisma or charismatic. The Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon describes it as anything smeared on, unguent, ointment. This usually described the ceremony process when a priest was anointed as he was launched into public ministry. It is interesting to think that God has smeared us with His very presence so that we too can live our lives on earth as kings and priests (Revelation 1:6).This is an amazing truth…We are the temple of His Holy Spirit and the abiding place of God Almighty Himself! God has promised to lead us and guide us in all truth if we will simply have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying. My prayer today is that you and I would be aware of the anointing that our God and Father has smeared on us that identifies us as His beloved sons and daughters. May each one of us have the confidence to know that we are not walking alone in this life, but the anointing will lead us and teach us everything we need to know.