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The Dandelion is Unusual

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Jan 2, 2013
 
Did you plant the dandelions in your front yard?

Dandelions are no respecter of persons.

They adorn the yards of the rich and show their yellow glory around the hovels of the poor.

They delight to grow in the cemetery or in the garden of the Prince.

They flourish in the woods where no one can observe them, or they show their smiling faces right near your front steps though they certainly will be dug up at the first opportunity. How persistent they are. How quickly they develop.

They are up in the morning before you are. They blossom and go to seed and seed your neighbor's lawn while you are trying to make up your mind whether to dig them out yourself or hire someone else to do it. They are the first to bloom in the Spring and the last to be discouraged in the Fall.

Let us consider the message which the dandelion gives to us. We too should be out early with the seed of the Word of God and continue until the shadows fall, scattering the message.

If the grass in your front yard is two inches high the dandelion will grow three inches. If you should neglect to cut the lawn and the grass grows five inches long the dandelion will grow six inches high and smile at the sun. If you should be on a vacation and the grass should grow ten inches long, then that persistent, "not to be whipped" dandelion will grow eleven inches tall and stick up its nose at the passing throng. It simply will not be downed. It rises above "its circumstances." It will not be outdone by its neighbors. It has an ambition to get somewhere and it gets.
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One dandelion plant may multiply itself by several hundreds. Quite a few blooms will appear from the one plant and on each bloom there will be many seeds. Each seed is equipped with a sail to carry it on the wind.

The Lord knew that no one would plant dandelions and that men would despise them, so He gave them the means of quickly recovering from the devastating knife of man by causing them to multiply quickly and profusely. The seeds ripen very quickly and a puff of wind blows them over the entire neighborhood. So the Lord would have us to be fruit bearing children of His. It is those who "TURN MANY TO RIGHTEOUSNESS," who shall shine as the stars for ever and ever.
The Father is glorified if ye bear MUCH fruit.

The dandelion is not easily discouraged. It does not wilt with sorrow because it has to bloom behind the barn. It does not hide its face with shame because it cannot be on the front lawn of the courthouse. It does the bidding of its Maker happily and beautifully, whether it is in an obscure place or in a very prominent garden.

Our Lord would have us serve just as well among the poor or among the rich; we should serve as gladly and as efficiently with the few as before the many. We should not care at all for those who observe us but only for the pleasure of Him Who sent us.

Just as the dandelion knows no season, so the servant of God should be, "in season out of season," when the world thinks that the Gospel is out of season, the Christian must know that it is in season.

When the world thinks the Scriptures are out of place, the believer must know that the Word of God is always in place. There is no time that is out of season for the precious Word of the living God.

The diligence of the dandelion should be a challenge to our hearts. It is often growing and doing the will of its Maker while God's children are growing and living in disobedience.

The dandelion is busy producing the flower for beauty and the seed for service while some of God's saints are busy cultivating ugly habits and destroying the seed that others have sown. The dandelion does what its Master equipped it to do, while sometimes the Christian is busy doing the things he should not do.
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Dandelions always tell the same golden story. Who ever heard of a blue dandelion.

They bring that golden yellow up out of a black soil. They smile at you in the cold, gray morning and bid you a golden greeting at night, when you come home weary with the work of the day.

How like this we should be. Why should not the child of God show the golden glory of the Son of Righteousness in his face constantly?

We too should have a happy greeting for those whom we meet along life's road. They should see us and take courage. They should see our example of diligence and persistence and take new heart.

Our presence and our actions should instill new hope in the hearts of those who observe us.

As the dandelion seeks out every nook and corner in which to grow and smile and prepare its seed, so should we constantly seek opportunities to bring the sunshine of God's Love and the Seed of His Word into every nook and corner in the community where we live. What a fertile spot every place presents.

Sometimes we sow the seed in the jail and sometimes in the orphan's home. It may be in the home of a neighbor where we shall show the flowers and fruits of God's grace, or it may be in the office and the shop.

Everywhere the soil is ready, waiting for the seed. We are to be sowing early and late permitting the Holy Spirit to blow our message into every heart where He would have it go.

The beautiful golden yellow of the dandelion comes from the dark damp soil. How can black dirt produce a beautiful blossom? Ah, that is one of God's mysteries. Only God can do it. Only God would do it.

It is a miracle which we often see in nature and also in society. Out of the dark ground comes the white hyacinth, the yellow rose, the blue cornflower, the purple violet, the tinted lily and the golden dandelion. Out of the mire and the filth of sin God has brought many a man and many a woman who adorn His doctrines and who exemplify the glories of His great Grace. Men who are a curse in the home have been changed into a benediction.

Men whose mouths were foul and filthy with liquor, tobacco, and oaths, have been made into vessels of glory whose mouths were filled with His praises. Men who were a curse to society have been transformed into the greatest of blessings. Yes, our God can bring beautiful things out of horrible things if only we will trust our souls and our lives to Him.

Dandelions care for neither the smiles nor the frowns of men. Their business is to bloom and they do it.
Their work is to seed the soil and they accomplish it remarkably well. Their business is to work early and late, and they never take a vacation. The Lord help us to be like the dandelion.
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A MIGHTY PREACHER HAD TEARS

(Acts 20:19). The Apostle Paul who was mighty in word and deed had a tender heart. He wept over the people of God night and day. His were not dry sermons. They were moistened with tears. His were not cold sermons. Hot tears from a warm heart told of his deep love for those to whom he ministered in Ephesus. He wept because he cared. These new converts were a burden on his soul. His protracted meeting was three years long (Acts 20:31). We do not know, when he took up the collection, but we do know when he wept. What a model preacher he was. May God give us tender hearts, moistened eyes and spirits that love those to whom we minister.

There is much about tears in the Bible. Our Saviour only left two things on earth that were a part of Himself; His tears and His blood. His tears revealed that His heart was touched with the feeling of our infirmities and that He is glad to bear our griefs and carry our sorrows. His blood bears testimony to His great desire to cleanse us from iniquity and sin. In Gethsemane the Saviour prayed with strong crying and tears.
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Chickens do not sweat. Perhaps you have wondered why. I have been told that their normal body temperature is [105]-107°F. Ours is 98.6°F.

We begin to perspire when we get warmer than that, but chickens do not. God has made them that way because they live close to the ground where it is very hot in summer and they would be very uncomfortable if their body temperature were like ours.

Did you know that chickens can sit on a roost, put their heads under their wings and go sound asleep and snore all night long without falling off their perch? Try to sit on a stick some night to go to sleep! Of course, God did not make you as He made the chickens. Did you ever examine a chicken's foot and leg? If not, you should do so.

Sometime when Mother is preparing a chicken, look at the knee where she cuts it off and notice the white, glistening tendon. If you pull this tendon, you will find that the toes will close. When you release it, the toes will open. How is this possible?

All domestic birds, including chickens, canaries, redbirds, black­birds and robins, have the same type of feet and legs. The tendons from the three front toes extend to the ball of the foot and the tendon from the back toe reaches the ball of the foot and there they unite to make one tendon.

This comes around on the front of the ankle, runs through a channel and up across the knee through a canal and then spreads out on the thigh. When the chicken sits, the tendon is stretched and the toes pull shut.

The chicken could not open its foot if it wanted to except by standing. When it stands, the tension is released and the toes can open. All the chicken has to do is to keep sitting on the roost and even the wind cannot blow it off!
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Wild, carnivorous birds are not like this. The eagle, the hawk and the owl have claws they can close when stretched at full length from their bodies. God made them that way so that they could clutch the little animals which they catch and hold them firmly at a distance. If they had to pull their legs close to their bodies to close their toes, then the little rabbit, or snake, or what­ever they were carrying, could bite and tear the breast of the eagle or the hawk.

God is very wise and good. He knows how to make everything and fit it for the kind of life He wants it to live. That is the reason, children, He wants you to trust Him with your lives and your hearts. Then He will enable you to live the way He wants you to live. "I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).

Roosters are queer birds, aren't they? But there are some wonderful things about them which boys and girls should imitate. In the first place, they rise early in the morning to begin their God-given task of crowing. Who ever heard of a rooster who slept until eight o'clock in the morning?

The rooster does not refuse to crow because he cannot sing like a canary. He does not even try to imitate a redbird or a nightingale. He does what he can do in the best way he can.

He does something very earnestly for which he is never praised. Did you ever hear anyone praise a rooster because he crowed well? But the lack of praise does not keep the rooster from crowing.

The rooster has a very unhappy task. His work is to awaken sleepers. That needs to be done often but nobody thanks the one who does it.
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The crowing rooster brings good news. He tells us that a new day has come in which we may know and serve our Lord. The rooster is dependable and persistent. He is a splendid advertiser. He tells what his associates are doing in the barnyard, for the hens lay the eggs and he crows about it.

The rooster never complains because he must do the same thing over and over again. All he does is crow—in the morning and in the afternoon, before breakfast and after dinner—but he does it gladly. These are good lessons, children, for you to learn, and I hope you will learn them.

I must tell you something about the hen's egg. If you should spin an egg on a plate at the table or do anything else with it, you could not turn over the yolk so it would be upside-down. God has made the yolk so that it is always in the right position inside the shell. You will notice that when you break an egg, or when Mother does, she scrapes out some of the white part with her fingers. The part that is scraped is a kind of rope that is attached to the side of the yolk and then to the side of the shell. This holds the yolk in place all the time.
The yolk is made like a battleship.

The bottom is very heavy and the top is very light. This enables it to float constantly in the white part with which it is surrounded. This structure of the yolk, plus the rope about which I have just told you, keeps the yolk right side up no matter how much it is twisted or turned either by human fingers or by the mother hen. God has made it this way because the life germ is in the top of the yolk and it must be near the breast of the mother hen so that the warmth from her body will cause the wee baby chicken to grow. Again, we can see the wonderful wisdom of our God in heaven.

The Lord of Life who is living in heaven will help you live a very blessed life. When you accept the Lord Jesus, you will find it easy to live a Christian life and to do the will of God as it is revealed in the Bible. Will you get your Bible and read John 4:14? The living water is that blessed eternal life which the Saviour will put into your heart when you come to Him by faith.
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When the baby chicken is formed, it is always formed with its nose in the air chamber in the large end of the egg. I have asked many farmers all over the United States whether they have found a baby chicken with its nose in the small end of the egg. No farmer has found an egg like that. There is a reason, and this again shows the wisdom and the goodness of God. The shell of the egg is much thicker at the small end than it is at the larger end. For that reason the baby chicken's nose is in the large end where the shell is thin. Then when the baby wants to get out, it does not have trouble cracking the thin shell at the large end. It would have a very difficult time trying to get out through the small end where the shell is thick and hard. The baby chicken's bill is very soft. It could never peck its way out if God did not make a little tool for its use. The Lord in some strange way makes a very hard little cone to grow over the soft bill of the baby chicken. This little tool is hard enough to break the shell of the egg. It covers the soft bill until the baby chicken gets out of the shell. After the baby comes out, this little cone, almost as hard as a bone, falls off the baby's nose, for the little bill will get hard very quickly and it will no longer need the cone. Too, the little cone would keep the baby's bill from opening and it could not eat if the cone remained. Sometimes it is so tight that the farmer must pick it off with his finger. The wonderful God who made this wonderful preparation for the baby chicken's life is the same God who wants to arrange your life for you.
The baby chicken starts to breathe two days before it is born. There is enough air in the little air chamber to keep the baby breathing for just two days. Then when it takes its last breath of air and there is none left in the little pocket, it gives a gasp and the jerk of its head, as it tries to breathe, breaks the shell, and out it comes into a great new world. Chickens do what God made them to do and I hope that you dear children will, too. Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). Be sure to trust this Saviour and He will keep you safe during this life and the next.

Copied from Uncle Walter's Animal Stories by Walter L. Wilson. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House,©1945.
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Keep the Home Fires Burning

Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D.
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SEVEN HINTS FOR PRESERVING AN EXCITING, WARM MARRIAGE

----------http://logosresource pages.org/Family/pres-mar.htm
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ALL CHILDREN HAVE SOME REBELLION

The fact is that all young people rebel against righteousness; some to a greater degree, some not so much. Solomon is a good example; he was taught by his father and mother, according to Proverbs 4:1-5 and chapter 31, but he rebelled in many ways.

When he repented, he wrote Ecclesiastes to record his confession and repentance. He was speaking from experience, when he wrote the words of Eccl. 11:9-10, "Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity."
He knew that young people like to be happy ("let thy heart cheer thee"), that they like to do whatever they desire ("walk in the ways of thine heart"), and that they like to do what they see immediately, not caring about the unseen future ("and in the sight of thine eyes").

Because this is true of all young people, they will do wrong. The desire of their heart is sin, according to Jer. 17:9, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked."

This describes the heart of every single person who has ever been born, except Christ. The testimony of Psa. 33:15 is that "He fashioneth their hearts alike." We are all alike, in the evil of our hearts. That evil does not always express itself in the same way, but the basic evil is there. All young people sin, no matter how good their training.

When the young man walks "in the ways of his heart and in the sight of (his) eyes," he is sinning, because the verse ends by saying, "for all these things God will bring thee into judgment." Every young person rebels! Some do it outwardly and brazenly; others keep it inside.

When the rebellion shows itself, many parents think they are failures, or that the Bible verse is not true, or is not for our dispensation, or that scriptural training did no good, or some other such depressing reaction. To the contrary, when we see the rebellion, or learn later that it existed in the heart, we should realize that this simply proves the Bible!
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Another proof of this is found in Heb. 12:2, where Christ is called "the author and finisher of our faith." Most of us realize that we cannot be the author of someone's faith; we cannot make people believe. We give the Word, but God does the work which results in believing (see John 6:29). We also need to realize that we can no more be the finisher than we could be the author! Our witness and our training are necessary, but we do not finish anyone's faith. That is the work of Christ, and He continues to work all through that believer's life to accomplish it.

Solomon was trained right, but rebelled in his youth. Then, when he was old, he did exactly what Prov. 22:6 promises: he did not depart from the training of his early days.

Another example is Manasseh, the son of godly king Hezekiah. Hezekiah was certainly not perfect, but he was a praying man (read Isa. 37 & 38), and a humble man (2 Chron. 32:26).

Most of us would like to get answers to our prayers in the spectacular way that he did! He must have trained Manasseh correctly, besides giving him some good examples to follow, because we read that even though Manasseh committed some awful sins when he was young (2 Chron. 33:1-10), he did repent when he was old. Verses 11-19 give us these thrilling words:

"And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God...and he took away the strange gods...and he repaired the altar of the LORD...His prayer also, and how God was entreated of him...behold, they are written among the saying of the seers."

In the light of all these scriptures, let us realize that the heart of every young person has the seed of rebellion in it. The training which is spoken of in Prov. 22:6 is required repeatedly, until he is old. It is when he is old that he will not depart from it; and "old" does not mean sixteen, or twenty-five.
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HOW OLD IS OLD?

If we begin early, we must repeat the training, according to Prov. 22:6, until the child is old. But when is one old, in biblical language? In many cases today, people think that, after children become teenagers, you cannot do anything with them. Yet, ask a twenty-one year old man if he considers himself to be old and see what he says. Ask a thirty-year-old woman if she is old! Both common sense and Scripture teach us that old does not mean the teenage years.

Genesis 42 and 43 give us examples of Jacob's commanding his sons to go to Egypt to get food. Egypt was several hundred miles away and that trip would have to be made by walking, or riding some animal, or in some uncomfortable wagon. Every one of those sons was married and had children, yet Jacob did not hesitate to command them to make such an arduous journey; and, as far as the scriptural record is concerned, there was no resistance on the part of any son to that command. Jacob did not believe, as many do today, that you cannot do anything with them when they get grown.

Of course, people today object to this reasoning by saying that these events occurred in another time when customs were different. While we admit that this is true, we should remind ourselves that God gave us details such as these in His Word for "doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness," (2 Tim. 3:16). We will not find a better example than those given in the Bible.

Hannah continued her concern for Samuel. 1 Sam. 2:19 says that she brought him a coat from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.

Another proof of the fact that God holds parents responsible to keep training their children, even after they are grown, is found in 1 Sam. 2 & 3. In 2:22, we learn of the sin of Eli's sons: "Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation." It is obvious that these sons were grown men. We learn later that they were married. God tells us, in 3:13, that Eli was both responsible and negligent regarding the actions of his sons:

"For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not."
Eli's responsibility was so great, in the eyes of God, that He pronounced judgment on his house because Eli made no effort to restrain them. We must carefully note that it was not Eli's fault that they sinned, but rather that he restrained them not. Did he say, as so many do today, that nothing could be done with them after they were grown? God showed him to be wrong!
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CHILD TRAINING OFTEN NOT 100% SUCCESSFUL

Another mistake which is often made regarding the promise in Prov. 22:6 is thinking that someone is either 100% successful, regarding the training of his children, or 100% a failure. We have already seen that God does not look at it that way, when we considered Isaac, Ishmael, and David.

A little common sense and observation will teach us that parents may succeed in training their children to believe the right doctrine, but fail in teaching them to pray every day. Likewise, some parents succeed in training their children to be faithful to church, but they fail to teach them to be soul winners. There are degrees of success and failure. Real life shows us that there are faithful church members, even church leaders, who are not holy. And, some are more holy than others. These are good examples of the fact that there are degrees of success and failure.

Parents are responsible to train their children in all that is included in "the way of the Lord." That one way would include many ways. We often forget that, assuming that one or two things are all that important.
We must not only train them to be saved, but also to be spiritual. Training is necessary if they are to know the Bible, if they are to get answers to their prayers, if they are to be soul winners.

If parents fail to train their children in some particular way, they will be letting the world do the training. If we fail to teach our children to live holy lives, we will be letting Hollywood train them to be unholy.

There is no way to prevent their exposure to Hollywood. Even if there is no television, no movie-going, no rock music, children will learn about those things by simply being in this world. The influence of Hollywood is pervasive; no part of life escapes it. How much more, therefore should godly parents train their children in matters of holiness, to offset the evil influence which they will naturally receive.

If we fail to teach them the misery of drinking wine, Hollywood will convince them that wine is a necessary part of a tasty meal, especially if it is to be romantic. Unless we teach them biblical morality, Hollywood will convince them that adultery and various other forms of immorality are the normal way of life

Even though we cannot prevent their exposure to these evils, we can certainly counteract them with the power of scripture! And that is where the word train comes in.
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Christian Home & Family

What Are You Doing Dad?

by Paul L. Freeman

Four times in the Gospel of John we read that Judas was Simon's son (John 6:71; 12:4; 13:2, 26). It must have been bitter indeed for Simon to hear himself so often referred to as the father of Judas. Somewhere in the raising of his son, something was wrong. Many a Christian father today is heading down the same road with his children. The Word of God is crying out to them so as to say, "Dad! What are you doing?"

Dad! Are You the Head of Your Home?

The Bible declares that just as "Christ is the head of the Church" the husband is "the head of the wife" (Ephesians 5:23). The man is to be in charge of his home and his wife is to follow his leading. If she is ordering him around from day to day, he needs to stop and ask himself, "Am I the head of this home?" Little spiritual good for his children will come about in a home where God's order is reversed and the father is a WIMP. A wife ought to be scared to death to fly in the face of God's Word when it plainly says, "But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man ... " (I Timothy 2:12).

Dad! Are You Faithful to Your Wife and Children?

Just as the Lord Jesus is faithful in providing for the needs of the Church, the father is to provide for the needs of his family. God has assigned him the task of being the "breadwinner" for his wife and children (Genesis 3:16-19; I Timothy 5:8). His "helpmeet" is the weaker vessel (I Peter 3:7) and is commanded by God to be a "keeper (or stayer) at home" (Titus 2:5).

The Lord Jesus is also faithful to his Church and will have no relationship with the Harlot Church (Ephesians 5:25-32; Revelation 19:2).

So also, Dad is to be faithful to his wife. He will not flirt with women at work or waitresses in a restaurant. Any man who is doing such things needs to stop and read Proverbs 5:15-23 where God says, "And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger." An unfaithful father will produce unfaithful children.

Dad! Do You Have a Family Altar?

A Christian father ought to gather his children together for Bible reading and prayer each day. In the old days this was referred to as the "Family Altar." It is still true that "man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God." If we are going to have Christian children we are going to have to show them our total love for the Word of God and our absolute belief in prayer. Oftentimes fathers who will not discard their TV to the rubbish pile will refuse to establish time for the family altar. Dad! Have you read Psalm 101:1-3?

"I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O Lord, will I sing. I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes? I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me."
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Dad! Do You Spank Your Children?

A man who does not spank his children when they are being disobedient hates them. A father who loves his children will spank them and keep them from going to hell.

"He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes." Proverbs 13:24
"Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying." Proverbs 19:18

"Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him." Proverbs 22:15
"Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell." Proverbs 23:13-14

"The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame." Proverbs 29:15
Children need to learn that unacceptable conduct brings punishment. It is basic to their understanding of Salvation. A child left to go on in sin without restraint will have little appreciation for One Who came to die for his sins. A child raised without fear of punishment will have little fear of a God who punishes sinners (Romans 3:18).

Dad! Are You Steady at Church?

A father who does not attend all the regular meetings of the church shows his family that Church is not important. It is a fundamental principle that like produces like.

When you sow potatoes, you do not reap tomatoes. When you show unfaithfulness to the Lord as He gathers the believers together, you will reap children who are unfaithful to the Lord. At the other extreme there are fathers who let their children sit home while they attend church. Your children should always be with you at church, and they should all sit with you.

Dad! Are Your Children in the Heathen Schoolhouse?
If so, they will learn the "way of the heathen" which God says they are not to do (Jeremiah 10:2). Enroll them in a Christian school or teach them at home. You have been ordered to "train up a child in the way he should go" so that when he is old "he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).

The words "TRAIN UP" mean "to narrow" and come from a root meaning "to be narrow." The heathen school has taken more children from Christian Homes to Hell than we can imagine. Dad! It does not cost to send your children to Christian school--IT PAYS. It pays eternal dividends. Cash in your IRA, sell the house, drive an old car, skip the pool in the backyard, work two jobs--but take your children to heaven with you.
Dad! Are Your Children Dating the Lost?

Marrying the lost children of the Devil (John 8:44) sets up an unequal yoke which God has forbidden (II Corinthians 6:14-18). I do not know anyone who got married without first dating. One inevitably leads to the other.

Your children should be allowed to date only saved young people, and when I say SAVED, I mean really SAVED. Anyone who gets "saved" so as to date your daughter should be made to wait six months. If they are still around after that time you might let them date (assuming your daughter is at a proper age to date) but only with a chaperone along to ensure everyone keeps their hands to themselves.

The stories of misery coming from "unequal yoke" marriages are too numerous to count. Dad! They are your children and God has made you responsible as the Head of the Home.

Used with permission of Paul Freeman, 1270 Kingsbury Road, Washington, IL 61571
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If You Want to See REVIVAL

Some Personal Observations

When the Holy Ghost Does Show Up

Send your revival Lord, send your fire Lord, Holy Spirit you are welcome in this place.

These are all 'right' sounding things to confess in our services, but is it really what we mean? Or is it what we think 'sounds' right and therefore has become our mantra.

I have had the opportunity to witness first hand what happens when the Holy Spirit does try to come into our meetings and really do something different. You would think we would fall on our faces and welcome Him with open arms wouldn't you? Sad to say that has not been my experience at all. In fact, quite the opposite seems to be the case. Let me explain some of my own experiences when the Spirit of the Lord actually does show up.

The biggest sign that the Holy Spirit is actually moving is the fact things really do happen. For far too long we have faked what was really happening in our meetings, perhaps in some way trying to ignore our own pitiful state. We have settled for some questionable 'words', have half - heartedly cast out demons (only to have them come back next week), have experienced a few goose bumps and have said what a wonderful spiritual time we are having. How deceived can we be? Satan, whom we boast is beneath our feet, must be laughing his head off.

I will come back to this point later, but it should be established from the beginning, I believe the real issue in our meetings is CONTROL. We say, you are welcome Holy Spirit, come and have your way. But as soon as He takes us at our word and something unusual happens we immediately wonder "is that the devil?". We don't seem to be in control anymore, and that is troublesome for us stiff-necked mortals.

Some of the things I have observed first hand, when the Holy Spirit is allowed to move are as follows:

People Fall Down, I don't know why we find this so difficult to understand. When we, mere mortals are touched by the One Who holds the universe in the palm of His hand, are unable to stand before Him. If He says the Word, all of creation will simply roll up like a finished scroll. So why oh why are we surprised when we 'fall out' under His power? The answer I would put forward is Control, WE want to be in control, and falling down does not demonstrate being in control.

I have seen people 'fall out' several different ways, some people simply get weak in the legs and have no choice but to fall down. Others seen to go completely stiff and almost pass out and do fall over forward or backwards. I have seen other people who look as if the Lord had smacked them with a 2x4 the way they are lifted off of their feet and are thrown backwards. Others simply drop their head and collapse, forward, or backwards like a sack of potatoes.
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These are just some of the things I have observed, but there is one constant, and that is I have never seen anyone hurt during these times. I have heard people hit the floor with such force, you would be certain they would be hurt, but they have felt nothing.

A curious footnote, quite often Pastors and other leaders, seem to fall forward, far more than us mere sheep. Don't know why and I don't need to know, it is just an observation.

One of my own experiences was during a house meeting.

This was the first time I experienced the power of God come on me and while I knew what it was, I definitely resisted in my own strength.. fool that I was. My legs began to shake from the knees down and I fought the urge to simply kneel down with all my might until finally my legs were like a shaking mass of jelly and I had no choice but to simply fall on my knees and then my face.

And I can say from personal experience that my own pride and wanting to be in control was central to what was going on. I can make up some lame excuse about not knowing what was happening, but the bottom line is: I wanted to be in control and that is all there was to it. Falling down does not fit into my definition of being in control.

Another thing I believe comes into this is the degree to which we are familiar with the Lords Presence and His Power and the degree to which we truly trust Him. I believe we can actually stop God through the power of our own wills. That is not to say that God can't do as He pleases but rather that He chooses to have our co-operation and is pleased when we surrender our wills to Him.

People Laugh Uncontrollably. I have seen people literally rolling on the floor in uncontrollable laughter as the Lord ministered to their needs. To the 'natural' mind this certainly does seem 'un-natural' but remember that God is SUPERnatural. I personally have been moved to laughter (which is totally out of character for me) and I can't honestly say why.

It is not as if God told me a joke or something, but I simply have been overcome with laughter. We sing about the oil of Joy, and say that Joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit, we say that the Joy of the Lord is our strength.
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So why are we surprised when that joy is demonstrated by laughter? I have had a believer say to me " that Holy laughter bugged the H___ out of me". Imagine, we can actually be offended by laughing in the Presence of the Lord. Methinks that some religious spirits get all stirred up when we don't always act 'churchy'. And laughing certainly isn't 'churchy'.

People bend over and make weird noises I have seen people bend over and make some very peculiar noises as the Power of God comes on them. Sometimes they walk backwards in circles and do all manner of strange things. I have come to believe that this is usually an unholy spirit getting disturbed when his house is being invaded by the Power of God and they simply cannot sit still. We can either co-operate with God and get the devils out of us or we can resist God, listen to the lying devils and keep them. The choice is ours. Any one who says that Christians can't have devils obviously have one, and they are listening to one of his little lies when they say such a thing. I repeat, we can let God get rid of them or we can keep them, it is our choice.
People Go on Fire We ask the Lord to baptize us with His fire, and we say send you fire Lord. Why should we be surprised to discover that Fire is actually HOT.

Funny as it sounds but some people are really surprised to learn that the fire of the Holy Spirit really is HOT. I have seen people rub their hands on the floor in an effort to put the fire out. I have seen people take off their socks to cool down. I have seen people use the clothes like a fan to cool off and so on. When the FIRE does fall.... it does GET HOT. It really, actually to your flesh gets down right uncomfortable! At the same time myself and others have felt the wind of the Holy Spirit and guess what, it DOES feel like wind! Imagine that! Wind and fire are not just empty words void of meaning when the Holy Spirit is allowed to move in our meetings.
However, we have experienced nothing for so long it is normal, so when something does happen we don't know how to react. We are not as bright as we would like to think we are sometimes. And when it comes to the things of God we can be down right foolish sometimes.
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Who is in Control? This really is the point at issue in all of these cases. I have seen other things happen but the previous descriptions gives you some idea of what to expect when the Holy Ghost does show up in Power. Since we are not familiar with His Presence and Power in our meetings we are not certain whether it is the Holy Ghost or the devil, when people begin to act peculiarly. If our leadership and the people present are true to their word when they invite the Holy Spirit to come and have His way, why can't we simply trust Him to do just that? If we do, we need not concern ourselves with whether or not things are of Satan.

I read in a book relating to other moves of God in the last century and the early part of the 20th century that people always seem to give Satan more credit for being able to deceive us, than we give God credit for being able to bless us. Sadly, if we adopt that way of thinking we will have another of those self-fulfilling prophecies.
To stiff-necked Pastors etc.

The only people Jesus had trouble with were leadership, and there is nothing new under the sun. These 'leaders' who sadly don't know the Holy Spirit from the unholy spirit will immediately want to see in scripture where the exact same thing happened so they will know whether it is of God or not. How sad can it get, when we truly don't know the Holy Spirit from devils? I would ask these people the following : "what do you think that signs and wonders look like anyway?". They do not look like the ordinary or they would neither be a sign or a wonder. What do mighty miracles look like? Do they look normal?

I hope I have made my point. If you search scripture you will find many things recorded that certainly don't fall into the category of normal. Talking donkeys for example. The sun standing still. The Red Sea parting. Need I go on? So why are we all bent out of shape when someone falls down or laughs or cries? Perhaps it is because we have been doing 'church' for so long we don't know the Lord when He really does show up, and that is sad indeed!

What Really Happens! Earlier I have listed some of the outward signs I have seen when the Holy Spirit is given freedom to minister. Now let me relate some of the things that really happen when He is free to minister. People are completely healed, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Yokes are broken, eyes are opened, hearts are changed, lives are transformed. Does this happen all at once, in one two hour meeting? It could, but that is not my experience. Consider how many years it has taken us to get into our pitiful condition.

Why do we think that our Lord is simply going to completely overhaul us in one evening? If He did, neither we or our family would know us. No I believe it is a gradual, ongoing process and that is how it should be. It keeps us coming back to our Lord again and again. I fear many of us want 'drive-thru' healing. We would like to pull into our nearest fast service church, get what we need and then get on with our lives. I don't think that is the kind of relationship the Lord wants us to develop.

The controversy surrounding these different manifestations of the Holy Spirit are not unlike the battle which has gone on for years regarding speaking in tongues. Those who did not ask for it, nor experience it, don't think we need it.

The same things applies with some of these other manifestations, those who have not experienced it, don't want anything to do with it. The problem in both cases is that people are cutting themselves off from a blessing God wants them to have. I believe during these times He is changing us so that we will be better prepared to receive what else He has in store.

I hope we will be able to open up and accept and give full freedom to the Holy Spirit. It is only Him and the Anointing that can change us. Lord may it be so. Amen.
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Dandelion Herbal Remedy

Some people think of it as a weed, whereas it reminds others of a childhood spent outside playing in the grass. For herbologists though, Dandelion is a powerful remedy that has actually been registered as a drug in Canada.

Dandelion is a prodigious multiplier, but the real reason why it has become so widespread is more to do with its use as a medicine and source of important nutrients.

Dandelion's high Vitamin C content made it a vital food for settlers, armies and ship crews anxious to avoid Scurvy, the disease brought on by Vitamin C deficiency.
What is Dandelion?

Dandelion is a familiar plant with flat leaves and a bright, yellow flower that rises above the plant on a single, thin stalk. As the flower matures it turns into the 'dandelion clock' that spreads the Dandelion spores on the wind.

Dandelion has been used in herbal remedies since around 1373, when its use was first documented in a French medicinal text. Since that time it has has become of the most common, easily available and beneficial remedies around.

Medicinal Uses for Dandelion

Dandelion is a very mild herb that can be used regularly without worry. As an antioxidant and a first class source of Vitamin C, it will attack those pesky free radicals floating around in your bloodstream. This is great news for your skin and it will keep you looking younger for longer.

Dandelion is registered as a drug in Canada - this is because of its diuretic properties. It occasionally goes by the somewhat unattractive name of the 'pee in the bed' herb, for its ability to increase waste products and water in urine. Unlike most commercial diuretics, Dandelion does not result in Potassium deficiency, as the Dandelion itself is high in that particular substance. For this reason, it is considered a very safe diuretic and suitable for children.

Many people who take Dandelion as a supplement report that it increases their appetite and stimulates their digestive system. Others report that it is effective as a liver cleanser. Either way, Dandelion is a tremendous source of nutrients, a mild stimulant for both your colon and your urinary tract, and hopefully one of the first herbs on your shopping list!
Other Uses for Dandelion

As mentioned above, Dandelion's high vitamin content has made it a popular supplement. This accounts, at least partially, for its inclusion in many older recipes. Dandelion actually has even more nutrients than spinach, and appears mainly in soups and salads across European cuisine. In the UK, a popular drink named Dandelion & Burdock is still available in many supermarkets.

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