K.I.D.S. CORNER PRESENTS: WHEN GOD CALLS…

“And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.”  I Samuel 3:19

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Eric heard his mother calling him.  It was time for dinner, and he knew that he should go home right away.  But somehow playing baseball with the fellows seemed more fun just then, so he did not go home.  Some time later, he heard his mother calling him again.  Once more, the game was at the high point, and Eric did not feel that he could go home, so he ignored his mother’s call.  When his mother called the third time, he finally obeyed and went to the house for his dinner.

Eric was not an obedient son.  He did not obey his mother.  When God calls us, we should be obedient children.

God called Samuel when he was a boy, and quickly he answered, “Here am I, Lord.”  God called Zacchaeus down from the tree, and he obeyed immediately and came down.  God called Peter, James, and John, and they left their jobs as fishermen and became fishers of men.

God called to Adam and Eve in the garden, but they were afraid and ran and hid, for they had sinned.

Perhaps God is calling you.  How will you answer?  Will He have to call you more than once?  Will you ignore His call?  Or when you hear Him, will you answer as Samuel did, “Here am I, Lord, send me.” ?

Some people obey God’s call immediately, and they are happy in His service.  Others, because of sin, wait until God has called a second or third time.  What if God did not call more than once?  Would they be left out?

Many unsaved people do the same thing.  They ignore God’s call and do not come to Him with their sins.  They hope He will call again when they are older…but He may not do this.

We should come to Him as soon as He calls.  If He is calling you today…come to Him.  Give Him your life!

Questions:

  1. Why did Eric ignore his mother’s call?
  2. What kind of son would you say he was?
  3. What did Samuel say when God called him?
  4. Why did Adam and Eve hide?
  5. Why do some people ignore God’s call?
  6. How shall we answer God when He calls?

Ask God to show you where He wants you.  Pray to be a LISTENING person.  Pray for obedience, missionaries, and others who have obeyed God’s call.

By:  Ruth I. Johnson

MESSES AND FORGIVENESS

You’ve all heard me talk about my new puppy, Teddy.  He is a real joy…well…most of the time that is!  But, sometimes, he frustrates me no end!  Take this past Sunday for example.  He is house-broken for the most part, but still has an accident once in awhile.  On Sundays, we have to shut him up in a kennel cage, or the bathroom to contain him, and any messes he may make.  This past Sunday, we were gone extra long because of a meeting we had to attend after the service.

I put Teddy in the bathroom so he would have more room to move around since I knew we would be gone for a longer time.  I gave him his “blankie”, food and water, toys, chew sticks…and a puppy pad with explicit instructions on “how to” use it!

We had left the house that morning at 8 o’clock, and didn’t return home until almost 4 p.m.  Needless to say, I had a mess to clean up when I arrived!  Instead of taking his mess to “the safe place” on the puppy pad, and leaving it there…he decided to leave it in the middle of the floor!

I was already exhausted from the long, tedious day, and now, I was faced with the task of cleaning up a dirty mess!  I must confess…I WAS frustrated!  My flesh rose up, and I wanted to throw him outside and leave him there!

Then…he looked up at me with his big, brown eyes, tail tucked between his legs, and I saw his contrite spirit pleading for mercy!  Of course…that’s what he received!

Then, I thought of myself.  How many times do I frustrate God?  How many times do I abuse His gift of mercy?  How many times has He told me to take my mess to Him…”the safe place”, and leave it there? …But, I in my carelessness, I leave it in the middle of somewhere, and cause an unnecessary situation that He is left to clean up!  Then, realizing what a mess I’ve made, come to Him with a repentant heart and plead for mercy…and of course…that’s what I receive from Him!

Next time we get frustrated with our pets, children, spouses, co-workers, friends, neighbors, and yes…even our enemies…let’s stop and remember how many times we have caused frustration to others, and ESPECIALLY to God Almighty, and been forgiven; then showing mercy will come easy!

By:  Anita Mondragon December 28, 2015

A PRAYER OF GRATITUDE AT CHRISTMAS

Our Father, please hear my humble prayer of gratitude, with all thanks and praise of my heart at this Christmas, as we rejoice in your humble and miraculous birth, Lord Jesus. Your birth, which so gloriously and thankfully defied the wisdom of this world and showed us the foolishness of worldly wisdom.
We rejoice not only in your birth, but your perfect life, your death on the cross in our place, and your resurrection; The Gospel, by which hope is freely given in love to the hopeless, salvation to the lost by grace, and by which we have been shown the meaning of love. You are the most powerful gift to mankind imaginable, and freely given to everyone. By your grace alone are we saved. I pray that the true power of your gifts continues to transform our lives, and your church, in service to you, Father, and to your Kingdom.
Thank you for the many blessings you’ve bestowed upon us all, this wonderful church family, of such big heart, and its devout focus on you, Lord Jesus. We spent this year focusing on “Deeper Roots”. May you
alone always be the soil in which those roots grow and in which we seek to abide. As we look to a new year, I pray that we may continue to grow in truly experiencing the gospel in its every facet, living its joy and to further applying the gospel to every situation we may face. May the joy in living and sharing the gospel light the renewal and growth of your church!
I pray your blessings in deepening our faith, putting feet to our faith, and deepening true fellowship so that we may understand and encourage one another in faith. I pray for growth and joy in the Word, so that we may teach and encourage one another in scripture, which is truly your story, Lord Jesus, and not a book of morals as some may believe. I pray for deepening of our prayer lives, both as individuals and as a church body. Please guide us in praise and worship worthy of your holy name.
I pray these things in love in your precious name, Lord Jesus. Amen.
By:  Michael Dunnington

HEEDING YOUR CALL

Here it is…almost another new year!  At the end of every December, I promise myself that the coming new year is going to be different…I am going to go on a diet…I am going to stop doing things that displease God… I am going to finish that book I started, and get it published; but…it seems that I always get side-tracked…or…life and it’s many demands get in the way…and before I know it, another year has been lost!

A couple of years back, a good friend of mine let me watch a DVD that she had.  It was called:  Heeding Your Call.  I don’t even remember who the speaker was…but the following was what I got from it.  For some reason, I ran across it this morning while looking for something to blog on.  Do you think that perhaps God had a hand in this?  Of course He did!  But…it is not only for me…it is for all of us that think in the back of our minds that we are somehow unworthy to do what God has called us to do.  Maybe some of our Christian “friends”, have even told us that, “We’re good… but we just aren’t  QUALIFIED.  But…we need to listen to God…HE SAID that we are qualified to do what he has called us to do.

Here are the following take-aways that I got from the DVD.  See if any of these resonate with you.  They sure hit me between the eyes!! -anita

 

  1. Cultivate your purpose…live an assigned and intended life
  2. How do you see yourself?  This will determine if you succeed or not!
  3. How does God see you?  What does He believe is possible for you to achieve?…you can do ALL things through Christ, who strengthens you!-The Bible
  4. Realize that you ARE different and distinctive from everyone else!  He made YOU for a unique situation!
  5. There has to be a departure before you can return; and there has to be a call before a departure.
  6. DO NOT underestimate what you are putting your hand to!
  7. You are one of a kind!
  8. Walk like you are worth something!
  9. Learn to distribute through yourself what God has distributed IN YOU

and last of all:

10.  Know of a surety, that God doesn’t break you down…He breaks you open; just like He did with the two fish, and the five loaves…and look what those things accomplished!  They fed over five thousand people!  If you allow God to break you open…how many people can be edified by what He has placed inside of you?  How many will find Him because of your testimony?

Let’s don’t allow another year to pass without heeding our call!  Let’s LIVE LIFE ON PURPOSE!

P.S.  …I’m preaching to myself, as well as you 🙂

By:  Anita Mondragon December 2015

Sermon Notes “This is God’s Year”

Introduction

The church needs you and you need the church

Ephesians 4:12-13
He handed out gifts above and below, filled heaven with his gifts, filled earth with his gifts. He handed out gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, and pastor-teacher to train Christ’s followers in skilled servant work,

working within Christ’s body, the church, until we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.

Revelation 2  (TLB)

“Write a letter to the leader of the church at Ephesus and tell him this:

“I write to inform you of a message from him who walks among the churches and holds their leaders in his right hand.

 

“He says to you: 2 I know how many good things you are doing. I have watched your hard work and your patience; I know you don’t tolerate sin among your members, and you have carefully examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but aren’t. You have found out how they lie. 3 You have patiently suffered for me without quitting.

 

4 “Yet there is one thing wrong; you don’t love me as at first! 5 Think about those times of your first love (how different now!) and turn back to me again and work as you did before; or else I will come and remove your candlestick from its place among the churches.

 

6 “But there is this about you that is good: You hate the deeds of the licentious Nicolaitans,[b] just as I do.

 

7 “Let this message sink into the ears of anyone who listens to what the Spirit is saying to the churches: To everyone who is victorious, I will give fruit from the Tree of Life in the Paradise of God.

“He says to you: 2 I know how many good things you are doing. I have watched your hard work and your patience…

I know you don’t tolerate sin among your members, and you have carefully examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but aren’t. You have found out how they lie.

3 You have patiently suffered for me without quitting.

4 “Yet there is one thing wrong;

you don’t love me as at first!

5 Think about those times of your first love (how different now!) and turn back to me again and work as you did before; or else I will come and remove your candlestick from its place among the churches.

6 “But there is this about you that is good: You hate the deeds of the licentious Nicolaitans, just as I do.

7 “Let this message sink into the ears of anyone who listens to what the Spirit is saying to the churches: To everyone who is victorious, I will give fruit from the Tree of Life in the Paradise of God.

Prediction #1

The more you share the “Good News” the more peace you will have.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

The Good News About Jesus Christ

15 Now, brothers and sisters, I want you to remember the Good News I told you..

You received that Good News message, and you continue to base your life on it.

2 That Good News, the message you heard from me, is God’s way to save you. But you must continue believing it. If you don’t, you believed for nothing.

3 I gave you the message that I received. I told you the most important truths: that Christ died for our sins, as the Scriptures say; 4 that he was buried and was raised to life on the third day

Isaiah 52:7

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace,

who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Philippians 4:8-9

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report,

if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.                                                  Philippians 4:8-9

Prediction #2

The more you trust God the less you will fear.

Luke 2:10  NIV

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

Psalm 112:6-7  NIV

Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever.

7 They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

8 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;

33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

Prediction #3

Your life will be an example to someone else

 

1 Peter 2:12 (NLT)

Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.

 

1 Peter 5:3The Message (MSG)

I have a special concern for you church leaders. I know what it’s like to be a leader, in on Christ’s sufferings as well as the coming glory.

Here’s my concern: that you care for God’s flock with all the diligence of a shepherd. Not because you have to, but because you want to please God. Not calculating what you can get out of it, but acting spontaneously.

 

Not bossily telling others what to do, but tenderly showing them the way.

Luke 4:14-15 

Jesus returned to Galilee powerful in the Spirit. News that he was back spread through the countryside. He taught in their meeting places to everyone’s acclaim and pleasure.

16-21 He came to Nazareth where he had been reared. As he always did on the Sabbath, he went to the meeting place.

When he stood up to read, he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,

God’s Spirit is on me; he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor,

He sent me to announce pardon to prisoners…

recovery of sight to the blind,

To set the burdened and battered free, to announce,

“This is God’s year to act!”

 

 

BLESSINGS…

The other day, I was thinking about all of God’s blessings…things I take for-granted…things I’ve pretty much always had access to, so they  became the norm for me; then I thought about others in this world that have not been as fortunate as I, and I began to count my blessings.  Here are just a few…-anita

When upon life’s billows, you are tempest tossed; when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, count your many blessings…name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done!

Count your blessings…name them one by one.  Count your blessings, see what God has done!  Count your blessings!  Name them one by one!  Count your many blessings…see what God has done! -from an old Hymnal

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  1. JESUS!  THE GREATEST BLESSING OF ALL!
  2. MY SLAVATION AND RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM
  3. MY HUSBAND AND OUR LOVE
  4. MY CHILDREN AND THEIR SUCCESSES; I’M SO PROUD OF ALL OF THEM!
  5. MY CHURCH, AND MY PASTORS’ KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORD
  6. MY GRAND CHILDREN, AND THE SWEETNESS THEY OOZE OUT!
  7. MY HOME AND IT’S COMFORTS
  8. MY POSSESSIONS…THINGS THAT HOLD SENTIMENTAL VALUE
  9. CLOTHES TO WEAR
  10. FOOD…MORE THAN PLENTY TO EAT
  11. WATER TO DRINK
  12. WARMTH WHEN IT’S COLD
  13. MY BED…20 YEARS OLD, BUT STILL THE BEST!
  14. MY PETS AND THEIR ANTICS!
  15. MY FRIENDS…PAST AND PRESENT, AND ALL I LEARN AND HAVE LEARNED  FROM THEM!
  16. MY EXTENDED FAMILY
  17. MY ENEMIES, AND THE LESSONS THEY HAVE TAUGHT ME ON “HOW NOT TO BE”
  18. GOD’S WONDERFUL CREATION AND THE NEW BEAUTY I FIND IN IT EVERYDAY…IF I TAKE THE TIME TO LOOK
  19. LOVE…AND ALL OF IT’S DIFFERENT FACETS!
  20. HEALTH…BODY, MIND, SOUL, AND SPIRIT
  21. WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING
  22. DISCERNMENT
  23. ABILITY TO WRITE
  24. CREATIVITY
  25. MERCY!
  26. GRACE!
  27. FORGIVENESS!
  28. PRAYER…COMMUNION WITH GOD!
  29. GOD’S VOICE SPEAKING TO ME
  30. THE BIBLE…HIS WRITTEN WORD, AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO STILL WORSHIP HIM AND HAVE HIS WORD IN MY LIFE WITHOUT FEAR OF IMPRISIONMENT OR DEATH!

WHAT BLESSINGS CAN YOU COUNT FROM GOD?  TAKE A MOMENT TO NAME THEM, AND YOU MAY BE AS SURPRISED AS I WAS!

By:  Anita Mondragon  December 2015

 

CHRISTMAS!

C hristmas is

H ere once again to

R emind us, that this

I s the day, the King of Glory, our

S avior, Jesus Christ, chose to leave the

T hrone of Heaven to dwell with

M ankind; and

A ll for the purpose…that He might

S ave us from our sins!

By:  Anita Mondragon December 2000

GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST…AND ON EARTH…PEACE, GOODWILL TOWARD MEN! -the Bible

MARY’S LITTLE LAMB…

One day, I was watching my grand-daughter, Audrey.  She came to me in the kitchen, and tugged on my dress…”Grandma…will you read me some nursery rhymes?”  I told her to go get the book; she crawled up in my lap and I began to read:  “Mary had a little lamb…”  At that very moment, God’s voice  was almost audible, as I heard Him say to me… “Yes…she did, and HE was the Son of God!”  After she left, Jesus and I sat down and wrote this poem together.  Hope you enjoy, and A Very Merry Christmas to you all!-anita

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Mary had a little lamb.

He was the Son of God.

That Christmas night He came to earth,

The angels did applaud!

They KNEW He would for sin atone,

And die upon a tree…

And by His blood, WASH all men clean,

And set their spirits free!

A light shined bright outside the door,

Where naught but darkness was before;

To light the way…to show the path

Of incarnate love, that would quell God’s wrath.

In stable low, while shepherds watched,

And cattle were a lowing…

The King, lay sleeping in the hay

Even though a child, yet knowing;

His PURPOSE for mankind was clear…

It was the REASON He appeared!

He went from sitting on a throne,

To lying in a manger.

From being worshipped and adored…

To being but a stranger.

From hearing angel voices singing,

Holy!  Holy!  Holy!

To hearing sounds of sheep and cattle,

In this stable, lowly.

From eyes of adoration

From redeemed, in eons past…

To shepherds, staring on in awe…

Bewildered…amazed…aghast!

From having Heaven as His domain…

To finding no place at the Inn.

Long before that night, He’d flung the stars,

And put them in their place;

Now, from that lowly bed of straw…

He gazed into his mother’s face.

When they looked down…

They saw a babe, lying in the hay;

When He looked up,

He saw a race, lost…and gone astray!

They saw Him helpless…meek and mild;

He saw them lost…undone…defiled.

They saw the manger where he lay.

He saw the CROSS…crucifixion day!

They gave thanks for the fruit of the womb…

He praised God, for the empty tomb!

They were excited to tell the story…

He was content to give God ALL the glory!

Yes!  Mary had a Little Lamb

Born on Christmas day;

The Sacrificial Lamb of GOD…

The Truth, The Life, The way!

From Heaven’s glory, to manger low…

Finally, dying on the cross…

He came that night for ONE reason only…

To SEEK, and to SAVE that which is lost!

ARE YOU LOST?

Then, He’s seeking for YOU!

But the question is:

What will you do,

With this wonderful gift,

Sent from God’s own hand…

With this little babe…

Mary’s Little Lamb?

By:  Anita Mondragon  December 2007

 

THOUGHTS ON CHRISTMAS

I love to read from the Devotional booklet, Our Daily Bread.  After ever devotional story, they have a little blurb at the bottom of the page…a little take away for you to ponder on.  Here are a few from their Christmas issue.  This is the TRUE meaning of Christmas!-anita

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  1. Jesus’ name and mission are the same…He came to save us!
  2. God broke into human history to offer us the gift of salvation!
  3. Immanuel…God with us!
  4. The Lamb of God is also the Lion of Judah!
  5. The birth of Christ brought God to man; the cross of Christ brings man to God!
  6. God’s gift to a dying world is the life-giving Savior!
  7. God made His home with us so that we might make our home with Him!
  8. Focus on Jesus!
  9. Love was when God became a man!
  10. MAY YOU KNOW THE PEACE OF CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR!

 

By:  Quotes from Our Daily Bread

JUST A TRAMP ON THE STREET

A young man, full of anger, and hate and defeat,

Goes looking for trouble, out on the street;

But something goes wrong!  There’s a BANG!! And he’s hit…

I hear someone passing by say, “Aww…he deserves what he gets!”

But, he was once some mother’s baby,

Once, some mother’s child…

She did all that she could,

So he wouldn’t go wild.

Now…cold…lifeless, and still

This young boy once so sweet,

Face down in his own blood…

Is lying dead in the street.

 

A beautiful girl, so young and petite,

Now makes her living by walking the street.

She picks up the John’s, and takes them all home…

How sad for her! …She still feels alone!

She was once some father’s baby,

Once, some father’s child.

She was once fair and lovely…

And undefiled.

Her father once held her, and sang her to sleep

Now here she is all alone…just a tramp on the street.

 

He stands every morning at the side of the road,

With his cardboard sign and his heavy load.

“WILL WORK FOR FOOD…I JUST WANT TO EAT!”

But…you drive on by…because, he’s just a tramp on the street.

But, he was once some mother’s baby…

He was some mother’s son;

Yet, you had nothing to give him…

Nothing…none!

She once kissed him and rocked him and sang him to sleep,

But now, he’s nothing to anyone…he’s just a tramp on the street!

 

Another man downtown, with his cart full of clothes,

Stumbles around, full of worries and woes.

Under the bridge is where he makes his home;

No soap, no toothbrush, not even a comb.

Do you look into his eyes?  Or do you stare straight ahead?

Do you feel sorry for him, or wonder when he’s been fed?

Well, he was once some mother’s baby,

He was some mother’s boy.

She smiled as she held him,

Her pride and her joy!

But now, here he is with no shoes on his feet…

Just a nothing’…a nobody…a nameless tramp on the street.

 

A man long ago, once died to make men free.

He poured out His blood for you and for me.

They speared His side…nailed His hands and His feet,

But we look away like He’s a tramp on the street!

When they nailed Him to the cross, His mother looked on and wept!

His Father, couldn’t look on sin, but in His heart He kept…reserved…

All the honor, and glory and power, forever…for that’s what His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, deserved!

Because…He was once Mary’s baby…but He was God’s ONLY child!

He was so lovely…so meek…and so mild.

Now, with His arms opened wide, Come…Kneel at His feet!

DON’T IGNORE JESUS, like He’s just a tramp on the street!

By:  Anita Mondragon February 2005