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Short stories for children
or anyone with childlike faith
in God's Word, the Holy Bible.
"I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children,
you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven."
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Real faith works!
If some activity promises lots of money, or plenty of pleasure, or superior mental and physical abilities, then many people today would say "Go for it!" But because it offers what you want doesn't mean the way that is suggested for you to get it must be OK!
Here are some things that promise pleasure, satisfaction or prosperity but the Lord Jesus Christ condemned them: "..From within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed…and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean'."
Jesus also said, "Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come." What about the person who would "cause one of these little ones to sin"? Does he deserve to be put in jail? Jesus said, "It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied round his neck"!
It is very serious in God's sight for anyone to discourage children from obeying and trusting their Creator and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Because Jesus calls every wickedness "sin",
and sets a very high standard of living for His followers, His true teachings are still not popular today.
Jesus taught, "If your brother .. sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, `I repent,' forgive him." The disciples knew right away that only God could make it possible for them to live like that. They said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"
What is faith? It is not just knowing something to be true. "Faith without deeds is useless."
For example, you might know all about aeroplanes, but that is not having faith in one! If the aeroplane is to be useful to you you would have to put your faith into action and trust it to fly you to your destination!
Of course it is not your faith that makes the aeroplane work, but it by your act of faith that it becomes useful to you.
In a similar way, it is not your faith that makes salvation possible. It is Jesus who made salvation possible when He became one of us and willingly took our place and our punishment for sin. It is only when YOU put your faith in Jesus as your only Priest and Saviour that you will have, and enjoy, the forgiveness Jesus offers.
The person who goes to someone else, or something else, to try to get forgiveness shows his faith is NOT in Jesus! Your faith is proved and made complete by what you do.
And it is not how big your faith is that counts, it is having your faith in the right thing. Jesus taught that if your faith in God is even "as small as a mustard seed.."
it is enough to discover the power of God.
Although all true Christians living by faith have God working for them,
yet they can only say of themselves, `We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty."
Read in Luke chapter 17, verses 1-10 and see that real faith works and is seen by what the believer does.
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Bye for now,
John Nixon, Ballincollig, Co.Cork, Ireland.
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Bible quotations from N.I.V.
1 Mark 7:21-23.
2Luke 17:1-2. Matthew 18:5-10.
3 Matthew 18:5,10. Ecclesiastes 12:1. 2nd Timothy 3:15.
4 Luke 3:3. 7:37-49.
5 Luke 17:3-5.
6 James 2:20, 22.
7 Luke 17:6.
8 Romans 1:17.
9 Luke 17:10.
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