Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely , whatever is of good report, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, ponder on these things. - Philippians 4:8

Saturday, July 12, 2014


     “I'm not sure what to think of everything.” Barney Lee said to Bernadette Henderson as they talked in the park about the rebellion being over. “Well, I even heard that Stella told Harold she was sorry and gave him a hug.” Bernadette said. “She did that?!” Barney said in disbelief, “I wonder if she liked it?”

     “NO! She didn't!” came a reply. It was Stella. “It was Horrid, it was Yucky, it was Gross and I'll Never do it again not even if he was... was... was... I guess he was shot wasn't he.” “Yeah,” Barney said, “And in a way we are all responsible for what happened.” “I take it, you still don't like your brother?” Bernadette added.

     “Come on, Bernadette.” Stella said, “Brothers and sisters are NOT suppose to like each other. We’re suppose to hate each other and fight with each other.” “Does that mean you still won't get along with him?” Bernadette asked. “Are you kidding?” Stella said, “Even when he’s being good, he’s being rotten.” “what are you talking about?” Barney said when he heard that.

     “Well, Bernadette,” Stall said, “Believe it or not, I was trying to go out of my way to try and show some appreciation to Harold for what he did and all I got was 'I didn’t do anything.'” “You tried to show Harold some appreciation?” Bernadette said in shock. “Yeah.” Stella replied, “I tried to throw him a hero party for him and he said he would refused to come.”

     “That doesn't sound like Harold?” Barney said. “Why wouldn't he come?” “ He keeps saying he didn’t do anything.” Stella said, “He says that God did it all and the party should be for Him.” After thinking about that for a moment, Barney got a big grin on his face, “Do you know what this means?” “Duh.” Stella said, “It means I just wasted all my time planning a party.”

     “No.” Barney said, “It means Harold is out of his comma and is getting better.” “Oh.” Stella said a bit disappointed, “I guess so, I guess so but he can’t come home from the hospital for several more weeks.” “Several weeks?” Bernadette asked, “When were you going to have the party?” “Last week” Stella said and then whispered, “Before Harold was even out of the hospital”

     “How was he suppose to show up for that?” Barney asked. “Well,” Stella replied, “He could have sneaked out to come. He's really good at that.” “I have an idea.” Bernadette interrupted, Why don't you still have the party, but wait until Harold is out of the hospital. But instead of having a hero party for Harold turn it into a 'Thank You God' party. Then invite Harold to tell everybody about how God used him.”

     “That's a great idea.” Barney chimed in, “I'll even help you put it together.” “I suppose that might work.” Stella sighed, “I better go and call the Quaker oats man back.” “Huh?” Barney and Stella said looking at each other when they heard that but when they went to ask for an explanation, Stella left. So they just picked up talking about the rebellion being over.

     Paul and Barnabas stayed in Iconium a long time and spoke bravely for the Lord. He showed that their message about his grace was true by giving them the power to work miracles and signs. But the city was divided. Some of the people agreed with the Jews, and others believed the apostles. Some who were not Jews, some Jews, and some of their rulers wanted to mistreat Paul and Barnabas and to stone them to death. When Paul and Barnabas learned about this, they ran away to Lystra and Derbe, cities in Lycaonia, and to the areas around those cities.
Acts 14:3-6 (NCV)

     Paul and Barnabas were doing the work of preaching.... But trouble came and they had to move on to preach again but this next time something different happened.

      In Lystra there sat a man who had been born crippled; he had never walked. As this man was listening to Paul speak, Paul looked straight at him and saw that he believed God could heal him. So he cried out, “Stand up on your feet!“ The man jumped up and began walking around. When the crowds saw what Paul did, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have become like humans and have come down to us!“ Then the people began to call Barnabas “Zeus“ and Paul “Hermes,“ because he was the main speaker. The priest in the temple of Zeus, which was near the city, brought some bulls and flowers to the city gates. He and the people wanted to offer a sacrifice to Paul and Barnabas. But when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard about it, they tore their clothes. They ran in among the people, shouting, “Friends, why are you doing these things? We are only human beings like you. We are bringing you the Good News and are telling you to turn away from these worthless things and turn to the living God. He is the One who made the sky, the earth, the sea, and everything in them. In the past, God let all the nations do what they wanted. Yet he proved he is real by showing kindness, by giving you rain from heaven and crops at the right times, by giving you food and filling your hearts with joy.“ Even with these words, they were barely able to keep the crowd from offering sacrifices to them.
Acts 14:8-18 (NCV)

     Imagine people wanting to call you a God for what you did, imagine them wanting to sacrifice to you and lift you up, imagine telling them it was all God's doing and He deserves the credit. Humility is something we all should have.
  • Micah 6:8 - He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (ESV)
  • Colossians 3:12 - Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, (ESV)
     Along with being humble comes some wonderful promises.
  • Psalm 138:6 - Though the LORD is supreme, he takes care of those who are humble, but he stays away from the proud. (NCV)
  • Luke 14:11 - All who make themselves great will be made humble, but those who make themselves humble will be made great. (NCV)
  • Proverbs 22:4 - The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life. (ESV)
     Harold's unwillingness to take credit for what happened in Pupperville but give the credit to God is just one way to show humility. So, Here's Something To Ponder.
  • In what ways do you let God use you?
  • In what ways do you show humility by giving God the credit?

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