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September 1st, 2008

How Dr. Maurice Rawlings Became A Christian

Dr.Maurice S. Rawlings

The following is an excerpt from Dr. Rawlings‘ book – To Hell and Back

I was giving CPR to a patient when the following incident occurred. I inserted a pacemaker through the shoulder and guided it through the vain into Charlie’s heart.

His heart stopped so I began to pound on the his heart, but as I did blood spurted out, I stopped to adjust the pacemaker. And as I did, Charlie’s eyes would roll back in his head, he would sputter, turn blue, and convulse. This happened several times.

Once while I was stopped to adjust the pacemaker Charlie screamed, ‘Don’t stop, don’t stop, I’m in Hell, I’m in Hell.’ Hallucinations, I thought at first, but most victims say, ‘Take your big hands off me, your breaking my ribs,’ but he was saying the opposite ‘For Gods sake don’t stop! Don’t you understand, every time you stop I’m in Hell.”

When he asked me to pray for him I felt downright insulted. I told him to shut up, I’m a doctor, not a minister or a psychiatrist. Then the nurse gave me that expectant look. What would you do?

That’s when I composed a make believe prayer. I made him repeat the prayer to keep him off my back. Say it!

Jesus Christ son of God, Keep me out of Hell.

And a very strange thing took place. He was no longer that wild-eyed screaming lunatic. It was then that I too became a Christian.”

September 1st, 2008

Story : Jesus Loves Me

The long queue

Jesus Loves Me

It was a very hot day, sweat and irritation was in abundance. Traffic was hectic and the A/C in my car was not cooperating either. I had to run so many errands and since the baby sitter was on leave, I had to take a day off and take my 4 year old son wherever I went. I was just hoping that he behaved well the entire day because I was definitely not in a good mood.

I had to pickup a book for my friend who was celebrating her birthday the next day, so I ran to the bookstore, (Remember I was literally dragging David, my son along with me) and the check out line was very very very long. I did not want to drive to another bookstore to avoid the long line because I did not want to get fried in the heat again.

The checkout line looked like a giant snail to me. I looked at my watch so many times that I thought that even the watch looked like a snail. I could not smile at anybody nor could I interact with my son because “I WAS TOO IRRITATED’, I wanted to finish all my errands. Everyone around me also had a tired and irritated look on them. My son who was trying to get my attention by talking to me about his school, his friends, the beautiful sun, butterflies, a little girl, sounded too boring to me. (How rude can I get huh!!!!????!!!)

I finally had it, I turned towards my son to tell him to just be quiet because his joyful chatter was giving me a headache, but he just smiled at me and started singing “JESUS LOVES ME THIS I KNOW……..YES! JESUS LOVES ME, YES! JESUS LOVES ME” – by now he was LOUD. I was first embarrassed, because people turned their heads towards us, but then I noticed that the heat, the long line or my mood did not affect my boy, but the joy of the Lord, made him sing. Everyone turned and looked at David and smiled at him. Everyone were smiling, (even I was), the line seemed to get shorter, the checkout person was wishing everybody so sweetly.

My errands list looked shorter, my mood was better, I picked up the book and hugged my son who reminded me that Jesus loves me and I need to pass on His Love and not my irritation on others, because He is there to take care of me, I should just enjoy all the situations and keep praising Him. When I stepped out I thought I saw a cool cloud passing by.

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The joy of the Lord can change any bad situation into a pure joy, next time you are down with depression or just irritation, just start humming, Jesus Loves Me…..(it worked for David, it will work for you too, because Jesus is definitely there to take care of us).

August 31st, 2008

Should We Help EVERYONE? – The Struggle

The Cocoon

A man found a cocoon of an emperor moth. He took it home so that he could watch the moth come out of the cocoon.

On the day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the moth for several hours as the moth struggled to force the body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. It just seemed to be stuck.

Then the man, in his kindness, decided to help the moth, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The moth then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the moth because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

Neither happened! In fact, the little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the moth to get through the tiny opening was the way of forcing fluid from the body of the moth into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle. By depriving the moth of a struggle, he deprived the moth of health.

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Sometimes we make the mistake of cutting the spiritual cocoons of others.

There is a balance in helping other people. We are called to rescue the perishing (Proverbs 24:11), weep with those who weep (1 Corinthians 12:26), and help our brother in need (1 John 3:17-18). But at other times we interfere with God’s work, if we intervene (e.g. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15).

There are some burdens we can’t and shouldn’t carry for others. If we take all the struggle away, we cut God’s spiritual cocoon. Addiction groups call it “enabling.”

In some cases, it is actually an unloving act to help people. When we help people who are able to help themselves, we are in fact “enabling” them to remain immature and weak. Instead we are to “speak the truth in love” to them (Ephesians 4:15,25; Matthew 18:15; Proverbs 9:8; Luke 17:3). Encourage them (1 Thessalonians 5:14). And pray for them (Ephesians 6:18). But when it is God’s plan, don’t be afraid to let people emerge from their cocoon to become the butterfly that God intended.

We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.

– Romans 5:3-5

 

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