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A tired farmer oppressed by the noonday heat, sat under a walnut tree for some rest. As he sat there, he looked at his pumpkin vines and said to himself, "God is really very foolish and inexperienced. He puts big, heavy, pumpkins on a frail vine that has so little strength it has to lie on the ground. And then puts small walnuts on branches that can hold a man! Any man can do a better job than that."
Just then a breeze dislodged a walnut from the tree under which the farmer sat, and the walnut fell on the critic's head. The old man rubbed his head and said, "It's a good thing there wasn't a pumpkin up there instead of a walnut!"
Oftentimes we look at God's creation and laws of nature which He designed and say, "If I would have made it I would have done it this way," only to have our hearts and minds changed as time and experience illustrates to us the infinite wisdom of God. Oftentimes this lesson comes long and hard by our stubbornness in doing it "my way." Sometimes even the simplest plan and design of God is "muddied" and marred by our own human reasoning.
A good illustration of this is God's simple plan of salvation. It's by grace through faith in the blood of His Son as our payment for sin and justification before God. Repent and believe!
But this simple plan of God does not satisfy religious-natured man. He has to add to it by saying things like, "You must perform the Sacraments, be baptized, be a church member, obey the Ten Commandments, live by the Golden Rule, and maybe if your good out weighs your bad and after some time in Purgatory maybe you'll make it!"
"For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of your selves: it is the Gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." Eph. 2:8,9. We do good and live righteously because we are saved and our lives have been changed by Christ, not to be saved. All that was needed for you to be saved was done for you by Christ on Calvary. Believe and trust Him. Trust in the design of the walnut tree, because a 20 pound pumpkin 20 feet up in the air will kill you!
The Great Bend Alliance Church, located on Randolph Street in Great Bend will be hosting a Family Weekend, May 17 and 18. The festivities will begin on Saturday, May 17 with a spaghetti dinner at 5:30 p.m. Following the dinner, there will be a concert, presented by the Gospel Bond Quartet at 6:45 p.m. The Gospel Bond Quartet is a Southern Gospel quartet from southeastern PA. The quartet will also be presenting a concert on Sunday morning, May 18, at 11:00 a.m.
There is no charge for the dinner, however, reservations must be made, by May 16, by calling (570) 879-2741. There is no charge for either concert; a freewill offering will be taken in both concerts for the Gospel Bond Quartet. All are welcome to come, join and celebrate the family.
For more info call (570) 879-2741.
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