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Child Like Faith by Jeff Carnie

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A friend tells of overhearing two little girls, playmates, who were counting their pennies together.

One said,” I have five cents.” The other said “I have ten cents.” “No,” said the first little girl, “you have just five cents, the same as me,” but the second girl quickly replied, “My father said that when he came home to-night he would give me five cents, and so I have ten cents.”

The child’s faith gave her proof of that which she did not as yet see, and she counted it as being already hers because it had been promised by her father.   So are we to trust the promises of our heavenly Father, and we to, can count among our possessions the things which He has promised to give us.

Have a great week!

Jeff Carnie

9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church

8939 East Stockton Blvd.

Elk Grove, Ca.

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Persistence is an important factor in prayer by Jeff Carnie.

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Persistence is an important factor in prayer. But persistence is a valuable commodity for every area of your Christian life, not just prayer. God blesses those who persist. So whatever you may be facing right now, don’t  give up! If you’re ever tempted to give up, just remember the composer Brahms. It took him seven long years to write his famous Lullaby–I guess because he kept falling asleep at the piano!

Have a great week and be blessed!

Jeff Carnie  9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church of  Elk Grove,  Ca. http://www.jeffcarnieandspectrum.com


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IT DEPENDS WHOSE HANDS IT’S IN

A basketball in my hands is worth about $19
A basketball in Michael Jordan’s hands is
worth about $33 million
It depends whose hands it’s in

A baseball in my hands is worth about $6
A baseball in Mark McGuire’s hands is worth $19 million
It depends whose hands it’s in

A tennis racket is useless in my hands
A tennis racket in Pete Sampras’ hands
is a Wimbledon Championship
It depends whose hands it’s in

A rod in my hands will keep away a wild animal
A rod in Moses’ hands will part the mighty sea
It depends whose hands it’s in

A sling shot in my hands is a kid’s toy
A sling shot in David’s hand is a mighty weapon.
It depends whose hands it’s in

Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in my hands
is a couple of fish sandwiches.
Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in God’s
hands will feed thousands It depends whose hands it’s in

Nails in my hands might produce a birdhouse
Nails in Jesus Christ’s hands will produce
salvation for the entire world.
It depends whose hands it’s in

As you see now it depends whose hands it’s in.
So put your concerns, your worries, your fears,
your hopes, your dreams, your families and
your relationships in God’s hands because

It depends whose hands it’s in.

(Author Unknown)

Jeff Carnie

9:30 Worship Pastor

First Baptist Church of Elk Grove, CA.

http://www.jeffcarnieandspectrum.com

 


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THANKFUL PEOPLE ARE HAPPY PEOPLE!

I read a news story once of a woman who was getting ready to jump off a 44 story building in New York City.
Witnesses said that she did not look like the type of person who would do such a thing. She was very distinguished and well dressed.  All the attempts made by the police to get the woman off the ledge had failed.

One of the officers asked if he could call his pastor in to see if he could help. When the pastor arrived, he asked permission to go to the ledge and talk to the woman. As the pastor neared the edge the woman screamed, “Don’t come any closer or I’ll jump!” The pastor took a step back and then said, “I am sorry that you believe no one loves you.”

This got the woman’s attention and it got the attention of the police. That was something that you don’t usually say to a person who is threatening suicide. The woman took a step towards the pastor and said, “My grandchildren love me and so does my children. My whole family loves me! I have 8 wonderful grandchildren and they love me.”

The pastor took a step towards the woman and said, “Well then, you must be very poor, maybe that is why you want to take your own life.”  The woman who was a little overweight said, “Do I look like I go without any meals? We live in a very nice apartment. I’m not poor.”  The pastor took another step closer to her and was now 3 feet from her when he asked, “Then why do you want to kill yourself? I don’t understand.”

The woman thought for a moment and then said, “You know, I don’t really remember.”

The story ends with the pastor and the woman walking towards the elevator as she shows him pictures of her grandchildren. Eventually this woman becomes a volunteer on the city’s suicide hotline, helping others choose life.

What did the pastor do to help this woman?  He helped her get her eyes off herself and onto the many ways that God had blessed her. She learned a valuable lesson that day. She learned that thankful people are happy people.
If you don’t learn anything else today, I hope you learn this valuable lesson.

Thankful people are happy people.

 

Jeff Carnie

Worship Pastor 9:30 service

First Baptist Church of Elk Grove, CA.

http://www.jeffcarnieandspectrum.com