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New Christian

Our Pastor uses the following illustration when counseling a new Christian. He takes a quarter and places it in his hand and says “when you accepted Christ you were placed in the hand of God, and nothing can ever take you out of God’s hand.” Then he takes his thumb and pushes the quarter around with it and says that satan, can make your life miserable, but there are certain things you can do to keep satan from getting at you. Bro. Phil then begins to close his fingers one by one over the quarter as he explains how a Christian can live a victorious life by prayer, reading the Bible, worshipping with other believers, and witnessing.

Written by Chairman of Deacons' Wife, October 4, 2002


"Slowness to anger makes for deep undertanding: a quick-tempered person stockpiles stupidity." Proverbs 14:29

The Fence

There was a little boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that very time he lost his temper, to hammer a nail in the back fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Then it gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said. "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there."

excerpt from the book God's Little Lessons for Women

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