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Rays of Son, week of July 23, 2017
Posted On 07/28/2017 17:45:46

Pastors Hold Conference to Discuss

Their Favorite Bible Verses.

 

By Greg Miller © 2017

 

A large city’s ministerial association decided to hold a conference to discuss the ministers’ favorite Bible verses.

 

Pastor Stephen was chosen by the other ministers to moderate the one-day session, which drew approximately 120 pastors.

 

One by one, the ministers spoke. Each pastor was asked to quote his favorite verse and share the reason the verse was his favorite. Each minister was limited to 60 seconds.

 

Pastor Scott was the first to share his favorite verse. “My favorite verse is John 3:16,” said the pastor. He quoted the verse, “’For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ Nothing compares to God’s great love.”

 

Pastor Simon’s favorite verse was Revelation 21:4. He quoted the verse, “’And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

 

“What a day that will be!” Pastor Simon declared in preaching mode! “All will be joy and bliss and happiness!”

 

Pastors Sage, Sebastian and Shane all were in favor of Genesis 1:1 being voted as their favorite verse. As a trio, they sang in perfect harmony, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” The trio then sang, “Praise the Lord for all His creation! His creation must worship Him!”

 

Pastor Spencer stated his favorite verse was Psalm 100:5, “’ For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

 

“God is good all the time,” he said. “And all the time, God is good!”

 

One by one, the rest of the ministers paraded to the microphone. Without exception, each of them declared John 3:16 as his favorite verse of Scripture.

 

Near the end of the conference, Pastor Stephen announced John 3:16 as the winning passage of Scripture. “God the Father loved each of us enough to send His Son into the world to die for our sins and Jesus loved us enough to give His life for us,” he said.

 

In his closing remarks, Pastor Stephen told the group the passage he enjoyed preaching on the most was Matthew 14, where Jesus fed 5,000 men plus women and children with five loaves of bread and two fish. “This is one of the most amazing miracles in all of Scripture!” Pastor Stephen thundered.

 

“But I do have one question about it,” he mused. “I wonder what kind of fish they ate.”

 

The crowd roared as Pastor Stephen chuckled, “Because the only fish I eat is catfish. When it comes to other fish, my taste buds are totally allergic to all of them!”

 

To contact the writer of this column about speaking engagements, including Christian Comedy Fundraising Outreaches, Christian Creativity Seminars and/or puppet ministry, please email kidcool4jesus@yahoo.com, raysofson@gmail.com or ministry4jesus@yahoo.com.

Tags: Pastors Conference Bible Verses


Mini-devotion for Friday, June 23, 2017
Posted On 06/23/2017 16:50:44

Mini-devotion for Friday, June 23, 2017, Proverbs 11:25, KJV, “ The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.” The word “liberal” in political speak has come to mean a variety of things to different people. In this passage, however, there is a connotation of generosity included with the message. The generous souls shall be made “fat.” The word fat has a connotation of being made satisfied or being anointed. He that “watereth” is generously and abundantly satisfying the thirst of others and, we are told here, will be repaid in similar fashion. The Scripture, Matthew 10:41-42, is just coming to me, “He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” Today, may we utilize our opportunities on various Social Media platforms, as well as in other areas of our lives, to concentrate on lifting others up…emotionally, spiritually, financially, etc., and in so doing, bless the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to the nations.

Tags: Liberal Fat Watereth Anointed Generous


Rays of Son, week of June 18, 2017
Posted On 06/21/2017 18:59:18

Man with Heart of Thanksgiving is

Compared to Job in the Old Testament

 

By Greg Miller © 2017

 

Renaldo was a dedicated Christian who fully loved God.

 

All of Renaldo’s friends could easily see his level of commitment to the Lord Jesus. The business owner’s dedication was evident by the expressions of Thanksgiving he regularly shared.

 

On the Fourth of July, Renaldo purchased time on the local radio station for a short patriotic message. After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag, Renaldo said, “I thank God for the United States of America. I thank the Lord for my sons, my daughter, and for my beautiful wife, Rhonda. I thank God for His blessings, because He is such an awesome God!”

 

Not only was Renaldo thankful in times of blessing, he expressed his appreciation to God during life’s challenging seasons. When Rhonda contracted cancer, he continued to offer praise to God. “My God still sits on heaven’s throne and is still an awesome God,” he told his friends.

 

When the Lord healed Rhonda, Renaldo said, “Lord, thank you for healing Rhonda. I praise you for your blessings.”

 

Renaldo’s favorite Scripture passage was Psalms 100:4-5, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

 

Renaldo’s friends were so impressed by his gratitude during hard times, they started calling him Job, after the Old Testament character with that name. Just as Renaldo’s friends noted his continued praise and thanksgiving to the Sovereign Lord, so did the forces of evil. Stan dispatched Reversal – one of his top generals – to generate additional problems in his life.

 

Reversal orchestrated several events in Renaldo’s life which resulted in financial losses. As was his custom, Renaldo continued to praise the Creator. As did his Old Testament counterpart – Job – Renaldo praised the Lord. “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away!” Renaldo declared. God limited the amount of damage Reversal was able to inflict on Renaldo, and God blessed Renaldo immensely.

 

After one Wednesday prayer service at the church, Renaldo paid tribute to Job. “Job was persecuted by the forces of evil, but with God’s help he prevailed,” Renaldo said. “I have also prevailed.”

 

Pastor Rudy, the church’s minister who had observed Renaldo’s trials and blessings over the years, answered, “Of course, you have overcome and prevailed, Renaldo,” said the pastor. “We are serving the same unfailing Sovereign Lord.”

 

The pastor added, “I think the secret to Renaldo’s successful life has been the realization that Thanksgiving is more than just a holiday to celebrate. Thanksgiving is a big reason God has blessed Renaldo so much. For him, true thanksgiving is a condition of the heart.”

 

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Tags: Job Thanksgiving Praise


Rays of Son, week of June 11, 2017
Posted On 06/19/2017 15:49:55

Couple Has Unique Way of

Celebrating Birthdays

 

By Greg Miller © 2017

 

Evan and his wife, Eva, celebrated their birthdays on the same day.

 

Evan and Eva were preparing to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. “Next week is our birthday celebration,” Evan reminded his wife. “Do you want to celebrate by going to our favorite restaurant like we always do on our anniversary?”

 

“Of course,” replied Eva, always open to her husband’s suggestions. “That’s a great idea. We can celebrate our birthdays and our anniversary at the same time.”

 

Eva continued, “I also think we should continue the tradition we began right after we were married.”

 

“Which tradition?” asked Evan.

 

“The one we both enjoy the most,” Smile Eva. “Taking all the money our friends and relatives give us as birthday presents and sending it to support the work of Christian missionaries around the world.”

 

Wow! Of course!” Evan beamed. “There’s no reason I wouldn’t want to continue that tradition. Since we began doing that, the Sovereign Lord has blessed us tremendously.”

 

Eva heartily agreed, as she remembered, “The first year we gave to the missionaries, God blessed us with a new car that a friend bought for us.”

 

Evan recalled, “The following year, I was hired at my new job, making five dollars an hour more than I had been making.”

 

“And I got a new job at the local day care center,” Eva said. “I’ve wanted to work with children ever since we got married.”

 

“I know honey,” Evan responded. “We haven’t been able to have any children of our own since we got married. But God continues to bless us in so many ways.”

 

Evan and Eva were unaware of two tremendous blessings that were in store for them. One day, Elisha, president of the bank which financed Evan and Eva’s mortgage, called Evan with good news.

 

Elisha said, “An anonymous philanthropist stopped by the bank yesterday and paid off the remainder of your mortgage, so your loan balance is now zero!”

 

Evan told Eva the good news. “I also received a great report today,” she said. “I had a doctor’s appointment,  and she told me we are going to have a baby.”

 

“God’s Word is certainly true,” Evan said. “He quoted Luke 6:38, “’give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.’”

 

“That’s good preaching, brother!” Eva exclaimed. “Mighty good preaching!”

 

Evan reminded his wife, “Jesus said, ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

 

Eva chuckled and said, “But you have to admit, receiving is pretty cool, too!”

 

 

To contact the writer of this column about speaking engagements, including Christian Comedy Fundraising Outreaches, Christian Creativity Seminars and/or puppet ministry, please email kidcool4jesus@yahoo.com, raysofson@gmail.com or ministry4jesus@yahoo.com.

Tags: Birthdays Giving Receiving Children


Rays of Son, week of March 24, 2413
Posted On 03/26/2013 16:37:26

Student Presents Talk About

Train to Kindergarten Class

 

By Greg Miller © 2013

 

The train chugged and whistled its way through the beautiful mountain countryside.

 

With smoke swirling toward the heavens, the train sped through the tunnel that led to the wide open terrain.

 

Tammie and her mother, Tommie, lived in a home located about one mile from the tunnel entrance. At 6 p.m. each evening, the mom and daughter stood in their front yard and watched the train as it sped toward a valley town 100 miles away.

 

Tammie attended kindergarten in the local elementary school. Miss Terrie, Tammie’s teacher, always allowed Tammie to share any news about the train with the class.

 

One day Tammie announced, “Miss Terrie, I have decided to give a name to the train that mom and I watch every evening.”

 

Miss Terrie asked, “What have you decided to name the train, Tammie?”

 

“I’ve named him Tiny,” said Tammie.

 

“Why are you naming him Tiny?,” asked Miss Terrie.

 

“Because of the tiny cloud of smoke he always is shooting into the air,” Tammie replied. “When I see the smoke, I know he’s happy and healthy and is having a great day.”

 

Miss Terri asked all the students to give an oral report to the class. Each child could select his or her own topic. Not surprisingly, Tammie talked to the class about Tiny. Tommie helped her daughter prepare for the talk.

 

The day for the oral reports finally arrived. Tommie, who made a lot of Tammie’s clothing, sewed a brand new dress for her daughter’s big day.

 

Tammie dazzled the class with her new dress, which was bright red. Miss Terrie asked Tammie why she chose red for the color of her new dress. “Well, red stands for the blood that Jesus shed on the cross for our sins,” said Tammie. “Also, red is the color of the inside of Tiny’s passenger cars.”

 

Tammie also dazzled the class with her presentation. With a sparkle in her eyes, she skipped to the front of the room.

 

“My mom and I have been spending a few minutes each day watching Tiny,” said Tammie. “He has such a wonderful personality. He always looks so strong and powerful. He always looks so happy to be rolling down the tracks. Sometimes I dream about Tiny. I dream I am talking to him and telling him how much Jesus loves us.”

 

Miss Terri and the students gave Tammie a standing ovation. “Thank you very much, Dear,” said Miss Terrie. “That was a beautiful speech.”

 

“You’re welcome, Miss Terrie,” said Tammie. “The main purpose for my talk was to make sure I mentioned something about Jesus. I figure Tiny is the best train a kid could have for a friend, but Jesus is the best friend in the whole wide world!”

 

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Tags: Jesus Kindergarten Train


Rays of Son, week of July 1, 2012
Posted On 06/30/2012 15:10:54

Veterans Participate in July 4th Celebration

 

By Greg Miller © 2012

 

Five veterans of America’s military teamed up to coordinate their town’s Fourth of July celebration.

 

Andy, an Army veteran, volunteered to coordinate the event’s publicity in the community’s media: Radio and TV stations, and newspapers, as well as over the Internet.

 

Arlene, who had served in the Air Force for 10 years, volunteered to judge the parade’s float entries. “This is my cup of tea,” she said.

 

Maxwell, who had retired from the Marines after 20 years of service, was selected to oversee all of the event’s operations. “Great,” he said. “I feel very comfortable in such leadership roles.”

 

A nurse, Norma had served in the Navy during the Vietnam Conflict. “I’ll coordinate getting some first aid kits together and asking a few local nurses to help out during the parade in case anyone needs medical attention,” she said.

 

 

Christy had just concluded a tour of duty in the Coast Guard. “I’ll line up some off-duty police officers to provide security for the parade,” she said.

 

Local church choirs and youth bands provided music for the extravaganza.

 

Everyone was filled with such a sense of patriotism that many parade-goers wept openly. Arthur had to have an arm amputated after being wounded in Afghanistan. “America is such a great nation,” he said. “I just have to weep.”

 

Amanda, who had written a book about her lengthy Air Force Career, bawled like a baby. “Without the blessings and grace of Almighty God and the blood shed by our brave troops, the United States of America would not even exist,” she said.

 

 

Monty, a former Marine drill sergeant, sobbed as he recalled a close friend being shot during combat in Iraq. “He took a bullet that had my name on it,” Monty said.

 

Norman learned to cook while serving in the Navy. He had gone on to open a restaurant chain with eateries in more than 15 states. “I joined the Navy to see the world,” he said. “I did see the world, but another world, the culinary arts was opened to me.”

 

Norman cried as he recalled that one of his best friends, who had served as a Navy pilot, was shot down and killed during the Vietnam Conflict. “He paid the ultimate price,” Norman wept.

 

Andy’s dad, Andrew, who had served as an Army chaplain during World War II, was the parade‘s grand marshal. After the parade, Andy told his father, “You’ve always been my hero, Dad. What was your secret to such a successful military career?”

 

“Well, Son, before I enlisted in the military, I gave my heart to the Lord Jesus Christ,” Andrew said. “All the battles of my life, as well as during my military career, were really fought by Jesus, and He gave the victory to me in all of them!”

 

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Rays of Son, week of June 24, 2012
Posted On 06/27/2012 18:10:37

Triplets open amusement park

 

By Greg Miller © 2012

 

Jordan and her sisters, Janette and Jocyln, decided to open amusement park.

 

The triplets wanted to operate a family-oriented amusement park, and they wanted to offer some unusual amenities.

 

Their father, Josiah, provided financing for the venture. “I know the Lord will bless this project, since you’re using it to glorify him,” Josiah told his daughters.

 

The sisters brainstormed for ideas about how to make the venture as successful as possible.

 

Jordan provided the first idea that was adopted. “I think we should offer a free dessert to everyone who purchases a dinner at one of the park’s restaurant,” she said. “Plus, children ages six and under can eat free.”

 

“That’s a wonderful idea,” remarked Joclyn. “And it needs a wonderful name. “We can call it ‘Jordan’s Magical Dessert.’”

 

Janette’s idea was the next to be accepted. “My idea is very unusual,” she bragged. “The center of our park will be so tranquil, with all the wildlife and waterfalls. Why don’t we offer a daily contest for some lucky couple to have their big day’s events at the park? And since I’m engaged to be married, I figured my fiance, Jack, and me could be the first couple to be married there. We can call it Janette‘s Magical Weddings.”

 

She continued, “Also, this idea should result in increased park attendance, because of all the people in the various wedding parties.”

 

“What’s your idea, Joclyn?,” asked Janette.

 

Joclyn replied, “We can declare one week out of every month a special park holiday, where we only charge half the normal admission fee. I think we’ll make a ton of additional money by doing that. So one week in each month will be declared Joclyn‘s Magical Half Price Days!”

 

“I think you’re right,” Jordan agreed.

 

Jordan also wanted to share other ideas with her sisters. “I think we should operate as a for-profit park Monday through Friday. On Saturday, we can let various non-profit agencies use the park to raise funds for their various outreaches.

 

“On Sunday, we’ll close down all the rides, games and restaurants, and host an all-day worship service. Admission to the park will be free, and everyone can spend all day worshipping God.”

 

Janette and Joclyn agreed that Jordan’s ideas were fantastic. “Especially the part about the picnic lunches,” Joclyn said. “If everyone shows up with nothing to eat, we may not have a boy show up with fish and bread. And even if we do, we may not have anyone who can feed an amusement park filled with people with such a small amount of food!”

 

 

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Rays of Son, week of June 17, 2012
Posted On 06/24/2012 18:19:54

 

God Sends Job Double Blessings

 

By Greg Miller

©

2012

 

Job, a righteous man who lived thousands of years ago in the land of Uz, loved the Sovereign Lord and hated the appearance of evil.

 

God blessed Job and his wife with seven sons and three daughters. The greatest of all the men of the East, Job owned many sheep, cattle, oxen and donkeys.

 

Job thought his sons and daughters may have sinned against God, so he offered burnt offerings to God for them.

 

One day, Satan appeared before the Lord. Job 1:8-12 says, “And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.”

 

Then Job’s sons and daughters were killed, as were his servants, and many of his animals. The camels were stolen. Job worshipped God. Job 1:21-22 says, “And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.”

Once again Satan presented himself before God. In Job 2:1-8, God gave Satan permission to touch Job‘s body but to spare his life. Verses 7-8 states, “So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.”

Job had a long conversation with three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, against whom the Lord’s anger was kindled. Job then prayed for his friends and God once again blessed him abundantly, giving him twice as many riches as he previously had. God also blessed Job with seven sons and three daughters.

 

Job thought to himself, “Do you ever wish the Lord had given you twice as many sons and daughters as you had before?”

 

Chuckling, Job replied to himself, “No, I love all my children very much, but God knew that if He had given us 10 more children, that would have been too many blessings for us to handle!”

 

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Rays of Son column, week of June 10, 2012
Posted On 06/17/2012 20:15:23

Couple has guests for colorful dinner

 

By Greg Miller

 

Charlie was very proud of his wife Clarissa’s cooking.

 

“She is the best cook in the world,” Charlie bragged to Chad, his best friend.

 

“So what is Clarissa preparing for dinner this evening?,” asked Chad.

 

“Let’s see,” Charlie chuckled. “We’re having spinach, peas, sliced cucumbers, green bean casserole and fried green tomatoes. And Clarissa has made some of her famous homemade vinegar to go with the spinach.”

 

“Sounds like the two of you are going green with your dinners,” grinned Chad.

 

“We are trying to eat healthier,” Charlie acknowledged.

 

“Not everything at dinner will be green, though,” Clarissa smiled as she entered the room.

 

“Clarissa’s right,” Charlie agreed. “I asked her to add some other colors, so we’re also having orange carrots and yellow squash.”

 

“By the way, Chad,” said Clarissa. “I just spoke with your wife, Claire, and asked her if the two of you will eat dinner with Charlie and me this evening. She said that will be fine, and she will be here in a few moments.”

 

“Great!,” exclaimed Chad. “I’m really looking forward to seeing such a colorful feast.”

 

Claire arrived within just a few minutes, and the foursome sat down to enjoy their dinner. Charlie asked Chad to pray the blessing over the meal. Chad prayed, “Dear Lord, thank you for this meal we are sharing. Bless this food to nourish our bodies, and bless our bodies to your service. Help us to always glorify you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

 

“This is such a colorful, delicious meal,” Claire told Clarissa. “Thanks again for inviting Chad and me for dinner.”

 

“You’re very welcome, Claire,” said Clarissa. “We’re glad you could come.”

 

Clarissa continued, “Since we’re finished with the main part of the meal, it’s time for dessert.”

 

“What is tonight’s dessert?,” asked Claire.

 

“It’s my own shortcake combo,” Claire smiled as she went to get the dessert. “It’s topped with lots of fresh, sweet strawberries and peaches.”

 

“Why both strawberries and peaches?,” asked Claire.

 

“Strawberries are red and peaches are yellow,” replied Clarissa. “And since we were having so much green with only a little orange and yellow for dinner, I felt we needed a little more color added to the menu.”

 

Claire took a huge bite out of her shortcake combo. “These are the best-tasting colors of the evening!,” she bragged. “Definitely the best-tasting colors of the evening!”

 

Charlie rose from his seat, leaned over and kissed his wife lovingly on the lips. “The dessert was great!,” he acknowledged. “But the kiss was even better than the shortcake.”

 

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