Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Take my Son.....

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art..
When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.
About a month later, just before Christmas, There was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands.. He said, 'Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly... He often talked about you, and your love for art.' The young man held out this package. 'I know this isn't much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.' The father Opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture.. 'Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift.'
The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.
The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection. On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. 'We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?'
There was silence...
Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, 'We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.'
But the auctioneer persisted. 'Will somebody bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?'
Another voice angrily. 'We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Gogh's, the Rembrandts. Get on with the Real bids!'
But still the auctioneer continued. 'The son! The son! Who'll take the son?'
Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. 'I'll give $10 for the painting...' Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.
'We have $10, who will bid $20?'
'Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters.'
The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the son.
They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.
The auctioneer pounded the gavel.. 'Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!'
A man sitting on the second row shouted, 'Now let's get on with the collection!'
The auctioneer laid down his gavel. 'I'm sorry, the auction is over.'
'What about the paintings?'
'I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will... I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings.
The man who took the son gets everything!'

God gave His son 2,000 years ago to die on the cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is: 'The son, the son, who'll take the son?'
Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Deputy Do Right & Miss Sunshine 2010

2010 has already been quite a year! Revival with Bro Zach and Sis Tiffaney Wells, and Caitrin =), our car getting fixed, my good friend coming back home and his beautiful wife getting the Holy Ghost, and us becoming the new Xtreme Team Directors. The Lord gives and takes away, but BLESSED be HIS NAME!!!!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

The gift of LOVE!-How often do we overlook such a priceless opportunity

The story goes that some time ago a mother punished her
Five year old daughter for wasting a roll of expensive
Gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and she became even
More upset when the child used the gold paper to
Decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift box to
Her mother the next morning and then said, 'This is for
You, Momma.'

The mother was embarrassed by her earlier over reaction,
But her anger flared again when she opened the box and
Found it was empty. She spoke to her daughter in a harsh

'Don't you know, young lady, when you give someone a
Present there's supposed to be something inside the

She had tears in her eyes and said, 'Oh, Momma, it's not
Empty! I blew kisses into it until it was full.'

The mother was crushed. She fell on her knees and put
Her arms around her little girl, and she begged her
Forgiveness for her thoughtless anger.

An accident took the life of the child only a short time
Later, and it is told that the mother kept that gold box
By her bed for all the years of her life.

Whenever she was discouraged or faced difficult problems
She would open the box and take out an imaginary kiss
And remember the love of the child who had put it there.