Author: Alfred Benjamin King
Title of Today’s Story: But the 8.00 am service doesn't really begin until 8.30 am
Date: 16th November 2011 (Wednesday)
But the 8.00 am service doesn't really begin until 8.30 am
Once upon a time there lived two 13 year old brothers. One's name was Danny and the other one's name was Tommy. They were both Christians and were blessed with two lovely parents who loved them dearly and had taken them to church from day one so they won't be lacking in the knowledge of the Truth which is God's word.
Danny and Tommy each wanted a new portable hand held touch screen device more than any thing. With it they could use all sorts of important apps, listen to CBN Radio, chat with their friends on yookos.com, and also download and play a lot of sweet positive games that wouldn't clog their minds with violence but is just 100% clean gaming fun.
The two brothers had tried to get their parents to buy the device for them but their Dad told them to ask their Mum and their Mum told them to go do their homework anytime they brought the topic up. Even after they finished their homework whenever they asked their Mum she would tell them to go read a book. On some other occasions, asking her to buy them the device would make her give them some shores around the house to do.
So I guess you can understand why the boys gave up on trying to get their Mum and Dad to buy them the device. Now all they could do is pray and pray and pray for it.
Normally, they all went to church together as a family but one Sunday the kids were to go alone. Their Dad was out of the country on a business trip and he was to come back on Monday (the next day), while their Mum left very early that morning after cooking breakfast making sure that the boys were on schedule to getting to church early. She was in a hurry, she had to travel to another city to visit her sick and hospitalized sister who had begged to see her.
After Mum left and the boys had prepared and eaten and it was time to step out the door and walk to the church which was a stone throw away from their house, Tommy sat down and put on the Television.
Danny was shocked. He asked Tommy what he taught he was doing.
Tommy told Danny to relax that it is not as if he doesn't plan on going to church. It's just that the 8.00 am service doesn't really begin until 8.30 am. So he would kill time watching TV before he gets up to go to church. If he goes now all he would meet is the praise and worship time and the testimony time but what he plans to do to come right before the Pastor steps on stage to deliver the message.
Danny tried to convince his brother of the importance of punctuality but Tommy wouldn't budge. Danny soon realized that if he stayed there trying to talk some sense into his brother he would be late himself so he leaves his brother there watching Sunday morning cartoons.
God had been listening to the prayers of the brothers. Their asking for the portable hand held touch screen device hadn't gone un-noticed in heaven.
That Sunday, God sent angels to deliver blessings to them to where they were supposed to be and not where they were. The blessing was a spiritual blessing that would make it possible for them to get the device they wanted in the physical. Kinda like how Isaac in the bible blessed his son Jacob by speaking words of blessing over him without giving him any physical thing, yet that blessing is what was responsible for the many physical and material possessions that he later had in life.
The two angels that God sent to bless the two brothers arrive as the service starts in order to give them their blessings but only Danny is there. God had decided to give them their own blessings during the opening prayer but since only Danny was there during the opening prayer of the service, only Danny got his blessing.
Danny did not see or feel the angels blessing him. But he was blessed any how.
Tommy later showed up in church right before the Pastor mounted the pulpit to start preaching. By then the angels who came specifically for him and his brother had gone. None of the two brothers had known the angels had come but only one of them was going to reap the fruits of their coming.
Days later Danny had gotten the device he wanted as a gift from one of his Mum's sisters who visited. She had gotten Danny the new portable hand held touch screen device and had gotten Tommy a pair of sneakers and a basketball. Tommy thanked his aunt just like Danny did but he wished he had gotten Danny's gift instead.
After their aunt left, their Mum wanted to take the device away from the Danny but God gave Danny wisdom to know what his Mum was really afraid of, so Danny told his Mum that he was going to install an app that would block out all inappropriate websites and he promises to use his device to read a minimum of 15 pages of a book everyday.
On hearing his, Mum smiled and her fears went away. She now let him keep the device.
Tommy kept on praying and praying for his device but he soon got tired of waiting for his miracle as it where.
Tommy looked up to the heavens and said, "You love my brother more than me. It's not fair."
Oh! What a pity. If only Tommy knew that he was only reaping what he sowed.
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If you’ve been touched by what you just read and you’ve never given your heart to Jesus before but now want to become a Christian, please say this prayer and mean it with all your heart.
“Oh Lord God, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. Your word says, ‘… whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved’ (Acts 2:21)
So now I ask Jesus to come into my heart to be the lord of my life. I receive eternal life into my spirit and according to Romans 10: 9, ‘That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved’ , Therefore I declare that I am saved; I am born – again; I am a child of God! I now have Christ dwelling in me, and greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world! (1 John 4:4). I now walk in the consciousness of my new life in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah!”
PRAYER FOR THE RETURNING BACK SLIDER (ONLY):
“Oh lord God, I ask for your mercy and forgiveness for turning my back on you. I come back to you today in total sincerity and like the parable of the prodigal son, I thank you for receiving me back with Joy and Gladness.
I confess that Jesus Christ is the lord of my life and God the father is my Daddy. Hallelujah!”
PRAYER TO RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT:
“Oh Father, I thank you now for making me born again. For making me your child.
I ask that you give me your Holy Spirit to live in me and with me. For your word says that you would freely give the Holy Spirit to all those who ask. I open my heart and receive, and I know by faith that you have given me your Holy Spirit. Thank you Father. In Jesus name. Amen.”
CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE NOW A CHILD OF GOD. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF GOD.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alfred Benjamin King is a full time writer & illustrator who obviously loves writing and drawing with all his heart.
He also loves music and so makes songs in his bedroom every once in a while.
He lives as though he’s retired early and retired rich. His bread comes from the fact that he is a business investor who God has blessed with wisdom.
He is one of the leading Christ – Minded writers in both fiction and non – fiction today.
His contribution to literature is extra ordinary. He created two new genres of literature namely, “D.I.P” and “S+C.S”
His literally works and special projects have gone spiral on the web; wheeling in an ever increasing number of views per post.
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