There was a young man who was leaving home and his father was concerned about how he would do in a new place without the family to encourage him. His loving father gave him a Bible with a list of chapters and verses that would be encouraging in various difficult situations.
After only a couple of days the young man called home with car trouble and his dad asked if he had been reading the Bible verses he had been given. The son assured him that he was reading some every day. A few days later a similar call was received. Finally, less than a month after leaving home to make it on his own the boy was begging for help to get back home.
The father sent him a bus ticket to get back home. When the boy was back the father asked him why he had not depended on God's Word. The boy claimed he had, so the father asked him to bring his Bible to the kitchen table. Upon being handed the Bible the father flipped through the pages and money began to fall out on the table. Soon there was a pile of 100, 50, and 20 dollar bills. The Bible had several thousand dollars that would have helped the young man get settled and overcome the difficulties he faced.
Our Bibles may not be filled with money, but there are thousands of other more valuable things that we can learn from the teachi
The story is told of the preacher who was visiting an elderly widow. During the visit she was called away for one reason or another and he was left in the room alone. After a few minutes a bowl of peanuts drew his attention and eventually he ate one, then a handful, and before she returned had finished the whole bowl. He felt a bit guilty about it and was compelled by his conscience to confess it to her when she returned. He told her what he had done and apologized and offered to buy her more peanuts. She just laughed and said, "Don't worry, sonny, I don't need any peanuts. Those were some left from my last bag of M&M's I can't eat the nuts so I just suck the chocolate off and spit the peanuts in a bowl to throw away."
Bet he learned to leave things that weren't his alone.
There was a family that had a visiting preacher over for dinner. In the process of the visit a Bible question came up and they needed their family Bible to find the answer. In their desire to impress the preacher, they sent their young child to get the Bible, telling him, "Go in Mommy and Daddy's room to the table by the bed and get the big book that we read out of so much."
The child quickly took off only to return a minute later with the Sears catalog.
I realize that there is no longer a Sears catalog and children, teens, and even young adults don't know what it is, but the message that this family obviously spent more time looking at a catalog than at the Bible. At least from the child's perspective it seemed that way. I don't know where I first heard this story or whether it is a true story or not.
James Pasley: Preacher, Minister, and Evangelist.