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But Gods Great Grace

I wonder how many people will delete this without reading it because

of the title? There once was a man named George Thomas, pastor in a

small New England town. One Easter Sunday morning he came to the

Church carrying a rusty, bent-up old bird cage, and set it by the

pulpit. Eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, Pastor Thomas

began to speak...

"I was walking through town yesterday when I saw a young boy

coming toward me swinging this bird cage. On the bottom of the cage

were three little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright.

I stopped the lad and asked, "What you got there, son?"

 

"Just some old birds," came the reply. "What are you gonna do

with them?" I asked.

"Take 'em home and have fun with 'em," he answered. "I'm gonna

tease 'em and pull out their feathers to make 'em fight. I'm gonna

have a real good time."

"But you'll get tired of those birds sooner or later. What

will you do?"

"Oh, I got some cats," said the little boy. "They like birds.

I'll take'em to them."

The pastor was silent for a moment. "How much do you want for

those birds, son?"

"Huh? Why, you don't want them birds, mister. They're just

plain old field birds. They don't sing. They ain't even pretty!"

"How much?" The pastor asked again. The boy sized up the pastor

as if he were crazy and said, "$10?" The pastor reached in his pocket

and took out a ten dollar bill. He placed it in the boy's hand. In

a flash, the boy was gone. The pastor picked up the cage and gently

carried it to the end of the alley where there was a tree and a

grassy spot.

Setting the cage down, he opened the door, and by softly

tapping the bars persuaded the birds out, setting them free. Well,

that explained the empty bird cage on the pulpit, and then the

pastor began to tell this story.

 

One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation. Satan had

just come from the Garden of Eden, and he was gloating and

boasting. "Yes, sir, I just caught the world full of people down

there. Set me a trap, used bait I knew they couldn't resist. Got 'em

all!"

"What are you going to do with them?" Jesus asked. Satan

replied, "Oh, I'm gonna have fun! I'm gonna teach them how to marry

and divorce each other, how to hate and abuse each other, how to

drink and smoke and curse. I'm gonna teach them how to invent guns

and bombs and kill each other. I'm really gonna have fun!"

"And what will you do when you get done with them?" Jesus

asked. "Oh, I'll kill 'em," Satan glared proudly. "How much do you

want for them?" Jesus asked. "Oh, you don't want those people. They

ain't no good. Why, you'll take them and they'll just hate you.

They'll spit on you, curse you and kill you. You don't want

those people!"

"How much? He asked again. Satan looked at Jesus and sneered, "All

your blood, tears and your life." Jesus said, "DONE!" Then He paid

the price.

The pastor picked up the cage. He opened the door and he walked

from the pulpit.

> > > Note: Isn't it funny how simple it is for people to trash God

and then wonder why the world's going to hell? Isn't it funny how

someone can say, "I believe in God," but still follow Satan (who, by

the way, also "believes" in God)? Isn't it funny how you can send a

thousand jokes through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when

you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice

about sharing? Isn't it funny how when you go to forward this

message, you will not send it to many on your address list because

you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for

sending it to them? I pray, for everyone who sends this to their

entire address book, they will be blessed by God in a way special for

them. And send it back to the person who sent it, to let them know

that indeed it was sent out to many more.

Anonymous.....

I'm not registered there. So here goes

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Well, after all it says *Where the Heart Is*

So, we know your heart. How bad can that be?

Didn't Jesus say something to the effect, "if you deny me before men, I will deny you before my Father?"

Sometimes in trying to be PC, we miss the whole point of life.

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Thanks for the wonderful reminder D. Sometimes we tend to forget why Jesus came into our world and then left it. FOR Me and other's like me.

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