Bits and Pieces – 142nd Edition – November 27, 2022
I AM SO THANKFUL!
This was written this past week by a nine-year girl to celebrate American Thanksgiving. What a lovely testimony. Unfortunately, my format does not allow me to reproduce it in her lovely handwriting.
“Thanksgiving reminds me of all the people and things I’m thankful for. I appreciate Jesus, my family, and my pets.
I’m especially thankful for Jesus because He gave me hope that when I die, I’m not dead, but I will be in heaven with Him and my family. If you believe in Him with all of your heart, you will be in heaven too.
I also appreciate my family because they light my path wherever they are. They help me understand things I need to learn and understand why they love me and how they would like me to act.
Finally, I’m grateful for my pets because when I am lonely, I cuddle one of them to feel better. I love them both equally so much.
As I enjoy this holiday season, I realize that I have many reasons to be thankful. Jesus, my family, and my pets are just a few of the blessings in my life!”
A UNIQUE CONVERSION
An auto mechanic recently came to Christ in an unusual way. How did it happen? He was going through a dark season in his life when a young Christian businesswoman known to us left her car with him for its routine maintenance. She had been listening to Christian music when driving and forgot to switch it off when she dropped off her car.
The mechanic, while working on the car, heard the music and was impressed. More than that, he was convicted by the message.
Five years had elapsed. In the meantime, she had changed her car and her garage. After some considerable time, he phoned her. He told her the good news that he had responded and asked Christ into his heart.
The hymn is true, “God moves in mysterious ways His wonders to perform.” Christian, be encouraged. You never know when the Lord will use you to lead someone to Christ.
MORE ON THE INTERNET
The Internet is a good advertising medium. The Free Presbyterian Church has its own web page by which you can access both audio and video information about the Free Presbyterian Church in North America.
There is a problem, however, with the Internet that because of its worldwide generation, there are great difficulties in monitoring it. When books, tapes, magazines and videos etc. are imported into a country, there can be some form of way of keeping out publications that are repulsive.
However, the Internet, by its very name, is international. Were it confined to one country, then that country could exercise some control. But that is impossible because anybody, anywhere, may put anything objectionable on a webpage with little chance of being caught. Webpages now number in the millions. Well is the devil referred to as “the prince of the power of the air” [Ephesians 2:2}.
Right now, the Internet is out of control and has become a ‘dog’s dinner’ of ethical and moral questions. Parents need to be very careful what their children see on the computer and cell phone. From observation, there is a danger that the latter especially could become a modern-day idol.
THE BRAIN AS A COMPUTER
The human brain is a very complex computer, and like any other computer, reacts to the information fed to it. For all of us, there is the responsibility to limit the input of evil material, whether it be from television, radio, print media or the Internet.
The apostle Paul gave the very best advice when he told us “to think on these things,” that is “True, Honest, Just, Pure, Lovely, and of “Good Report.” The mind that is filled with these things will be healthy, productive and peaceful. However, to saturate the mind with the opposite, Things that are untrue, dishonest, unjust, impure, unlovely and of evil report, is to invite mental and spiritual disaster.