illustrations that light up life

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Rev. E. Anderson

POINTS OF WISDOM

POSTER WISDOM

Attention Teenagers—If you are tired of being hassled by unreasonable parents, now is the time for action! Leave home and pay your own way while you still know everything!

LEARNING FROM DEPRIVATION

Sending a youngster to college these days is very educational. It teaches parents how to do without a lot of things.

THE HANDICAPS OF YOUTH

Parents of two teenagers are worried about their failing eyesight. The daughter can’t find anything to wear in a closet full of clothes and the son can’t find anything good to eat in a refrigerator full of food.

SLIPPING WITH AGE

It seldom occurs to teenagers that someday they will know as little as their parents.

PARENTING TEENS

I’m tempted to believe Mark Twain’s philosophy: When a kid turns thirteen, stick him in a barrel, nail the lid shut, and feed him through the knot hole. When he turns sixteen, plug the hole.

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A MIRACLE BABY

Michael Cant BSc (Arch), B (Arch), RIBA

“You asked for a miracle – and you have got one!” said a senior hospital doctor to my wife. – also a doctor – after the dramatic survival of our premature baby son, Jonathan. His name means “Gift from God” which certainly he is.

IN A COMA FOR THREE DAYS

It was almost unbelievable that our tiny baby on a ventilator had survived such severe medical problems. He weighed only 2lbs 6oz and was in a coma for three days. The senior consultant said he feared for him living, because he was going to have so much brain damage.

Today, almost 15 yeas later, Jonathan is a lively teenager with a great gift for music. We are a happy family of four, including Jonathan’s lovely young sister, Isabelle, nearly 12, whose birth was without complication.

As a family we have much to be grateful for. Apart from the gift of the children, my wife Bernadette is still a practising doctor and I’ve seen success s an architect on award winning projects. But this has not always been the case.

YOUR FATHER HAS DIED

During my childhood my family faced a series of tragedies. I’ll never forget the day when, as a l2-yearold schoolboy, Mum arrived with a friend at our boarding school. She looked very distressed, and it was clear she had terrible news. We drove home in silence I was not sure what to think. Then, in our lounge, Mum broke the news: “Darling, your father has died in a car accident”.

I was numb. Dad’s sudden death left a great void in our lives. Oh, how I missed his letters- he had such fine handwriting. Those regular letters of encouragement to me at boarding school had meant so much. As a child, I thought Mum must have fallen in love with Dad because he wrote so well! Further tragedies followed. My mother married again but then my stepfather died in a diabetic coma. I was involved in a car accident where another close family friend died. My younger brother Geoffrey, then 34, also died in a car accident leaving behind two young children.

DISCUSSIONS ABOUT DEEP THINGS

Although we were not a church- going family, I dutifully took part in my school’s Church of England traditions, even being baptised and  confirmed. Later I moved to DundeeUniversity to study architecture and found myself lodging with a Scottish family. Sometimes, I had discussions about deep things – such as God with my landlady.

Then, out of the blue, she invited me to a dinner of the Full Gospel Business men. I was only 19, but a free dinner sounded good. The guest speaker was a South African trader who described some ‘miracles’ in his own life. Once he had faced bankruptcy having bought a huge number of blankets which wouldn’t sell – they were all the wrong colour! But he prayed to God who is a ‘very present help in trouble’. The next day a tribal chieftain came to his store, liked the blankets, and bought the lot! As the dinner ended, the leader asked if anyone wanted to know Jesus as their personal , Saviour? He said people could experience the power of God’s Holy Spirit.

A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

 I was curious and along with others, went to the front. There I asked Jesus to forgive my sins and come into my heart as my Lord Saviour. Then I found myself in a strange language described in the bible as ‘the gift of tongues’. Tears filled my eyes as words of praise to God bubbled up from my heart in a language I had never learnt. It was not just a passing and emotional experience, but a turning point in my life. At last l had a relationship with God as my heavenly Father.

To my joy, I also met other university members who had the same radical experience – architectural students and trainee doctors included.

Later, I moved to Norwich where l met my beautiful red-haired wife, Bernadette, at our lively local church. We were engaged within a year. Bernie, as a GP, knew that Jonathan, our first-born, was a miracle baby who had survived brain hemorrhage, a blood-clotting disorder and other complications He was so ill that the senior consultant advised us to turn off the ventilator and let him slip away. Medically there was nothing more that could be done.

GOD’S LOVE CHANGES NOT

”Oh God,” we cried in despair, “take this decision from us – please intervene and decide for us – please intervene and decide for us”. At this point I remembered how God had intervened at the last moment to save the boy Isaac, the beloved son of Abraham, from certain death. I knew God was calling us to trust Him, just as Abraham had done. Then to our great joy, just as the ventilator was about to be turned off, Jonathan suddenly began breathing on his own after three days in a coma. He was able to leave hospital eight weeks later; weighing five and half pounds. Brain scans revealed NO damage.

Many have been touched by the story of our miracle baby. The Christian consultant who had prayed with us, also Bernie’s father also came to faith in Jesus Christ as a result of the recovery of his grandson. Yes, my family has known deep tragedies – but also great miracles. We also know that God’s love changes lives – and He is ‘just a prayer away’. He promises that if we he look for Him with all our heart we will find Him.

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Rev. E. Anderson

COME, JUST AS YOU ARE

Taken from the Senior Living Ministries

London businessman Lindsay Clegg told the story of a warehouse property he was selling. The building had been empty for months and needed repairs. Vandals had damaged the doors, smashed the windows, and strewn trash around the interior.

As he showed a prospective buyer the property, Clegg took pains to say that he would replace the broken windows, bring in a crew to correct any structural damage, and clean out all of the garbage.

“Forget about the repairs,” the buyer said. “When I buy this place, I’m going to build something completely different. I don’t want the building; I want the site!”

Apart from the saving grace of Jesus Christ, our efforts to improve our own lives are as trivial as tidying up a warehouse that’s slated for the wrecking ball. You see, when you trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, the old life is over and the new life takes over (2 Corinthians 5:17).

When you come to Christ, you give God the site and allow Him to begin His renovating work in your life. So instead of trying to clean up your own life before you trust Jesus, place your faith in Him today because that’s where the remodeling begins!

PRAYER CHALLENGE

Pray and tell God that you are giving Him your life. Ask Him to renovate you from top to bottom and transform your life in every way!

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