Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cracked Pot

June 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Monthly Articles

Mitch picked a beautiful, fragrant flower for me this evening from our yard…a dark pink peony. I brought it in and put it in a special vase…one that was from a second honeymoon we took for our 9th wedding anniversary…twenty-three years ago. I filled the vase with water; put the flower in; and left it on the counter.

That was awhile ago. I just walked into the kitchen and saw that there was a stream of water on the counter. I picked the vase up and saw the crack. The water was slowly draining out. I didn’t have another small vase handy so I reached for an empty soda pop can. I rinsed it, filled it with water and put the beautiful flower in it.

I thought how that is how can we be as a Christian. The anniversary vase was very pretty…it has sentimental meaning for me. I wanted to use it…but I couldn’t, the vase was not able to do what it was made for…so I used an empty aluminum can in its place. The can was not as pretty…but it could hold water…and that is what my flower needed.

As a Christian we can be like that…beautiful on the outside…and God wants to use us…but if we have allowed our love for HIM to grow cold or allowed sin in our hearts…HE can’t. The vessel is important…if the vessel (Us) is not fit…HE cannot use it.

So let us purpose to love the Lord with all of our hearts…and to let the HOLY SPIRIT keep our hearts clean before HIM…

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Linda Kropp got saved at 14.  ” I always say that I didn’t get into a lot of trouble…because my mom wouldn’t let me!”  Linda was a was a missionary from 1973-1985 in the States, Europe and Asia, 9 of those in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Her husband was in the same mission, “Christ is the Answer” and they were married in Sri Lanka in 1980.

They have one daughter, Elisabeth, a son-in-law and a 4 yr. old granddaughter and another granddaughter due in July.  They attend College Avenue Baptist Church in Bloomington where they both are Sunday School teachers.  In September of 2009, Linda was praying about a way to help missions and she felt the Lord put on her heart to open a thrift store in Clinton, IL and give 100 % of the profits to missions, crisis pregnancy centers and food pantries. So she did.  They also have a weekly Bible study; a mentoring program for homeschooled and public school students. They work with DOVE (a domestic violence program), the IDHS in Lincoln, and the Red Cross Disaster Relief.  They also have had numerous people commit their lives to Christ since they opened. It has become a ministry…and that is just the ones who have gotten saved. Many people come in daily with prayer needs and they pray for them.

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