*Salt of the Earth*
Salt is not an expensive article of food, but a very important one.
When the Lord Jesus was here upon earth,
He said, “YOU are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its strength,
how will its saltness be restored? It is no longer usable for anything
but to be thrown outside to be trampled on by men.”
All that salt is in the natural, the Lord Jesus wants the Christian to be
in a spiritual sense. Salt was a common product in the days when the
Lord Jesus walked the earth, as now, so that His disciples understood
what He meant when He said, “Ye are the salt of the earth.”
Let us listen to the message of the fine grains of salt.
Salt is used to season food and make it palatable.
Think of a meal being served without salt.
So, think of a community without Christians.
The reason such terrible conditions exist in heathen lands,
is that the Lord Jesus is not known and the Bible not read.
People who do not know Him are SALTLESS.
There is no savor about their lives.
Salt permeates, or penetrates food very quickly.
Put a bit in a glass of water and soon the entire contents are affected by it.
It is not careful to hide its identity—it seems to be constantly saying,
“I am salt: I am salt.”
Salt has healing properties, and is often used as an antiseptic or a purifier.
If Christian boys and girls are like salt, then they too, will lend a purifying
influence among their playmates and friends.
They will be able to HEAL many quarrels and misunderstandings.
Parents are always glad to have their children make friends with the
Christian boy or girl, for this very reason.
Salt is very powerful, too, as you shall see.
I have here a jar of water and an egg.
When I put the egg in the jar of water, notice what happens!
Why, the egg falls to the bottom of the jar.
It can only be lifted up by means of a spoon.
But suppose I add some salt, then what will happen?
See the egg come to the top!
Salt has lifting power, and is able not only to lift the egg,
but to keep it afloat on the water.
The world drags a man down in sin and would keep him down.
A Christian should, like the salt, lift men “up”—not in his own
strength, but by pointing him to the One, who alone can reach
down to the depths and lift a man up to the heights.
“Furthermore, there is no salvation in anyone else,
for there is not another name under heaven that has
been given among men by which we must get saved”
except the name of Jesus.
There is power in His name.
“Thou shalt call His name Jesus for He shall save
His people from their sins”
When one accepts the Lord Jesus as Saviour,
he becomes a “new creature in Christ Jesus.”
His life becomes powerful like the “salt.”
He has a savor about him that tells of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Are you like these little white grains of salt?
If not, the Lord Jesus wants you to be.
Hear His words,
“Ye are the salt of the earth.”
“For everyone must be salted with fire.
Salt is fine; but if ever the salt loses its strength,
with what will YOU season it itself?
Have salt in yourselves, and keep peace between one another.”
The Magnet and the Nail Family
1. A Magnet.
2. Young Children of the Nail Family—small, bright, shiny Nails.
3. Mr. Nail (father), large nail, a bit rusty—invisible string attached, concealing
large bottle under the table.
4. Mrs. Nail (mother) middle-size nail; invisible string attached concealing
deck of cards.
5. Big Brother Nail, tall, bright nail; invisible string attached, concealing
a filthy rag.
6. Bent, rusty Nail (Grandpa Nail).
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We have the NAIL family before us this morning, boys and girls.
See them here on the table!
They picture a good many families living all about us today.
And what is this? (Exhibit magnet.)
Someone says, “a MAGNET.”
Yes, this is a magnet. It has drawing power. In John 12:32 the Lord Jesus said,
“And I, if I be lifted up will draw all men unto Me.” He was speaking of His death
on the cross, which would enable Him to draw men and women from sin unto
Himself as Saviour.
We will let the MAGNET picture the Lord Jesus/Yeshua.
Let us put the magnet in among the Nail family. See the bright, shiny nails fly
to it? These are the small children in the Nail family. Like many other small
children, they are eager to accept the Lord Jesus in their youth. (Eccl. 12:1.)
They gladly accept His loving invitation to the children, “Suffer the little children
to come unto Me and forbid them not.” — Luke 18:16.
But what about the other members of the Nail family? Some seem unmoved,
while others make an attempt to come, but something seems to hold them back.
Let us look at each one separately. This tall, strong looking nail, is Mr. Nail,
the father of the household. Surely, Mr. Nail, as the head of the house, should
accept the Lord Jesus as His Saviour. But no, he refuses to come, though he
does seem moved as the story of God’s love is presented to him. Something
seems to hold him back. Let us see what it is. (Beer Bottle in hand)
Ah—this tells the story.
Mr. Nail is bound down by a habit which seems to have the better of him.
This bottle tells not only of a habit, but of worldly friends and pleasures,
which are keeping him away from the church and the Lord.
Is there no hope for Mr. Nail?
Oh, yes, the Lord Jesus is able to break every fetter. He says, “Him that
cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” — John 6:37.
Now, see Mr. Nail cling to the magnet! Hear him sing:
“Other refuge have I none, Hangs my helpless soul on Thee.”
With Mr. Nail a Christian, he is anxious for Mrs. Nail and the other members
of the family to accept the Lord Jesus as Saviour. Mrs. Nail has surely seen
a change in Mr. Nail since he became a Christian, she would like to come to
the Lord Jesus, but something seems to be exerting an influence over her.
Let us see what it is … Why, attached to Mrs. Nail is a deck of cards.
So this is the reason Mrs. Nail will not put her trust in the Lord as her
Saviour — she loves the world and the pleasures of the world.
Finally she too, accepts the invitation of the Lord Jesus. She hears him say,
“Come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
— Matt. 11:28.
What rest and peace she found in Christ—a peace that the world never knew
Another member of the Nail family is Grandpa.
This bent, rusty nail is Grandpa Nail. He is getting old, all of his life has been
lived for self, with practically no thought of God. He hears of the Lord Jesus
from his son and daughter-in-law, but it doesn’t seem to be for him.
He feels he has lived in sin too long. Again and again they tell him of Jesus’
love. His heart seems changing—he listens with more interest. Finally one
day as Mr. Nail repeated Romans 5:8, “For God commended His love toward
us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” — a joy filled his heart
and life as he exclaimed, “He died for me! He died for me!”
With Grandpa Nail in the fold, there was only one other member of the family
left untouched by the Gospel. This was Big Brother Nail. Big Brother was a
Senior in college. He couldn’t understand what was happening to the family.
His mother and father tried to tell him, but he was always too busy, besides,
he said such things were “old fashioned.” How they all yearned over Big
Brother and longed to see him come to the Lord Jesus and accept Him as
This tall, bright looking nail is Big Brother. Let us see if we can find out why
he refuses to come to the Lord Jesus. Something seems to be preventing him
from even listening to the “Good News.”
Ah, see what is attached to Big Brother — a filthy rag!
What can this mean?
God’s Word says that self-righteousness is in His sight as “filthy rags,”
(Isa. 64:6). Big Brother feels that he has a righteousness of his own, and so
does not need a Saviour. But the prayers of the Nail family are not to go
unanswered. At last Big Brother is brought to realize that, “All have sinned
and come short of the glory of God.”— Romans 3:23.
He turns his back on his own righteousness, takes his place as a sinner in
need of a Saviour. What rejoicing there was in the Nail household the day
that Big Brother came to the Lord. “Praise God from whom all blessings flow,”
they all sang that night as they gathered around the family altar.
What happened in the Nail family can happen in your family too, boys and girls.
The Lord Jesus longs to DRAW unto Himself those who know Him not.
“The Son of Man is come to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10),
and “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.”—John 6:37.
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excerpted from “www.moreillustrations.com”
THE BIBLEAdam and Eve they started it all
In that beautiful garden before the big fall
The Devil enticed them, and that fruit they did eat They were thrown out of Eden, into the street
Enoch lived to the age, of three hundred sixty five
And he walked with God while he was still alive Many years later, the earth became corrupt
God said to Noah, “My temper will erupt”
“Build yourself an ark, the dimensions I will give
Your family and earth’s creatures, are going to live”
Before the rains came and the water began to soar
God said “Noah get in the ark, and don’t open the door”
When land appeared and the waters were on the wane
Noah said to his sons, “start the thing over again”
The world spoke one tongue, and built the Tower of Babel
But God confused their speech, it was tough to play Scrabble
At age seventy-five, the Lord told Abraham
“Take Sarah and Lot, and go to Canaan”
“I will make you a great nation, and I will bless
All this land will be yours, for you to assess”
Isaac was born, to continue the line
He became very rich, God’s blessing did shine
Twins were born to Rebekah, after an ordeal
They hairy one came first, the other gripping his heel
“Two nations are they, and one shall pass the other
Esau the red, will serve Jacob his brother
The blessing went to Jacob, because Isaac was blind
He wrestled with God, to receive an anointing divine
Twelve sons he received, and it was a big deal
They became the fathers, of the tribes of Israel
To get rid of Joseph, his brothers made a plot
But in Egypt he landed, and became a big shot
Now famine hit Israel, and the family did pack
And traveled to Egypt, for the food they did lack
But Jacob and the eleven, were in for a surprise
They recognized Joseph, with tears in their eyes
The twelve tribes lived in Egypt, for many a year
They multiplied so fast, the Pharaoh did fear
He suppressed them in slavery, and it remained so
Until Moses came along, and said “Let my people go”
Ten plagues did it take, before the Pharaoh made it clear
He told Moses and Aaron, “get the heck out of here”
Moses led his people, about three million or more
For forty years in the desert and across the sea floor
God’s presence was with them, it was an awesome sight
A massive cloud by day, and raging fire by night
With Manna coming from Heaven, and water from a rock
There was enough to sustain them, and all of their stock
Moses was a true friend of God, they talked face to face
No greater man ever lived, that had God’s grace
“Curse Israel, Balaam,” said the great king Balak
But Balaam chickened out, when a donkey talked back
Joshua and Caleb, crossed the Jordan one day
And kicked the heathens out of Israel, in a multi-year fray
Now Israel was camped, in the Promised Land
But they continued to fight, to further expand
When Joshua passed on, the Judges took rule
It was their job, to keep things running cool
The heathens attacked Israel, and Othniel did slam
Cushan-rishathaim, the king of Aram
When Israel served Moab, Ehud was up to the test
He defeated king Eglon, and had an eighty year rest
The army of Canaan, could not withstand the attack
Of ten thousand Israelites, led by Deborah and Barak
When Gideon and the three hundred, blew their trumpets one night
The Midianites and Amalekites, got up and took flight
After Jephthah subdued Ammon, it was a real shame
There was nobody in Israel, who could pronounce his name
So mighty was Samson, a lion he slew by its den
Then with the jawbone of an ass, he killed one thousand men
He had a big weakness, for a Philistine maiden
He woke up one morning, and found his head shaven
But the anointing returned, when his hair grew back
And the Philistine temple, he gave a good whack
With Ruth’s self sacrifice, and moral integrity
She became David’s great grandma, and gave him a legacy
Samuel was the last of the Judges, and he anointed Saul
As the first king of Israel, he was handsome and tall
But Saul went bad, and when it was time to depart
David came on the scene, a man after God’s heart
A great king was David, in the Lord’s sight
A little shepherd boy, who liked a good fight
He made some mistakes, but to God he would go
To get his sins forgiven, and continue to grow
Solomon was next in line, and under his reign
He built the Lord’s Temple, and increased the domain
He was the wisest of all kings, but later in life
He worshipped some idols, causing his country much strife
When Solomon died, the kingdom split in two
Ten tribes became Israel, while Judah had two
There were many kings of Israel, and Judah as well
Some followed God, and some followed Baal
Now God is alive, and will be ever more
Baal is a stone, that sits on the floor
But the people bowed to the stone, and idols of wood
And that was the end, of God’s old neighborhood
Asa, Jehoshaphat, Joash and Amaziah
Azariah, Jotham, Hezekiah, and Josiah
They were good kings, and did things to please God
But most of the others, did things that were odd
Ahab and Ahaz, were two of the worst
And Manasseh was so bad, he left Judah a curse
God sent many prophets, to turn things about
Some would dress funny, while others would shout
One of the best was Elijah, that the Lord sent
Away in a flaming chariot, to Heaven he went
He never really died, and there are rumors that say
He is coming back to earth, on a future day
Elisha had a double anointing, and it was said
He even performed a miracle, after he was dead
The destruction of the two kingdoms, Isaiah did preach
But the people did not listen, to his God-fearing speech
There were twelve minor prophets, as great as the rest
They answered His call, they all passed the test
Nahum and Habakkuk, Joel and Zechariah
Amos and Hosea, Haggai and Zephaniah
Micah and Malachi, Jonah and Obadiah
They preached the Lord’s prophecies, and did it with fire
The prophets tried to tell them, they went to every door
But the people worshipped idols, and sinned all the more
They sinned against the Lord, once too often my friend
The Assyrians attacked, and brought Israel to an end
The northern kingdom was gone, the people had fled
Judah hung in there, just by a thread
Another fierce army, was beginning to loom
Jeremiah did his best, to stop the oncoming doom
But Judah was stiff-necked, and went their own way
They turned their backs to God, His prophets they slay
And it was not too long, before their number was up
Because Judah and Israel, drank the same cup
Now God is slow to anger, but don’t push your luck
Keep on sinning my friend, and you’re a dead duck
Down came Nebuchadnezzar, and the men of Babylon
Judah was destroyed, the Temple was gone
Ezekiel became a prophet, in the Babylonian exile
He preached of restoration, that would come in a while
Daniel showed Nebuchadnezzar, the things that will come
A high post he was given, and a ruler of some
The Jews were in exile, for year after year
They begged God for mercy, their prayers He did hear
A Persian ruler was Cyrus, and a good man was he
He was a servant of God, and the Jews did he free
Back to the homeland, some of them came
They rebuilt the Temple, but it was never the same
Nehemiah and Ezra, and some other good men
Rebuilt the cities, and got things going again
Beautiful Esther talked, to the Persian king
And saved the Jewish people, from a slaughtering
But Israel was dominated, for many years more
The Persians, Greeks and Romans, all stood on their shore
The Old Testament has ended, and so has BC But now comes the good part, the start of AD
In the days of King Herod, an angel appeared
To Zechariah and Mary, and both of them feared
To the Virgin Mary He said, “Hail favored one
The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and give you a Son
You shall call His name Jesus, He is a Godsend
His reign will be forever, His Kingdom will not end”
These two events, happened six months apart
John was born first, to the desert he did depart
He baptized the people, and told them to repent
He was making things ready, for the One to be sent
Magi came from the east, guided by a star
To see the new king, they traveled afar
They found the Baby Jesus, the one who is foremost
In a Bethlehem manger, with a heavenly host
Jesus met John, at the Jordan one day
“Behold the Lamb of God,” is all John could say
John baptized Jesus, the Heavens opened above
The Holy Spirit descended, in the form of a dove
Jesus went into the desert, for a forty-day fast
Satan tried to tempt Him, but he could not outlast
Jesus quoted some scriptures, forcing Satan to leave
The Word of God is final, Satan could not deceive
Walking the shores, of the Galilee Sea
He met James and John, the sons of Zebedee
“Leave your nets my friends, and come walk with Me
And fishers of men, are what you will be”
Twelve disciples, Jesus did choose
He taught them and gave them new powers to use
Peter and Andrew, Matthew and the rest
One was a devil, the others were blessed
A miracle He performed, at a wedding one time
Six jars of water, He turned into wine
In Cana it happened, the first of His signs
And His disciples starting believing, He was divine
Jesus preached to the people, He gave an account
And no better sermon did He preach, than the one on the Mount
He taught about anger, adultery and law
And to love your enemies, as you had not before
On a boat with His Disciples, there came up a squall The boat took on water, it became a catchall
The Disciples asked Jesus, “are we to perish?”
He rebuked the storm, the waves did diminish
There came five thousand, to hear the Lord preach
They went hours without food, to hear Jesus teach
Some bread and two fish, He held up to bless
They had plenty to eat, with food in excess
All the sick came to Him, and it’s always His aim
To heal everyone, whether deaf, blind or lame
He cannot stand, to see anyone in pain
Yesterday or today, the healing’s the same
Lepers were cleaned, and the blind could see
Even the dead were raised, and the possessed set free
The crowds had gathered, to hear His call
He healed everyone, He healed them all
A woman caught in sin, had violated a law
“Stone her” yelled the crowd, with a mighty uproar
Jesus said to the crowd, words that would atone
“Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone”
When time was getting short, He gathered His Disciples
For the Last Supper, during which He gave out:
A piece of bread as His Body, and wine as His Blood.
To the Mount of Olives they went, the mob came like a flood
It was there He was betrayed, by Judas His friend
His Ministry on earth, had come to an end
He was sent to Golgotha, by Pilate to be
Mocked as a king, and nailed to a tree
Satan thought he had won, now that Jesus was dead
He saw Him on the cross, and all the blood that was shed
But Satan had no idea, of what was ahead
What seemed to be his victory, was Satan’s loss instead
On the third day, the stone rolled from the tomb
And when Jesus arose, it was the end of our doom
The battle was finished, at a great cost
But with Jesus alive, Satan knew he had lost
He is alive today, the right hand of God He does sit
Still doing miracles and healings, and it’s definite
To earth He will return, like a thief in the night
To clean the earth of evil, and to make things right
The Apostles took over, when Jesus ascended
The Holy Spirit came upon them, and they superintended
The spread of the Gospel, through the known world
For God they were working, and the harder they toiled
On His way to Damascus, traveled a man named Saul
He was blinded by a light, to the ground did he fall
“Why do you persecute Me.” he heard Jesus call
It was there he was converted, and became known as Paul
A great witness for Jesus, Paul then became known
He preached to the Gentiles, was righteous to the bone
He was beat with a whip, and struck by the stone
But you cannot be broke, when you’re one of Christ’s own
Other great disciples, on trips did embark
Timothy and Luke, Apollos and Mark
Silas and Titus, Barnabas and more
They preached the good news, to every known shore
Around 100 A.D., God appeared before John
“Get yourself a tablet, and write upon
Everything that I tell you, and everything you see
To let the world know, its future destiny”
Many visions of the future, did God reveal
Some were symbolic, and some of them real
He showed John everything, He did not conceal
How rough things will get, after He breaks the first seal
Earthquakes and pestilence, famine and war
These things will happen, like never before
And when the situation is bad, and the world is downcast
Christ will return, with a loud trumpet blast
He will take the false prophet, and the one known as the beast
And throw them into the fire, while the birds have a feast
Then Satan will be seized, and thrown into the pit
And after 1,000 years, the Lord will permit
Satan to be released, for a short season
But he goes back to his old tricks, of deception and treason
And now the pool of fire, is his final goal
Never again will Satan, ever harm another soul
When Judgment is over, and the earth is clean of sin
Down from the Heavens, the Holy City drops in
No more tears, pain or death, in that beautiful place
God is now dwelling, with the human race
The Word of God is completed, and it’s plain to see
The world needs a Savior, to act as referee
Our governments don’t work, they try all the more
Whenever they say peace, it always means war
The Jews prayed for a Messiah, to put up a good fight
To be free from oppression, and get out of their plight
But when He did come to earth, He was gentle and meek
Instead of a fight, He said “turn the other cheek”
Many prophecies in the Bible were fulfilled by Him
He went to the cross, to remove us from sin
He gave His Life for you, don’t let it go to waste
Turn your life over to Jesus, and do it with haste
A few words of meaning, can remove all your strife
And get your name printed, in God’s Book of Life
Don’t hesitate now, it’s later than you think
Jesus will return, in less than a blink
Say “Jesus my Lord, I turn my life over to You
I know You are the One, who is faithful and true
Forgive all my sins, and help me pursue
A better way of life, with a Spirit that’s new”
Say this with meaning, and you will be saved from the wrath
Stay off the broad highway, get on the constricted path
The broad road leads to destruction, and I can’t overstate
The way to eternal life, is through the narrow gate
Read the Bible every day, and walk in His Word Repel from the sinning, don’t follow the herd
Some day face to face, with Christ you will be He may ask you the question, “What have you done for Me?”
by George Konig