Tag Archives: Gift Receiving

Trees by the River

Heaven in like…

Early in spring the Gardener plants a tree by the river. He promises the tree growth. The tree drinks the water from the stream, eats the nutrients in the soil, absorbs the rays from the sun and breathes in the air.

Later in the season the Gardner plants more trees. Throughout the summer more are planted by the same river.

At the end of the year the Gardner examines the trees, from the most recent to the first.

They all grew to be the same height with the same amount of foliage. The first tree asks the Gardener, “Shouldn’t I have grown more than the ones you planted last month?”

The Gardner responds, “Friend, you grow into a beautiful tree. What is it to you how tall I allowed the others to grow? Can’t I do with that which is mine as i choose?”

This is from a sermon illustration I used for my sermon based on Matthew 20:1-16.

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Christ is Come

Time for friends,
Time for gifts,
Write a list—
Check it twice.

All your wants,
All your needs,
On the list—
Send it now.

Time for tales,
Time for sweets,
Will Santa come?
Not a chance.

Time for family,
Time for Christ.
God’s own plan
He checked it twice.

All your wants,
All your needs,
In His plan—
God knows best.

Time for grace,
Time for peace,
Christ is come,
To redeem.


The Gift of Salvation

A gift must first be owned before it can be given.
A gift must first be given before it can be received.
A gift must first be received before it can be utilized.
A gift must first be utilized before it can be shared.

Christ died for the entire human race, and His grace is the Gift.
For the grace of salvation one must first accept it as a gift.
This gift from God is freely given to everyone in the world,
And must be freely received before it can be useful in any way.