The Magic Globe: Part 8

Angie and Grandpa go to China — What’s the Best Thing That Can Happen?

Chapter Eight
Back to Pensacola

Suddenly, POOOOOF ! They were back in the Science Center by the magic globe. Angie turned the globe off and handed the key back to Grandpa. She was pretty quiet as they walked back out to her bike. “I think I get it, Grandpa.” she said soberly. “When I did what Jesus wanted me to do and walked away from my friends, they laughed and it hurt my feelings. But I should have been happy like Lu Chi. Getting laughed at or persecuted for doing right is a gift from God and we will get great rewards, right?”

“Yes Angie, We sure will,” said Grandpa as he hugged his precious granddaughter. “I know it hurts but keep Jesus’ promise in mind next time it happens. If He can make the w-h-o-o-o-l-e world and all the stars in only six days, I bet His ‘great rewards’ are REALLY cool!”

“Hmmmmm. . .” Angie nodded. “Thank you, Grandpa. I feel better now. I’ll sure pray for Lu Chi and the Christians in China more! What looks like a bad thing is really about the best thing that can happen, isn’t it?”

“It sure is granddaughter. It sure is.”

S-o-o-o-o-o getting laughed at by my friends today for doing right was a good thing,” Angie said as she held Grandpa’s hand. “Let’s pray for Lu Chi, Grandpa.”

Grandpa bowed his head and prayed, “Jesus, we Christians in America sure complain a lot. Please help us do right and rejoice when we get persecuted for You. Please bless Lu Chi and her family. Please help her grandpa get out of jail soon and help him preach about You all over China. We love you, Lord. Amen”

Angie slowly got on her bike. She looked back over her shoulder at Grandpa as she started to ride home. “We have a lot to be thankful for, Grandpa! Let’s keep praying for Lu Chi and the Christians in China.”

The End

The Magic Globe: Part 7

Angie and Grandpa go to China — What’s the Best Thing That Can Happen?

Chapter Seven
Lu Chi

After the service was over, people quietly came to shake hands with Grandpa and Angie. Every few minutes the person at the door would give a signal and then two or three of them would leave. Angie wondered why they didn’t just all leave at the same time. Pretty soon the small girl who had found them on the bench came over and shook hands with Grandpa and Angie.

“Hi, Hovinds!” she whispered excitedly. My name is Lu Chi. That was my daddy who was preaching tonight. My grandpa would love to meet you but he’s in jail again. The police arrest him all the time but he keeps on serving Jesus. I’m s-o-o-o-o-o proud of him and my dad!”

“We are honored to meet you, Lu Chi.” said Grandpa. “I’m sorry to hear your grandpa is back in jail.”

“Oh don’t be sorry!” whispered Lu Chi. “It’s one of the best things that can happen! Didn’t you hear my dad preaching tonight? Jesus promised great rewards to those who are persecuted for Jesus. We Chinese Christians get arrested and beaten for Jesus often. We look at it as a gift from God. The devil hates Jesus so it’s pretty normal for the devil’s kids to hate God’s kids. It’s all going to be great, Angie! Rejoice!”

“I guess I never looked at it that way, Lu” said Angie as she looked around the empty room. “I think I understand now why all these people were so happy tonight.”

Grandpa held Angie’s hand and said, “It’s time to go home, Angie. Thank you Lu Chi for bringing us to your house church today. We count this a great privilege.”

“We sure do!” said Angie. Maybe we can come back here and visit again some day.”

“If I don’t see you again on earth, I’ll see you for a l-o-o-o-o-n-g time in Heaven!” smiled Lu Chi.

To be continued…

The Magic Globe: Part 6

Angie and Grandpa go to China — What’s the Best Thing That Can Happen?

Chapter Six
Two Gifts

The man with the broken arm said, ‘”I know we only have a few Bibles here, so please share with those around you. Turn to Philipians chapter one and verse twenty nine.”

After a few seconds he began to read, “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”

He read the verse again slowly and quietly and then said, “Brothers and Sisters, God has given us two wonderful gifts. First, it is a great gift to be able to believe on Jesus and be saved.” Everyone smiled and nodded quietly. “Secondly, the Bible tells us it is a great gift for us to be able to suffer for His sake. Turn now to Matthew chapter five and look at verses ten through twelve. Listen carefully to what Jesus told his disciples: ‘Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven:”

Angie looked around the room at all the smiling people. They were crowded into a tiny room and had to watch for the police but they seemed to be happy! Hmmmmmm. . . Maybe they understood what Jesus meant in those verses!

To be continued…

The Magic Globe: Part 5

Angie and Grandpa go to China — What’s the Best Thing That Can Happen?

Chapter Five
A Very Strange Church Service!

As Grandpa and Angie watched, a smiling man with his arm in a sling got up to lead the singing. He very quietly said, “We wish to welcome the Hovinds to our house church. We have gleaned much watching his videos on creation, haven’t we church?” All the people smiled and nodded and began to clap their hands without making any noise! “This work has encouraged the faith of everyone especially our young people. All they are taught in the China schools is the evolution theory. It is such a blessing to let them see that God’s Word is true and that the evolution theory is false. Thank you, Dr. Hovind.”

“You are welcome,” said Grandpa quietly. “Please make all the copies you can and spread them all over China.”

“Oh, we have made many thousands of copies and our people leave them everywhere. There is no way to tell how far they have spread but we will learn all that one day in Heaven.” Then he turned to the people on the floor and said, “Let’s all quietly sing, Amazing Grace.”

Angie had never heard anything like this! They all sang so quietly she could hardly hear them! She tugged on Grandpa’s sleeve and whispered in his ear, “Hey Grandpa, why is everyone being so quiet?”
“I think he will explain it in a minute. Just listen for now.”

When they got done “singing” the man said, “God has been s-o-o-o-o-o good to our church! As you know, last week, the police arrested our pastor, my father, and I as we walked down the street. Our pastor is still in jail and is rejoicing that he is worthy to suffer for Jesus sake. The police only beat me for a few hours and then let me go when they saw they had broken my arm. They never found our Bible and they still can’t find our church. Isn’t God good!”

All the people smiled and nodded their heads. Angie couldn’t believe it! These people were happy that they were being persecuted! She couldn’t figure out why they would be happy about that but now she knew why they were looking out the windows! They were watching for the police. Why would this man be happy they broke his arm? She could n-o-o-o-o-t figure that one out, but she kept watching.

To be continued…

The Magic Globe: Part 4

Angie and Grandpa go to China — What’s the Best Thing That Can Happen?

Chapter Four
Welcome to House Church!

The small lady motioned for everyone to stay quiet and then said quietly, “Brothers and Sisters, this is Dr. Hovind from America! We have been watching his videos on creation for the last few months. My daughter Lu Chi saw him sitting on a bench and recognized him immediately. Who is this girl with you, Dr. Hovind?”
Grandpa picked Angie up so everyone could see her in the crowded room. This is my granddaughter, Angie Hovind.” he said. “I am s-o-o-o-o-o happy to be here in China and s-o-o-o-o-o thankful you people have our videos in Chinese! Some people are working very hard to translate the rest of the series. We pray it will be done soon.”
“We came because my granddaughter here had a little problem at school and I was hoping a trip to China would help her understand about the best thing that can happen to a Christian. Go ahead with your service and we will just watch.”

To be continued…

The Magic Globe: Part 3

Angie and Grandpa go to China — What’s the Best Thing That Can Happen?

Chapter Three
Inside the Fence

Once they got inside the fence, a small Chinese lady looked around nervously. Then put her finger to her lips to signal for everyone to keep quiet. Once she was sure nobody had followed them down the alley she motioned for everyone to follow her into the little house.

Angie was wondering why they all had to keep so quiet but she and Grandpa just followed the lady and girl inside. The room was completely dark.

Once they were inside and the door was shut the lady turned on the lights. Angie couldn’t believe it! The tiny house was crammed full of people! There must have been thirty people all squished into the little living room sitting on the floor and standing against all the walls. Grandpa pointed out to Angie that there was also a person looking out a tiny hole in the door and someone peeking out of the heavy curtains over each window to watch the yard. What were they afraid of?

To be continued…

The Magic Globe: Part 2

Angie and Grandpa go to China — What’s the Best Thing That Can Happen?

Chapter Two
Off to China

As soon as Angie touched China, p-o-o-o-o-o-f! They were both standing in a crowded street full of people selling fruit and vegetables and others were riding bikes or pushing carts. “It sure is crowded and noisy, Grandpa!” shouted Angie loudly. “They have l-o-o-o-o-o-t-s of people in China!”

“Let’s get out of this crowd, Angie. We can go to the alley behind this store and sit on that bench. Maybe it will be quieter back there.”

“Let’s pray, Angie.” said Grandpa as they sat on the bench and held hands. “Lord, there are sure lots of people here. Please help us find Lu Chi. In Jesus name, Amen.”

When they looked up there was a small Chinese girl sitting on the bench beside Angie. She put her finger to her lips to motion them to be quiet. She took Angie by the hand and quietly began to lead her and Grandpa down the alley toward a tall solid fence around a house and yard. Lu Chi knocked two times, then three times, then two more times on the door in the fence.

A small hole in the door opened up and they could see someone looking out at them from inside the yard. Then the door opened and they all were almost pulled quickly inside!

To be continued…

The Magic Globe: Part 1

Angie and Grandpa go to China — What’s the Best Thing That Can Happen?

Chapter One
Feeling Sad

One day Angie Hovind was slowly riding her bike down the street toward Grandpa’s house. She was looking pretty sad. Grandpa called out, “Hey Angie! Come on up on the porch and sit with me for a minute.”

She parked her bike and slowly walked over and sat on Grandpa’s lap. He gave her a b-i-i-i-i-i-g hug but he could tell she was pretty sad. “What’s the problem, girl?”

Angie’s lower lip stuck out just a little and she stared at the ground. “Some of the girls at school laughed at me today. They said they wouldn’t be my friend anymore or play with me.”

“Hmmmmmm,” said Grandpa as he held her tight and brushed her hair. “What caused all that?”

“Oh, they were saying bad words and talking about bad stuff and I just started to quietly walk a way like my dad told me to do when that happens. I didn’t say anything but they knew I was leaving because I didn’t want to hear all that bad stuff. That’s when Carmon said, ‘What’s the matter Angie? Are you too good to stay here and be our friend? You think that just because your daddy is a preacher you are too good for us don’t you.’ And then they all started laughing. I just kept walking and didn’t say anything but it hurt me, Grandpa. They were my friends.”

“Hmmmm,” said Grandpa. “So, they laughed at you because you did the right thing and walked away when they were talking bad and it made you sad. Is that it?”

“Yes, I was just trying to do what Jesus would want me to do, Grandpa. He wouldn’t want me to listen to that stuff and He would be really sad if I talked like that.”

“Well,” said Grandpa as he scratched his chin, “you probably don’t know it granddaughter, but their laughing at you is wonderful! It’s a-l-l-l-m-o-s-t the best thing that can happen to you.”

“It is?” Angie questioned as she looked at Grandpa with her head cocked over to one side. “I don’t understand, Grandpa. They hurt my feelings. How can that be good?”

“I think Lu Chi could explain it to you better than me,” nodded Grandpa. How about you and I take a trip with the magic globe and talk to her?”

“I love to go on trips with the magic globe but who is Lu Chi?” asked Angie.

“She’s a girl your age who lives in China. You’ve never been to China have you, Angie?”

“No, but I’d love to go!” exclaimed Angie as she hugged Grandpa.

Grandpa called her mom to be sure it was OK and then they walked into the Science Center to the magic globe. Grandpa got out the tiny key and Angie put it in at the South Pole turning it a quarter turn till the globe began to h-u-m-m-m-m quietly.

“Do you know where China is?” asked Grandpa.

“I sure do!” shouted Angie as she turned the globe. “It’s w-a-a-a-a-a-y across the Pacific Ocean. It’s this b-i-i-i-i-i-g country.”

“Very good!” smiled Grandpa. “Hold my hand tight; touch China; and let’s go.”

To be continued…

The New World Order

July 8, 2011

The New World Order

Mornin! Another beautiful day in God’s world. Satan wants to rule this place s-o-o-o-o-o badly! These next few years may get rough as he makes his final play with the New World Order. If you read Psalm 2, it puts it all in perspective! God is laughing at Pinky and the Brain wannabe’s plans to rule the world.

Fear not. Win souls and love God today. Soon, nothing else will matter.

We have new people coming into prison here every day with such outrageous sentences who have such great needs. We need to read more stories such as those by Alexander Solzhenitsyn that we might understand what is happening to America as she descends to a police state like Germany and Russia did. Alexander Solzhenitsyn tells of a man put in prison in Russia for being the first one to stop clapping at a welcome for Stalin! Hmmmm? Locking up as many as you can, for as long as you can, seems to be the mentality of anti-freedom governments.

Thanks for your prayers. Keep the main thing the main thing! Serve God!

Ironic Things That Make Me Say, “Hmmm?”

July 4, 2011

I should write a book on Ironic Things that Make Me Say Hmmmm.

Isn’t it ironic that Casey Anthony is on trial for murdering her daughter, (and she should be) yet every day 4,500 mothers murder their babies by abortion and the laws of our land not only condone it but prosecute those who try to stop this evil? Hmmmm? God will be the final Judge.

Isn’t it ironic that America is “the land of the free,” yet we lock up about ten times more people per capita than just about every other country? America has 5% of the world’s population yet has 25% of the world’s prisoners. Crime needs to be punished but God’s Word never calls for prison. Hmmmm? Yathink there may be a bigger picture we need to look at?

Isn’t it ironic that when Congress tries to pass laws like HR 1475 to cut prison time to 65% for non-violent offenders, and HR 223 to cut time to 50% for first-time, non-violent offenders over age 45, that the biggest force OPPOSING these laws being passed is the same group that PROFITS the most from the prison system—the Justice Department, or the “Just Ice Department” and federal employees? Hmmmmm?

Isn’t it ironic that God created a perfect world, gave man freedom to choose and after man chose to sin, God still loved him? In spite of our sin, God still loves us and wants to use us to further His kingdom! Hmmmmm?

Isn’t it ironic that the most fun thing to do in the entire world, leading others to Christ, is the one least done by God’s children? Friday, as I led Eric to Christ here in the prison, the same joy flooded my soul that flooded it in the tent at the Heart of Illinois Fair in 1969 when I led my first soul to Jesus Christ. I don’t understand why so many of God’s children are more worried about who hits a ball into a hole in the dirt than if their neighbors go to Hell for eternity. Hmmmmm?

I hope you enjoy your freedom this Fourth of July! Please pray I can get mine back.

What on earth are you doing for Heaven’s sake? Hmmmmm?

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