Faith of Our Fairy Tales #12 (Original story / photo)
Story Scripture: Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. – Galatians 6:7
Story Saying: Life is like a boomerang. Our thoughts, deeds, and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy. – Grant M. Bright
Behind the Story: First, the synopsis (via Wikipedia) – There once was a prince who decided to go on a journey with his servant. In a dark forest, they came to a small house, where a maiden warned them that her stepmother was a witch who disliked strangers, but unfortunately, there was nowhere else for shelter. The prince and his servant reluctantly entered the witch’s house, but before they went to bed, the maiden warned the prince and his servant not to eat or drink anything the witch gave them because it might be poisonous. The next morning, the witch gave the prince’s servant a poisonous drink, telling him to give it to his master, but the servant ended up spilling it on the prince’s horse, killing it. When he told the prince what had happened and they came to the dead horse, a raven was already eating the corpse. Deciding they may not find better food that day, the servant killed the bird and took it with him. Next, they reached an inn and the servant gave the innkeeper the raven to make food of it. Unknown to the prince and his servant, the inn was really a robbers’ den. The robbers returned, and, before killing the travelers, sat down to eat. Immediately after eating a few bites of the raven soup the innkeeper had prepared, the robbers fell down dead from the poison that the raven had in its body. The innkeeper’s daughter then showed the prince and his servant the robbers’ hidden treasure, but the prince insisted that the daughter keep it. Continue reading →
It’s no secret: Taylor Swift is one of the biggest stars of our time. Since 2006, she’s released five studio albums with numerous chart-topping singles, racked up a huge number of awards, and thrown spectacular world tours. Besides her musical success, there’s a lot to love about the Pennsylvania girl who was born in 1989 – just ask any Swiftie. For one, she has beautiful eyes. She’s fearless. She’s no longer fifteen. She isn’t 22 any more either. She isn’t mean. She likes red. We know she isn’t trouble. She knows how to shake it off. And it doesn’t look like she will be going out of style any time soon. Continue reading →
I pray that the Lord might crown this year with His goodness and in the coming one give you a hallowed dare-devil spirit in lifting the biting sword of Truth, consuming you with a passion that is called by the cultured citizen of Christendom ‘fanaticism’, but known to God as that saintly madness that led His Son through bloody sweat and hot tears to agony on a rude Cross—and Glory!
– Jim Elliot
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said: “Fruit is always the miraculous, the created; it is never the result of willing, but always a growth. The fruit of the Spirit is a gift of God, and only He can produce it. They who bear it know as little about it as the tree knows of its fruit. They know only the power of Him on whom their life depends.”
Each and every one of us was made by God to do something great on this earth for Him. It doesn’t matter what it turns out to be, but it’s sure to be something special once we find out what it is we were made to do. It isn’t right to wish to be like someone else. God made everyone different. In their own special way they are important to Him and to other people in this world. Not every kid was made to be a Disney rocker or a Hollywood star.
The Bible tells us in Galatians 4:24 about the nine fruits of the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
At the beginning of Oz the Great and Powerful, Oscar Diggs is a traveling magician who entertains and charms crowds with all kinds of tricks. But he is also as Glinda, the “good witch”, later calls him “weak, selfish, slightly egotistical and a fibber.” Oscar Diggs doesn’t want to be a good man, he doesn’t want to settle down and toil and slave away like his dead father did. Oscar Diggs wants fame, he wants to be great, he wants to be powerful.