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Contributed on May 25, 2022
Settle your differences with other believers because of your future, your present, and your past.
In 1904, Argentina and Chile celebrated the resolution of a border dispute, which nearly brought the two countries to war. They celebrated with a large statue of Christ erected high in the Andes on the border between their two countries. They called the statue, "Christ the Redeemer of the ...read more
Contributed on May 20, 2022
To deal with sin in a way that helps people, first you cry, because you care. Then you judge, urging the believing sinner to repent. And if he or she refuses, you purge them from the church.
Dr. Stephen L. Anderson, a professor in Ontario, Canada, had what he called a moment of “startling clarity” a little over 10 years ago. He was teaching a section on ethics in his senior philosophy class, and he needed an “attention-getter”—something to shock his students and force them to take an ...read more
Contributed on May 12, 2022
To change the world, go to the back of the line, imitate people like Paul, and get something done.
Evan Almighty is the story of freshman congressman Evan Baxter, whose main campaign slogan was “change the world.” When he asks for God's help to achieve his goal, God responds in an unusual way—He commands Evan to build an ark in order to rescue a multitude of wild animals. As Evan ...read more
Contributed on May 4, 2022
To raise children of influence, raise them to bless others, to believe in Jesus, and to boldly share their faith.
The children had a special program at church and a little girl was to recite the Scripture she had memorized for the occasion. When she got in front of the crowd, the sight of hundreds of eyes peering at her caused her to forget her memory work. Every line that she had so carefully rehearsed ...read more
Contributed on Apr 28, 2022
Serving the Lord is not all that complicated. Just serve Him faithfully and humbly. Every day, just humbly do what He asks you to do and leave the results up to Him.
I’ve had some experience in signing contracts with various musicians over the years to do concerts in the church. Those contracts spell out the details of what each party expects, and they contain few, if any, surprises. That’s not the case with some of the big-name entertainers. For example, Van ...read more
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Contributed on Jun 11, 2020
God can use you to make a difference in our broken world no matter your past. Just commit your way to the Lord like Jephthah did and depend on His Holy Spirit. When I think about Jephthah, I think about George Floyd, who was recently murdered in Minneapolis. George was a towering 6-foot by 6-inch ...read more
Contributed on Apr 18, 2019
Just this last Monday (April 15, 2019), many of us were horrified to watch the great Cathedral of Notre Dame on fire. Its great spire toppled into the roof of the cathedral, and many feared that Paris’ most iconic landmark would be a total loss after standing for 850 years. However, early the ...read more
Contributed on Jan 2, 2013
JESUS CARED Henri Nouwen once said, "What we see, and like to see, is cure and change. But what we do not see and do not want to see is care: the participation in the pain, the solidarity in the suffering, the sharing in the experience of brokenness. And still, cure without care is as ...read more
Contributed on Feb 3, 2011
JEALOUS HORSES When we lived in a small town in central Kansas (Ellsworth), we made many trips to the nearest big town, Salina, Kansas on old Kansas Route 140. On one of those trips in the spring (March 12, 1990), we saw a horse at the edge of a luscious, green pasture with his head stuck ...read more
Contributed on Sep 23, 2010
In the story of Pollyanna, there is a woman who runs the town. She’s not the mayor and doesn’t even sit on the city council. It’s just that she has inherited a tremendous amount of money from her father, and she has a controlling interest in all the major businesses in town. As a result, no one ...read more