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Contributed on May 28, 2020
Don’t let anger drive you, and don’t let anger destroy you. Instead, trust God to deal appropriately with those who hurt you.
One morning Ralph woke up at five o'clock to a noise that sounded like someone repairing boilers on his roof. Still in his pajamas, he went into the back yard to investigate. He found a woodpecker on the TV antenna, “pounding its little brains out on the metal pole.” Angry at the little ...read more
Contributed on May 21, 2020
Believe God and face adversity with courage, face the adversary with confidence, and face achievement without conceit.
In our day, when a lot of people are worried about staying safe, Mark Moring from Elburn, Illinois, has some suggestions: 1st, Avoid riding in automobiles because they are responsible for 20 percent of all fatal accidents. 2nd, Do not stay home because 17 percent of all accidents occur in the ...read more
Contributed on May 14, 2020
Depend on the Lord, dare to serve Him, and do what you can if you want God to turn your disadvantage into an advantage.
In 1960, Bennett Cerf, founder of Random House publishers, bet Theodore Giesel $50 that he would not be able to write an entertaining children’s book using only 50 different words. Theodore Giesel, better known as Dr. Seuss, took the bet and won, with his little book, Green Eggs and Ham. Since ...read more
Contributed on May 7, 2020
If you want God to use you to restore your broken world, proclaim His Word, provoke trust in that Word, and praise the Lord.
One Sunday, a couple of years ago (2018), Ben and Jackee Belnap noticed an important envelope containing $1,060 mysteriously missing. For the previous year, University of Utah football fans had been saving money to pay back Ben's parents for season tickets, and that money was in the ...read more
Contributed on Apr 29, 2020
In these troubling times, don’t compromise in your commitment to the Lord; but if you have, cry out to the Lord and count on your Sovereign Savior.
On August 10, 1948, Allen Funt debuted a hidden-camera reality TV show called Candid Camera, which became wildly popular for many years. The genius of the show is that it caught people in the act of being themselves. It produced lots of laughs, but it also offered a fascinating look into human ...read more
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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
Contributed on Sep 18, 2010
Many years ago, when I was planting churches, someone in one of those churches asked me if I would consider opening another church if they paid me $30,000 a year, plus housing and benefits. It was more than I was making at the time, but I told that person, “No, God called me here and now is ...read more