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Contributed on Dec 13, 2018
This Christmas, realize that God has visited you, trust Him to save you. Then, after He has saved you, serve Him without fear. It really is the only way to experience His peace.
Michele Hardie, of Holland, Michigan, describes a time when her family was getting ready for Advent. Recalling their preparation for advent a year earlier, she asked her children, “Who can tell me what the four candles in the Advent wreath represent?” She was looking for them to say hope, peace, ...read more
Contributed on Dec 7, 2018
If you want to find real peace in your time of distress, trust Jesus as your Sovereign to restore you; trust Jesus as your Shepherd to secure you; and trust Jesus as your Savior to rescue you. In a word, trust Jesus as your PEACE, your Shalom.
Valerie Kulhavy of Casper, Wyoming, took her three young children through the food line at a recent church dinner. As she juggled everyone's plate and drink, she told the kids to be on their best behavior. When they were finally seated, she sighed with relief and told her children they were ...read more
Contributed on Nov 21, 2018
God is with us, so sing this Christmas, and don’t be afraid or ashamed anymore!
Aurlette Driver was playing Christmas carols on the piano for her 4-year-old great-granddaughter, Natalie. When Aurlette played “Away in a Manger,” she thought Natalie would enjoy hearing the words, so she started to sing as she played. After just a few words, Aurlette felt Natalie’s hand on her ...read more
Contributed on Nov 15, 2018
if you want to overcome the forces of evil in your own life, by faith praise the Lord, obey the Lord, give to the Lord, and pay your vows to the Lord.
Jennifer Breeding, from the Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, was visiting her parents with her two young daughters. They watched from the breakfast table as a man came to the back door. When the visitor left, Grandpa explained that he was an appraiser. “What's an appraiser?” the younger child ...read more
Contributed on Nov 9, 2018
If you’re going to be ready to face the spiritual battles ahead, you must let God roll away your shame, relish your salvation, and respect your Sovereign Lord.
Some time ago, a fictitious manual for Peace Corp volunteers headed for South America contained the following advice on “What to Do If Attacked by an Anaconda”: #1, If you're attacked by an anaconda, do not run; the snake is faster than you are. #2, Lie flat on the ground. #3, Put your arms tight ...read more
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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
Contributed on May 27, 2010
Last week, I was at Moody Pastor’s Conference in Chicago; and there, I won a drawing for a brand new Garmin GPS. It’s a nifty little device! Sandy and I had to make several stops in Milwaukee this last weekend – the airport, a Best Western Motel, Office Depot, a GNC store, and other places – so ...read more