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Contributed on Jan 20, 2021
If you want true success in life, don’t depend on your shrewd deals or your spent schemes. Instead, depend on the Lord.
Ted Engstrom and Edward Dayton, in a Christian Leadership Letter some time ago, talked about a young man who was appointed president of a bank. Intimidated by his new responsibilities, he nervously sought the advice of his gray-haired predecessor: “Sir, what has been the secret of your success?” ...read more
Contributed on Jan 13, 2021
If you want to find peace, don’t look down on some with disdain; don’t look up on others with jealousy; don’t look within at your own schemes. Instead, look to the Lord.
A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her class of five and six-year-olds. After explaining the commandment to honor thy father and thy mother, she asked, “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?” Without missing a beat, one little ...read more
Contributed on Jan 6, 2021
If you want to savor your life, choose to enjoy God’s delights, then learn to embrace God’s discipline.
From his hospital bed on the eve of open-heart surgery, Pastor Bruce McIver asked his cardiologist, Dr. Dudley Johnson, “Can you fix my heart?” The physician, known for being short and to the point, said, “Sure.” Then he quickly turned and walked away. Following the 12-hour surgery, McIver asked ...read more
Contributed on Dec 30, 2020
When God in His grace reveals Himself to you, respond with gratitude.
For many people, their experience of worship is like that of Mr. Bean. Take a look (Show Video: Mr. Bean Falling Asleep at Church, www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B1V1PFsyho). Mr. Bean settles into his pew with a smile on his face, anticipating the sermon—but the rest of the congregation blankly stares ...read more
Contributed on Dec 23, 2020
If you want to encourage people pursue purity and follow Christ, begin with a blessing; don’t lay down the law.
After Helene Talbert of Wahpeton, North Dakota, completed her first semester at a Christian college, she had a lot to tell her family. Just before the end of the semester, they had an open house in her dorm – one of the few times men are allowed in the women's rooms. When her family came to ...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