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Contributed on Sep 14, 2018
Don’t tremble with fear, because you are no longer under the terrifying precepts of God’s Law. Instead, triumph with faith, because you are now under the tremendous promise of God’s grace.
One day, a bus driver was driving along his usual route. He didn't encounter any problems for the first few stops; a few people got on, a few got off, and things went generally well. At one stop, however, a big hulk of a man got on. He was 6' 8" tall, built like a wrestler, and his arms hung down ...read more
Contributed on Aug 29, 2018
Don't sell your birthright, like Esau did. Don’t sell out on your priesthood. Don’t sell out on the promises of God, and don’t sell out on your power over sin. Instead, enjoy your inheritance rights as children of God, and live like the kings you are!
Your Birthright (Hebrews 12:14-17) Just a few years ago (2012), Dakoda Garren, a 19-year-old from Washington state was charged with stealing a rare coin collection worth at least $100,000. After Garren had completed some part-time work for a woman living north of Portland, the woman reported that ...read more
Contributed on Aug 23, 2018
If you want to grow to full maturity in life, respect God's discipline; don't reject it.
A mechanic accidentally swallowed some brake fluid and really liked the taste. Before he knew it, he had finished off the whole bottle. One of his co-workers caught him sneaking a swig the next day. “Man, that stuff will kill you,” said his friend, “you've got to give it up.” “Don't worry,” the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 15, 2018
If you want to finish your life well, learn from the witnesses of the past; lay aside the weights of the present; and look the the Winner Himself -- Jesus, your Savior, Example, and Inspiration.
There is a legendary tale about the late Bear Bryant, who coached the University of Alabama football team from 1958 to 1982. In one game, with two minutes to play, he called on his slow-but-steady, fourth string quarterback. Bryant instructed him to run the ball up the middle and then punt. ...read more
Contributed on Aug 9, 2018
By faith, abound in triumph, abide in trials, and be approved in time.
In Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Herb Miller writes: Two Kentucky farmers who owned racing stables had developed a keen rivalry. One spring each of them entered a horse in a local steeplechase. Thinking that a professional rider might help him outdo his friend, one of the farmers engaged a crack ...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