Contributed by James Snyder on Jan 22, 2022
To be honest, I don't always hear what I'm supposed to hear. I do have ears, but sometimes they are not working in such a way as to benefit me.
Often, The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage will talk to me about something, and then at the end of that, she will ask me a question of which I
ACCIDENTLY, COINCIDENCE OR ON PURPOSE?
There were two precious brothers. They loved each other. Their parents owned a huge farm. The brothers worked in harmony alongside their mom and dad for years. Suddenly and unexpectedly the father and mother died. One brother went to a lawyer about the
THE BRIDGE BUILDER
By Will Allen Dromgoole
An old man going a lone highway.
Came, at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and deep and wide.
Through which was flowing a sullen tide
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned when safe
REJECTED, TRY AGAIN
SORRY CHARLIE? REMEMBER THE STARKIST TUNA MASCOT? CHARLIE IS THE MOST FAMOUS … TOUGH LUCK, BRO… JUST GET OVER IT… REJECTED? WE CAN HELP CHEER ON OTHERS THAT HAVE BEEN REJECTED.
CARMELO ANTONY, third player picked in the NBA DRAFT,. He played 17 years and became one
"Hospitality in its purest form is love of a stranger." (Z Cobb during
Almost all churches go through “lifecycles” - they start with a MAN, a visionary leader has a passion to to accomplish a God-given Vision -- then they become a MOVEMENT. At this stage the people are nearly 100% committed. They spend time together at each other’s homes and in Bible studies.
Contributed by James Snyder on Jan 15, 2022
Focus is an essential part of getting something done. Sometimes my focus is more on yesterday than it is today. I waste a lot of time looking backward.
The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage often rebukes me because I look in the past. I talk more about yesterday than I do today. On the other
The reader may ask me why I did not try to escape what was in store for me after Hitler had occupied Austria. Let me answer the question by recalling the following story. shortly before the united states entered ww2 I received an invitation to come to the American consulate in Vienna to pick up my
Contributed by David Parks on Jan 14, 2022
A Pound Of The Eternal
David E. Parks
One of the most compelling quotes I have ever read comes from a book by Charles Swindoll, Improving Your Serve: The Art of Unselfish Living. Out of the hundreds of books that I have read over the decades, I know of no quote that has as frequently returned to
Contributed by Bradford Reaves on Jan 14, 2022
My dad has bees. Today I went to his house and he showed me all of the honey he had gotten from the hives. He took the lid off of a 5 gallon bucket full of honey and on top of the honey there were 3 little bees, struggling. They were covered in sticky honey and drowning. I asked him if we could
THERE ARE SOME DIVINE LAWS: Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
This mighty king invites all the young men from his kingdom to gather at the gate of the castle. The King has a challenge to all that would like to be the next
Contributed by David Parks on Jan 14, 2022
"GRUDGITIS" ... KILLER DISEASE
"Fret not thyself because of evildoers..." (Psalm 37:1).
A grizzly bear lumbered into a clearing where garbage had been dumped. Tourists noticed that there was only one animal the grizzly would permit to eat with him - a skunk. Doubtless he
Contributed by James Snyder on Jan 8, 2022
If you had the opportunity to speak to the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage, she would probably tell you that one of my strengths is forgetting. I'm not sure how far into the subject she would get.
When it comes to forgetting, I am outstanding on the back lawn, and my expertise in this area
WHAT IS THE GREATEST ACT OF LOVE?
The kiss is mentioned 23 times in the Bible.
To hold hands is mentioned 12 times. For a total of 35 times.
LISTEN is in the Bible 353 times.
HEAR is mentioned 382 times.
Listening is 19 times… For a total of 754 times… To hear and listen is mentioned 33 times more
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jan 3, 2022
1. We make small decisions all the time, and they can affect the direction of our lives. Take this true story: “When I was a kid, my mom, my cousin, my sister, and I were all about to go to my great grandma's house from my grandma's house. It was not a far drive so my mom allowed my sister
IF I WERE SATAN…
I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man's
effort, instead of God's blessings;
I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of
the other way around;
I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes
WHAT FORGIVENESS IS NOT
by Dr. Larry Petton (excerpt from my book, "I CAN'T FORGIVE").
Text: Ephesians chapter 4
Ruth Bell Graham described a successful marriage as the "union of two great forgivers."
Forgiveness has been described as, “Me not hurting you, because you
GUIDELINES FOR PRAYING SUCCESSFULLY
Devotional by Larry Petton
Text: John chapter 15
Our devotional time with the Lord must be a balanced blend of the Word and prayer, truth and Spirit touching the head and heart.
If you only focus on Bible study, you will dry up.
If you only focus on prayer
A FATHER WHO WILL NEVER LEAVE US
Devotional written by Dr. Larry Petton
When I was pastoring in Texas, a sweet little girl came up to me once and said, "Pastor Larry, will Jesus ever leave me if I trust in Him?" I knelt down beside the little girl and said, "Why do you ask me
Children’s letters to the Pastor
Dear Pastor, I would like to go to heaven someday because I know my brother won't be there. Stephen. Age 8, Chicago
Dear Pastor, I know God loves everybody but He never met my sister. Yours sincerely, Arnold. Age 8, Nashville.
Dear Pastor, Please say