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  • Persecuted For Faithfulness

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Aug 6, 2018

    Many of our sisters and brothers are persecuted even in our own time. Voice of the Martyrs reports, for example, the experience of a young man named Philip, who lives in Laos. Philip walked two hours to another village to hear the gospel. Just three weeks after he returned home as a new believer, more

  • Beholding The Night Sky

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Jan 2, 2015
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    When our daughter was in Junior High School, she made friends with a group of girls from Olney, Texas, a community about forty minutes to the south of us. And they invited her to a function their school was having on a certain Friday night. So, I drove her over, and, when the time came, I went more

  • The Vastness Of Space

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Jan 2, 2015

    I have read that the nearest star to our sun is called Proxima Centauri, and it’s about 4.22 light years away. As you know, a light year is not a measurement of time; it is a measurement of distance. Light is the fastest thing we know of, and a light year is how far it takes light to travel in a more

  • The Emporer's Clothes

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Dec 19, 2014

    Do you remember the story of the emperor’s clothes? If I am recalling it right, someone persuaded the emperor to buy a suit of clothes that only people with the most exquisite taste in fashion could see. Of course, the emperor could not see the clothes, nor could anyone else – because the peddler more

  • Encountering Angels

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Dec 8, 2014

    Some years ago, I had occasion to read Madeleine L’Engle’s book, A Wind in the Door. It’s about a young girl named Meg and her brother Charles Wallace. One day, Charles Wallace tells Meg that he has seen a drive of dragons in the broccoli patch. Meg goes with her brother to check it out, but all more

  • The Lonely Frog

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Dec 8, 2014
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    You’ve heard the one, I ‘m sure, about the lonely frog who goes to see a fortune-teller. He’s told not to worry. She says, “You’re going to meet a beautiful young girl, and she will want to know everything about you.” “That’s great!” the excited frog says. “When will I meet her?” And the psychic more

  • Abandoned At Seventeen

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Dec 8, 2014

    One of the characters in Kent Haruf’s novel Plainsong, is Victoria, a seventeen-year-old girl who is four months pregnant. When her boyfriend finds out about her condition, he breaks up with her. And when her mother finds out, she kicks her out of the house and says to her, “You got yourself into more

  • A Safe Place

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Mar 3, 2012

    A SAFE PLACE Some years ago, I used to see Project Safe Place signs. Perhaps you have seen them too. They were most often displayed on houses along residential streets, or on fire stations, or even on public library buildings. They are diamond-shaped with a yellow background and a black logo, more

  • Contaminated

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Feb 22, 2012

    CONTAMINATED I'm all thumbs when it comes to band-aids. I know you're not supposed to touch the pad, the part that compresses the wound. If you do, then you contaminate it, and you run the risk of infection. And, of course, you don't want to do that. So, every time I use a band-aid, it's more

  • The Mark Of Jesus  PRO

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Feb 17, 2012
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    THE MARK OF JESUS When I was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Levelland, there was a man in our church, the owner of a local business and a highly intentional Christian. The apostle Paul once said of himself that he bore "on [his] body the marks of Jesus" (Gal. 6:17). Well, this man more

  • Marriage Sustains Love

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Feb 17, 2012

    MARRIAGE SUSTAINS LOVE Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor, sent to prison in Hitler’s Germany and later martyred for his faith. In 1943, while in his cell, we wrote a wedding sermon that he was never permitted to deliver. In that sermon, he said, "It is not more

  • Happy Families

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Feb 11, 2012

    HAPPY FAMILIES Leo Tolstoy opened his novel, Anna Karenina with this line: "Happy families," he said, "are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." I don’t know if that’s entirely true, but, of course, more

  • First Phil And First Phyllis

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Feb 11, 2012

    FIRST PHIL AND FIRST PHYLLIS Some years ago, I asked the leaders of our church to do a little exercise with me. I fabricated two imaginary people, one a man and the other a woman. Since this is First Presbyterian Church, I named the man "First Phil" and the woman "First Phyllis." I suggested more

  • Afraid

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Dec 23, 2011

    AFRAID I was all alone. I lived with four other guys in a huge, old house just off the campus of Baylor University, but I was the only one home. I must have been twenty-one or twenty-two – a grown man, practically a college graduate – but I was afraid. There was usually a surplus of noise in the more

  • What You Don't Know

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Nov 12, 2011

    WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW They say, "What you don't know can't hurt you." But it's not true, is it? Suppose your house is invaded by termites that are eating away at the studs and beams and rafters, and you don't know it. Suppose you are on an extended trip but you left water boiling on the more

  • Childhood Reminders

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Nov 7, 2011

    CHILDHOOD REMINDERS When I first came to Wichita Falls, Joe and Eloise were living over on Hursh, and I remember going to call on them one day. The front door cradled a lovely stained-glass window. When I asked about it, Joe said, "It’s from the old church in Vernon." Every time he entered and more

  • Comfort From Where?

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Sep 26, 2011
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    COMFORT FROM WHERE? When Jerry’s mother died, the loss was almost unbearable. But Jerry was determined to be strong for the sake of her family. John, in fact, asked her how she could be holding up so well. It was the God on whom she relied that stabilized her in the midst of that more

  • Harry Potter: Temptation

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Jul 30, 2011

    HARRY POTTER: TEMPTATION Every great story has great characters. And in truly great stories, the characters go through significant change. This change is called a character arc. For example, if you’re familiar with the Harry Potter series, you know that Harry starts off in the story as an more

  • Our Love So Faint, Thine So Great

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Jul 28, 2011

    OUR LOVE SO FAINT, THINE SO GREAT The great hymn writer, Isaac Watts, once asked in a hymn: "Dear Lord, and shall we ever live at this poor dying rate? Our love so faint, so cold to Thee, and Thine to us so great?" Likely so, unless God himself startles us and shakes us free from our more

  • What A Waste...??  PRO

    Contributed by Isaac Butterworth on Jul 8, 2011
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    WHAT A WASTE...?? There was a young man who grew up just down the block from my wife Jan. I never met him; I can’t even remember his name. But I know about him. I think about him every time I’m in the neighborhood. This boy didn’t attract much notice as he was growing up. He studied mostly. more