Contributed by Mark Stepherson on Jan 14, 2017
There was a time when skeptics claimed that the prophecies in Isaiah 53 were too detailed, too specific, too accurate to be mere coincidence. I agreed. But then the skeptics argued that the ONLY logical explanation was that Isaiah was written after the gospels and patterned the suffering Servant
Contributed by Mark Stepherson on Sep 22, 2012
WAS JESUS MARRIED?
“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.” 1 Timothy 4:7
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15
Popular characters tend to be
Contributed by Mark Stepherson on May 29, 2012
FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH
When Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, the city was buried for 1700 years. When it was rediscovered, artifacts left a detailed picture of what was happening in the city at the time. For example, archeologists could identify the time by the clothes people were wearing, the
Contributed by Mark Stepherson on Mar 15, 2012
I WISH I HAD KNOWN THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW
Mickey Mantle’s father was right handed and his grandfather was left handed. Between them, they taught him to switch hit. He is widely regarded to be the greatest switch hitter of all time, and one of the greatest players ever. He was inducted into the
A SACRIFICE OF PRAISE HURTS!
Several years ago, there was a song on Christian radio that said, "We bring a sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord." It had a happy, upbeat tune. Listening to it, I had the feeling that the singers were intrigued by the words but had not personally
Contributed by Mark Stepherson on Feb 23, 2012
FOR BLESSINGS ALREADY RECEIVED
"Returning thanks for blessings already received increases our faith and enables us to approach God with new boldness and new assurance. Doubtless the reason so many have so little faith when they pray is because they take so little time to meditate upon and thank
Contributed by Mark Stepherson on Feb 23, 2012
KNOW THE TRUE FROM THE FALSE
I have heard and read several variations of this story. Some relate it to training bank tellers, some to treasury agents, and some to FBI agents. I don’t know which, if any, is true. The story makes a good point even if none of the stories are true.
Contributed by Mark Stepherson on Feb 16, 2012
HUMILITY - WHO WOULD DARE WRITE ABOUT IT?
Charlene Ann Baumbich wrote a book about raising her sons. One chapter was about humbling experiences she had. She then felt the Holy Spirit nudging her to study humility. She thought she might write a book about what she would learn. After hours
Contributed by Mark Stepherson on Feb 11, 2012
A BREAKDOWN IN COMMUNICATION
My favorite Burns and Allen routine was the time when George was lecturing Gracie about carelessness. Gracie remembered one of her relatives who accidently parked in a red zone. George said, "That was very careless."
Gracie responded, "Yes, it really was."
R. A. TORREY--PRAYING, BELIEVING, AND NOT DOUBTING
After R. A. Torrey had been a Christian for more than forty years, someone asked him to visit a family and pray for one member who was dying with typhoid fever. God revealed to Torrey that the man would live. He told them that when he arrived.
Contributed by Mark Stepherson on Dec 15, 2011
IS HE REAL OR PRETEND?
I think George Reeves was the first actor to be Superman on TV.
Back in the 50's, TV actors were not quite as "elite" as some seem to be now. They would throw out the first pitch at a Los Angeles little league game. They would fire the starting pistol for a soap box
Before writing, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," before becoming a leader of the Reformation, before his 95 Theses, Martin Luther was a Catholic priest. One thing that did not change for him was a passionate conviction that Christians must repent and confess their sins.
Contributed by Mark Stepherson on Nov 18, 2011
RIGHT PRAYER FOR THE WRONG REASON
I began teaching during the Wednesday night prayer meetings seven months ago. Suppose I prayed every day for all those months for God to make us into a praying church. Suppose I prayed morning, noon, and night for God to make us a praying church. Suppose I
Contributed by Mark Stepherson on Nov 10, 2011
PRAYER AND REVIVAL
In Belfast, Ireland, in the 1930's, a church that ran about 200 experienced revival. Between 12 and 20 people were saved every night. 6:00 every morning found 50 people in the church praying for an hour. It was not singing, Bible study, and prayer, as much as the teacher in
FIRST THINGS FIRST
When Coach Bobby Bowden played baseball in college, he never hit a home run. His senior year at Howard College, he was the only player not to hit a home run. One day, he hit a line drive against Auburn. As he approached third, the coach was waving him on. As he made his turn,
Contributed by Mark Stepherson on Oct 27, 2011
NEVER GIVE UP
Have you seen that cartoon with the pelican having a frog for dinner? His dinner is not agreeing with him. The frog’s head, shoulders, and most of his body are in the pelican’s beak. His back legs are outside, kicking for all they’re worth. His front legs stick out from both sides
Contributed by Mark Stepherson on Oct 22, 2011
FASTING BEFORE THE GREAT AWAKENING
Jonathan Edwards was a man used by God in the First Great Awakening. I have read that he preached in a weak, squeaking, monotone voice and held his tiny manuscript so close to his face that people could not see his expressions. When he preached, "Sinners in the
Contributed by Mark Stepherson on Oct 17, 2011
TUMBLEWEEDS AND MESQUITE TREES
Have you seen those old movies about the wild West? Near the end, the good guy and the bad guy stand facing each other at opposite ends of the only street in town. The local folks, knowing what will happen, clear the street. They slam doors and shutter windows.
Contributed by Mark Stepherson on Oct 13, 2011
GOD BLESS AMERICA: BE SPECIFIC
The blind man's first request is for Jesus to have mercy on him. Jesus asks him specifically, "What do you want me to do for you?" He answers specifically, "Lord, I want to see."
"God bless America," is a very general prayer. It may be as specific a prayer as
WHAT IS NOT GOD'S WILL
Sometimes we want things we know is not God's will.
Jay Kesler wrote of a time when he caused an auto accident. He prayed that it did not happen, but it did.
I know how the young Jay Kesler felt. I've done things that I wanted to undo and said things that I wanted