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  • The Brother's Song

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Apr 13, 2012

    THE BROTHER'S SONG Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael, prepare for his sister. Day after day and night after night, Michael sang to his sister in Mommy's tummy. He was building a bond of love more

  • People Matter

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Apr 13, 2012

    PEOPLE MATTER During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: 'What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely, this was some kind of joke. I had more

  • Oh, Let Him In!

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Dec 25, 2010

    OH, LET HIM IN! A picture of the Lord Jesus knocking at the door of a heart was taken one day by a parish visitor to a house where a father and mother lived with their small son. Some impulse made the mother pin the picture up in their little kitchen, and when the small boy came in from school, more

  • No Need To Mention The ...

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Oct 22, 2010

    “No Need to Mention the Name!” One day, crossing a New York City street, a woman became confused, and stepped directly in front of an approaching streetcar. People on both curbs were sick with horror at her sure fate, when a powerful man rushed forward and not only rescued her from the more

  • Keep On ...

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Oct 15, 2010

    “Keep On Praying!” “Though the foe of right oppress, Keep on praying; God is ever near to bless, Keep on praying; Let not fear your heart appall, Naught of evil can befall, Stronger is your God than all. Keep on praying. “Pilgrim, have you weary grown? Keep on praying; God is still more

  • Seeing—and Believing

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Sep 10, 2010

    SEEING--AND BELIEVING Two children were playing on a hillside, when they noticed that the hour was nearing sunset, and one said, wonderingly: "See how far the sun has gone! A little while ago it was right over that tree, and now it is low down in the sky." "Only it isn’t the sun that moves; more

  • When Christ Is In Control

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Aug 5, 2010

    WHEN CHRIST IS IN CONTROL Martin Luther was often very graphic in his description of the activities of the Devil. Asked one time how he overcame the Devil, he replied, "Well, when he comes knocking upon the door of my heart, and asks 'Who lives here?' the dear Lord Jesus goes to the door and more

  • God's Strange Answers

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Jul 9, 2010

    GOD'S STRANGE ANSWERS He was a Christian, and he prayed. He asked for strength to do greater things, but he was given infirmity that he might do better things. He asked for riches that he might be happy; he was given poverty that he might be wise. He asked for power that he might have the more

  • Our Best – Nothing, Without ...

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on May 22, 2010

    “Our Best – Nothing, Without Him” Mr. Spurgeon once preached what in his judgment was one of his poorest sermons. He stammered and floundered, and when he got through he felt that it had been a complete failure. He was greatly humiliated, and when he got home he fell on his knees and said, more

  • Not Always The Same ...

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on May 22, 2010

    “Not Always the Same Method” The Spirit is like the wind. There is mystery, there is power, and we cannot chart the course of the Spirit. He is sovereign to do as He pleases, just as the wind blows where it lists. He did not use the same method or manner with Knox and Luther and Wesley more

  • These ...

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Apr 30, 2010

    “These Hands” A young man and a young woman were engaged to be married and were looking forward to a near wedding day when the young man was suddenly called to serve his country. From the field of warfare letters regularly came and went and love shone brightly in all of them. The letters more

  • Slow To Anger...  PRO

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Apr 30, 2010
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    SLOW TO ANGER... Slow to suspect - quick to trust, Slow to condemn – quick to justify, Slow to offend – quick to defend, Slow to expose – quick to shield, Slow to reprimand – quick to forbear, Slow to belittle – quick to appreciate, Slow to demand – quick to give, Slow to provoke – quick more

  • He Still Loves Us  PRO

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Apr 30, 2010
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    HE STILL LOVES US There is a strange power in the consciousness of being loved. It is said that one of the most distinguished statesmen of the times of the American Revolution was once a hopeless drunkard. He had been engaged to a beautiful girl, but his indulgence had compelled her to break more

  • When God Forgives, He Forgets

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Mar 12, 2010

    WHEN GOD FORGIVES, HE FORGETS How different God’s pardon is from ours! So often we forgive as did the mother of the little girl who had been good a whole week, and asked mother for a favor. "I know," was the answer, "that you have been good all this week, but you know you were bad last week." more

  • The Lord's Answer

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Mar 12, 2010

    THE LORD'S ANSWER A man once said to a servant of the Lord, "I am such a helpless, miserable sinner; there is no hope for me. I have prayed, and resolved and tried, and vowed until I am sick of my unavailing efforts." "Do you believe that Christ died for our sins, and rose again?" was the more

  • Is This The Right Road ...

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Mar 12, 2010

    “Is This the Right Road Home? Is this the right road home, O Lord? The clouds are dark and still, The stony path is hard to tread, Each step brings some fresh ill. I thought the way would brighter grow, And that the sun with warmth would glow, And joyous songs from free hearts flow. Is more

  • He Left It All

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Feb 25, 2010

    HE LEFT IT ALL A famous millionaire died of cancer. For weeks he suffered intolerable agony. Although surrounded by every luxury and receiving every possible care, he died as wretchedly as a pauper. There was the usual publicity, flowers, telegrams, an expensive bronze casket and a towering more

  • Just One Request

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Jan 1, 2010

    Poem: “Just One Request” “Dear Master for this coming year Just one request I bring: I do not pray for happiness, Or any earthly thing— I do not ask to understand The way Thou leadest me, But this I ask: Teach me to do The thing that pleaseth Thee. I want to know Thy guiding more

  • No Money- No Learning – But ...

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Dec 10, 2009

    “No Money- No Learning – But Joy” A prayer meeting was being held at a mission chapel. A poor worker came and kneeled at the altar. He could not understand even the simple Gospel message. While others were rejoicing, he kept on saying, “Jesus! Jesus! Jesus” which was all the prayer he more

  • Peace On ...

    Contributed by Bill Butsko on Dec 2, 2009

    “Peace on Earth” Peace on earth, with a world at war? O what were the angels singing for That far-away night when the Star shown down With a glorious light on Bethlehem’s town? Peace on earth! They were singing of Him Who was born that night to redeem from sin; Who still has the power more