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  • Already Approved

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Mar 14, 2013
     | 552 views

    ALREADY APPROVED I remember trying to get approved for our first mortgage. There were a number of difficulties and it was very frustrating both for me, and I'm sure for our agent. But after all the sweat and tears we got approval and consequently the offer on the house we wanted was accepted. ...read more

  • "Barbarians" And The Gospel

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Mar 14, 2013
     | 784 views

    "BARBARIANS" AND THE GOSPEL It is said that one of the greatest disasters in the history of Christianity took place in 1271. Nichelo and and Matteo Polo, the father and the uncle of Marco Polo, were visiting the Kubla Kahn. At that time, Kubla Kahn was a world ruler. He ruled all of China, all ...read more

  • We Need Help To Get Out

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Mar 14, 2013
     | 750 views

    We Need Help to Get Out Follow the example of the Chilean miners. Trapped beneath two thousand feet of solid rock, the thirty-three men were desperate. The collapse of a main tunnel had sealed their exit and thrust them into survival mode. They ate two spoonfuls of tuna, a sip of milk, and a ...read more

  • So Many People Believe They Can Be Right With ...

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Dec 10, 2012
     | 1,124 views

    So many people believe they can be right with God, they can have peace with God, they can deflect God’s anger from them by being good and doing good. They rightfully understand there’s a debt that they owe. But they don’t understand it’s a debt they could never repay. And to try to repay it does ...read more

  • Whitney Houston ...

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Dec 10, 2012
     | 1,456 views

    Whitney Houston sang "Because the greatest love of all is happening to me I found the greatest love of all inside of me The greatest love of all Is easy to achieve learning to love yourself, it is the greatest love of all" Learning to love yourself, it is the greatest love of all. I’ll ...read more

  • Jesus Freak: Hezekiah

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Oct 31, 2012
     | 540 views

    JESUS FREAK: HEZEKIAH Laos 2001. Hezekiah’s life had been so transformed that he had to tell someone. When he returned to the village he grew up in, he told the 35 relatives and villagers who met him and demanded to know why he had converted to Christianity, "Jesus is the only way I can be saved ...read more

  • Making The Wrong Right

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Oct 31, 2012
     | 371 views

    MAKING THE WRONG RIGHT Many years ago, Christian professor Stuart Blackie of the University of Edinburgh was listening to his students as they presented oral readings. When one young man rose to begin his recitation, he held his book in the wrong hand. The professor thundered, "Take your book in ...read more

  • Francis Chan's Servant Witness

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Oct 31, 2012
     | 802 views

    FRANCIS CHAN'S SERVANT WITNESS Francis Chan was flying to Africa and seated next to him was a man who happened to be a Muslim. So they were talking about what they believed and the man said "Ya, I know some Christians and I hear their message and it turns me off. I’m not interested." So the ...read more

  • God Opposes The Proud At Mt. St. Helens

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Oct 31, 2012
     | 671 views

    GOD OPPOSES THE PROUD AT MT. ST. HELENS In the spring of 1980, the mountain showed signs of awakening. There were earthquakes. There was volcanic activity. Residents were told to leave the area. But Harry Truman would have nothing to do with that. He believed the danger was exaggerated "I don't ...read more

  • John Piper: Your Heart Has To Get Bigger  PRO

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Oct 31, 2012
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     | 741 views

    JOHN PIPER: YOUR HEART HAS TO GET BIGGER "Little hearts give little lusts big power. Big hearts give little lusts little power because they look little! When you SEE the magnitude of your treasure, your soul swells to get around it and you MOCK pornography as a POWERLESS thrill! That’s the way ...read more

  • The Body: The Image Of God

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Oct 31, 2012
     | 578 views

    THE BODY: THE IMAGE OF GOD Paul Brand writing about what it means to be in the image of God in his book In His Image: "We will not explore the psychological and mental attributes in each one of us that might reflect the image of God. Instead, we will center on a community, that group of God’s ...read more

  • One Body To The Death

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Oct 31, 2012
     | 814 views

    ONE BODY TO THE DEATH On February 19, 1945, near the end of WWII, 800 American ships amassed to assault the island of Iwo Jima with its two strategic air strips 600 miles south of Tokyo. The Marines had fought a total of 43 months in the Pacific in World War II and in this one-month assault on ...read more

  • He Has My Best Interests At Heart

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Oct 31, 2012
     | 604 views

    HE HAS MY BEST INTERESTS AT HEART A few years ago I had a scary encounter with a masked man wielding a knife. I remember him with gratitude, though, since he was an orthopedic surgeon to whom I paid thousands of dollars to correct some problems with my left foot... For 3 months the surgeon ...read more

  • Made In His Image  PRO

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Jan 31, 2012
    based on 3 ratings
     | 721 views

    MADE IN HIS IMAGE In 1940 the Battle of Britain took place in the skies over England. Day after day hundreds of German bombers delivered to the targets below a cargo of death and destruction. The only thing stopping the certain defeat of the allies in western Europe was the Royal Air Force, ...read more

  • God Steps In Where Our Fathers Fail

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Jan 31, 2012
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    GOD STEPS IN WHERE OUR FATHERS FAIL John Eldredge, author of Wild At Heart and Fathered By God among others, writes of fishing with his dad as a boy. Spending hours together on a Saturday morning trying to catch fish. "But" he writes, "the fish were never the issue. What I longed for was his ...read more

  • Painlessness Is Your Enemy

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Jan 31, 2012
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    PAINLESSNESS IS YOUR ENEMY Dr Paul Brand was born in India to missionary parents and spent most of his life caring for people who couldn’t feel pain - people with leprosy. He spent much of life studying pain. At one point he was given a grant to develop a system of warning that would protect ...read more

  • King Tut Vs. William Borden

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Jan 31, 2012
     | 859 views

    KING TUT VS. WILLIAM BORDEN In 1922 Howard Carter discovered the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen. King Tut had died at around age 19 and his tomb had been untouched for over 3000 years. Buried with him were solid gold chariots and thousands of golden artifacts. His gold coffin was found ...read more

  • Anibal Sat In A Brazilian Jail Cell, Guilty Of ...

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Dec 22, 2011
     | 452 views

    Anibal sat in a Brazilian jail cell, guilty of murder. He was a weightlifter, with bulging biceps, a leathery face and a tattoo of an anchor on his forearm that seemed to symbolize his personality. But he appeared to soften as the preacher talked with him about guilt, forgiveness, a God who knew ...read more

  • Hezekiah's Story

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Dec 22, 2011
     | 658 views

    HEZEKIAH'S STORY Laos 2001. Hezekiah's life had been so transformed that he had to tell someone. When he returned to the village he grew up in, he told the 35 relatives and villagers who met him and demanded to know why he had converted to Christianity, "Jesus is the only way I can be saved from ...read more

  • Amazing Forgiveness

    Contributed by Bret Toman on Nov 26, 2011
     | 1,242 views

    AMAZING FORGIVENESS Philip Yancey in Rumours of Another World shares a story of the remarkable. The story of an atrocity that happened during the days of apartheid in South Africa and the reconciliation that followed in a court room many years later. A policeman named Van de Broek recounted ...read more