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  • The Boat

    Contributed by John Singarayar on May 13, 2021
    based on 1 rating
     | 456 views

    A seeker decides to meditate alone, away from his place. He takes his boat out to the middle of the lake, moors it there, closes his eyes and begins his meditation. After a few hours of undisturbed silence, he suddenly feels the bump of another boat colliding with his own. With his eyes still ...read more

  • Mark 11:1-11

    Contributed by I. G. Spong on Mar 20, 2018
     | 2,601 views

    Jesus’ Mock Parade Imagine for a minute a grand parade. It might be one of those that celebrates military might with tanks and rockets. It might have brass bands, flags waving and marchers goose-stepping in rhythm, with a dictator either clapping from a grandstand or even at the head of the ...read more

  • That Sounds Like A Cross To Me  PRO

    Contributed by Bruce Lee on Feb 13, 2018
    based on 2 ratings
     | 2,440 views

    That Sounds Like a Cross to Me “Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34 A little boy was playing in the yard. He fell and scraped his elbow. It was bleeding a ...read more

  • Sow Indiscriminately

    Contributed by I. G. Spong on Jul 15, 2017
     | 3,124 views

    In the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13) Jesus spoke of the kingdom of heaven being like an indiscriminate sower. This contradicts theories surrounding church growth of targeting certain statistically measurable demographics. There is no such target audience in this parable. The seed of the kingdom ...read more

  • Fail In Order To Succeed

    Contributed by I. G. Spong on Jul 15, 2017
     | 2,844 views

    An old axiom says that failure is the stepping stone to success. Are we afraid of failure? The road to success is paved with failures. Before the farmer in the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13) had a successful crop he failed in three areas. We fail in these same areas. We allow the devil to snatch ...read more

  • How Urgent Do We Approach The Harvest

    Contributed by I. G. Spong on Jun 13, 2017
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,883 views

    In Matthew 9:38 Jesus describes driving workers into the field with the urgency of a harvest that cannot wait. Yet, so often our churches have become ho-hum about God's harvest. How can revival come to our land when our churches are so Laodicean in attitude? How can our dying western ...read more

  • Preaching Fluff Versus Quality

    Contributed by I. G. Spong on Jun 8, 2017
     | 2,868 views

    I once lived in a town where there were two preachers who were polar opposites. The one was very charismatic and enthusiastic. But, he did not preach the Bible. I asked him one day why he didn't preach the Bible. His answer was that the people could read their Bibles at home. He preached ...read more

  • Doctrinal Differences

    Contributed by I. G. Spong on May 27, 2017
     | 2,434 views

    I began my Christian journey, like most I suppose, with a narrow doctrinal point of view. But, I was curious and did not stay within denominational boundaries. The graduate school of theology that I chose had professors who were from a wide variety of Protestant backgrounds. Professors there tried ...read more

  • A Lesson In Hope

    Contributed by Thomas Clawser on Apr 1, 2017
     | 5,694 views

    They still tell the story at William and Mary College of daffy, magnificent President Ewell. For a century and a half, this prestigious Virginia school had been a leader among American universities. Then came the Civil War. In the hard days of reconstruction that followed, William and Mary went ...read more

  • Give Into God

    Contributed by Bruce Lee on Jun 15, 2015
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,688 views

    Psalm 66:18 "If I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear." Have you ever felt an unfamiliar and strange feeling like you should be talking to God? That is simply soul searching. It is actually God reaching out to you. But sin blocks that connection. When you "regard" or "cherish" ...read more

  • Confidence

    Contributed by Bruce Lee on Jun 12, 2015
    based on 1 rating
     | 4,990 views

    2 Corinthians 5:6 says "Therefore we are always confident." Confidence is something that comes from believing. Success or failure is often a result of either our confidence or lack thereof. The Apostle Paul was a person of confidence. He wasn’t always right, but he was sure about his experience ...read more

  • Nearness Of God

    Contributed by Bruce Lee on Jun 9, 2015
    based on 2 ratings
     | 4,879 views

    Acts 17:27 says, "He is not far from each of us." A little boy and his sister were playing outside. The boy said something ugly to his sister. She said, "God hears what you say." The boy said, "No, God didn’t hear me He is to far away." That’s how many people think of God. So, we rely upon our own ...read more

  • Wishing Vs. Hoping  PRO

    Contributed by Thomas Clawser on Dec 3, 2011
    based on 2 ratings
     | 3,032 views

    WISHING VS. HOPING Eugene Peterson (Living the Message: Daily Help for Living the God-Centered Life) points out that what a lot of people call hope is in reality something different. It's wishing, not hoping: and wishing and hoping are not the same thing. "Wishing," Peterson says, "is ...read more

  • Biting The Hand That Feeds You  PRO

    Contributed by Ty Tamasaka on Jul 26, 2011
    based on 9 ratings
     | 3,620 views

    BITING THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU The other week, Laura and I were watching the Animal Planet. On the show we were watching was a dog that was rescued from a neglectful family. The poor animal had a big chain collar embedded into its neck. It had been a long time since the large animal had ...read more

  • The Parable Of The Fig Tree  PRO

    Contributed by Ty Tamasaka on Jul 26, 2011
    based on 2 ratings
     | 4,750 views

    THE PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE 6 "Then Jesus told this story: 'A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed. 7 Finally, he said to his gardener, 'I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut ...read more

  • Admirer Or Follower?  PRO

    Contributed by Ty Tamasaka on Jul 19, 2011
    based on 3 ratings
     | 2,743 views

    ADMIRER OR FOLLOWER? Recently I heard that in Scotland, a voluntary survey was given to law enforcement officers of their religious affiliations. That may not sound very interesting, but what caught my attention was that 8 of the officers claimed their religious affiliation to be "Jedi". I ...read more

  • Humility Vs. Humiliation

    Contributed by Bobby Stults on Feb 9, 2011
     | 2,545 views

    HUMILITY VS. HUMILIATION Have you ever thought about the difference between 'humility' and 'humiliation'? There is a significant difference. Humility is the voluntary and willful choice to accept one’s place and position, whereas, humiliation is the forcing of an unwilling participant into their ...read more

  • Security

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 28, 2009
     | 2,365 views

    SECURITY Consider this story in relying upon God: The 3-year-old felt secure in his father’s arms as Dad stood in the middle of the pool. But Dad, for fun, began walking slowly toward the deep end, gently chanting, “Deeper and deeper and deeper,” as the water rose higher and higher on the child. ...read more

  • Your Grumbling Goes With You

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 15, 2009
     | 2,996 views

    YOUR GRUMBLING GOES WITH YOU There was a boy named Grumble Tone who ran away to sea, "I’m sick of things on land," he said, "as sick as I can be; A life upon the bounding wave will suit a lad like me!" The seething ocean billows failed to stimulate his mirth, For he did not like the vessel, ...read more

  • 1938 God Moves In Mysterious ...

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 15, 2009
     | 2,313 views

    1938 God Moves In Mysterious Ways At age 32, William Cowper passed through a great crisis in his life. He tried to end his life by taking laudanum. Then he hired a horse-drawn cabbie, ordering the driver to take him to the Thames, intending to throw himself from the bridge. It was one of London’s ...read more