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  • A Lesson In Hope

    Contributed by Thomas Clawser, M. Div. on Apr 1, 2017

    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 more

  • Wishing Vs. Hoping  PRO

    Contributed by Thomas Clawser, M. Div. on Dec 3, 2011
    based on 2 ratings

    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 more

  • Security

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 28, 2009

    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. more

  • Your Grumbling Goes With You

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 15, 2009

    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, more

  • 1938 God Moves In Mysterious ...

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 15, 2009

    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 more

  • The Foolishness Of Trying To Cover Up Our Sin Is ...

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 8, 2009

    The foolishness of trying to cover up our sin is well illustrated with the story of the drunk husband who snuck up the stairs quietly. He looked in the bathroom mirror and bandaged the bumps and bruises he’d received in a fight earlier that night. He then proceeded to climb into bed, smiling at the more

  • Traders Vs. ...

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 8, 2009

    Traders vs. Investors We all have seen the effect of those who have given up on the economy. In his newspaper column called “Market Report,” Bill Barnhart once explained the difference between investors and traders in the stock market. “A trader in a stock,” writes Barnhart, “is making more

  • Under Or Above ...

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on May 31, 2009

    Under Or Above Circumstances There is a story of a lady who was severely depressed by a series of disheartening events. When asked how she was weathering the storm of adversity, she answered, “Quite well, under the circumstances.” “Sister,” he replied kindly yet firmly, “you’ll never make it that more

  • No House Without ...

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on May 31, 2009

    No House Without Sorrow Among the parables that Chinese teachers use is the story of a woman who lost an only son. She was grief-stricken out of all reason. She made her sorrow a wailing wall. Finally she went to a wise old philosopher. He said to her, “I will give you back your son if you will more

  • Oswald Champers Said:

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on May 31, 2009

    Oswald Chambers said: “The majority of us begin with the bigger problems outside and forget the one inside. A man has to learn ‘the plague of his own heart’ before his own more

  • When A Man Is Saved, The World Says Goodbye To ...

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on May 18, 2009

    When a man is saved, the world says goodbye to him, and he says goodbye to the world. He is spoiled as far as the world is concerned because he is no longer interested in its fleeting pleasures; the world has lost its attraction for him, because he has found One who completely satisfies. more

  • The Wondrous Cross  PRO

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on May 18, 2009
    based on 3 ratings

    THE WONDROUS CROSS Gal. 6:14 inspired Isaac Watts to compose one of modern Christendom’s favorite hymns. While preparing for a communion service in 1707, Isaac Watts wrote this deeply moving and very personal expression of gratitude for the amazing love that the death of Christ on the cross more

  • Mixed Motives

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on May 4, 2009

    C.S. Lewis said: "Humans are very seldom either totally sincere or totally hypocritical. Their moods change, their motives are mixed, and they are often themselves quite mistaken as to what their motives are." (As quoted in: Barton, Bruce B.: more

  • Hypocrisy Is Like A Pin. It Is Pointed In One ...

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on May 4, 2009

    Hypocrisy is like a pin. It is pointed in one direction, and yet is headed in another. (Michael P. Green: 1500 Illustrations for Biblical more

  • Joseph Stalin

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on May 4, 2009
    based on 1 rating

    JOSEPH STALIN Despite the mind-numbing brutality of the Joseph Stalin regime in the Soviet Union, his propaganda machine did its job well. Many Russians hailed him as a hero and a savior, including a young school girl who was chosen to greet Stalin on one occasion. Years later, this woman more

  • Comedian And Actor Chris Farley, Of Saturday ...

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Apr 20, 2009

    Comedian and actor Chris Farley, of Saturday Night Live fame, was found dead in his downtown Chicago apartment on December 18, 1997. The Cook County medical examiner’s office later reported that he died of an opiate and cocaine overdose (James Barron, “Chris Farley, 33, a Versatile Comedian-Actor,” more

  • William Carey And His Crop  PRO

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Apr 20, 2009
    based on 2 ratings

    WILLIAM CAREY AND HIS CROP William Carey arrived in India in 1793 with a burden to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who had never heard the name. For seven years he proclaimed the gospel message faithfully week after week, month after month, with not a single native of India more

  • On Helping Your Brother

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Apr 20, 2009

    ON HELPING YOUR BROTHER Every poor and distressed man had a claim on me for pity, and, if I can afford it, for active exertion and (financial) relief. But a poor Christian has a far stronger claim on my feelings, my labors, and my property. He is my brother, equally interested as myself in the more

  • The Noted Historian And Oxford Professor Thomas ...

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Apr 13, 2009

    The noted historian and Oxford professor Thomas Arnold wrote: "The evidence for our Lord’s life and death and resurrection may be, and often has been, shown to be satisfactory; it is good according to the common rules for distinguishing good evidence from bad. Thousands and tens of thousands of more

  • If, Now, Christ Is Our Brother, I Should Like To ...

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Apr 13, 2009

    "If, now, Christ is our brother, I should like to know what we still lack? Brethren in the flesh have common possessions, have together one father, one inheritance otherwise they would not be brethren... All that Jesus has gained on this great day of his resurrection he has not acquired for himself more