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  • Mark 11:1-11

    Contributed by I. G. Spong on Mar 20, 2018
     | 1,588 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

  • Fail In Order To Succeed

    Contributed by I. G. Spong on Jul 15, 2017
     | 2,043 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

  • Sow Indiscriminately

    Contributed by I. G. Spong on Jul 15, 2017
     | 2,300 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

  • How Urgent Do We Approach The Harvest

    Contributed by I. G. Spong on Jun 13, 2017
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     | 2,886 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
     | 2,086 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
     | 1,812 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
     | 4,205 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

  • Wishing Vs. Hoping  PRO

    Contributed by Thomas Clawser on Dec 3, 2011
    based on 2 ratings
     | 2,413 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
     | 2,958 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
     | 3,676 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
     | 2,064 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

  • Security

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 28, 2009
     | 1,700 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

  • 1938 God Moves In Mysterious ...

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 15, 2009
     | 1,708 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

  • Your Grumbling Goes With You

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 15, 2009
     | 2,322 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

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

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 8, 2009
     | 2,952 views

    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 ...read more

  • Traders Vs. ...

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 8, 2009
     | 1,189 views

    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 ...read more

  • Under Or Above ...

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on May 31, 2009
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     | 1,291 views

    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 ...read more

  • No House Without ...

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on May 31, 2009
     | 1,005 views

    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 ...read more

  • Oswald Champers Said:

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on May 31, 2009
     | 923 views

    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 ...read more

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

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on May 18, 2009
     | 715 views

    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. ...read more