ON A RATHER INSIGNIFICANT SPHERE
A senior angel is showing a very young angel around the splendors of the universe. They view whirling galaxies and blazing suns, and then flit across the infinite distances of space until at last they enter one particular galaxy of 500 billion stars.
Contributed by A. Todd Coget on Nov 29, 2002
THE JOURNEY FROM HEAVEN TO DUMP
Author and pastor Leith Anderson writes:
Several years ago I was visiting Manila and was taken, of all places, to the Manila garbage dump and saw something beyond belief. Tens of thousands of people make their homes on that dump site. They’ve constructed shacks
Whoever Takes the Son
Many years ago, there was a very wealthy man who shared a passion for art collecting with his son. They had priceless works adorning the walls of their family estate.
One day, the nation was at war and the young man left to serve his country. After only a few short weeks,
Contributed by Rick Pendleton on Dec 12, 2003
WHO CAME UP WITH THIS?
A woman was in the mall doing her Christmas shopping. She was tired of walking through every aisle of every store to find just the right present. She was stressed out by the mounting debt on her credit card. She was tired of fighting the crowds and standing in lines for
Contributed by Charles Tucker on Dec 16, 2003
With all the hustle and bustle, I thought we needed to be reminded why Christmas is a good idea. Without Christmas…
• The candied fruit market would completely collapse!
• Our boring, uneventful lives would have no stress at all!
• Eggnog would just be a slimy, high cholesterol beverage.
Contributed by Jim Kane on Jan 14, 2004
SWEET, SIMPLE SUBMISSION
Christin Ditchfield, in a recent issue of Focus on The Family magazine, writes that basically Mary took the news in stride.
“[She] didn’t demand a sign,” notes Ditchfield, “some sort of proof or additional confirmation. She voiced no complaint at the total disruption
Contributed by Jason Cole on Mar 2, 2004
Long ago, there ruled in Persia a wise and good king. He loved his people. He wanted to know how they lived. He wanted to know about their hardships. Often he dressed in the clothes of a working man or a beggar, and went to the homes of the poor. No one whom he visited thought that he was their
Contributed by Joel Santos on Oct 8, 2004
Every year the whole world celebrates the Christmas season, the day when the savior of the world became flesh. The first century Christians does not celebrate Christmas in fact it is not the exact time when Jesus Christ was born, December 25 was the birth of the pagan god “Mitra” according to
I did a review of holiday specials for December 2-the 16th. These don’t include all the “musical” specials or worship services. They are the run-of-the-mill specials we saw as kids and subject our grandkids too. I counted 62 totals in those two weeks. Of these only four had any direct reference to
Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Dec 12, 2004
Gordon McDonald tells this story: “A Nigerian woman who is a physician at a great teaching hospital in the United States came out of the crowd today to say something kind about the lecture I had just given. She introduced herself using an American name. ‘What’s your African name?’ I asked. She
Contributed by Davon Huss on Dec 13, 2004
A. Years ago an interesting sign was seen hanging in a store window during the Christmas season. The original message stated, “Let’s make this the best Christmas ever.” Underneath, some perceptive person had scribbled a legitimate question: “How will we top the first one?” God
Contributed by David Ward on Dec 16, 2004
Michael Card (musician and author): “All we could ever imagine, could ever hope for, He is. ... He is the Prince of Peace whose first coming has already transformed society but whose second coming will forever establish justice and righteousness. All this, and infinitely more, alive in an
Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Dec 19, 2004
Frederick Buechner was twenty-seven and living alone in New York trying to start a novel. He tells of going to hear a famous preacher in New York on impulse. He was not a churchgoer, but the church was right next door. It was around the time that Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster Abbey
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Dec 20, 2004
“Unca Frank’s Christmas!” Isaiah 9: 6-7 Key verse(s): 6a: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.”
Franklin Chaney was by all accounts what you would call a crank. For years he had lived alone in his upper flat, Vera having gone to be with the Lord many years past. He was pretty set
Contributed by Michael Tkachuk on Dec 21, 2004
Well, there is a Christian connection with all of things we think about at Christmas including gift giving and Christ’s birthday. We give gifts because we attempt to humbly imitate God the Father who gave His Son as His gift to us on that first Christmas morning. Gifts were also brought by the
Contributed by Robert Walter on Dec 24, 2004
Have you ever stopped to consider that the incarnation was a mission trip? Jesus thought our wellbeing was important enough that he left his home turf on high to come, not just to a foreign land, but in a foreign form. Missionaries to another country will often adopt native dress and customs to
Contributed by Timothy Smith on Dec 25, 2004
Dr. Peter Stoner, Professor Emeritus of Science at Westmont College, wrote a book entitled Science Speaks, (Moody Press, 1969, P.109) in which he wrote about the law of "compound probability" in reference to just 8 of these prophecies about Jesus coming true. He said that the odds of one man
Contributed by Timothy Smith on Dec 25, 2004
Robert Zemeckis, not only directed The Polar Express but helped write the screenplay. He said, “This is a story everyone can relate to. So many of us, as children or adults, have questioned our belief in something or gone through the process of having our faith tested and restored. Kids can take
Contributed by Martin Kim on Dec 28, 2004
“If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent an economist. But, our
2. Cal and Rose Samra share this story from Holy Hilarity: From Rev. John L. Wallace.
Christmas: It wasn’t long ago that a psychologists started telling us that the ‘holidays’ are not a source of joy for everyone. Like the drunk I encountered on the subway on Christmas Eve, they’ve been told the