Contributed by Larry Wilson on Aug 6, 2010
Prepared to serve.
Joshua died at 110 years old in 1380 B.C. He assumed leadership around 1406 B.C. Therefore, he was around 85 years old when he took command from Moses!Before Joshua ever took the reigns, he had been a servant, a soldier and a spy. Some feel that you can make a man by giving him
Contributed by Steve Kinnard on Feb 15, 2019
A few minutes before 8 AM on Sunday, December 7, 1941, Japanese carrier-based airplanes struck Pearl Harbor. In a raid lasting less than two hours, they sank or seriously damaged eight battleships and 13 other naval vessels. Almost 200 American aircraft were destroyed, and approximately
Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Nov 5, 2020
Almost every Sunday morning I begin my sermon with a cute or funny story. This morning I start with a sad story. Bob and Betty were 2 of my dearest friends in Indiana. A strong, loving example of what a married couple should be. However, this couple was always at least 15 minutes late for
Contributed by Jimmy Haile on Sep 25, 2011
ARE YOU PREPARED?
One day, a king died. His servants spread the unbelievable news all over the palace. He had died in his bed of natural causes.
"Where has he gone?" asked one of the king's wisest counselors
"Why, to Heaven of course!" answered all the others.
"No", said the other
PREPARE TO BE EMBARRASSED
"One of these days some simple soul will pick up the Word of God, read it and believe it. Then the rest of us
Contributed by Curry Pikkaart on Nov 23, 2010
PREPARING FOR DEPARTURE
I once read how, in the spring of 1981, a young man was flown into desolate northern Alaska to photograph the natural beauty and mysteries of the tundra. He took along 500 rolls of film, several firearms, and 1,400 pounds of provisions.
As the months passed, the words
Contributed by Paul Decker on Dec 1, 2002
PREPARED TO WAIT
Ed Watt was visiting a local department store with his wife, and they had just purchased a piece of luggage and a cooler. As Ed browsed in the shoe depart-ment waiting for his wife to finish the rest of her shopping, a clerk asked if he could be of assistance.
Contributed by Warren Lamb on Jan 7, 2008
Preparing For Death
Several years ago, I was on staff with a fellow pastor who had been suffering with diabetes and its ill effects for most of his life. He was a single dad with two sons who were the same ages as two of my boys. His name was Mike, and we were close in age.
Mike had lost an
Contributed by Larry Allen on Jan 9, 2012
KNOWING WHERE YOU'RE GOING
Remember Alice in Wonderland when she comes up to the fork in the road and asks the Cheshire cat which way to go.
He asks her, "Where are you going?" Then she replies, "I don’t know," at which he replies, "If you don’t know where you are going, what difference does it
ARRANGING YOUR DEPARTURE
A young man works as a photographer for a magazine. In 1981 he was flown into an Alaskan wilderness to photograph the natural beauty and some rare flowers. He had everything prepared - photo equipment, 500 rolls of film, and several days of provisions. He kept a diary
Contributed by John Perry on Jan 1, 2011
MAKE SURE THE CAPTAIN IS ON BOARD
A young naval officer was undergoing his first sea training on board a naval ship. His responsibility was to safely steer the ship away from the wharf and set it on course for a voyage out to sea. He carefully went through all the procedures of disembarking the
Contributed by Eric Ferguson on May 16, 2008
ILLUSTRATION: Imperial Hotel
Years ago, Frank Lloyd Wright was given the impossible task of building the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.
No comparable construction job ever before had been undertaken.
With patience he laid plans for the immense building in this land of earthquakes and terrible
Contributed by Eric Ferguson on Jun 2, 2008
Have you ever been sitting in the break room at work or somewhere during lunchtime with your friend or coworker, and begin to eat your lunch that you brought from home? Your friend or coworkers lunch is made from homemade fluffly bread, that’s a two-hander meal, stacked with
A person must first be in the light before he/she can spread the Gospel to a lost world.
Be ready at any time
(b)The Possessor,s Lamp
John Tillotson said, "He who provides for this life, but does not take care for eternity, is wise
Contributed by Timothy Darling on Oct 26, 2008
When our ship was in dry dock, I was assigned a watch in the barracks one night. I don’t remember what the problem was, I usually did not have this problem, but that night I was very sleepy. Since it was my own barracks I was roaming, I slipped into my room and lay down ... just for a moment. About
Contributed by Scott Jensen on Nov 12, 2008
My wife and I have invested in some exercise equipment through the years. We’ve bought a stationary bike, an exercise ball, a weight set and even an Abs-machine. But, most of these items never met their intended goal. Our tone didn’t improve like we intended and we didn’t get stronger. Why?
Contributed by Nathan Johnson on Nov 21, 2008
A. One day, a grandfather went fishing on a small lake. Pushing his boat away from the dock, he jumped in and managed to get a way out before dropping anchor. His grandson and son came down to the dock and noticed that grandpa was just sitting in the boat with his head propped on both hands, not
Contributed by Chris Surber on Jan 29, 2009
PREP YOUR HEART
My wife and I have had a painter in the house this week creating a very colorful and fun bedroom for our two youngest sons. The painter is a man who cares deeply about his craft. In conversation with him this week, I have learned a great deal more about the nature of painting
Contributed by Paul Carlson on Feb 17, 2009
Christ’s return is a done deal!
In the May 1984 National Geographic color photos and drawings showed the swift and terrible destruction that wiped out the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in A.D. 79. The explosion of Mount Vesuvius was so sudden; the residents were killed while in their