Contributed on Aug 21, 2020
In these dark days before Jesus returns, show your election, set an example, and share your excitement about the salvation Jesus offers to all who put their trust in Him.
After church, where she had been taught about the Second Coming, a little girl was quizzing her mother. “Mommy, do you believe Jesus will come back?” “Yes.” “Could he come this week?” “Yes.” “Today?” “Yes.” “Could he come in the next hour?” “Yes.” “In a few minutes?” “Yes, dear.” “Mommy, would ...read more
Contributed on Aug 27, 2020
If you want to influence people to turn to the Lord in these days before Jesus comes, be bold, be kind, behave.
A couple of hunters are out in the woods of New Jersey when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn't seem to be breathing; his eyes are rolled back in his head. Terrified, his friend whips out a cell phone and dials 911. “My friend is dead! What can I do?” he cries over the phone. In a ...read more
Contributed on Sep 3, 2020
Don’t lose perspective in your pain: look within at the energizing power of God’s Word; look around to see that you’re not alone in your pain; and look ahead to the joy that’s coming.
One day an old man was casually walking along a country lane with his dog and his mule. Suddenly, a speeding pick-up truck careened around the corner, knocking the man, his mule, and his dog into the ditch. The old man decided to sue the driver of the truck, seeking to recoup the cost of the ...read more
Contributed on Sep 10, 2020
To stand strong in the face of adversity, depend on one another, depend on the Lord, and demonstrate love for others.
In her book God Uses Cracked Pots, Patsy Clairmont describes the day she sent her 7-year old son, Jason, to school. A little while later there was a knock on the door. Patsy opened the door and it was Jason. She said, “Jason, what are you doing here?” He replied, “I’ve quit school!” She asked, ...read more
Contributed on Sep 18, 2020
Sexual purity is important, because It pleases God; sex itself is sacred; sexual immorality robs others; sex outside of marriage is not safe; and God's Holy Spirit dwells within every believer.
In the late 60’s, MGM produced a movie based on the true-life experiences of a widower with 10 children who marries a widow with 8 of her own. The movie is a comedy entitled Yours, Mine, and Ours. Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball are the co-stars, who play the parts of Frank and Helen Beardsley, ...read more
Contributed on Sep 24, 2020
To create an irresistible culture of compassion in the church, love one another and work with your own hands.
Early on a Sunday morning several years ago, a 7-year-old boy in Plain City, Utah, hopped in his parents’ car, pulled out of the driveway, and took off down the road. Not long after, local police began receiving complaints about an erratic driver in a white Dodge Intrepid. When deputies located ...read more
Contributed on Oct 1, 2020
If you’re grieving the loss of people you love, find comfort in their rest; find comfort in their resurrection; and find comfort in the grand reunion to come.
As Shay Bradley’s coffin was being lowered into the ground at a cemetery in Dublin, Ireland, last year (October 2019), another sound cut into the mournful strains of the bagpipes. A shout rang out – from inside. “Hello? Hello. Hello? Let me out!” yelled the deceased from within the box. Then ...read more
Contributed on Oct 8, 2020
To get ready for Christ's soon return, be aware of the times, prepare for the trip, and care for each other.
Doug Mendenhall wrote a parable that gives us all something to think about: Jesus called the other day to say he was passing through and [wondered if] he could spend a day or two with us. I said, “Sure. Love to see you. When will you hit town?” That's when Jesus told me he was actually at a ...read more
Contributed on Oct 15, 2020
In these difficult days before Jesus comes, to encourage your church family to excel, appreciate your leaders, one another, God’s plan, and God’s Spirit at work in each other.
A loaded [SUV] pulled into the only remaining campsite. Four teenagers leaped from the vehicle and began feverishly unloading gear and setting up a tent. The boys then rushed off to gather firewood, while the girls and their mother set up the camp stove and cooking utensils. A nearby camper watched ...read more