Contributed on Apr 27, 2016
In the face of change, go and be a blessing.
When I say the word “Viking”, what comes to mind? For me, the word conjures up medieval people of the sea, who terrorized the poor land lubbers on the coasts of Europe and other places. However, the Vikings didn’t see themselves that way. They thought of themselves as farmers and ...read more
Contributed on Jul 20, 2016
Don't pursue the things of this world and lose your fellowship with God, your following, your fortune, and your family.
Some time ago, in the Reader’s Digest¸ Bob Newhart talked about his days as an accountant in downtown Chicago, when he went by his given name, “George.” He was a basic 9-to-5 bookkeeper, whose duties included managing the petty cash. Salesmen would come in from the road and turn ...read more
Contributed on Aug 30, 2016
If you want clear guidance in difficult and confusing times, pay attention to God's Word, pray, obey, and experience God's peace.
Two old friends met one day after many years. One attended college and became very successful. The other did not attend college. He never had much ambition, yet he still seemed to be doing very well. Curious as to why, the college graduate asked his friend, “How has everything been going ...read more
Contributed on Aug 17, 2016
If you want to truly worship God, obey without delay, give without limits, and receive without fail.
Dad was driving his family home from church one Sunday when he heard his 16-year-old son saying, “The sermon was boring today.” His sister chimed in. “Yea, could you believe how the pastor stumbled over the reading of the Scripture?” she said. Mother replied, ...read more
Contributed on Jul 13, 2016
If you want to enjoy intimate fellowship with your incredible Lord, take the time to welcome strangers and stand near Him. Then believe Him when He tells you He wants to do the impossible in and through you.
Some time ago, a newspaper in Tacoma, Washington, carried the story of Tattoo, the basset hound. Tattoo didn't intend to go for an evening run, but when his owner shut his leash in the car door and took off with Tattoo still outside the vehicle, he had no choice. A motorcycle officer named Terry ...read more
Contributed on Aug 3, 2016
Wait on God and experience the joy of fulfilled promises and answered prayer.
A couple had two boys, 8 and 10, who were always getting into trouble. The parents were sure that if any mischief occurred in the community, their two young sons were involved. They didn’t know what to do with their boys. Then the mother heard about a clergyman who'd been successful in ...read more
Contributed on May 18, 2016
Don't depend on a lie to get you out of trouble; depend on the Lord and trust Him to take you out of "Egypt" as well as take "Egypt" out of you.
A police officer pulled a man over for speeding and had the following exchange: Officer: May I see your driver's license? Driver: I don't have one. I had it suspended when I got my fifth DUI. Officer: May I see the owner's card for this vehicle? Driver: It's not my car. I stole ...read more
Contributed on May 19, 2016
In order to heal broken relationships, give to the relationship; don’t take from it and get all you need and more from God Himself.
Pastor Van Morris, from Mt. Washington, Kentucky, tells the story of a married couple, who had a fight and ended up giving each other the silent treatment. A week into their uneasy silence, the man realized he needed his wife's help. In order to catch a flight to Chicago for a business meeting, he ...read more
Contributed on Aug 24, 2016
When you've lost someone you love, hurt, hope, and inherit God's richest blessings even in the place of pain.
Three friends were hanging out one day, and their conversation grimly turned to the issue of death. One of the friends asked the others, “What would you like people to say about you at your funeral?” One friend answered, “I would want people to say, ‘He was a great ...read more
Contributed on Sep 7, 2016
If you want to pass the faith along to the next generation, eliminate threats to their spiritual inheritance and set the example of a full and satisfying life.
W. A. Criswell tells the story of a five-year-old Baptist girl who lived next door to a five-year-old Catholic boy. On a hot summer day, they decided to play in a small wading pool in his back yard. As they were splashing around, quite innocently, they both took off their swimming suits. The little ...read more
Contributed on Jun 7, 2016
By faith overcome anger, fear, and the world.
Tony Campolo tells the story of a town where all the residents are ducks. Every Sunday the ducks waddle out of their houses and waddle down Main Street to their church. They waddle into the sanctuary and squat in their proper pews. The duck choir waddles in and takes its place, and then the duck ...read more
Contributed on Jun 16, 2016
Believe and be safe, right, and sure.
A Texas dad (who did not want to give his name) had some unexpected excitement on his family vacation a few years ago (2013). The man and his family were traveling through Memphis, Tennessee, when they stopped to fill up their gas tank. That's when the trip got really interesting. Dad had been ...read more
Contributed on Jul 28, 2016
In order to regain your integrity after it is lost, let God reveal your sin, rebuke you for it, and then restore you wholly and completely just like He did for Abraham.
Every few years the U.S. Department of Defense publishes a short book called The Encyclopedia of Ethical Failure. The book is filled with case studies of government employees acting badly, and it's used to train new government workers how not to behave on the job. Recently, one case study ...read more
Contributed on Jun 21, 2016
Don't go ahead of God. Instead, wait on Him
An article in Time.com a few years ago noted that ketchup flows out of a glass bottle at a rate of .028 miles per hour. That's slower than a Galapagos tortoise, which, according to the San Diego Zoo, zips along at a blazing 0.16 miles per hour, or almost six times faster than ketchup. However, ...read more
Contributed on Jun 28, 2016
Put your trust in Christ and enjoy a new name and a new life as God's guarantee of a glorious new future with Him.
Max Lucado tells the story of being dropped by his insurance company because he had one too many speeding tickets and a minor fender bender that wasn't his fault. After that, he received a letter in the mail, informing him to seek coverage elsewhere. As he thought about how he wasn't good enough ...read more
Contributed on Jul 6, 2016
When you're tempted to laugh at God in disbelief, listen to Him anyway and do what He says.
In 1993 FBI agents conducted a raid of Southwood psychiatric hospital in San Diego, which was under investigation for medical insurance fraud. After hours of reviewing medical records, the agents had worked up an appetite. The agent in charge of the investigation called a nearby pizza place to ...read more
Contributed on Aug 10, 2016
If you want to heal your broken relationships, confess the wrong you have done, confront the wrong done to you, and confirm the right path going forward.
Three weeks after her wedding day, Joanna called her pastor in hysterics. “Pastor,” she cried, “John and I had our first fight together! It was awful. What am I going to do?” “Calm down, Joanna,” her pastor answered, leaning back in his chair and shaking his ...read more