Contributed on Jan 20, 2012
A little church like ours can have a big impact if we trust the Savior, love the saints, and put our hope in the certainty of the Gospel.
As a church leader, I am often challenged by the question: If our church would cease to exist, how much would the community really miss us? In other words, What kind of contribution are we making to the Washington Island community? Well, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania actually ...read more
Contributed on Jan 28, 2012
God wants us to be productive by getting to know Him. He wants us to be strong through His strength to persevere, and He wants us to be grateful for qualifying us for heaven, rescuing us from hell and redeeming us from sin.
Sandy Y. of Bowmansville, Pennsylvania, talks about a time when her family was doing a devotional that included the story of the Ten Commandments. Her husband asked, “How many commandments did God give to Moses?” Seth, their 5-year-old son, quickly replied, “Too many!” (Sandy Y., ...read more
Contributed on Feb 14, 2012
if we want to experience the full and abundant life Jesus designed for us to live, we must acknowledge that He is Lord of all creation, that He is Lord of His new creation, and we we must trust Him to be Lord of our lives individually.
From his hospital bed on the eve of open heart surgery, Pastor Bruce McIver asked his cardiologist, Dr. Dudley Johnson, “Can you fix my heart?” The physician, known for being short and to the point, said, “Sure.” Then he quickly turned and walked away. Following the 12-hour surgery, ...read more
Contributed on Feb 25, 2012
Jesus is God’s secret for us becoming full and complete persons. Discover in Christ, and only in Christ, everything you need to realize your hope, to grow in your love, and to become strong in your faith.
Campus Life magazine was one of those great magazines for Christian students that I really enjoyed when I was in High School. It’s no longer being published, which is too bad, because it had a lot of helpful articles for students along with some good humor. There was a column in it called ...read more
Contributed on Mar 3, 2012
Continue to live your lives in grateful dependence upon Christ, appreciating all you have in Him. Specifically, appreciate the purity, pardon and power you have in Christ.
Some time ago, the Marriage Partnership magazine listed the top 10 reasons people are too busy to pray today. Maybe some of these fit your situation: 1) You wake up feeling rested, then realize your alarm should’ve gone off an hour ago. 2) Your spouse is away on a two-day business trip that’s ...read more
Contributed on Mar 8, 2012
Don’t let anyone judge you by legalistic standards, disqualify you by mystical experiences, nor enslave you by ascetic practices, because Jesus is all you need. A warning of the false ideas of legalism, mysticism, & asceticism.
Back in 2004, when several hurricanes hit the state of Florida, it left thousands of people without electrical power. Like many Floridians, Don Aycock’s neighbor used a portable generator to supply power until the electrical lines could be repaired. It had been running for a while when the man ...read more
Contributed on Mar 16, 2012
If you truly want a new life, seek things above, slay things below, and shed things that divide.
When I was growing up, I used to love watching the old Candid Camera shows, in which the producers set up a hidden camera and caught people doing the goofiest things. In one episode, an actor on a busy sidewalk began looking at the ground. He walked around a bit with his eyes glued to the ...read more
Contributed on Mar 22, 2012
If we want to live in harmony, we must put on love, put up peace, put in truth, and put forth Christ
Just this last week, I came across a few lessons that humor columnist Dave Barry says took him 50 years to learn. 1) Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night. 2) If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and ...read more
Contributed on Apr 12, 2012
If you want harmony in YOUR home, submit to your husband; love your wife; obey your parents; encourage your children
A man shared with his friends that he and his wife were going through the empty-nest syndrome. He said the worst part about it was that once the children leave, some wives treat their husbands like children. He said, “When we go to the grocery store and I reach for cereal, she slaps my ...read more
Contributed on Apr 19, 2012
Do you want to win at work? Then obey your earthly boss, but work for your heavenly Boss. Put Christ at the center of your work, then you will find purpose and peace at the center of your life.
One of my favorite cartoons in the Sunday paper is Dilbert. It’s a spoof on the contemporary office scene, created by Scott Adams. Some time ago, he wrote a book, called The Dilbert Principle, which contains “Dilbert’s Laws of Work”: Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't ...read more
Contributed on Apr 26, 2012
If you want talk so people will listen, then first of all talk to God about others before you talk to others about God. Then be wise, be gracious, and be tasteful in your conversation.
The abbot of a monastery called a novice into his office and instructed him to give the sermon at the next morning's chapel. The novice was struck with fear. The next morning, chapel came. He stood in the pulpit. The brothers were there. His hands were trembling. His knees were knocking. ...read more