Contributed on Mar 17, 2021
Jesus is alive, so be sure and be glad. Be sure of a glorious future and be glad even in times of grief today.
Several years ago, Health and Human Services sent a letter to a resident of Greenville County, South Carolina. The letter said, “Your food stamps will be stopped, effective March, because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if your circumstances change.” (S. ...read more
Contributed on Mar 24, 2021
To live a life worth living, anticipate the Father’s grace, imitate the Father’s character; and respect the Father’s judgment and love.
How do you know if you’re getting old? Perhaps, Greg Laurie can help us answer that question. He says: You know you're getting old when you actually look forward to a dull evening at home. You know you're getting old when your mind makes commitments your body cannot keep. You know ...read more
Contributed on Apr 8, 2021
If you want to be truly restored to fly to new heights of holiness, taste God’s love and crave God’s Word. Then love God’s people with His love.
On June 23, 2001, the Boeing company finished a labor of love—the complete restoration of the last existing 307 Stratoliner. It was the world's first pressurized commercial airliner. A New York company used a vintage loom to reproduce the original Pan Am wall fabric. An interior company put ...read more
Contributed on Apr 15, 2021
If you want to overcome your fear of introducing people to Jesus, KNOW that you are part of God’s holy temple and God’s special people, designed to be a living display of His greatness. Then BE the witness God has called you to be.
The abbot of a monastery called a novice into his office and instructed him to give the homily 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. His ...read more
Contributed on Apr 22, 2021
Submit to all human authority, because of Christ, because of your critics, and because you are free!
At the spring 2000 opening of the Florida Senate, Donald L. Roberts, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries, offered a prayer. I think you’ll appreciate the candor of it. In part, this is what he prayed: Holy and Eternal God, it must be great to be God, to get what you want—when you want it—how ...read more
Contributed on Apr 28, 2021
Submit even to a ruthless and unjust boss and so experience grace and fulfill your calling.
After a year’s worth of good, hard work, some employers like to provide a year-end bonus for their employees. Now, most employees appreciate those bonuses, but there are some who inwardly groan at what their employer gives them. Just a few years ago (December 6, 2014), a reporter for the BBC, ...read more
Contributed on May 5, 2021
Submit to your mate, and so win him and woo him with an irresistible inner beauty.
If you have ever assembled a piece of IKEA furniture with a spouse, you will appreciate this short video, called “Things never said by couples assembling IKEA items.” Now, there is a couple of places where some foul language is used, so please be forewarned. Take a look. (Show video: “Things never ...read more
Contributed on May 19, 2021
If you want God’s grace to transform your marriage, then submit to your wife; understand her; and value her so you can keep talking to God, because you’re going to need all the help you can get.
Mrs. Foster, a teacher at the grade-school in Auburn, Washington, had a frustrating day with one of her first-grade boys. “You've been doing irritating things all day today. These things are some of my pet peeves,” she said sternly. “Do you know what a pet peeve is?” The young boy shook his ...read more
Contributed on May 26, 2021
If you want to love life, love people.
Evangelist, Larry Moyer, tells the story of a warden, who asked a prisoner on death row what he would like to eat for his last meal. The prisoner replied, “I would like to have a huge piece of watermelon.” The warden said, “You must be kidding? This is December. Watermelons have not been ...read more
Contributed on Jun 2, 2021
To find benefit in pain, do not fear people; fear and follow Christ.
Joanna Lerud of Steamboat Rock, Iowa, was standing up to leave a restaurant when she hit her head hard on a lamp hanging above the table. As she staggered away, she heard an older gentleman, who was sitting nearby, say, “It will feel better when it stops hurting.” (Joanna Lerud, Steamboat Rock, ...read more
Contributed on Jun 10, 2021
If you want to face the hardships it takes to have a life that matters for Christ, arm ourselves with His attitude, choose to abandon your sin, expect abuse, and anticipate God’s approval.
George, age 92, and Jane, age 89, were all excited about their decision to get married. They went for a stroll to discuss wedding plans, and on the way, they passed a drugstore. The elderly couple entered the store where George asked to speak to the owner. “We're about to get married,” George ...read more
Contributed on Jun 17, 2021
If you want to finish well, love deeply.
In the 4th Ice Age move, Manny the wooly mammoth, Sid the sloth, and Diego the saber-toothed cat embark on an epic quest after a disaster sets the entire continent adrift. Meanwhile, as they fight for their lives and try to save the world, Crash and Eddie, two shallow, escapist possums, are too ...read more
Contributed on Jun 24, 2021
Don’t be surprised or ashamed by the fire. Instead, be glad in the fire, glory in the fire, and give yourself to God in the fire.
Kathryn Leatherwood from Washington, Ohio, recalls spending a week with a roomful of VBS preschoolers. Many of them had been first-timers and attended with loud protests. Toward the end of the week, she noticed Jessica adjusting her colorful headband with a look of frustration. After quieting yet ...read more
Contributed on Jul 1, 2021
If you want to lead people effectively under fire, develop a strong relationship with Christ over time, shepherd the people you lead, and exercise oversight as a willing, eager example for others to follow.
245 years ago today, 56 of our country’s leaders signed our Declaration of Independence. It marked the birthday of the United States of America on July 4, 1776. Many people have paid tribute to that day over the years, but no one said it better than Paul Harvey on July 4, 1974, two years before our ...read more