Contributed on Jan 25, 2018
God has spoken to us in a Son, so pay lose attention to Him.
A little more than two weeks ago, on Saturday, January 13 (2018), at 8:07 in the morning, everyone in Hawaii received a text alert from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL." It turned out to be a false ...read more
Contributed on Feb 8, 2018
If you want to find any real significance in life, trust Christ with your life who lowered Himself to lift you up.
In The Last Days Newsletter, Leonard Ravenhill tells about a group of tourists visiting a scenic little village. They walked by an old man sitting beside a fence and asked him, “Were any great men born in this village?” “Nope,” said the old man, “only babies.” (Leonard Ravenhill, The Last Days ...read more
Contributed on Feb 15, 2018
When you’re tempted to give up your faith, look up to Christ; look within at your own heart to make sure you are truly trusting Christ; and look around to other believers for the help you need to keep going.
Bryan Wilkerson tells the story of a time when his kids were young, and they were at a themed restaurant with TV’s all over the walls. The TV’s were playing cartoons with no sound, and his youngest son, about four at the time, had his eyes glued to one of the TV screens. He was viewing a continuous ...read more
Contributed on Mar 3, 2018
Be sure of God's rest; however, if you're not sure, strive to be sure of that rest.
A photographer was snapping pictures of first graders at an elementary school, making small talk to put them at ease. “What are you going to be when you grow up?” he asked one little girl. “Tired”, she said. (J. R. Love, Rushton, Louisiana; www. PreachingToday.com) Evidently, she had been ...read more
Contributed on Mar 9, 2018
When life gets hard, persevere in your confession, because Jesus is the Son of God; pray with confidence, because Jesus suffers with you; and obey with conviction, because you truly believe that Jesus is your complete Savior.
Some time ago, when I was looking up job descriptions for various positions in the church, I cam across these: PASTOR: Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. More powerful than a locomotive. Faster than a speeding bullet. Walks on water. Makes policy with God. ELDER: Able to leap ...read more
Contributed on Mar 16, 2018
If you want to grow in these tough times, practice God’s Word; then persist in the practice of God’s Word, and don’t be pig-headed in your ways.
Dana Van Scoy, of Oxnard, CA, talks about the time when her son had graduated from the 8th grade and was getting ready to enter high school. He was the first of their children to reach this point in life, and she wasn’t real sure about how to prepare him for the pitfalls lurking in the halls of his ...read more
Contributed on Apr 5, 2018
When it feels like you’re going nowhere in your pain, put your hope in God’s salvation, God’s fairness, and God’s faithfulness.
In October 1909, Vancouver, British Columbia purchased its first motorized ambulance. In 1909, a new ambulance was a rare thing, but the city spared no expense to get the best available vehicle – a Model 740 Ambulance from New York, costing $4,000, or more than $100,000 in today's money. Just hours ...read more
Contributed on Apr 12, 2018
If you want to grow up as you grow old, depend on Jesus, your permanent, superior, and powerful High Priest.
An old Disney film, called The Kid, is the story of a successful, high-powered image consultant named Russ (played by Bruce Willis). Russ lives an empty life, but one day, Rusty (played by Spencer Breslin) shows up at his home. Over time Russ comes to realize that this kid is actually Russ himself ...read more
Contributed on Apr 19, 2018
If you truly want to become a better person, don’t depend on the law; depend on Christ, your powerful and perfect High Priest.
In his recent book Soul Keeping, John Ortberg talks about being with friends at an open-air street fair when they spotted a mechanical bull that tries to buck people off. They guy operating the bull said, “Watching it isn't nearly as fun as riding.” So John told the bull operator that he wanted to ...read more
Contributed on Apr 28, 2018
If you want to truly worship God this morning, submit to Christ who sits in a better seat; revere Christ who serves in a better sanctuary; rely on Christ who offers a better sacrifice; and remain with Christ who provides better service.
When it comes to worshipping together, there are various practices among churches and even among the individual worshippers. Tim Hawkins helps us understand one of those practices hand raising in church. Take a look… (Show Video: Tim Hawkins on Hand Raising) Anybody here go to a hand-raising ...read more
Contributed on May 3, 2018
If you want to be free from a guilty conscience, don’t depend on restrictive religion, which is limited by its procedures, its place, its people, and its purifying power.
Two neighbor boys were the best of friends on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. On Sunday, however, they didn’t talk to each other, because one was a Catholic and the other was a Baptist. Their parents were concerned, so they agreed to let their sons visit each other’s ...read more
Contributed on May 18, 2018
Trust Christ with your life and let Him set you free forever from guilt and sin.
I enjoy reading Mikey’s Funnies at times. It is a humorous, daily, blog post from Mike Atkinson. Some time ago, he posted this: If you can start the day without caffeine; if you can get going without pep pills; if you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains; if you can resist ...read more
Contributed on Jun 7, 2018
If you want to overcome sin and its devastating effects on your life, depend on the blood of Christ, which is essential and effective for your redemption.
During the last presidential election (2016), we heard a lot about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the two primary candidates. We heard less about Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and other third-party candidates. However, the most interesting candidate, which I doubt any of us heard about, was Zoltan ...read more
Contributed on Jun 13, 2018
If you want to take care of the sin problem in your life, don’t depend on religion. Instead, enter into a real relationship with Jesus Christ, and let Him make you holy, whole, and free.
Pastor and author John Ortberg talks about a time early in his marriage when he and his wife sold their Volkswagen Beetle to buy their first really nice piece of furniture. It was a sofa. It was a pink sofa, but for that kind of money, Ortberg says, “It was called a mauve sofa.” The man at the sofa ...read more
Contributed on Jun 20, 2018
If you want to defeat discouragement, remember Jesus and pray in faith, because you are forgiven; persevere with hope, because God is faithful; and provoke one another to love, because Jesus is coming soon!
On April 24, 1997, Alec Holden of Great Britain turned 90. On that day, he placed the equivalent of a $200 bet in British pounds that he would live to be a hundred. A betting company had placed Holden’s odds at 250 to 1; so on April 24, 2007, when he turned a hundred, he collected on his bet the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 28, 2018
Don't give up your hope in Christ, because He is your only hope. Don't risk punishment by quitting. Don't waste your pain by quitting, and don't miss the promise by quitting.
On a drizzly Saturday afternoon three years ago (early 2015), seven people gathered around a high-top table at Busboys and Poets, a restaurant in Washington D.C. They were united by a single cause: to chuck it all. It was the inaugural meeting of The Quitter Club. Tagline: “Let’s give up on our ...read more
Contributed on Jul 6, 2018
By faith, be certain of what others cannot be certain; see what others cannot see; and hear what others cannot hear.
If I were to ask the question, “What is faith?” I’m sure I would get a variety of responses from all of you. One of the more popular notions of faith was expressed by Archie Bunker in the 1970’s TV show All in the Family. In this clip, he is discussing labor pains with his son-in-law, Mike, a ...read more
Contributed on Jul 12, 2018
By faith know what others cannot know and do what others cannot do.
After Columbus discovered America, the Spanish Nobles gave him a hard time, because they were jealous of the honors King Ferdinand was heaping on him. On one occasion, after they had had a little too much to drink, they began to complain about all the accolades Columbus received. They told him it ...read more
Contributed on Jul 19, 2018
By faith pursue salvation and the city of God like Noah and Abraham did.
Who needs a parachute when you’re jumping from a plane at 25,000 feet above the ground? Apparently, not Luke Aikens. He did it two years ago on August 1, 2016. Take a look! (Show Video: Skydiver Plunges 25,000 Feet with No Parachute; www.youtube.com/watch?v=-67NC9F-_NU) Luke Aikins plummeted ...read more
Contributed on Jul 26, 2018
If you want to create an atmosphere of faith for your children and grandchildren, trust God enough to give your children to the Lord and bless them with His promise for their future.
Years ago, most families with homes in the country used an outhouse. A boy in one family hated it, because the outhouse was hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and it stunk all the time. The outhouse sat on the bank of a creek, and the boy determined that one day he would push that outhouse ...read more
Contributed on Aug 1, 2018
Take a risk! By faith, fear God more than people, forsake the world, follow the Lord, and find salvation for your own soul. By faith, do what others cannot do and live a life pleasing to the Lord.
In one little Midwestern town, Miss Jones had the distinction of being the oldest resident in town. So when she died, the editor of the local paper wanted to print a little article remembering this dear old lady. Except he couldn’t think of anything to say when he sat down to write the article. ...read more
Contributed on Aug 15, 2018
If you want to finish your life well, learn from the witnesses of the past; lay aside the weights of the present; and look the the Winner Himself -- Jesus, your Savior, Example, and Inspiration.
There is a legendary tale about the late Bear Bryant, who coached the University of Alabama football team from 1958 to 1982. In one game, with two minutes to play, he called on his slow-but-steady, fourth string quarterback. Bryant instructed him to run the ball up the middle and then punt. ...read more
Contributed on Sep 27, 2018
If you really want to love and honor your leaders, remember them by the way you live your life; follow them; and pray for them.
An elderly woman walked into a little country church. A friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her up the steps. "Where would you like to sit?" he asked. "The front row please," she answered. "You really don't want to do that," the usher said. "The pastor is really boring." "Do you ...read more