Contributed on Jan 2, 2011
If God has promised that He'd never leave me or forsake me... shouldn't that mean I won't encounter any difficulties or frustrations in my life? No, but the reason what this is true may change your life.
OPEN: Some years back I read the true story of a conversation a traveler had with a farmer in New York State. They got to talking about the weather, and the farmer assured the traveler that he could tell what the weather was going to be - by watching the behavior of his cows. "When the cows ...read more
Contributed on Jan 9, 2011
God doesn’t want us to know WHEN we’re going to die, but He stresses the fact that one day we shall (if Jesus doesn’t return first). Why does God want us to face the reality of our own mortality? Why stress that we will all die?
OPEN: A woman once told of driving with her two young boys to a funeral. She said: “I tried to prepare them by talking about burial and what we believe happens after death. The boys behaved well during the service. But at the gravesite, I discovered my explanations weren’t as thorough as I’d ...read more
Contributed on Jan 17, 2011
When the master gave money to his servants, he expected them to invest what he’d given so that he’d have a return on his investment when he returned. Do we think of our tithe as an "investment opportunity" or simply as a chore to be fulfilled?
OPEN: His name was Timothy Dexter and he was born in Massachusetts in 1747. At the age of 20 he took his life savings – a grand total of $9 – and moved to Newburyport, MA where he met and married a wealthy 31 year old widow. Fancying himself to be a shrewd businessman, he used his wife’s money ...read more
Contributed on Jan 23, 2011
Paul tells me that God’s people "eagerly await" Christ’s return. But why? Why should we be excited and what is it that will make this such a wonderful event for us?
OPEN: People’s minds have been focused on the end of the world of late. A few years ago I began to hear predictions the world would end in 2012 (next year) - a speculation based upon an oddity in an ancient Mayan Calendar. This created quite a stir because the Mayan calendar was an extremely ...read more
Contributed on Jan 31, 2011
One person once observed: “If men will not understand the meaning of judgment, they will never come to understand the meaning of grace.” So, what is the "meaning of judgment"? And what does that tell us about "the meaning of grace"?
OPEN: Several years ago, a Charlotte, North Carolina man, purchased a case of rare, very expensive cigars, insured them against ... get this ... fire. Before he had made a single payment on the policy, he smoked every last one of those 24 cigars... and then he filed a claim against the insurance ...read more