Contributed on Jul 20, 2017
Use your faith to serve. Then use your works to show that your faith is real. It will save you from a debilitating despair in the midst of your own trials.
A state trooper was parked on the side of the road, waiting to catch speeding drivers, when he saw a car puttering along at 22 mph. Knowing that a slow driver is just as dangerous as a speeder, the state trooper turned on his lights and pulled the car over. As he approached the vehicle, the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 15, 2017
Pass the tests of life when you rejoice in the trial, remain through the trial, and request wisdom from the trial.
Three old men were at the doctor for a memory test. The doctor said to the first old man, "What is one plus one?" "Two hundred seventy-four," he replied. The doctor said to the second man, "It's your turn. What is one plus one?" "Tuesday," replied the second man. The doctor said to the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 22, 2017
Pass the tests of life when you revel in your losses, receive Christ into your heart, and take responsibility for your own sin.
Richard S. Halverson, the former U.S. Senate Chaplain, used to challenge people with the following image: You're going to meet an old man [or woman] someday down the road – ten, thirty, fifty years from now – waiting there for you. You'll be catching up with him [or her]. What kind of old man ...read more
Contributed on Jun 29, 2017
If you’re going to pass the tests of life and come out on the other side of your trials a better person, look to the God who is always good, and listen to Him.
We all know that duct tape and bailing wire will fix almost anything. Well, not quite. A man in Alaska less than a month ago (June 8, 2017) attempted to cross a channel near Juneau on a homemade, inflatable raft made with duct tape. He put the raft into the water with a paddle and his dog, but ...read more
Contributed on Jul 6, 2017
If you want to pass the tests of life and come out on the other side of your trials a better person, more like Christ, then with God’s help: Receive the Word – do it! Reflect on the Word – fix it! And practice true religion – live it!
In her book Amazing Grace, writer and poet Kathleen Norris shares what she calls “the scariest story” she's ever heard about the Bible. Norris and her husband were visiting a man named Arlo, a rugged, self-made man who was facing terminal cancer. During their visit, Arlo started talking about his ...read more
Contributed on Jul 13, 2017
Don’t take people at face value and so become a stupid judge and a judged sinner. Instead, be quick to love even those you might prejudge as unworthy.
I’ll never forget what has become one of my all-time favorite TV commercials, shown during Super Bowl 39 over 12 years ago (February 6, 2005). The Ameriquest Mortgage Company sponsored the commercial, and it came with a powerful message. Take a look… (show Americaquest Cat Commercial video) A ...read more
Contributed on Jul 28, 2017
The tongue is powerful; control it. The tongue is pernicious; contain it. The tongue is polluted; clean it up.
A couple of hunters were out in the woods of New Jersey when one of them fell to the ground. He didn’t seem to be breathing, and his eyes were rolled back in his head. Terrified, his friend whipped out his cell phone and dialed 911. “My friend is dead! What can I do?” he cried over the ...read more
Contributed on Aug 2, 2017
If you want to demonstrate true wisdom in times of trial, don't boast; just behave with genuine humility.
Jean Crist, of Niagara Falls, New York, talks about a man in her town named Neal. He is a kind and loveable character that many consider to be quite simple minded. So, time after time, people in her town come up to him and offer him his choice of a dime or a nickel. He always takes the larger ...read more
Contributed on Aug 11, 2017
Don’t be envious, and don’t be an enemy of God. Instead, submit to Him, and watch Him bring peace to your turmoil.
William Muir, a biologist at Purdue University studied chickens to determine what could make the egg layers more productive. Chickens live in groups, so first, he selected just an average flock, and he let it alone for six generations. He also created a second group of the individually most ...read more
Contributed on Aug 25, 2017
When people disappoint you, let God be Judge; and when plans disappoint you, let God be King.
Several years ago, Neil Melly was at the Los Angeles International Airport, attempting to fly to Australia. However, his credit card was denied when he tried to purchase a ticket. Now, a flight from LAX to the other side of the world is no small change; so without a valid credit card, most of us ...read more
Contributed on Aug 31, 2017
God says to the wealthy, wicked oppressor: Weep for your miseries are coming. But He says to you and me who have trusted His Son: Wait for your Master is coming. Don’t quit. Don’t complain, and don’t lose your cool, because Jesus is right at the door!
Once upon a time, there was kindergarten teacher in Texas, who was helping one of her students put on his cowboy boots. He asked for help, and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on. By the time they got the second boot on, she had ...read more
Contributed on Sep 8, 2017
If you want to pray with great power, pray constantly, confidently, corporately, and fervently to pray effectively.
Three pastors were talking about prayer as a telephone repairman was working in the room. One pastor said that the key to effective prayer was in the hands. He always held his hands together and pointed them upward as a symbol of worship. The second pastor suggested that real prayer was ...read more