Contributed on Dec 28, 2018
If you want to recover from failure, then start your road to recovery when you cry before the Lord. But don’t just cry, consecrate yourself to the Lord. Then continue your journey when you confess your own sin. But don’t just confess it, clean the sin out!
The Book of Heroic Failures contains a story about the 1978 strike of British firefighters, when the army filled the gap for the missing firemen. One afternoon the replacement firefighters got a call to rescue a cat caught high in a tree. The soldiers rushed to the scene, put up a ladder, brought ...read more
Contributed on Nov 15, 2018
if you want to overcome the forces of evil in your own life, by faith praise the Lord, obey the Lord, give to the Lord, and pay your vows to the Lord.
Jennifer Breeding, from the Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, was visiting her parents with her two young daughters. They watched from the breakfast table as a man came to the back door. When the visitor left, Grandpa explained that he was an appraiser. “What's an appraiser?” the younger ...read more
Contributed on Nov 9, 2018
If you’re going to be ready to face the spiritual battles ahead, you must let God roll away your shame, relish your salvation, and respect your Sovereign Lord.
Some time ago, a fictitious manual for Peace Corp volunteers headed for South America contained the following advice on “What to Do If Attacked by an Anaconda”: #1, If you're attacked by an anaconda, do not run; the snake is faster than you are. #2, Lie flat on the ground. #3, Put your arms ...read more
Contributed on Nov 1, 2018
if you want to move forward to fulfill God's calling on your life, remember God’s miracle; rely on God’s help; and revere God’s power.
Have you ever lost your car in a crowded parking lot, forgetting where you parked it? It’s frustrating, but not near as frustrating as it was for a man in Frankfurt, Germany, who just last year (2017) found his car after forgetting where he parked it 20 years before that. The man, now 76-years-old, ...read more
Contributed on Oct 26, 2018
If you want to overcome the obstacles in your life, concentrate on the Lord; consecrate yourself to Him; count on His Word; and then, just cross the water.
A few years ago, drivers on the eastern highways in India encountered an especially stubborn elephant that refused to let them pass until they offered up a little food. He's even been known to stick his trunk through an open window and sniff around for any hidden treasure! One local resident ...read more
Contributed on Oct 19, 2018
When you fail, don’t try to save yourself. Instead, realize you’re a loser (we all are), and rely on the Lord to turn your failure into victory!
Recently, I came across some cynical observations on life and work: Nothing is foolproof to a talented fool; the early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese; borrow money from a pessimist – they don't expect it back; if at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence ...read more
Contributed on Oct 11, 2018
If you want to find the courage to fulfill your calling, trust in the promises of God; obey the precepts of God; rest in the presence of God; and receive support from the people of God.
In an episode from the classic 1960’s TV series, The Andy Griffith Show, Andy Taylor, the sheriff of Mayberry, is out of town. His deputy, Barney Fife, is in charge, and he has deputized the local mechanic, named Gomer. The two deputies are walking down the street one evening when they notice that ...read more
Contributed on Jan 4, 2019
If you want to experience victory in the place of defeat, trust in the Lord; obey the Lord; and give yourself to Him again.
Bryan Link, from Toronto, Canada, did a double-take recently when he looked at an old pothole in his neighborhood and thought he saw weeds. Upon closer examination, they turned out to be tomatoes. Someone with a good sense of humor had planted the tomatoes in the big, ugly sinkhole that had been a ...read more
Contributed on Jan 10, 2019
If you want to do well in an era of “fake news,” first, don’t believe everything you hear. Instead, consult the Lord about everything; keep your word and confront the lie.
This last week, as I was preparing for this message, I came across some very interesting research. In His book, The Honest Truth about Dishonesty, Dan Ariely says, “Over the course of many years of teaching, I have noticed that there typically seems to be a rash of deaths among students' ...read more
Contributed on Jan 17, 2019
Proceed with confidence in God’s Word. Pray with confidence in God’s Will. Then prevail with confidence in God’s might no matter how great the enemy.
Preschooler Denny came to class one morning bubbling with excitement about having played tee ball. “We won our game,” he said. “Did you get any hits?” his teacher asked. “Yes,” he answered. “And I got some scratches, too.” (Dorothy Hsu, Columbus, Ohio, “Kids of the Kingdom,” Christian Reader; ...read more
Contributed on Jan 24, 2019
If you want to find rest from the struggle in your own life, trust the Lord, obey the Lord, and wait on the Lord.
A man was standing in the water when he asked a friend on the shore, “Are there any alligators in this river?” The man on shore said, “No, not a single one,” but his friend in the water was not convinced. So the man in the water asked again, “Are you sure there are no alligators? Because if there ...read more
Contributed on Feb 15, 2019
If you want to exchange an attitude of defeat for an attitude of victory in your life, then fully follow the Lord, because you have learned to fully appreciate all that He has given you.
I thank God for the children we have in our church, because there is so much we can learn from them. I like this sentiment shared on the internet by Debi Zahn from Sandwich, Illinois. She says: When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard. Kids ...read more
Contributed on Feb 22, 2019
If you want to be a real leader that inspires people to real greatness, define the vision, delegate the work; but most important, deny yourself just like Jesus did. That’s because real leaders are real servants.
Several years ago, a 19-year-old man, desperate to get to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, hopped a bus and demanded that the driver take him there. Some say the man was drunk, others that he was disturbed. Either way, only a few of the passengers were concerned, and everyone stayed calm. That’s because ...read more
Contributed on Mar 7, 2019
When you’re afraid, run to Jesus for refuge, but don’t keep Him to yourself. Make Jesus accessible and available to all.
San Francisco has its cable cars. Seattle has its Space Needle, and Longview, Washington, has its squirrel bridge. It’s called The Nutty Narrows Bridge, which spans Olympia Way and is a local landmark. A local builder, the late Amos Peters, built The Nutty Narrows Bridge in 1963. He wanted to give ...read more
Contributed on Mar 21, 2019
When life takes a turn for the worse, appreciate your blessings and be a blessing to those around you.
Laurel Hunsinger, who grew up in Little River, Kansas, flew combat missions in the Korean War. On April 1, 1953, his plane was shot down 15 miles inside North Korea. He was severely injured, but he and his entire crew survived and were rescued, for which Hunsinger received a Purple Heart. He passed ...read more
Contributed on Mar 29, 2019
If you want to resolve your conflicts, expect tension at times so it doesn’t trip you up; express truth in love; but most importantly, exalt the Lord.
This last week I came across an old joke about a letter to a neighbor. It reads: Dear Frank. We've been neighbors for six tumultuous years. When you borrowed my tiller, you returned it in pieces. When I was sick, you blasted rap music. And when your dog went to the bathroom all over my lawn, ...read more
Contributed on Apr 4, 2019
Cling to the Lord, because you can count on Him. Don't cling to the world, because it will con you.
Several years ago, Our Daily Bread told the story of an elderly man, who lay in a hospital with his wife of 55 years sitting at his bedside. “Is that you, Ethel, at my side again?” he whispered. “Yes, dear,” she answered. He softly said to her, “Remember years ago when I was in the ...read more
Contributed on Apr 11, 2019
When you don't know what to do, remember God's faithfulness to you and remain faithful to Him.
At a 1999 conference in Houston, speaker Marti Ensign, a missionary to Africa, spoke of bringing some African pastors to the United States for a big meeting. During their free time, these Africans wanted to go shopping, but Marti knew there was a chance someone might have difficulty or get lost. ...read more