Contributed on May 4, 2012
We grow and multiply through faith, oppression, and obedience as God's ancient people did when they experienced harsh treatment in Egypt.
In The Last Days Newsletter, Leonard Ravenhill tells about a group of tourists visiting a picturesque village. They walked by an old man sitting beside a fence, and one of them asked, “Were any great men born in this village?” The old man replied, “Nope, only babies.” ...read more
Contributed on May 25, 2012
By faith, do what others cannot do and live a life pleasing to God: fear God more than you fear anybody else; forsake whatever this world has to offer; and follow the Lord to victory in your own life.
On Memorial Day, our thoughts often turn to those who have passed away, especially to those who gave their lives serving our country. They risked everything so we could have the freedoms we enjoy today. If you served in the military at any time, would you please stand, so we can express our ...read more
Contributed on Jun 14, 2012
If you want to be a truly great man, be an honest man, be a humble man; but most of all, be heaven's man.
In one of the more memorable Peanuts cartoons, Linus and Lucy are discussing an appropriate way to show appreciation for Charlie Brown, their baseball manager. Linus says, “I’ve been thinking. Charlie brown has really been a dedicated baseball manager. He’s devoted his whole ...read more
Contributed on Jun 21, 2012
If we're going to rebound from failure, we must appreciate the past, be faithful in the present, and trust God for the future.
Several years ago, Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Bob Patterson described one of his pitches, which the Cincinnati Reds' Barry Larkin hit for a game-winning home run: “It was a cross between a screwball and a change-up. It was a screw-up.” (Wall Street Journal, 7/9/96; Leadership, Vol. ...read more
Contributed on Jun 29, 2012
If you want to be all that God has called you to be, stop trusting in yourself and start trusting in God’s presence, in God’s person, and in God’s promises.
On a Saturday in November this last year, (November 5, 2011), University of Tennessee freshman Derrick Brodus was lying on the couch at his fraternity house, waiting for the Tennessee Volunteers football game to start at 7 P.M. Less than an hour before kickoff, Derrick fumbled for his cell phone ...read more
Contributed on Jul 5, 2012
If we want to be all that God has called us to be as a church and as individual believers, we must stop making excuses and take that step of faith in obedience to God. Like Moses, trust in His power, plan, provision, and precepts.
In his book, Something Else to Smile About, Zig Ziglar writes about his brother, the late Judge Ziglar, who loved to tell the story of a man who went next door to borrow his neighbor’s lawnmower. The neighbor explained that he could not let him use the mower because all the flights had been ...read more
Contributed on Jul 12, 2012
Don’t blame God in your disappointment. Instead, believe in Him and get back to work.
A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.” The woman below replied, ...read more
Contributed on Jul 20, 2012
Acknowledge that God is, that God is here, and that God is holy. Then allow Him to use you to make Him known to a world in desperate need of Him. Do that; or else, be a fool!
Three years ago (2009), Leonard Mlodinow shared a story in The Wall Street Journal from the life of baseball great, Joe DiMaggio: During the summer of 1945, right after World War II had ended, Yankee slugger, Joe DiMaggio, returned to baseball after serving as a soldier during the war. Not ...read more
Contributed on Jul 26, 2012
If you want to be truly free, don’t trust in your idols; instead, trust in the blood of the Lamb, and get up and get out of your bondage.
Tony Campolo tells the story of a town where all the residents are ducks. Every Sunday the ducks waddle out of their houses and waddle down Main Street to their church. They waddle into the sanctuary and squat in their proper pews. The duck choir waddles in and takes its place, and then the duck ...read more
Contributed on Aug 2, 2012
When life gets complicated, make it simple. Just follow God, believe God, and walk with God in the direction He leads.
Doug Lansky was a travel writer and photographer for many years during which he has collected photos of odd signs from around the world. Here are some samples: Here is a blue sign with white letters. It reads: “Pakistan-Narcotics Control Board Investigating Unit.” Notice what’s in front of ...read more
Contributed on Aug 10, 2012
When life gets hard, don’t grumble; grow! Don’t test the Tester; trust Him to bring you through the test a better person.
A lawyer, a doctor, and a preacher went deer hunting together when along came a big buck. The three of them all shot at the same time, and immediately the buck dropped to the ground. They all rushed up to examine the deer, but couldn't determine whose shot had actually killed it. They were in ...read more
Contributed on Aug 17, 2012
If you want relief from your weariness, don’t get busy; get help! Get help, first of all, from Jesus Himself, then from those He has placed in your life. Give God the praise, and give others the power.
This last week, I came across some notes supposedly found on hospital charts, and I thought you might enjoy them as I did: • The patient refused autopsy. • Note: Patient recovering from forehead cut. Patient became very angry when given an enema by mistake. • Patient has chest ...read more
Contributed on Aug 23, 2012
If you want to keep from sinning, grow to love the One who values you even as He shakes up your world: appreciate the relationship you have with God; give yourself completely to God; and learn to fear Him.
Thomas Fountain, of Vidalia, Georgia, was with his family in Mexico City several years ago. Now, Mexico City is 7,500 feet above sea level, so it rarely gets hot, but one of the days they spent there was a scorcher. Trying to cope with the heat, their youngest daughter, Debbie, shed all but her ...read more
Contributed on Aug 30, 2012
The 10 Commandments are the key to knowing God, ourselves, and love.
Since 1997, an anti-lawsuit group from Michigan has held “The Wacky Warning Label Contest” every year. They do it to highlight the absurd effects of lawsuits on warning labels. In 2007, Kevin Soave of Farmington Hills, Michigan, submitted the winning label, which he found on a small tractor. It ...read more
Contributed on Sep 5, 2012
When you haven't got a prayer, remind God that His interests are at stake: ask God to remember His people; ask God to remember His purpose; and ask God to remember His promise.
There was once a small town which had no liquor stores. Eventually, though, someone built a nightclub right on the main street through town. This so upset the members in one of the churches that they conducted several all-night prayer meetings. They asked the Lord to “burn down that den of ...read more
Contributed on Sep 21, 2012
If we want see healing in our land, we must be angry about the sin in our lives; we must be honest; we must be ruthless; and we must be humble.
A little boy was sitting sadly on the curb beside his lawn mower, when along came a preacher riding a bicycle. The preacher noticed the sad little boy and decided he would try to help. “Hello there!” said the preacher. “How would you like to trade your lawn mower for this ...read more
Contributed on Sep 27, 2012
Sinners can get get close to a holy God only if they we appeal to His grace. Pray that God in His grace would show us His path, grant us His presence, and reveal to us His person, which He has already done in His Son. Get close to Jesus and you will get
On one occasion, Dr. Mortimer Adler suddenly left a discussion group at a tea quite disgusted, slamming the door after him. Someone in the group, trying to relieve the tension, remarked, “Well, he's gone.” To which the hostess replied, “No, he isn't. That's a closet!” ...read more