Contributed on Feb 26, 2015
If you want God to use you to build His Kingdom, pray things through; think things through; and then follow through.
In the Christian Reader, Glynn Jensen, from Rome, NY, talks about a cold winter day when his entire family was snug in their warm house. Everyone that is, except for their six-year-old Jonathan, who insisted on playing out in the snow. As Glynn walked by an upstairs window, he noticed Jonathan had ...read more
Contributed on Apr 23, 2015
In your pursuit of God and His plan for your life, don’t be sidetracked by compromise, slander, sin, or the wrong company.
A man who bought a new hunting dog was eager to see how he would perform. So he took the dog out to track a bear. No sooner had they gotten into the woods than the dog picked up the trail. Suddenly, he stopped, sniffed the ground, and headed in a new direction. He had caught the scent of a deer ...read more
Contributed on Apr 30, 2015
For a strong nation, be faithful in the little things, fear God; and make sure you are in the family.
Charles Swindoll, in Growing Deep in the Christian Life, talks about a man who bought a bucket of fried chicken for himself and his date late one afternoon. The attendant at the fast food outlet, however, inadvertently gave him the proceeds from the day's business – a bucket of money (much of ...read more
Contributed on Jun 24, 2015
If we want to see our nation turn back to God, we must clean up God's house, the White House, and our own house.
A company held an inter-office softball game every year between the marketing and support staff. One year, the support staff whipped the marketing department soundly, but the marketing department demonstrated how they earn their keep by posting this memo on the bulletin board after the ...read more
Contributed on May 29, 2015
In order to find true joy, let God's Word touch your mind, heart and will. In other words, understand it, celebrate it and do it.
In his book, Dangers, Toils & Snares, John Ortberg talks about the days when he took his children to “the shrine of the Golden Arches”, where they always lusted for the meal that comes with a cheap little prize. In a moment of marketing genius, McDonalds executives christened it the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 17, 2015
If you want to develop joyful generosity, start by giving your self to the Lord. Then give your songs to the Lord, then your substance to the Lord.
Several men in the locker room of a private exercise club were talking when a cell phone laying on the bench rang. One man picked it up without hesitation, and the following conversation ensued: “Hello?” “Honey, It's me.” “Sugar!” “I'm at the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 10, 2015
If we want to win the war for the soul of our nation, we must commit ourselves to the Word of God and to the House of God.
Krish Kandiah, president of the London School of Theology, talks about growing up in the United Kingdom, where his family could always count on their next-door neighbor, Mrs. Oglive, to be around. They left a spare key with her in case they got locked out. They forgot their keys quite often, and ...read more
Contributed on Jun 4, 2015
If you want God to clean up the mess in your life, you must truly confess your sins: acknowledge that God is right; admit that you are wrong; and commit to change.
Max Lucado talks about the time he decided to go to his office very early one morning. He had been on vacation for a couple of weeks and was well rested. So he rolled out of bed early…real early. He dressed to go to the church office, and his wife tried to convince him not to ...read more
Contributed on Mar 12, 2015
If we’re going to build God’s Kingdom in these desperate times, we must all work humbly together.
In a classic episode from The Andy Griffith Show in the 1960’s, Andy Taylor, the sheriff of Mayberry, is out of town. His deputy, Barney Fife, is in charge, and he has deputized Gomer, the local mechanic. The two deputies are walking down the street one evening when they notice that someone ...read more
Contributed on Mar 19, 2015
Whenever you attempt to do anything great for the glory of God, expect opposition. So when it comes, pray, proceed with the work, and protect yourself as much as possible.
This last fall (September 19, 2014) when Apple introduced its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, a group of workers from Teardown.com lined up at 5 a.m. at various stores in Austin to buy the devises. Then they returned to the company's offices, where engineers began disassembling the new products. One of the ...read more
Contributed on Apr 9, 2015
Overcome discouragement when you redirect your energies, refocus your vision, and rally together.
A man stopped to watch a Little League baseball game and asked one of the youngsters, “What’s the score?” “We're losing 18-0,” was the answer. “Well,” said the man. “I must say you don't look discouraged.” “Discouraged?” ...read more
Contributed on Apr 15, 2015
Don't use your power to benefit yourself at others' expense; use it to benefit others at your expense.
Just a few years ago (2012), Paul Piff was researching the effect power had on people. So in one study, he had subjects play a two-person game of Monopoly in which power was intentionally skewed: one player was given a wad of cash and the use of both dice; while the other player received only half ...read more