The Day That Changed Everything

The Day That Changed Everything The day began much like every other day recently. His workload was getting to be overwhelming. There was civil unrest in the streets of the city. Most of the upheaval was due, it seemed, to a new radical religious fervor. Even though his job was demanding and unpleasant, he performed…

A Timely Contemplation

A Timely Contemplation I once heard a story about a very eccentric fellow who had an apple orchard, and also raised pigs. It seems that he would pick up one pig at a time, hold him up and let the pig eat apples from the tree. A passerby found that to be quite curious, and…

A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART

A Man After God’s Heart It is said of David, the great king of Israel, that he was a man after God’s heart. “..The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart…” (I Sam. 13:14) Later, when the prophet went to anoint one of Jesse’s sons to be king, the Lord reminded…

LOOKING TO THE SOURCE OF OUR BLESSINGS

Looking to the Source of Our Blessings To be truly thankful requires looking beyond our blessings to the Source of those blessings. While it is good to count our blessings and even name them one by one as the hymn says, it is even better to give thanks to God continually with a grateful heart….

SPEAKING TRUTH TO A CONFUSED WORLD

Speaking Truth To A Confused World Sometimes the Bible reads like headlines straight out of the twenty first century. This is especially true when dealing with the issues of right and wrong and loss of spiritual direction by society. The prophet Isaiah sounds forth a warning to those who have drifted so far from God…

EXAMPLES NOT EXCUSES

EXAMPLES NOT EXCUSES In writing to the Corinth Church, Paul refers to the Old Testament experience of the Hebrew children as Moses was leading them to the promised land. They complained and murmured and tempted God. As a result they were judged unworthy of the land God was giving them. Some were punished immediately with…

A Plan Too Marvelous

A Plan Too Marvelous “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” So begins the Bible. Heavens are plural and earth is singular. Out of the unfathomable expanse of the universe, the earth stands out as unique in the mind of its Creator. On this small speck in the universe He would reveal…

AN ABIDING FAITH

An Abiding Faith “Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous.” (Romans 4:20-22NLT) The Bible pictures Abraham as the…

FAITH IS THE KEY

Faith Is The Key “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV) The Living Bible puts it this way: “You can never please God without faith, without depending…

Struggles Are Necessary

Struggles Are Necessary We all know what it means to struggle. By definition it means to contend with a task or problem. By experience it means pain and difficulty we would rather avoid. The third grader knows what it means to struggle with math. A teenager struggles with peer pressure. Young families often deal with…