In his Daily Bible Study series, William Barclay tells a compelling story about an evangelist named Brownlow North. Apparently, in his younger days, he had lived a wild life.
“Once, just before he was to enter the pulpit in a church in Aberdeen, he received a letter. This letter informed him that its writer had evidence of some disgraceful thing which Brownlow North had done before he became a Christian, and it went on to say that the writer proposed to interrupt the service and to tell the whole congregation of that sin if he preached.” Continue reading
Leadership guru John Maxwell often says,“Everything rises and falls on leadership.”
And what is leadership? Maxwell defined it this way. “After more than four decades of observing leadership within my family and the many years of developing my own leadership potential, I have come to this conclusion: Leadership is influence. That’s it. Nothing more; more less. My favorite leadership proverb is “He who thinketh he leadeth and hath no one following him is only taking a walk.” Continue reading
There’s an old saying that goes like this: “If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, then it must be a duck.”
However, things are not always what they seem to be.
A firefly is not a fly – it is a beetle.
A prairie dog is not a dog – it is a rodent. Continue reading
Perplexed hearts. Discouraged hearts. Troubled Hearts.
This pretty much describes the mood from the women at Jesus’ tomb, to the disciples on the Emmaus road, to the scattered 11 now huddled in secret and fearfully wondering what was next.
For three days the disciples’ world has been turned upside down. They will forever remember the events from Thursday night to Friday night as the saddest 24 hours of their lives. Continue reading
The late British author and evangelist, Leonard Ravenhill, once quipped, “There was a time when people came to church to meet with God. Now they come to church to sing songs and hear stories about Him.”
Today’s Bible reading reminds us of a story we’ve all heard. And if you ever attended Vacation Bible School or a children’s Sunday School you’ve heard kids gleefully singing about it. Continue reading
We live in a nation that loves a good deal. Hardly anyone wants to pay full price. So we wait for our favorite store to have a sale. Go to garage sales. Look on E-bay. Or surf the web for an internet deal.
The craziness on Black Friday, the crowds at after Christmas sales, and the shoppers at tax-free weekends all attest to the bargain hunter mindset. And their mantra is simple–To get the best quality merchandise for the lowest possible price. Continue reading