One morning R. C. Chapman, the 19th century British evangelist, was asked how he was feeling. “I’m burdened this morning!” was his reply.
But his happy countenance contradicted his words. So the questioner exclaimed in surprise, “Are you really burdened, Mr. Chapman?” Continue reading
Today is a holiday in Washington, D. C. Public schools and local government offices are closed. It’s Emancipation Day.
Since 2005 it’s been a public holiday to mark the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia. On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, granting freedom to 3,100 enslaved persons in D. C. . The act passed nine months before Lincoln’s famous Emancipation Proclamation liberating slaves in the South. Continue reading
The late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, known for his best-selling book The Power of Positive Thinking, once related this humorous incident.
Following one of his speeches he was shaking hands and greeting people when he noticed a woman looking at him with a steady gaze. Finally, he went over to her and asked, “Madam, did you want to speak to me?”
“Hello, Norman,” she said. “Don’t you remember me?”
“Well, you have a familiar look,” Peale replied. “But I can’t place you.” Continue reading
The story is told, though it may be a legend, of Francis of Assisi, the 12th century monk, who once said to a fellow monk, “Let us go to town and preach.”
They went to town. They walked out one street, walked back another street, and returned. And never talked to a single person
Upon returning, the monk said to Francis, “I thought you said we were going to town to preach.” Continue reading
“I believe that endeavor is one of the most beautiful words in the English language,” wrote Gary Henry in his Daybook Series, More Enthusiastic Ideas.
Gary further opined, “Living in a world that, despite its goodness, is tragically broken and where many of our desires and goals seem frustratingly out of reach, the fact that we continue to endeavor speaks volumes about the nobility of the human spirit. In the face of such discouragement, lesser creatures would give up. But we do not. We persevere. We stay the course. We endeavor.” Continue reading
A man accused of petty theft, went before the Judge and was asked, “How do you plead?”
“Not guilty,” replied the thief.
“On what grounds?” asked the Judge
“Well, your honor, my arm reached through an open window and took a few trifling things. My arm isn’t really who I am. Surely you are not going to punish me for an offense committed by a single limb?” Continue reading
This past week-end in Portland, Oregon, has been a wonderful experience for Norma Jean and me.
It’s always a joy to see a young Christian couple joined in marriage like Justin and Ali Beth. And it’s a been genuine pleasure to meet the brethren in Portland for the first time and share the Word with them. Continue reading