A wise old man was once taking a stroll through a forest with a shiftless young fellow by his side. Seeking to teach him an important lesson he stopped and pointed to four plants close at hand. The first was just beginning to peep above the ground, the second was a little larger with some roots, the third was a small shrub, while the fourth had grown into a small tree.
The tutor said to his young companion, “Pull up the first plant.” The boy did so eagerly, using only his fingers. Continue reading
Paul Aiello tells a story about the captain of the ship who looked into the dark night and saw faint lights in the distance. Immediately he told his signalman to send a message” “Alter your course 10 degrees south.”
Promptly a return message was received: “Alter your course 10 degrees north.”
The captain was angered; his command had been ignored. So he sent a second message: “Alter your course 10 degrees south–I am the captain!” Continue reading
“Let your moderation be known unto all men,” exhorted the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:5.
The admonition to moderation may seem like a simple command, but it’s actually a good deal more complex in application than it appears on the surface.
The English Oxford Dictionary defines moderation as “The avoidance of excess or extremes, especially in one’s behavior or political opinions.” Continue reading
David Huss, an Ohio preacher, tells about the time he had a hospice chaplain call and ask, “Are you still looking for a car?
I said “Yes.” I asked him, “How much does the car cost?”
He said, “It’s free.”
I said, “Where are you? I”m coming as fast as I can!” Continue reading
G. Campbell Morgan tells a story about the great English actor William Charles Macready who was once approached by an eminent preacher of his day.
“I wish you would explain to me something,” asked the preacher.
Well, what is it? I don’t know that I can explain anything to a preacher,” replied Macready. Continue reading
Ray Comfort in his book, Hell’s Best Kept Secret, relates a tragic story about a woman who was once walking along a riverbank with her child.
Suddenly the child slipped into the river. The mother screamed in terror. She couldn’t swim, and besides, she was in the latter stages of pregnancy. Finally, somebody heard her screaming and rushed down to the riverbank. Continue reading
On Liberty Island in New York City Harbor stands the colossal Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States. It’s an imposing, inspiring sight. The statue itself is 151′ tall and from its base to the torch measures 305′.
The statue has become an icon of freedom, both for American citizens and for immigrants arriving on our shores through Ellis Island. Engraved on the tablet are these words written by poet Emma Lazarus in 1883. Continue reading