“God’s delays are not God’s denials,” affirmed the 19th-century British minister George Müller.
Müller was a man of faith who believed in Divine providence, the efficacy of prayer, and the promises of God. “Too many Christians today,” opined Tony Abram, want ‘Fast Food’ answers. We are not willing to wait on the Lord God’s timetable. It is not always what we want but His timetable is the best for us.”
There are no better Bible examples of patiently waiting and faithfully believing in God’s promises than the heroes and heroines of Hebrews 11. Continue reading
C. S. Lewis, from his book, “God in the Dock,” offers this interesting bit of dialogue regarding prayer.
“Praying for particular things,” said I, “always seems to me like advising God how to run the world. Wouldn’t it be wiser to assume that He knows best?”
“On the same principle,” said he, “I suppose you never ask a man next to you to pass the salt because God knows best whether you ought to have salt or not. And I suppose you never take an umbrella because God knows best whether you ought to be wet or dry.”
“That’s quite different,” I protested. Continue reading
By age 12 he was playing the French Horn. By 15, he was performing professionally with the great Jazz musicians of his era. He was the first black musician to break the color barrier in Hollywood as a composer. He’s earned 27 Grammys, including a Grammy Legend award in 1991. And he achieved notoriety for composing the score of The Color Purple.
However, Quincy Delight Jones Jr, who will turn 87 in March, has suffered a lot of trials in life. He’s been married three times. Endured an emotional breakdown. Survived two brain surgeries. And once faced a life-threatening surgery for an aneurysm. The surgeons said his chances of recovery were 1 in a 100. But he beat the odds.
Following this last operation, he was asked, “What have you started doing differently?” Continue reading
In a 2014 sermon, Steve Malone asked “What do the following have in common?”
• 90% of homeless and runaway children
• 63% of youth who commit suicide
• 80% of all rapists
• 85% of children with behavioral problems
• 71% of all high school dropouts Continue reading
In the classic novel Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë, Jane is an orphan being raised by a wealthy, but cruel aunt, Mrs. Reed.
Her aunt decides to send Jane to Longwood school run by Mr. Brocklehurst, a man who is even more cruel and hypocritical than her aunt. After her arrival, Mr. Brocklehurst and Jane have this conversation.
“No sight is so sad as that of a naughty child,” be began, “especially a naughty little girl. Do you know where the wicked go after death?” Continue reading
At noon today Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will take the oath of office as President of the United States. As a leader of the free world, our President is often called the most powerful person in the world.
People are impressed by power. Military might. Political position. Economic Status. Physical strength. All are symbols of power.
Leaders lust for power. In fact, some people so are obsessed with power they will do anything to get it, everything to hold on to it, and are in denial when they are unable to exercise it. Continue reading
Jeff Strite relates a true story found in Reader’s Digest of a family sitting down to dinner one evening.
One of the girls was unhappy because they were having leftovers. And she let everyone know by complaining.
Her father was not pleased with her complaints and suggested she needed to be more thankful. To drive home his point, he asked her offer thanks for the food. So, she bowed her head and prayed: Continue reading
“But that’s not fair!” a teenager protests to his parents.
“Well, life is not always fair,” they respond.
How many times have you experienced that exchange? Or said it? Either in challenging the unfairness of a situation or in the response that has become a familiar cliche’? Continue reading
In their book, Twang, Raymond Obstfeld and Shelia Burgner relate a great story about country music star, Travis Tritt.
Like many musicians, Tritt played in out-of-the-way joints before he made it big. He says many of these dives were dangerous places. Drunks would get into fights over the most insignificant things. However, Travis found a unique way to keep peace and protect the entertainers from harm. Here’s what he wrote: Continue reading
The Scottish minister, Alexander Whyte, was known for his positive attitude and uplifting prayers in the pulpit. He always found something for which to be thankful.
One Sunday morning the weather was awful. It was a dark, dreary, and stormy day. One of the deacons remarked, “Well, the preacher won’t have anything to be thankful for on a day like this.” Continue reading