March 8, 2023 · 7:12 am
An old Bits and Pieces magazine tells the story about an Ozark hound dog sitting in a country store howling as hounds do.
In comes a stranger and says to the storekeeper, “What’s the matter with the dog?”
“He’s sittin’ on a cocklebur.”
“Why doesn’t he get off it?” Continue reading →
November 29, 2021 · 8:27 am
In his book Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, Chuck Swindoll tells the story about an experiment conducted by Ruth W. Berenda and her associates designed to demonstrate how young people handle peer pressure.
Ten students were placed in a room and shown three lines of varying lengths drawn on a card. The students were told to raise their hands when the teacher pointed to the longest line. However, nine of the students had been instructed beforehand to raise their hands when the instructor pointed to the second-longest line. Continue reading →
August 26, 2019 · 6:31 am
Chuck Swindoll, in his book Growing Deep in the Christian Life, tells a story that occurred in Long Beach, California, several years ago at a fast-food fried chicken joint.
Late one afternoon a man and his date stopped for two chicken dinners to take on a picnic. However, after driving to a secluded spot to eat they opened the sack and discovered over $800 in cash. The lady at the counter inadvertently gave him the sack with the proceeds from that day’s sales. Continue reading →
July 16, 2019 · 7:08 am
Today in our VBS at Wellandport as we pursue the theme “Facing Life With Faith,” we are discussing how knowledge and faith are connected.
The Bible says, “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17). As we read and study God’s Word, we increase in knowledge, but that knowledge grows our faith. Of course, our knowledge of God and His revealed will is more than just an accumulation of facts. It is faith-driven. Heart-felt. And relationally focused. Thus, Paul was able to affirm, “I know in whom I have believed.” Continue reading →
June 7, 2019 · 8:09 am
Chuck Swindoll, in Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back, tells a story about a father concerned about the danger of a nearby canal, ordered his son, “Don’t swim in the canal.”
“OK, Dad,” he answered.
However, later that day he saw his son coming home carrying a wet swimsuit.
“Where have you been?” demanded the father.
“Swimming in the canal,” answered the boy. Continue reading →
September 23, 2015 · 5:08 am
In Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, Chuck Swindoll poses this scenario.
Imagine, if you will, that you work for a company whose president found it necessary to travel out of the country and spend an extended period of time abroad. So he says to you and the other trusted employees, “Look, I’m going to leave. And while I’m gone, I want you to pay close attention to the business. You manage things while I’m away. I will write you regularly. When I do, I will instruct you in what you should do from now until I return from this trip.” Everyone agrees. Continue reading →