Steve Shepherd, a Missouri preacher, tells a story about the time the French novelist, Honore de Balzac, was awakened by an intruder.
Balzac lived in a single room apartment. So the thief was trying to avoid waking Balzac as he quietly picked the lock on the writer’s desk. Suddenly the silence was broken by a sarcastic laugh from the bed, where Balzac lay watching the thief.
The startled thief asked, “Why do you laugh?” Continue reading
In the 1968 Mexico City Olympics John Stephen Akhwari represented Tanzanai in the marathon. Along the course Akhwari stumbled and fell, severely injuring his knee and ankle. But he kept on running.
Hours after an Ethiopian runner had won, Akhwari limped into the Olympic stadium. Only a few thousand spectators were left, but they began to cheer the courageous Tanzanian. Bloodied, bruised and bandaged he grimaced with every step as he completed the final lap of the race.
Later, a reporter asked Akhwari, “Why did you continue the race after you were so badly injured?” Continue reading
It was on March 4, 1933, that President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered that famous line in his first inaugural address: “The only thing we have to fear is….fear itself.”
Now 84 years later various polls indicate that Americans are more afraid than ever before. People fear for their personal safety, and national security, and economic well being. Americans fear our country is on the wrong track. Continue reading
Jeff Strite relates a true story about an English professor who was on her way to class one day. She was running late and was going over the speed limit. Then she saw the dreaded red and blue lights in her rear view mirror and heard the siren, and she pulled over.
As the policeman was making out her ticket, he asked her why she’d been going so fast. Being an English professor, she thought she’d be a little clever… and so she quoted Robert Frost: “I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.” Continue reading
The late John Clark, a powerful gospel preacher of the 20th century, used to tell a story about a Preacher waxing eloquent to a packed house about the second coming of Christ.
“I am coming soon,” he paraphrased Jesus’ promise.
With greater emphasis, he repeated, “I am coming soon.”
Finally, as he stood on the edge of the stage, with fevered pitched emotion, he shouted, “I am coming soon.” Continue reading
Following a lesson on personal evangelism, Sam, a barber, left church convicted that he should share his faith with his customers. So the next morning when he arrived at his shop he said, “Today I am going to share my faith with the first man who walks through my door.”
Soon after a man entered and said, “I want a shave!”
Sam said, “Sure, just sit in the seat and I’ll be with you in a moment.” Quickly he prayed a quick desperate prayer saying, “God, help me say the right thing to this man. Continue reading
Romans 12 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. I like it because it’s simple, direct, and relevant. It speaks to the essence of my Christian life. It reminds me, as Warren Wiersbe put it, that “doctrine and duty always go together.”
Each verse powerfully presents practical exhortations that, when applied, will make my life better. My relationships stronger. And my Christianity visible to others who witness my daily walk. Continue reading