Little Emma came running out of Bible class to her waiting Mother triumphantly waving a picture that she had drawn shouting, “Mommy! Mommy! My teacher says I drew the most unusual picture she has ever seen!”
The mother took the picture from her little Emma’s hands. Studied it for a moment. And agreed with the teacher.
“What were you studying?’ She asked.
“The birth of Jesus” Emma replied. Continue reading
Christianity Today called it the “most popular Bible verse for 2018.”
According to the outstanding Bible ap YouVersion, which has been installed on over 350 million devices in every country in the world, this Bible verse has been shared, bookmarked, and highlighted most often by the global YouVersion Community during 2018.” Continue reading
Søren Kierkegaard, the 19th-century Danish religious philosopher, told a story about a town where only ducks lived.
Every Sunday the ducks would waddle out of their houses and waddle down Main Street to their church. They waddled into the sanctuary and sat in their proper pews.
The duck choir waddled in and took its place, and then the duck minister came forward and opened the duck Bible.
He read to them… Continue reading
I recently read a story about a Christian who was visiting with a preacher from Ethiopia. He knew the preacher lived in horrible poverty. So, he made the mistake of showing what he thought was some sympathy for his situation.
“Brother, I want you to know we are praying for you in your poverty,” the man said.
Very humbly the preacher responded, “No. You don’t understand. We are praying for you in your prosperity.” Continue reading
Joel Gregory tells the story of a family seated around their table one Thanksgiving Day looking at the annual holiday bird.
From the oldest to the youngest, they were to express their praise. When they came to the 5-year-old in the family, he began by looking at the turkey and expressing his thanks to the turkey, saying although he had not tasted it he knew it would be good.
After that rather novel expression of thanksgiving, he began with a more predictable line of credits, thanking his mother for cooking the turkey and his father for buying the turkey. But then he went beyond that. He joined together a whole hidden multitude of benefactors, linking them with cause and effect. Continue reading
What does the Bible teach about the Kingdom of God? Has it already been established? Or is it coming at some future time?
Through the ages, the Kingdom and Kingship of Christ have been misunderstood, misrepresented, and misapplied. The Jews in Jesus’ day rejected Him. “He came unto his own, and his own received him not” (Jn 1:12) So, it’s little wonder that Pontus Pilate, the Roman governor presiding over His trial, was confused regarding Jesus’ work and role. Continue reading
Bruce Ball tells an old story that took place in a western town in the late 1800’s. A horse was spooked and then bolted, running away uncontrollably with a small boy in the bed of the wagon. Seeing the child was in grave danger, a young man risked his life to catch the horse and stop the wagon, thus saving the boy’s life. Continue reading
Joseph Bayly was a 20th-century author and publisher who wrote a book entitled, The View From A Hearse. Having suffered the loss of 3 of his 7 children at a young age, he wrote it to help people deal with the pain of death.
In the book, Bayly relates an exchange with a woman whose small son was dying. Continue reading
“I feel that God’s is leading me in this direction.”
“I don’t believe that God will condemn that.”
“I know God has led me here.”
“I feel God wants this for my life.”
“I know God wants me to be happy.”
All of these statements have one thing in common. Continue reading
Yesterday was a wonderful day even though it was rainy and cloudy in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
At the invitation of Andy Mitchell, I accompanied him and his friend and new convert, Keith, to the Carolina Preachers Study in Ashville. My friend Joe Greer and his son-in-law, Ben Walker organized the study with over 20 preachers attending. The theme was based on the book of Jeremiah.
It was a time of pleasant association and edifying study. We were encouraged on several levels to learn personal lessons of persistence, dedication, and determination from this great prophet of God. Continue reading