September 18, 2015 · 6:50 am
Randy Aly tells a story about a native from a remote mountain village who had the opportunity to visit a large modern city for the first time. He was amazed at the electric lights which he saw everywhere. So he bought a sack full of electric light bulbs and sockets with switches so he could turn them off and on.
Arriving home he hung the light bulbs in front of his home and on his and his neighbor’s trees. Everyone watched him with curiosity and asked him what he was doing, but he just smiled and said, “Just wait until dark–you’ll see.” Continue reading →
September 11, 2015 · 6:35 am
In a blog entitled “Six Things Christians Should Just Stop Staying, Dr. Steve McSwain wrote that Christians should quit saying “Jesus is the only way to heaven.”
“What you are really saying,” he writes, “is the way we interpret John 14:6 is that Jesus was clearly drawing a line in the sand and telling his hearers and the world: ‘If you do not believe in Me, you won’t go to the Father when you die.'”
The “Spiritual Teacher” and “Thought Leader” McSwain disagrees. “I am one of them, who do not interpret Jesus’ words the same way.” Continue reading →
September 4, 2015 · 6:30 am
I recently read a story about a painting called “Checkmate” painted by Friedrich August Moritz Retzsch that used to hang in the Louvre Art Museum in Paris.
The painting depicts a chess match between the devil and Goethe’s Dr. Faust, who had sold his soul to the devil. It appears as if the devil has won. Faust has only the king, the queen, and a weak pawn left. The look on Faust’s face is one of abject despair. From across the chessboard the devil leers at him in anticipation of his expected victory. Ready to say, Checkmate! Continue reading →
August 21, 2015 · 6:40 am
Philip Keller in A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 writes, “When all is said and done the welfare of any flock is entirely dependent upon the management afforded them by their owner.
“The tenant sheepman on the farm next to my first ranch was the most indifferent manager I had ever met. He was not concerned about the condition of his sheep. His land was neglected. He gave little or no time to his flock, letting them pretty well forage for themselves as best they could, both summer and winter.” Continue reading →
August 7, 2015 · 5:04 am
When you go home at night how do you enter your house? Down the chimney? Though an open window? By digging a tunnel? Of course not!
You enter through a door. It might be a garage door. A side door. A back boor. Or an elaborate and expensive front door. It might be wood, metal or glass. But it’s a door.
In one of the 7 vivid I AM statements of Jesus, he says, “I am the door” in John 10:7-10. Continue reading →
July 31, 2015 · 6:25 am
I doubt if you know the name of the Frenchman, Noël Regney, but you will recognize the famous song he penned.
Regney’s life is the remarkable story of a man who was drafted into the Nazi army, but deserted, joined the French Resistance and became a double agent. Later he moved to New York, married Gloria Baker and ultimately became a believer in Jesus. Continue reading →
July 24, 2015 · 5:35 am
In his book, God’s Psychiatry, Charles Allen tells this story that occurred as World War II was drawing to a close.
The Allied armies had gathered up many hungry orphans and they were placed in camps where they were well fed. Despite excellent care, they slept poorly. They seemed nervous and afraid. Finally, a psychologist came up with the solution. Continue reading →
July 17, 2015 · 6:22 am
“A Man Named ‘God’ Settles With Credit Agency He Sued.”
This ABC headline is not a hoax. A 27-year old Brooklyn man named “God” finally won his battle with Equifax to recognize his name as legitimate. God Gazarov, a Russian immigrant, claims he was named “God” after his Grandfather, a well-respected army commander. Continue reading →
July 10, 2015 · 7:03 am
Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to the world as Dr. Seuss, became famous for writing children’s poems that were entertaining, easily understood, but contained a thoughtful moral. One insightful poem is “The Zoad In The Road.”
Did I ever tell you about the young Zoad?
Who came to a sign at the fork of the road?
He looked one way and the other way too –
The Zoad had to make up his mind what to do. Continue reading →
July 3, 2015 · 6:40 am
One day, following WWI, an Englishman, William G. Ovens, saw a wounded veteran limping down the street. The thought occurred to Ovens that this man was wounded for him. Greater reflection, however, caused him to think how Christ in much deeper and significant sense had suffered that he might be saved. This thought inspired Ovens to write the words of the familiar hymn “Wounded for Me.” Continue reading →