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James Irwin, one of the 12 Americans who walked on the moon, was a committed Christian and one of the most gracious people I ever met, willing to sign endless…
I recently attended a conference where one of the speakers asked an interesting question. This is it: “Which are you more afraid of—breaking God’s commandments or breaking His heart?” That…

He Loves Me

February 16, 2015
When Elizabeth Prentiss was a teenager back in the 1800s, she became so disgusted with her temper and lack of self-control that she was sure God could never love her.…
If I were giving a title to Psalm 73 in the Bible, I would call it “Perspective on Life.” When the chapter starts out the writer is so low he’s…
A number of years ago the Board of the Standard Oil Company was looking for a man to become manager of a new territory they were opening in China. After…

Two Potatoes

January 26, 2015
It happened in the 1930s during the days of the Great Depression in America. My Dad had just accepted the pastorate of a small church with a weekly salary of…
When you buy a machine of any kind—whether it’s a computer, a car, or a sewing machine—you almost invariably receive a book of instructions. Most of us set these books…
At the age of ten my Dad dedicated his life to serve the Lord, and from that time on he looked forward to going to Bible college. His parents, however,…
I wish you could meet Kathy--a beautiful trophy of God’s grace. Growing up with terrible physical and sexual abuse, Kathy came to know Christ when she was almost a teen,…
“All my life I’ve struggled with being too tall,” my friend confided. From the day she started to school she was a foot taller than anyone else in her class.…
Kathy, who grew up in her grandmother’s home, was the victim of terrible physical and sexual abuse—from her uncles, from her grandmother, and from her grandmother’s drinking companions. She was…

The Hat

December 15, 2014
My Dad, who was a minister for 74 years, told the following story. “When I became pastor of my first church in Canada, I noticed that virtually every man wore…
Is it okay to enjoy pretty clothes? Or is fashion just a frivolous ego trip? Well, let’s see what the Bible says. The apostle Peter gives the following advice to…
When you wake up in the morning, do you sometimes feel worthless? The reason is probably that you were up too late the night before! But then again, maybe those…
It’s amazing how much the book of Proverbs has to say about wives. Of course when you think about who wrote the book, this really should be no surprise, for…
Of the many well-known churches in the world, one became famous for all the wrong reasons. John tells us about it in the book of Revelation, chapter three. It’s the…

You Can Know

November 10, 2014
Do you know God has forgiven you for all the wrong you’ve ever done?  You can know—beyond the shadow of a doubt! The apostle John wrote, “I write these things…
When R. A. Torrey was a young man, he had no faith in God or the Bible.  His mother, however, was an earnest Christian and pleaded with him to turn…
My Dad used to tell the story of a time when he and my Mom were traveling some distance by car. It was long before the days of seatbelts, and…
I’ll give you a verse in the Bible covers anything and everything that will happen to you today. You find it in the little book of Philippians, chapter 4, verse…

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