And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. Luke 17:15,16 In ancient times, lepers were social outcasts because of their highly contagious disease. In this passage, ten lepers came to Jesus begging for mercy and
Leonardo da Vinci excelled at many things. He was as a painter, sculptor, poet, architect, engineer, city planner, scientist, inventor, anatomist, military genius, and philosopher. He said something very wise. “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer, since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose
Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. Psalms 37:3-5 This is one of my favorite passages of scripture. What I’ve often noticed,
When we think of a good citizen, we probably think of a law-abiding, productive contributor to society who takes pride in his country. I’m sure all of us would like to be thought of as good citizens of the countries in which we live. As believers in Jesus, we have to remember that we have a dual citizenship. We must become good citizens of
The Lord gave us His promise to send us a helper: the Holy Spirit. The word for “helper” in the New Testament Greek is “paraclete”. This word has more meaning then simply “helper.” It was also an ancient term used in warfare. When Greek warriors went onto the battle field, they went out in pairs, so when the enemy attacked they could stand back-to-back, covering each other’s
In this life here on earth, we mess up. We do things intentionally that hamper our relationship with the Father, and then wonder why we would do something so stupid. Was it really worth the “fun” we had? Was it worth potentially ruining our relationship with that other person? The answer is simple. No. In those times, we feel like we are the only
Peter exhibited great faith when he stepped out on the water. But then he allowed his immediate surroundings to hinder his walk. Peter’s faith began with a tremendous bold step, but it required a level of focus that he wasn’t used to. Follow through. That was the problem. Those pesky waves, and the way he usually thought about and experienced water—not something that generally
In the sermon on the mount, Jesus said, “You are the light of the world,” and commanded us to let our lights shine that we may give glory to our Heavenly Father. This world is becoming more ungodly and dark, and by deep contrast, the saints of the Lord will shine brighter. A candle in a bright room isn’t particularly significant or easy to notice.
A missionary tells of his experience about being assigned a car that would not start without a push. After pondering this problem, he devised a plan. He went to the school near his home, got permission to take some children out of class, and had them push his car off. As he made his rounds, he would either park on a hill or leave the engine running.
A survey asked mothers to keep track of how many times they made both negative and positive comments to their children. The surveyed mothers admitted they criticized at least ten times for every one time they said something favorable. Another survey taken in one city’s schools found that the teachers were negative 75% of the time. This study concluded that it takes four positive