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
Ever wonder what someone who’s never seen the modern world thinks of us approaching a wall, pressing a few buttons and out comes lots of money? ATMs. They are everywhere. And if you’ve got cash in your account, you can just go and make a withdrawal anytime. Imagine having a cash card that you could use to withdraw as much as your heart desires
As members of the body of Christ, we can be compared to pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. Each piece has protrusions and indentations. The protrusions represent our strengths: our gifts, talents and abilities. The indentations represent our weaknesses: our faults, limitations, shortcomings and undeveloped areas. The beautiful thing is the pieces complement one another and produce a beautiful whole. Just as each piece of
Dr. Smith was known for his elaborate object lessons in his seminary class. On this particular day, Sally walked into the class and knew they were in for a fun day. On the wall was a big target and on a nearby table were many darts. Dr. Smith told the students to draw a picture of someone that they disliked or someone who had
One minister tells of a wife who came into his office full of hatred toward her husband. “I do not only want to get rid of him, I want to get even! Before I divorce him, I want to hurt him as much as he has hurt me!” The minister, who had counseled many couples through tough times, made a suggestion. “Why don’t you
Early African believers were earnest and regular in their private devotions. Each one reportedly had a separate spot in the thicket where he would pour out his heart to God. Over time, the paths to these places became well worn. As a result, if one of these believers began to neglect prayer, it was soon apparent to the others. They would kindly remind the