January 23, 2020

     When Barbara Schwartz was 29 years old, she visited her parents one weekend.  They were eager for their daughter to marry, and they questioned her about her current boyfriend.  Her mother asked, “Just what kind of man are you interested in?”   Barbara smiled, poin...

January 22, 2020

   One day an office telephone rang and a receptionist answered, “Hello, this is Fidelity Insurance Company.  How may I help you?”  A female voice on the other end of the line said, “I want to talk with someone about having my husband’s fidelity insured.”...

January 21, 2020

    The former great football player Barry Sanders was signed fresh out of college by the Detroit Lions in 1989.  Many eyebrows were raised when he was offered $6.1 million for five years.  More criticism came when Sanders was also given an immediate signing bonus of $...

January 20, 2020

    A woman in Florida had a malignant tumor on her face.  Her physician told her that the only available treatments would cause much pain and some disfigurement.  The treatments did not offer a cure, but they would probably buy her more time.

     S...

January 17, 2020

       The Rev. Martin Niemoeller, a respected German Lutheran pastor during World War II, offered this poignant confession:

      “In Germany, the Nazis first came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.  Then th...

January 16, 2020

       Bishop Gerald Kennedy used to tell about a census worker who stopped one day at a small, unpretentious house and was met at the door by a weary mother.  “Lady,” he said, “I want to know how many there are in this family.  First, how many children do you have?”...

January 15, 2020

     Occasionally one sees a bumper sticker that declares, “If it feels good, do it.”  A friend of mine told me that when he sees such a sticker, he is sorely tempted to ram that automobile.  I asked why.  He said, “Because I would like to have that driver ask me, ‘why...

January 14, 2020

      The late President Harry S. Truman often talked about a political campaign he lost in 1924.  The Ku Klux Klan was involved.  Truman said, “That Klan bunch came to my office and said they had a problem with me.  They said they understood that my grandfather was a...

January 13, 2020

     A rabbi wrote about his experience in a Nazi concentration camp.  One evening in the winter of 1944, his father, who was also a prisoner there, took him and some of their friends to a corner of the barracks.  He told them it was Hanukkah, and began to light a wick...

January 10, 2020

     Sometime ago the Associated Press reported an amazing dog story.  Sam, a scruffy mix of Yorkshire terrier and poodle, is back home, dog tired after an 840-mile trek from Colorado to California.  Sam’s owners were moving to a California apartment that did not allow...

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February 20, 2020

    John D. Rockefeller, Sr., died as a very wealthy man.  A large crowd came to an auditorium for the reading of his will.  As the crowd entered the auditorium, a cousin cozied up to Rockefeller’s life-long accountant and whispered, “Just between you and me, how much did John D. leave behind?”   Quickly the accountant replied, “All of it.”

     “Then (Jesus) said to them, ‘Watch out!  Be on your g...

February 19, 2020

    A man was walking in the woods with his grandson when they came across a small turtle. The boy picked up his find, examined it and tried to pry open the shell with a stick.  The turtle promptly pulled in its head.

   “That will never get your anywhere,” the grandfather remarked.  “Let me show you something.”

     Grandfather put the turtle in his pocket and they returned to the house.  Then Grandfath...

February 18, 2020

When Charleton Heston was training to drive the chariot in that classic film BEN HUR, he said to the director, Cecil B. DeMille, “I can hardly stay on this thing.  How can I possibly win the race?”   DeMille replied, “Your job is to stay on it.  It’s my job to make sure you win!”

     God says something similar to us:  Your job is to be faithful.  I will make sure that when your life’s story is finalized, you wil...

February 17, 2020

         There is a story about two little boys who were fighting, as little boys are often prone to do.  One of them yelled at the other, “I’ll never speak to you again!”  They went to their respective homes, but the very next day they were playing together as if nothing had happened the day before.  The mother of one of the boys asked her son how it was that they were mad at each other the day before but friendly today.  Her...

February 14, 2020

   When J.C. Penney graduated from high school, he began growing watermelons.  He took a wagon load and began selling them outside the entrance to a county fair.  His father, a minister, made him stop.  “You’re disgracing the Penney’s name,” he said.  “Merchants selling inside the fair pay for the privilege.”  But young Jim replied, “I was not inside the fair; I was on the outside.”  “Exactly,” his father explained.  “You were...

February 13, 2020

     Author and business leader Fred Smith writes: “One of my treasured memories comes from a doughnut shop in Grand Saline, Texas.  There was a young farm couple sitting at the table next to mine.  He was wearing overalls and she a gingham dress.  After finishing their doughnuts, he got up to pay the bill, and I noticed she didn’t get up to follow him.  But then he came back and stood in front of her.  She put her arms around...

February 12, 2020

    A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8-year-olds, “What does love mean?”  The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined:

“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Karl- age 5 “Love is when you kiss all the time.  Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together a...

February 11, 2020

     For many years I kept on my desk a copy of a statement by the great Phillips Brooks, a giant of the pulpit in a previous generation.  In his Yale Lectures on Preaching, he said, “The timid minister is as bad as the timid surgeon.  Courage is good everywhere, but it is necessary here.  If you are afraid of men and a slave to their opinions, go and do something else.  Go and make shoes to fit them.  Go even and paint pictur...

February 10, 2020

     In Lessons from a Father to his Son, former Missouri Senator John Ashcroft writes, “My father said to me, ‘John, I’d like for you to fly this plane for a while.’  I was eight years old at the time.  My father was an amateur pilot.  I looked around at all the controls, gauges, and computerized equipment in the cockpit.  The control stick looked like a broom handle and came up between my legs.  ‘What should I do?’ I shouted...

February 7, 2020

    The French philosopher Voltaire was a skeptic about religion.  He once predicted that “in 100 years the Bible will be a forgotten book found only in museums.”  One hundred years after he made that statement, his home was being used as an office of the Geneva Bible Society.

    “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)

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