March 12, 2020

    A traveler, between flights at an airport, went to a lounge and bought a small package of cookies.  Then she sat down and began reading a newspaper.  Gradually, she became aware of a rustling noise.  From behind her paper, she was flabbergasted to see a neatly dres...

March 11, 2020

      The late great Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, former Speaker of the House, once made the mistake of taking a voter for granted.  On a voting day a neighbor woman came up to him after leaving the polls.  “Tip,” she said, “I voted for you even though you didn’t ask me.”...

March 10, 2020

    J.I. Packer wrote, “When we become Christians, we find ourselves at war with the devil, for…the moment we receive God’s pardon and are taken into His family as adopted children, Satan is after us to recapture us…so we have against us an infinitely mean, smart, devi...

March 9, 2020

        There once was a little boy who had a bad temper.  His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.  The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence.  Over the next fe...

March 6, 2020

  During the dark days of the Civil War, someone expressed to Abraham Lincoln the hope that “the Lord would be on our side.”  To this President Lincoln replied, “I am not concerned about that, for I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right.  But it is my c...

March 5, 2020

     Recently Billy Graham was asked about the AIDS crisis taking the lives of many people in Africa and across the world.  He said, “The only lasting cure for AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases is God’s teaching on sexual purity.  This is why I believe Chris...

March 4, 2020

    In her book FIRST WE QUIT OUR JOBS, Marilyn J. Abraham writes: “We signed up for a hike with a ranger, who told us a remarkable thing: when a tree’s life is threatened, stressed by the elements of fire, drought, or other calamity, it twists beneath its bark to rein...

March 3, 2020

A young farmer was trying to establish himself as a peach grower.  He had worked hard and had invested his all in a peach orchard which blossomed wonderfully—until a frost came and killed all the blossoms.  The young fellow did not go to church the next Sunday, nor the...

March 2, 2020

    Dana Rohrabacher of California formerly was a speechwriter for the late President Ronald Reagan.  They were on-board Air Force 1, flying from Washington, DC to California.  Dana was preparing a speech Reagan would deliver during an upcoming trip to Latin America....

February 28, 2020

         The evangelist Watchman Nee had a new convert come to him one day deeply discouraged.  He said, “I can’t seem to act or talk like a Christian.  I’m afraid God will find me unacceptable.  I can’t possibly live up to his standards.”...

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April 9, 2020

     Everyone has heard about the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud.  From 1864 through 1921, members of those two families murdered each other in the mountains of East Kentucky and West Virginia.  The end of the feud came when a Hatfield with the awful first name of “Devil” met a West Virginia preacher named William Duke Garrett.  Garrett had fought with the Logan County Wildcats during the Civil War before being called to the minis...

April 8, 2020

     Ezra Taft Benson, former Secretary of Agriculture in the Eisenhower Administration, wrote the following:

“The Lord works from the inside out.  The world works from the outside in.  The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums.  The world would mold people by changing their environment.  Christ changes people, who then chang...

April 7, 2020

    A little boy had six tiny puppies for sale.  He was asking only two dollars for each one, but he wasn’t having any success in selling them.  In fact, only one man had even stopped to look at them despite the large sign the boy had made.  Several days later the same man passed by and saw that the price of the puppies had been raised to ten dollars each.  He stopped to ask about the increase in price.  The boy held up one of...

April 6, 2020

    An amazing person lives in Nanjing, China.  His name is Chen Si.  Each day he goes to the landmark Yangtze River Bridge.  Thousands of people cross that bridge every day.  He has become the bridge’s self-appointed guardian angel.  He has stopped 42 people from jumping off that bridge to their death.  He stands on the bridge, watching people, wearing sunglasses and a cap to block the boiling sun.  He says it is easy to spot...

April 3, 2020

    When St. Francis of Assisi turned his back on worldly wealth and walked out of his village, he left all his possessions behind.  As he left the city he saw a leper standing on the edge of the path. He walked past him…and then walked back and embraced the leper.  He then turned and continued on his journey.  He looked back one final time, and the leper was gone.  For the rest of his life, St. Francis was convinced that lepe...

April 2, 2020

           Philip Yancey in his book THE JESUS I NEVER KNEW tells about Dr. Paul Brand, a leprosy specialist who works all over the world on that ancient disease which has killed so many.  The greater pain of leprosy comes from the outside, the pain of rejection imposed on its victims by the surrounding community.

           Dr. Brand tells about a bright young man in India whom...

April 1, 2020

     One night, at 11:30 PM, an older African-American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway in the midst of a lashing rainstorm.  Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride.  Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.  A young white man stopped to help her.  The man took her to safety, got assistance for her car, and helped her into a taxicab.  She seemed to be in a big hurry.  She wrote...

March 31, 2020

    Joan Laney recalls that while growing up in Korea as a daughter of missionaries, the Koreans had a special way of responding to requests for directions.  The helpful Korean would drop what he was doing and accompany us most of the way to our destination.  We found that even when the person didn’t know the way, they would try to figure it out by walking with us, and then turn around and retrace their steps....

March 30, 2020

Pastor Jim Ozier’s adopted son got into drug problems as a teenager.  Even after several treatment programs, he still could not shake the addiction.  Finally in desperation he attempted to commit suicide and almost succeeded.  When he regained consciousness, he was terribly disappointed that he had failed.  He told his parents that he would do it again and would succeed.  Both of his parents had been through the Walk to Emmaus...

March 27, 2020

    Going down some old cement steps, I noticed an ant carrying a leaf on its back.  The leaf was many times bigger than the ant.  Then the ant came to a big crack in the cement that it couldn’t cross.  The ant stopped a moment.  I wondered if the ant would turn back or proceed into the crack without the leaf.  Instead, the ant put the leaf across the crack and then crossed the crack by walking across the leaf.  On the other s...

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Press Release: UMC Africa Initiative Consultative Meeting on the Future of the Global UMC

UMC Africa Initiative Consultative Meeting on the Future of the Global UMC Clergy and lay leaders from the three Central Conferences of Africa, repres...

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