April 26, 2017

MADE IN GOD’S IMAGE

   Newsweek magazine reported recently on a new health phenomenon. Some people are turning into perpetual plastic-surgery patients. They go from face-lift to face-lift in search of physical perfection. Take Barbara, for example. She has gone under th...

April 25, 2017

ASPOT-CHECK OF THE CHECKBOOK

    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 b...

April 24, 2017

WHAT DID YOU COME HERE AFTER?

A pastor visited a dear, elderly member of his church one day. He decided to check on her salvation. He said, “Aunt Susie, do you believe in the hereafter?” She replied, “All the time, preacher, all the time. Why just today I went to the ki...

April 21, 2017

THE LIFE OF A HERO

Newsweek magazine referred to former President Ronald Reagan’s Alzheimer illness as “the long goodbye.” His handling of this terminal malady has shown us Reagan at his best. With courage and positive faith, he taught us about the illness and encourage...

April 20, 2017

RESERVATIONS FOR ENTERNITY

A woman in Florida had a malignant tumor in her face. Her physician told her 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.

She listene...

April 19, 2017

TAKE A DARE

An employee in a religious book store placed the following advertisement of Bibles in the store window:

                        “The word of God – truth divine,...

April 18, 2017

STATEMENTS TO STIFLE

Someone has said the real test of a polite person is to have the same ailment the other person is describing and not mention it.

In our cocktail-party culture, silence is considered awkward and uncomfortable. But silence is so much better than an unw...

April 17, 2017

THE POWER OF TOUCH

A 4-year-old girl was fascinated by the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” Night after night she would hand her father the storybook, climb into his lap, and beg him to read it to her.

After several weeks of this, her father decided to put the...

April 14, 2017

BREAKING THE CODE OF SILENCE

The Rev.  Martin Niemoeller, a respected German Lutheran pastor during World War II, has 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 they ca...

April 13, 2017

THE MIRACLE OF FORGIVENESS

Corrie Ten Boom, the great Dutch Christian, suffered in a Nazi concentration camp.  Her sister and father died there.  She tells in one of her books about giving a lecture on forgiveness in Germany after the war.  After the lecture, a former N...

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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 they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.  Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade union...

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?”  “Well,” she said in a leisurely fashion, “There’s Johnny, Matilda, Reginald, Charles…”  “No, no, no,” interrupted the canvasser, “I don’t want their names, just...

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 did you ram my car?’  Then I could reply, ‘Because it felt good to me, so I did it.’”

     When deciding whether or not to do...

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 Jew, but they would give me a special dispensation and their support if I would join them.  Well, I looked at those miserable creatures and I said that my grandf...

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 placed in his melted margarine ration.  The son protested this waste of precious food.  His father responded, “We have seen that it is possible to live up to th...

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 animals.  So, before leaving Colorado, they had given Sam to another family.  Ten weeks after they moved, they heard a scratch at their door.  There was Sam—wea...

January 9, 2020

     A little boy named Danny lived with his family in a house trailer.  One day someone asked him, “Don’t you wish you had a real home?”   Danny’s reply was wise beyond his years.  He said, “We have a real home.  We just don’t have a house to put it in.”

    A house and a home are very different.  A house is just a physical structure, made perhaps of brick or wood or stone.  It can be la...

January 8, 2020

      Occasionally I hear a so-called liberated parent say, “I don’t want to tilt my children toward religion.  I want to leave them free to examine the evidence and make up their own minds.”  Such comments remind me of an old story about Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the great English poet.  One day he was talking with a man who did not believe in giving children any religious instruction.  After a while Coleridge asked his visito...

January 7, 2020

     There is a mystery about kite-flying that has always intrigued me.  When the kite string breaks for some reason, one would think that the kite, freed from all restraints, would soar higher into the skies.  But it doesn’t.  It starts zigzagging, flipping and diving.  Finally it crashes into a tree or power line.

     People react in a similar fashion.  The person who claims to be utterly f...

January 6, 2020

      A television commercial showed a Mercedes Benz automobile slamming into a cement wall during a safety test.  Someone then asks the company spokesman why they do not enforce their patent on the Mercedes Benz’s energy-absorbing body, a design copied by other companies.  The spokesman replies matter-of-factly, “Because some things in life are too important not to share.”

       What are those th...

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