May 16, 2017


 One of the truly noble moments in the history of the U. S. Senate came in the early 1950s.  At that time, Sen. Joe McCarthy was wrecking the reputations of many Americans by accusing them of communist sympathies.  One day in a Senate speech, he...

May 15, 2017


 Clip C. Jones, a prominent business leader from the Midwest, started out in the insurance business.  He wrote a homeowner’s policy for an older woman whose hobby was collecting antiques.  One New Year’s Eve her home was gutted by fire. All of her...

May 12, 2017


            Sin is not a fashionable word nowadays.  More than 20 years ago Dr. Karl Menninger wrote his important book, Whatever Became of Sin?  The word is still not politically correct.  On television and in the movies you will hear every crudity and pro...

May 11, 2017


            I heard about a husband who told his wife that housework was woman’s work and that he would not do it unless she could find a Bible verse that commended such work to a man.  The wife prayed and began searching through her Bible....

May 10, 2017


            About once a month I receive a postcard addressed simply to “occupant.”  It has a picture of a lost child on the front.  The message on the back asks anyone with information about the child to call the authorities....

May 9, 2017


            In a recent book, Ron Lee Davis tells the true story of a priest in the Philippines, a much-loved man of God who carried the burden of an old secret sin.  He had repented but still had no peace about it.  In his parish was a woman who loved Go...

May 8, 2017


            When Mark Twain was at the peak of his writing career, his magazine articles were reported to sell for $5 a word, a great sum of money in those days.  One enterprising Harvard graduate student sent Mark Twain this letter:  “Dear Mr. Twain: enclosed fi...

May 5, 2017


            Recently I was in a courtroom for the swearing-in of a new judge.  The presiding officer welcomed everybody and then said, “I realize that there are many dignitaries present.  I am afraid if I try to recognize all of you, I wil...

May 4, 2017


            During a retirement party for the great basketball player Larry Bird, former Celtics coach, K.C. Jones told this story.  The score was tied with just a few seconds left to play.  Jones called a time-out and was about to set up a final play.  But...

May 3, 2017


            Archibald Rutledge, the great naturalist and outdoorsman, wrote about watching a bird build its nest.  Patiently and tirelessly it worked all day.  That night a storm came, and the next morning the nest lay on the ground in pathetic ruin.  But...

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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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