2011 Blog Archive

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2011 Blog Archive

December 24, 2011 | Going Home
Jesus said: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there... Read More.

December 19, 2011 | Bring It Home
The film Walk the Line is a biographical story of music legend Johnny Cash. In a scene based on Johnny's first audition for a recording contract, Johnny and his two band members... Read More.

December 12, 2011 | One Thing
In the movie City Slickers, Curly (Jack Palance) tells Mitch (Billy Crystal) that the secret of happiness is found in one thing. "What's the one thing?" Mitch asks... Read More.

December 5, 2011 | Seeing God in Others
One of the most horrific stories that comes from World War II, is the story of how the Japanese built the Burma-Siam railroad using allied prisoners of war as forced laborers. For every mile of track, 393 men are said to have died... Read More.

November 28, 2011 | Empty Stage, Empty Tomb
In his book, There I Go Again, Steven Moseley tells about Anna Pavlova, a Russian ballet superstar of the early 1900s. Ms. Pavlova has been acclaimed as the greatest ballerina of all time. Her most memorable performance, however, took place after her death... Read More.

November 21, 2011 | New Each Day
Patrick Henry, whose primary contribution to the history books is the phrase "Give me liberty or give me death," made another memorable statement.  He said, "I know of no way of judging the future but by the past."... Read More.

November 14, 2011 | Weeds
Have you ever been responsible for a task you didn’t particularly enjoy? Perhaps you can relate to one homemaker who developed a unique perspective on some of her less enjoyable household duties... Read More.

November 7, 2011 | Begin with Jesus
The autobiography of G. Stanley Jones is titled A Song of Ascent, and it’s considered to be a spiritual classic. Jones was a great man: a missionary to India, a friend to Gandhi, a tireless world traveler, and a great writer and speaker.... Read More.

October 31, 2011 | Just One Person
A number of years ago, young Matthew LeSage, a third grader, wanted to do something to help those who were hungry in his city. He started a program called... Read More.

October 24, 2011 | 100 Points!
I love this silly little story. The beginning of the story sounds a lot like an old, corny joke, but as the story progresses, an important point is made... Read More.

October 17, 2011 | Tragedy
Trevor Beeson stood at the high altar of Westminster Abbey to celebrate the marriage of his daughter, Catharine, to Anthony, aged twenty-three. Nine months later he stood before the same altar for Anthony's funeral... Read More.

October 10, 2011 | Legacy
Alfred Nobel was the inventor of dynamite.  Although he was a pacifist, Alfred also manufactured arms for warfare.  Nobel loved literature and wrote plays, novels, and poems, but few knew him for these things.  Instead, they knew only about how dynamite and implements of war had made Nobel a wealthy man... Read More.

October 3, 2011 | Man of Sorrows
"Please….Mr. Lion….Aslan, Sir?" said Digory.  "Could you….may I….please, will you give me some magic fruit of this country to make my mother well?" Digory, a child character in one of the C.S. Lewis Narnia books, had brought about much disaster for Aslan and his freshly created Narnia.  Still, Digory had to ask for this gift for his mother... Read More.

September 26, 2011 | Keep On Trusting
Augustine's mother, Monica, was a fervent Christian believer who prayed constantly for her son's salvation. Her whole life was devoted to praying for his conversion.... Read More.

September 19, 2011 | Incarnation
As Christians, we affirm a belief in the Son, Jesus Christ. We say that God took on human form, came and lived among us, suffered the same trials that we suffer, experienced the same feelings that we experience. Jesus was purely human and purely divine. Jesus was not just God. Jesus was God incarnate.... Read More.

September 12, 2011 | Reason for Hope
Author James Branch Cabell writes, "The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds; the pessimist knows it." Based on that definition, I think I should like to be neither! Many have identified in their lives a plaguing sense of meaninglessness. If life as we see it in worldwide headlines and calamities is all there is to behold, then pessimism becomes inescapable.... Read More.

September 5, 2011 | Four Little Words
What would you think if I told you that on your tombstone would be inscribed a four-word epitaph? Based on your life, what would those words be? Jesus once had an encounter with a person whom he described with just four immortal words: “Great is your faith.”... Read More.

August 29, 2011 | The Truth
Henry Augustus Rowland, professor of physics at Johns Hopkins University, was once called as an expert witness at a trial. During cross-examination, a lawyer demanded, "What are your qualifications as an expert witness in this case?... Read More.

August 22, 2011 | The Slain Lamb Stands!
Ralph Wood, professor of theology and literature at Baylor University, once asked a group of seminary students to compare an astute collegian, who tells you insistently that sin and the fall of humanity are fallacies invented by the superstitious... Read More.

August 15, 2011 | Excellent Christians
I once heard a sports analyst describe an undefeated college team this way: "They have a tendency to play at the level of their opponents. They seem to do only as much as is necessary to win, and nothing more." He went on to say, "Their mediocrity will catch up them; they won't be serious contenders for the national championship this year." He was right; they lost that weekend. Read More.

August 8, 2011 | Appreciation
John Bowes, chairman of the parent company of Wham-O, the maker of Frisbees, once participated in a charity effort. He sent thousands of the plastic flying discs to an orphanage in Angola, Africa. He thought the children there would enjoy playing with them. Read More.

August 1, 2011 | Doing the Impossible
Jesus said, "With God, all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)

This principle can -- and should -- be the driving force behind our spiritual experience and our ministry efforts. It's not enough to play it safe, reaching only for goals within our grasp. We should attempt things so great for the glory of God that unless He intervenes, we will certainly fail. Read More.

July 25, 2011 | Without Me You Can Do Nothing
J. Gordon, one of the founders of Gordon Conwell Divinity School, told of an interesting sight he saw while taking a walk in the country. As he walked along, he looked across a field and saw a house in the distance. Beside the house was what looked like a man, pumping furiously on the handle of an old-fashioned water pump. Read More.

July 18, 2011 | Building Bridges
Once upon a time, two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in their 40 years of working together. It began with a small misunderstanding and grew into a major difference. Read More.

July 11, 2011 | Dinosaurs and Digital Phones
Modern science generally operates in two broad categories: operational science and ongoing science.  The first concerns our present observations and technological progress. Computers, space shuttles, satellites, and mobile phones all fall into the category of operational science. Read More.

July 4, 2011 | Which is Your Country?
George Shultz, when serving as Secretary of State during the Reagan administration, kept a large globe in his office. When newly appointed ambassadors had an interview with him, and when ambassadors returning from their posts for their first visit with him were leaving his office, Shultz would test them. Read More.

June 27, 2011 | The Proof
You probably do not remember the name Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin. During his day he was as powerful a man as there was on earth. Read More.

June 20, 2011 | Streets of Gold
We all know that gold is considered to be a precious substance. You pay a high price for gold jewelry or other items made of gold. Read More.

June 13, 2011 | Prayer is Power
Do you ever wonder about the value of prayer? Do you wonder if there is really such a thing as a direct connection to Heaven? And if there is, does it make any difference on Earth?. Read More.

June 6, 2011 | Preferential Treatment
The administrator of a large mental health clinic once described what he called the BYMF factor. A BYMF is a Beautiful Young Male or Female. Read More.

May 30, 2011 | This Little Light
If it were possible to put together a museum that would house all of the world’s stolen art, it would be among the greatest collections of all time. In it, we would find 174 Rembrandts, 43 Van Goghs, and over 500 Picassos, as well as works by Cezanne, Renoir, and da Vinci. Read More.

May 23, 2011 | “I Am Not”
According to spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, Jesus taught that the key to planetary transformation is for people to awaken to their identity as “Being.” Read More.

May 9&16, 2011 | Heaven
Given the opportunity to purchase a place in heaven, how much would you pay? Several years ago, a survey was done that asked the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans that very question.  Read More.

May 2, 2011 | Resurrection!
"On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb..." Read More.

April 25, 2011 | “Two Stories”
Perhaps you are familiar with these stories – two inspiring stories that bear witness to the power of our choices and the value of integrity.  Read More.

April 4, 2011 | The Aroma of His Love
The Coliseum in ancient Rome was the sight of great brutality and slaughter, yet the games were immensely popular with the citizens. Gladiators fought for the amusement of the crowds....  Read More.

March 28, 2011 | A Faith Unobscured
At a funeral service in 1742, two giants of the Christian faith stood beside their mother's grave. John Wesley conducted the services; his brother Charles wrote the epitaph for the tombstone.  Read More.

March 21, 2011 | The Gift of Community
Why did God establish the church? One reason the church exists is to provide a community of believers who take care of each other. When I am beginning to stray from God, my fellow believers draw me back.  Read More.

March 14, 2011 | Being a Neighbor
In her book, The Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom gives an account of her family’s provision of refuge for Jews during the Nazi persecution across Europe.  Read More.

March 7, 2011 | Forgiveness
In the movie, The Interpreter, Sylvia Broom (Nicole Kidman) is an interpreter for the United Nations who overhears an assassination attempt on President Zuwanie of the African nation of Mantobo.  Read More.

February 28, 2011 | Community
Ten days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a group of citizens in North Platte, Nebraska, heard a rumor that soldiers from their town, part of the Nebraska National Guard Company D, would be coming through on a troop train on their way to the West Coast. Read More.

February 21, 2011 | His Eye is On the Sparrow
Written in 1905, "His Eye is on the Sparrow" is a hymn loved by millions. Civilla Martin based the hymn on words spoken by Christ to the disciples. Read More.

February 14, 2011 | The Seven Wonders!
I like the story about the 3rd graders who were asked by their teacher to make a list of the Seven Wonders of the World. They took blank pieces of paper and started writing down what they believed to be the Seven Wonders.  Read More.

February 7, 2011 | Taste and See
In 1989, Carlo Petrini started a movement known as "Slow Food". The movement exists to counter the world's ever-increasing dependence upon fast food. Read More.

January 31, 2011 | Hunger for God
Whether we realize it or not, we are all hungry for God. The problem is that most of us don’t know how to satisfy that need. We tend to spend our lives searching for something to satiate our inner hunger. Read More.

January 24, 2011 | To the Music
Historian Randall Balmer tells a story about the time he and his wife took ballroom dancing lessons. They learned to count out the patterns of steps and tried to coordinate their feet, while at the same time remembering the sequence of steps for each dance. Read More.

January 17, 2011 | A Costly Sacrifice
No doubt you remember figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Although she won a sliver medal in the Olympics, she is probably best remembered for her unfortunate experience with Tonya Harding.  Read More.

January 10, 2011 | Vision
Thomas Watson Sr. was forty years old when he became general manager of a little firm that made meat slicers, time clocks, and punch-card machines. At one point, he recognized the incredible potential of a new machine used for processing and storing information -- a computer.  Read More.