2012 Blog Archive

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2012 Blog Archive

December 31, 2012 | New Year's Resolutions
This is the beginning of the New Year, 2013!  It seems impossible to me that we have already moved so far into the new millennium.  It seems like just yesterday that preachers were hysterically warning congregations about the technological and economic meltdown... Read More.

December 17, 2012 | Justice
This week as I watched the news reports on the tragic shootings in a Connecticut elementary school, my thoughts turned to justice. My heart longed for a world that would be different. I longed for a world of justice and peace.  In the movie Grand Canyon... Read More.

December 10, 2012 | Make a Difference
On February 29, 1992, sixty-eight thousand people participated in USA Weekend's "Make A Difference Day." The idea was to take advantage of Leap Year's extra day and get volunteers to help others less fortunate than themselves... Read More.

December 3, 2012 | Influence
Jesus said to his followers, “You are the light of the world…the salt of the earth.”  What did He mean?  Jesus intended that his followers be people of influence – people of change. Just as a small flame lights a room and a sprinkle of salt flavors a whole pot, Jesus expected his followers to... Read More.

November 26, 2012 | A Life Worth Living
William James said, "The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast us."  The overwhelming majority of things we do during the day are profoundly temporary. Driving here or there. Having a meal. Watching TV. Even at work, what we do is more often about fixing yesterday’s... Read More.

November 19, 2012 | An Amazing Choice
William Bradford was the first governor of Plymouth Plantation and was deeply committed to Christ.  He boarded the Mayflower in 1620 with his wife, Dorothy, and sailed to America seeking a refuge to worship freely with likeminded believers.  William knew what it was to be a pilgrim without... Read More.

November 12, 2012 | No Energy for Pouting
In the Ken Burns PBS series on jazz music, Duke Ellington was asked how it felt to be unable, due to segregation, to stay in the guest rooms of the very hotels where he and his band performed.  Duke said, "I took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues." I’m a big fan of the music of... Read More.

November 05, 2012 | Compassionate Evangelism
There's a wonderful legend about Saint Francis, the kindly thirteenth century monk, who one day informed his brethren that he planned to go into the nearby village on a preaching mission. He invited a novice to go along. On their way, they passed an injured man, and Francis... Read More.

October 29, 2012 | Someone in Need
Pat McMahon, a talk-show host in Phoenix, once interviewed Mother Teresa for his program. He was so impressed with her that afterward he told her that he wanted to do something for her. "I'd just like to help you in some way," he said. She said to him, "Tomorrow morning... Read More.

October 22, 2012 | Choosing Your Way
Victor Frankl wrote, "We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man... Read More.

October 15, 2012 | Beautiful Music
Fritz Kreisler, the world-famous violinist who lived from 1875-1962, was a very generous man. During his career, he earned a fortune from his concerts and compositions, but he gave most of it away. Because of this, when he discovered an exquisite violin while on one of his trips... Read More.

October 8, 2012 | He Will Never Let Go
There is a beautiful and important scene in the movie Dr. Zhivago. The Comrade General is talking with Tanya. He asks her, “How did you come to be lost?" She replies, "Well, I was just lost." He asks again, "No, how did you come to be lost?"... Read More.

October 1, 2012 | The Creator of Light
Scientists refer to the year 1905 as Albert Einstein's "annus mirabilis"--his year of miracles. That year, he completed a whole series of important scientific papers, all within a few months of each other, the least of which included his theory of special relativity and the renowned equation E=mc²... Read More.

September 24, 2012 | I Have a Dream
Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered at the March on Washington, is one of the best-known speeches in history. Less known is that the actual speech he had before him on the podium that day had no mention of a “dream” at all... Read More.

September 17, 2012 | Who Would Have Guessed?
Mark Braun in The Mustard Seed and the Yeast, wrote: "If you had ventured a guess about the future of Jesus' kingdom two thirds of the way through his ministry, how optimistic would you have been?... Read More.

September 10, 2012 | Reasons to Give
Jesus sat down near the place where the offerings were collected and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. There were some who made a spectacle of their giving. A poor widow came... Read More.

September 3, 2012 | Freedom
Prior to the collapse of Communism, East Germany, the GDR, was held under the iron grip of secrecy, paranoia, and control by the Secret Police, called the Stasi. The Stasi featured what was undoubtedly... Read More.

August 27, 2012 | Do You Believe in Prayer?
Do we believe in prayer? Do we really believe that the God of heaven listens to us when we pray? Do we really believe that God intervenes in our lives in response to prayer? There are times when I wonder... Read More.

August 20, 2012 | The Things of Heaven
There is an old legend of a swan and a crane. A beautiful swan alighted by the banks of the water in which a crane was wading about seeking snails. For a few moments the crane viewed the swan in stupid wonder and then inquired: "Where do you come from?"... Read More.

August 13, 2012 | You Have Done It to Me
Tolstoy wrote that in a certain town there lived a cobbler, Martin Avdeitch. He lived in a small basement room whose one window looked out onto the street, and all he could see were the feet of people passing by.  But since there was hardly a pair of boots that had not been in his hands at one time for repair... Read More.

August 6, 2012 | The Race
Ellen MacArthur's journey began and ended on the south coast of England. Persisting through 65 mph winds, intimidating storms, burns, bruises, depression, and a near miss with a whale, MacArthur was hoping to set the record for the fastest, nonstop, solo circumnavigation of the globe.  Ellen slept an average of ... Read More.

July 30, 2012 | Prayer
At the age of forty-seven, Nick Thomas found himself unemployed and under tremendous financial pressure. Though he had had a successful career in the Air Force and the insurance business, some reversals had set him back and left him with no place to go. The stress was overwhelming... Read More.

July 23, 2012 | Remembering Jesus
Leslie Weatherhead tells of a little boy who was admitted to an orphanage after his parents were killed. One of the first items on the agenda was to find a... Read More.

July 16, 2012 | Trusting in Jesus
In 2005, a Vietnamese pastor known as Silas was told by local authorities that he could expect to see trouble if his church continued to operate without a permit. "Be careful," one official told him. "Watch out."... Read More.

July 9, 2012 | God's Presence
Is it possible to feel God’s presence? This question brings to mind the story of Darlene Deibler Rose. Rose was a young American missionary in the jungles of New Guinea... Read More.

July 2, 2012 | It's Not Me!
A concerned husband goes to see the family doctor: "I think my wife has a hearing problem. I often have to repeat things again and again before she hears me."... Read More.

June 25, 2012 | Exciting Challenges
Exciting things are happening at Faith For Today. New shows are being taped and aired, our seminar schedule is packed, partnerships with new networks and additional stations are in the works, and new ideas... Read More.

June 18, 2012 | Praise
John Wesley was about 21 years of age when he went to Oxford University. He came from a Christian home, and he was gifted with a keen mind and good looks. Yet, in those days he was a bit snobbish and sarcastic... Read More.

June 11, 2012 | Hidden Treasure
Have you ever hunted for treasure? Van Morris is a treasurer hunter of sorts. He started hunting for treasure with a metal detector as a hobby... Read More.

June 4, 2012 | Hold On
Christians tend to use terms that a lot of people find confusing. They use words like salvation and justification. What do these things mean... Read More.

May 28, 2012 | Hold On
A few years ago, in his Friday Evenings newsletter, Tom Barnard wrote: When Victor Frankl was arrested by the Nazis during World War II, he was stripped of everything of value that he owned... Read More.

May 21, 2012 | Weakness
In 2 Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul declares, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  Believers often struggle with this seeming paradox, feeling that we must be strong in order to be acceptable... Read More.

May 14, 2012 | Enjoy the Silences
I remember attending my daughters’ piano recitals when they were in elementary school and listening to the songs of the budding musicians. The tendency of every young pianist is to rush the song... Read More.

May 7, 2012 | Legends
Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, who died in 2010 at age 99, was once asked his opinion of Texas Tech (and former Indiana) coach Bobby Knight... Read More.

April 30, 2012 | Begin with Jesus
The autobiography of G. Stanley Jones is titled A Song of Ascent, and it’s considered to be a spiritual classic... Read/Watch More.

April 23, 2012 | 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... Read/Watch More.

April 16, 2012 | One Thing
In the movie City Slickers, Curly (Jack Palance) tells Mitch (Billy Crystal) that the secret of happiness is found...
Read/Watch More.

April 09, 2012 | Easter
The Good Friday service in Dampara Baptist Church, Chittagong, Bangladesh, was packed. Little children sat... Read More.

April 02, 2012 | Shadow of the Cross
The Manchester City Art Gallery houses a painting of Christ by Holman Hunt. It shows young Jesus standing inside... Read More.

March 26, 2012 | Video Blog: Bring it 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 to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place... Read/Watch More.

March 19, 2012 | Video Blog: 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 to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place... Read/Watch More.

March 12, 2012 | Video Blog: Enemies
Aesop shared a fable about two eagles. One of the eagles became envious of the other because the other could soar higher and more elegantly than he could. So the envious eagle would pluck his strongest feathers from his own body... Read/ Watch More.

March 5, 2012 | A Father’s Protection
A few years ago, a story hit the news in New York City.  A man in the city had been abducted and was being held captive. The kidnappers called his wife and asked for a $100,000 ransom to ensure his safe return. She talked them down to... Read More.

February 27, 2012 | Extravagance
A few years ago, a story hit the news in New York City.  A man in the city had been abducted and was being held captive. The kidnappers called his wife and asked for a $100,000 ransom to ensure his safe return. She talked them down to... Read More.

February 20, 2012 | Costly Grace
In his book Turning Points, Robert Beringer shares an amazing story of grace told by novelist A.J. Cronin from his own experience. At the close of the Second World War, a family by the name of Adams decided to open their home to a little refugee... Read More.

February 6, 2012 | Trust
Do you trust God?  Taking a leap of faith and learning to trust the Almighty is a means of drawing ever closer to God.  But most of us grasp for control.  We look for security, never realizing that the only One who can provide security is God. Read More.

January 30, 2012 | God’s Word Forever
"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever."  1 Peter 1:24-26
A number of years ago, a visitor at an exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls remarked, "Just to look at it makes chills run down my spine.  This Bible through the ages still says the same thing." Read More.

January 23, 2012 | Revealing Jesus
The Bible declares that Jesus Christ is to be revealed to all the earth. At times, we wonder if this is even possible, and yet we often find evidence of it happening in unexpected places. We see it, for instance, in the life of Bono, the lead singer for the rock group U2... Read More.

January 16, 2012 | Who is God?
Charles Spurgeon once remarked that the study of God is a subject “so vast that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep that our pride is drowned in its infinity.”... Read More.

January 9, 2012 | Light
Have you ever been awakened from sleep by a bright light? It hurts! Eyes that have adjusted to the darkness squint in pain in the presence of sudden light. In the dark, our pupils become dilated; when a bright line shines into them, the pupillary reflex causes them to constrict to... Read More.

January 2, 2012 | The New Year
The start of the New Year is a time of both new beginnings and a renewed feeling of commitment to our beliefs. Interestingly, some notable American patriots were born on New Year’s Day – among them were Paul Revere, Betsy Ross, and General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, who led... Read More.