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2014 Blog Archive


December 29, 2014 | Solidarity
In 1943, two hundred and thirty women were arrested as members of the French Resistance and sent to Birkenau. Only 49 survived, but this in itself is remarkable. These women were as diverse a group as could be imagined. They were Jews and Christians, aristocrats... Read More.

December 22, 2014 | A Christmas Truce: Luke 2:14
In the final weeks of 1914, German and British troops were engaged off and on in battle, as they were stationed a few hundred yards apart on the Western Front. With Christmas approaching, the young soldiers were ready for relief. It began on the night of Christmas Eve, when German soldiers... Read More.

December 18, 2014 | Stars of Wonder
God moves in mysterious ways. The Christmas event gives us the best opportunity see the truth of this cliché through the roles played by the cast of characters in the story. Like shooting stars, many of the characters enter and leave the stage without much fanfare, shining their light... Read More.

December 15, 2014 | Telling Stories
Frank Boreham's childhood brimmed with storytelling. They called it "The Hassock Hour," which came on Sunday evenings and commenced at their mother's feet. Kneeling on hassocks beside her, Frank and his nine siblings heard storytelling as children that rivaled everything they heard... Read More.

December 8, 2014 | Missing The Obvious
A customs officer observes a truck pulling up at the border. Suspicious, he orders the driver out and searches the vehicle. He pulls off the panels, bumpers, and wheel cases but finds not a single scrap of contraband, whereupon, still suspicious but at a loss to know where else... Read More.

December 1, 2014 | Remember to Forget
Forgive and forget. We know that these two words belong together, but maybe it’s not that simple. Maybe “forgive and forget” is easier said than done. To forgive is just a matter of choice. Forgetting is often a matter of several choices, because it might be necessary to "forget" more than once... Read More.



November 24, 2014 | Gratitude: The Cure For Impatience
You've probably heard the humorous prayer of the impatient person: "Lord, please give me patience—right now!" Most of us struggle with impatience, but according to a potentially landmark research study, there's a surprising way to reduce impatience. The way is gratitude. That's the tentative conclusion from a team of researchers from three distinguished universities. You can reduce impatience with gratitude... Read More.

November 17, 2014 | Praying for Bread
Huckleberry Finn first heard about prayer from Miss Watson, who told him that prayer was something you did everyday, and that you would get what you asked for. So he tried praying for hooks for his fishing line, but when he didn't get what he asked for, he decided, "No, there ain't nothing in it... Read More.

November 10, 2014 | That’s Gratitude For You
A grandmother was watching her grandchild playing on the beach when a huge wave came and pulled him out to sea. She pled, "Please God, save my only grandson. I beg of you, bring him back!" Suddenly, another big wave came in and washed the boy back onto the beach, good as... Read More.

November 3, 2014 | The Other Thing Patrick Henry Said
Patrick Henry, whose primary contribution to the history books is the phrase "Give me liberty or give me death," made another statement that appears in a number of quotation collections. He said, "I know of no way of judging the future, but by the past."... Read More.



October 27, 2014 | Who Takes the Son?
A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art. When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in... Read More.

October 20, 2014 | Every Tear
I listened as the young mother told the interviewer how proud she was of her daughter. “She solved the crime. She was her own hero,” Erin said. Five year-old Samantha was the victim of a cruel murder, and her own tears were the evidence that sealed the case against her abductor... Read More.

October 13, 2014 | What a Legend Looks Like
Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden was once asked his opinion of former Indiana coach Bobby Knight. Wooden would only respond, “I think Bob Knight is an outstanding teacher of the game of basketball. I don't approve of his methods, but I'm not a judge, and I'm not judging Bob Knight... Read More.

October 6, 2014 | Power and Control
As I write this blog post well-known sports stars are in the news over charges of violence against a spouse, fiancé, or child. Newspapers, magazines, television and radio shows are abuzz with opinions about the problem of domestic violence in our world. Social Media is going... Read More.



September 29, 2014 | My Messy House
Kathleen Norris tells a story of a little boy who wrote a poem called "The Monster Who Was Sorry." The poem begins with a confession: he doesn't like it when his father yells at him. The monster's response is to throw his sister down the stairs, then to destroy his room, and finally, to destroy the whole town... Read More.

September 22, 2014 | The Old, Old Story
When comedian Bob Newhart stood in front of a live audience for the first time (it was at the Tidelands Motor Inn in Houston), he performed the only three comedy routines he had: one about Abe Lincoln, one about a Driving Instructor, and one about the Navy. The crowd loved him, so as he exited... Read More.

September 15, 2014 | The Greatest of Dreams
Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963, is one of the most important and well known speeches in history. Far less known, however, is that the actual speech he had before him on the podium that day had no mention of a dream whatsoever... Read More.

September 8, 2014 | Stranger in the Mirror
oyce Urch and her husband Eric celebrated their golden anniversary in a way she never envisioned. Blinded by a hereditary illness 26 years ago, Joyce has lived amongst her 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren, some of whom she has known only by sound or touch... Read More.

September 1, 2014 | Have You Done It Unto Me?
In the United States, over two-thirds of the population are overweight and almost one-third is considered obese, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for the years 2001-2004. Living with over-abundance, we are barraged by diet fads to shed extra pounds.  Yet, researchers... Read More.



August 25, 2014 | Mastering the Mountain
Sir Edmund Hillary was the first climber, along with his partner, Tenzing Norgay, to reach the top of Mount Everest. It happened on his third try. On Hillary's second attempt, he not only failed to reach the summit, but his team also lost one of its members. After the failed attempt, Hillary spoke to an... Read More.

August 18, 2014 | Don't Look Back
She was asked, along with three others, to relinquish her seat on a crowded bus for a white man who had just boarded.  Though they were already seated in the section reserved for blacks, these four black passengers were ordered by the bus driver to stand in the aisle... Read More.

August 11, 2014 | What If God Knew Your Name?
A man wearing sunglasses approached the cash register of a pharmacy and told the employees he was going to rob them. The pharmacist stepped forward and thwarted the plans of the would-be burglar, preventing the crime before it came to fruition. But he didn't scare the thief off by threat or weapon... Read More.

August 4, 2014 | Stronger than Death
The romantic words of a husband to his wife were carefully written in pencil on the back of a mail-worn postcard. With thousands of other notes and letters like it, the postcard arrived at an Ohio post office, a minuscule part of a routine shipment from the U.S. Postal Service distribution center... Read More.



July 28, 2014 | Allow Yourself To Dream
Albert Einstein said, "Once a day, allow yourself the freedom to dream." What do you suppose Einstein dreamed of? I would guess that a look at his life's work and the contributions he made to physics would provide some clues about his dreams. If you were devote time each day to the task of... Read More.

July 21, 2014 | Both Lion and Lamb
In 2006, zookeepers at Tokyo's Mutsugoro Okoku Zoo were surprised at the friendship they saw emerging. Gohan and Aochan began living side by side, at times even curling up next to one another as they sleep. When you consider that Gohan was a three and a half inch dwarf hamster, and her companion... Read More.

July 14, 2014 | Idealists and the Fire
Warren Wiersbe said, "A realist is an idealist who has gone through the fire and been purified. A skeptic is an idealist who has gone through the fire and been burned." Do you know what the difference is? It's not the fire or the heat or the duration. It's the attitude you bring into it. When you look... Read More.

July 7, 2014 | Turned Inside Out
One snowy winter evening, Barbara Krensavage found herself with an unusual craving for clams, which are not something she often prepares. She pulled out a favorite old recipe, went to the market, and bought four dozen quahogs—a variety of clam that is particularly abundant between Cape Cod and New... Read More.



June 30, 2014 | The Opposite of Presence
In a poem titled “Moments of Joy” Denise Levertov tells the story of an old scholar who takes a room on the next street down from his grown children—“the better to concentrate on his unending work, his word, his world.” And though he comes and goes while they sleep, his children feel bereft... Read More.

June 23, 2014 | On Tears
A small article toward the back of a People magazine told the story of Ashlyn. She is an incredibly happy child, very eager and energetic. According to her mother, Ashlyn has the best laugh in the world, and according to her kindergarten teacher, she fearlessly goes headfirst into everything. In many ways... Read More.

June 16, 2014 | A Bitter Refuge
In November of 1930, The Chicago Examiner reported the story of Harry Havens, who went to bed and stayed there for seven years, with a blindfold over his eyes, because he was angry with his wife. Havens told the reporter that he had always tried to be a good husband. He worked around the house... Read More.

June 9, 2014 | Images
Malcolm Muggeridge is remembered as one of the most notable figures of the twentieth century.  The wit and style of the self-dubbed “fatally fluent” journalist was endearing and, yet, controversial.  His was present in print, over the radio, and on television.   With over fifty years in the public eye, Muggeridge kne... Read More.

June 2, 2014 | Costly Garments
Hans Christian Andersen tells of the emperor who loved new clothes. This emperor so admired modeling new robes that he spent all of his time in his dressing room. In fact, he had little concern for anything else in his kingdom. One day, two swindlers came to town announcing they were weavers of... Read More.



May 26, 2014 | Certainty
Some time ago, I posted something about God on Facebook. Within a few minutes a young pastor replied with a rather harsh rejection of my ideas. He was quite dismissive of my supposed wisdom and proceeded to tell me just how foolish and unbiblical I was for having made such a statement. At first I... Read More.

May 19, 2014 | Miraculous!
Charles Swindoll tells a funny story about a nine-year-old named Danny who came bursting out of Sunday school like a wild stallion. His eyes were darting in every direction as he tried to locate either mom or dad. Finally, after a quick search, he grabbed his Daddy by the leg and yelled, "Man, that story... Read More.

May 12, 2014 | Perseverance
Walter Elliot said, "Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another." Many would define perseverance as one consistent day after another, but the fact is that no one is consistently consistent in all things 100% of the time. A better way to say it is that perseverance is 4 consistent days out... Read More.

May 5, 2014 | Nostalgia
Ah, the Good Old Days! Nostalgia is an interesting thing. It embellishes our memories and makes the past look and feel so much better than it really was. Perhaps you have a storyteller in your family who possesses the ability to tell stories of the past so eloquently that it makes you feel cheated that you... Read More.



April 28, 2014 | Mistakes
If you've ever watched football on TV, you've probably seen Referee Ed Hochuli. He's easy to spot; he's the one with the big arms. He's also one of the most accurate referees ever to work the game. Each week, the NFL invests 8 hours per game analyzing each official's performance on each play... Read More.

April 21, 2014 | The Power of Dirt
One day a farmer's old mule fell into an empty well. The farmer was disappointed to lose his good mule, but he concluded that the mule couldn't be rescued, because the well was too narrow and too deep to retrieve the animal. He decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth saving, and his only... Read More.

April 14, 2014 | Words of Encouragement
Anatole France once said, "Nine tenths of education is encouragement." The same can be said for preaching, with a slightly different percentage. According to Paul, 33% of preaching is encouragement. He said, "But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement... Read More.

April 7, 2014 | A Good Obituary
In 1866, Swedish chemist Alfred Bernhard Nobel invented dynamite, which earned him both fame and the majority of his wealth. At one point in his life he held more than 350 patents, operated labs in 20 countries, and had more than 90 factories manufacturing explosives and... Read More.



March 31, 2014 | Your Heart’s Desire
Ben Stein said, "The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want." Sounds obvious, but the fact is that many people can't articulate what they want, beyond the vague desire to "be happy." The Spirit of the LORD has anointed Jesus: “To preach good... Read More.

March 24, 2014 | Jesus Laughed?
The Spirit of the LORD has anointed Jesus: “To preach good news to the poor.
 To bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives
 and release from darkness for the prisoners, 
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor
 and the day of vengeance of our God... Read More.

March 17, 2014 | Purpose
Author Josh McDowell tells an interesting story about finding purpose in life. He writes: “An executive recruiter, a ‘head-hunter’ who goes out and hires corporation executives for other firms, once told me, ‘When I get an executive that I'm trying to hire for someone else, I like to disarm him... Read More.

March 10, 2014 | Greatness
But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among... Read More.

March 3, 2014 | Remembering
Do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19. Remembering is a sacred act. Remembering gives us stability and reminds us who we are. Remembering can connect us to lessons learned and to people from whom we are separated, whether by miles or circumstances... Read More.



February 24, 2014 | Prayer is Powerful
Bob was a salesman who became a Christian through the ministry of his friend Doug. One of the things great things Doug did was continue to disciple Bob in his new faith. One day, Doug’s focus was on teaching Bob the importance of prayer.  At the close of their time together... Read More.

February 17, 2014 | Success
Success is something we all seek. We want to succeed in our careers, our relationships, in raising our children. We want to make our mark in the world and be remembered for our achievements. But success is a variable concept, and one that is not easily defined. What is... Read More.

February 3, 2014 | Don't Take No for an Answer
Woman, your faith is great. Your request is granted.” -- Jesus. Do you ever get tired of pursuing a goal? I do. Sometimes, even when the goal is a worthy one, I become weary and am tempted to quit – especially when it feels like I’m being shut out. No matter how hard I try or how loudly I speak... Read More.



January 27, 2014 | Success
The movie Mr. Holland’s Opus has been around for nearly 20 years, yet it tells a story that audiences still appreciate today. It is the story of a musician who struggles to find success in life. Mr. Holland dreams of composing a magnificent symphony that will be played by orchestras all around the world, but the problem is... Read More.

January 20, 2014 | No Guesswork
In one of the Peanuts comic strips, Peppermint Patty came to grips with a shocking truth. She was turning to Marsha for a few answers in school. Marsha exhorted Patty to stop asking her for answers. She exclaimed, “I don’t have all the answers. Sometimes I just guess.” Peppermint Patty was shocked. Very distressed, she replied... Read More.

January 13, 2014 | Hold Me
Some years ago I preached a sermon series from the book of Exodus titled, “Deliverance”. I find in the Exodus story a metaphor for the way God delivers us from every evil that Satan uses to entrap us. Pastor and author Jill Briscoe illustrates this in a wonderful story from her family: “Not too long ago I was babysitting... Read More.

January 6, 2014 | The Fear of God
Years ago in the New Yorker, H. G. Wells wrote a story about an Episcopalian clergyman. The bishop was the kind of man who always said pious things to people. When troubled folks came to him, he found that a particularly helpful thing to say, if said in a right tone of voice, was, "Have you prayed about it?"... Read More.