Resource Library

Tuesday
Jun302015

The only way to navigate life’s twists and turns

Just before the 1988 Winter Olympics, a television program aired that featured blind skiers being trained for slalom skiing. The blind skiers were paired with sighted skiers...

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Can the truth really hurt?

In the early 1900s, George Riddell acquired the overly-sensational London newspaper, 'The News of the World'. One day Riddell met famous British journalist Frederick Greenwood

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Tuesday
Jun302015

What really lasts after this life?

The famous 19th-century professor and naturalist Louis Agassiz was once invited to address the members of a learned society. Agassiz declined the invitation...

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Where to find direction for tough choices

During World War II, the British Secret Service broke the Nazi code and informed Prime Minister Winston Churchill that the Germans were getting ready to bomb the city of Coventry...

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Tuesday
Jun302015

Where you can find eternal joy

On November 25, 1895 in Leadville, Colorado, a cornerstone of ice was laid that would be the foundation of what would become the largest ice palace ever built in America...

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Monday
Jun292015

How to be ready for the coming King

In the early 1990s, coalition troops of Operation Desert Storm wowed the world with their 100-hour ground assault against Saddam Hussein’s troops who had invaded Kuwait...

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Monday
Jun292015

How does God define ‘success’?

United States Senator Mark Hatfield tells the story of touring Calcutta, India, with Mother Teresa. On their tour, she took him to visit the so-called “House of the Dying”...

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Wednesday
Jun242015

The greatest exchange ever made for you

A young boy had a problem of being consistently late for dinner. One day, his parents warned him to be on time or else he would get only bread and water for dinner...

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Wednesday
Jun242015

Why God often lightens your load

On July 14, 1771, Samuel Hearne led a party from the Hudson’s Bay Company toward the Coppermine River in the Northwestern Territories of Canada...

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Wednesday
Jun242015

How you can experience joy to the fullest

Years ago, the Holiday Inn hotel chain was looking for 500 new people to fill positions in a large new hotel. The applicants found the first cut was the easiest to make...

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Wednesday
Jun242015

Get the comfort you need, right when you need it!

Loneliness, isolation, and frustration are some of the greatest sources of pain today, driving people deep into depression and leaving them feeling hopeless and helpless. But God’s Word has so much to say on issues like these—and so much encouragement to give for hard times.

That’s why we’ve created Verses of Comfort, a section of our website devoted to giving you the comfort you need, when you need it, straight from God’s Word.

Whether you’re searching for peace after the death of a loved one, struggling in your faith, or could just use a little encouragement to make it through the day, Verses of Comfort is right there for you any time, day or night.

Just click on the “Verses of Comfort” link at the top of the page. We pray that these verses bring you the  comfort and encouragement you need whatever circumstances you face.

Wednesday
Jun242015

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

 

Dear Friend, 

This very old recipe is a favorite of our family. My mom made these cookies often, and would walk to our house carrying a huge batch with all of our neighborhood friends following her and begging for one. 

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! 

 

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup shortening

1 ½ cups sugar

2 eggs, beaten

½ teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups flour

Sugar and fresh-ground nutmeg for sprinkling

Directions:

Blend shortening and sugar together in a medium bowl. Add beaten eggs.

In a large bowl, mix baking soda with sour cream and vanilla. Then add salt and flour gradually, alternating and stirring in between. Add shortening mix and mix well.

Drop by teaspoonful onto baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar and nutmeg. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Wednesday
Jun242015

How to make your golden years the best of your life!

By: Warren Olson 

The numbers are staggering: 10,000 men and women move from the workforce into retirement every single day. That’s about seven people every minute whose lives are dramatically and permanently changed. They have new responsibilities, new relationships, and a different sense of purpose for their lives. 

Some call this stage of life the “golden years.” But for many seniors, these years are far from golden. Not long ago, we received an email from a senior named “Merle” who wrote asking for prayer…

I didn't really want to retire, but was forced out of my job. I’m kind of floundering with no real direction. My wife still works and the days are long. On top of that, I seem to now go from one health issue to the next. Always something. Please pray that I will find peace and happiness in my “golden years.”

Merle isn’t alone in his struggles. We hear from seniors all the time who feel lonely, isolated, and without a sense of purpose in their lives since they’ve retired. But why is that? What’s the reason so many seniors who enter into this time of their lives with such eager expectation are left disappointed, depressed, and discouraged?

It’s because many have neglected to fill the gap. Here’s what I mean…

The average age for retirement today is around 62 years old. If we live into our 80s, that leaves about a 20- or 30-year gap between the day we leave the workforce and the day we meet the Lord. And sadly, the vast majority of seniors seek to fill that gap with comfort instead of Kingdom-significant things.

You see, your golden years are a gift from God. And like all gifts, they’re meant to be used, not for yourself, but for His glory. And if you’re in Christ, your pleasure will ultimately be found in bringing Him glory!

So the question every Bible-believing retiree must answer is simple: “How am I going to give my golden years to God?”

Maybe it’s starting a Bible study where you can minister to others. Perhaps you can visit shut-ins who would love nothing more than to talk with someone who cares. Or maybe God is calling you to spend some of these years as a missionary in another country. 

These years won’t be the best because they’re struggle-free. They’ll be the best because you’re serving the Lord faithfully in them. 

So don’t waste your golden years living them for yourself. Commit them to the Lord—and they’ll be the best years of your life!

 

Monday
Jun222015

The answer for America today

French writer Alexis de Tocqueville visited the United States in 1831. After his visit, he wrote...

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Monday
Jun222015

What it takes to finish well

In the original Olympic Games, the Greeks had a race that was very unique. In this race, each competitor was given a torch which was lit...

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Monday
Jun222015

Finding grace in fulfilling God’s calling

Not long after arriving in the South Pacific to begin work as missionaries, John G. Paton and his wife Mary had a baby son. Their joy was tragically cut short, however...

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Monday
Jun222015

How to know you’re a child of God

One day a pastor had a new believer show up at his home in deep distress. The new believer said, “Pastor, no matter how much I pray or how hard I try, I simply can’t seem to stay faithful...

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Monday
Jun222015

How to steer clear of the enemy’s trap

Perhaps you’ve heard of the clever way African Bushmen used to trap monkeys for food. They’d use a box or some other container and put a hole in it just big enough for the monkey to stick in his hand...

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Wednesday
Jun172015

How to redeem your past for a better tomorrow

Some years ago in a small Idaho town, police received a call one night from neighbors who reported seeing a car driving around the neighborhood in reverse...

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Wednesday
Jun172015

The secret to stepping forward with Jesus

Two creatures are pictured on the coat of arms for the nation of Australia: an emu and a kangaroo. A young Australian boy was once curious about the significance of the two animals...

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