Resource Library

Monday
Mar022015

How you can plan for spiritual success

When Rosina Hernandez was in college, she saw a young man beaten. She could have stopped the attack, but decided not to get involved...

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Monday
Mar022015

How you can build a healthy identity in Christ

Sir Christopher Wren was a famous 17th-century British architect who designed Windsor Town Hall near London. When he drew up the plans, he designed a ceiling supported by pillars...

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Monday
Mar022015

The danger of misplacing your priorities

Dr. George Sweeting recounted a time when he and his family took a trip to Niagara Falls. It was spring, and huge blocks of ice were rushing down the river...

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Monday
Mar022015

How to find exactly what you seek

Two very different birds with very different outlooks make their homes in the deserts of the United States. One is the vulture: a giant scavenger bird that eats the dead carcasses of animals off the ground. The other...

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Monday
Mar022015

How your attitude can affect everything

Norman Cousins, a prominent writer of the 20th century, was diagnosed with a rare, crippling, and incurable disease. Tired of being in the hospital for so long and with little real hope for recovery...

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Monday
Feb232015

How to connect with others on a deeper level

In the mid-1960s, Bill Russell was the star basketball center for the world-champion Boston Celtics. Russell was dominant on the court, and with almost effortless ease...

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Monday
Feb232015

How to live in light of your identity in Christ

In the ninth century, King Alfred the Great saved England from conquest by the Danish. At one point during his war with the Danes, Alfred was forced to seek refuge...

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Monday
Feb232015

How to unleash your full God-given potential

One day, a man was walking by a farm and saw an eagle living among the chickens. So he stopped to ask the farmer why. The farmer replied that he had found the eagle...

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Monday
Feb232015

How you can find real and lasting success

Suffering from terminal cancer at the age of 47, former North Carolina State basketball coach Jim Valvano did an interview where he admitted to being overly obsessed...

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Monday
Feb232015

Who did God create you to be?

Actor Peter Sellers is well known for his work in television and movies. He’s also famous for the amount of time and energy he puts into immersing himself in his characters...

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Monday
Feb162015

How to avoid the trap of destructive anger

In the spring of 1894, the Baltimore Orioles came to Boston to play a routine baseball game. At one point during the game, the Orioles’ John McGraw got into a fight...

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Monday
Feb162015

The influence you can have on the young generation

Several years ago, an author for 'Readers Digest' was studying the Amish people in preparation for an article he was planning to write on them. As part of his research, he went to an Amish school...

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Monday
Feb162015

How you can live with an attitude of action

Larry Walters was an adventurous soul. One day, he went to the local army surplus store and purchased 45 used weather balloons. He filled them up with helium, tied the balloons to a lawn chair one by one, and strapped himself in...

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Monday
Feb162015

Resting in your righteousness

In 1949, time technicians at the National Institute of Standards & Technology set a new level of precision with the invention of the atomic clock...

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Monday
Feb162015

Fighting forgetfulness in your everyday life

Dr. Harold C. Urey, Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, was walking along a sidewalk one day across the university campus when he ran into another professor. They stopped, exchanged pleasantries...

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Tuesday
Feb102015

Where to Find Hope on Your Darkest Days

By Pastor Bayless Conley

One of the most desperate feelings in life is when it seems like all hope is lost. On the other hand, even a little hope is a powerful force that can make the worst of situations bearable. Just a ray of hope can buoy the heaviest soul.

God looks over our world and sees a world filled with hopeless people wandering in darkness and in desperate need of the hope that Jesus brings.  Broken and shattered lives that He wants to make new.

You see, God is in the business of making something new out of what is hopeless and broken. In fact, we are told in 2 Corinthians 5:17,

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

That’s a powerful word of expectation… especially to someone who has lost all hope and sees only darkness and despair. My life is a testament to this truth.

While I was not raised in a Christian home, mine was a good family. But I started to wander as a young kid, drinking heavily. In fact, by seventh and eighth grade I was showing up at school drunk in the morning. I’d get up an hour early just to drink a bottle of wine by myself and go to school that way.

Eventually, I ended up on drugs and things went from bad to worse. After I graduated from high school, I moved here and there, working various jobs… all the while, my drug addiction got worse.

Finally, I came to my senses and decided to leave Southern California and get away from my friends, and there would be no more drugs. So I moved up to Oregon.

But on the first day there I met a drug dealer I knew from Long Beach and we went out and got high, and, well, things really went off the rails from there.

It’s a miracle, actually, that I lived long enough to get saved as I had lots of near-death experiences.

I was in my twenties, but had never heard the Gospel. No human being had ever told me the story of redemption; no human being ever told me Jesus Christ was alive; no human being ever told me the story of salvation.

No one.

Until one day when I met a 12-year-old boy. And for the first time, somebody told me about Jesus. At that moment, everything changed for me. I went from hopeless to hopeful, and from spiritually dead to alive like never before!

I’m a living testimony to the fact that however dark your situation may seem, there is always hope because Jesus can redeem it. That means no matter how lonely you are… how hurt you feel… or how desperate your circumstances, you can find hope for your darkest days in Jesus Christ!

Read more of Pastor Bayless’ story in his book, There Is Always Hope. Visit www.AnswersBC.org to request your copy.

Monday
Feb092015

How God can empower your weakness

Hudson Taylor, the famous missionary and founder of the China Inland Mission, was once complimented by a friend on the impact of his mission work in the Far East...

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Monday
Feb092015

The only way you can live a spiritual life

Science tells us that the body needs on average about three quarts of water a day to operate efficiently. Water helps break up and soften food, making it the most critical chemical...

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Monday
Feb092015

What it means for you to live ready

You’ve very likely heard about the Pony Express, the historically famous mail service between St. Joseph, Missouri, and the West Coast. This service depended on constant movement...

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Monday
Feb092015

The one warning you can’t afford to ignore

Americans are getting warned to death. Any cursory look at most packages today, and you’ll find a host of warnings about misusing the product...

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