The humble confidence you have in Christ

Former French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau fought many duels with various rivals. On one occasion, he surprised one of his assistants by asking the attendant at a Paris railroad station for a one-way ticket to the duel. “Isn’t that a little pessimistic?” asked the assistant…

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The importance of a good reputation

A man in the Army of Alexander the Great who was also named Alexander was one day accused of cowardly actions. He was brought before Alexander, the great military conqueror, who asked what his name was. He replied softly, “Alexander.”…

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Do you take your calling in Christ seriously?

When Queen Victoria was a child, she had no idea she was in line for the throne of England. Because of this, she was simply a happy-go-lucky child with no real focus or ambitions in life…

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Clothe yourself in this

George Washington Carver, the scientist who developed hundreds of useful products from the peanut, is reported to have once said, “When I was young, I said to God, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the universe.’ But God answered, ‘That knowledge is reserved for me alone.’”…

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What to do with your priceless treasure

In 1987, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution carried the story of a rock hound named Rob Cutshaw who owned a little roadside shop in North Carolina. He would hunt for rocks, then sell them to collectors or jewelry makers…

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How important is cleanliness?

A museum of history was having problems with patrons toughing the valuable and rare items displayed in its exhibits. So the curator decided one day to…

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Showing grace with others’ mishaps

Actress Carol Burnett hot out of a cab one day and accidentally caught her coat in the door. The driver was unaware of her plight, and slowly began to edge out into traffic. To keep from being pulled off her feet, Burnett had to run…

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How to solve the church’s problems

Charles Spurgeon illustrated complaining in church today this way: A heavy wagon was being dragged along a country road by a team of oxen…

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The danger of compromising your faith

A New York family bought a ranch out west where they intended to raise cattle. So they packed up everything they owned and moved to their new home. It wasn’t long before they were settled in and friends came to visit. One of them asked if the ranch had a name…

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How you can pass the test of faith

Em Griffin, in his book The Mind Changers, describes an experiment in which groups of 12 people were brought into a room. On the wall of the room, four lines o differing lengths were displayed, and the subjects were asked to vote publicly which two lines were…

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