Seeking God in times of trouble

One Sunday in church, some of the members were praising the Lord for what He had done in their lives that week. A woman stepped forward in front of the congregation to give thanks for God’s provision in her life. She shared…

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What it means to surrender everything

A family who had just been called to the mission field sold almost all of their belongings and packed up everything else in their station wagon. They were on their way to meet the ship that would take them and their car to Okinawa, Japan, and stopped to rest and enjoy one last meal in America.

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Shepherd those God gives you

Years ago, a faithful pastor had a meeting with his local supervisor for his review. The superior told him, “I’m really concerned. Only one person has been added to your church this year – and he’s only a boy.” The pastor returned to his church that day discouraged.

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How God leads you through your fears

A story is told of a general in the Persian army who captured spies and sentenced them to death. This general had the strange custom of giving condemned criminals a choice between going before a firing squad or walking through a big black door.

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Can we know if the gospel is true?

Professional golfer Tommy Bolt was known to be very particular about taking advice from his caddies. Once while playing in Los Angeles, Bolt told his caddy, “Don’t say a word to me. And if I ask you something, just answer yes or no.”

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What are your gifts?

A church pastor received a Christmas card with a note in it from a lady in his congregation. She was very complimentary about his preaching, and even compared him with Billy Graham. She finished by writing, “I think you are one of the really great preachers of all time.”

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How to stay calm when you want to panic

Apollo Astronaut Captain Alan Bean once told a story about how test pilots evaluate problems they encounter on flights. When something goes wrong, they simply ask, “Is this thing still flying in the right direction?” And if the answer is yes, there is no need to overreact.

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The power of community

Harvard professor Robert Putnam wrote a book years ago called Bowling Alone, which documents the decline in community life in America since the 1960s. The title comes from a trivial but telling example: the percentage of adults who belong to a bowling league today is only about a quarter of what it was in the 1960s.

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The right reaction to unfair criticism

The famous English evangelist George Whitefield learned that it was more important to please God than men. With full confidence that he was honoring the Lord, Whitefield endured scathing letters accusing him of wrongdoing. However, there was one particular letter he felt warranted a response.

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The priceless reward of a good friend

During World War I, a Protestant chaplain with the American troops in Italy became a friend of a local Roman Catholic priest. In time, the chaplain moved on with his unit and was killed. The priest heard of his death and asked military authorities if the chaplain could be buried in the cemetery behind his church.

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