Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Vance Havner told a story about an elderly lady who was greatly disturbed by her many troubles - both real and imaginary.

Finally, someone in her family tactfully told her, “Grandma, we’ve done all we can for you. You’ll just have to trust God for the rest.”

A look of absolute despair spread over her face as she replied, “Oh dear, has it come to that?”

Havner commented, “It always comes to that, so we might as well begin with that!”

"If you're missing joy and peace, you're not trusting God."  -  Joyce Meyer.

Psa 62:8 (ISV): "People, in every situation put your trust in God; pour out your heart before him; for God is a refuge for us."

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


You don't have to meet a man face to face to know what kind of a father he is. Just listen to the way his children refer to him.

The respect that children have for their parents can be a good indicator of how much respect they deserve.

One of the Ten Commandments is to honor our father & mother (Ex. 20:12). But how many parents live in a way that is worthy of honor?

I cannot think of a greater tragedy in life than to lose the respect of my children. I would be the most humiliated man if my children were ashamed of me.

But nothing would make my heart beat faster than if my child pointed me out in a crowd & said proudly, "That's my dad!"

A good test of whether you are a father who is respected by his children is to ask yourself, "Do I want my son to be what I am, to do what I do, to go where I go?"

Fathers, remember that never before in all history have your children needed the undivided interest & attention of loving parents as in these days of a polluted moral & spiritual atmosphere.

With the help of God's strength & wisdom, determine to be the kind of parent whose child is proud to say, "That's my dad!"

 - M. R. De Haan, M.D. (

Eph 6:4 (CEV): "Parents, don't be hard on your children. Raise them properly. Teach them and instruct them about the Lord."

"I say to all fathers - be as good as you can be - because your sons and daughters will follow in your footsteps." -  Duane Chapman.

Monday, September 28, 2015


A life insurance leaflet contains the following:

A father & a girl of ten years, both good swimmers, entered the waters of the Atlantic at a New Jersey seashore resort a few summers ago.

When some distance from shore they became separated & the father realized they were being carried out to sea by the tide.

He called out to his daughter: "Mary, I am going to shore for help. If you get tired, turn on your back; you can float all day on your back. I'll come back for you."

Before long many searchers in boats were scurrying over the face of the water hunting for one small girl, while hundreds of people to whom the news had spread waited anxiously on shore. It was four hours before they found her, far from land. She was calmly floating on her back & not at all frightened.

Cheers & tears of joy & relief greeted the rescuers with their precious burden as they came to land. The child took it calmly. She said, "He said he would come for me & that I could float all day, so I swam & floated, because I knew he would come."

May such faith in our Heavenly Father sustain us in those hours in which we must swim & float while we wait.

- Gospel Chimes. (

Heb 9:28 (CEV): "So Christ died only once to take away the sins of many people. But when he comes again, it will not be to take away sin. He will come to save everyone who is waiting for him."

Sunday, September 27, 2015


A party of English tourists visited the house where Beethoven, the great composer, had spent the last years of his life. The caretaker led them at length into a certain room & reverently lifting the cover, said, "And this was Beethoven's piano."

A young lady of the party at once took possession of the music stool & began to play one of Beethoven's sonatas. The custodian stood by, stern & silent.

At last the young lady swung round on her stool & said, "I suppose a great many people who come here like to play on Beethoven's piano?"

"Well, Miss, Paderewski was here last summer & some of his friends wanted him to play, but he said, `No, I am not worthy.'"

- Sunday School Chronicle. (

(Paderewski was the world-famous concert pianist & Poland's first prime minister)

Php 2:3 (NLT): "Don't be selfish; don't live to make a good impression on others. But be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself."

"It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare attainment." - Assorted Authors.

Friday, September 25, 2015


Several years ago, millionaire Eugene Lang was asked to speak to a class of sixth-graders from East Harlem, New York. What could he say to inspire these students, most of whom would drop out of school?

Scrapping his notes, he decided to speak to them from his heart. “Stay in school,” he admonished, “and I’ll help pay the college fees for every one of you.”

That was a turning point. For the first time in their lives, these students had hope. One said, “I had something to look forward to, something waiting for me. It was a golden feeling.” Nearly 90 percent of that class went on to graduate from high school.

People without hope are people without a future. But when hope is restored, life is restored.

This is especially true for those who come to know Christ. He gives a sure basis for hope. He has promised to return to earth to take us to our eternal home (John 14:3). Till then, there is help through the power of the Holy Spirit. (John 14:26)

- Mart De Haan (

Jesus said: "And after I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to myself, so that you will be where I am." (John 14:3 GNB)

Jesus said: "The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you."  (John 14:26 GNB) 

"Without Christ there is no hope." - Charles Spurgeon.

"He that lives in hope dances without music." - George Herbert.


My sister & I were itinerating in a lonely mountain village in Japan & night was coming on when we started to return home. We committed ourselves into the hands of the Lord & felt certain He would see us through.

As we were about to enter a thick wood through which our road ran, we saw two Japanese men in front of us & we felt they meant mischief & as we cried to the Lord to stand by us, there came a great black Newfoundland dog.  It stepped between my sister & me as if to protect us & then barked fiercely at the men as if to tear them to pieces & chased them away.

The dog guided us directly all the remaining three miles right to our door. Then stepping inside, the dog lay all night on the floor keeping vigil. In the morning it went away as mysteriously as it appeared.

- Glad Tidings. (

Psa 91:14-15 (GNB): God says, "I will save those who love me and will protect those who acknowledge me as LORD. When they call to me, I will answer them; when they are in trouble, I will be with them. I will rescue them and honor them."

"The safest place in the entire world is in the will of God, and the safest protection in all the world is the name of God."  - Warren Wiersbe.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Fifty people who were over 95 years old were asked one question: “If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently?”

Many different answers were given, but three answers were seen repeatedly. They were: If I had to do it over again, I would . . .

1. Reflect more. (To turn away from a course; to express an opinion; to give back)

2. Risk more. (In the positive direction)

3. Do more things that would live on after I am dead. (Good works)

- Tony Campolo (

Psa 90:12 (GNB): "Teach us how short our life is, so that we may become wise."

"Live thoughtfully today and you won't have to live regretfully tomorrow."  - Woodrow Kroll.


A well-known coach was once asked,
“How much does college football contribute to the national physical-fitness picture?”

“Nothing,” the coach replied abruptly.

“Why not?” the startled interviewer asked.

“Well,” said the coach, “the way I see it, you have 22 men down on the field desperately needing a rest & 40,000 people in the stands, desperately needing some exercise.”

A similar situation exists in many churches today. When you compare the members who actively participate, you often find a rather pathetic situation. It's not unusual to have a small group of diligent Christian workers struggling “down on the field” while others in the congregation are acting like spectators, “sitting on the sidelines eating popcorn.”

God's strategy for the accomplishment of His program is not like a sports event. It does not call for the job to be done only by the “professionals.” In the game of life, all believers have their own positions & spiritual gifts that they must exercise as "The Spirit's presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all."  (1Co 12:7) 

My friend, if you've been sitting in the stands, you're badly needed down on the field!

 - M R De Haan II (

"It is no marvel that the devil does not love field- preaching! Neither do I; I love a commodious room, a soft cushion, a handsome pulpit. But where is my zeal if I do not trample all these underfoot in order to save one more soul?" - John Wesley.

Monday, September 21, 2015


Some years ago, in Germany, a young man lay upon the operating table of hospital. A skilled surgeon stood near, a group of students round about.

Presently, bending over the patient, the surgeon said: "My friend, if you wish to say anything, you now have the opportunity, but I must warn you that your words will be the last words that you will ever utter. (He had cancer of the tongue.) Think well, therefore, what you wish to say."

You can readily imagine that such a statement at such a time would give pause to anyone. The young man therefore waited, apparently lost in deep thought. A deep solemnity settled over the faces of the onlookers. What words would he choose for such an occasion?

The students bent eagerly forward. Some time passed & then the lips at last parted & at the sound of his voice you could have seen tears swim in the eyes of those present: "Thank God, Jesus Christ!"

- Evangelical Visitor. (

1Th 5:18 (KJV): "In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

"Longing desire prayeth always, though the tongue be silent. If thou art ever longing, thou art ever praying."  - Augustine.

Sunday, September 20, 2015


It is a great art in the Christian life to learn to be silent. Under oppositions, rebukes, injuries, still be silent. It is better to say nothing than to speak in an excited manner, even if the occasion should seem to justify a degree of anger.

By remaining silent the mind is enabled to collect itself and call upon God in secret prayer. And thus you will speak to the honor of your holy profession, as well as to the good of those who have injured you when you speak from God.

- (

Mat 27:14 (GW): "But Jesus said absolutely nothing to him in reply, so the governor was very surprised."

"The hardest thing to keep is quiet." – Unknown.

Ecc 3:1&7 (ISV): "There is a season for everything, and a time for every event under heaven: …. a time to be silent, and a time to speak."

Friday, September 18, 2015


It is related of Francis Xavier, that as he was preaching in one of the cities of Japan, a man went up to him as if he had something to say to him privately.

Xavier leaned his head near to hear what he had to say & the scorner spit upon the face of the devoted missionary. Xavier, without a word or the least sign of annoyance, took out his pocket handkerchief, wiped his face & went on with his important message as if nothing had happened. The scorn of the audience was turned to admiration.

"The most learned doctor of the city, who happened to be present, said to himself that a law which taught men such virtue, inspired them with such courage & gave them such complete mastery over themselves, could not but be from God.

Afterwards he desired baptism & his example was followed by others. So effectually did the meekness of the missionary promote the success of the work"

"Learn of me," Jesus said, "For I am meek and lowly in heart." (Mat 11:29)

- D. B. Rote. (

"The person, who bears and suffers evils with meekness and silence, is the sum of a Christian man."  - John Wesley.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Children Must Be Taught While They Are Young

The English poet Samuel Coleridge talked with a man who did not believe that children should be given any religious instruction at all.

This man claimed that the child’s mind should not be prejudiced in any direction & when he became older he should be permitted to choose his religious opinions for himself.

Coleridge said nothing; but after a while he asked his visitor if he would like to see his garden. The man said he would & Coleridge took him out into the garden, where only weeds were growing.

The man looked at Coleridge in surprise & said, “Why this is not a garden! There is nothing but weeds here!”

“Well, you see,” answered Coleridge, “I did not wish to infringe upon the liberty of the garden in any way; I was just giving the garden a chance to express itself & to choose its own production.”

- Roy B. Zuck (

Pro 19:18 (GNB): "Discipline your children while they are young enough to learn. If you don't, you are helping them destroy themselves."

"Any man who declares children to be born perfect never was a father. Your child without evil? You without eyes, you mean!" - Charles Spurgeon.

Pro 29:17 (GNB): "Discipline your children and you can always be proud of them. They will never give you reason to be ashamed."


A young woman who fancied herself a poetess & who had her own ideas about love once came with her poems to the editorial office of a New York magazine.

The editor asked her what she wanted. She told him that she had some poems that she would like to have published in his magazine.

"About what?" asked the editor.

"All about love," she replied.

"Well, what is love?" asked the editor. "Tell me."

"Love," replied the young woman, casting her eyes heavenward, "is gazing upon a lily pond at night, by the shimmering moonbeams when the lilies are in full bloom, and - "

"Stop, stop, stop," cried the editor, curtly interrupting her, "you are all wrong - very, very wrong. I will tell you what love is:

It is getting up cheerfully out of a warm bed on a cold winter morning, at two o'clock, to fill hot-water bottles for ailing children. That's real love. I'm sorry, but I don't think we can use your poems."

- Christian Union Herald. (

1Jn 3:18 (GW): "Dear children, we must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words."

God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, "I love you."  - Billy Graham.

Jesus said: "I am giving you a new commandment to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another." (John 13:34 ISV)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Many years ago a poor German immigrant woman sat with her children in the waiting room of an Eastern station.

A lady passenger to a train, struck by her look of misery, stopped a moment to speak to her. She confided that her husband had been buried at sea; she was going to Iowa & it was hard to enter a strange land alone with her babies.

The stranger had but one moment. She pressed a little money into the poor women's hand & said: "Alone! Why, Jesus is with you! He never will leave you alone!"

Ten years afterward the woman said: "That word gave me courage for all my life. When I was a child I knew Christ & loved Him. I had forgotten Him. That chance word brought me back to Him. It kept me strong & happy through all troubles."

 - 'All Aboard' (

Jesus said: "…. And remember, I am with you each and every day until the end of the age."  (Mat 28:20 ISV)

"You don't have to be alone in your hurt! Comfort is yours. Joy is an option. And it's all been made possible by your Savior. He went without comfort so you might have it. He postponed joy so you might share in it. He willingly chose isolation so you might never be alone in your hurt and sorrow."  - Joni Eareckson Tada.

(A diving accident in 1967 left Joni a quadriplegic in a wheelchair unable to use her hands. Today, she is an internationally known mouth artist, a talented vocalist, an author of 17 books and an advocate for disabled persons worldwide.)

Monday, September 14, 2015


When native seekers of the island of Madagascar used to present themselves for baptism, it was often asked of them, “What first led you to think of becoming followers of Jesus Christ?”

The answer usually was that the changed conduct of others who had become followers of Christ was what first arrested their attention.

They would say: “I knew this man to be a thief; that one was a drunkard; another was very cruel & unkind to his family. Now they are all changed. The thief is an honest man; the drunkard is sober & respectable; and the other is gentle & kind in his home. There must be something in it that can work such changes.”

Source: The Biblical Museum, Volume II, James Comper Gray (

2Co 5:17 (GW): "Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence."

"Baptism is bowing before the Father and letting Him do His work."  - Max Lucado.

Mar 16:16 (ISV): "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever doesn't believe will be condemned."


A married couple was celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. At the party everybody wanted to know how they managed to stay married so long in this day and age.

The husband responded, “When we were first married, we came to an agreement. I would make all the major decisions, and my wife would make all the minor decisions.”

At which point the wife took up the tale, “And in 60 years of marriage, we have never needed to make a major decision.”

- (

Esther 1:22 (GNB): "To each of the royal provinces he sent a message in the language and the system of writing of that province, saying that every husband should be the master of his home and speak with final authority."

"If your wife doesn't treat you as she should, be thankful, you might not like what you deserve." -  Jerry Falwell.

Friday, September 11, 2015


A medical missionary captured by bandits in China, informed that he was to be shot at a spot ten minutes' distance away, tells how a terrible fear & helplessness came over him at the thought of such a death so far away from his native country, from his family & his friends.

But he had strength enough to pray. This was his prayer: "My Lord God, have mercy on me & give me strength for this trial. Take away all fear & if I have to die, let me die like a man."

Instantly, he said, his terrible fear began to disappear. By the time he had reached the gorge where he was to be shot, he felt perfectly calm & unafraid. At the last moment, however, the bandits relented & his life was spared.

In the days which followed, full of danger & suffering, the memory of this experience was cherished more & more:

"My own will had failed in the most critical moment of my life. But the knowledge that I could depend on a power greater than my own, one that had not failed me in that crisis, sustained me in a wonderful way to the very end of my captivity. What ingratitude it would be in me not to proclaim this power."

- (

"When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God's love."  - Charles Spurgeon.

Psa 118:6 (ESV): "The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"

"Death may be the King of terrors... but Jesus is the King of kings!" - D.L. Moody.

Thursday, September 10, 2015


I shall never forget what the late Dr. A. C. Dixon of Spurgeon's Tabernacle once said when speaking upon the theme of prayer. I cannot quote him verbatim, but the substance was this:

"When we rely upon organization, we get what organization can do, when we rely upon education, we get what education can do; when we rely upon eloquence, we get what eloquence can do; and so on. Nor am I disposed to undervalue any of these things in their proper place. 

"But," he added impressively, "when we rely upon prayer, we get what God can do."

- The European Harvest Field. (

Pro 3:5 (GW): "Trust the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding."

"God does not guide those who want to run their own life. He only guides those who admit their need of His direction and rely on His wisdom."  - Winkie Pratney.

Mat 21:22 (GNB): "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Miss Miriam Booth, daughter of the founder of the Salvation Army, a beautiful, brilliant, cultured woman, began her Christian work with great promise & had unusual success.

Very soon disease laid hold upon her & brought her down to the point of death. A friend visiting her one day told her that it seemed a pity that a woman so capable should be hindered by sickness from doing the Lord's work.

She replied with gentle grace, "It is great to do the Lord's work, but it is greater to do the Lord's will."

- Northwestern Pilot. (

Mar 14:36 (GW): Jesus said, "Abba! Father! You can do anything. Take this cup of suffering away from me. But let your will be done rather than mine."

"There is always death at the end of your plan and life at the end of God's plan."  - Rod Parsley.

1Th 5:18 (KJV): "In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


A lovely story is told by Mrs. R. J. Richardson, a missionary refugee from China. When traveling with two little children, she was examined by a Japanese soldier whose rude handling of her person provoked her protest.

This was answered by a harsh slap on her face, which stunned her mentally & physically. She was finally released & got into her rickshaw & drove off.

"As we passed through a little lane, seeing nobody in sight, I gave vent to my feelings & began to sob. I could not help it. When the rickshaw-puller heard me crying, he turned around & said, 'Don't cry, lady. Blessed are those that are persecuted for righteousness' sake.'

This humble servant of the Lord, a perfect stranger to me, was being used of the Lord to bring me a message of comfort & to give me a thought that would overcome all feeling of resentment."

- The Sunday School Times (

"God is not looking for extraordinary characters as His instruments, but He is looking for humble instruments through whom He can be honored throughout the ages."  -  A.B. Simpson.

Jesus said: "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' But now I tell you: do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, let him slap your left cheek too … love your enemies … You must be perfect - just as your Father in heaven is perfect.  (Mat 5:38-39, 44 & 48 GNB)

Monday, September 7, 2015


An old farmer went to the city one weekend & attended the big city church. He came home & his wife asked him how it was.

“Well,” said the farmer, “It was good. They did something different, however. They sang praise choruses instead of hymns.”

“Praise choruses,” said his wife, “What are those?”

“Oh, they’re okay. They’re sort of like hymns, only different,” said the farmer.

“Well, what’s the difference?” asked the wife.

The farmer said, “Well, it’s like this. If I were to say to you, ‘Martha, the cows are in the corn,’ well that would be a hymn.”

“If on the other hand I were to say to you, ‘Martha, Martha, Martha, Oh Martha, MARTHA, MARTHA, the cows, the big cows, the brown cows, the black cows, the white cows, the black and white cows, the COWS, COWS, COWS, are in the corn, are in the corn, are in the corn, are in the corn, . . .’
Well, that would be a praise chorus.”
- (

"In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth; God is pleased when we're pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our Maker's praise without anxiety."  - A.W. Tozer.

Eph 5:19 (KJV): "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord."
"Praise is not only speaking to the Lord on our own account, but it is praising Him for what He has done for others."  - D.L. Moody.

Sunday, September 6, 2015


When a rattlesnake is cornered, sometimes it becomes so angry that it bites itself.

When a man harbors hatred or bitterness in his heart he is poisoning himself just like the rattlesnake that bites itself.

- (

"Hatred is self-punishment."  - Hosea Ballou.

Ecc 7:9 (CEV): "Only fools get angry quickly and hold a grudge."

"Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it." - Harry Emerson Fosdick.

"A bitter spirit will keep you from being a better person."  -  Woodrow Kroll.

Friday, September 4, 2015


A man on vacation was strolling along outside his hotel. Suddenly, he was attracted by the screams of a woman kneeling in front of a child.

The man knew enough to determine that the child had swallowed a coin. Seizing the child by the heels, the man held him up, gave him a few shakes & a quarter dropped to the sidewalk.

“Oh, thank you sir!” cried the woman. “You seemed to know just how to get it out of him. Are you a doctor?”

“No, ma’am,” replied the man. “I’m with the Internal Revenue Service.”

It is understandable to be unenthusiastic about paying taxes, but when it comes to giving to the Lord we should have a joyful spirit. After all, He has given us every good thing we have.

- (

2Co 9:7-8 (GNB): "You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly. And God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause."

"After giving something to God, you are no longer accountable for it. Your blessing is based on your giving, not on what others do with the gift."  -  Ed Cole.


The process of sanctification can be compared to an iceberg, which is almost 90% under water. As the sun shines on the iceberg, the exposed part melts, moving the lower part upward.

In the same way, we are usually aware of only a small part of our sinfulness, which is all we can deal with at any one time.

However, as the light of God works in our lives & changes us in the areas we know about, we become aware of new areas needing the work of God.

- 'Discover the Book God Wrote' by Bill Bright (

Job 34:32 (GNB): "Have you asked God to show you your faults, and have you agreed to stop doing evil?"

"Many blush to confess their faults, who never blush to commit them."  - William Secker.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


According to an ancient legend, a man driving one day to Constantinople was stopped by an old woman who asked him for a ride. He took her up beside him & as they drove along, he looked at her & become frightened & asked, "Who are you?"

The old woman replied: "I am Cholera"

Thereupon the peasant ordered the old woman to get down & walk; but she persuaded him to take her along upon her promise that she would not kill more than five people in Constantinople. As a pledge of the promise she handed him a dagger, saying to him that it was the only weapon with which she could be killed. Then she added: "I shall meet you in two days. If I break my promise, you may stab me."

In Constantinople 120 people died of the cholera. The enraged man who had driven her to the city & to whom she had given the dagger as a pledge that she would not kill more than five went out to look for the old woman & meeting her, raised his dagger to kill her. But she stopped him, saying: "I have kept my agreement. I killed only five. Fear killed the others."

This legend is a true parable of life. Where disease kills its thousands, fear kills its tens of thousands. Fear betrays man's spirit, breaks down his defense, disarms him in the battle, unfits him for the work of life & adds terror to the dying bed.

- (

"Negative minds full of fear and doubt produce negative lives, which can ultimately destroy your life."  -  Joyce Meyer.

"For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me." – Job (Job 3:25 KJV)

"Fear God and you'll have nothing else to fear."  - Woodrow Kroll.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


"Between an airplane & every other form of locomotion & transportation there is one great contrast.

The horse & wagon, the automobile, the locomotive, the speedboat & the great battleship - all can come to a standstill without danger & they can all reverse their engines or their power & go back.

But there is no reverse about the engine of an airplane. It cannot back up. It dare not stand still. If it loses its momentum & forward-drives, then it crashes.

The only safety for the airplane is in its forward & upward motion.

The only safe direction for the Christian to take is forward & upward. If he stops, or if he begins to slip & go backward, that moment he is in danger.”

- C. E. Macartney (

"No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on that one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead." - Paul (Phi 3:13)

"The future is as bright as the promises of God."  -  William Carey.