Wednesday, August 16, 2017


A life insurance leaflet contains the following:

A father & a girl of 10 yrs, 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 4 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 & wait!

- Gospel Chimes. (

Lord Jesus said: “After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back. Then I will take you with me, so that you can be where I am.” (John 14:3 ERV)

“I will charge my soul to believe and wait for Him, and will follow His providence, and not go before it, nor stay behind it.” -  Samuel Rutherford.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


An old lady in England had stood the bombings with amazing grit during WWII. When asked the secret of her fortitude amidst such frightful danger, she replied:

“Well, every night I say my prayers & then I remember what the pastor told us, God is always watching. With that thought, I go to sleep. After all, there’s no need for two of us to lie awake.”

- The Christian Century. (

Ps 121:5 (NLT): “The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.”

Ps 145:20 (VOICE): “All of you who love God - He will watch out for you, but total destruction is around the corner for all the wicked.”

Monday, August 14, 2017


President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862. The moment it went into effect on January 1, 1863, every slave living in the Confederacy was legally free.

But until they knew of their freedom, the legal fact had no impact on their lives.

In fact, Union soldiers carried hundreds of thousands of copies of the proclamation & passed them out as they made their way through the South during the war.

Christ has set us free from power of sin. We must recognize that fact & live like it.

Source: ‘The Pulling Down of Strongholds’, R.B. Ouellette (

Gal 5:1 (GNT): “Freedom is what we have - Christ has set us free! Stand, then, as free people, and do not allow yourselves to become slaves again.”

“To serve God, to love God, to enjoy God, is the sweetest freedom in the world.” -  Thomas Watson.

“If you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ you are free.” -  D.L. Moody.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Said the robin to the sparrow,
"I should really like to know
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about, and worry so?"

Said the sparrow to the robin,
"Friend, I think that it must be
They have no Heavenly Father
Such as cares for you and me."

- Elizabeth Cheyney (
Mat 10:29 - 31 (HCSB): “Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s consent. But even the hairs of your head have all been counted.  So don’t be afraid therefore; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

“Worry is like a rocking chair-it keeps you moving but doesn't get you anywhere. - Corrie Ten Boom.


Her exalted rank did not give Queen Victoria immunity from the trials of a grandmother.

One of her grandsons, whose recklessness in spending money provoked her strong disapproval, wrote to the 
Queen reminding her of his approaching birthday & delicately suggesting that money would be the most acceptable gift.

In her own hand she answered, sternly reproving the youth for the sin of extravagance & urging upon him the practice of economy.

His reply staggered her:

"Dear Grandma, thank you for your kind letter of advice. I have sold the same for five pounds."

- (

“Many receive advice, only the wise profit by it.” - Publius Syrus.

Pro 19:20 (GW): “Listen to advice and accept discipline so that you may be wise the rest of your life.”

“The true secret in giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not and never persist in trying to set people right.” Hannah Whitall Smith, Evangelist.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


What various hindrances we meet
In coming to a mercy seat!
Yet who that knows the worth of prayer,
But wishes to be often there?

Prayer makes the darken’d cloud withdraw,
Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw,
Gives exercise to faith and love,
Brings every blessing from above.

Restraining prayer, we cease to fight;
Prayer makes the Christian’s armour bright;
And Satan trembles when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.

- William Cowper (

Mat 17:21 (EXB):  That kind of spirit comes out only if you use prayer and fasting.”

“Unless I had the spirit of prayer, I could do nothing.” -  Charles Finney.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Billy Bray, when he heard someone telling a long story of troubles & sorrows endured, exclaimed:

"I've had my trials & troubles. The Lord has given me both vinegar & honey, but He has given me the vinegar with a teaspoon & the honey with a bucket."

- Robert G. Lee, Moody Monthly (

“Difficulties and obstacles are God's challenges to faith. When hindrances confront us in the path of duty, we are to recognize them as vessels for faith to fill with the fullness and all-sufficiency of Jesus.” - A.B. Simpson.

Ps 34:19 (NKJV): “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

“We cannot always trace God's hand, but we can always trust God's heart.” -  Charles Spurgeon.             

Monday, August 7, 2017


Bishop Taylor Smith used to write the following in his autograph books:

“The worried cow would have lived till now
If she had saved her breath;
But she feared her hay wouldn't last all day,
And she mooed herself to death.”

- (             

“What else does anxiety about the future bring you but sorrow upon sorrow?” -  Thomas a Kempis.

Mat 6:31-34 (CEV): “Don’t worry and ask yourselves, ‘Will we have anything to eat? Will we have anything to drink? Will we have any clothes to wear?’ Only people who don’t know God are always worrying about such things. Your Father in heaven knows that you need all of these. But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well. Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. You have enough to worry about today.”

“Prayer is an acknowledgment of faith; worry is a denial of faith.” – Selected.

Sunday, August 6, 2017


In World War 1, an English soldier watched in horror when his lifelong friend fell under gunfire. All the soldiers had to retreat. The soldier asked permission from the lieutenant to fetch his friend from the no-mans-land.

The lieutenant agreed but added: "It is hardly worth it. Your friend is probably dead & you may die too."

The soldier did not care about the warning & miraculously he did reach his friend, lifted him to his shoulders & stumbled back. He was wounded in the process.

The lieutenant helped them to safety & noticed the soldier's friend was already dead.

"I am sorry for your friend - but I told you it was not worth it. Your friend is dead & now you are also seriously wounded."

"I have to disagree with you, Sir. It was worth it", the soldier answered.

"What do you mean?" the lieutenant wondered.

"It was worth it", the soldier repeated. "When I got to my friend, he was still alive & said ‘Jim, I knew you would never leave me.’"

- (

“There's no use doing a kindness if you do it a day too late.” -  Charles Kingsley.

Gal 6:10 (VOICE): “So seize any opportunity the Lord gives you to do good things and be a blessing to everyone.…”


Among the signs of backsliding are indifference to prayer and self-examination; trifling or unprofitable conversation; neglect of public worship; shunning the people of God; association with the world; thinking lightly of sin; neglect of the Bible; and often gross immorality.

- C. Buck (

Heb 6:4-6 (NHEB): "For concerning those who were once enlightened and tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the age to come, and then fell away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance; seeing they crucify the Son of God for themselves again, and put him to open shame."

"Backsliding, generally first begins with neglect of private prayer." -  J.C. Ryle.


Thursday, August 3, 2017


A Welsh lady, when she lay dying, was visited by her minister. He said to her, “Sister, are you sinking?”

She answered him not a word, but looked at him with incredulous eye. He repeated the question, “Sister, are you sinking?”

She looked at him again as if she could not believe he would ask such a question.

At last, rising a little in her bed, she said, “Sinking! Sinking! Did you ever know a sinner to sink through a rock? If I had been standing on the sand, I might sink; but thank God, I'm on the Rock of Ages, and there is no sinking there.”

- C. H. Spurgeon (

Ps 40:2 (WEB): “He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay. He set my feet on a rock, and gave me a firm place to stand.”

“Take your stand on the Rock of Ages. Let death, let the judgment come: the victory is Christ's and yours through Him.” -  D.L. Moody.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


The story is told of a farmer who was known for his generous giving & whose friends could not understand how he could give so much & yet remain so prosperous.

One day a spokesman for his friends said: “We cannot understand you. You give far more than any of the rest of us & yet you always seem to have more to give.”

“Oh, that is easy to explain,” the farmer said. “I keep shoveling into God's bin & God keeps shoveling back into mine & God has the bigger shovel.”

- Dr. Herbert Lockyer (

Luke 6:38 (ERV): “Give to others, and you will receive. You will be given much. It will be poured into your hands - more than you can hold. You will be given so much that it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you.”

“God has a way of giving by the cartloads to those who give away by shovelfuls.” -  Charles Spurgeon.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


At night as Dr. Horatius Bonar retired to rest, his last action before he laid down to sleep was to draw aside the curtain & looking up into the starry sky, say: "Perhaps tonight, Lord?"

In the morning, as he arose, his first movement was to raise the curtain & looking out upon the gray dawn, remark: "Perhaps today, Lord?"

- The Dawn. (

“We ought to be living as if Jesus died yesterday, rose this morning, and is coming back this afternoon.” -  Adrian Rogers.

Rom 13:11 (TLB): “Another reason for right living is this: you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for the coming of the Lord is nearer now than when we first believed.”

Monday, July 31, 2017


While the last Prince of Wales was on a visit to the Midlands, he went into a certain workingman's home.

Next day, the workingman told his mates sadly: "I never expected him, nor did my wife. The house was untidy & I hadn't washed. We shall never forgive ourselves. If we had known he was coming, we should have been ready for him."

The Prince of Peace is coming again, in power, to this earth of ours & we know not the day or the hour. The one question for all is, "Are we ready to meet Him?"

- Intermediate Young People (

Lord Jesus said: “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work.” (Rev 22:12 NKJV)

“The man who gets ahead is the man who works while others sleep.” -  Jack Hyles.         

Sunday, July 30, 2017


A proud boy from a noble home in the Punjab entered a mission school but flared into open rebellion on being compelled to read the Christian Scriptures.

Rather than receive religious instruction under compulsion, he left the school & became ringleader of a hostile gang which threw stones at the preacher. His final protest was publicly to burn copies of the Gospel.

Then a miracle began & his mind was so disturbed that he determined, a few days later, that unless he could find some answer to his problems, he would take his own life.

That night he found Christ, became His bond-slave & found in Him the answer to all his problems. He gave the rest of his life to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in India & then ventured into Tibet with the same glorious Gospel. From there he never returned.

That man was Sadhu Sundar Singh          

- (

Jn 8: 31-32 (Phillips): So Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, “If you are faithful to what I have said, you are truly my disciples. And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free!”

“There is no greater discovery than seeing God as the author of your destiny.”-  Ravi Zacharias.

Friday, July 28, 2017


Two drunkards were saved.

One said the inclination of drink was taken completely from him. He could do business in a bar room & not desire a drink.

The other said, "Not a day has passed since my submission to God that I have not wanted a drink; but God has kept me from yielding."

God deals differently with his children. In one case He may remove the temptation, in another He may leave the temptation & give grace to overcome it.

Where there is daily trusting Christ to keep you out of sin, there is daily victory, no matter what your particular temptation may be.

- The Gospel Herald. (

“One of the best results of temptation is that it shows us what is in our hearts.” -  A.B. Simpson.

1 Cor 10:13 (ESV): “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

“If we didn't have to stand against temptation, we'd never know our own spiritual strength.” -  Joyce Meyer.

Thursday, July 27, 2017


"One night when my wife was at prayer meeting I began to grow very miserable. I did not know what the matter with me was, but finally retired before my wife came home.

In the morning I could eat no breakfast & went to the office. I told my clerks they could take a holiday & I shut myself in the office. I kept growing more & more miserable & finally got down & asked God to forgive my sins.

I did not say 'for Jesus' sake,' for I was a Unitarian (who believe that Jesus was a mere human-being) & I did not believe in the Atonement.

I kept praying, `God, forgive my sins'; but no answer came.

At last in desperation I cried, `O God, for Christ's sake, forgive my sins,' and I found peace at once."

This man had no access to God until he came in the name of Christ, but when he came thus, he was answered at once.

- Sunday School Times. ( 

“To see how Christ was prophesied and described therein, consider and mark, how that the lamb must be without spot or blemish; and so was Christ only of all mankind, in the sight of God and of His law.” -  William Tyndale.

Acts 4:12 (NLV): “There is no way to be saved from the punishment of sin through anyone else. For there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we can be saved.”

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


There was in a certain village, a very mean man who sold wood to his neighbors & who always took advantage of them by cutting his logs a few inches under the required four feet.

One day the report was circulated that the woodchopper had been saved. Nobody believed the report, for they all declared that he was beyond being reached.

One man, however, slipped quietly out of the grocery store where the ‘transformation’ was being discussed & soon came back running in excitement & shouted: "It's so! He has been!"

They all asked: "How do you know?"

"Why, I have been over & measured the wood that he cut yesterday. It is good four feet long!"

That testimony convinced the crowd.

This is, to be sure, a very homely incident, but it brings out the important truth that the person who accepts Christ must first of all become a new man - his new faith must make a difference in his life.

- Rufus M. Jones (

2 Cor 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.”

“To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.” -  John Henry Newman.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


A noted preacher was invited to preach away from home one weekend. Arriving at the station he stood with his suitcase waiting for someone to claim him.

A motor drew up & the driver asked, "Are you Mr. Brown?"

"Yes," he answered, whereupon his luggage was placed in the car which was immediately driven away. He was wondering what to do next, when another & more handsome car drew up to his side.

"Mr. Brown, I think?" observed the gentleman who was driving.

"Yes. But someone else has just asked me that & gone off with my luggage!"

"Oh, that was a servant of mine. I sent him for your luggage, but I've come for you myself."

The Lord Himself will come for His people. Even an angel would not do.

- Christian Herald, London. (

“And since I’m going away to prepare a place for you, I’ll come back again and welcome you into my presence, so that you may be where I am.” – Lord Jesus (John 14:3 ISV)

“On the whole, God's love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for Him.” -  C.S. Lewis.

Monday, July 24, 2017


In an address delivered at the centennial celebration of the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, in 1884, Dr. William Speer told of a man, Luke Short, who died in New England at the age of 116.

When over a century old, this man was saved by remembering a sermon which he had heard century before in England on the text “If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be kept from being with Christ. The Lord is coming soon!” (I Cor 16:22 NLV).

As we hear today the voices of century ago echoing within the walls of this church, let us pray that the message they bring to us shall not be without profit & inspiration.

- (

Isa 55:11 (GW): “My word, which comes from my mouth, is like the rain and snow. It will not come back to me without results. It will accomplish whatever I want and achieve whatever I send it to do.”

“An honest heart is open to the Word.” -  A.W. Pink.

Sunday, July 23, 2017


William Bernard writes as follows:

"While in Java we called on a Chinese lady who held a good position. She told us that not very long before, she heard the sound of an unfamiliar voice while in her own home one day. No speaker was visible, but the message was clear & unmistakable. It was in her language - 'Messiah is coming!'

She was a Christian; however the name 'Messiah' she had never heard before. Thinking that she was being advised that a visitor was coming to call on her, she began to think of the entertainment of the coming guest.

Again, however, she heard the voice, this time saying, 'Messiah is coming soon.'

Perplexed, she went to a Christian friend & asked who Messiah was. She was informed that the Messiah was Jesus Christ.

Thus God gave to this Chinese lady in her own home in that far-away island the Second Advent message, 'Messiah is coming soon.'"

- (

“Remember, I am coming soon! God will bless everyone who pays attention to the message of this book.” – Lord Jesus Christ. (Rev 22:7 CEV)

Friday, July 21, 2017


In 1985, for the first time in more than 50 years, Congress authorized the issue of official US government gold coins.

Beginning in 1986 these new coins came on the market. Each of these American Eagles, as they are known, is guaranteed by the US Mint to contain the stated amount of pure 22 karat gold.

They come in 1/10, 1/4, 1/2, and 1-ounce sizes & buyers from around the world trust these coins because they trust the promises of the United States government that the coins are what they claim to be.

When it comes to Scripture, we have something far more reliable than the guarantee of a government - we have the promises of Almighty God that His Word is perfect & pure.

- (

Ps 12:6 (GNT): “The promises of the Lord can be trusted; they are as genuine as silver refined seven times in the furnace.”

“If you are a child of God, know that every promise in the Bible is yours. The Bible is a gold mine, waiting for someone to take out its riches.” Lee Roberson.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


If a man sleeps & nods, even for a second of time, when he is at the wheel of an automobile, the automobile will be wrecked.

If when a plane is taking off or landing, the pilot loses control, even for the fraction of a second, the wreck of the plane & the death of the passengers will be the result.

It is not otherwise with a man's life.

A moment's carelessness, a moment's loss of self-control, may wreck his happiness & lay him in the dust.

- (

2 Tim 1:7 (NET): “For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

“Character is made by many acts. It may be lost by a single act.” – Author unknown.

Pro 16:32 (NLT): “Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.”

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


It is said that Napoleon once lost control of his horse & a private jumping into the path of the horse took control of it.

Napoleon then said, “Thank you, Captain.”

With that one word Napoleon promoted the soldier from the rank of private to captain, but it was because that soldier put his general first.

Likewise, God promises to honor His servants.

Source: Billy Sunday, the Man and His Message, William T. Ellis (

Js 4:10 (NLT): “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.”

“Every Christian bears Christ's name; live as an honor to His name.” -  Woodrow Kroll.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


When 67-year-old carpenter Russell Herman died in 1994, his will included a staggering set of bequests.

Included in his plan for distribution was more than 2 billion dollars for the City of East St. Louis, another billion and a half for the State of Illinois, two and a half billion for the national forest system & to top off the list, Herman left 6 trillion dollars to the government to help pay off the national debt.

That sounds amazingly generous, but there was a small problem - Herman’s only asset when he died was a 1983 Oldsmobile car.

He made grand pronouncements, but there was no real generosity involved. His promises were meaningless because there was nothing to back them up.

Source: Chicago Tribune, (

1 John 3:18 (NOG): “Dear children, we must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words.”

“You can always give without loving, but you can never love without giving.” -  Amy Carmichael.

Monday, July 17, 2017


A group of churches was raising a fund of $30,000 to finance missionary projects in Africa & South America.

A little church whose members lost nearly all their property in a terrible dam disaster sent a check for $209. 

The secretary of the missionary society sponsoring the work was reproached for accepting the gift: "Doesn't it hurt your conscience to take money from people so `hard up'?"

The secretary replied, "Did the Lord tell the widow to come back and take her two mites out of the treasury box?"

- Sunday School Times. (

Mat 6:3-4 (NET): “But when you do your giving, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your gift may be in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.”

“Christian giving is to be marked by self-sacrifice and self-forgetfulness, not by self-congratulation. -  John Stott.

Sunday, July 16, 2017


A lady was standing in front of a casino when she was approached by a desperate looking man, “Please!” the man begged frantically, “Could you possibly spare $500. My wife is very sick & I really need the money to take her to the doctor & to buy her the medicine she needs.”

The lady looked at him suspiciously & said, “If I give you $500, how do I know you won’t just go into a casino & gamble it all away?”

The man quickly responded, “Oh no, I wouldn’t do that! I’ve got gambling money!”

- (

“Let us think often that our only business in this life is to please God. Perhaps all besides is but folly and vanity.” -  Brother Lawrence.          

Lord Jesus said: “And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, because I always do what pleases him.” (John 8:29 GNT)

Friday, July 14, 2017


In West Texas is a famous oil-field known as the Yates Pool. During the Depression, this field was a sheep ranch owned by a man named Ira Yates.

Mr. Yates was not able to make enough money on his ranching operation to pay the principal & interest on the mortgage, so he was in danger of losing his ranch.

With little money for clothes or food, his family like many others had to live on government subsidy. Day after day, as he grazed his sheep, he wondered how he would be able to pay his bills.

Then a seismograph crew from an oil company came into the area & told Mr. Yates that there might be oil on his land. They asked permission to drill a wildcat well & he signed a lease contract.

At 1,115 ft they struck a huge oil reserve. The first well came in at 80,000 barrels a day. Many of the later wells were more than twice as large. 30 years after the first well was drilled, all the wells still had the potential of pumping 125,000 barrels of oil a day.

And Mr. Yates owned it all! The day he purchased the property he received the oil & mineral rights, yet he was living on government assistance.

A multi-millionaire living in poverty!

The problem? He did not know the oil was there. He owned it, but he did not know it!

Jesus Christ came so that you might have life, full & meaningful. Yet, many people are not aware of all that is theirs even though it's right at their fingertips.

Lord Jesus said in John 10:10... "I have come that they may have life, and that they might have it abundantly."

Don't just sit on it. Live it!

- (

“When you become satisfied with God, however, everything else so loses its charm that He can give it to you without harm.” -  A.B. Simpson.

Thursday, July 13, 2017


A traveler seeing a lone shepherd asked him what weather it would be.

"It will be," answered the shepherd, "what weather pleases me."

When asked for an explanation, he said, "Sir, it shall be whatever weather pleases God; and what weather pleases God pleases me."

How much more content we would all be, if we were more conscious of the fact that all things are directed by our heavenly Father for our final good.

- (

“To be always in a thankful state of heart before God is not to be considered a high plane of spirituality but rather the normal attitude of one who believes that ‘all things work together for good to them that love God, who are called according to his purpose.’" -  William Law.

Num 11:1 (GNT): “The people began to complain to the Lord about their troubles. When the Lord heard them, he became angry and sent fire on the people. It burned among them and destroyed one end of the camp.”