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A friend of mine texted me Isaiah 41:10 which God has used in my life this week: “Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.” Continue Reading…

the-soul-winner-how-to-lead-sinners-to-the-saviorCharles Spurgeon tells of a man who once went to chapel to listen to the singing, but he didn’t want to hear the preaching. So as soon as the pastor began speaking, the man put his fingers in his ears. But after a while, and insect landed on his face, and so he had to take one finger out of his ear to brush it off. Just as he did, the pastor said, “He had has ears to hear, let him hear.” The man listened, and God met him at that point to his soul’s conversion (Spurgeon’s Sermons, Baker, 1:306).

A missionary to Africa many years ago told of a woman who came to every service, accompanied by her dog. She would sit on the outside, next to the aisle. At the end of the service, when the pastor gave the invitation to come forward for prayer, she would go forward, and the dog would come along beside her. Continue Reading…

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A man was shoveling snow from his driveway when two boys carrying snow shovels approached him.

“Shovel your snow, Mister?” one of them asked. “Only two dollars!”

Puzzled, the man replied, “Can’t you see that I’m doing it myself?”

“Sure,” said the enterprising lad; “that’s why we asked. We get most of our business from people who are half through and feel like quitting!”

Dr. V. Raymond Edman used to say to the students at Wheaton (Illinois) College, “It’s always too soon to quit!” And Charles Spurgeon reminded his London congregation, “By perseverance, the snail reached the ark” (Wiersbe’s sermon on Acts 18).



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I have read about a man named Wilmer McLean who refused to participate in the Civil War. He adamantly opposed taking sides. He had friends in the North and friends in the South. Continue Reading…

pilgramsI was walking through a gift store yesterday, one week before Thanksgiving, and noticed that all the seasonal sales were Christmas. Apparently, after the Halloween stuff went down; the Christmas stuff went up. What about Thanksgiving? Then I thought, “That is okay with me, at least maybe this holiday will not get commercialized and stripped of its spiritual significance.” Continue Reading…

sermon illustrationsI read about one such minister who was preaching that the word “in” (“i,” “n”) did not necessarily mean “inside”; it means, “close to, round about, or nearby”. He went on to say that the Bible said Jonah was“in” the stomach of the great fish, and “in” simply meant, “close to, roundabout, or nearby”. After the service, a man came up to him and said that his sermon was the most comforting message he had ever heard. It had cleared up so many difficult things to believe in the Bible; like when the three Hebrew young men were thrown “in” the fiery furnace and were not burned – well, that was because they were really never in there, but close to or nearby. And Daniel “But,” the man went on to say, “the most encouraging thing about your explanation of “in” is that even though I don’t believe the gospel, if I’m wrong, I won’t actually be ‘in’ hell, I’ll just be close to or nearby” (From Stephen Davey’s sermon on Revelation 12:7-10 at Wisdom for the Heart).


Are You Getting Old?

September 13, 2014 — Leave a comment

old carsHave you ever felt like the world around you is getting older, faster than you? A woman was sitting in the waiting room for her first appointment with her new dentist. She noticed his diploma hanging on the wall and thought she recognized his name. She remembered that a tall, dark-haired boy with the same name had been in her high school class many years ago. Could it be the same guy she had a big crush on back in the fifties? Continue Reading…

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I READ the following story that was recorded in the police log in Sarasota, Florida. It was a story of something that occurred there that was rather humorous. An elderly Florida woman did her shopping and upon returning to her car, found four men in the act of leaving with her vehicle. She dropped her shopping bags and, having prepared for a moment like this when she would need protection, drew from her purse a handgun. Not only had she been trained and licensed to carry it, she was prepared to fire it. She yelled at the top of her lungs, “I have a gun, and I know how to use it! Get out of the car, now!” Continue Reading…

Pastor and freelance writer Mark Buchanan tells about a conversation he had with a young philosophy student in his early twenties. Mark had officiated a wedding on a gorgeous day on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, and at the reception the student asked Mark if he really believed all that religious stuff he had spouted at the church. Continue Reading…

THE FIRE OF GOD’S JUDGMENT IS COMING! Christ warns this church in Thyatira, just as He warned the prophets of Baal through Elijah. The One is coming with eyes of fire and feet with red hot heat.

At 2 o’clock in the morning, if you heard a noise, got up, looked out your window, and saw the woods around you on fire and could tell by the direction of the wind that the fire was going to sweep over your neighbor’s house, where they were sleeping, what would you do?

Would you stand there and debate, “Wouldn’t they rather be left alone? They’re probably sound asleep. Besides, if I get them up, they are going to have to run out in their pajamas and that might be embarrassing; they might be really uncomfortable with fire trucks and news vans and camer as everywhere. I tell you what – I won’t disturb them!”?

Would that be the right and loving thing to do? No! The loving thing would be to run over, break their door down, yell “Fire!”, run upstairs, turn on the lights, and wake them so they can get out.

Confronting the sinner for this church, and for any church, is the action of a loving body that attempts to awaken the sinning believer who is being deceived by the spiritually deadening pleasure of sin. It is the loving, firm, caring, passionate attempt to rescue someone before the fire of judgment reaches them (Stephen Davey sermon).