Richard (Dick) Innes: I Hate My Job. What Should I Do? (2 Thessalonians 3:10)

According to an article by Eric Metaxas in BreakPoint Daily, "More than 5,000 people jammed a sports arena for a conference featuring motivational speakers.... One of the speakers asked a simple question: 'If you went home tonight and found that a long lost relative had died and left you ten million dollars, would you be at work tomorrow?'

Richard (Dick) Innes: God Moves in A Mysterious Way (1 John 5:14-15)

From time to time I encourage Daily Encounter subscribers to start his or her day with the following prayer: "Dear God, again today I commit and trust my life and way to you. I am available, please make me usable, use me to be a witness for Jesus, and help me to be 'as Jesus' in some way to every life I touch-today!"

Richard (Dick) Innes: Does Jesus Care When My Heart Is Pained? (Luke 19:41-42)

Walter Wangerin in his book, The Manger Is Empty, "has a wonderful story, called 'Matthew, Seven, Eight, and Nine' about how he tried to stop his son Matthew from stealing comic books. He tried various uses of the law over several years and continued to fail. Finally, he resorted to something he rarely used: a spanking. He did it deliberately, almost ritualistically, and he was so upset when he finished that he left the room and wept. After pulling himself back together, he went in to Matthew an



Richard Innes: A Sermon Walking

n 1953 reporters gathered at a Chicago railway station waiting to meet the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize winner. He was a big man, six-feet-four tall with bushy hair and a large mustache...

Richard Innes: Sometimes Dads Win

When singer John Davidson was learning to drive, he wanted a car of his own. His father, a Baptist minister, told him he could have a car providing he got good grades at school...

Richard Innes: Rising Above Discouragement

"These boys won't make it. Go back to Liverpool, Mr. Epstein, you have a good business there." This is what a recording company executive told the Beatles' manager...


Richard Innes: When God Becomes a Drug

"My name is Leo. I am an alcoholic, a co-dependent, a religious addict and a religious abuser. I am a recovering priest." This is how the Rev. Leo Booth, an Episcopal priest introduces himself...

Richard Innes: Scary Leap of Faith

Brennan Manning in his book, The Ragamuffin Gospel, tells about a child caught on the second floor of his house when it was on fire...

Richard Innes: On Logs and Splinters

An issue of Our Daily Bread shares an incident in the life of English evangelist George Whitefield (1714-1770). On one occasion Whitefield received a very critical letter accusing him...

Richard Innes: The Gagging of God

In the last quarter century or more we've spent millions of dollars on church growth but there has been little increase in the number of Americans being born again...

Richard Innes: Being Authentic

In his book, The Transparent Self, Sydney Jourard explains, "When I say that self-disclosure is a means by which one achieves personality health, I mean something like the following...

Richard Innes: "I Will Come Again"

"While on a South Pole expedition, British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton left a few men on Elephant Island, promising that he would return...


Richard Innes: Talk Is Cheap

A man bought a parrot at an auction after some heavy bidding. "I hope this bird talks," he told the auctioneer. "Talk?" the auctioneer replied, "Who do you think has been bidding against you for the past ten minutes?" Sad to say we seem to be living in a day when a person's word has less and less value...

Richard Innes: Wishes vs. Wants

One of my favorite quotes happens to be from a Buddhist monk who wisely said, "To know and not to do is not yet to know." To translate this into our Christian terminology we could put it this way...

More About Hell? Part II

Yesterday we shared experiences that Dr. Maurice Rawlings had when working with near-death patients. "Dr. Rawlings was a specialist in cardiovascular diseases...

More About Hell? Part I

Hell. Not a popular topic by any stretch of the imagination. And these days it isn't a popular or politically correct topic to preach, write or talk about as if it were a reality. For many, hell is a place they hope doesn't exist...

Bowls With a Bias

In Australia, where I grew up, outdoor lawn bowls was a very popular sport. I never took an active interest in it even though my mother and some cousins were avid players...

What If There Were No Kangaroos?

Imagine, if you can, living in a world without birds, animals, flowers, grass, mountains, rivers, oceans, blue skies, and starry, moonlight nights. Fortunately, it isn't so...

God of Second Chances

As far as following God was concerned, Jonah failed hopelessly. He defiantly did the opposite of what he knew he was supposed to do. But did God reject him? No. God allowed him to experience failure...

Uncommon Common Sense

Have you ever noticed that common sense is not very common and that much of our reasoning is not always reasonable? We have all sorts of reasons and excuses for why we say what we say and do what we do. And then there are the real reasons-the motives behind our choices and actions...

An Answer for Loneliness

"Loneliness, it's such a sad affair," Karen Carpenter expressed in her popular song some years back. Apparently she knew firsthand what she was singing about as she ended her own life through self-starvation...

Swallowing Camels

I recall reading the following story about how on one Sunday morning a usually long-winded pastor preached his shortest, but one of his most effective, sermons ever...