Show Me-Don't Tell Me

A boy came home from school one day with a note from his teacher saying she had to punish him for swearing. His father took him aside and said, "Well, son, what about it?"...

Stepping Stones to Success

Many achievements in life have come from a setback, an accident, or some kind of crisis or even suffering. For instance, the first cars had to be started by cranking the motor by hand...

Teachable

Seeing is not always believing. Old beliefs as well as old habits die hard. For centuries people believed Aristotle's opinion that the heavier an object, the faster it would fall to earth...

The Power of Relationships

It is a well-known medical and scientific fact that life without significant relationships is not only meaningless, but very unhealthy.In his book, The Broken Heart, James Lynch says, "Most of the people I deal with have at the root of their physical problems the problem of loneliness...

The Power of Holding Hands

Robert Faughum suggested, "Think of what a better world it would be if all of us-the whole world-had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon, and then lay down with our blankets for a nap...

What a Good Church Can Do for You

A Gallop poll several years ago showed that the number one personal need expressed by 82 percent of the American adult population was having a "good family life."...

Benefits From Trials

For twelve long years John Bunyan languished in prison. It was here, however, that he wrote his famous Pilgrim's Progress, one of the world's most read books...

The Death of Death

The late Dr. Harry Ironside had told the story about a Hungarian countess who was an atheist. She commanded that her body be buried in a stone casket in a mausoleum that was to be built around it...

How to Forgive When You Can't

"Dear Dick," a Daily Encounter reader writes, "I currently have a very bad relationship with my half-sister who blames my mother for taking my father away from her. I know I should forgive her, but I cannot...

Happy Mother's Day

Lee Strobel tells about a mother from Costa Mesa, California, who told about the day her three-year old son was on her heels wherever she went. She was having trouble doing her routine chores...

How to Fight Fair, Part I

I recall hearing the pastor of a large church, when celebrating his twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, declare that he and his wife had never had a conflict. I didn't believe him...

Tips for Leaders

On an occasion following a great victory Napoleon was asked how he made his army cross the Alps and he replied, "One does not make an army cross the Alps; one leads it across."...

A Voice in the Night

"Sit up!" the voice in the night said, "and take a deep breath."It was a stormy night, a personal friend shared, and we were awakened by an extremely loud clap of thunder. After the initial fright, checking the kids and the house, we went back to bed and to sleep...

Under His Care

In Mark's gospel, Jesus made a fascinating statement that some have misunderstood. Speaking of believers, He said, "They will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover"...

Purpose in Suffering

Jeris E. Bragan wrote about an old violin maker who chose the wood for his instruments from the north side of the trees because this was the side that faced the fiercest windstorms...

Changing Course?

The following was circulated in an email some time ago but has a timely message that is good to be reminded about. As the large ship cruised ahead through the night darkness, a message from ahead was received: "Make a course adjustment to avoid a collision."...


Warning! Danger Ahead

One of today's great tragedies is that as a nation, the U.S. is moving farther and farther away from God as more and more we are pushing God out of our society. God certainly is no longer LORD of our nation...

Resurrection from Death

"Max Lucado in his book, Six Hours One Friday, tells the story of a missionary in Brazil who discovered a tribe of Indians in a remote part of the jungle. They lived near a large river...

Love's Most Amazing Story ... Part I

Karl Barth, famous though controversial, contemporary Swiss theologian, was a great thinker, a prolific writer, and a professor at several European universities. On one occasion he was confronted by a reporter who wanted a brief summary of his twelve thick volumes on church dogmatics...

How's Your Aim?

Somebody has facetiously said, "Blessed be he who aimeth at nothing for he shall surely hit it!"On the same theme, Bill Bernbach made the following insightful comment: "If you stand for something, you will always find some people for you and some against you...

The Fool-ishness of Atheism

The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God,'" and "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction...

Away With Christianity! Crucify It!

"In about 1930, Nikolai Bukharin journeyed from Moscow to Kiev. His mission was to address a huge assembly; his subject, atheism. For a solid hour, he aimed his heavy artillery at Christianity...

A Parent's Influence

Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck...

Come and Dine

Mark Early in BreakPoint shares "why Miriam Weinstein's new book,The Surprising Power of Family Meals, is so valuable" for family health and quality living—especially for the children

Prophetic Confirmation

According to an article in Christian Victory, Holiday Inn had a plan to erect a hotel on the Mount of Olives. They sent engineers to survey the hotel site to make preparations for building

Genuine Worship

The word "worship" comes from an old English word "worth-ship" meaning to acknowledge the worth of someone.