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Express Love Now

The outstanding Christian author, John Powell, related this account of his father’s death. He was weeping in the hospital and one of the nurses tried to console him. He explained to her, “I’m not weeping because my father died (the man was in great pain and death was a release). I cry because he never told me he loved me.”

It’s too late for John Powell and his father, but it may not be...

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True Wealth

Material things can blind us to the true values in life. In the Franklin County Courthouse in Virginia is preserved the will of the man who owned Booker T. Washington as a slave. Since most of his property was in slaves, the owner had listed them by name with his property and set down a price by each one of them. Opposite the name of Booker T. Washington was marked $200.

Was this the fa...

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Where the Money Is

Willy Sutton was a noted bank robber and escape artist. He was a tough Irish kid born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1902. He began his life of crime pilfering small things and then moved to breaking and entering and eventually to robbing banks. In his lifetime he robbed more than 100 banks and served several prison sentences, including a stint in Sing-Sing. He also managed to escape from three of t...

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Check Your Foundation

William Wilberforce, the British statesman and reformer, at the end of his life confessed to his son Henry, “I’m in a very distressed state.”  

“Yes,” Henry replied, “but you have your feet on the Rock.”

When times of distress and trouble come, and they come to all of us, it’s time to check your foundation. What are you standing on today?  

The only adequate foundation f...

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Bitterness in Marriage

There is nothing more common nor more detrimental to marriage than an irritable, quarrelsome, critical spirit. It is so ordinary because it takes no brains, no talent, and no self-denial. It is so detrimental because it makes life miserable for everyone. The Bible warns us against this when it says, “Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter [irritable, quarrelsome, critical] against them” (...

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Free Thinkers

While visiting Hong Kong years ago I asked our guide about his religious faith. He replied, “I’m a free thinker.” I asked a missionary friend what that meant. She said, “He has rejected the gods of his ancestors and now wants to be the god of his own life.”

We have become a nation of free thinkers in America. We’ve elbowed God out of the center of our lives and taken over ourselves.  As...

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Mankind is Your Business

In his book, Trial by Ordeal, Craig Parshall tells of a conversation between Tess and Kevin. A homeless man has died and Kevin felt no responsibility for him. Then Tess reminds him of A Christmas Carol by Dickens where a ghost comes to Scrooge’s door and tells him, “Mankind is your business.”

Then she tells Kevin, “This man is a part of your responsibility. It’s a part...

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The Old Time Religion

At the close of his early Los Angeles crusade a fellow minister said of Billy Graham, “I believe he has set the church back 50 years.”  Graham who never answered his critics replied in jest, “I supposed I have failed.  I intended to set the church back 2,000 years.”

Believing the simple Christian faith is an offense to some.  They say, “To hold on to the old-time religion in our modern...

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Beware of Debt

In a day of easy credit, we must beware of too much debt.  A man and his wife went to a financial advisor for help with their finances.  The man told a friend, “The advisor recommended plastic surgery – that we cut up our credit cards.”  That would solve a lot of financial problems.  By the way, a man told me that his wife’s credit cards were stolen, by a thief.  I asked if he had reported it. ...

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Today's Devotional

The Trustworthiness of Christ

Some startling claims have been made for Jesus Christ. He is acclaimed as the Son of God and the universal Savior of all men. But how do we know that these claims are true and not fairytales or nursery rhymes? How can we be sure Jesus is trustworthy? There are at least three reasons:

1. His universal appeal and magnetism. Jesus is the most fascinating person who ever lived. He has had a unique appeal to people of all classes, cultures, and ages. By common consent, the character of Jesus surpasses that found in any other person. No other character has caught and held the attention of people like he has. Such an unusual and magnetic appeal merits an unusual explanation. The claims must be true.

2. His effects on history. He has energized history as no other person. The test of pragmatism says of the Christian faith: “It works.” Wherever his message has gone, great changes have occurred. Marriages have become more sacred, women have been elevated, education has been stressed, children have been loved more, slaves have been freed, and hospitals have been built. There is more than a chance that reality is behind any person who can hold such positive qualities or religious character that bless our world.

3. Reliable historical records. What we have in the New Testament is a reliable historical witness on par with other historical events. The apostle Paul, who wrote so much about Christ, was an outstanding intellect and intensely educated. His mind could not have been easily captured by hallucination.

The combined evidence is weighty indeed. Jesus is trustworthy. You can believe in him.

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