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By the Grace of God
The guy was BIG. I mean pro football, defensive tackle big... and he was black... and he was a preacher... and he was my partner as we worked on a Habitat... (read more)

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Loving Someone You Can't Stand
Unfortunately, we don't always have the option of avoiding people who irritate, people who hurt us, people who offend us. In fact, sometimes those who irritate us the most are... (read more)

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Fast or Full?
"Life happens fast!" Watch closely. Pay attention. Slow down. Take time. Life comes at us full force from the first... (read more)

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One Mule?
Across the street from my office in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, nearly fifty years ago, there was a gas station, they did not call them “service stations” back... (read more)
A Mother's Day Surprise
Two children ordered their mother to stay in bed one Mother's Day morning. As she lay there looking forward to being... (read more)
There's More to Come
In the year 1815, Napoleon gathered his French forces at Waterloo to battle against the Duke of Wellington. Of course... (read more)
Can't Keep Your Mouth Shut?
As Terry Mikel was speeding toward Tucson, he passed a car, an unmarked Arizona Highway Patrol car. The officer pulled ... (read more)
Showing God's Love
Doug Nichols went to India to be a missionary, but while he was just starting to study the language he became infected... (read more)
The Value Is the Owner
The story is told of an American tourist in Paris who picked up an amber necklace in a trinket shop. When he arrived... (read more)
Learning from Trees
The following ideas are entitled "All I Need To Know About Life I Learned From Trees." The author is not known to... (read more)
Unlocking the Mystery
I heard recently about a man who filled his car with gas at a self-service gas station. After he had paid and driven... (read more)
Don't Save It for the Funeral
An elderly man lay dying in his bed. In death's agony, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate... (read more)
At Just the Right Time!
You see, at just the right time when it appeared that life could not get any worse, when you felt hopeless and when you... (read more)
Thoughtfulness
Don't you love it when people are thoughtful? They think about others, and look for ways to be a blessing to... (read more)
Based on an Idea of Mine
Townsend, the developer of the laser, was once asked if he didn't have a tremendous sense of achievement in all he... (read more)
I Don't Want Them to Change Me!
Elie Wiesel was brought up in a closely knit Jewish community in Sighet, Transylvania (Romania). When he was fifteen... (read more)
Compassion
The following short story comes from an unknown author, but most of us can recognize it as something that could... (read more)
Is It Really Enough?
Jesus said these are the most important things: Love God and love people. My question: Is this enough?... (read more)
Lessons from a Hummingbird
I want to share with you something that happened to me a couple of years ago. I was doing some yard work around the... (read more)
Impulse Buyer
Hello, my name is Steve Higginbotham and I am an impulse buyer. There, I feel better now. But it's true, I'm the... (read more)
Lay Your Burden Down
On August 15, 1930, a New York State Supreme Court Justice named Joseph Carter hailed a cab and was never seen or... (read more)
Missed Opportunities
The story is told of a young man who wished to marry the farmer's beautiful daughter. He went to the farmer... (read more)
Get Rich Quick?
Linda was on vacation playing the slot machines. It was her first time in a casino, and she wasn't sure how the machines... (read more)
Give Thee or Give Me
Well here we are, trapped between the "Thank You" and the "Give Me" seasons. Somehow it seems that Thanksgiving should follow... (read more)
Ready to Vanish Away
An older lady was in the hospital reading her Bible when her doctor came in for his visit. She asked him how she was doing. He told her to read... (read more)
Children on Thanksgiving
With the Thanksgiving holiday soon to arrive for those in the U.S., I thought you might enjoy these excerpts from a book called... (read more)
In My Next Life
I admit it sounds tempting — especially the part about being able to eat and sleep and growl! But, for those of us who are Christians, there's something even... (read more)
The Color of Grace
Ralph Milton tells of a teacher who asked the kids one day, "If all the bad children were painted red and all the good children were painted... (read more)
The Glory of the Groom
Fed up with the way the bride invariably steals the show at her own wedding, the university at which Rob Tombes works (exact school unknown) carried in... (read more)
If You're Not Sure of Your Part
I heard about a junior high music teacher who had just organized a band in her school. The principal was so proud of the music teacher's efforts... (read more)
Looking at Things Differently
A teenage boy lost a contact lens while playing basketball in his driveway. After a fruitless search, he told his mother the lens was... (read more)
Too Slow or Too Hasty?
The story is told of five doctors who went duck shooting one day. Included in the group were a general practitioner, a pediatrician, a psychiatrist... (read more)
When You Care Enough
Somehow those cards truly don't seem very appropriate for a card company that advertises with the slogan... (read more)
Last Will and Testament
In 1926, a wealthy Toronto lawyer named Charles Vance Millar died, leaving behind him a will that amused and electrified the citizens of his Canadian... (read more)
The Bigger Picture
Leith Anderson shared a story about when he was a boy. He grew up outside of New York City and was an avid fan of the old Brooklyn Dodgers. One day, his... (read more)
Broken Spirit
I have heard that there is a monastery in Greece perched high on a cliff, several hundred feet in the air. The only... (read more)
Willing to Be Weirdos
I have a good friend who recently taught a Bible class made up of 4-year-olds. The lesson dealt with one of the widows in the New Testament... (read more)
The Comforter
One Sunday, a mother could not attend church due to illness and asked her young daughter what the lesson had been... (read more)
Something Bigger
A number of years ago, Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks did a popular series of comedy sketches called the... (read more)
The Pleasure of Tight Boots
I heard about a preacher and farmer who bought a brand new pair of boots. However, the boots turned out... (read more)
Unrecognized Workers
One afternoon a man came home from work to find total mayhem in his house. His three children were outside... (read more)
New Wood
When the great poet and author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was well along in years, his head as white as snow... (read more)
Worst Analogy
The Washington Post held a contest of the "worst analogies ever written in a high school essay." Listed... (read more)
More than the Wrapping Paper for Christmas
For awhile, Christmas was banned in Boston and much of New England. Yes, Christmas was banned; a feast or... (read more)
Giving Back to God What Is His
I love the story of a church that had a parking problem. It was right next door to a store that was closed... (read more)
Appreciating God's Blessings
Two old friends bumped into one another on the street one day. One of them looked forlorn, almost on the verge... (read more)
Thinking about God
In the days of the circuit riders a minister was out riding one afternoon and came upon a man out working... (read more)
A Story About A Giant
Jewish poet and storyteller, Noah ben Shea, tells this parable: After dinner, the children turned to Jacob and asked if... (read more)
A Time to Rest
One afternoon, I was in the back yard hanging the laundry when an old, tired-looking dog wandered into the... (read more)
Whatever the Need
One Saturday, Ken Erickson's wife cleaned out leftovers from the refrigerator. She gave the one remaining portion... (read more)


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