The War Is Over

News traveled slowly in the old days.  Most of the time this was just inconvenient, but sometimes it was tragic. This was the case at the conclusion of the War of 1812.  Two weeks after the Treaty of Ghent was signed, officially bringing the war to an end, British forces under Edward Pakenham assaulted New… [Read More]

After the Sermon

I heard somewhere about a church service in which the preacher preached a powerful sermon, and afterwards one of the elders got up and prayed, “The preacher has lit many a spark in our hearts; Lord, help us water them.”  I don’t think he meant for it to come out like that! Still, that prayer… [Read More]

Measured Back to You

Leroy Brownlow tells the story of a baker in a little country town who made amazing pastries.  Every Monday morning the baker would purchase his butter from a nearby farmer in one pound bricks.  One morning the baker returned to his shop with his bricks of butter and suspected that his bricks were not actually… [Read More]

The Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep

A story from the World War II era tells about a serviceman in the South Pacific who was needled by a duck. Night after night, he had trouble sleeping because the duck would constantly quack underneath his window. Finally the man had enough.  He taped the duck’s bill together and drove it to the other… [Read More]

The Slow Realization of Faith

There are two types of faith that fail to sustain us as we try to walk with God. Blind faith.  This is immediate acceptance of Christ without any skepticism or critical thinking.  Blind faith is like jumping aboard a passenger ship without knowing the captain or the destination. Jesus warned followers against following him because… [Read More]

God Knows

A familiar but not necessarily reverent American expression says, “God knows.”  Sometimes it’s an oath, like, “God knows I’ve tried to convince him to stop.”  Other times it’s a measure of the depths of love, like in the Beach Boys’ line, “God only knows what I’d be without you.” There’s another line in the book… [Read More]

The Age of Self-Importance

I remember what it was like when you had to build a website from scratch using HTML.  With a lot of effort, the average person might be able to learn enough to put together a small, obviously amateur web site with a few pages.  And unless he had enough money to get his own server,… [Read More]

Jeremiah

Jeremiah was a sixth century prophet who is known for his long ministry among the unrepentant people of Judah. His career began in the early days of King Josiah and ended sometime after the destruction of Jerusalem, when Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had taken God’s people captive. He contributed two volumes to the sixty-six books of… [Read More]

Words like Goads

Near the end of the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon says, “The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd” (12:11).  Solomon makes some interesting comparisons that shed light on the power of wise words.  His analogy of the goad is particularly… [Read More]

The Other Side

  Richard Bethell (Lord Westbury) was a British lawyer, judge and politician. He served as Lord Chancellor of Great Britain between 1861 and 1865.  One of the things he is remembered for is a conversation between him and an attorney that occurred during a case Lord Westbury was hearing.  After hearing Lord Westbury’s opinion, the… [Read More]