Real Reality

[373 words] Shortly after a Cub’s game, Yusef Dale, a blind man carrying a cane, was standing near the curb outside Wrigley Field in Chicago. He tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to ‘flag down” a taxi in order to travel home. Casey Spelman, from Indiana, was a stranger to Yusef and was standing nearby with her friends. As she was talking to her friends, she noticed Yusef’s failures to obtain a ride. Casey walked over and asked him if he needed some help. He graciously accepted the help. After a few minutes of waiting and pleasant conversation, a cab pulled up...

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A Sermon Never Forgotten

[366 words] Throughout the years I have heard many wonderful sermons which I have forgotten, but one sermon have I seen, and it has remained in my heart until this day. It happened on a Sunday morning when I was on my way to one of the two small congregations in Munich, Germany, on a cold, rainy day in November. After I got out of bed, I looked through the window which was covered with ice ferns. New deep snow had fallen during the night covering the streets of the city. I tried to decide whether I should go to...

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A Loyal Heart

[240 words] One of the strangest verses in the Bible (my opinion) is found in 2 Chronicles 25:2. It is about king Amaziah. It says “he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a loyal heart” (NKJV). Normally I can’t see into your heart. But God can, and He gives us a peak into the heart of Amaziah. He “did what was right” on two occasions. First in keeping with the Law of Moses Amaziah did not kill the sons of the people who had murdered his father (verses 3, 4). Second, Amaziah listened...

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Trusting God

[199 words] Many have memorized the 23rd Psalm, but have you ever noticed the prayer of David in the 25th Psalm? “To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You, Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. Show me Your ways, O lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the...

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Persons of Conviction

[432 words] A traveling preacher in pioneer days asked a backwoods woman if she had any religious convictions. She said, “Naw, nor my ole man neither. He was tried for hog stealin’ once, but he warn’t convicted.” Some people understand the word conviction about as much as this woman did. Yet conviction is the very heart of what motivates us to live the Christian life. Conviction is being convinced and really believing. It is the assurance and confidence of true Bible faith. What is faith? The essence of faith is conviction. It is being genuinely persuaded. The American Standard Version...

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Good Exercise

[149 words] Did you get your exercise today? What if we would walk with the Lord? Walking with the Lord in the Bible means living for the Lord daily. Second Corinthians 4:16 reminds us to be renewed day by day. We do this by: 1. Every day let God say something to you (Psalm 119:11, 105; Acts 17:11). Read and study your Bible. 2. Every day say something to God (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Pray. 3. Every day do something for God (Galatians 6:10, James 1:27). Be a servant. Be helpful to your neighbor. Let’s do good to one another. 4....

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Withstand the Ridicule

[300 words] The first surviving visual representation of Jesus’ crucifixion comes from graffiti scratched on a stone in a guardroom on Palatine Hill near the Circus Maximus in Rome. (Open your web browser and Google ”The Alexamenos Graffito.”) It is a crude drawing of a man with the head of a donkey hanging on a cross. To the left of the cross another man raises his hand in a gesture of worship. Scribbled underneath are the words “Alexamenos worships his God.” Before the onset of Christianity, the Jews had been accused of onolatry, i.e., worshiping a donkey. Among Greco-Roman writers,...

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Silent Violins

[202 words] Luigi Tarisio was found dead one morning with scarce a comfort in his home, but with 246 exquisite violins, which he had been collecting all his life, crammed into an attic, the best in the bottom drawer of an old rickety bureau. In his devotion to the violin, he had robbed the world of all that music all the time he treasured them; others before him had done the same, so that when the greatest of his collection, a Stradivarius, was first played it had 147 speechless years. How many of Christ’s people are like old Tarisio? In...

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Are You Too Busy?

[302 words] A merchant sat at his desk, and all around him were letters, bills and other evidences that he was much absorbed in the details of his business. A gospel preacher entered and said, “I have come to try to interest you in a matter of great importance. I would like to talk to you about the destiny of your soul, and the gospel of Christ.” “Oh well, you must excuse me preacher,” said the merchant. “I am very busy,” was his reply. The preacher excused himself and with a sad and heavy heart, left. The merchant turned again...

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She Invited a Friend!

[327 words] This is the true story of a four-year old girl. Each Sunday morning and Wednesday night a little girl named Becky would skip out her front door and over to the next door with a tender knock. Becky’s question was simply, “Can Denise come to church with us today?” Most of the time the answer was yes. The invitations continued. But one day something was different, Becky made her Sunday morning journey next door, but the answer was no! But the words that followed were music to the ears. “No” the father answered, “Denise will be going with...

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How to Have a Great Marriage

[211 words] Your marriage does not have to be just good. It can be great! What separates good marriages from great ones? Give God His place in your marriage. Remember that Solomon said, “A threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12). Couples who strive to build a relationship with Christ at its center enjoy an enormous advantage over those who do not (Psalm 127:1). Remember your vows. Husbands, did you promise to love, honor, cherish, and protect your spouse, forsaking all others? Wives, did you promise to love, honor, cherish, and obey your spouse, forsaking all others? Consider Matthew...

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When is a Shark Not a Shark?

[225 words] Surely you saw it on TV about a man who was going to race a great white shark. I didn’t see the show but I believe the shark won the race. But then the rage started. People found out that the shark was not real. It really was all a stunt, a farce. I am sure the shark population is also in an uproar. I was really not upset, I believed it was a silly thing to do in the first place. But people do foolish and dangerous things all the time. It is my belief that one...

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Finding Ourselves

[293 words] She was described by those leading the search as “Asian, about 160 cm, in dark clothing and speaks English well.” The woman had been reported missing from an Icelandic tour bus after her fellow travelers claimed that she had gotten off the bus but never returned. It turned out that she had, in fact, returned, but wasn’t recognized by the other passengers. The search was called off when the woman finally realized that the description matched her. It turned out that she was one of the nearly 50 people who had been searching for her (CBS News August...

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When We Walk With God, the Best is Yet to Come

[202 words] Youth! As children, we thought that there wasn’t anything we couldn’t achieve. And we believed we could become anything. Astronauts, famous scientists, sports stars, movie stars, presidents, and generals! But then we grew older. Life began to beat us down. Victories were fewer than defeats. Health began to wane. And most people my age ask: Are the best days of our lives behind us? Or put in another way: “Isn’t there anything better to life than this?” The answer is yes. The best is yet to come if we walk with God! Isaiah spoke of this in 64:4....

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Long Walk Part of Gift

[316 words] A missionary’s wife was once teaching some children in Africa about the value of giving. She quoted Acts 20:35 where our Savior is quoted as saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” One little African boy soaked in every word and then decided to live out her teaching, but he had no money to purchase a gift for her. Then he had an idea. A few days later the boy brought the teacher a seashell necklace. It glistened with iridescent beauty. The woman was taken aback. “Where ever did you find such beautiful shells?” the...

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Beautiful

[387 words] We expect the artists of our day, such as poets, composers, and painters, to point the masses to another world by exciting the senses and exposing the world to that which is beautiful. Such was the case with the biblical poets as well. The Psalmist often spoke of the amazing beauty of God. “One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple” (Ps. 27:4)....

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Touching Others!

[84 words] Jesus called people to Himself. He promised them rest for their weary souls. Most ignored His invitation. That problem still exists today. Why do so many choose to go it alone? This week, think of those you know who seem to be trying to go it alone. Give some of them a call. Send them a text or email to let them know you are thinking of them. Pray for them. Sometimes all someone might need is to realize someone really cares. Jesus did. Steven Clark Goad Blythe, CA...

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Blindness!

[114 words] The blind are led by those who see, whether it is a dog or another person. Jesus said that “if the blind lead the blind they will both fall into the ditch.” So many around us are groping in a world of darkness and despair. Those who are spiritually blind need to be led by those who are sighted and in tune with the nature and will of God. And we have learned that the One who can truly lead us out of darkness into the light is our Savior Jesus. Reach out to a blind neighbor or...

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I Wonder…

[101 words] If I were chosen to repeat the story of Jesus today, could I ably tell the powerful gospel as Philip, or Peter? If I were sought out to care for the sick and invalid would I do as well as Tabitha or the Samaritan? If I were asked to travel to an unfamiliar or unfriendly place to carry God’s message, would I be ready and unashamed like Paul, Timothy or Luke? I wonder what is keeping me from doing these tasks. I know that God has commissioned each of us to do these things and more. When will...

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To Be More Like Jesus

[527 words] There is a wonderful transformation that takes place in the heart and mind of one who follows Jesus. Jesus’ disciples turn from darkness to light, and shift from serving sin to serving the Savior. This wonderful change produces peaceable fruit. No longer do we seek revenge or look to get even for every wrong suffered. Pardon and forbearance replaces vengeance and vitriol. Kindness supplants cruelty. This is the natural response for one who has received the good blessings that Jesus offers. It amazes me how the loving lamb changes our minds and actions to gentler, calmer and sweeter...

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Only What You Bring In

[227 words] “You don’t get much sunshine in here, do you?” remarked a woman to an elevator operator as she entered a large department store. “Only what you bring in,” replied the elevator operator. “Some folks carry enough sunshine around with them to light others up a bit,” she replied. That’s really very true! We can take sunshine with us – a grateful word, an understanding look, a kind act of service into the life of another, a well-worded note, or a sincere greeting from a happy face. All of us are aware of the dark, gloomy days in which...

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Back To School? Please Pray For Our Children!

[187 words] As school begins, we must monitor our kids each day. Brad Harrub identified reasons we are losing our children along with solutions to ensure our kids will remain steadfast in their walk with Christ. Reasons We Are Losing Our Kids: 1. Lack of Knowledge (Hosea 4:6, 1 Peter 3:15). 2. Lack of Combat Preparation (Eph. 6:13-17). 3. Lack of Protection of our Children’s Hearts, Minds (Matt. 22:37-38). 4. Lack of Proper Training in the Lord (Deut. 6:5-9). 5. Lack of Proper Teaching (Isaiah 59:2). 6. Lack of Proper Priorities (Matt. 6:24). 7. Lack of Interest (Romans 16:1-2). How...

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Funny Jokes for Church Bulletin

On The Lighter Side (August 2017)

[340 words] Nice Guy One night a teenage girl brought her new boyfriend home to meet her parents, and they were appalled by his appearance: leather jacket, motorcycle boots, tattoos, and a pierced nose. Later, the parents pulled their daughter aside and confessed their concern. “Dear,” said the mother diplomatically, “he doesn’t seem very nice.” “Oh please, Mom,” replied the daughter, “if he wasn’t nice, why would he be doing 500 hours of community service?” Attracted to Red My fellow teacher called for help—she needed someone who knew about animals. As a science teacher, I filled the bill. “Oh,” she...

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