Pressing On

There is no short cut to greatness.  Days and years must be spent in purposeful action.  The renowned pianist, Paderewski, practiced 8 hours each day when on tour. Madame Guiomar Novaes, one of the great living pianists, spent two days before a concert in practice for that one performance.  Baseball’s matchless, Ty Cobb practiced base […]

THREE CRUCIAL QUESTIONS

There are many questions which all of us face in this life.  Some do not matter, they are not that important. However, there are questions which must be faced and answered.  These questioned were given to me by my friend Chuck Shumann of Louisville, Kentucky.   I have enlarged on them.   How do they grab you? First, the question that […]

SLEEPING IN CHURCH

  I read where a preacher told his congregation that he knew they agreed with his sermons because he could see them ‘nodding.’ It is told that a deacon yelled to the preacher that a certain person had fallen asleep.  The preacher said to the deacon, “wake him up.”  The deacon replied, “You wake him […]

LOOKING FOR THE FATHER

There was a touching moment on television at the end of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games.  The U.S. hockey team beat the Russians. This was an incredible feat.  All through the hockey game the cameras focused on goalie Jim Craig and on his father in the stands. The reason being that Craig’s mother had recently died […]

Born Anew

Norman Vincent Peale writes a beautiful parable about a baby in the prenatal state, tucked under his mother’s loving heart.     “Suppose that someone might come to this unborn baby and state, ‘You cannot stay here very long. In a few months, you will be born or, as you may think of it, die out […]

DEDICATION

  I was amazed when I read recently of those men chosen to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Just read of some of these rigid requirements.  For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5′ 10″ and 6′ 2″ tall and his waist size cannot exceed […]

13 WORDS OF WONDER

Thoughts for this devotional were taken from a letter by Marvin J. Rosenthal written to a friend of mine, who forwarded it to me, which I appreciated.   Thanks…       John the baptizer was called to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah.  (Isaiah 40:3-4)   Some times when ancient kings were traveling, they had thousands of […]

SERVE GOD THROUGH WORK

  We celebrate Labor Day this week end.  For many people, it is not a happy time, as there are many unemployed and underpaid. The broken economy leaves too many without decent work.   We need to be in prayer for the many who are struggling to make ends meet.  May God guide our nation in creating […]

RESPECT FOR SINCERITY

  We certainly respect a person who is honest, genuine.  Right or wrong, they live by what they believe.  Saul of Tarsus (Apostle Paul) was such a man. We see him first in Acts 8:3; “But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put […]

WHAT A DAY

                  “WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE” “There is coming a day when no heartaches shall come No more clouds in the sky, no more tears to dim the eye. All is peace forevermore on that happy golden shore, What a day, glorious day that will be.  What a day, glorious day that will be, […]