Contributed on Oct 24, 2005
A young prophet dies because he broke his fast... but he was lied to! He was deceived! Why should he pay such a harsh price for such a little mistake?
OPEN: As raw recruits were preparing for their first jump from a C130 aircraft at 1200 ft., the sergeant explained what to do if the main parachute didn’t open: “Snap back immediately into a tight body position,” he said. “Then pull the rip cord of your reserve chute and it ...read more
Contributed on Oct 4, 2005
Should a Christian always tell the truth? And what happens when we don’t
OPEN: I once read the true story of a husband and wife that returned from a day of shopping to find that the light on the answering service was flashing. The husband went over and activated the machine. The only message was from a friend of his wife Janet. The friend had called to say she had ...read more
Contributed on Oct 10, 2005
The people of Bible times drank wine and Jesus’ 1st miracle was turning water into wine... so why does the church have such a problem with alcohol?
OPEN: August 16, 1992 in The Reporter News (an Abilene, TX newspaper) featured an article about a cowboy. This cowboy was a horse breaker on a ranch near, Breckenridge. He was driving his pickup and was stopped by the Highway Patrol. The cowboy refused to take a breath analyzer test. He ...read more
Contributed on Oct 17, 2005
We don’t often dwell on the last chapter of Jonah - it’s a real downer. We last see Jonah still sulking over Nineveh’s salvation. What possible reason could God have for ending the book this way?
OPEN: How many of you have heard the story of Jonah? (every hand went up) Now, how many of you believe Jonah was a righteous man? (most raised their hands) How many of you believe he wasn’t a righteous man? (a small show of hands) I personally believe Jonah was a righteous man. In fact, I ...read more
Contributed on Oct 31, 2005
Halloween is a fun time that permeates our culture.... and it also has its dark and sinister side. Yet even Halloween’s dark side pales compared to an even worse threat of the occult in our nation.
OPEN: Tomorrow is October 31st. It is best known as the day of Halloween, but it also the day on which other significant events have taken place. · In 1938 Orson Welles broadcast his famous “War of the Worlds” that caused much of the United States to become panicked by the possibility that Mars ...read more