Parable of the Survival Knife

Two men were involved in a plane crash early in the morning in a remote wilderness. The small plane went down in a river, and broke apart, and the two men became separated from each other in the crash. The only thing that each man was able to grab before the crash was a survival knife from the pilot’s tool box. So both men were separated, stranded, alone, in the dark cold wilderness with nothing but the clothes on their back and a survival knife. The first man unscrewed the top off the knife and found a needle and thread. His leg had a large gash in it from the crash. He knew he needed to stitch it up to stop the bleeding and prevent infection. His next priority was to pull out a flint stone

The Great Rebel

Can a rebellion be led by a righteous man? Can a great rebellion be governed by peace? Can a Christian ever be a part of such a thing? The answer is Yes, Yes, and Yes! When sin so dominates the land that unrighteousness has do-minion of the hearts and minds of its people, then righteousness and purity become the rebellion of such a land. Consider the days of Esther, when Mordecai would not bow down, or pay homage, to Haman. It was rebellion in the eyes of the ungodly (Esther 3:2-3). Consider Daniel, sitting at his window praying to the Lord Jehovah his God. It was rebellion in the eyes of the ungodly (Daniel 6:3-13). Consider Shad-rach, Meshach, and Abednego; when they would not bow their kn

Parable of the Toothache

In 17th century England there was a foolish merchant with an extreme pain in his head. First he went to his priest. After the priest listened to the man’s problem he said, “I know the answer so that thou might rest. We must get rid of the demon, for you are possessed!” After the ritual the merchant went home with no relief. The next day he went to see the city doctor. After explaining his problem the doctor assured the merchant that he could get rid of the pain in his head. He sedated the foolish merchant and performed surgery. The merchant awoke with a piercing pain in his foot and he heard the doctor say, “To get your mind off your head’s pains and woes, I surgically removed all of your to

Are You Observant?

“To take notice of” is often what we associate with being observant. That you are keen to identifying and perceiving (perhaps deeply) your surroundings. And while we do use the word “observe” today in the sense of merely “looking upon” (observation), the word itself has a more potent history. “Observe” originated from the idea of “attend toward”. That is, you don’t just see or notice something, but you go attend to what you notice. Whether it be something you hear, taste, touch, smell, see, feel, or perceive—you act in service accordingly. That is, after all, the root of “observe” - “serve”. Jesus commanded the Apostles to go out and disciple the nations, baptizing them, and them teaching th

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