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The Wooden Bowl


A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. “We must do something about father,” said the son. “I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.”

Does God Still Speak To Us Today? by Bill Hybels


Bill Hybels recalls a life changing moment for him when he was a second grader. His teacher, Miss Van Soelen was reading a Bible story from 1 Samuel 3:1-10 to the class. This is the story where the Lord keeps calling Samuel. After three times, Samuel realizes it is the Lord and says: “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.”

After the reading, Bill approached his teacher and being amazed that God would speak to a boy, Samuel; he asked her, “Does God still speak to little boys today?” “Absolutely, God still speaks” she answered. She reached into her desk drawer and gave him a piece of paper.

Are You God?


Let your light shine before men.  That they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.  Matthew 5:16 From:  First Church of God, Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania Joe was asked by a neighbor to drive her son to the hospital.  Although he had other things planned, Joe didn’t know how to say no.  He […]

I Was Afraid To Talk


My life as a boy was filled with violence, blood and hiding places. My siblings and I were shuffled back and forth between our violent-alcoholic parents and a terribly abusive orphanage.

I carried the abuse inside me like a brick. I felt like I had so many bad secrets that I wasn’t supposed to tell anyone, and I was so scared to let them slip that I stopped talking.

322 Cards


Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.” My friend, Pat, had abdominal cancer. She tells the story of a friend who shared Pat’s adversity throughout her long cancer journey. Pat recalls, “Often when a person has a long-term illness, cards and phone calls become less frequent […]

God With Skin


“Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God.  Isaiah 40:1 Who do you know today who is suffering?  Perhaps you know someone who is in an unhappy marriage, or a fellow church member who has a chronic illness and needs a ray of hope.  Or, do you know a neighbor who is lonely, or a co-worker […]

Honoring Jesus


Palm Sunday is the day we remember the “triumphal entry” of Jesus into Jerusalem, exactly one week before His resurrection (Matthew 21:1-11). “A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.”  Why did they spread their cloaks and put psalm branches […]