What Are You Living For?

To many of us today the meaning of success has deteriorated to power, fame and above all money. If it is true that you can, in part, judge a people by their television commercials, then it would be accurate to assume that our greatest gauge of success at this time is money. If you are rich, you are successful. We feel that if we are having a hard time financially we aren’t “making it,” and we have a compulsion not … Read More

Life on the Line

A child lying on the operating table suddenly stopped the anesthesiologist as he began to prepare her for a surgery she had endured many times before. “Wait!” she cried. “I need to tell you something.” Relieved that her cry had not been one of pain, the young doctor stopped what he was doing and waited. “I may not live through the surgery this time,” the child said with an attitude of wisdom beyond her eight years. “I don’t want you … Read More

Our Saviour’s Prayer

“And He went a little farther, and fell on His face, and prayed.” – Matthew 26:39 There are several instructive features in our Saviour’s prayer in His hour of trial. It was lonely prayer. He withdrew even from His three favoured disciples. Believer, be much in solitary prayer, especially in times of trial. Family prayer, social prayer, prayer in the Church, will not suffice, these are very precious, but the best beaten spice will smoke in your censer in your … Read More

The Indispensableness of the Holy Spirit

“Spices for anointing oil.” – Exodus 35:8 Much use was made of this anointing oil under the law, and that which it represents is of primary importance under the gospel. The Holy Spirit, who anoints us for all holy service, is indispensable to us if we would serve the Lord acceptably. Without His aid our religious services are but a vain oblation, and our inward experience is a dead thing. Whenever our ministry is without unction, what miserable stuff it … Read More

The Tenderness of Our Lord Jesus

“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” – Matthew 10:30. It is most delightful to see how familiarly our Lord Jesus talked with his disciples. He was very great, and yet he was among them as one that serveth; he was very wise, but he was gentle as a nurse with her children; he was very holy, and far above their sinful infirmities, but he condescended to men of low estate; he was their Master and Lord, … Read More

Godliness or Gloominess

He who affirms that godliness is gloominess knoweth not what he saith. The Lord desireth to teach us, at the very beginning of our Christian career, that he would have us be happy, happy only in himself. He makes us glad when we are but beginners, and little in Israel, that we may see that we can be made blessed by simple faith, without any other assistance. “Christians might avoid much trouble,” says Dr. Payson, “if they would only believe … Read More

Immortal Until Our Work Is Done

Euthanasia is not without appeal. Nobody wants to suffer or to see others suffer. While those of us who are Christians are confident regarding our eternal destiny, most of us do not relish thinking about how we may die. The destination is sure, but the road to it may be full of pain. I can echo the words of C. S. Lewis when he said: “You would like to know how I behave when I am experiencing pain, not writing … Read More

Fit to Be in the Oval Office

Years ago when I was a young teacher and Ronald Reagan was governor of California, my favorite aunt needed to be put in a convalescent home due to a severe illness. It was a new experience for our family since anyone who was sick or in need was always cared for by family. After returning from a weekend away, my parents and I went to visit her and were horrified by what we saw. She was sitting in a chair … Read More

An Amusing Anecdote About Billy Graham

Presenting another, more human view of Billy Graham, Ruth Grapham often referred to him as “Puddleglum,” the Marsh-wiggle in The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis. For those who have not read the Chronicles of Narnia, or who do not remember Puddleglum, a typical interchange between Puddleglum and his friends reads like this: “Good-by, dear Puddleglum,” said Jill going over to the Marsh-wiggle’s bed. “I’m sorry we called you a wet blanket.” “So’m I,” said Eustace. “You’ve been the best … Read More

Ruth Bell Graham: Reference Points

It is difficult for me as a counselor to deal with some of the extreme views so frequently put forth by certain Christians. Some who want God’s reference point for morality, purity, or holiness seem frequently to ignore His standard on love and compassion. Others who go to an opposite extreme speak of a cheap kind of love that demands little in the way of holiness. Most of us have difficulty understanding other people’s pain unless it is a pain … Read More

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