built on a rock

A journalist was on assignment in a Third World country. Walking the city streets, he struck up a conversation with a young boy. The boy had no home, no family. He lived day to day. His shelter was a cardboard box. As the journalist asked his age and found out that his birthday was the next day,...
Dick Lauger
I am beginning to enjoy things I can no longer do. In typical American fashion, my life has been fairly active physically. I have enjoyed hiking and jogging and softball and basketball. I have coached my kids in soccer and baseball and helped them in just about anything they were inclined to try....
Martha Fick
“Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, but instead let there be thanksgiving.” Ephesians 5:4 Several years ago a Sunday school student gave me a beautiful raindrop-shaped prism. I hung it on a clear thread in front of a south window, not sure what to expect. The following...
Martha Fick
“You are my friends if you do what I command you.” John 15:14 Our lives are full of obligations. Parents tell their children, “You can go out to play if you've finished your homework.” As adults we learn that certain tasks must be done or there will be consequences. If we don't put gas in the car,...
Consider the short Old Testament book of Ruth. Why is the book of Ruth important? The story is a great one tucked in between Judges and I Samuel. You can miss it if you are flipping through the pages of your Bible too quickly. At the same time, the book of Ruth has been called one of the most...
And He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered Him, ‘You are the Christ.’” (Mark 8:29 ESV) An elderly woman walked into a local country church. A friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her up the flight of steps. “Where would you like to sit today?” he asked politely...
"Is not the arrow beyond you?" 1 Samuel 20:37b ESV  Ole, Lars and Sven went deer hunting. Sven said to Ole and Lars, "I vill go south into de prairie grass. You two head north into de grove of trees. If you get lost, fire three shots into de air so dat I vill be able to find you." Ole and Lars...
Martha Fick
“Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4b KJV) Sven and Ingrid were going on a trip to Norway to visit relatives. They were scheduled to leave from the airport in Minneapolis. When they got to the city, Sven went to the headquarters of their local bank and asked for...
“Judge not, that you be not judged.” Matthew 7:1    Sven was riding the city bus to town. When he reached his stop, it looked like rain and without thinking he picked up the umbrella belonging to the man sitting next to him. “Stop, thief,” Lars yelled. “Stop dat man. He took my umbrella.” Sven...
And He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered Him, ‘You are the Christ.’” (Mark 8:29 ESV) An elderly woman walked into a local country church. A friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her up the flight of steps. “Where would you like to sit today?” he asked politely...

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