Category Archives: God’s Work

Self-Preservation & Jesus

A man interviewed for a job at a famous art gallery that housed dozens of priceless masterpieces. As part of the interview process, he was asked, “If a fire broke out in this gallery and you could only save one … Continue reading

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Two Different Bible-School Meetings

The months of June and July constitute Vacation Bible School season in churches all across America. It is with this in mind that I’d like to share a story that involves V.B.S. Actually, the story’s real subject is the spiritual … Continue reading

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Worship Wars

Some years ago I met with the pulpit committee of a certain church about the possibility of me becoming that church’s next pastor. I don’t normally take Tonya along for such meetings, but this committee wanted to meet her as … Continue reading

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A Profound Question

A missionary was once asked if he liked his work in Africa. His reply was as follows: Do I like this work? No. My wife and I do not like dirt. We have reasonably refined sensibilities. We do not like … Continue reading

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The Devil You Know

A five-year-old boy was visiting his aunt overnight. At bedtime he asked her to leave his door open and the light on in the hall. Surprised, the aunt said, “But why? You’re not afraid of the dark when you are … Continue reading

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The Fine Line Between Hard Work & Idolatry

This past Thursday night Tonya and I attended an academic awards ceremony for our son Royce. He is finishing up his sophomore year in high school and received what the school calls an “Academic Letter” for having a grade point … Continue reading

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Are You a Duck, an Eagle, a Rabbit, Or a Turtle?

In his book “Criswell’s Guidebook For Pastors,” W.A. Criswell, the longtime pastor of 1st Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, offers the following illustration: The animals had a school. The curriculum consisted of running, climbing, flying, and swimming. All the animals … Continue reading

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