My Army Brother and the Broken Stained-Glass Mirror

There was an elderly man who rummaged all around in his home for a certain object, yet he still couldn’t find it. He went to the hallway of the main entrance, where an old oak staircase led him up to the oak-paneled hallway of the second floor. He briefly passed two bedrooms, then the bathroom…

When Suffering is a Benefit to Us

When it comes to suffering, the Bible tells us of our need to be made pure. When people endure injustice, most will readily defend themselves. Yet when Christ suffered injustice, He submitted Himself to God and said, “Plead Thou My cause and deliver Me” (Psalm 119:154). Christ suffered as Man with His people, which He couldn’t…

“Neither Give Place to the Devil”

The devil is on the prowl all the time. Therefore, as the children of God, we must be both watchful and careful to control ourselves in every situation. We can be angry, but we should never allow ourselves to lose control in the process. We should especially watch for situations where the devil could try…

God’s Way of Victory

It is the great desire of the Lord for every child of His to walk victorious in Christ. But we need to learn how to do this. The way of God is the way of praise and triumph, which is the best way. What we don’t need is to keep talking about our problems; what we do need is…

Are You Sleeping on the Outside of Your Heart?

Earthquakes are an interesting phenomenon. They come and go as the earth’s crust shifts around on its molten core. Their intensity varies from tiny tremors that barely register on measuring equipment to a full blown rupture that destroys whole cities or reshapes the countryside. Most earthquakes are not a single event, like a hurricane or…

Raining Fire

After the night’s dark fears have passed, the light of dawn breaks through, promising peace and happiness. But one particular day in a city called Sodom, dawn came with a vengeance no one anticipated. At the same time that daybreak lit the city, a fire-storm and destruction were coming together, ready to burst forth on…

“Come Unto Me”

When people come to Jesus Christ, the very first thing they will discover is a deep, beautiful peace inside. They won’t be able to tell what the reason is for it, but they do know that they feel good. They are no longer running from God or fighting Him. Instead, they begin to really understand…

Love From A Pure Heart

The one concept unique to early Christianity was “love of the brethren.” Once the early Christians had received Christ and the truth, the Apostle Peter urged them to love one another. Observers in Christianity’s early days were amazed by this outstanding fact more than any other. Yet there were many who heard this truth, but never let it purify them—because they refused…

Spontaneous, Extravagant Love and Devotion

True love does not cautiously hold back its feelings from the one it loves. Love is spontaneous, and may burst forth in amazing ways that we never plan in advance. The one quality that distinguishes love is that it comes forth, not by force, but from our free will. “…in Bethany in the house of…

God Does Not Hate You

What a terrible thing it is to have hatred for someone else, both for the one who gives it and the one who receives it. Whenever something annoys or antagonizes us—we hate it. If people disagree with us or they don’t meet our predetermined standard of what is appropriate—we hate them. Consider just how much…