Peril of Smooth Things

Posted on Sep 01, 1997  | 
A Protestant missionary who worked among the natives in the South Pacific for several years decided to return to the United States for a nine-month furlough. During this time, he planned to visit several churches and raise funds for their island mission. Before leaving the South Pacific, this missionary persuaded a local chief, who had converted to Christianity, to join him on his trip.

Obstacles to Answered Prayer

Posted on Aug 01, 1997  | 
A mother was making coleslaw in her kitchen, and her little boy was just big enough to want everything and to be into everything. This was before the invention of modern food processors, so she was chopping the cabbage with a butcher knife on her kitchen counter. Pretty soon the little 2-year-old saw that knife with the black handle and long, shiny blade.

Fig Leaves and Pharisees

Posted on Jul 01, 1997  | 
Perhaps you have heard the expression 'face the music'? It is said to have originated in Japan. According to the story, there was once a man in the imperial orchestra who couldn’t play a note. Because he was a wealthy person with great influence, he demanded that a place be given him in the group because he wanted to 'perform' before the emperor.

Conduct in the King's House

Posted on Jun 01, 1997  | 
In A.D. 1271 the famous Venetian traveler Marco Polo joined his father and uncle for his first trip to China. Together they would visit the great Kubla Khan, king of the Mongol dynasty. Marco Polo's father, Matteo Polo, and his uncle Niccolo had already made their first trip to China a few years earlier in 1266, and now, five years later, they considered Marco old enough to join them.

Missing Children

Posted on May 01, 1997  | 
The grandmother's voice on the other end of the phone was frantic. 'She was just playing outside-and now she has disappeared. ... This was two days ago and we have not heard a single word from her!' The call was from one of my church members. She was at her wit's end, seeking prayers and advice.

Whom Do You Trust?

Posted on Mar 01, 1997  | 
On January 1, 1997, Northern California was inundated with water. It came from everywhere. Melting snow, rising creeks, and swollen rivers conspired together to soak this land. I shouldn't have been taken by surprise, since I was raised in Louisiana. There we know what rain and floods are all about.

Child Abuse

Posted on Feb 01, 1997  | 
Tiny, fragile, four-year-old Melissa is trembling in her little bed. She is listening to her Mother and Daddy have a loud, angry quarrel in the other room. It has already continued for over an hour, and she is about to come unglued. Then her father, exploding with anger, begins to yell at the top of his voice.

Through The Tribulation

Posted on Jan 01, 1997  | 
The Great Basin bristlecone pine can live more than 4,000 years and is believed to be one of the oldest living trees on the planet. Found on lonely mountain tops, some of these ancient evergreens have weathered thousands of years of intense freezing wind, pounding rain, scorching sun, and violent electrical storms.

Seeds of Truth

Posted on Jan 01, 1997  | 
When I was growing up, I used to read and hear a variety of colorful stories about the folk hero Johnny Appleseed. Like other American pioneers, he was often the subject of exaggerated legends.

Anything But Secret

Posted on Dec 01, 1996  | 
In the early 1500s, the Aztec empire was one of the most powerful and sophisticated civilizations in the western hemisphere. However, within one year's time this mighty nation of over two million people was conquered and enslaved by just six hundred men. How did it happen?

Jewelry - How Much Is Too Much?

Posted on Nov 01, 1996  | 
I am intrigued by clever oxymorons. An oxymoron is a statement or pairing of two words that contradict each other, such as 'pretty ugly.' A few humorous, personal favorites are 'military intelligence' and 'rap music'

Captured By Tongues

Posted on Sep 01, 1996  | 
Shortly after becoming a Christian, I was hitchhiking from Palm Springs to Los Angeles to see my mother. About halfway there I caught a ride with a kind, middle-aged Pentecostal lady who was very pleased to hear of my conversion. As we drove along, she asked, 'Have you received the Holy Ghost yet?'

Sign of Jonah

Posted on Aug 01, 1996  | 
Then some of the Scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, 'Teacher, we want to see a sign from You. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign, no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

Honest to God

Posted on Jul 01, 1996  | 
Sales were plummeting in a department store in Iowa. Worse, the sales manager had resigned in discouragement. The owner placed the assistant manager in charge and spent most of his time worrying.

Fishing for Men

Posted on Jun 01, 1996  | 
When Karen and I decide that it's time to get away and pursue some much-needed R & R, we often head for the enchanting big island of Hawaii. Our friends Steve and Chris Boyl, who live near Kona, always open their beautiful home to us on such occasions.

Last Elijah Message

Posted on May 01, 1996  | 
People need heroes. Great men and women we can look up to as role models and mentors. Ministries need heroes, too. Kings and prophets from long ago who proclaimed special messages and displayed examples of courage provide excellent heroes whom we can emulate in our lives today.

Secret Weapon

Posted on Apr 01, 1996  | 
I could hear the sound of his three-wheel bicycle squeak up behind me as I walked down the street. Brother Harold was a living legend among the young people in Palm Springs. He was a 70-year-old saint who knew how to 'walk the walk' and 'talk the talk.'

Who Are The 144,000?

Posted on Mar 01, 1996  | 
Who are the 144,000 in the Bible? Can you actually be a part of them? Discover the incredible meaning behind this most mysterious number of end-time prophecy!

Flying By Feelings

Posted on Feb 01, 1996  | 
When a crisis strikes an aircraft, pilots are trained to fly by their instruments or risk being deceived by their senses. Pilot and pastor Doug Batchelor takes this good advice and applies it to our everyday Christian experience.

Is the Bridegroom Coming?

Posted on Jan 01, 1996  | 
If that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of. - Matthew 24:48-50.

Could We Miss Our King?

Posted on Dec 01, 1995  | 
This is the time of year when many Christians give special thought to the birth of Christ. It's a story most of us have heard more times than we can count. But as with every other story of the Bible, it never loses its significance. In fact, a careful study of Christ's first advent should help us learn how to be better prepared for His second coming.

Rock Music

Posted on Nov 01, 1995  | 
'Michael Jackson is expected to arrive in Bucharest!' I was told upon arriving in Romania. 'That's too bad,' I thought. My wife and I had just come from Poland, where we had presented talks on the effects of music. I now wondered how to alert the unsuspecting youth of Romania to the dangers of rock music.

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

Posted on Oct 01, 1995  | 
Why not get into the "spirit" of things? But should a Christian celebrate Halloween? Our online article unmasks everyone's favorite sugar-filled shock fest.

What Shall I Wear?

Posted on Sep 01, 1995  | 
In the extreme temperatures and near-vacuum of interplanetary space, astronauts need special clothing in order to survive. Their spacesuits supply them with oxygen, keep their bodies at controlled temperatures, remove moisture from the air around them, and monitor their blood pressure and heart rhythm.