Subject: Patience

Worth the Wait

In the days of instant coffee and fast food, we have come to expect short waiting periods for things. We struggle with patience day by day; we get tied up in knots. Why? Because God is not on our schedule. We want to hurry up and wait, while He wants us to be patient, to wait on Him.

William Carey, the father of a modern missions movement, had to be patient before the first Hindu convert was baptized in India. Did he wait a few months? Was he patient for a year or two? The Lord gave him the grace to wait seven years until he could see the fruit of his labor.

The next time you have to wait for a slow traffic light to change, put on the garment of patience-and use the time to pray or think or plan. Make use of the time, patiently. Enjoy the wait!

Practical Illustrations-Galatians-Colossians, by Leadership Ministries Worldwide


Subject: Bad Example

Like Father, Like Son

I watched a young father shopping with his son the other day, and saw how that father, though sincere, was starting his son out on the wrong path. The father passed by a large display filled with large, rubber beach balls. When the child saw these balls he first pointed, then reached, then began to scream. The father resisted for a moment as the child's wails became louder and louder, then he gave the boy a ball. That didn't satisfy him, for he quickly pointed to another, smaller ball, and became loudly vocal when it wasn't immediately given to him. Dad relented, gave the boy the second ball, and moved on.

When I finished my shopping I found myself in the checkout line behind this father and son. The father put everything on the conveyor belt so it could be checked out, except the two balls his son had. Once everything else had been paid for he took the balls from his son and told the clerk quietly "I'm not going to buy these." The reaction from the child was expected-and immediate. Dad diverted and quieted the child by saying "I'll get them for you in just a moment. Be quiet!" He paid for his groceries and, quickly, before the child could start up again, walked out of the store.

What lessons were being taught? First, the father was showing his child that he himself had no concern for the commands of God. The child violated the fifth commandment of God by disrespecting his father, and was guilty of extortion. This was not mere childishness, but a grievous sin that any child should be led away from. The father violated the ninth commandment by lying to his child.

What was the greatest sin that this father committed toward his son? He did not show the boy that there is a much better way of life. The best way of life is one that has a living and loving relationship with God our Father.

David Buffaloe


Subject: Trust

God Is in the Tomorrows

F. B. Meyer stated, "The Oriental shepherd was always ahead of his sheep. He was in front. Any attempt upon them had to take him into account. Now God is down in front. He is in the tomorrows. It is tomorrow that fills men with dread. But God is there already, and all tomorrows of our life have to pass before Him before they can get to us."


Subject: Trust

One Eye on the Storm

When Peter stepped out of the boat to walk on the sea towards Christ, he began to sink, only to be rescued by the Lord. Jesus said to him, "Why did you doubt?" (Matt. 14:31). The root meaning of that word "doubt" is looking two ways at once. Peter had one eye on the Lord, and his other eye on the storm around him.

Editor's note: The paragraphs above are on the theme of "Never doubt in the dark what God has told you in the light." Both are found in Dave Arnold's 60 Seconds, posted 6/22/08,


Subject: Revival

Fire and Heat

"O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years, In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy" (Hab. 3:2).

When I lived in a cabin in the mountains above Santa Cruz, California, I had a fire in my fireplace all day, virtually everyday; the ash would build up over a few days. Eventually, I'd let the fire die down, then take the ash out to dump it.

I always left a few pieces of burned wood and some embers in the fireplace. When I came back in I'd put some dry sticks and shredded paper on it, then blow on the embers a littlepoof, fire and heat!

How God must wish we'd be more like the embers in my fireplace. A little of the Holy Spirit on what's left after the ash of our lives is discarded and poof, fire and heat!

John Gillmartin,


Subject: God the Provider

Where Did It Come From?

G. Campbell Morgan (1863-1945) told this story: A boy was bringing home a loaf of bread, and someone asked, "What have you there?"

"A loaf." "Where did you get it?"

"From the baker." "Where did the baker get it?"

"He made it." "Of what did he make it?"

"Flour." "Where did he get the flour?" "From the miller." "And where did the miller get it?"

From the farmer." "Where did he get it?"

Then the truth dawned on the boy, and he replied, "From God."

"Well, then, where did you get that loaf?" "Oh. From God."

In the last resort, the lad acknowledged God to be the Giver of good. In this materialistic age, a man says, "My business supports me and my family." It is a lie; God supports you and your family.

Men deal with God only as a last resource, and go on hoping to sneak into God's heaven when they have done with this world; but the God of Sinai is thundering out to this age: "Thou shalt put ME first, and the baker second."

Found in Sparks


Subject: Sin

Fighting Sin

Billy Sunday, the famous baseball evangelist of years gone by, once said:

"I'm against sin. I'll kick it as long as I've got a foot, and I'll fight it as long as I've got a fist. I'll butt it as long as I've got a head. I'll bite it as long as I've got a tooth.

"When I'm old and fistless and footless and toothless, I'll gum it till I go home to Glory and it goes home to perdition."

(And we say "Amen!")

John F. Brand in Sparks


Subject: Handling Criticism

He Was Slandered

A couple of generations or so ago, a hypersensitive man in Boston opened his morning paper and discovered to his dismay that it contained several false and uncomplimentary statements about him. He promptly rushed to the home of his minister, Edward Everett. What would Dr. Everett advise him to do? Should he demand a public apology from the editor? Should he file suit for damage? What should he do?

Dr. Everett adised him to do nothing. He said: "Half of the people who bought that paper never saw the article about you. Half of the people who saw it never read it. Half of the people who read it never understood it. Half of the people who understood it never believed it. Half of the people who believed it are people of no consequence, and the other half took into account the character of the person who wrote the article in the first place."

How nice it would be if we could take this attitude when we are falsely accused and misunderstood!

The Flame, via Sparks

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