A Ragtag Navy


One of the most remarkable naval operations in history broke every naval rule in the book, followed none of the established procedures for a naval operation and wasn't even accomplished by navy personnel. And yet, few people will contest that it was the greatest naval operation that ever happened. 

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The God Who Waits


I have no idea why, and I have tried to conceal it as best I can over the years, but the truth of it is that I am easy prey to romance of almost every kind and (dare I say it?) even chick-flick stuff. Surely it can't be a 'feminine side'; Sharilyn insists that I have no such thing, and that's perfectly fine with me. 

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The Balboa Blunder


Isn't it remarkable how reticent we all are to honor people until after they're gone? I think of President Reagan who went through two whole terms of political rancor and wrangling and bitter opposition, only to be greatly remembered and revered after he passed away.  

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The Miserrimus Headstone


The ironic thing about the Worcester Cathedral is that people who tour the famous site are always most interested in one sad, little-unnamed grave that lies among the tombs of kings and princes and other great and noble persons.

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This Dear House of God


This week, rather than search elsewhere for inspirational things to encourage us all, I'm finding so much of it right here at home! It's Tuesday morning; I'm back in the office after a nice day off and a great day of worship with you all. It's quiet this morning; rather uneventful, and I'm just reflecting on how greatly blessed I am to be a part of this dear House of God! I know you feel the same! 

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Saved...by a Fly?


Embedded within all the lore that surrounds America's greatest preacher and evangelist is the story of the man who was saved—are you ready for this?—by a fly, of all things. 

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Who? Me?





So many artists have done the scene—my favorite is Caravaggio—but I love them all actually.

There is one feature that shows up in most of them that especially moves me. Almost without fail, the artist depicts Matthew looking up with a startled expression: he has been interrupted—oh! has he ever!—and now he is pointing a finger at  himself—at his chest—with the most astonished look on his face, as if to say: "Are you talking to me?" 

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The Desert Route


Sometimes it takes a desert to help us see what a real treasure is. Things you've always valued become worthless in the desert, and the simplest, most mundane things suddenly become a priceless treasure. 

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The Name!


It comes across rather sternly, doesn't it? That fourth commandment: "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God..." 

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Just Five Little Words


It's amazing what the Word of God can do to a smug, self-righteous heart. I certainly have my own story to tell in that regard. But, rather than talk about me, consider the experience of Myra Langley Johnson, who wrote of her own bitter resistance to the idea of "honoring" her mother. 

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Playing with Tigers


 

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Christians Under Plexiglass


"Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. 'I am willing,' He replied, 'Be clean'. And immediately the leprosy left him." Lk 5: 13

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Your Ministry of Reconciliation


I love the story of Mary Poplin. A sophisticated, scholarly professor at the very prestigious (and very liberal!) Claremont University, right here in Southern California. She was led to the Lord by one of her students! Can you believe it? A young 24-year-old minister of reconciliation. The story came out in an interview with Christianity Today several years ago. 

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A 'Narrow' World Never Turns


Editor's Note: Pastor Schorr was vacationing during our Messenger preparation time.  We have enclosed a previous article

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Because You're a Soldier





Sometimes when the long grind of affliction sets in, the faithful Christian will start to hear some discouraging words; the same words that Job heard during his long ordeal: "You probably have some secret sin," someone might suggest. "There's something wrong with your faith." "Your prayers are too weak." "You need to claim your deliverance more forcefully, and then it will happen." 

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Einstein's "Fudge"

by Bill Perkins, Exec. Dir. Compass International

Pastor's note: Too busy to write my own article this week, but—very providentially— Bernie and Donna put this wonderful piece on my desk from the excellent Creationist Group: Compass International.  I pass it on to you. (from Compass Communique 2018 #1 p. 1-2. Used, very gratefully, by permission).

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You Hold the Rope!


I read a wonderful story, in a missions magazine several years ago, about a British missionary doctor, back in the early 1900s. He was serving in a remote little outpost clinic, deep in the heart of China, doing everything he possibly could to help people with their afflictions. 

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Answers


Ours is the generation in which expecting answers—let alone having any!—is no longer in vogue. That puts Christians in the crosshairs, of course. We who claim to have found a "Way" are frowned upon as "smug", "arrogant", "presumptuous". You can't help wondering how we got this way as a nation. 

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This Awesome Book of God


Just in case you might have some doubts about the awesome, life-changing power of this mighty Word of God, let's pick a passage and sound the depths of it, shall we? And just for fun, let's pick the most obtuse, most (do I dare use the word?) uninteresting? (by carnal standards, yes!), most highly ignored and frequently glossed over passage in the New Testament and see what it has to offer.

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The 'Radical' Christian


 

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