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  • Illustration: Life Is Short

    A distraught patient phoned her doctor's office. Was it true, the woman wanted to know, that the medication the doctor had prescribed was to be taken for the rest of her life? She was told that it was.
  • Illustration: Choices, Improvements

    A farmer was driving along the road with a load of fertilizer. A little boy, playing in front of his house, saw him and called, "What have you got in your truck?"
  • Illustration: Second Coming

    David Jeremiah writes: “The Diamond Wedding Gown, offered exclusively by a chic bridal salon in Beverly Hills, can be yours for only $12 million. It's the most expensive wedding dress in the world, and it's bedecked with 150 carats of diamonds. If that's over your budget, you might consider the world's second most expensive wedding dress. It comes in at a mere $8.5 million and features 1,000 pearls and a rare five-carat white gold diamond."
  • Illustration: Opportunity

    J. Michael Shannon
    The right time to do the right thing is always right now. Recent reports indicate that George Washington, if he were alive today, would owe a huge library fine. New York City’s oldest library has a ledger that indicates George Washington never returned two books he borrowed in 1789.
  • Illustration: Media, Influence of

    J. Michael Shannon
    A recent study form the Dartmouth Medical School says that middle school children who are allowed to watch R-rated movies are more likely to start drinking alcohol. Twenty-five percent of those who said their parents let them watch the movies “all the time” started drinking. Nineteen percent who said their parents let them watch “sometimes” had started drinking. Only 3 percent who were forbidden to watch R movies had started drinking.
  • Illustration: Hope

    J. Michael Shannon
    Jennifer Arnold recently was featured in a PBS documentary titled, "Though the Eyes of a Dog." It chronicles her organization, which is involved in the training of service dogs and matching them with people in need. USA Today also told her story.
  • Illustration: Happiness

    J. Michael Shannon
    People have their own various interesting takes on happiness. Don Marquis was reported to have said, “Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.” Schweitzer said, “Happiness? That is nothing more than health and a poor memory.”
  • Illustration: God, Creator

    J. Michael Shannon
    The leaf cutter bee cuts a round piece of leaf to line a nest. Then she cuts oval pieces for the sides. Here she lays an egg and places near it a paste of pollen-nectar to feed the larva that will hatch. Then she cuts another round piece to close the opening. She makes some of the pieces round and some of them oval. How does she know to do that? Can this be explained in natural terms alone? Those who have eyes to see can perceive evidence of a designer and creator.
  • Illustration: Debt

    J. Michael Shannon
    All of us have amassed a debt we cannot pay. It is not difficult; it is impossible for us. That is why we celebrate the price paid for us on the cross.
  • Illustration: Cross

    J. Michael Shannon
    The chorus to “The Old Rugged Cross” is, “So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross. Till my trophies at last I lay down.” What does it mean?
  • Illustration: Commitment

    J. Michael Shannon
    Max Hickerson tells a wonderful story about guitar phenomenon Les Paul. Paul was known as the "Architect of Rock and Roll" and for inventing the solid body electric guitar. In 1948, Paul's passion for the guitar almost came to a tragic end. While driving on a bridge in Oklahoma, his car skidded off into a river and his arm was shattered. Doctors told Paul they could save his arm, but he would never play the guitar again.
  • Illustration: Church

    J. Michael Shannon
    At the Korean DMZ, you can see into North Korea far enough to see the largest flag pole in the world. The flag by itself weighs 300 kilograms. In Seoul, South Korea, by contrast, you can see churches everywhere, each with a neon cross lighted at night. Sometimes we are prone to wonder if the church makes any difference. It does.
  • Illustration: Bible

    J. Michael Shannon
    It has been said that the green sea slug survives by eating only once in its entire life. That doesn't seem to work for any other creatures, especially humans. It wouldn't be much fun either. We need regular meals to stay healthy, even to stay alive. It is especially true that spiritually we cannot survive or thrive in the Christian life without regular sustenance from the Word of God.
  • Illustration: Prayer, Miracles

    Joe McKeever tells about his son Neil, who was on an outing with his three children. The day before, he had suggested they pray for good weather. On their way to the park, he asked 10-year-old Grant if he had prayed for this beautiful day.
  • Illustration: Priorities

    Two teenagers were arrested. After booking them, the police sergeant told them they were entitled to a phone call. Some time later a man entered the station and asked for them by name.
  • Illustration: Gift, Surprise

    A famous author was autographing copies of his new novel in a Cleveland department store. One gentleman pleased him by bringing up not only his new book for signature, but reprint editions of his two previous ones, as well.
  • Illustration: Compassion

    Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child. The winner was a 4-year-old child whose next-door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who recently had lost his wife.
  • Illustration: Problems, Struggles

    A new kind of plane was on its first flight. It was full of reporters and journalists. A little while after takeoff, the captain's voice was heard over the speakers: "Ladies and gentlemen, I'm delighted to be your pilot for this plane's historic first flight. I can tell you the flight is going well. Nevertheless, I have to tell you about a minor inconvenience that has occurred. The passengers on the right side can, if they look out their windows, see that the closest engine is slightly vibrating. That shouldn't worry you, because this plane is equipped with four engines and we are flying along smoothly at an acceptable altitude.
  • Illustration: Fathers, Mothers

    As a mother was walking with her 4-year-old daughter, the girl picked up something off the ground and started to put it in her mouth, and Mom told her not to do that.
  • Illustration: Attitude

    “Suddenly I saw the contrast between our own family -- healthy with three children with strong legs -- and the other family. We were complaining and miserable, while they were having a great time. With so many things to be thankful for, how easy it is to forget them all.”