An African boy listened carefully as his teacher explained why Christians give presents to each other on Christmas day. “The gift is an expression of our joy over the birth of Jesus and our friendship for each other,” she said...
Illustration: Learning to Choose Well
What do you do when experience teaches that you cannot win for losing?
Illustration: Christmas, Holiday Stress
Do the things you dream of regarding the holidays match reality? Are you more stressed than blessed by trying to take time off to be with and enjoy your family during Christmas?
Illustration: Thanksgiving Blessing
Children are incredibly honest about that which they are thankful...and more so about that which they are not.
Illustration: Potential, Gifts
Comparison is not your friend when it comes to self-evalution, only thinking rightly about your God-given abilties and esteeming that which has been placed within you and given to you as gifts for service toward others.
Illustration: Second Coming and Preparedness
Listen to your inner Boy Scout and always be prepared whether in the work you do or for all eternity.
Illustration: Power, Uncertainty and Getting What You Requested
Be sure to speak the truth you would like to have played out in your life. Remember it was words that brough all of creation into being.
Illustration: Light, Reflection and Mood
Do you have the ability and ingenuity to redirect light where it needs to shine into the darkness?
Illustration: Light and Perception
Are you able to perceive the light that is there, or has your vision become dark?
Illustration: The Legacy of a Friendly Wave
What will you be remembered for when your time on Earth has come to an end? Will you be known for your helpfulness and friendliness?
Illustration: The Power of Kindness
How large of an impact does random or targeted kindness have on others?
Illustration: The God of Large, Small and All
God is sovereign over all the details of our lives, as well as larger matters. He rules over everything at all times.
Illustration: Conscience and Guidance
Do you pay attention to your conscience? How's that working out for you?
Illustration: Communication from the Church
How well do you do saying what you intended to say the first time?
Illustration: Carrying Christmas Home with You
Do you carry Christmas with you wherever you go?
Illustration: Christmas Fills Our Hearts and More
Christmas was fulfilled more than 2,000 years ago in a stable in Bethlehem, yet it continues to fill empty spaces in this world.
Illustration: Adversity and Attitude
How do you react when dealt crushing blows? When that happens, do you perceive God still is on His throne?
Illustration: Recognizing Value
You've heard of a lucky penny, but a lucky saucer?
King David was an enormous benefactor for the first temple, always remembering his wealth came from the hand of God, to whom it should be returned.
Sports figures often provide spiritual lessons in their speech, attitude and overall character.