Category Archives: Encouraging Word

Disappointed? Your Expectations may be too Low!

Someone suggested that the way to avoid disappointment was: “Expect nothing and you’ll never be disappointed.” But the Apostle Paul gives the opposite advice: “Dream big! Your disappointment can be God’s greatest appointment for your life!” In fact, as Lewis says, the problem with our expectations is not that we desire too much; but that …

The Man Who Came Out Ahead by Losing Everything

He was an old man now.  His body had been battered by the storms of life: Each wind leaving him more stooped; each flood eroding his vitality.  At one time he had it all.  He was born into a family of privilege.  He had the finest education available – His personal tutor was world-renown.  He …

The Bible Buffet

  The sign along the highway caught my eye.  It read: “Barney’s Bible Buffet. Take-outs on all orders!” Wondering at the sign, I decided to investigate. I followed the directions on the sign.  “Take a hard-left off Narrow Way onto Broadway.  Follow Broadway as long as it’s comfortable.  Take another left onto Easy Street.  Go …

Winners Follow the Course, Not the Crowd

An NCAA cross-country championship in 1995 provided a vivid example of the danger of “following the crowd” when 123 of the 128 runners were disqualified for not finishing the course.  One runner, Mike Delcavo, left the crowd to follow the prescribed course.  He began waving for the other runners to follow but most laughed him …

Playing on the Battlefield

Daniel 5 records the fall of the ancient city-empire of Babylon. It’s significant to note that it took place in the middle of a party. By comparing the Biblical and historical records we add some instructive detail. Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian, reported that the Persian King Cyrus conquered Babylon by diverting the flow of …

This Changes Everything

Have you ever said or felt that? I have, when a brown-eyed girl said: “I will” and later “I do.” That truly changed everything in my life. I was in Bible college majoring in downhill skiing and ping-pong. I had a brand-new set of ski equipment and a carefully arranged work and class schedule for …

Missional Living: Passing On a Legacy of Life

This Sunday is the premier of our new screens and a new study series: Missional Living – Passing on a Legacy of Life.  God’s call is summarized in the key verse, 2:2: “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able …

Instant Spirituality

August 21, 2015 On my morning walk I saw an interesting little shop. The sign over the door read: Spiritual Fruits Novelty Shop – Over 8 Billion Served. Intrigued by what might be offered, I stepped in and began to browse. Quickly, a man with an extremely wide smile approached. As he stepped closer I …

Gery Greyhound

May 8, 2015 I hope you won’t think less of me after I tell you this, but the other day I was at the racetrack. It was the dog track where the Greyhounds race. I’ve heard about the fast dogs all my life and so I finally decided I wanted to go and see for …

Church Community and Communication

April 30, 2015 Koinonia is communicable! Don’t panic but there is a serious case of koinonia that is spreading through South Suburban EFC! Koinonia, of course, is the New Testament term often translated fellowship. The most basic meaning of the term is “share.” It speaks of community — sharing things in common. Koinonia in the …