EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – I read about the pastor of a prairie church who one year directed the children’s program on the Sunday night before Christmas. The pastor was especially excited about the final scene of the production in which four children would give recitations using letters they held up: S-T-A-R, which stood for Shepherds, Trees, Angels and Redeemer.
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – In Matthew 18, the Lord’s quarreling followers asked Him, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” The Lord beckoned to a little child, whom He placed among the disciples. “Assuredly, I say to you,” Jesus said, “unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
It was the last week of His life, and Jesus was fielding questions from critics in the temple. An angry crowd gathered around Him as one after another lost their arguments. One challenger was left: a lawyer who thought he could stump Jesus with a question for which there was seemingly no one right answer. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” (Matthew 22:36)
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – Julie Thompson’s bend in the road began with the discovery of a lump. For James P. Colepepper, it was a visit from police officers who told him his “identity” had been stolen and his credit cards had been used to finance an illegal operation. For Todd Smith, it was the news that his company was filing for bankruptcy and laying off its employees.
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – Today we’re one day closer to the Rapture of the Church.
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – If you were a high-powered Washington attorney, the right-hand man to the President of the United States, sentenced to prison for committing a felony crime – and then had a genuine salvation experience in the midst of the chaos surrounding your personal life – what would you do after the dust had settled?
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – Let’s start with a riddle: What two partners live less than two feet apart but never meet? They’re both CEOs of vast organizations with overlapping jurisdictions; yet they remain best of friends, communicate instantly, and work in perfect coordination. Even the slightest interruption of their labors would be catastrophic, so they never sleep. Their combined efforts keep us alive and well.
Turn on any form of media today and you’ll find people labeling each other with pejorative terms, political epithets, and personal insults. Social media actually emboldens individuals to criticize and characterize others without regard for truth in their analysis. This is the world we live in today. But as the disciples of Christ, we have His words to follow when He said, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). How do we demonstrate that we are His disciples? We walk in love.
EL CAJON, Calif (BP) – When U.S. Navy SEAL trainees are sufficiently exhausted and their minds are getting fuzzy, instructors will purposely leave out part of an order to see who is paying attention – because the goal is to teach obedience to orders. Explicit obedience. Many of the exercises involve small teams carrying a 300-pound log on their shoulders while completing the exercise. But an instructor will occasionally, when giving the order for the next exercise, leave out any reference to carrying the huge log. Team captains who note the omission lead their teams accordingly and get a brief break from carrying the log.
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – Do you remember when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem before His arrest and ultimate crucifixion? As He rode the borrowed colt through the Golden Gate of Jerusalem, a spontaneous parade developed.