What Is Heaven Like?

What Is Heaven Like?

I member of my church recently asked me, “What will heaven be like? Will I see my wife again? Will I be able to make up for things I said or did not say, things I did or did not do?” It’s a hard question because only one person has ever survived death – and that is...
Hilarious Light

Hilarious Light

As early as the 4th Century, the Christian hymn Phos Hilaron (Hail Gladdening Light) was already considered ancient. It was sung during evening prayers in Jerusalem, when a lighted candle would be carried out of the tomb where Christ was buried. The light, of course,...
A Humble Heart

A Humble Heart

Former heavy-weight boxer James “Quick” Tillis was a cowboy from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tillis moved to Chicago to launch his career in the early 1980s. He still remembers his first day in Chicago after his arrival from Tulsa. Tillis said, “I got off the bus with two...
Lord Be Merciful to Me

Lord Be Merciful to Me

Legend has it that one day King Frederick the Great was visiting the jails of Potsdam and speaking to the inmates. Surprisingly, every single one of them claimed to be totally innocent of the charges against them. Near the end of the King’s visit, one of the inmates...
The Man Who God Sent

The Man Who God Sent

There’s a story about Doug Meland, a translator and a missionary for Wycliffe. When he first moved into a village of Brazil’s Fulnio Indians, they referred to him simply as “the white man.” In that neighborhood, this was no complement since other white men had...
People On His Mind

People On His Mind

Many years ago now, I heard a pastor reflecting on Jesus love for people. He said, “You know how Ray Charles had Georgia on his mind? Always singing about Georgia. Couldn’t get it off his heart. Well, just like Ray Charles had Georgia on his mind, Jesus, he had people...
Holy Ground – Beethoven’s Piano

Holy Ground – Beethoven’s Piano

A young woman stood before Beethoven’s piano in a Vienna museum. Presently she struck a few discordant notes. “I suppose,” she said to an attendant, “that many noted musicians have inspected this instrument.” “Oh, yes,” replied the man. “Recently Paderewski was here.”...
We’re Here in the Middle of it All!

We’re Here in the Middle of it All!

“Today’s message was written by my friend, Roger Kunkel, founder of Dial Hope.” -Joe There’s a story of two cowboys out on the range caring for a large herd of buffalo. One of the cowboys says to the other, “These buffalo are the dirtiest, smelliest, ugliest creatures...
Staying Open to Change

Staying Open to Change

I recently heard about a strange ocean animal called the sea squirt. It is interesting that a young sea squirt will travel through the sea searching for a suitable rock or piece of coral to cling to and make its home for life. When it finds its spot and takes root, it...
The Fake Rabbit

The Fake Rabbit

The great preacher and scholar Fred Craddock once told about visiting one of his students after graduation. This former student was married and had young children in the house. Before dinner, Fred watched the kids roll around on the floor while playing with the family...