I met Mr. Yamashita in a locked ward of a mental hospital. His plight was depression and he was heavily sedated. A large portion of one side of his head was shaved and a half moon incision with stitches revealed the doctor’s work to relieve pressure from his brain. He had jumped from an open window of the same hospital attempting suicide. It was his fifth attempt.
At the very moment God spoke the words, “... Let there be light: ...” (Genesis 1:3), everything changed! Darkness immediately gave way to light and from that point on, nothing would be the same. These words were more than air vibrating through the vocal cords; it was the voice of the Almighty penetrating the darkness. These four words not only illuminated the sky and lit up the horizon, but they brought forth days, seasons, and times. Without a doubt, these words changed everything.
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:18–20 Do you enjoy seasoning your food with salt? Without salt, most food is bland and tasteless. However, add a little bit of salt and our food is transformed into something tasty and enjoyable. Salt makes a difference!
Every four years, top athletes from around the world gather in one country to compete in the Winter Olympic games. The goal of these athletes is simple: to have a gold medal placed around their neck and to hear the national anthem of their country played while they stand on the top step of the podium. The goal is simple, but achieving that goal is extremely difficult. It takes years of hard work and dedication, along with countless hours of practice, to be able to compete with the best of the best from around the world.
"For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." -Romans 10:11 As missionaries, one of the first things that we had to do upon our arrival in Indonesia was learn the rules of our host society.
The goal of this article is to cause readers to probe their mind and emotions; to examine their attitudes. One recognized author asserts that “A central tenet in the concept of attitudes is that they predispose one to behavior” and that “Most definitions of attitudes include some aspect of behavior” (Rhodes 2006). It truly is a fact that attitude predisposes behavior; that how we think and feel about something ultimately determines how we behave toward that consideration.
Mark, for those that don’t know you well, can you give us somebackground information on you and your family, and how God led you to the place where you serve today? Mark: The most important day of my life was at the age of 15, when I accepted Christ as my Savior. I was raised at FBC. My parents are Jim and Judy Siekbert. I had the great privilege of being raised in a great Christian home. My parents are the main reason that I am in fulltime Christian service today. It was very comforting to have consistency in our home. What was preached at church became the way of life at home. There was ...
Chad, I’m sure there are many that will read this article that don’t know you well, so can you give us some background information on you and your family, and how God led you to the place where you serve today? Don’t forget to give us the names and ages of all the children. Chad: I grew up in Douglas, Wyoming, a small town of around 5,000 people out in the country in a ranching culture. My family and I attended Calvary Baptist Church from the time I was an infant. The church had a Christian school where I went from K-4 through high school. I made a profession of faith at the age of five an...
God’s work moves forward as we pray. Throughout the ages, God’s servants have recognized the power of prayer. Guy H. King said, “No one is a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil; not that he practices it, but he suffers from it.” F.B. Meyer, the great preacher of Leicester, England, said, “The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.”