Category Archives: Faithfulness

Trouble is inevitable, but misery is optional

Abraham Lincoln is credited with the saying that ‘most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.’ Now, that may be an oversimplification, especially when we think of refugees fleeing from unimaginable horrors, or people … Continue reading

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What tides of grace flowed from that attic bedroom.

William Barclay tells the story of a servant-girl whose personal search for meaning in life resulted in a profound experience of the presence of God. But the demands of serving in a large house gave little freedom to do much … Continue reading

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The only sure way out of that hole

A few years ago, the Isleta Casino in New Mexico used a TV commercial showing images of dollar bills floating down to an outstretched hand while an announcer said: ‘So the holidays have passed, and those credit card bills just … Continue reading

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The only assessment that ultimately counts

One night at a famous jazz bar, legendary jazz musician Cab Calloway introduced a promising young saxophone player. After he’d played, a self-appointed jazz critic came over and said, ‘You aren’t that good, man. All you can do is play … Continue reading

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It’s not just the hearing that makes faith grow

When Mother Teresa visited Australia, some years ago, a Franciscan monk was assigned to be her guide and gofer. He was thrilled at the prospect and dreamed of how much he would learn from her. But he never got the … Continue reading

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Faith has to be practical

I heard about a young woman who took her fiancé home to meet her parents. After dinner the father took him aside asked him what he did for a living. He replied that he was a student of the Bible. … Continue reading

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‘God, who sees in secret will reward you openly.’

Emil Zatopek, the only man ever to win Olympic gold in the 5,000 metres, 10,000 metres and marathon, had enormous respect for Australia’s Ron Clark who, though he’d broken many of Zatopek’s records, had never won Olympic gold. The two … Continue reading

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