For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. 1 Corinthians 1:26-27 Edward Kimball was nothing special in the eyes of most men. He was not a pastor, missionary, business-owner, or CEO of a large company. He
Because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the LORD, when thou heardest what I spake…, and wept before me; I also have heard thee, saith the LORD. 2 Kings 22:19 The eight square miles of the black volcanic sands of Iwo Jima made up an extremely important piece of land during World War II, for it contained a strategic airfield. The Allied forces determined that it
Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. Psalm 105:4 It is no secret that I like to run. As I am getting older, I do run less often than I used to, but I still enjoy it. After running several marathons, and many races in between, I can honestly say that, each time, I prepare myself for running before I go out to run. I put on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. I lace up a pair of running shoes, and I go run. Not once in all my years of running have
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 Do you remember taking any long trips as a kid? I had nine brothers and sisters, so we didn’t take many vacations, but I did have the opportunity to take a lot of trips with our youth group. We went to the Grand Canyon, Pike’s Peak, Mexico, the boundary waters of Canada, and many other places in
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Psalm 37:4 When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up? When my son Jackson was little, he really wanted to be a cowboy. He wore guns and a cowboy hat everywhere, and he constantly talked about “when I get older, and I have my own ranch…”
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 “When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off; you sit still and trust the engineer.” Corrie ten Boom, the author of the previous statement, suffered terribly in a concentration camp when it was discovered that she and her family were helping Jew
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13 Are you one of those people that only wants to know how the story ends? There are a lot of people who don’t really care about all the details in the story; they will skip to the end of the book because they just don’t have the patience to wait through the particulars to find out what happens to the main characte
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Mark 12:30 When my delight and desire for the Lord is not as great as my desire for someone or something else, I need revival. Have you ever been to a basketball game that came down to
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? Romans 10:14 Like most kids, I used to put puzzles together when I was younger. As I got older, I upgraded to the larger, more challenging puzzles – the ones with five hundred to a thousand pieces. One of t
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. Isaiah 6:8 When I was a young boy, my dad mowed grass for commercial properties, and I used to help him. One day, as I was picking up the trash in the grass to keep it from getting chopped by the mower, I came across a twenty-dollar bill. To a kid, twenty dollars might as well be a million. I was ec
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:10 With any product that comes in more than one flavor, I always have my favorites. I like green and pink freeze pops. I want pink Starbursts. Give me all the vanilla Tootsie Rolls. I love the yellow Laffy Taffy. I’ll bet you have flavors that you like, as well. I’ve often wondered why the com
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer… be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. Revelation 2:10 As we were flying into Haiti for a missions trip a couple years ago, we flew past an abandoned castle known as the Citadel, built by the king of Northern Haiti Henry Christophe, many years before. After Haiti won its independence from France, Napoleon sent word by one of his officers
I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
Psalm 40:1 I don’t consider myself to be a very good fisherman. Let me restate that…I am a bad fisherman. Oh, I know how to bait a hook and cast a line, but it seems like the fish begin their practical joking the moment my bobber hits the water. It seems that no matter h
And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him. Mark 1:17-18 Though America tried to remain neutral, she faced big problems on the high seas with the British during the few years leading up to the War of 1812. Britain and France were at war with each other, so they each attacked American merchant ships headed to the other country. Dealing with France was bad enoug
And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. Acts 9:5 I recently watched a cowboy from Utah demonstrate how to break and ride a horse that had never been ridden. As the wild horse was brought into the pen, he seemed relatively calm. He was on edge because he was trying to figure out what was going on, but he wasn’t violently bucking as
For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. Ezekiel 20:32 Children have long feared the boogey man. He may go by different names in different places, but he is the one who hides under the beds and in closets at night. He is the one who makes the sounds they hear behind them as they walk in dark places. He is also responsible for all th
Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:8-17 Hide and seek is arguably one of the most popular games of all time. It is free and fun. When I was growing up, we used to play it everywhere – in the house, in the dark, in a dark house, in the barn, and about anywhere else we could think of when we needed to be amused and occupied. On several occasions, the hiding spot that I had was so good that I didn’t want to come out, even afte
Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few. Matthew 9:37 (Though this may be helpful for anyone, it may be particularly so for young people.) Have you ever had someone call your house or your cell phone over and over until you finally got sick of them calling? It may even be someone you don’t mind talking to, but when