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[27 Jun 2015 | No Comment | 487 views]

It was just a bean field.
A small patch of land that yielded a paltry crop of insignificant tiny vegetables.
The Philistines had gathered together into a troop that day, determined to take the field of beans… Lentiles.

Just a bunch of beans.
Not worth the struggle.
Never really liked them beans anyway.
Just let it go.
Didn’t even plant that stupid field… our parents did.
Just go find another field.
But someone stood up. Shammah did. He knew that old field was more than a bunch of beans.
It represented everything worth fighting for… worth living for… worth dying for.
If they …

Illustrations and Research »

[15 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 375 views]

A basketball in my hands is worth about $19.
A basketball in Michael Jordan’s hands is worth about $33 million.
A baseball in my hands is worth about $6.
A baseball in Mark McGuire’s hands is worth $19 million.
A tennis racket is useless in my hands.
A tennis racket in Venus Williams’ hands is a Wimbledon Championship.
A rod in my hands will keep away a wild animal.
A rod in Moses’ hands will part the mighty sea.
A sling shot in my hands is a kid’s toy.
A sling shot in David’s hand is a mighty weapon.
Two …

Quotes »

[12 Mar 2015 | No Comment | 174 views]

Organizational work is not a step down. Nor is it a step up. All Kingdom work is a step sideways into the role God calls you to fulfill. Jesus’ parable of the talents expresses this. Each man was given according to his ability, and not expected to return any more than he was able. Everyone on the field has the same responsibility… to do what you’re called to do. If you are called by God to be a prince or a king, a prophet or a pastor, the responsibility is exactly the same… …

Illustrations and Research, Inspiration »

[25 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 268 views]

As a schoolgirl, I had the opportunity of touring a steel treating plant near Detriot, MI. A tour guide was assigned to our class group and we followed her around the plant, over cat-walks, through tunnels and in and out of observation decks. I was fascinated by it all.
At one point she stopped to allow us to view the purging process. We were standing in an observation deck. Below us was darkness. Oppressive heat and the smell of fire rose toward us. Huge rectangular containers held the molten steel within …

Ministry Development »

[10 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 247 views]

I work in the technology and design industry. I realize the following analogy is not spiritual, but to me it’s applicable to this topic. We do not hire inexperienced workers at the same rate as experienced. Our clients also don’t expect to be charged the experienced rate for our junior designers. In addition, we have one rate for local work, and another for work we do in the San Francisco valley because of the demand and value of our work. Further, many of our contracts reflect hourly rate plus travel expenses, …

Headline, Ministry Development »

[2 Dec 2014 | No Comment | 496 views]

About 18 years ago, a well-respected elder among us stood in his church’s pulpit and apologized for the way he had been teaching some things, and the expectations he had laid on his saints. He took a long time that night to explain clear, biblical teaching on things like facial hair, pants-length, entertainment, etc.
I remember hearing the news of this and being heart-broken… so shocked that what had been long-held understandings among us were being “let down”. What I saw from a distance was frightening to me, because I was …

Illustrations and Research »

[20 Jul 2014 | Comments Off on Modern ‘David’ defeats New York ‘Goliath’ | 114 views]

Empire State ordered to leave Christian man’s Bible message alone
Posted: December 23, 2008
By Alyssa Farah
A New York man has won a battle with the New York Department of Transportation over a trailer he parked on his private property along a public highway that was targeted because of its Christian message.
Daniel Burritt installed a tractor-trailer for his company, Acts II Construction Inc., on private business property along U.S. Route 11 in 2007.
In May he got a letter from the New York State Department of Transportation stating that his trailer violated a …

Illustrations and Research, Quotes »

[19 Jun 2014 | No Comment | 128 views]

By Charles Grisham
Oh cleansing fir burn in me,
Purge my soul and set me free,
Remove each stain of sinfulness,
That I may in Thy presence rest
Cast far away my vain desires,
Refresh my soul in revival fires,
Come again thy wonders reveal,
Oh bless me now is my appeal
Prepare each heart to look above,
A world that’s lost and void of love,
Give us a burden, a vision too,
Oh how we long to be with You
What joy awaits the faithful ones,
The Master’s smile, the words, “well done,”
A crown of life, a race complete,
What bliss awaits at His …

Illustrations and Research »

[9 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 104 views]

Here’s what’s happening…
There’s an endangered desert tortoise that the government’s Bureau of Land Management is trying to save on a man’s personally owned property. So, they come in and round up all his cattle to take them away. Now, that’s not the part I’m focusing on…

When the owner and others protested (1st Amendment), the government set up a small fenced in area and put a “Free Speech Area” sign on it, telling them they could only express their free speech in that area. Someone duly noted, “1st Amendment is not …

Illustrations and Research »

[4 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 100 views]

Parosmia is an olfactory dysfunction characterized by the inability of the brain to properly identify an odor’s “natural” smell. Instead, the natural odor is transcribed into what is most often described as an unpleasant aroma, typically a “‘burned,’ ‘rotting,’ ‘fecal,’ or ‘chemical’ smell.”
Titus 1:15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.