The people who consistently manifest the greatest joy are those who refuse to be discouraged by their circumstances. Someone has said, “If life hands you a lemon, make lemonade.”
Charles Goodyear’s lemon was a prison sentence, resulting from a contempt of court citation. While in prison, Goodyear became an assistant in the kitchen, and while there, he continued to work on an idea. In the process, he discovered a method for vulcanizing rubber. His lemon, a prison sentence, became our lemonade. He produced better tires which meant better travel and a better way of life. Continue reading
The first sermon preached each Sunday is not by the minister, but by you.
You preach a message of good cheer when you say “good morning” to those you meet as you are parking, or in the hallway and classrooms. You preach a message of “welcome!” when you slide over in the pew instead of forcing others to squeeze in front of you. You preach a message of hope and joy when you sing enthusiastically during the service. Continue reading
Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). No one can be a child of God and not have faith! However, “faith alone” does not make one a child of God. If so, the Pharisees (John 12:42-43) and even the devil would be saved (James 2:19). Continue reading