An Unexpected Help

James Gilmour, a missionary to Mongolia, was once asked to treat some wounded soldiers. Although Gilmour was not a doctor, he had some knowledge of first aid, so he felt he should help the men the best he could. He cleaned and dressed the wounds of two of the soldiers, but the third man’s leg was badly broken. The missionary …

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Samuel and Hannah

The story of Hannah and he son Samuel has a modern counterpart in Adjai Samuel Crowther and his mother. Adjai, eleven years old, was seized by slavers near his village in West Africa about 1820. The terrified boy was thrown in a crowded slave pen, then chained aboard a slave ship. He suffered untold panic and pain until the ship …

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God Wants Us

A businessman was once very concerned about his ability to sell a warehouse property he owned. Since he had last surveyed the building, vandals had damaged the doors, smashed the windows, and strewn trash throughout it. The building had been empty for several months and needed other repairs due to weather and general lack of maintenance. As the man showed …

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Why Pray?

We pray because prayer opens up the floodgates of God’s infinite grace and power to flow toward the person in need. God can act without prayer, but He chooses to operate within the boundaries of human will and invitation. He allows us to participate in His work on earth with each prayer. Leonard Ravenhill once said about prayer, “One might …

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Death by Tent Peg

For years, ministers around the world have marveled over the sermons of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. He didn’t prepare manuscripts in advance, seldom knowing on Friday what he would speak about on Sunday. Yet, when he stood to preach, audiences were entranced by his eloquence, insight, authority and bluntness. The modern American pulpit seldom speaks of “hell, fire and brimstone.” But …

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