Turn Your Scars Into Stars

Chester Droog

READ : Psalm 31:14-22   A business man in a small midwestern town ran for a seat on the town council. He carried on a vigorous campaign in which he tried to convince the local citizens that he was the most qualified candidate. However, when the votes were counted, he had exactly three votes. He was humiliated and demoralized. He began to wonder how people would treat him. What was this going to do to his business? But rather than …

Serve Him Today

Chester Droog

READ : John 21:9-17   I often think of the story of the young lover who frequently declared to his girl friend, “If I had ten pairs of arms, I’d use them all to caress and hug you. If I had ten pairs of eyes, I’d use them to gaze upon you and behold your beauty. If I had ten pairs of lips I would use them to tell you how lovable and adorable you are.” Before he could continue, …

Resisting Change

Chester Droog

READ : Hebrews 11:1-10   A young pastor, serving a rural church, was experiencing some difficulty with one particular member of his church board. Each time he recommended a new program or some change in schedule, the board member would object and seek to defeat the idea. Finally the young pastor went to the gentleman and asked him why it was that everything he proposed was objected to by him. The older gentleman said, “Young man, you need to know …

Cheap Criticism

Chester Droog

READ : James 3:1-10   Strangely enough, one of my favorite stories is of the wife who was standing behind her husband as he put a penny in a scale that not only gave him his weight but spewed out a little card that described his personality. It read, “You are dynamic, a leader of men and admired by women for your good looks and strength of character.” Before he had an opportunity to put it in his pocket, his …

Two Buckets

Chester Droog

READ : Philippians 4:1-9   Have you heard the story of the two buckets? They were used every day to carry water from the well to the house of a poor peasant woman. One day one of the buckets noticed that the other bucket looked very sad. It asked, “You look very sad, what’s the matter?” The second bucket replied, “I was reflecting on the uselessness of being filled at the well. No matter how full we are when we …

Praying Needlessly

Chester Droog

READ : Psalm 32:1-11   The pastor spotted a young boy going into the sanctuary. Wondering what he was up to, he stepped inside, to find the youngster on his knees in the front of the church praying. As the pastor listened, he could hear and understand only a few words, most noticeably the word Tokyo. When the young boy got ready to leave, the pastor asked him, “What is your problem that you would come and pray in the …