Accepting Forgiveness

Chester Droog

READ : 1 John 1:1-10   E. Stanley Jones tells of an evangelistic service at which a young man received Jesus Christ as his Savior. In the counseling session that followed, he told Dr. Jones of his sordid past and then asked, “Are you sure I’m saved?” Dr. Jones assured him that he was saved. The young man left seeming to understand the power of Christ to forgive his sin. The next night, however, he was back and again responded …

Is He Your Shepherd?

Chester Droog

READ : Psalm 23:1-6   An itinerant pastor in the Swiss Alps discovered a young shepherd boy whose limited mental capacity made it almost impossible for the pastor to teach him about the Savior Jesus Christ. The pastor finally decided to teach him the first five words of the 23rd Psalm, “The LORD is my shepherd.” Each time he repeated one of the words he would clutch one of his fingers. The young boy finally responded by clutching each of …

What is the Highest Virtue?

Chester Droog

READ : John 8:31-38   I once read a story about a British boy who was attending a school in Germany during the early years of Adolph Hitler’s rise to power. One day the teacher asked the class: “What is the highest of all virtues?” German boy after German boy replied: “Obedience, sir, obedience!” When every German boy had been given the opportunity to parrot the answer, the teacher turned to the student from Britain and asked: “And young man, …

And He Told Them a Story

Chester Droog

READ : 2 Samuel 12:1-13   It has been said that all the world loves a story. The Bible is filled with stories. One of the most powerful stories is the one told by the prophet Nathan to King David. It was a simple story about a rich man and a poor man. The rich man had great flocks of sheep; the poor man had but one little pet ewe lamb. When the rich man entertained a visitor in his …

Revival Joy

Eildert Zwart

READ : Nehemiah 8:1-6, 9-12   I get excited when I read in verse 1 about the way the people eagerly asked Ezra to read God’s Word to them. They also listened to Ezra read from daybreak until noon, and they did this “day after day” (v. 18). This strong desire for God’s Word, and the people’s repentant response, can only be explained as evidence of the Spirit’s working in their lives. The result was great blessing. When God revives …