The Last Word

David Sterk

READ : Proverbs 15:1-8 A man was given an award as the Outstanding Trooper of the Year in the state of Illinois. In presenting the award the governor mentioned the fact that in 15 years as a state trooper there wasn’t one case on record of this trooper using excessive force. He was asked, “Given the kind of stuff you deal with, how can that be?” “Two possible reasons,” he answered. “First of all, I always try to treat the …

Trust Your Instrument

David Sterk

READ : Proverbs 3:1-8 During World War II, the U.S. Air Force bomber Lady Be Good took off from its base in North Africa and was never heard from again. Thirty years later it was discovered in the middle of the Sahara desert, 400 miles beyond its destination. How had it missed its target by so much? Investigators believe that on the outbound journey Lady Be Good entered a high altitude air current which doubled its speed. The crew knew …

It's Still Too Short!

David Sterk

READ : Proverbs 1:1-9 I’ve cut it three times and it’s still too short! That’s a joke a friend of mine and I share when a piece of wood is cut too short because we’ve used the wrong measurement. He’s teaching me to work with wood. Once he told me I’d better stop running that piece of wood on the planer and put it against the spot that it was to go in. But I eyeballed it and thought, No. …

The Pursuit of . . . ?

Harvey Heneveld

READ : Matthew 16:21-28 Many people believe the highest purpose of life is to find personal happiness. At first glance that sounds right, but it is so wrong. They try to find happiness by living to please only themselves. Some live for their recreational toys. Others live to indulge the pleasures of the flesh. Others live to gamble or take other forms of risk. Still others live to accumulate material possessions. The paths people travel in search of personal hap- …

Dancing on the Water

Harvey Heneveld

READ : Matthew 14:22-36 When God wants us to grow, He places us outside of our comfort zones. Jesus invited Peter to get out of his old, familiar boat and join Him on the water. He told the rich young ruler to sell all he had and give his money to the poor. He told the paralytic lying on his mat to stand up and walk. Whether we are hard workers like Peter, living in comfort like the rich ruler, …