Self-Control

As the hard-fought Little League game was underway, the coach paused to say to one of his players, "Do you understand what cooperation is? What a team is?" The little boy nodded yes. "Do you understand that ...

Recognition

Bob volunteered to perform a parachute jump for charity. On his first day of training, the instructor made an important point about preparing for landing at 300 feet. "How do you know when you're at 300 feet...

Illustration: Need for Rest

Rick Ezell writes: “In the Challenger space shuttle disaster, key NASA officials made the ill-fated decision to go ahead with the launch after working twenty hours straight and getting only two to three hours o...

Illustration: On Mission

An inner city church, located in an area of the downtown where there were few residents, was forced to a decision. A large corporation was offering them a great deal of money for their site, on which the corpor...

Illustration: Biblical Illiteracy

“Not quite half of the public can identify the names of the first four books of the New Testament, known as the Gospels. A large share believes that john the Baptist was one of Jesus’ apostles. Almost half cont...

Planning

In the August 24 Turning Point devotional David Jeremiah writes: “Poor Donald Pugh. He was very upset over the unflattering photograph of him released by the Lima, Ohio, police. He appeared overweight and puffy...

Illustration: Growth of the Church; China

In a recent Breakpoint commentary, Eric Metaxas writes: “You’ve probably heard a lot about China in the news lately: How it’s threatening peace in the Pacific by building military bases on artificial islands. Y...

Illustration: Kindness, Compassion

An unknown author tells this story: I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily apprising a basket of freshly pi...

Illustration: Money, Finances

“For one reason or another, most people today are concerned about money. It is estimated that 40% of the marriages that fail are the result of conflict over finances. Colleges report that students are forsaking...

Illustration: Prayer

A successful businessman needed several millions dollars to clinch an important deal, and he was having a hard time obtaining a loan, so he went to church to pray for the money. By chance, he knelt next to a ma...