Tension in the Toolbox by Tony Cooke

At first, they were glad just to have been selected. There were other tools that the Carpenter could have chosen, and the tools were pleased that he, a Master Craftsman, had picked them. But they quickly forgot their initial joy and began to focus on each other. With this, they began to be bothered by and irritated with each other. One by one, each tool began to dwell on the shortcomings and faults of the other tools. No one was exempt from the critical and demeaning evaluation of the others. … read more

The Seed

A successful Christian business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. He called all the young executives in his company together. He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you.” The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. “I am going to give each one of you a SEED today—one very special SEED. … read more

Meet the Tater Family

Dick Tater is the self-appointed potentate who feels everything should be done his way. He never serves or works; he just bosses others. Emmy Tater is the member of the family who follows all the latest fads. She’s never really discovered her own identity because she’s always busy trying to be like someone else. … read more

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Your beliefs are a self-fulfilling prophecy, literally shaping the way you perceive your world. Let’s consider people (not you, of course) who believe that the world is a rotten place full of disgusting folks. What do they see when they look at the world? All the rotten and disgusting things. At work, they see only what’s bad. When they talk to co-workers, their main topic of conversation is who’s sabotaging whom. … read more

Whoever Takes the Son Gets It All

Years ago, there was a very wealthy man who, with his devoted young son, shared a passion for art collecting. Together they traveled around the world, adding only the finest art treasures to their collection. Priceless works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and many others adorned the walls of the family estate. The widowed, elder man looked on with satisfaction as his only child became an experienced art collector. … read more

The Parable of the Push-Ups and the Donuts

There was a boy by the name of Steve who was attending school in a western state. Mr. Christianson taught at this particular school. He had an open-door policy and would take in any student that had been thrown out of another class as long as they would abide by his rules. Steve had been kicked out of his sixth period and no other teacher wanted him, so he went into Mr. Christianson’s class. … read more

Pastoral Search Report

We do not have a happy report to give. We’ve not been able to find a suitable candidate for this church, though we have one promising prospect still. We do appreciate all the suggestions from the church members, and we’ve followed up each one with interviews or calling at least three references. The following is our confidential report on the present candidates. … read more

Shake It Off and Step Up – The Lesson from an Old Mule

A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule braying or whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together, told them what happened, and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery. … read more

Only One Life by C.T. Studd

Two little lines I heard one day, Traveling along life’s busy way; bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart; only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last. Only one life, yes only one, Soon will its fleeting hours be done; then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet, And stand before His Judgment seat; only one life,’ twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last. Only one life, the still small voice, Gently pleads for a better choice; bidding me selfish aims to leave, And to God’s holy will to cleave; only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last … read more

10 Advantages of Doing Ministry Without a Ministry Plan by Tony Morgan

You give the loudest person the opportunity to decide what happens at your church. Sharp leaders who are accustomed to serving in organizations with clearly defined plans for future growth won’t stick around your church. That means more ministry for you! You’ll get to hone your debating skills as people argue about what to do next. … read more

You’re Not Home Yet

An old missionary couple had been working in Africa for years, and they were returning to New York City to retire. They had no pension; their health was broken; they were defeated, discouraged, and afraid. They discovered they were booked on the same ship as President Teddy Roosevelt, who was returning from one of his big-game hunting expeditions. No one paid much attention to them. They watched the fanfare that accompanied the President’s entourage, with passengers trying to catch a glimpse of the great man. … read more

To My Child: What I Can and Cannot Do

I can share your life, but I cannot live it for you. I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn. I can give you direction, but I cannot always lead you. I can allow you freedom, but I cannot account for it. I can take you to church, but I cannot make you believe. I can teach you right from wrong, but I cannot decide for you. … read more

Leadership Lessons from Noah

Plan ahead….It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark. Stay fit….When you’re 600 years old someone might ask you to do something really big. Don’t listen to critics….do what must be done. Build on high ground. For safety’s sake….travel in pairs. Two heads are better than one. Speed isn’t always an advantage….The cheetahs were on board, but then so were the turtles. … read more

Kids’ Answers When Asked What Love Is

“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” (Rebecca – age 8) “Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” (Chrissy – age 6) … read more

Job Description for Church Staff

Senior Pastor is able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, is more powerful than a locomotive, faster than a speeding bullet, can walk on water, and gives policies to God. … read more

Johnny, Sally, and the Duck: A Story of Forgiveness

A little boy visiting his grandparents was given his first slingshot. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit his target. As he came back to Grandma’s back yard, he spied her pet duck. On an impulse he took aim and let fly. The stone hit, and the duck fell dead. The boy panicked. Desperately he hid the dead duck in the wood pile, only to look up and see his sister watching. Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing. … read more

The Jerusalem Management Consulting Firm

Thank you for submitting the resumes of the twelve men you have picked for management positions in your new organization. All of them have now taken a series of tests, and we have not only run the results through our computer, but we have also conducted an in-depth interview with each of them by our staff psychologist and vocational aptitude consultant. The profiles of all tests are included, and you will want to study each of them carefully. … read more

Trying to Do the Job Alone

I am writing in response to your request for additional information for my insurance claim. In block number three of the accident claim form I wrote, “trying to do the job alone” as the cause of my accident. You said in your letter that I should explain that statement more fully. I trust the following details will be sufficient. I am a bricklayer by trade. On the date of the accident, I was working alone on the roof of a new six-story building. … read more

Individual Worth

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It’s Funny…

Funny how a $100 bill “looks” so big when you take it to church, but so small when you take it to the mall. Funny how long it takes to serve God for an hour, but how quickly a team plays 60 min. of basketball. Funny how long a couple of hours spent at church seems, but short they are when watching a movie … read more

The Ideal Pastor

The ideal pastor is difficult to find. But if your church is fortunate, you may be able to secure his services. Since he is the ideal pastor, it won’t cost very much – he lives by faith. Yet he can be counted upon to tithe heavily and still be able to afford a large house in which he will regularly entertain the entire congregation. He loves the older folks of the church, visiting them regularly. Besides this, he spends all of his time with the young people.… read more

What’s it Like in Your Town?

Once there was an old and very wise man. Every day he would sit outside a gas station in his rocking chair and wait to greet motorists as they passed through his small town. On this day, his granddaughter knelt down at the foot of his chair and slowly passed the time with him. As they sat and watched the people come and go, a tall man who surely had to be a tourist-since they knew everyone in the town-began looking around as if he were checking out the area for a place to live.… read more

Great Statements Concerning the Bible

“So great is my veneration for the Bible that …the earlier my children begin to read it, the more confident will be my hopes that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year.”
– John Quincy Adams … read more

I Am Your Pastor

When you rise to your highest and best, I am your Pastor. When you yield to temptation and fall to your lowest, I am your Pastor. When you live in the Spirit and manifest the attitude of a Christian, I am your Pastor. When for a time you sink to the level of the flesh, I am your Pastor. When you walk in the pathway of duty and do God’s will, I am your Pastor. … read more

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, when the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, when the funds are low and the debts are high, and you want to smile, but you have to sigh, when care is pressing you down a bit, rest, if you must – but don’t you quit. … read more