Aug 25

Sparrow at Starbucks

The Sparrow at Starbucks (Author – John Thomas Oaks) It was chilly in Manhattan but warm inside the Starbucks shop n 51st Street and Broadway, just a skip up from Times Square. For a musician, it’s the most lucrative Starbucks … Continue reading

Jun 06

The Wooden Bowl

The Wooden Bowl (Shared by Jan Ross – Based on a story by Tolstoy) A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his … Continue reading

Feb 11

Hot Water Bottle

A child’s simple prayer for a most unusual item – a hot water bottle was needed (on that very day) on the equator in Africa. Could/would God grant such a request & if so, how would it happen? Continue reading

Jan 30

Struggling With The Truth

It seems “religion” is becoming an ever more popular topic of discussion among politicians and the stars of movies and television these days. But, invariably, when their conversations turn to matters of faith, there’s a glaring omission in their professions. … Continue reading

Jan 30

Who Will Take The Son?

(Author Unknown) A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art. When the Viet … Continue reading

Jan 30

Freedom of Choice

Here are a few quotes that may help one to understand the (sometimes confusing) concepts of God’s sovereignty and man’s free will: “Our destiny is not determined for us, but it is determined by us. Man’s free will is part … Continue reading

Oct 22

Worry: The Cause, The Cost, And The Cure

Life is so full of uncertainties. Wouldn’t it be great if there were at least a few things we could count on? Some constants to give us a reliable foundation for the beginning of each new day? Well, Jesus assures … Continue reading

May 09

Standing in the Doorway

(Taken from James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited) John Todd was born in Rutledge, Vermont, into a family of several children. They later moved to the village of Killingsworth back in the early 1800s. At a very young age, both John’s … Continue reading

Apr 18

It is a Matter of Focus

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Troubles

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Troubles“We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn … Continue reading

Apr 12

God’s Dress Code

The “Notes From The Valley” for this week come from Colossians, Chapter 3. I like to call it “God’s Dress Code.” The great things about this wardrobe are: everything’s already picked out (no shopping); everything fits perfectly (no dieting); and … Continue reading