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From an internal memo of the Western Union Telegraph Company, dated 1976, comes this costly misjudgment: “The “telephone” has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” Lord Kelvin, president of Britain’s Royal Society, once
We must begin learning to distinguish between things vital, things important, and things all-important. Many of us have become sadly distracted, majoring in minors and minoring in majors. As one observer has commented, modern man appears to be worshipping his work, working at his play, and playing at his worship. Take a
Was Christ a Liberal or a Conservative? Though these labels were not used during the days of His flesh, if they had been, He could have been considered both. Or neither. The Pharisees would no doubt have branded Jesus a rank Liberal, for He refused to bend to their traditions and self-serving interpretations of Scripture.
The principle of steadfast perseverance is repeated often and with emphasis throughout the New Testament. The early Jerusalem church was reported to have “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42.) Paul later exhorted the saints in Corinth by writing, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be
At the time of his death, Howard Hughes was the second richest man ever produced by the United States. He left a vast estate of nearly 2.5 billion dollars. In order to spend that much money one would have to spend one thousand dollars a day for over seven thousand, five hundred years! In terms
Most of us know better than we do. And most of us intend better than we perform. But we feel as if time is on our side. We’ll get to it eventually. We’ll begin tomorrow. Sadly, many of us never “get to it” and tomorrow never comes. Procrastination is still the thief of time. The
As the old saying goes, “The young may die; the old must die.” Upon honest and serious reflection we are forced by facts to agree. A quick glance at the daily obituary column, a short stroll through a cemetery, or a casual look through an old family photo album will remind us all too graphically
Newsflash for the church of the 21st century: massive, cathedral-like church buildings coupled with the latest, cutting-edge accoutrements do not in any way guarantee that pure and meaningful worship is actually taking place. There seems to be no limit to what churches today are willing to spend on steeples, signs and billboard-sized song-screens; on computer-controlled video
Many New Testament truths are stated in paradoxical form. A paradox has been loosely defined as “truth standing on its head,” and more exactly explained by Webster as “a statement that seems contradictory, unbelievable, or absurd but that may actually be true in fact.” When Jesus speaks of the last being first, and the first
The prayer we have come to call the “Lord’s Prayer” contains this thought-provoking phrase: “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” (Matthew 6:12, McCord.) Asking God to forgive us as we forgive others is a sobering proposition! God knows more about us than we know about ourselves. He understands that