The Piano "Lesson"
© E. Elliot 1997 all rights reserved
(Although I was told that "some years ago Elizabeth Elliot
gave everyone permission to post her stories on their web sites.
Just post the correct version with the copyright notice.)
A little "P.S." from Barb: Besides being a wonderful lesson in walking in God's strength, I also feel this story is an excellent example of GRACE!
A Survival Kit for Every Day
to remind you to pick the good qualities in everyone, including
living every minute, every day.
Life Is Short; Live It Today
(This came to me without a title, so that's just what I gave it.)
This was written
by an 83-year-old woman
to her friend:
I'm reading more and dusting less. I'm sitting in the yard and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the garden.
I'm trying very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter and luster to our lives. And every morning when I open my eyes, tell myself that it is special.
Every day, every minute, every breath truly is a gift from God.
The Power of the Cross
A young man who had been raised as an atheist was training to be an Olympic diver. The only religious influence in his life came from his outspoken Christian friend. The young diver never really paid much attention to his friend's sermons, but he heard them often.
Prayer of Senator Joe Wright
When minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas
Senate, everyone was expecting the usual politically correct generalities,
but what they heard instead was a stirring prayer, passionately calling our country to repentance and righteousness. The response was immediate. A
number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In six short weeks, the Central Christian Church had logged more than 5,000 phone
calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now
receiving international requests for copies of the prayer from India, Africa, and Korea.
Commentator Paul Harvey aired the prayer on "The Rest of the Story" on the
radio and received a larger response to this program than any other he has
We confess that:
We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism.
We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism.
We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called
it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep our nation
and become our wholehearted desire so that we can again be
called a Christian nation that fears the Lord!
At the Foot of the Cross
By Marcia Krugh Leaser
Fearing the battle was over
The Paradox of Our Age
(I have heard that George Carlin wrote this)
We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it
We have more degrees, but less common sense; more knowledge, but
less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less
If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?