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Squash or Oak?

January 31, 2012 by


“A student asked the president of his school whether he could not take a shorter course than the one prescribed. ‘Oh yes, replied the President, ‘but then it depends on what you want to be.  When God wants to make an oak, He takes a hundred years, but when he wants to make a squash, […]

Never Quit

January 24, 2012 by


Most of you are probably aware of the movie Amazing Grace which is about one of the heroes of the faith, William Wilberforce. Because of his convictions as a follower of Jesus Christ, Wilberforce led the battle in England to abolish the heinous evil of slavery…a task that seemed absurd and undoable at the time.  He began this mission […]

Remain and Ask. John 15:7

January 19, 2012 by


John 15:7 “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you.” It’s nice to get what we want, isn’t it?  But is what we want always what glorifies God and is best for us?  Not usually, right? Many times we read passages like […]

The Power of a Nickname

January 17, 2012 by


We’ve heard it said before that a person’s favorite word is their name.  We’ve all learned the importance of repeating names and learning them as fast as possible.  People are always impressed when we’re able to recall their names after an initial meeting. It communicates that we care. It communicates that they are important. Giving […]

Abiding and Eternity. John 15:6

January 12, 2012 by


John 15:6  “If a man does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers.  Such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” Jesus here reminds His disciples of the eternal destiny of those who do not remain in Him.  In many other translations, the word […]

Are you convinced?

January 10, 2012 by


From the archives: the following was sent from Tom Hammon to his staff in the early 1990s. As the school year begins, it is worth asking again, WHY we do all of this.  The overwhelming task of reaching lost, uninterested kids … “winning the right” … breaking into a school where no one seems to […]

The Result of Remaining. John 15:5

January 5, 2012 by


“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. There are very few verses in the New Testament that are more clear and vivid than Jesus’ words to his disciples and us about remaining […]