Illustrations on counsel
Wade was a young man who worked diligently at his job delivering newspapers. His daily route took him to some of the elite neighborhoods in his community, and he soon befriended Mr. Chiles, a wealthy man who owned a massive estate at the end of Lakeview Drive.
Sarah Winchester was a wealthy woman because she married William Winchester, the maker of the “gun that won the West.” Sadly, both her husband and young daughter died in quick succession, and Sarah was told that the souls of murdered people were responsible for her loss.
But that’s not even the weird part….
Brian Dyson knows success. As the former CEO of Coca Cola Enterprises, his work impacted the lives of billions of soda drinkers around the world. Recognizing his authority and influence, Georgia Tech invited him to deliver the commencement address at their university in 1996.
But what he said about success was different than what most expected.
“How’s the relationship with your father?” “What sort of dreams do you have?” “Is there any evidence of mental disorder in your family?” And of course, “How does that make you feel?” These are just a few of the questions psychologists use to help their troubled patients.
But when it comes to helping broken and troubled people, God asks the best questions of all.
Suffering is an inescapable part of life that everyone faces. That’s what makes encouragement and hope so important. The question then becomes, “Can hurting people find life-changing hope at your church?”
Or would they be better off going to this public bathroom to be encouraged?
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Charlotte Elliot of Brighton, England was a tortured soul, and consequently, she tortured others. She thought her broken health and constant disabilities justified her bitterness to family and her hatred of God.
But little did Charlotte know that God would use her illness to reach millions of people with His love.
It’s a little-known fact that civilian life is filled with gadgets and tools that actually originated from military applications. Items like GPS navigation, cell phones, and of course, those 8 miles-per-gallon hummers, all had their start in war zones! But it’s not just “stuff.” The military has cranked out some great advice, as well.
Here are some “gems” from the front lines that have stood the test of time…and gunfire.
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A man traveling along a dirt road through rural countryside came upon a peculiar site: across a fence row, a farmer was straining with a donkey that was hooked to a plow. No matter what the farmer did, the donkey wouldn’t budge.
To the passerby, the solution to the farmer’s problem was simple.