Truth Matters

The weekly devotional of Philip De Courcy

Apr032020

Do The Next Thing

The best thing that you and I can do, when we are not sure what is the best thing to do, is to do the next obvious thing. Faced with uncertainty, confronted with multiple choices and disoriented by circumstances, wisdom would tell us that the way forward usually starts with...Read more

Mar272020

Undeniably Good

In AD 155, the people of the city of Smyrna found their entertainment in gladiatorial fights and the martyrdom of Christians. Statius Quadratus, the Roman proconsul, was the guest of honor as eleven Christians were brought in from Philadelphia to be thrown to the lions. In the midst of the...Read more

Mar202020

In Good Hands

In the midst of the Reformation, the Pope made an attempt to tame “the wild boar that had invaded the Lord’s vineyard.” In order to bring Martin Luther back to the Catholic Church, a Cardinal from Rome was dispatched to buy the Reformer’s repentance with gold. But soon after the...Read more

Mar132020

Firmly Fixed In Place

G. Campbell Morgan was one of the greatest Bible expositors of his generation. The balance of his ministry was spent leading the famous Westminster Chapel in London during a period of the early 20th Century which included the sinking of the Titanic and the First and Second World Wars. With the...Read more

Feb142020

Good Riddance

When I pastored in Ohio, I was always looking for reasons to visit California, especially in the dead of winter. To be honest, if I was invited to preach in California during the months of December or January, I didn’t even pray about it, I just took it to be...Read more

Jan302020

Bless You

Samuel Chadwick was a great British Methodist leader, and quite a character.  Unique and unafraid is how we might put it. On one occasion, a student at his ministerial college asked for permission to smoke a pipe, which was against the rules. The student pleaded that he had been a smoker...Read more

Jan162020

Do Your Job

The late Ted Kennedy enjoyed retelling the story of his first run for the Senate when he was 30 years old. During a debate with his opponent, his political adversary questioned his fitness for office, pointing to the fact that Kennedy had lived a charmed life, and had never held...Read more

Jan092020

Talk To The Animals

The famed Amos Alonzo Stagg coached at the University of Chicago until he was seventy years of age. In fact, in some form or another he coached football teams until finally retiring at the age of ninety-one. Although he sensed a call to the ministry early in life, he soon...Read more

Dec232019

Have A Merry Christmas

During his freshman year at College, a student, due to commitments and circumstances was unable to get home for Christmas. Thinking about his father and Christmas morning, the young man decided to send to his father a set of inexpensive cuff links through the post with this accompanying note: “Dear...Read more

Dec112019

Daylight Robbery

In his book “Heavenly Rewards,” my friend Mark Hitchcock tells the story of Arthur Barry, considered to be one of the world’s greatest jewelry thieves. Over his criminal career in the 1920’s he committed 150 robberies, mostly jewelry, with an estimated worth of $5 to $10 million (a tremendous amount at...Read more

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