Truth Matters

The weekly devotional of Philip De Courcy

Aug072017

I’m Out Of Here

Funny man and humorist Jack Handley once wrote about being the target of bullies at school and how they would ambush him on the playground and nab his lunch money. As a countermeasure, he enrolled in an after school program that specialized in teaching the art of self-defense. But after...Read more

Jul312017

Please Use Responsibly

Some years ago a story came out of Florida that illustrates the lengths to which people will go to have their desires met. According to this story, a twenty-seven-year-old woman in Fort Pierce, Florida, entered a MacDonald’s to order a 10-piece McNugget meal. After waiting in line for some time,...Read more

Jul172017

YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE

A couple of years back a friend told me a story about a pastor we both knew from Northern Ireland. The story centered on the fact that this particular pastor was unwilling to cancel the midweek service in spite of the expectation that few people would be in attendance since...Read more

Jun262017

PLEADING THE FIFTH

As someone who once lived in Britain but who now lives in the United States, I have always enjoyed reading about how the British view America and Americans. Churchill reportedly said of America, “Their toilet roll is too thin and their newspapers too thick.” On another occasion having watched a...Read more

Jun192017

HAPPENING NOW

I like a good movie, especially an action adventure. I love the unfolding of the mystery, the pursuit, the tension between good and evil, the emerging hero, and the triumphant ending. Yet if I might play the role of a movie critic for a moment, I have found some good...Read more

May152017

And They Lived Happily Ever After

“And they lived happily ever after” is not just a fairytale ending, but also a Gospel promise. The story of every Christian, which begins in new birth, is one that goes on forever with each chapter bettering the previous chapter. For the child of God, it is always the case...Read more

Apr152017

Clear and Convincing Proof 

In 1876, after a conversation on a train with the noted infidel Col. Robert G. Ingersoll, General Lewis “Lew” Wallace realized that he had a pretty threadbare understanding of his own faith. Wallace was a Methodist more by circumstances than conviction. Having listened for more than two hours to Ingersoll’s...Read more

Apr032017

FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE

There is an old Greek legend that gives us an interesting insight into our fight with temptation! According to the legend, two famous travellers skirted a rocky coastline where seductive Sirens sang. The Sirens sat perched on the rocks singing ever so sweetly in an attempt to lure the sailors...Read more

Mar272017

ALL THINGS HAVE BEEN PREPARED

Some years ago I had the privilege of ministering to missionaries from across Europe who where serving under Evangelical Baptist Missions. The retreat took place in Wagrain, Austria; a beautiful town nestled amidst mountains in the region of Salzburg.  It was famous for skiing, mountain biking, and for the fact...Read more

Mar132017

LOOK WHO'S TALKING

During my time as a police officer in Northern Ireland we were shown a training video that advocated the importance of speaking positively to ourselves should we be shot or seriously injured in the line of duty. Speaking calmly, consistently, and confidently to oneself about a positive outcome was said...Read more

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