Truth Matters

The weekly devotional of Philip De Courcy

May072013

DOUBLE VISION

 

Leonard Bernstein, the great American composer, says that when he was young his father adamantly opposed his going into music. There was no strike up the band and let’s celebrate around the Bernstein home the day that...Read more

Apr302013

IT COULD BE WORSE

 

John Hooper, Bishop of Gloucester, one of the lesser lights among the English reformers, was burned at the stake on February 9, 1555, under the ruthless reign of bloody Mary. He had a reputation for personal holiness and...Read more

Apr232013

THE TEMPTATION WITHIN TEMPTATION

 

The story is told of man with a bulging waistline who decided to do something about his weight. Engaging the fight with the flab, he decided to change his route to work so that he would not pass his favorite...Read more

Apr162013

GREEN WITH ENVY

 

The story is told of a time when President Lincoln was carrying his two crying sons who were behaving badly. When someone asked him what was wrong with the boys, Abraham Lincoln replied, “Exactly,...Read more

Apr092013

PICK YOUR FIGHTS

 

President Theodore Roosevelt used to have a pet dog that was always getting into fights and being beaten by other dogs. A reporter once asked the president about that. The reporter stated, “Your dog is not much of a...Read more

Apr022013

A RARE FIND

 

Jeb Stuart was the Civil War’s version of a B-2 Stealth Bomber. This gallant, and gusty West Point graduate had an uncanny ability to infiltrate the federal lines without being detected.  On the Confederate side he was nicknamed “the eyes of...Read more

Mar262013

EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT

 

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,...Read more

Mar192013

CRY ME A RIVER

 

Someone has said that life is a bridge of groans over a river of tears. While that statement may be overly pessimistic, there is nevertheless more than a tinge of realism in it.  Life has a way of reducing each of...Read more

Mar122013

GIVE YOUR BEST

When Henry Kissinger was Secretary of State of the United States, an aide in the White House approached him with a report. Kissinger asked, “Is this the best you can do?” The aide sheepishly replied that he could do better. A few days later, the aide returned, and resubmitted his...Read more

Feb262013

SHOW SOME PATIENCE

Charles Simeon throughout his ministry fought the good fight of faith. He helped establish a beachhead for evangelical advance within the Church of England in the eighteenth century. From the early days of his ministry at Holy Trinity, in Cambridge, his congregation opposed his ministry. Parishioners locked their pews, and...Read more

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