- In early April 2006, a massive F-3 tornado tore through firefighter Jerrod Hawkins' hometown of Henderson, TN. While Jerrod was on duty and could only watch the storm from his fire station, the tornado hit his home directly, ripping the house from its foundation. Amy heroically saved her sons, Jair and Cole, by lying on top of them in the basement. But unfortunately the bricks, debris and concrete that hit Amy caused permanent injuries -- her vertebrae and ribs were crushed, her lungs were punctured, and she sustained serious head trauma. After the tornado subsided, Amy and the boys were found under a pile of rubble by neighbors who called the fire station, where Jerrod had to instruct his neighbors how to give his own wife CPR.
- ("After a forest fire in Yellowstone Park, rangers found an ashy, ossified bird at the foot of a tree. Sickened, they gently prodded it with a stick and three little chicks scrambled from under the mother bird's wings. They hypothesized that the mother had carried her offspring to the base of the tree, gathering them under her wings, instinctively aware that toxic smoke would rise...")
- ("Late one night, the Teacher sat around a blazing fire with a small number of disciples. Their conversation was broken by periods of silence when they gazed at the stars or stared into the glowing embers. Suddenly the Teacher posed a question: 'How can we know when the night has ended and the day has begun?'...")
- ("Clifton Davis tells about the time he was invited to perform at the National Minority College Golf Scholarship Foundation banquet in Cleveland, Ohio. Although it was his job to entertain and uplift the crowd, someone else stole the spotlight that night. That someone else was Dondre Green, the honored guest at the banquet and a member of the golf team at St. Frederick High School in Louisiana..." and other illustrations)
- ("David Jeremiah tells about an old Alfred Hitchcock show, which featured the story of an evil woman, jailed for committing a murder. The woman soon realizes that her only chance for escape is to befriend the old man who serves as the prison undertaker. He is the only inmate who is allowed outside the prison walls..." and another illustration)
- Give up your self, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favorite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end: submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will ever really be yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.
- One man tells about wanting to go on vacation. He couldn't decide whether to go to Salt Lake City or Denver. He wanted to visit Denver, but money was tight so he decided to let the amount of the fare make his decision for him. He called one airline and asked what the fare was to Denver. "Airfare to Denver is $300 per person," said the reservation agent. Then he asked, "What about Salt Lake City?" "Oh," said the agent, "we have a really great rate right now to Salt Lake City . . . only $99, but there is a stopover." "Where?" asked the man. "In Denver," the agent answered.
- ("A theologian named John Westerhoff once described four different styles of believing that we tend to move through as we grow. He talked first about experienced faith, the accepting faith of early childhood which responds to the sights and sounds of worship but doesn't really worry about what any of it means...")
- ("Ever feel like that? 'Just giving up'? 'Just give up' was the Pharisee's advice to Jesus in today's gospel text. Herod is after you. He has you marked for death. Get out of town quick. Give up your mission here...")
- ("There was a lot of fuss a few years ago about a film called The Last Temptation of Christ. I never quite understood why, as it was asking a question and making a point that was very powerful. It asked what would have happened if Jesus had chosen to reject his calling, to opt for safety instead of the cross...")
- ("We admire Olympic athletes who work hard to compete in various events because that demands much discipline. One name you may remember is Apolo Anton Ohno who provides a good example....")
- ("Have you ever been “bumped” from an airplane flight for which you had a confirmed reservation? In the past year I have made more than 125 individual airplane flights; and while I was fortunate that I never got bumped, I did see it happen to dozens of people. These days, air carriers routinely overbook their flights in order to make sure that the plane is full...")
- ("Let me tell you about a young woman; it's a true but painful story. This young woman grew up being called stupid and ugly by her parents and teachers, brothers and sisters. Her mother often told her that she was behind the kitchen door when the brains and the looks were handed out...")
- ("An elderly sage was educating his young disciples about life. It tells of a dreadful battle that goes on in every person between two great lions. One lion is wicked: he is fear, rage, jealousy, sadness, greed, pride, self-pity, shame, hatred, weakness, lies, rivalry and superiority...")
- ("The story is told of one recruitment firm's response to a glowing reference for a job applicant. It extolled the candidate's excellent lineage, son of x, nephew of y - oh exalted company indeed! The refusal was direct; 'We are not looking for breeding stock, but for a worker. You never told us about the applicant themselves.'...")
- ("Don't underestimate the power of a mad mother hen. I spent time at the home of my grandparents who raised chickens. One day I was playing with some young 'biddies' as we called them when two mother hens flew up at me, knocked me down, pounced on my chest and began to peck me...")
- ("Chu Wei, age 40, leads a group of over 50 house churches in China. He and his wife, Yin Yan-ling, 37, were among 12 people arrested when PSB officers raided their church in Huaibei City, Anhui Province. The twelve were held all day and interrogated by police, who did not allow them food or water, or even to use the toilet...")