Your lover shall live

Your Lover Shall Live During the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, sentenced a soldier to be shot for his crimes. The execution was to take place at the ringing of the evening curfew bell. However, the bell did not sound. The soldier’s fiancée had climbed into the belfry and clung to the […]

Asleep on His Knees

  Mr. and Mrs. Moody often had guests in their Chicago home. One evening, after a very demanding day, Moody asked a visiting Christian to lead in family devotions. The man waxed eloquent as he expounded the symbolism in a difficult chapter of the Bible. Then he prayed at great length. When the worship was […]

Asked To Describe Life With His Wife

  John Cheever was asked if he would describe life with his wife, Mary. “She has displayed an extraordinary amount of patience,” he answered. He paused, then continued,” Women are an inspiration. It’s because of them we put on clean shirts and wash our necks. Because of women, we want to excel. Because of a […]

Ask for Rain, Carry Umbrella

  Dr. Guthrie, that great Scotch preacher, prayed in the morning service for rain. As he went to church in the afternoon, little Mary, his daughter, said, "Here is the umbrella, Papa." "What do we need it for?" he asked. "You prayed for rain this morning, and don't you expect God will send it?" They […]


  In its natural state, asbestos is a soft rock consisting of compressed fibers. Because of its fire-resistant qualities, it has had thousands of uses in home and industry over the years. Almost 30 million tons of the material have been used in the United states for insulation since 1900. I remember being impressed as […]

Arrest of Jose Rivera

  Have you heard the folk story of the bandit Jose’ Rivera, who became notorious in several little towns in Texas for robbing their banks and businesses? Finally the townsfolk, weary of the constant plundering, hired a ranger to track down Jose’ Rivera in his hideout in Mexico and retrieve the money. The ranger at […]

Armored Car Spill

In the late 1980s in Columbus, Ohio, an armored car spilled $2,000,000 on the freeway. Only $400,000 was ever recovered, the rest disappeared with the throngs of people who stopped and scooped up the cash. Some folks were honest enough to return what wasn’t theirs: Melvin Kaiser gave back $57,000. Those who have studied human […]

Armed Robbery

The scene was San Diego Superior Court. Two men were on trial for armed robbery. An eyewitness took the stand, and the prosecutor moved carefully: “So, you say you were at the scene when the robbery took place?” “Yes.” “And you saw a vehicle leave at a high rate of speed?” “Yes.” “And did you […]

Are You Refusing Your Inheritance?

  While a student at Yale University, Eugene F. Suter, Jr.'s father died, leaving him an estate of ,000. When Eugene refused the inheritance, the trustees of the estate insisted he take it, and even took him to court to force him to accept the money. In an unprecedented case held in New York City, […]

Are You Prepared to Meet Your God?

  When he pastored the Methodist church in Scarborough, William Sangster had an eccentric member who tried to be a zealous Christian. Unfortunately, the man was mentally deficient and usually did the wrong thing. While working as a barber the man lathered up a customer for a shave, came at him with the poised razor, […]

Bits & Pieces, March 31, 1994, p. 5 Are You In Love?

  A young man said to his father at breakfast one morning, “Dad, I’m going to get married.” “How do you know you’re ready to get married?” asked the father. “Are you in love?” “I sure am,” said the son. “How do you know you’re in love?” asked the father. “Last night as I was […]

Are You a Doctor?

  A man on vacation was strolling along outside his hotel in Acapulco, enjoying the sunny Mexican weather. Suddenly, he was attracted by the screams of a woman kneeling in front of a child. The man knew enough Spanish to determine that the child had swallowed a coin. Seizing the child by the heels, the […]

Are We Ready For Heaven?

  In 1991 a Gallup poll showed that 78 percent of Americans expect to go to heaven when they die. However, many of them hardly ever pray, read the Bible, or attend church. They admit that they live to please themselves instead of God. I wonder why these people would want to go to heaven. […]

Apollo 13 Astronaut

  John L. Swigert, Jr., the Apollo 13 astronaut who went to the moon in 1970, recalls how his job almost interfered with filing his federal income-tax forms: “On the second day of Apollo 13, April 12, I asked Mission Control to begin work to get me an extension of the filing date for my […]


  The godly Scottish preacher Andrew Bonar penned a diary entry. He wrote, “This day 20 years ago I preached for the first time as an ordained minister. It is amazing that the Lord has spared me and used me at all. I have no reason to wonder that He used others far more than […]

Anger – Shotgun

  A lady once came to Billy Sunday and tried to rationalize her angry outbursts. “There’s nothing wrong with losing my temper,” She said. “I blow up, and then it’s all over.” “So does a shotgun,” Sunday replied, “and look at the damage it leaves behind!” Getting angry can sometimes be like leaping into a […]

Angel Warriors

  John Paton was a missionary in the New Hebrides Islands. One night hostile natives surrounded the mission station, intent on burning out the Patons and killing them. Paton and his wife prayed during that terror-filled night that God would deliver them. When daylight came they were amazed to see their attackers leave. A year […]

An Irresistible Argument

  A famous atheist once said, "I can stand all the arguing of Christian apologists, but I have a little servant who is a disciple of Jesus Christ, and her good, pure, honest, truthful life staggers me sometimes." The one irresistible argument for the gospel's power is a regenerated, consecrated life which is a demonstration […]

An Attribute of God Alone

  An attribute of God alone. It is the quality of having all power (Ps. 115:3). He can do all things that do not conflict with His holy nature. God has the power to do anything He wants to. Does omnipotence mean that God can do literally anything? No, that is not the meaning. There […]

Amy Carmichael Said…

  Sometimes when we read the words of those who have been more than conquerors, we feel almost despondent. I feel that I shall never be like that. But they won through step by step by little bits of wills little denials of self little inward victories by faithfulness in very little things. They became […]

Always Late

  At the busy dental office where I work, one patient was always late. Once when I called to confirm an appointment, he said, “I’ll be about 15 minutes late. That won’t be a problem, will it?” “No,” I told him. “We just won’t have time to give you an anesthetic.” He arrived early.


  With one in four young people now indicating that they have never had a meaningful conversation with their father, is it any wonder that 76 percent of the 1,200 teens surveyed in USA Today actually want their parents to spend more time with them? Andree Alieon Brooks, a New York Times journalist, in her […]

All Our Mistakes are Burned Up

  Thomas Edison invented the microphone, the phonograph, the incandescent light, the storage battery, talking movies, and more than 1000 other things. December 1914 he had worked for 10 years on a storage battery. This had greatly strained his finances. This particular evening spontaneous combustion had broken out in the film room. Within minutes all […]

All God’s Giants Have Been Weak Men

  Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, knew the secret of strength through weakness. Complimented once by a friend on the impact of the mission, Hudson answered, “It seemed to me that God looked over the whole world to find a man who was weak enough to do His work, and when He […]

Alive Forever

  The famed evangelist, Dwight L. Moody, once remarked in a sermon: "Some day you will read in the papers that D. L. Moody of East Northfield is dead. Don't you believe a word of it. At that moment I shall be more alive than now. I shall have gone up higher, that is all-out […]

Ali Hafed

  Years ago, Russell Conwell told of an ancient Persian, Ali Hafed, who “owned a very large farm that had orchards, grain fields, and gardens… and was a wealthy contented man.” One day a wise man from the East told the farmer all about diamonds and how wealthy he would be if he owned a […]

Albert Einstein

  Einstein gave grudging acceptance to “the necessity for a beginning” and eventually, to “the presence of a superior reasoning power,” but never did he accept the doctrine of a personal God. Two specific obstacles blocked his way. According to his journal writings, Einstein wrestled with a deeply felt bitterness toward the clergy, toward priests […]

Agnostic Farmer

  The story is told of a farmer in a Midwestern state who had a strong disdain for “religious” things. As he plowed his field on Sunday morning, he would shake his fist at the church people who passed by on their way to worship. October came and the farmer had his finest crop ever—the […]

Advice from a Third Grader

My advice is to say you love each other for the rest of your lives. Don’t get a divorce. – Third-grader Britney (An 8-year-old who helped her class write a book, Advice for a Happy Marriage, for their teacher, Debi Crawford of Telluride, Colo. Associated Press, April 9, 1995.)


  During World War II General Creighton Abrams and his command were surrounded by the enemy to the east, west, north and south. General Abrams said, "Gentlemen, for the first time in the history of this campaign, we are now in a position to attack the enemy in any direction." What has you surrounded, tied […]

Adam’s Apple

  Adam was human; he didn’t want the apple for the apple’s sake; he wanted it because it was forbidden. – M. Twain

Action Needed

  We are reminded of the little girl who told a friend who was visiting her father that her brothers set traps to catch birds. He asked her what she did. She replied, "I prayed that the traps might not catch the birds." "Anything else?" "Yes," she said, "I prayed that God would keep the […]

Accident Reports

  The following are actual quotes from accident reports submitted to various insurance companies by hapless policyholders: Coming home, I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don’t have. The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intentions. I thought my window was down, but found it was […]

Ability to Carry

  There was a man who was saved by grace from strong drink. He was seen one day by the tavern keeper, whom he knew only too well, carrying a sewing machine to his wife. "Come and have a drink," cried the tavern keeper. "It will strengthen you." "No, no," replied the former customer. "I've […]

A Witness Who Came Too Late

  Far up the Amazon River, a Baptist missionary was using a flannelgraph to aid her in telling a group of school children about Jesus. As she talked, an elderly man with stooped shoulders and gray hair joined the children. He listened with rapt attention as the missionary told the story of God's grace as […]

A Test of Belief

  Two boys stood at the edge of a frozen pond. One of them said to the other, "Billy, I believe it will bear our weight." "Do you?" asked the other. "Yes." "Then get on it." "No," said he, "I don't want to." "Then," said the other, "you don't believe it will bear you."

A Stumbling Block

A missionary society was deeply impressed by the courageous devotion of David Livingstone who worked single-handedly for God in Africa. The society wrote to Livingstone: "Have you found a good road to where you are? If so, we want to send other men to join you." Livingstone replied, "If you have men who will come […]

A Spiritual Photograph

  Spurgeon says: "We have the likenesses of our boys taken on every birthday … so that we see them at a glance from their babyhood to their youth. Suppose such photographic memorials of our own spiritual life had been taken and preserved; would there be a regular advance, as in these boys, or would […]

A Song in the Night

During the Thirty Years’ War in the 17th century, German pastor Paul Gerhardt and his family were forced to flee from their home. One night as they stayed in a small village inn, homeless and afraid, his wife broke down and cried openly in despair. To comfort her, Gerhardt reminded her of Scripture promises about […]

A Slothful Man

Sloth is not to be confused with laziness. A lazy man, a man who sits around and watches the grass grow, may be a man at peace. His sun-drenched, bumblebee dreaming may be the prelude to action or itself an act well worth the acting. A slothful man, on the other hand, may be a […]

A Road 5 Miles Into the Wilderness

About 350 years ago a shipload of travelers landed on the northeast coast of America. The first year they established a town site. The next year they elected a town government. The third year the town government planned to build a road five miles westward into the wilderness. In the fourth year the people tried […]

A Rich Conversion

A certain titled gentleman was converted. He loved the Lord a great deal, but he was not well taught in the Scriptures. He thought that he could continue in some of his worldly engagements and still bear a good testimony. On one occasion some weeks after he gave his heart to the Lord, this man […]

A Little From God

Although you may have no commentaries at hand, continue to read the Word and pray; for a little from God is better than a great deal received from man. Too many are content to listen to what comes from men’s mouths, without searching and kneeling before God to know the real truth. That which we […]

A Lesson from the Gulls

Some time ago in Reader's Digest there was a short article about a group of sea gulls that was starving to death in St. Augustine. They were not starving because of a food shortage but because they had forgotten how to fish. For years they had depended on the shrimp fleet operating out of the […]

A Lesson From Nature

A man standing on the bank of the Niagara River saw a dead sheep being swept down by the current. An eagle lighted upon that sheep. The body sank for a moment under the weight and then came to the surface again. The day was bitter cold and the wool wrapped around the talons began […]

A Holy Minister

We must heed the memorable words written by Robert Murray McCheyne to the Rev. Dan Edwards on 2 October 1840 after his ordination as a missionary to the Jews: ‘I trust you will have a pleasant and profitable time in Germany. I know you will apply hard to German; but do not forget the culture […]

A Joyful Meeting

A young woman who lay dying sought to console her father who was overcome with grief. "Dad," she said, "don't be so broken up. If I had received an offer of marriage from someone who was all you could desire for me, and whose station in life was far superior to mine, but who wanted […]

A Great Anything

One day a man met Spurgeon on the street, took off his hat and bowed, and said, “The Rev. Mr. Spurgeon—a great humbug!” Spurgeon took off his hat and replied, “Thank you for the compliment. I am glad to hear that I am a great anything!”

A Good Reason for Politeness

"My boy," said a father to his son, "treat everybody with politeness, even those who are rude to you; remember, you show courtesy to others, not because they are gentlemen, but because you are one."

A Poor Example

A father, who attended church with his little boy, found fault with everything in the service. As he walked home, he criticized the minister, the sermon, the choir, and everything in general. The boy, who had noticed what his father put in the offering plate, said, "Well, Dad, what can you expect for a quarter?" […]

A Picture of God

There’s a story about a kindergarten teacher who asked a boy what he was drawing. Without pausing to look up, he said, “A picture of God.” The teacher smiled and responded, “But nobody knows what God looks like.” The boy carefully put down his crayon, looked her squarely in the eye, and declared, “After I’m […]

A Man With a Servant’s Heart

A large group of European pastors came to one of D. L. Moody’s Northfield Bible Conferences in Massachusetts in the late 1800s. Following the European custom of the time, each guest put his shoes outside his room to be cleaned by the hall servants overnight. But of course this was America and there were no […]

Wonderful truth

  Geskryf deur THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   Wonderful truth   He who kneels before GOD can stand before anyone!   To be almost saved, is to be totally lost!   Grace is not an excuse to sin, but it is the power not to!   When JESUS is all we have, we realize, JESUS is all […]

Wisdom of children

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]    Wisdom of children!         TEACHER:   Maria, go to the map and find North America .       MARIA:       Here it is.       TEACHER:  Correct. Now class, who discovered America ?       CLASS:        Maria.       ____________________________________       […]

Why do people wear masks

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   WHY DO PEOPLE WEAR MASKS?   Several years ago, I had a nightmare, it was terrible. For many days my spirit was greatly troubled. In a dream, I saw one of my most serious workers at church dying a terrible death. As my church worker was dying, I saw […]


  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   WHY?   Why  ……do Clicks make the sick walk all the  way to the back of the store to get their  prescriptions while healthy people can buy  cigarettes at the front. Why  … people order double cheeseburgers, large  fries, and a diet coke. Why  … banks leave both doors […]

Which window

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   WHICH WINDOW?   Catherine Marshall wrote:   "My friend Marge had an experience aboard a plane bound for Cleveland, waiting for takeoff. As she settled into her seat, Marge noticed a strange phenomenon. On one side of the airplane a sunset suffused the entire sky with glorious color. But […]

When are you middle aged?

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   When are you middle aged?   By the time a person is wise enough to watch his/her step, he’s/she’s too old to go anywhere. Middle age is when you have stopped growing at both ends and have begun to grow in the middle. A person has reached middle age […]

What if there isn’t anymore

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   What if there isn't "anymore"? One day a woman's husband died, and on that clear, cold morning, in the warmth of their bedroom, the wife was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't "anymore". No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more […]

What does hope do for mankind

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   What Does Hope Do For Mankind? Hope shines brightest when the hour is darkest. Hope motivates when discouragement comes. Hope energizes when the body is tired. Hope sweetens while bitterness bites. Hope sings when all melodies are gone. Hope believes when evidence is eliminated. Hope listens for answers when […]

We’ll stay out of the way

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]                                     WE’LL STAY OUT OF THE WAY.   The Call to Worship had just been pronounced starting Sunday Morning service in a church. The choir started its processional, singing "Up from the Grave He Arose" as they marched in perfect step down the center aisle to the front of […]

What is the conclusion?

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   What is the conclusion?     An old man was sitting with his 25 year old son in the train. The train was about to leave the station. All passengers are settling down in their seat.   As the train started, the  young man was filled with lots of joy […]

Walking the dog

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected] WALKING THE DOG  A WOMAN was flying from Melbourne  to  Brisbane  . Unexpectedly, the plane was diverted to  Sydney along the way. The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft the plane would re-board in 50 minutes.  Everybody […]

The two woman praying

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   TWO WOMEN PRAYING   There were two widow women, each with only a single son. The two young men both got involved in drugs and they both ended up in prison. The women were devout Christians and both had been in constant prayer for many years. When their two […]

The wooden bowl

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]                                              The Wooden Bowl   A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating […]

The woman

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   THE WOMAN   When God created the woman he was working late on the 6th day. An angel came by and said: "Why spend so much time on that one?" And the Lord answered: "Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to her shape?" “She must […]

The warning bell

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected] THE WARNING BELL   I am told that there was a rock on the North Sea, just off the Firth of Tay, Scotland. This rock proved very dangerous to many ships, because when the high tide came in, the rock was hidden just below the surface.   There was a […]

The voice of the shepherd

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]                                     THE VOICE OF THE SHEPHERD   There once was a shepherd that lived in the Scottish highlands. This shepherd had a daughter and he would take her with him when he went out on the moors to take care of the sheep. The thing that the little girl […]

The untamed tongue

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   THE UNTAMED TONGUE   In 1899 four newspaper reporters from Denver, CO, set out to tear down the Great Wall of China. They almost succeeded. Literally. The four met by chance one Saturday night, in a Denver railway depot. Al Stevens, Jack Tournay, John Lewis, Hal Wilshire. They represented […]

The U in Jesus

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   THE U IN JESUS Before U were thought of or time had begun, God stuck U in the name of His Son.. And each time U pray, you'll see it's true, You can't spell out JesUs and not include U. You're a pretty big part of His wonderful name, […]

The three monkeys

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   THE THREE MONKEYS   Three monkeys sat on a coconut tree, Discussing things as they are said to be, Said one monkey to the other : "Now listen you two, there’s a certain rumor which can’t be true, that man has descended from our noble race; why, the very […]

The room

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   The Room     I can only imagine…  "THE ROOM" as written by a 17 Year Old Boy.   17-year-old Brian Moore had only a short time to write something for a class. The     subject was What Heaven Was Like.     Brian had been dead only […]

The Rolls Royce

    Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]                                                      The Rolls Royce The great British automaker Rolls Royce takes great pride in the reliability of their handcrafted automobiles. An obviously wealthy owner of a Rolls took it to Europe on an extended trip. While traveling in France the car had some mechanical problem. He called the Rolls […]

The mayonaise jar

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]                                                 THE MAYONNAISE JAR When things in your life seem, Almost too much to handle, When 24 Hours in a day is not enough, Remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee. A professor stood before his philosophy class And had some items in front of him. When […]

The last letter of Karen Watson

    Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]                                                 THE LAST LETTER OF KAREN WATSON   Our International Mission Board is working on a project called "The Last Letter." It’s actually an old tradition of soldiers and missionaries who as they boarded a ship, wrote their family and friends a letter that they think might be […]

The funeral

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]                                                    THE FUNERAL.   One day all the employees reached the office and they saw a big sign on the door on which was written: Yesterday, the person who has been hindering your growth in this company passed away. We invite you to join the funeral in the room […]

The four states of man

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   AUGUSTINE AND THE FOUR STATES OF MAN   In the 5th century AD, St. Augustine wrote about the "4 States of Man":   * The first state of man (the haec sunt prima) is "living according to the flesh — with reason making no resistance." This can be seen […]

The first and the last

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]                                     THE FIRST AND LAST "ALL" After a mission service, the preacher of the evening was hurrying away to a late train. He had just three minutes to catch it when he saw a man running after him. "Oh, sir," he said breathlessly as he came up, "Can you help […]

The compass that wouldn’t cooperate

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   THE COMPASS THAT WOULDN'T COOPERATE   An old sailor repeatedly got lost at sea, so his friends gave him a compass and urged him to use it. The next time he went out in his boat, he followed their advice and took the compass with him. But as usual […]

The Coat hanger

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   THE COAT HANGER   A woman was at work when she received a phone call that her small daughter was very sick with a fever.   She left her work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication.   She got back to her car and found that […]

The cardboard butterfly

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   THE CARDBOARD BUTTERFLY.   Annie Dillard, in her book The Writing Life, tells of an experiment that was done with butterflies. The experiment involved placing a male butterfly with a female butterfly of his own species. Then they placed a painted cardboard butterfly alongside them. The cardboard butterfly was […]

The candycane

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   The CandyCane A Candymaker in America wanted to make a candy that would help us remember who Christmas is really about. So he made a Christmas Candy Cane. He incorporated several symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ. He began with a stick of pure white, […]

The boulder

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   THE BOULDER.   In an earlier century, there lay a large boulder in the middle of the roadway. Traveler after traveler walked past the boulder, veering off the side of the road to get around it. All the while, they were shaking their head and muttering, "Can you believe […]

The blob

   Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]                                               THE BLOB: A THRIVING ENVIRONMENT   Years ago, there was a movie called The Blob. This cosmic Jell-O had come down from space, fell into a little crater, and cracked open. An old man came and had a little stick in his hand and was playing with it, […]

The balloon game

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected] HUMILITY: THE BALLOON GAME   Robert Roberts writes about a fourth grade class in which the teacher introduced a game called "balloon stomp." A balloon was tied to every child's leg, and the object of the game was to pop everyone else's balloon while protecting one's own. The last person […]

The ant and the grasshopper

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER   The mother of a nine-year-old boy named Mark received a phone call in the middle of the afternoon. It was the teacher from her son’s school.   "Mrs. Smith, something unusual happened today in your son’s third grade class. Your son did something […]

Thank your dad

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   THANK YOU DAD.   Thank you Dad, for giving us a very special gift. Its the most important gift of all, That only love can give. You read us the Bible at bedtime and taught us how to pray. You made sure we made it to church every Sunday. […]

The ten commandments of the heart

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR THE HEART!   Your heart will have beat an average of 122,400 times every day. None of us want our heart to ask for a vacation or take a day off; we don’t even want to give it a short “coffee break” to skip a few […]

Strong foundation

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   STRONG FOUNDATION   Bryan Chapell tells this story that happened in his hometown: Two brothers were playing on the sandbanks by the river. One ran after another up a large mound of sand. Unfortunately, the mound was not solid, and their weight caused them to sink in quickly.   […]

Standing for your marriage

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   Standing for your marriage!   A former Pastor in Seattle, WA wrote a power statement about marriage… I am standing for the healing of my marriage! I won’t give up, give in, give out, or give over till that healing takes place. I made a vow; I said the […]

Spring and flowers

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   SPRING AND FLOWERS.   An old lady spent much of her summer setting and swinging in the old swing hanging on her front porch. Her husband had been dead several years and she had withdrawn from all but the closest family. Her lonely time grew and grew?? One spring […]

Soldier for Christ Jesus

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected] Soldier for Christ Jesus.   I am a soldier in the army of my God. The Lord Jesus Christ is my commanding officer. The Holy Bible is my code of conduct, Faith, prayer and the Word are my weapons of warfare. I have been taught by the Holy Spirit– trained […]

So many valuable possesions

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]     SO MANY VALUABLE POSSESSIONS   Waylon Prendergast, 37, of Tampa, Florida, committed a spur-of-the-moment robbery while on his way home from a late-night drinking session. A very inebriated Mr. Prendergast forced his way into the house through an open upstairs window, filling a suitcase with cash and valuables […]

Shoes in church

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   SHOES IN CHURCH   I showered and shaved………….. I adjusted my tie.  I got there and sat………….. In a pew just in time.  Bowing my head in prayer……… As I closed my eyes..  I saw the shoe of the man next to me….. Touching my own. I sighed.  With […]


  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   SARAH. "Sarah" I’m Sarah, I’m sixteen; Last night I failed. I prayed for more strength, So why did I yield? He said he loved me, Brought me flowers and all; Then he took me upstairs And caused me to fall. I feel so ashamed, So dirty inside. He’s taken […]

Rise and fall of nine rich men

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   RISE AND FALL OF NINE RICH MEN   A popular story recounts a meeting that may have taken place at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago in 1923. There is debate whether the meeting in fact occurred, but what is not in question is the actual rise and fall […]

Rest in peace

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]                                                       REST IN PEACE Six-year-old and his four-year-old sister presented their mom with a Mother’s Day present: a small, spindly house plant. While it wasn’t the finest looking specimen, they had bought it with their own money and Mom was thrilled. She hugged and kissed her children and told them […]

Repent or burn

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   REPENT OR BURN!   Festo Kivengere, a leading evangelical minister in Uganda, wrote a book called I Love Idi Amin. In this book, he described the history of the church in Uganda, and in the following excerpt he told of the first Christian martyrs in the nation’s history:   […]

Recycling phenomena

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected] THE RECYCLING PHENOMENA Twice in one week, only because the Holy Spirit prompted me and by GOD's Grace, I could obey. What happened twice this week? You could define it as a "phenomena", however I also define it as "the true meaning of life". I usually try to parallel whatever […]

Put the glass down

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   PUT THE GLASS DOWN!   A Professor began his class by holding up a glass with some water in it. He held it up for all to see & asked the students “How much do you think this glass weighs?” '50g!'…. '100g!'…..  '125g'..the students answered. “I really don't know […]

Psalm 23- is it true?

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   PSALM 23 – Is it true?   The clock is my dictator, I shall not rest. It makes me lie down only when exhausted. It leads me into deep depression. It hounds my soul. It leads me in circles of frenzy, for activities sake. Even though I run frantically […]

Progression of wisdom as ageing

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected] Progression of wisdom as ageing!   You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. Age 7 I like my teacher because she cries when we sing "Silent Night." Age 7 When I wave at people in the country, they stop what they’re doing and wave back. […]

My heart

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   MY HEART.   Once I had a heart of stone For it had surley lost its home It could not love or wanted too But in my life, then came you.   …The stones began to fall away As happiness began to fill my day A feeling so sweet […]

Mother taught us to pray

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected] Mother taught us!   My mother taught me RELIGION: When I spilled grape juice on the carpet, she instructed, "You better pray the stain will come out of the carpet." My mother taught me LOGIC: From her decisive words, "Because I said so, that’s why." My mother taught me FORESIGHT: […]

Mixing diesel and gasoline fuels

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]         Mixing Diesel & Gasoline Fuels You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. Matthew 5:13 Remote it maybe […]

Mighty God

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected] Mighty GOD!   Two men went fishing. One was an experienced fisherman, the other wasn't. Every time the experienced fisherman caught a big fish, he put it in his ice chest to keep it fresh. Whenever the inexperienced fisherman caught a big fish, he threw it back.   The experienced […]

Mavis lay an egg

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   MAVIS LAYS AN EGG   On a bright, beautiful day, full of promise, Mavis laid an egg. This was not an extraordinary event since Mavis was a chicken, but Mavis was not pleased. "An egg? An egg? What do I want with an egg?" said Mavis to herself. "An […]

Lunch with God

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   LUNCH WITH GOD!   A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of iron brew and started his journey. When he had gone about three […]

Love your enemies

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   LOVE YOUR ENEMIES   On April 28, 1999, just eight days after the Columbine shooting, shock rock singer Marilyn Manson was scheduled to perform a concert in Iowa City, Iowa. And since Manson’s music was prominent in the lives of Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, there was […]

If I were the Devil

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]                                             If I Were the Devil If I were the prince of darkness, I’d want to engulf the world in darkness, and I’d have a third of its real estate, and I’d have four-fifths of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple […]

I know

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected] I Know! * I know He is the beginning so why do I worry about the end? * I know He is the creator, so why do I wonder who will destroy? * I know He has forgiven me so why can't I forgive myself? * I know He is […]

I give thee Humble thanks

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected] I Give Thee Humble Thanks   "Giving thanks for all things…" (Eph. 5:20).   For all the gifts that Thou dost send, For every kind and loyal friend, For prompt supply of all my need, For all that is good in word or deed, For gift of health along life's […]

How to treat evil speaking

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   How to treat  evil speaking.   Keep this philosophy in mind the next time you either hear, or think of participating in gossip:                                                        In ancient Greece (469 – 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom.  One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance that ran […]

How to leave a life changing legacy

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   HOW TO LEAVE A LIFECHANGING LEGACY.   In Genesis 25, Abraham marries Keturah. Everyone knows about Sarah and Hagar but very few know that Abraham also had another wife. We all know he had trouble having children with Sarah. God healed both Sarah and Abraham in order for them […]

His love will keep you strong

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]                                HIS LOVE WILL KEEP YOU STRONG …   Surely the Lord has done great things! Don’t be afraid My people. Be glad now and rejoice For the Lord has done great things!   Plant the good seeds of righteousness, And you will harvest a crop of Love. Plough […]

Good won’t get you there

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   GOOD WON’T GET YOU THERE!                           [Good Won’t Get You There, Feda H. Babinski] I’m standing there in front of gates like none I’ve ever found They shine like golden ribbons as they glide across the ground I see the stairs that never end how brilliantly they glow I […]

God’s Rosebud

   Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]                                                    GOD'S Rosebud.  A new minister was walking with an older, more seasoned minister in the garden one day. Feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do,  he was asking the older preacher for some advice. The older preacher walked up to a rosebush and handed the young preacher a rosebud and told him to open it without […]

God’s Accuracy amazing

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   GOD’S ACCURACY – AMAZING God's accuracy may be observed in His creation (even )the hatching of eggs. For example: -the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days; -those of the canary in 14 days; -those of the barnyard hen in 21 days; -The eggs of ducks and […]

God won’t ask

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   GOD WON’T ASK.   1. God won’t ask what kind of car you drove, but will ask how many people you drove who didn’t have transportation.   2. God won’t ask the square footage of your house, but will ask how many people you welcomed into your home.   […]

God is so good

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]                                               GOD IS SO GOOD!   Leadership Magazine carried a story about 4 young men, Bible College students, who were renting a house together. One Saturday morning someone knocked on their door. And when they opened it, there stood this bedraggled-looking old man. His eyes were kind of marbleized, […]

God is busy

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   GOD IS Busy!   If you don't know GOD, don't make stupid remarks!!!!!!  A United States Marine was taking some college courses between assignments. He had completed 20 missions in Iraq  and Afghanistan . One of the courses had a professor  who was an avowed atheist, and a member of the ACLU. […]

God has kept me here for a reason

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected] God Has Kept Me Here For A Reason Repeat after me: God has kept me here for a reason. I survived because He has a plan for me. All my bad relationships, the addictions, the consequences, the bad credit, the repossessions, the death of my loved ones, the back stabbing […]

God and the Geese

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   GOD AND THE GEESE   There was once a man who didn't believe in God, and he didn't hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays. His wife, however, did believe, and she raised their children to also have faith in God and Jesus, […]

Glass of Milk

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   GLASS OF MILK.   One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he […]

Genl. MacArthur’s prayer

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   GENL. MacARTUR’S PRAYER.   Gen. Douglas MacArthur wrote this prayer for his son. He prayed: "Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, & brave enough to face himself when he is afraid. One who will be proud & unbending […]

Four Boyfriends

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   4 BOY FRIENDS Once upon a time there was this girl who had four boyfriends. She loved the 4th boyfriend the most and adorned him with rich robes and treated him to the finest of delicacies. She gave him nothing but the best. She also loved the 3rd boyfriend […]

Forgive me Lord when I whine

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]                                   FORGIVE ME LORD WHEN I WHINE!   Today, upon a bus, I saw a very beautiful woman and wished I was as beautiful. When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle. She had one leg and wore a crutch. But as she passed, […]

Encouraging predictions for 2011

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]                 ENCOURAGING PREDICTIONS FOR 2011   With all the problems the World is facing, it can be somewhat unsettling.  Today, I want to share with you ten predictions that are true!                   Top 10 Predictions for 2011       […]

Drug of new milllenium

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   The Drug of the New Millenium By Mark B. Kastleman (Longer summary for CFT by Mr D. Bosman) OUR FAMILIES UNDER ATTACK Internet pornography is creating an epidemic of obsession, compulsion and addiction that is sweeping across the world like a tidal wave destroying marriages, families and individual lives […]

Don’t Judge

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]                                                 Don’t Judge BEST POEM IN THE WORLD I was shocked, confused, bewildered As I entered Heaven's door, Not by the beauty of it all, Nor the lights or its decor. But it was the folks in Heaven Who made me sputter and gasp– The thieves, the liars, the sinners, […]

Do you judge

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   Do you judge?   A doctor entered the hospital in hurry after being called in for an urgent surgery. He answered the call ASAP, changed his clothes & went directly to the surgery block. He found the boy's father pacing in the hall waiting for the doctor. On seeing […]


  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   Dispear!   During the Thirty Years’ War in the 17th century, German pastor Paul Gerhardt and his family were forced to flee from their home. One night as they stayed in a small village inn, homeless and afraid, his wife broke down and cried openly in despair. To comfort […]

Are you flying with a parachute

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   ARE YOU FLYING WITH A PARACHUTE?   Two men are seated in a plane. The first is given a parachute and told to put is on as it would improve his flight. He’s a little skeptical at first because he can’t see how wearing a parachute in a plane […]

a Message by George Carlin

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   GEORGE CARLIN ( His wife  died…and George followed her, dying July 2008)  Isn't it amazing that George Carlin – comedian of the 70's and 80's – could write something so very eloquent…and so very appropriate.                                                                         A Message by George Carlin:    The paradox of our time […]

a Christmas home



  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   1 JANUARY 1968.   Many years ago, I failed the Lord in a stupid teenager deed. I can painfully remember January the 1st, 1968. I was raised in the parsonage, I was 16 years old, I knew right from wrong. But I failed the Lord! 1/1/68 was always a […]

Tater People

  Written by THEUNIS, JOHANNES CLOETE  [email protected]   “TATER” people. TATER PEOPLE (author unknown) Some people are very bossy and like to tell others what to do, but don’t want to soil their own hands. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians They are called "Dick Taters" . Some people never seem motivated to participate, but are […]