Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 3: Faithful in the Furnace

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 3: Faithful in the Furnace

Have you ever dreamed something so amazing that you wished it was true? One of the greatest kings on earth did. And, being in his position, he could afford to literally make his dream come true. Or so he thought.   A Dream Come True Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a statue that foretold the future of humankind: four kingdoms would succeed each other un

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 1: Inviolable Consecration

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 1: Inviolable Consecration

The Beginning of Daniel’s Captivity Daniel 1 describes the beginning of Judah’s Babylonian captivity. A century earlier, the northern kingdom of Israel had also been enslaved. Located between two empires—Egypt and Assyria—Israel and Judah often sought alliances with Egypt to resist the northern threat. But these coalitions proved unfortunate for bo

How to Exude Courage in a World of Compromise

How to Exude Courage in a World of Compromise

Making Decisions—A Life Skill Every youth needs to cultivate decision. A divided state of the will is a snare, and has been the cause of ruin to many. In Bunyan's “Pilgrim's Progress” there is a character called Pliable. Youth, shun this character. Those represented by it are very accommodating but they are as a reed shaken by the wind. They posses

Take It to the Bank!

Take It to the Bank!

When my grandfather died, I was in my early twenties. During his final illness, I flew from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and met up with my brother in Atlanta, Georgia. From there we flew nonstop to Puerto Rico. Once we arrived we went directly to the hospital where he was. I remember seeing a shadow of a man in a hospital bed who didn’t look like my gr

The Most Boring Testimony

The Most Boring Testimony

As a teenager I felt uneasy that many of our prominent Adventist evangelists were converts to the faith. Doug Batchelor, Louis Torres, John Bradshaw, and David Asscherick grew up anything but Christian. As young adults they were deep in the world when God dramatically arrested their attention. Their colorful conversion stories are told and retold t