By Eli Banta - With permission from Assembly Hub By now all your shopping is probably done and the stockings are hung.  All the presents are nicely wrapped under the tree and the star shines brightly on the highest branch…But did you remember to get something for the most important person this holiday? Our tradition of gift giving comes from many different sources.  When asking young children in North America who brings presents on Christmas many would answer “Santa”.  The myth of Santa is based on a real person, Nicholas, Bishop of Myra.  Nicholas was born to wealthy parents in [...]

Illustrations for Christian Living

Here are some illustrations I have collected over the years. I trust they will be a blessing to you.Luke 6:47-49 - "Everyone who comes to Me, and hears My words, and acts upon them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood rose, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. "But the one who has heard, and has not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a [...]

Am I a Soldier of the Cross?

Am I a Soldier of the Cross? "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." (2 Tim 4:7) I fear the church is filled with Christians who have an overly romantic view of what it means to be a soldier of the cross. Our churches are filled with believers who want to be missionaries, preachers, workers and elders. While I applaud such aspirations, I wonder how many of us have counted the cost. It is easy to be a soldier of the cross when we are surrounded by our Christian friends, [...]