Month: November 2017

10 Questions to Help Us Analyze Our Smartphone Habits

Earlier this year on his blog, Tony Reinke interviewed author and podcaster Alastair Roberts about smartphones and how they change us. Alastair shared ten helpful questions to help us think through whether our personal smartphone habits are healthy, or need adjustment. He writes: Do our particular uses of our smartphones, and our use of a smartphone more generally, […]


The Power of a Mentor

Sometimes we think we need to be high in the pecking order to make a significant difference in the world. However, one person can impact a nation without such credentials. The books of Chronicles are all about King David and the sons who reigned after him. After David’s kingdom split in two, becoming Israel in the […]


How I Came to Enjoy Raisins

Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. — 1 John 2:10 Worst advertising slogan ever: “Two scoops of raisins in Kellogg’s Raisin Bran.” Blech. But apparently it worked on my mother, who bought the stuff like it was going out of style, while referring to […]


The Ultimate Lifesaver

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. –John 15:13 An article in Reader’s Digest described the actions of Dave Shoemaker, captain of the 180-foot fishing vessel, “Galaxy,” somewhere off Alaska’s St. Paul Island. The article read, “When a disastrous engine fire wreaked havoc for the Galaxy […]


Get to Know Your Healer

“Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing” (1 Peter 3:9 NLT, second edition). Nothing crushes the spirit more than abuse — to feel devalued, unimportant, and […]


Jesus’ Encouragement to Our Troubled World

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 In John 16 we find Jesus speaking to his disciples of events that would soon unfold. They needed to hear His words of encouragement […]


Refreshing Spring Rains

He will come to us like the . . . spring rains that water the earth. Hosea 6:3 Needing a break, I went for a walk in the nearby park. As I headed down the path, a burst of green caught my attention. Out of the mud appeared shoots of life that in a few […]


We Know God’s Truth Through Careful Consideration

“Carefully consider the path for your feet, and all your ways will be established” (Proverbs 4:26 HCSB). When you tell God, “I want the truth more than anything else,” he will reveal his truth to you in a variety of ways, such as through creation or your conscience and also through careful consideration. In other […]

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We Know God’s Truth Through His Commandments

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Timothy 3:16 NLT, second edition). If I discover truth from the Bible, how […]

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Learn How to Clarify Your Worldview

“Stand up for me against world opinion and I’ll stand up for you before my Father in heaven. If you turn tail and run, do you think I’ll cover for you?” (Matthew 10:32-33 MSG). To live with uncommon courage and stand up for Christ, you have to learn how to clarify your worldview — the […]

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