The Secret of Peace

The Secret of Peace

Grace is a very special lady. One word comes to mind when I think of her: peace. The quiet and restful expression on her face has seldom changed in the six months I have known her, even though her husband was diagnosed with a rare disease and then hospitalized. When I asked Grace the secret […]

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Search Me, O God

Read: Acts 21:17-36 See if there is any wicked way in me. (Ps. 139:24) Paul wanted to preach in Rome for the same reason an actor wants to play Broadway—because it’s the biggest stage. But first he decided to visit Jerusalem. When Paul appeared in the temple there, he was attacked by a mob of […]

Change Requires Making Choices

Change Requires Making Choices

“Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God — truly […]

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Stress L.E.S.S.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 Because our society continues to slide further away from God and His ways, people seem more stressed than ever before. When I was a child, I felt stress if I didn’t get a good grade or perhaps […]

God Knows You; Is That Disturbing or Comforting?

God Knows You; Is That Disturbing or Comforting?

“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out — plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for” (Jeremiah 29:11 The Message). Accepting the truth that God knows everything in your life can either be very disturbing or very comforting. It depends on […]

The Art of a Grateful Heart

The Art of a Grateful Heart

On our wedding day, Martie and I gladly vowed to be faithful “in good times as well as in bad, in sickness as well as in health, for richer or for poorer.” In a way it may seem strange to include vows about the bleak reality of bad times, sickness, and poverty on a cheerful […]

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Witnesses

Read: Acts 1:1-8 You will be my witnesses . . . (v. 8) N.T. Wright has remarked that the answer to the question, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” was, as usual with the disciples, “Yes. But not the way you think.” Jesus’ kingdom was spiritual in nature, not political. […]

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What Makes a Strong Man Weep

Read: Luke 19:33-46 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace!” (vv. 41-42) The night of Jesus’ birth, angels announce “on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14 KJV). Now, years later, […]

God Is Aware of You and Your Needs

God Is Aware of You and Your Needs

“So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up” (Galatians 6:9 HCSB). God is omniscient. That means he knows everything, including everything about you and your life. God knows about your faults and failures, your feelings and frustrations — and your future. […]

The Point of Being Alive

The Point of Being Alive

Lately, as I’ve been skimming financial advice books, I’ve noticed an interesting trend. While almost all such books have good advice, many imply that the primary reason to cut costs is to live like millionaires later. But one book offered a refreshingly different perspective, arguing that living simply is essential for a rich life. If […]

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