• Disciplines of Durability

    | Jan 06, 2019
    Tucked away in the folds of Hebrews 11 is a two-word biography worth a second glance: "he endured" (11:27). The "he" refers to Moses. Moses was the one who hung tough, who refused to give in or give up.
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  • God Means It for Good

    | Jan 05, 2019
    After a lengthy bout with despair, severe depression, and suicide attempts, writer and poet William Cowper (1731–1800) discovered comfort in God's providence, which led him to write "Shining out of Darkness."
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  • Providence

    | Jan 04, 2019
    I've been giving a lot of thought these days to the subject of God's will. While engaged in a study of that issue recently, I came across a term we rarely use or read these days: providence.
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  • Restoring Compassion

    | Jan 03, 2019
    As one understanding soul expressed it: "Compassion is not a snob gone slumming. It's a real trip down inside the broken heart of a friend. It's feeling the sob of the soul. It's sitting down and silently weeping with your soul-crushed neighbor."
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  • Nostalgic Musings

    | Jan 02, 2019
    For over an hour the other day I strolled down Nostalgia Lane with a September 4, 1939, copy of Time magazine. What a journey! Pickups sold for $465 and best-selling books cost $2.
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  • Now Don't Just Sit There!

    | Jan 01, 2019
    An old year has completed its course. A new year is smiling at us with twelve months of the unknown. An entire ocean of possibilities, including both sun-drenched days and a few storms . . . stretch out across the uncharted waters.
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  • Finish Well

    | Dec 31, 2018
    We have reached the end of another year and now face a new one. When we stood in this same spot 364 days ago, we looked ahead to what the Lord was going to teach us in the coming year.
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  • Glory Beyond the Grind

    | Dec 30, 2018
    Even though the song was composed before I was born (which makes it a real oldie), I often find myself humming it in the shower at the beginning of a busy day, between appointments and assignments in the middle of a hectic day.
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  • Expecting the Unexpected

    | Dec 29, 2018
    It had been a long time since Horace Walpole smiled. Too long. Life for him had become as drab as the weather in dreary old England. Then, on a grim winter day in 1754, while reading a Persian fairy tale, his smile returned.
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  • Things That Strangle Us

    | Dec 28, 2018
    While reading through Mark's Gospel recently, I was drawn into the scene of chapter 4. You remember, it's that time Jesus sat down in a little boat by the seashore and talked about a farmer who dropped seeds into the dirt.
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  • Something Old

    | Dec 27, 2018
    There is something grand about old things that are still in good shape. Old furniture, rich with the patina of age and history, is far more intriguing than the modern stuff.
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  • Just Do It

    | Dec 26, 2018
    We Christians have too many meetings! Where did we get the idea that our goal in the family of faith should be seeing who can absorb the most information? Since when do we equate spirituality with a numb posterior?
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  • I Brake for Christmas

    | Dec 25, 2018
    The bumper sticker caught my eye. Made me think. Even aroused some guilt. I was on the freeway as his car was pulling off. My day had been full and it was far from over. Stuffed in my pocket was a list.
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  • Four Seasonal Dangers and Strategies

    | Dec 24, 2018
    In this season of extreme busyness, we Christians need to stay alert to any potential dangers. I'll mention only four of them . . . along with some strategies that will allow us to combat each risk.
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  • A Plea for Balance

    | Dec 23, 2018
    Dr. Seuss wasn't thinking of me when he wrote How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Charles Dickens would not have asked me to play Scrooge in his A Christmas Carol.
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  • God's Delivery Service

    | Dec 22, 2018
    I don't know where you are today, but I have a sneaky suspicion that you, like me, might have a few intruders crowding into your life and could use some divine reinforcements. If so, don't hesitate to call for help.
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  • Second-Generation Fallout

    | Dec 21, 2018
    A curious phenomenon has plagued families for as long as there have been families. It's that age-old problem of second-generation fallout that breaks the hearts of godly moms and dads.
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  • Predestined for Service

    | Dec 20, 2018
    Painful though it may be for us to admit it here in this great land of America, we're losing touch with one another. The motivation to help, to encourage, yes, to serve our fellow-man is waning.
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  • Slug That Sluggard!

    | Dec 19, 2018
    Stab, stab. Twist, twist. Did yesterday's questions hit below the belt? Maybe so. But they are the kind of questions that reveal the pulse of your efficiency heartbeat.
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  • Out of Order

    | Dec 18, 2018
    It's remarkable how many guys who have the ability to articulate the most exacting details and nuances of their area of expertise never get their desks cleared off or their workrooms organized.
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