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Randy Alcorn's Blog: Christian Life

The Crowded Kindnesses of God

FoxgloveAlexander Maclaren advised, “Seek to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life.”

The Sin of Gluttony, and a Reminder of What We Really Hunger for

ForkScripture often describes our longing for God as a deep hunger or thirst. Hunger and thirst are basic drives in our bodies, and there is also a hunger and thirst of the soul. This fallen world, including food and drink, can never ultimately and fully satisfy our fallen selves.

Comfort, Hope and Encouragement from God

IceSome days no one but God has the right words. Nothing I can say stacks up against what follows. Read, believe and thank God that even when we don’t sense His presence, He’s with us and at work in a thousand ways we can’t see. 

Keeping an Eternal Perspective in Times of Disappointment

MountainIn signing a book for a teenage boy, I wrote, “Trust Jesus—He’ll never let you down.” I hope he didn’t understand me to mean, “Your life will always go as you want it to.” I meant that even when life doesn’t go your way, Jesus remains faithful and works in your best interests. 

Prayer, Dependence, and Our Unhindered Access to God’s Throne

snowflakeIt has always been difficult for me to spend great lengths of time in prayer, and sometimes it’s been a cause of discouragement. On the other hand, God has graciously taught me about prayer and dependence on Him throughout the day.

Things We Won’t Regret

Holding childKevin DeYoung’s blog is one of my favorites. I loved this post he wrote, and encourage you to consider the things in your own life you one day won’t regret taking time for.

Prayer + Thanksgiving = Peace

LeavesProverbs 19:21 declares, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.” While we may only see our earthly circumstances, God is working to increase our dependence on Him and to make us more like Christ. We should thank God no matter what, not out of pretense, but out of trust in His wisdom, goodness and love.

I Will Choose to Trust God Today

WritingIn her book Choosing Gratitude, Nancy Leigh DeMoss shares a pledge written by a Bible teacher named Russell Kelfer. He challenged believers to write these words on a sheet of paper, and sign their names, then make a habit of recommitting themselves to it on a regular basis.

Interracial Marriage Between Believers

Interracial CoupleI believe interracial marriage between believers is God-honoring, and can be a beautiful demonstration of Romans 10:12, “There is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him.” 

A Lesson Hard Learned: Being Content with Saying No to Truly Good Opportunities

bench aloneThe key to a productive and content life is “planned neglect”—knowing what NOT to do, and being content with saying no to truly good, sometimes fantastic, opportunities.

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