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The Law of Love

Reaching Hand / Law of LoveWhile Scripture does not address every given situation in any place and time, Jesus does give us a twofold guiding ethical principle that can be applied in every situation. Love God with abandonment, and love your neighbor as you love yourself. That central principle is the very heart and soul of Scripture.

Shaping Our Words after His

Microphone / Shaping Our Words after HisIf we want our words to have lasting value and impact, they need to be touched and shaped by God’s words. 

The Greatest Redemptive Story Ever Told

Stack of books / Redemptive storiesWhy do we love great stories? Because they are pictures of the greatest story. There hasn’t ever been a story yet with people living happily ever after, since people die. But one story will come out that way. It’s a true story, and you and I are part of it.

The Art of Forgiveness

The Art of ForgivenessThere is no sin Christ didn’t die for, no sin He cannot forgive, and therefore no sin that we, in His strength, cannot forgive.

Some Wise Words about Facebook

Angie and Dan Stump, and Jake and TyLike many readers I spend some time on Facebook—enough to have seen it at its best and worst. It isn’t a big part of my life, but when kept in its place, it can be good and healthy. However, like nearly every good thing, Facebook can become a source of temptation and can both express and feed a critical spirit. Our daughter Angela recently sent this note to the women of her church. It applies as much to men as women. I encourage you to listen to Angela, who is one of the wisest young women I know.

 

What should our perspective be on growing older?

Grandfather and Grandchildren / Perspective on growing olderFirst, realize that fifty isn’t old, neither is sixty. Seventy and eighty don’t have to be old either. Your mindset is much more important than your age. But if God keeps you here long enough to really get old, then be grateful you’ve lived so long! And determine to enjoy every day, month, and year that God gives you. Remember, if He didn’t have a purpose for you here, you wouldn’t be here.

The Importance of Relaxation

Mother and child having fun / The Importance of RelaxationRemember when you were a child, how hours at a time were lost in the joy of play—discovering trees and trails and caterpillars and the new friend on the block? Kids don’t need to justify playing. It is its own justification. But as adults, we’re tyrannized by the ticking of the clock. 

Books as Seeds: The Power of Giving Away Literature

Giving away books and bookletsOne of the things I often do is give away books and booklets to people I meet. Wonderful things have happened over the years because of this simple act, and I’ve come to see books and literature as “seeds” we can sow to share the good news about Jesus. Not all of them will grow and bear fruit, but some of them will.

Combating the Spirit of Entitlement with Gratitude

Thankfulness in a culture of entitlement / tree in desertThe Israelites in the wilderness are unbearably similar to us. When their circumstances are good, they see God. But as soon as their circumstances turn bad, they forget Him and all they have to be thankful for. It’s as if present trials blot out and negate God’s past track record of faithfulness.

A Passion to Know the King of Kings

“I ask God to set me on fire and let people watch me burn.” - John Wesley / A Passion to Know the King of KingsWe tend to be passionate about things that don’t matter, fanatics and fans about what won’t last. But we are afraid to look like fanatics for Jesus. We seem determined to portion Jesus out in acceptable portions, unwilling to appear fools for Christ. 

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