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What Society Will Never Tell You: True Beauty Is Inner Beauty

Woman's face in mirrorIf you frequent social media, perhaps you’ve seen singer Colbie Caillat’s music video for her song “Try,” in which she challenges society’s expectations of beauty for women. The song has hit a nerve with many women who struggle to live up to looking like society says they should. This issue is nothing new. 

Is It Unloving to Speak of Hell?

Road / Is it unloving to speak of hell?If you were giving some friends directions to Denver and you knew that one road led there but a second road ended at a sharp cliff around a blind corner, would you talk only about the safe road? No. You would tell them about both, especially if you knew that the road to destruction was wider and more traveled. In fact, it would be terribly unloving not to warn them about that other road.

 

Thinking of Retirement as the Next Opportunity to Serve Christ

If we are going to make Christ look glorious in the last years of our lives, we must be satisfied in him. - John PiperWhen it comes to the “retirement dream,” we must ask, “Whose dream is it?” It may be the American dream—but is it God’s?

How should we view and respond to people of different religions?

woman in EgyptFirst of all, we view them as created in the image of God, valuable, precious in God’s sight, and therefore they should be precious in our sight. We should treat everyone with respect.

 

5 Reasons to Rejoice, Not Worry

"Rejoice in the Lord always" (Philippians 4:4). Just after instructing us to rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 4:4), Paul wrote in verse 6, “Do not be anxious about anything.” Worry is a kill-joy. It specializes in worst case scenarios when God promises us best case scenarios.

 

The Words We Long to Hear

“Well done, good and faithful servant. . . . Enter into the joy of your master.”Jesus tells us that one day His faithful servants will hear their Master say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:23, ESV).

 

The Power of Brief Words of Encouragement

Patty familyAwhile back I ran across this blog post from one of our friends, Kristi Patty. I’m so proud of Kristyiand Josh and their amazing family, who God has used in wonderful ways. I am humbled that God used me in some small way in their lives, and I’m aware of how God has used the words of many others in my life.

Getting Closer to God

Getting Closer to God / photo credit: Sapphire Dream Photography via photopin ccThe question of How can I get closer to God? is a really important question. Scripture says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). So it puts the ball in our court and shows us there are some things we can do.

 

Purposefully Meditating on God’s Word

Reading the Bible / photo credit: Tojosan via photopin ccMeditation is more than reading the Bible. It is musing upon it, rehearsing it prayerfully and thoughtfully. It is not swallowing Scripture whole, but chewing long and hard before digesting it. 

The Courage to Follow Him

photo credit: Moneyben via photopin ccTo follow Christ is not about being comfortable—it’s about being sold-out to the God with the nailed-scarred hands.

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