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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.”

On Manna and Personal Sabbaths

The scattering of manna in the wilderness happened 6 days a week. On the 7th, just as in creation, God rested and so did the Israelites—at least the obedient ones. Those who went out to gather manna on the Sabbath disappointed themselves and God.

Studying the Bible with S.O.A.P.

Question from a reader:

I am a correspondent for older children sponsored by a Christian organization. I want to send them Bible study techniques, but most likely the vast majority of my kids have NO access to anything but their Bible—no concordances, dictionaries, etc. Do you have some tips to give the kids on studying the Bible during their own quiet time?

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.

Is it okay to be untruthful with someone who has dementia?

Question from a reader:

A friend’s wife has dementia and is constantly forgetting how many sodas she has had (she has a rule that she will not drink more than two a day). He feels guilty about lying to her and is struggling with the moral ethic of his actions. Is it okay to be untruthful with someone who has dementia?

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.

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