|Posted on April 23, 2018 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
The battle against sexual lust is sort of in a class by itself for most men. Other allures and temptations may buzz around us, but few if any can stir up this kind of struggle, shame, and enslavement. It can make us want things that seem irresistible. Yet in turning away, we find things that are irreplaceable.
Pure living, for example, means exchanging deception for truth, darkness for light--the freedom to uncomplicate our lives with the wo...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 16, 2018 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
These are tough economic times all around. The same rules and assumptions that used to be part of the wall paint of life don't seem to apply any more. Housing values don't just automatically go up. The next stop on the Dow Jones index may not be a thousand more, perhaps a thousand less. Dividends that used to pay like clockwork may now be calculated at pennies on the share, if at all.
So when we open our Bibles and read, "Blessed is...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 9, 2018 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
Always and Never
Very few things in life are "always" and "never." Your wife doesn't always tell you how to drive. Your pastor isn't always asking for money. It's not like your kids never do a thing you say. But when it comes to God, there are some always and nevers you can take to the bank.
He is "always at his work" (John 5:17), never dozing off or growing tired of meeting your needs. He is "always righteous" (Jeremiah 12:1), never changing to accommod...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 2, 2018 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
The Ultimate Rescue
There are few symbols of bravery more compelling than that of New York City’s first responders streaming into Towers One and Two on this cloudless day in 2001. If not for those squadrons of emergency crews, heavy with rescue gear, bounding up ring after ring of suffocating stairwells, the tragedy that claimed thousands of human lives could have easily killed tens of thousands.
We can hardly fathom such extreme levels of heroism....Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 26, 2018 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
Ups and Downs
The medal stand. The winner's circle. The trophy presentation ceremony, followed at noon the next day by an open-convertible parade down Main Street. The sports world knows how to tell who's been successful at accomplishing what they set out to do. You can spot the champion by the title he holds.
But God doesn't work that way. Titles, ranking, and position are not his barometers of success for us, nor should they be of ours. Just because a ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 20, 2018 at 1:45 AM||comments (0)|
Death to Fear
We're all pretty different. Different tastes in restaurants. Different sizes of televisions. Different favorite places to go on vacation. But one thing that's common to every man on earth is this: we're all on a collision course with death. Except for those living among the blessed generation who will still be filling out their dress shirts when Jesus comes back, no one's getting out of here alive.
And some people have a hard time living wi...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 12, 2018 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
Breakfast of Champions
Every year when NFL training camp rolls around, there are guys who come in hungry and fired up, fresh from an off-season workout regimen that has gotten them in playing shape right from the get-go. But every team also has players who show up fat and flabby, twenty pounds over their goal weight, gasping for breath at the first sight of wind sprints. Failure to stick to a plan has cost them the stamina they need to get started on the right foot. The...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 5, 2018 at 2:20 PM||comments (0)|
We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to achieve and succeed. And if we're not careful, the pursuit of one more sale, one more percentage point, or one more dollar sign can utterly consume our lives. If it doesn't, we know they can find someone else who will.
This makes the following statement from the Bible a brave one: "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 26, 2018 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
All Play, No Work?
Some people think being a Christian is code-word for slacking off, not expecting much, being more willing to understand and overlook a shoddy day's work. So although there are plenty of us who lean more toward being workaholics, there are plenty more who need to realize that high expectations don't go flying out the window just because you've been promised eternal life.
Granted--again--the Christian ranks are filled with men who basica...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 19, 2018 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
Truth and Freedom
For Superman, life is a “never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way.” But for ordinary guys like us, truth is one battle we don’t have to fight. Truth has already been fought for . . . and won.
Like the truth that “there is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10). The truth that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)...Read Full Post »