A giving heart

Matel Dawson, Jr. is an ordinary man who accomplished something extraordinary.  At 76, he still worked for Ford Motor Company — the company that hired him out of high school — operating a forklift.  It is unusual to work for one company for more than 57 years.  Yet even more remarkably, over six years beginning […]

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Cleaning day

Today should be cleaning day.  Today should be the day that I clean out my backpack/laptop case.  All those papers, files and notes that I have been carrying between the office and home for weeks need a permanent home outside my backpack (I envision a large, overflowing garbage can…).  Over vacation I read ten or […]

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Charles Spurgeon, writing on Psalm 95:7-8 (“TO-DAY! TO-DAY! TO-DAY!,” Sermon no. 1551) — “To-day” is a time of obligation. Every man is under a present necessity as a subject of God to obey his Lord to-day, and having rebelled against his God, every sinner is under law to repent of sin to-day. “Repent ye therefore, […]

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A commendable ministry

As you look at churches, pastors, and various ministries, many kinds of criteria are used to determine effectiveness and credibility. Just this morning I received an email advertisement that asserted, Long before anyone in your community meets you or is impacted by your ministries, your buildings and campus have sent a clear message to everyone. […]

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What do you want? — a chart

Earlier today, I blogged about our desires and passions in relation to our position in Christ (“What do you want?”). Some time ago, I came across this chart (commonly called, “the Y-Chart”), which I have modified very slightly to help us understand how each decision we make flows out of the desires and longings of […]

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What do you want?

What do you want?  What do your really long for and crave?  What do you want so badly that even thinking about not getting it leaves a knot in your stomach?  What do you want so badly that perhaps your friends think you are consumed with that passion? There are many ways we might answer […]

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Gospel power

One of the great paradoxes of the gospel in the life of the believer is that while he is always dying, yet he is also ever-living (2 Cor. 4:10).  So Paul says the believer is (vv. 8-9) — afflicted, BUT not crushed perplexed, BUT not despairing persecuted, BUT not forsaken struck down, BUT not destroyed […]

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Audio book sale

Christian audio is having a sale on 10 books (99¢ each!) for the next 7 days (the sale concludes 7/31).  If you like to listen to spiritually profitable material while driving, exercising, or working around the house or yard, these may be helpful for you. Several titles look particularly interesting, including books by John Stott, […]

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What am I looking at?

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Cor 3:18) For believers in Christ, our faces have been unveiled.  That is, we are allowed to gaze at the […]

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That smells good!

Saturday evening we pulled back into our garage after a two-week vacation.  And as soon as we opened the van doors, we could tell something had happened while we were gone — and the first thought was that the cat had brought an “offering” to us and that sacrifice was decaying in a hidden place. […]

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Comfort from God

The obvious theme of the opening verses of 2 Corinthians 1 is the comfort of God: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in […]

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Question of the day

This is paraphrased from a message by C. J. Mahaney, given at the recent Resolved Conference: Are you prone to identify evidences of grace in your church family more than criticisms of your church?  What are those evidences of God’s grace in your church? It is worth taking a few minutes today to write down […]

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