Necessities of life

What we deem to be necessary for our lives and what God deems to be necessary for us are often in conflict.  We idolize simplicity and solitude and ease.  God desires our sanctification and Christlikeness.  And sanctification rarely happens in ease and leisure. So God — decreeing what is necessary for us (1 Peter 1:6) […]

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Ask a disobedient child or a wayward teen, “Do you remember when I told you…?” and you are sure to get “No” for a response. Imagine a boss training a new employee:  “This is the most important thing you will do each day.  Remember to…” Listen in to a conversation between two retired men talking […]

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Diligence and the Christian life

Some time ago I was having a problem with my e-mail.  Try as I might, I could not send e-mail.  My computer just didn’t want to talk to the server.  Yet it was retrieving e-mail just fine.  Grrrr.  This has been a problem that had recurred periodically but would then go away.  Not on that […]

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A little patience…

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you” (1 Pet. 5:6-7). I confess.  I am an incurable mailbox watcher.  I have often made the 100-yard trek to the mailbox at my office more than […]

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Protect yourself

To protect itself from aggressors, the Texas horned lizard (more commonly known as the horny toad) uses some unique defense mechanisms, as the Smithsonian reported a few years ago: When the creature is threatened by a large predator, it runs through an elaborate behavioral repertoire. First, the lizard will hiss and swell its body with […]

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What good is a brother?

“To sum up, let all be…brotherly…” (1 Pet. 3:8; NASB) In the past couple of decades a new kind of profession has developed.  This professional is, “a blend of consultant, motivator, therapist, manager, and friend.  Who are these people?  Personal coaches, who help people ‘define and achieve their goals — career, personal, or both.’  Coaches […]

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Are you hungry?

“Like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.” (1 Peter 2:2-3; NASB) When our children were younger, we kept a growth chart for them on the inside of a closet door in our […]

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Obedience and joy

“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens…according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood…” (1 Pet. 1:1-2; NASB) Though far from my first act of disobedience, it is my earliest recollection of my […]

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God the Shepherd

At the conclusion of his book, Into Thin Air, outdoorsman and author Jon Krakauer recounts a conversation he had with fellow climber Neal Beidleman after they both successfully made it down from Mount Everest in May, 1996 — the same month when 12 people died attempting to climb the world’s highest peak.  Beidleman had led […]

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