The danger of affirmation

We all like and long for approval.  We desire affirmation.  We want to be liked.  We want the thumbs up of approval and the back slap of affirmation.  We want to hear “good job” after a presentation, an “I’m impressed” after a house project, and a “you’re a great parent” from our parents when they […]

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What do you want?

D. A. Carson told the story of Lillian Guild who was driving one day with her husband and noticed a recent-model Cadillac at the side of the road with its hood up.  The driver explained with some embarrassment that he was in a hurry to get to a business meeting and that while he’d seen […]

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You have one wish…

It’s your birthday. And positioned on the table in front of you is your celebration cake, loaded with far too much candlepower — bearing testimony to your advancing age. Your family and friends encourage you to “make a wish” before you have your lung capacity tested in the attempt to extinguish the dancing flames. What […]

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Your motive matters

Almost three decades ago, when I was a first or second-year seminary student, a retired pastor in our congregation pulled me to the side in the foyer one Sunday morning.  “I have a question for you,” he said.  And pointing his finger somewhat aggressively towards me, he asked, “why do you do what you do?” […]

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Heads up!

Even as a young elementary student, I knew what “Heads up!!!” meant there was an incoming ball on a swift and direct trajectory with me head and I was about to get beaned.  So “heads up” meant, “watch out” and “cover up” at the same time.  Danger was approaching.  And most of the time I […]

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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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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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Blessings and woes

Every life has good and trouble — or to use the terms of Luke 6, blessings and woes.  Each day has some of both.  A card of encouragement and a hospital bill come in the same mail box:  blessing and woe.  A perfectly baked potato and an overdone steak are served as part of the […]

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