Comfort when tempted to complain

Wednesdays with Watson is a weekly reading taken from my favorite Puritan writer, Thomas Watson.  This week’s selection is taken from A Body of Divinity. Thou complainest, Christian, thou dost not enjoy thyself, fears disquiet thee, wants perplex thee; in the day thou canst not enjoy ease, in the night thou canst not enjoy sleep; […]

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Do not be worried about your life

It would be a lot easier to enjoy your life if there weren’t so many things trying to kill you every day. The problems start even before you’re fully awake. There’s the fall out of bed that kills 600 Americans each year. There’s the early-morning heart attack, which is 40% more common than those that […]

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A strategy for living

…what we have here in this psalm [Psalm 27] is what we may well call ‘a strategy for living’, how to face the battle and the conflict in life.…we must always start in heaven and with God. Then, having done that, we come down to earth and face the problems of life and of living […]

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Help! Who can help me?

It became something of a western movie caricature — a family or group of families is moving into new territory and has no military protection.  They find themselves in a narrow crevasse, surrounded on both sides by steep cliffs.  Then high on one hill, they see a lone Indian scout.  All the members of the […]

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Stand firm

In junior high I wasn’t much of a fighter.  I was big, but conflict and fights were of no interest to me.  However, junior high is a time when many boys/young men are interested in fighting as a means of demonstrating superiority, strength, and “manhood.” On one occasion, while walking home from school, I was […]

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Be patient

Only one item remained on my to-do list that Saturday afternoon.  I went to complete it and sought my wife’s help; she too had a list of tasks and was not yet ready to assist me. “When will you be done?” “Shortly.” “Can you hurry…I hate waiting…” “I know dear,” she replied as she continued […]

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Grab bag

Some helpful articles from around the internet: Justin Taylor offers “Eight Reasons Why My Anxiety is Pointless and Foolish.” In “Pray the Scriptures,” Scotty Smith confesses, I am a recovering self-centered pragmatic pray-er — a believer who spent many of my first years in Christ thinking of God more as a sugar daddy than the […]

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Cast your burden on the Lord

The story of Brian Hesse is one of my all-time favorites.  One account of it is as follows: Brian Hesse had more than his share of luck in July (1981), and most of it was bad.  When his apartment in Provo, Utah became flooded from a broken pipe in the upstairs apartment, the manager told […]

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What do you offer a man who is discouraged and hopeless? What do you offer someone whose world is shattered? What do you offer someone who has captured a glimpse into the future, and the fear of it is not startling, but terrifying in its deadliness? What did Jesus offer the disciples?  On Thursday night […]

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Anxiety and God’s righteousness

Jesus was concerned to correct false views of righteousness.  As an example, Jesus’ most famous sermon — the one given on the mount (Mt. 5-7) was given largely with a view of revealing God’s standard (and provision) of righteousness.  The problem, as Jesus revealed it, is that there are competing forms of righteousness and none […]

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Grab bag

Some helpful articles seen recently: John Newton, writing his troubled friend William Cowper, notes the hardness of the Christian life — and the grace of Christ:  “For every day shows us some new thing in the heart, or some new turn in the management of the war against us which we were not aware of; […]

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