Advent: Fulfillment of a Promise

[ Previous:  Advent: Making His Blessings Flow ] A few weeks before we moved out of South Florida, I injured by foot and was rendered immobile. So a dear friend did what any caring friend would do—she cooked dinner for our family. We tried, we really did, but we simply couldn’t swallow any of the food […]

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From Earth to Heaven

Little children love their nighttime routines as long as they can extend them past the designated hour of bedtime. I usually tried my parents’ patience by whining and moaning—aided and abetted by my brother’s teasing— but all I got for the fuss was a quick ticket to bed. That really wasn’t such a bad thing, […]

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Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Do you ever think about change, defined as a difference in a state of affairs at different points in time? Philosophers have been debating their various theories since the Presocratics. Remember Heraclitus’ famous statement, “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” […]

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Stand Immoveable

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22 Charles Spurgeon comments on this wonderful promise, “He stands firm who stands in God . . . Like pillars, the godly stand immoveable, to the glory of the Great Architect. What’s your burden […]

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Wherever You Go

The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. Acts 11:21 In this four-minute clip, John Piper encourages those who are answering the call of the Great Commission. You’re a single woman or a single guy, a married couple, old or young, you’re retired, and you’re […]

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For the Love of Money

When you were a child, did you ever pretend to be an explorer looking for treasure? I used to hide surprises and draw treasure maps for my boys, marking the burial place with a large “X.” Our treasure maps included skulls and crossbones as well, warning my little adventurers of hidden dangers along the way. […]

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A Meditation on My Unbelief (or How I Preach the Gospel to Myself)

[I sat in my bedroom a few nights ago feeling discouraged. There’s usually a catalyst that sends me in a downward spiral, and this particular evening was no exception. There I sat like Christian and Hopeful in the dungeon of despair “sad and doleful.” But God is always at work. I knew I needed a […]

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An Amazing Promise

The Bible is full of promises, God’s good will to His people. God’s promises are described as “great and precious” and indeed they are. Sometimes there is a particular promise that we come back to over and over again, and for me that promise is Romans 8:32. It is an amazing promise that covers every […]

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Let it Snow

Snow in Asheville, NC

My family moved to the Blue Ridge mountains in late 1992. During our first winter there we enjoyed lots of snowy days but rarely did we see over four inches of accumulation. Then March arrived. They call it “The Storm of the Century.” As the blizzard moved through our area, it generously dumped about three […]

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Fear, Discouragement, and Truth

Fear and discouragement are two straitjacket emotions. Remember when Moses sent the spies into Canaan? Fear often paralyzes us at the very moment we should be taking the kingdom of heaven by storm. Instead, we see giants in the land or we fall prey to self-pity while rehearsing over and over again all the reasons […]

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