5 Sure Ways to Lose Your Peace

Do you get the sense that things are quickly spinning out of control in the contemporary climate in which we live? At the moment, the headlines from Charlottesville are being overtaken by the terrorist attack in Spain. Headlines and news bites vie in the arms race for our attention but more often than not serve […]

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A Sparrow in the House

I climbed to the top of a ladder and perched myself there, waiting for a mother bird to fly the nest. I thought I would see eggs, but to my surprise two baby birds awkwardly stretched their fuzzy necks upward in anticipation of breakfast. Quickly, I focused my lens and shot a few photos of […]

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My Way, No Way

The Daily Mail (UK) published an article stating that pop songs have overtaken hymns as the music of choice at funerals. In fact, undertakers reported that hymns are declining quickly in popularity, mirroring the decline in church attendance. So what song do you think tops the “send-off” list? And now, the end is near And […]

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Roadside Reality Check

There’s something we all share in common—a difficulty in living up to our claims. When we claim one thing and live another, we may not admit it but the H-word applies. Ever since the fall, we live in the friction between an airbrushed reputation and stone-cold reality, reality being who we are before God. Few […]

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Anchored in Hope

In The Insanity of God, author Nik Ripken recounts his time in Russia and the Ukraine where he interviewed numerous pastors and church leaders who lived under communism. His question was this: How did so many Russians and Ukrainians keep their faith strong over decades of communist oppression of believers? One man shared this story […]

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Forget-Me-Nots

Behold. The word should arrest us and draw us in for a closer look. In Scripture, behold acts as a signpost pointing to something wonderful that deserves our closest attention. Behold, I have engraved you in the palms of my hands (Isaiah 49:16). In the preceding verse, the claim is made that God has forsaken […]

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One Thing

Concerning eternal life, Jonathan Edwards wrote this: “The sum of that eternal life which Christ purchased is holiness; it is a holy happiness. And there is in faith a liking of the happiness that Christ has procured and offers.” So one day a young man ran up to Jesus, knelt before Him, and called him […]

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Light for the Nations

Missions is always present in our thinking. We’ve enjoyed and profited from various readings this week, including John Stott on Romans and John Piper on God’s glory in the worship of the nations. Stott writes, “The highest of missionary motives is neither obedience to the Great Commission (important as that is), nor love for sinners […]

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Standing Squarely on the Unseen

There’s a sense in which we all live by faith. We drink water out of a faucet or water bottle without actually seeing where it came from. We grocery shop by pulling things off the shelves and eating them without seeing where they were grown or how they were processed. We dine at restaurants without […]

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Facts, Feelings, and the Quest for Self-Esteem

Margaret Mead once said, “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” Her almost prophetic words distill for us the cultural shift that has transpired right before our eyes—everyone receives a trophy, everyone is special, everyone has a personal brand to promote. Labeled as the national wonder drug, self-esteem permeates every crack […]

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