I Keep Doing the Same Sins
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I hate having to scold my children repeatedly for the same acts of disobedience. Why do they still track mud through the house? Why do they still throw their clothes all over, “forget” to make their beds, and expect the maid to do all their dishes? I get so frustrated when I have to correct them over and over and over. And then it dawns on me, Lord, that you might be letting me experience how you feel about the... Read More
I Love Quiet Time in the Word
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You know, Lord, I have done enough complaining about the aches and pains of aging. But there are some terrific advantages to getting older. I am far more patient than I used to be. I enjoy people more and accept them as they are. And I have grown to appreciate regular quiet time with your Word. I used to be too busy—or thought I was too busy—to read my chapter a day. Now it’s the best time of my day.... Read More
I Feel So Lonely
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It’s me, Lord. Here I am again. We’ve had this conversation before. When I was single, I was so lonely—remember? I would ask you for a decent man to marry, and I waited a long time. Well, I’m married now—why do I still feel lonely? I try to tell my husband all my feelings and emotions, but even though he tries to be polite, I can tell he doesn’t really get it and doesn’t see how important these conversations are... Read More
Children are a Miracle
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Lord, how can I thank you enough for my children? I know, I know—I complain enough about them and scold them too much, but I am really and truly grateful that you honored us by giving them to our home. When I was single, I guess I knew in theory that “sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him” (Psalm 127:3). But the reality is far more amazing. The nine months of wonder as a new... Read More
Here I Am, Lord
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Introduction The Bible is the very Word of God. But these words were not given to mankind all in one gulp, all at the same time, all through one person, all in the same style. The Bible was revealed to us over the course of 1,600 years and utilizes quite a variety of literary styles: history, law, sermons, poems, libretto to a musical, wisdom sayings, drama dialogue, letters, and prophetic visions. Almost all of the Bible is presented in a... Read More
The Earth Is the Lord's
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It started out as an environmental celebration in the spring of 1970. Fueled by outrage over a huge oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, Earth Day has become a worldwide phenomenon. Each year April 22 provides an opportunity for people to rededicate themselves to learning about and caring for the earth. It’s good to clean up what has become polluted, recycle what can be used again, avoid waste, and live modestly. It’s good to find ways to harness... Read More
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Have you ever noticed how much of each day we face with an undercurrent of fear? Think how much time and energy is taken up by security thinking and planning. Think of the last time you crossed the street to avoid someone. Ever been in your car, noticed who was standing on the street, and quickly locked your doors? Do you put your purse in the trunk of your car to avoid a theft? Even our computers need increasingly expensive... Read More
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Every winter hordes of pale, half-frozen northerners flock to the south. One of their first rituals is to get rid of as much clothing as they can to allow that blessed sunshine to touch their skin again. The prophet Malachi compares the presence of Jesus Christ to glorious sunshine. When he returns once and for all, everything will get better. “But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings” (Malachi 4:2).... Read More
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TOTAL VICTORY IS COMING A glass of water looks mighty good to one whose throat is bone-dry, and no one appreciates a chicken leg like a man who hasn’t eaten in three days. The more we’ve suffered in our earthly lives, the sweeter our heavenly life will be. As we weary runners come gasping and limping to the finish line, we will find our heavenly Father waiting for us, and we will find the hardships of the journey well worth... Read More
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Finally some good news. At the end of all his hard and realistic prophecies, Jesus made two phenomenal promises. The first is that every humble believer who hangs onto Christ as Savior will be welcomed into eternal life. People may have lost jobs, wealth, homes, family members, limbs, or health, but if they have Christ they inherit everything. These are his incredible words: “But he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom... Read More