Pablo
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¿Cómo podría haber sido usted un apóstol del calibre de san Pablo, y no haber sido vanidoso? ¿Cómo podría no ser arrogante después de haber recibido revelaciones personales del Señor Jesucristo, después de haber recibido autoridad apostólica para proclamar directamente las palabras de Dios, después de haber recibido la facultad de obrar milagros asombrosos, la autorización para escribir 13 libros del Nuevo Testamento, e incluso después de que se le permitió resucitar un joven de entre los muertos? Fue así:... Read More
No limits to his power over Satan
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“Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.” With that monotone threat, the alien Borg collective announced the imminent defeat of the starship Enterprise and her crew. Captain Picard needed all of his resources to save the ship and its people. I know where the Star Trek scriptwriters got their material for this story. They lifted it from Satan’s ongoing marketing campaigns. Satan wants you to stop struggling, stop trying to live a moral life, stop believing that there’s anything worth... Read More
My heart is heavy
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On January 23, the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, more abortion-related laws were passed. In New York, the law allows for abortion through the third trimester, permits non-physicians to commit abortions, and repeals protections for surviving babies. In Illinois, Governor Pritzker says his state is now “the most progressive state in the nation when it comes to guaranteeing the right to choose for every single woman.”  While I believe we cannot legislate morality, I also believe what... Read More
Me siento utilizado
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Algunos días estoy seguro de que no hay justicia. Ayer recibí una multa a pesar de que había pagado el aparcamiento. Y me siguen enviando por correo facturas por cantidades exorbitantes de una compañía local cuyo administrador minorista admite que son facturas incorrectas. ¿Y usted? ¿Es víctima de un tipo de injusticia en este momento? ¿Lo entristece que parezca que las personas que se han aprovechado de usted se están saliendo con la suya? “Y dijeron: «No verá Jah, no... Read More
Mercy, not sacrifice
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Counterfeiting is not dead. The digital age we live in has made faking currency easier, and so governments have to resort to special tricks in paper and ink to foil counterfeiters. You know, you can fake a relationship with God too, at least to casual observers. It’s not particularly hard to perform religious rituals, but they are meaningless and worthless before God if your heart isn’t in it. God’s prophet Hosea was his spokesman to Israelites who thought religious performance... Read More
Siempre estoy preocupado
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Señor, sé que tú quieres que estemos atentos; sé que es bueno estar pendientes, estar bien organizados, no ser descuidados, negligentes ni desconsiderados; pero, como tú muy bien sabes, yo estoy muy lejos de todo eso. Señor, tú y yo sabemos que vivo angustiado. No estoy orgulloso de eso. En mis mejores momentos confío en ti; en mis mejores momentos estoy dispuesto a esperar la claridad y la liberación; pero en mis momentos más bajos tengo temor, estoy nervioso, irritable,... Read More
Spur one another on
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A regular reader of these devotion books asked me who my literary influences are. I was flattered anyone thought I had literary influences. Without giving it much thought, I rattled off in no particular order C.S. Lewis, the apostle John, Erma Bombeck, and Garrison Keillor. And then I smirked, “And if I can turn a phrase it’s because I spent most of my life listening to country music. “She loves the singer; she just couldn’t live the song.” The hope... Read More
Don’t get married too quickly
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Unless you’ve been set up with an arranged marriage, your spouse is the only family member you get to choose. Parents, siblings, cousins, kids—they are who they are. God just plops them into our lives. But a spouse—that’s someone we get to pick. Since we get to choose who we’re going to marry, it’s best to not get married too quickly. Now, by that I don’t mean you have to have long engagements.  I also don’t mean that you shouldn’t... Read More
Cuerpos glorificados
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En ocasiones he escuchado personas que dicen: “No necesito dinero, ni vacaciones de lujo, ni fama, ni una casa enorme, siempre y cuando tenga mi salud”. Bueno, ¿y qué pasa si usted no tiene ya su salud? La mayoría de los nacidos en la posguerra recordarán una frase famosa de la canción de The Who: “My Generation” que habla de la esperanza de morir antes de envejecer. ¿Le tiene miedo al proceso de envejecimiento? ¿Se siente enfermo, débil o viejo... Read More
Time to sharpen yourself
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In Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, he tells the story of a woodcutter. On the first day of work, the man brought down 18 trees. The next day he tried harder, but could only do 15 trees. The third day’s results were worse: 10 trees.  The woodcutter apologized to his boss, explaining he couldn’t understand what was going wrong. “‘When was the last time you sharpened your axe?’ the boss asked. ‘Sharpen? I had no time... Read More