You will have trouble . . . BUT
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Jesus promised, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). I know that’s quite negative. But it’s a promise of Jesus. I’m not making this up.    Jesus made that promise, and that promise has come true in our lives. We have trouble when friends leave us. We have trouble when the money runs out.  We have trouble when the gossip metathesizes like an aggressive tumor.  We have trouble when a loved one dies.  I wish this wasn’t true.... Read More
Ansiedad
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¿Ha tenido ataques de pánico? ¿Ha habido ocasiones en las que ha sentido que su vida está siendo arrastrada por un torbellino de cosas malas y que está indefenso? ¿Se ha sentido agotado porque le preocupa que su vida parece que está al borde del abismo? ¿Supone que todas las cosas van a empeorar? ¿Su mente se agita mientras trata de dormir? ¿Se sobresalta cuando suena el teléfono, temiendo llaman para decirle que sus seres amados han muerto en una... Read More
By his wounds: Condemned!
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If you ever serve on jury duty, you might learn more about our judicial system than you care to know. The courtroom world of endless waiting, obscure arguing, behind-the-scenes plea bargains, and delays can diminish your confidence in our system. But nothing you see in our courts could compare with the dreadful miscarriages of justice we read in Scripture about our Lord Jesus. He actually had four judicial hearings in the middle of the night as Maundy Thursday turned into... Read More
Cultive la humildad
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El humorista radial Garrison Keillor le preguntó una vez a la mamá: “"Mamá, ¿soy hermoso?"” Su modesta respuesta, típica del Medio Oeste, fue: “Eres suficientemente hermoso, querido”. La humildad es una conducta aprendida. Por naturaleza, somos miniaturas de Satanás: prepotentes, orgullosos, interesados sólo en unos propósitos en la vida: los nuestros. Nos imaginamos que somos el centro del sistema solar —no, de la galaxia. Las demás personas son actores secundarios y ayudantes en el drama YO. Es natural que anhelemos... Read More
Damn you
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There isn’t much real understanding of the meaning of the word curse today. People love to use “cuss words” to add intensity and flavor to their conversations, but cuss words just let you pretend that you’re an adult and demonstrate that you’re upset. They don’t really mean that they expect God the Great Judge to impose the punishment of hellfire on the people they’re cussing. But that’s what damn means—that the verdict of guilty has been imposed by the legal... Read More
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My son is on two basketball teams. One is his grade school team, and the other is made up of eighth graders from a couple of schools. He’s been playing with both groups for years. This month those worlds collided at a basketball tournament when, in a couple of games, his grade school team faced teammates from the second league. As one mom and I were talking—which is a pretty common occurrence for me in the bleachers—we commiserated about watching... Read More
Tengo miedo a la muerte
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          “No entres dócilmente en esa buena noche.           Rabia, rabia contra la muerte de la luz”. Estas famosas palabras del poeta gales Dylan Thomas fueron escritas para su padre agonizante, que se había vuelto débil y frágil, para animarlo a luchar contra la muerte. Usted conoce esos sentimientos, ¿no es así? ¿No ha sentido el temor de ser forzado a permitir que se vaya alguien a quien usted ama? ¿No ha sentido el temor del proceso de la agonía?... Read More
The color of Lent
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Please don’t tell anyone, but Lent is not my favorite time of year. I think it’s because somewhere along the line I started believing that the purpose of Lent was to make me feel guilty. I thought that Lent’s whole job was to point its accusing fingers at me and shout that I am a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad person. Maybe you have that impression too. Actually, Lent has a different job. It isn’t to dredge up guilt... Read More
Mi fe es tan débil
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“Quisiera que mi fe fuera más fuerte”. “Me gustaría poder creer como creía mi abuela”. “No tengo mucha fe”. “Mi fe s muy débil”. ¿Le suenan familiares esas expresiones? ¿Se preocupa por sus fallas en la fe? Una de las mejores cosas de la Biblia es la honestidad inquebrantable de sus historias; nos da héroes para admirar, pero la mayoría de ellos también tenían grandes debilidades, que se describen sin parpadear. Noé se emborrachó; Abraham estaba dispuesto a permitir que... Read More
Encouraging coworkers
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Coworkers can drive you nuts, can’t they? After a day dealing with the guy who takes all the credit, the boss who belittles you, and the woman who never stops complaining, working from home sounds better and better. So what the apostle Paul suggests that you do can be pretty hard—especially at work, especially with the difficult ones. “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of... Read More