Finding God’s Love in the Early Morning

In the darkness of early morning I reached over and turned off the alarm clock.

I slipped out of the warm bed, nursing a familiar feeling of dread as I picked up my robe and slippers. I made my way out of our room and down the stairs.

Once in the kitchen, I made my cup of tea and then crept down the basement steps. The cold of the concrete floor made its way through the soles of my slippers. I put my tea down on a table and threw a load of wash into the machine.

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Never Think You’re Empty-Handed

Do you find yourself in situations where you know someone has a need, or perhaps that person even asks you for help, but it’s for a need that you know you can’t meet? You know that you don’t have the money to help them with their financial need, or you can’t provide them with the job or the living situation that would solve their problem, or that you’re not gifted to provide the family counseling they need. But that doesn’t mean you’re empty-handed. You always have something to give.

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3 Reasons to Wait for God’s Best

Let’s face it—waiting can be extremely hard. When it comes to waiting for prayers to be answered, often, it can take longer than we originally hoped. God’s time is different from ours as He is not bound by our limitations. God is the Creator of time; therefore, He is not restrained by twenty-four-hour clocks as we are. Even though waiting for God’s best takes time, there are many reasons why we should wait for what He has in store.

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The Joy of Christian Duty

We Christian Hedonists have a complicated relationship with duty. On the one hand, with our emphasis on the centrality of affections and desire in glorifying God, we are at war with duty-driven approaches to the Christian life that regard the affections as optional add-ons. To do a righteous act purely from a sense of obligation — because it is the right thing to do — is not morally superior to performing the same act with a deep sense of desire and gladness. Desire does not ruin the moral worth of good actions. Indeed, the right kind of desire establishes the true moral worth of our actions.

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When You Don’t Like Reading the Bible

Does reading Scripture feel like a detox diet, where nothing tastes good, but you choke down the foods because they’re healthy?

Do you recognize nothing is sinking in as your eyes glaze over the words and pages?

As a new Christian, I rode the bus to work every day with my head buried in my pocket Bible, underlining passages as they jumped off the page. I memorized verses and bought multiple translations, commentaries and other resources.

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Live in Freedom

When we go through something that is painful and not changing, it’s easy for the enemy to whisper the thought that God loves us according to our performance. When our child is off course, or we’re facing a financial setback, or our marriage is in trouble, we’re prone to think that it’s because we’ve done something wrong or that we’ve just not been good enough. Too often we think, “God, why me? What have I done to deserve all these negative things?” We’re viewing the difficulties in our life as a reflection of the way God loves us. We’re saying, “God, when I do right, You love me. When I miss the mark, You get mad at me.”

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Politics Cannot Heal Our Nation, but Living in the Light of Eternity Can

“He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.” – Psalm 107:20

The man accused of breaking into US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home, beating her husband, and seeking to kidnap her told police he planned to target other California and federal politicians, according to a court filing yesterday. The filing quotes David DePape as telling officers and medics at the scene that he was sick of the “lies coming out of Washington DC.” He added: “I didn’t really want to hurt him but you know this was a suicide mission. I’m not going to stand here and do nothing even if it cost me my life.”

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You Will Be Breathtaking – Why God Clothes Us in Glory

It might be hard to imagine that a phrase like soli Deo gloria could be misunderstood or misapplied. To God alone be the glory. What could be unclear or mistaken in those six simple words?

Fortunately, the main burden of the phrase is wonderfully and profoundly clear. Our generation (and, to be fair, every generation before us and after us) desperately needs to be confronted with such God-centered, God-entranced clarity.

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5 Basics of a Discipleship Time

Every Tuesday night for dinner, Nancy and I met for our discipleship time.

She was a teacher in the town I lived in and we had met at church. When I first met Nancy I could tell she was struggling in her relationship with God. We talked at length one night about several issues that were bothering her. She wasn’t sure she was a Christian, not sure why she was often downcast and without joy, and really not sure how the Bible applied to her life.

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Stay in Balance

It’s easy to get so caught up meeting other people’s needs and measuring up to their expectations that we put ourselves on the back burner. There are the demands of work, spending time with your spouse, the pressures of raising children, running to the grocery store, the maintenance of the house, and friends who are counting on you. We develop a hero mentality where we can’t let anyone down. We always have to be strong, always come through, cheer everyone else up, fix the problems, and stay late.

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