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For the Christian, there is a subtext of joy under every passage of Scripture.
It is good to ask this question often: “Is this what God wants me to be doing right now?”
The questions “Do I have enough money?” and “Am I spending money wisely?” are two different questions which might have two different answers.
Authors, it’s your job to make me want to read what you’re writing.
The next time you feel a person (or group of people) is being unreasonable, think about this: Is it possible that you’re not really considering the issue from their point of view?
Headline from local paper this week: “Lyme disease on the uptick in Minnesota”.
I’m imagining the editor thinking, “See what I did there?”
Yep. We see it.
Right now is a good time to ask yourself – would you rather be very rich and talented or happy and at peace?
If you’re trying to stop a tank, using a weapon that only dents the outside won’t work against the machine or those it’s carrying. A man wielding a BB gun might chip the paint or put a ding in the metal, but the guys inside the tank will only care if you blow a hole in it or stop it from functioning.
God’s transcendence, glory, eminence and worth is, like His Gospel, so diverse and expansive that no human can focus on more than a very little of it at once. So it is like a buffet – you must choose what you are going to think about, dwell on, consider, be thankful for. You can’t eat it all.
“I might be doing it for the wrong reason,” is a bad excuse for not doing the right thing.
Yesterday my seven year old did what Donald Trump couldn’t: Say “2 Corinthians” correctly on his first try.
If you’re giving a presentation to a large group of people and, at the end, ask if there are any questions, don’t assume it’s a good sign if you don’t get any.
If you typically leave your church within five minutes of the benediction, you are walking away from a significant portion of the blessing (fellowship, support) that God has for you and your family. You are leaving His gifts on the table.
The word ‘blessing’ does not rhyme with ‘sing’.
‘Generation’ doesn’t rhyme with ‘shun’
Nothing says, “My Love for you will soon fade away and leave messy dead organic material all over your counter,” like flowers.
I wonder – What’s caused more foolish decision making – words of discouragement or words of encouragement?
God might be teaching you a lesson (with what he’s ordaining to happen in your life), but are you learning it?
… and personalizing last weeks TSAS:
If you read the Bible and don’t ask “What does this say about God?” or “How should this change my life?”, you’re just reading a historical document.
A sermon without application is a history lesson.