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I Was Just Thinking … About the Value of Translations

There are times when we hear someone say, “I don’t believe the Bible, because there are so many versions of it.” To be sure, the word “version” is used in the official titles for a number of the leading English translations of the Bible. There is the King James Version (often called The Authorized Version); … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Enjoying Blessings

Have you ever taken inventory of the blessings that we have in Christ? It would be a long list! Three of the items on your list would surely be: (1) the promise of Psalm 50:15 that if we call upon God in the day of trouble, he will deliver us, so that we might glorify … Continue reading

I WAS JUST THINKING … ABOUT AVOIDING MULTIPLIED SORROWS

Psalm 16:4 says, “Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows.” We all want to avoid the multiplication of sorrows. For sorrows to multiply is dangerous because “by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken” (Proverbs 15:13), and a broken spirit is far worse than even a debilitating physical ailment. “A person’s spirit will endure … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Instructions For Life

Wisdom is a priceless commodity which enables us to make the decisions that will build a foun­dation for rest, peace, and joy tomorrow. We ourselves lack the resources for knowing how to live wisely. But Christ has all the treasures of wisdom (Colossians 2:3), and God has made Christ to be our wisdom (1 Corinthians … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Wide Open Vision

The year of 1975 was heralded as the year of “the new gold rush.” Perhaps you recall seeing in the newspapers and on television pictures of the frenzied bidding for gold that took place when for the first time in 41 years it became legal for Americans to own gold. As Eric Sevareid put it … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … Faith to Forgive

How easy it is to let anger, bitterness, and hatred rise in our hearts when we think we have been unjustly treated! Not only do we shape our sense of right and wrong to justify the ways we behave toward others; we also shape it to condemn the behavior of others who hurt us. Then, … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … Training In Godliness

Much is being said these days about how important regular physical exercise is for maintaining good health. According to statistics quoted in a recent Reader’s Digest article, it increases our life expectancy on the average of four years. But much greater benefits come from maintaining another kind of exercise program. Paul urged Timothy, “Train yourself … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … Star-Inspired Faith

This past summer I went back-packing in the Sierras with part of my family. For two nights we camped beside a lake at an elevation of about 9,500 feet. As one who lives in the middle of the seventy-mile-broad megalopolis of the Los Angeles basin, this campsite afforded my first chance in many years to … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … Fear Not Only Believe

The man through whom my father came to Christ, evangelist Paul Rader, is perhaps best remembered today for his hymn “Only Believe”: Fear not, little flock, from the cross to the throne, From death into life he went for his own; All power in earth, all power above, Is given to him for the flock … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … Source of Love

When reading “Points to Ponder” in a recent Reader’s Digest, I was particularly struck by the answer Dr. Thomas P. Malone, of the Atlantic Psychiatric clinic, gave to the question of what psychiatry is all about. The root of the cause of almost every emotional problem, he says, is someone’s crying out for love. A … Continue reading