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Encouragements to Love #1—Cohesive Virtue

God insists that love characterize our lives as it does his. He wants love to be an affection that fills our hearts so that our hands engage in loving acts. The heart affection is what makes our hands’ actions authentic. Love is firstly the affection of the heart that arises as we view someone or … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Goodness and Holiness

In the midst of this series on goodness I thought it might be helpful to indicate the connections between God’s goodness and other qualities we associate with him. The following paragraphs, from some correspondence with a friend, provide some insights into these relationships that have been helpful to me: You asked if I would clarify the concept … Continue reading

Thanksgiving for Ministry

One of the graces God gives us is people whom we can serve in order to strengthen their confidence in and allegiance to Jesus (Romans 1:11–12). Regardless of how difficult and time-consuming this ministry can be, we can rejoice in our knowledge that the situation, the insight of what to do, and the ability to … Continue reading

Abundance #3—Sufficient Abundance

Do what you have purposed in your heart; not grudgingly or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. 2 Corinthians 9:7–8 The only way we can be … Continue reading

Living Wisely #3—Wisely Beneficial

A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, and will share in the inheritance among brothers. Proverbs 17:2 This promise is very helpful for following Jesus’ instruction to be in the world but not of it. Christians are not part of the world’s “family,” because we have been born again … Continue reading

Habakkuk #10—Hidden Strength

The Eternal Lord is my strength: he gave me feet like a deer; he will lead me on my high places. Habakkuk 3:19 “Perception is reality,” some say. But this isn’t true, ever. For example, circumstantial evidence is unconvincing in a court of law because it does not adequately represent reality. When we trust only … Continue reading

Habakkuk #7—Glorious Flood

The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of The Eternal as the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2:14 The conquerors and kings who built the Egyptian, Persian, Incan, Aztec, Carthaginian, Roman, and British empires are all dead. The blood they mixed into the mortar binding the stones of their monuments was … Continue reading

Habakkuk #1—Unbelievable Grace

When uncertainty and confusion characterize our cultural climate, it’s difficult to engage positively in our communities. When hope dwindles because we’re exhausted from trying to stay ahead of social entropy, we might be inclined to throw up our hands in surrender to despair. We’re not the first to have this experience. Habakkuk, the late 7th … Continue reading

Mentoring #5—Rescuing Mentor

If God preserved Noah, when he brought a flood upon the ungodly … and if he rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men … then the Lord understands how to rescue the godly from trial. 2 Peter 2:5–9 Sometimes it seems as though we are swimming upstream in class six rapids. … Continue reading

Mentoring #1—Strength for Mentoring

Most of us probably don’t think of ourselves as mentors. But if we’re Christians, what we say and do affects the people around us, shaping who they are and how they behave. Sometimes we do this intentionally, sometimes unwittingly. Since we are indeed engaging in some degree of mentoring, we would be wise to try … Continue reading