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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 #5—Abundant Life

The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that my people might have life, and might have it abundantly. John 10:10 Through Jesus God offers us the ultimately satisfying life. Therefore, it will be an ultimately joy-filled life. It will be one of bold adventure, as he leads us each day … 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 #2—Wisely Agile

You have been directed in the way of wisdom and led toward upright paths, so that when you walk, your steps will not be impeded; and when you run, you will not stumble. … Those who trust their hearts are fools, but those who walk wisely will be delivered. Proverbs 4:11–12; 28:26 Detecting a path … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Exulting in Tribulation

“Exult in tribulation.” says Romans 5:3. And James joins with Paul, telling us to “count it all joy when you meet various trials” (James 1:2). But how is it possible to do this when life’s adversities inflict real pain and seem to darken our future prospects? These commands seem nonsensical until we remember that God’s … 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 #2—God’s Enemies

Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days that you would not believe if it were told. For behold, I am raising up the enemy. Habakkuk 1:5–6 Faith bars the door to cynicism. It stands at the entrance to our souls and protects us from the frustrated … 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

I Was Just Thinking … About Responding to Grace

When John Newton wrote the song “Amazing Grace,” he celebrated the panorama of God’s grace, including the grace that saved him, the grace that brought him through trials, and the prospect of a grace-filled life of joy and peace in eternity, for which he expected to continue praising God after ten thousand years. Newton’s song … Continue reading