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I Was Just Thinking … About the Springs of Life

A literal rendering of Proverbs 4:23 would be, “Above all that you guard, watch over your heart, for the springs of life issue from it.” It came as a shock, a surprise, when I realized that here God commands me to guard my heart with more concern than other valuable things: physical health, financial solvency, … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About “Keeping Myself in the Love of God”

In Jude, verse 21, I read the simple command: “Keep yourselves in the love of God.” This implies that God’s love for me remains constant and unchanging. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He loves me with an “everlasting love.” This command also implies that I can either remain in the sunshine of … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Learning from the Mistakes of Others

An old saying goes like this, “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from poor judgment.”  But sometimes our poor judgment results in consequences that keep us from the learning what is necessary to developing good judgment. So, we would be wiser to “learn from the mistakes of others, because we will never live … 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 … 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