Have you ever wanted heaven having grown sick of sin this world? It may have simply inhabited the air around you, or you may have tripped over it too many times, but either way, it gave you a semi-nauseating feeling in your stomach. You see it around you, in advertising, in movies and on television, at almost any social event, and you think, "There's got to be more than this. This is just disgusting and heartbreaking." You start to hate this non-life offered as a poor substitute for real life in this convoluted world.Read More
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We have problems with dependency. We cannot need. We will not ask for help. I would rather be needed than need. I would rather provide than be the one requiring provision.Read More
I love to ask young people revealing questions, like: “Who among you is the laziest and the hardest working?” This one always sets off a rousing debate.
Ponder the thought. When it comes to work, am I a lightweight or a heavy lifter? Having formerly employed lots of varying individuals, I would choose one hard-working heavy lifter over 10 whimpish, constantly complaining lightweights any day of the week.Read More
There are two costs. Count both before you choose.
If you see deep, close-knit friendships that ride out time’s storms and selfishness and wounds and fatigue and career, you will surely want one. Something so refined possesses great beauty. But such a beautiful and exquisite thing costs greatly.Read More
Viktor Frankl describes the experience of nakedness in Auschwitz, a World War II Nazi concentration camp. When he had nothing – truly nothing – death no longer held fear over him.
By this time, he had lost his family, his career, his strength, his money, his possessions, his house, his clothing and his identity. The Nazis reduced him to an anonymous walking skeleton. Only the , in possession of nothing, could he fearlessly face death.Read More
What does it mean to be intentional about making disciples? And why is this so important?
Jesus decided to interject himself into human history at a certain time and into a certain tradition: Israel’s rabbi culture at the turn of the millennium. He could have chosen any time frame, any civilization, with any tool necessary. Why not 21st century America? After all, the United States spreads its long shadow around the world. It exports billions of dollars in entertainment. And after all, who wouldn’t tune into Jesus on Larry King Live?Read More