TAKING THE LONG VIEW

TAKING THE LONG VIEW

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 ESV) As you read through Hebrews 11 you see sentences like this: “By faith so and so did such and such” that was completely out of the ordinary and sometimes even...
PEOPLE WITH GRIT

PEOPLE WITH GRIT

For most of his new associates were thoroughly worldly. Skeptical views of which he was a stranger were freely discussed among them, and religion seldom spoken of without a sneer. To add to these dangers, the lad came under the influence of an older clerk, who though...
WHAT ARE YOU MADE FOR?

WHAT ARE YOU MADE FOR?

In Mark 2:27, Jesus says, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” The principle from Jesus is brilliant and applies to so many other things where we miss the point of something entirely and reverse the focus. We are religious about obsessing over the...
DO YOU EAT WITH SCUM?

DO YOU EAT WITH SCUM?

But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?” Mark 2:16 (LB) I once remarked mostly to myself, “Why would Jesus eat with scum?” My friend who...
HARD PRESSED

HARD PRESSED

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9   Have you ever felt like Paul in this passage? Disappointments, obstacles, failures, conflicts,...
HOW ARE YOU DOING?

HOW ARE YOU DOING?

God says to us “I remember the devotion of your youth…” (Jeremiah 2:2, NIV). How are you doing with that? Do we remember the devotion we had as a new believer? How does it rate with our zeal for God today? Are we full of the little things that bless God, or are we...