Romans

Your Mind Matters

The price of God’s grace for you

Suppose you go over to a friend or loved one’s home and have a nice meal. It’s a great time. You have some good conversation and really enjoy each other’s company. Then when you get up to leave, you reach in your pocket and say, “Okay, how much do I owe you?”

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How you can be both strong and compassionate

In the early 90s when the Gulf War had just ended, I heard George H. W. Bush give a speech about the decision to go to war with Iraq. He talked about the night before he gave the “go” signal, and that he spent significant time in prayer, weeping for the lives he knew would be lost on both sides.

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The power of having and being a faithful friend

There was a little girl who was afraid in her bedroom one night because it was so dark. So her daddy went in and said, “Honey, why are you crying?” “Because I’m so alone,” she said. So he told her, “Well, you’ve got your teddy bear. Hug your teddy bear.”

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Choosing to be Fearless: Day 5, Persevering

I have lost track as to what day of the week it is. My sleep is totally messed up, and it’s hard to concentrate. It’s a struggle to stay positive and feel any sense of accomplishment. Constantly I remind myself of my blessings and that God has all of this. The news is filled with suffering and death. It’s hard to rationalize suffering. Suffering has always been with us, and the Christian is not exempt. But one of Satan’s greatest lies is that "God doesn’t love us, or why would He hurt innocent people?" This is where perseverance comes into play. We see only a speck of the eternal picture. As hurtful as this moment may be, we are blessed. Pain, fear and darkness will not disappear, but God’s light will be a beacon to those who believe. Keeping the faith, sharing the truth of God’s plan for our lives, and persevering to finish well is our mandate.

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Is anyone really ‘okay’?

Perhaps you’ve seen or heard the illustration of people trying to get to heaven as trying to leap over an ocean. The illustration goes that some may jump further than others, but the point is clear that no one can jump across the ocean. And in the same way, while some may live better lives than others, the point is that no one can live a life holy enough to get to heaven.

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Seeing God’s work in your life

When I consider the work that God does, I like to think about it in terms of Him being in the construction business. That’s because from the beginning of the Bible to the very end, God is always at work building something.  

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The Cost of Christmas Day 21

I’ve told the story before of a man who was getting ready to put a sign in his yard that said “N-O-E-L” to spread some Christmas cheer. It was a cold night, a snowstorm hit, and the man was trying to put the letters up from behind instead of facing them. He fumbled and bumbled, and said some very un-Christmas-like things in the process.

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The Cost of Christmas Day 15

I remember years ago when Life magazine ran a cover story that asked a very provocative question. Famous for its breathtaking photos, the cover featured a stunning picture of the heavens, filled with stars, galaxies, and planets. And on it were printed the words, “Who is God?”

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How to overcome the fear of surrender

As a pastor, people will often come to me when they’re facing the fires of life. I’m talking about those who are sick, people with diseases, men and women with heartaches and family burdens. But do you know one thing I’ve noticed? There’s a glorious difference in how a faithful Christian suffers.

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