Jesus said, “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:1). In the movie “The Prestige,” Robert Angier performed the greatest magic trick the world had ever seen — but it drove him mad. Continue reading Live Under the Stage
While shopping for flowers for my wife for Valentine’s Day, I decided to do something different this year. Instead of buying a dozen roses like I do every year, I bought some flowers in a pot. Call me unromantic, but I simply don’t like spending money on dead flowers (although I certainly will from time to time because . . . I love my wife!).
Sure, a dozen cut roses look great when you first buy them and bring them home. But their beauty doesn’t last long. A week or so later and the roses look just terrible. There’s nothing more pitiful than a dozen wilting, drooping, dried up roses prominently displayed in your living room! Continue reading Tired of Roses that Wilt and Die?
If you ever listen to the Dave Ramsey Show, you know what the debt free scream is. People who get out of debt call Dave and tell him their story. At the end of their call, Dave does a countdown — “three…two…one…” — then they shout, “I’m debt free!” In the background plays the audio from the dramatic Braveheart scene where William Wallace yells “Freedom!” I feel inspired every time. Continue reading Our Canceled Debts
“For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” (Deut. 4:24). Wait — what? Isn’t jealousy a sin? In Galatians 5:20, it’s listed as a work of the flesh! 1 Corinthians 13:4 says, “love is not jealous.” But if 1 John 4:8 says, “God is love,” and love is not jealous, how can God be jealous? Continue reading How can God be Jealous?
When our brethren, friends, or family members are suffering, do they find real comfort from us? When we’re suffering, do we find real comfort from them? When Job needed comfort, his friends felt compelled to explain why he was suffering. Job said, “I have heard many such things; sorry comforters are you all.” (Job 16:2). Continue reading Real Comfort
A young Christian man struggled with temptations of lust. At a weak point he visited a pornographic website, then again the next day. He soon became addicted to this sin. As a result, his grades began to suffer. He also began lying to his parents to cover up his sin. Once they discovered the truth, they disciplined him severely. Resolved to repent, the young man sought help, installed a filter on his devices, and quit viewing pornography — for a while. Then the temptation came back and the cycle started all over again.
Not too long ago my family and I moved into a new-to-us house. As you probably know from personal experience, this is an exhausting undertaking. By the end of the first week I felt like I had run a marathon . . . every day.
Can you relate? It wasn’t easy for me to keep a positive, patient attitude throughout the move, despite the fact that I had made a conscious effort to do so. Continue reading How to Keep a Godly Attitude When You’re Stressed and Exhausted