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Reminders of Betrayal

Of all the disciples, Peter was the one who had confessed Jesus as the Messiah–at least when the group was alone. He “got it” when the others were just tagging along. Yet when the opportunity came to acknowledge Him publicly, Peter hesitated. Well, actually, he failed and outright denied that he even knew Him. The […]

Still Wondering What to Give Up for Lent?

In Christ’s second temptation, Satan took Jesus to the top of the temple telling Him that if He were the Son of God He should toss Himself down. Afterall, God would not let harm come to Him. Jesus refused, saying that Scripture says we should not put God to the test. Here again, I see […]

Wondering What to Give Up for Lent?

We’ve begun the forty days of Lent, traditionally a time Christians devote to contemplation and repentance. It’s a time to take stock of our lives and root out some problem areas. Yesterday my pastor related the 40 days Christ spent in the desert at the beginning of his ministry to the days of Lent. If […]

What Would Jesus Thank God For?

  A night or two before Thanksgiving, the Bible reading plan we follow with our kids at dinner put us in Luke 10. The heading above verse 21 said, “Jesus’ Prayer of Thanksgiving.” Wow. What could be better? I thought to myself, “I can learn what Jesus was thankful for and be thankful for the […]

Faith and Perseverance #2

  There’s another thing about the story of Rahab that’s encouraging to me. Rahab gathered her family, told them about the way of salvation and then somehow kept them all there in the safety of her home—or in the safety of the faith since being in her house with red cord displayed was the way they were […]

Faith and Perseverance

  I’m reading Joshua right now and I find myself wondering about Rahab’s family. Rahab was the woman who helped the Israelite spies when they came to check out Jericho. She hid them from the king and then helped them escape the city in exchange for a promise that Joshua would save her family when […]

The To-Do List in Perspective

Here are some verses for those of us obsessed with “to-do” lists to think about: Now, listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? […]

Perseverance Through Trials #2

So I want to persevere through my little daily trials….But what does “persevering” really mean? I mean, I kind of get it if I happen to be thrown into a lion’s den or am told I must renounce my faith or go to prison. But what does it mean when all I am really dealing […]

Perseverance Through Trials

This idea of “perseverance” through trials has always sounded sort of scary to me. It congers up images of Job or foreign missionaries or Christians in Buddhist and Muslim countries. Very far from my fairly comfortable life in suburbia where the big concerns are how to get two kids to two different activities on opposite […]

Creative Procrastination: Moving God up on your list by moving other stuff down

Back to that time management program I was talking about last week… Brian Tracey recommends a technique for getting important stuff done (in the context of work) that I think might help you and me move God up to a higher priority on our to-do lists. Tracey recommends “creative procrastination” or “setting posteriorities.” In other […]