Wednesday - July 30, 2014

The Emptiness of Autonomy (July 30)

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“Hell and Destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied” (Proverbs 27:20). WHEN GOD DOES NOT OCCUPY HIS RIGHTFUL PLACE IN OUR HEARTS, ONE RESULT IS THAT WE SPIN OUR WHEELS IN A FRUSTRATING SEARCH FOR SATISFACTION. Independence and autonomy seem like they would be more satisfactory than a constant state of neediness, but their promise ... Read More »

Intimacy (July 30)

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“The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never even introduce yourself to, had life not done it for you” (Kendall Hailey). INTIMACY IS THE ACT OF TWO PEOPLE MAKING THEMSELVES KNOWN TO ONE ANOTHER IN A VERY DEEP WAY. Sexual intimacy immediately comes to mind, of course, and there is certainly a ... Read More »

The Very Worst Kind of Weariness (July 30)

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“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). WHAT IS THE ACTIVITY THAT MAKES YOU THE TIREDEST? I would like to suggest that most of us are made the tiredest not by activity but by the avoidance of activity. We are worn out by the constant pressure of ... Read More »

The Indispensable Fact (July 29)

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“And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty” (1 Corinthians 15:14). FUNDAMENTALS ARE . . . WELL, FUNDAMENTALLY IMPORTANT. And the most fundamental truth of Christianity is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As John S. Whale expressed it, “The Gospels do not explain the Resurrection; the Resurrection explains the Gospels. Belief ... Read More »

Preservation (July 29)

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“The fundamental idea of good is thus: that it consists in preserving life, in favoring it, in wanting to bring it to its highest value; and evil consists in destroying life, doing it injury, hindering its development” (Albert Schweitzer). AS WE LIVE AND WORK FROM DAY TO DAY, THE RESULT OF OUR ACTIVITY OUGHT TO BE THE PRESERVATION, OR SAVING, ... Read More »

Captivated (July 28)

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“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). IN THE WARFARE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL, IT IS THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD THAT IS ... Read More »

Favorites (July 28)

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“I know what I like” (Henry James). OUR “FAVORITES” ARE THE THINGS, THE OCCASIONS, AND THE PEOPLE WHOM WE REGARD WITH SPECIAL FAVOR. Like Henry James, most of us know what we like, and our favorites are the things we like especially well. To have favorites is simply to have, as Henry David Thoreau put it, “a sincere love for ... Read More »