Particular People (July 24)

Particular People (July 24)

We should accept our particulars, and even be grateful for them. Even if we’ve made poor choices in the past, there is good work yet to be done — work that can be done best by a person who has just our set of particulars. Warts, scars, and all.

Awed by God’s Grandeur (July 23)

Awed by God’s Grandeur (July 23)

We can’t give serious consideration to God’s greatness without being appalled by the huge chasm between His perfection and our imperfection. To be awed by God’s grandeur is to be moved to turn away from anything inconsistent with His glory.

The Ideal Life (July 22)

The Ideal Life (July 22)

Joy is what God wishes to restore to us in His Son. So for the Christian, the ideal life is the joyous life, whether it is attended with “happiness” or not. Indeed, it may only be through unhappiness that a person’s joy in Jesus Christ can be found.

Getting the Right Answers (July 21)

Getting the Right Answers (July 21)

If we approach the discovery of truth with any intent other than to obey the truth, it is not likely that we’ll find the truth we’re looking for. Getting the right answers to our questions depends greatly on our reasons for asking those questions.

What Are We Seeking? (July 20)

What Are We Seeking? (July 20)

Jesus asked some of his followers, “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?” True seekers are not content until their knowledge has become godly action. What we learn in the library must be lived in the neighborhood.

What Good Is God’s Friendship? (July 19)

What Good Is God’s Friendship? (July 19)

Is there anything a wise person wouldn’t give up in order to have God? The privilege of knowing God through Christ so far surpasses the value of everything else that Paul said he would gladly “count all things loss” in order to have this one thing.

Friendship as an Ingredient of Love (July 18)

Friendship as an Ingredient of Love (July 18)

In Christ, it is important that we see God as our Friend. God is not only lovable; He is also likeable. We may not only adore Him; we may also trust Him. It is not only our duty to worship Him; it is our privilege to spend time with Him.

The Problem of Heartless Prayer (July 17)

The Problem of Heartless Prayer (July 17)

In the long run, that which we receive from God will turn out to be the thing we’ve most honestly and deeply wanted, not what we’ve pretended to want. God acts on the basis of what He sees when He looks into the very depths of our true will.

What Faith Makes Possible, Love Makes Easy (July 16)

What Faith Makes Possible, Love Makes Easy (July 16)

Those who love God will keep His commandments, certainly. But more than that, it is only those who genuinely love God who will find His commandments easy. That which would be burdensome to willpower alone is found by love to be light indeed.

Where God’s Love Is Best Learned (July 15)

Where God’s Love Is Best Learned (July 15)

The ugly, painful hardship of human experience does not contradict or call into question the love of God. Rather, that is where we learn God’s love the best. The way to God is not over, under, or around our difficulties — it is through them.

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