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Reverence vs. Pick and Choose (August 17)

Reverence vs. Pick and Choose (August 17)

The idea that God has the right to govern everything about us is hard for us to swallow. But if God is indeed our Creator, we are not free to sit in judgment on His laws. The truth must be embraced and acted upon. Not just some of it, but all of it.

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The Essential Truth about God’s Son (August 16)

The Essential Truth about God’s Son (August 16)

The “teaching of Christ” is a teaching we must “abide in” if we hope to be saved from our sins (2 John 9). And whatever else the teaching of Christ may include, it certainly includes the fact that He was the Incarnation of God, God in the flesh.

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Zerrissenheit (August 17)

Zerrissenheit (August 17)

God is lovingly concerned about our brokenness. He knows we are “weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” At great cost, He has made it possible for us to seek Him, find Him, and find in Him every bit of the wholeness we have lost.

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The Call of the World (August 16)

The Call of the World (August 16)

What we need is not only to desire God but to desire Him single-mindedly and wholeheartedly. We cannot afford to love God with the “religious” part of our minds and still allow illicit desires to make themselves at home in the “other” part.

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When We Think All Is Lost (August 17)

When We Think All Is Lost (August 17)

Hopelessness is a problem of perspective. It comes from not seeing the larger reality that always surrounds the small set of circumstances in which we may have lost something. There is always a larger battle going on that may be won.

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Empathy (August 17)

Empathy (August 17)

Almost always, “whether we understand” should be dealt with before we turn our attention to “whether we’re being understood.” In the matter of understanding and empathy, there really is a sense in which it is more blessed to give than to receive.

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Scholarship (August 16)

Scholarship (August 16)

Learning is about doing, and doing is about doing better as each day goes by. The work of the scholar is “to cheer, to raise, and to guide” (Emerson). Isn’t that a scholarship that all of us would do well at least to dabble in from time to time?

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August 2022

August 2022

In this report, I want to do something unusual: I want to describe what happens in a “typical” day for me. Each is a different mix of the activities I’m going to describe. But maybe it’ll give you an idea of what my days consist of.

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July 2022

July 2022

I believe people are being influenced by the work you are making it possible for me to do, and the fact that you also have that confidence is a great comfort to me, especially on the weary days when the “finish line” seems a terribly long way off.

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