Posts from 2021 (Page 2)

Posts from 2021 (Page 2)

Time to Persevere

  When she was young, Florence Chadwick wanted desperately to be a great speed swimmer. At the age of six she persuaded her parents to enter her in a 50-yard race. She came in last, so she practiced every day for the new year. Again, she entered and lost. When she was an 11-year-old, Florence won attention and praise for completing the San Diego Bay endurance swim — 6 miles in all. But she still wanted to be a speed…

INVENTORY TIME…

    Life brings us many things that we hate to do, but however tedious they may seem… we are still forced to accomplish them. How much we loathe the task does not change its necessity. We can procrastinate or prolong the inevitable, but the menial must be executed at one point or another. One of these assignments for people in the business world is taking inventory. Even though it is necessary from time to time to itemize or catalog…

Idol Talk

    One of the most prevalent teachings in the New Testament is the teaching against idolatry. Idolatry is condemned as a work of the flesh (Galatians 5:20), an activity that elicits the wrath of God (Colossians 3:5-6), an activity that will prevent one from inheriting the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9), and an activity that results in one being sent to “the lake that burns with fire and sulfur” (Revelation 21:8). As a result, we are expected to…

Is there Glory in Rejection???

    One of the unavoidable aspects of human life is rejection. It is no stranger to any of us; we all have experienced rejection one way or another. It does not matter how much talent, wit, good looks, or brains someone has… all of us endure rejection. It could be a job interview or a loan… or perhaps that rejection from the person you want to date. Regardless of the situation or life you live, rejection is par-for-the-course. How…
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What Makes the Difference?

I have met quite a few sincere people who try their best to “renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives” (Titus 2:12). Despite attempting everything humanly possible to succeed, they ultimately fail. And in their failure, they come to the conclusion that it is IMPOSSIBLE for them to “put off [their] old [selves]” and “put on [their] new [selves]” (Ephesains 4:22-24), and, as a result, they assume that their lifestyle must be an acceptable…

Focused on the Finish

The name of an elite runner from Tanzania was written in sports history books at the 1968 Olympics—without him winning one medal. John Stephen Akhwari joined the field of seventy-eight competitors in Mexico City for a twenty-six-mile marathon. Around the halfway mark, Akhwari suffered severe injuries when he became entangled with other runners, stumbled, and hit the track with full-body force.  A medic team rushed to his aid, bandaging his bloody wounds and dislocated knee, and recommended the obvious withdrawal…

HOW TO MAKE PEACE

In Romans 12:18, Paul said, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” In issuing this statement, Paul established an expectation that as Christians we would be peacemakers. While peacemaking is a quality valued in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:9), it is not a quality valued in the kingdoms of men, and, as a result, knowing how to make peace is a skill many people lack. Thankfully, God did not establish an expectation of…

The Blessing of Freedom

  Today is Independence Day in the United States. It is a day that commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress, which declared that the thirteen original colonies were free of the rule of Great Britain. Thus, Independence Day is a day on which we celebrate our national freedom. And since this day which celebrates our nation’s political freedom, falls on the Lord’s Day, it serves as a great catalyst for us to be reminded…

Would God Choose You?

Everyone wants to be chosen. Do you remember in elementary school when kickball teams were selected at recess? Likely, your primary concern was not to be chosen last because being chosen last essentially meant nobody wanted you on their team. Do you remember when the high school prom rolled around? Whether you were waiting to be asked by a boy or hoping not to be rejected by a girl, your primary concern was not to have to go to prom…

Is the “Good News” Still Good???

  “So, what do you want to hear first, the good news or the bad news?” This is a question we frequently hear in life, and even though good news may follow… it can be completely overshadowed by fear of the bad news still to come. I often catch myself after hearing the good news saying, “Yeah, but what is the bad news?” Honestly, it does not matter how incredible the good news might be… I will always be more…

Prince of Peace

  Peace is not the easiest state to achieve. At times we find ourselves caught in stressful and even painful situations that rid us of hope, compassion, or maybe even faith, and the Bible indicates that one reason Jesus came to this earth was to provide peace. In Isaiah 9:6, we read, For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful…

Olympic Faith

  Kerri Strug became an overnight sensation and beloved figure to all Americans based on her inspiring performance at the 1996 Olympics.  At only 18 years old, Keri helped her team win gold in the most dramatic fashion. The US ladies’ team had gotten off to such a strong start in the Games that the press dubbed them “The Magnificent Seven,” but as the competition heated up, it soon became clear that the Russians were a force to be reckoned…