The key to joy

I HEARD A STORY OF someone who asked a man why he was so happy. The man picked up a binder filled with hundreds of handwritten pages and explained, “Every time someone does something kind for me, I write it in this book. And every time I feel very good about...

Happiness or joy?

A HUNDRED YEARS AGO, every Christian knew the meaning of joy. Today, if you ask a group of Christians, “What does joy mean?” most will grope for words, with only one emphatic response: that joy is different from happiness. It’s supposedly superior —deep rather than...

SPACE PETS

“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” (James 1:22 NLT) Christian meditation means thinking about Scripture. You meditate on Scripture in the same way a cow chews her cud: by chewing on it and...

How can we keep a soft heart?

The heart is at the heart of all our relationships. Today, if we experience the convicting voice of the Holy Spirit, we must not harden our heart. Scripture offers four steps to a softened heart. First, ask God to do a thorough heart exam. David prayed, “Search me,...

A soft heart

Would we like a soft heart? The world was stunned when the first heart transplant took place in the late 1960s. How could the heart of one human being be placed in another? Yet a far greater miracle occurs whenever a spiritual heart that has been hardened by sin and...

Any old bush will do

A friend recently encouraged me to pick up a copy of The Saving Life of Christ by the late Major Ian Thomas. I have found it to be stacked with such deep, profound spiritual truths, that I am finding myself reading slow to take it all in. In one chapter, Major Thomas...