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On the high-school campus, so often the goal is to see the quarterback or the head cheerleader saved. The real key, however, is to go for the kid who sits in the back of the cafeteria all alone, for he’s the one who is most often the one ready to listen. The same...
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...
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...
“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...
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,...
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...
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...
A HEALTHY BODY produces energy. Likewise, a healthy mind produces joy. This is not an accident. If you want to experience vibrant health and abundant energy, it is essential that you consume certain foods and drinks and refrain from consuming others. The same is true...
Matthew 25:35 ESV For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, Isaiah 58:10 ESV If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the...