We feel entitled to a particular pleasure. Others don’t cooperate. And we get mad. Just like James says: selfish pursuit of pleasure leads to conflict. Our hedonistic striving ignores the fact that pleasure is God’s gift … not our acquisition. Our efforts to satisfy ourselves in effect shut God out of our lives and break His heart. We misunderstand Him: God isn’t anti-pleasure; He’s simply anti-hedonism.Read more
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.”
Paul’s directive to the Philippians sounds so right, so appealing, so uplifting, and so unlike the way we live.
May this picture of the comforter warm and comfort your heart.Read more
Being thankful goes much deeper than expressing appreciation. Truly being thankful requires a heart that trusts God for whatever He brings into our lives.
Last week death snatched another friend’s child. This time a son. She loved him well and gave him her best.. But sometimes, this time, best is not enough.Read more
This Ted Wise story will ease your fear of scarcity. It’s about marbles, selfishness, gratitude, and generosity.
Food promises to calm my anxieties, ease unruly emotions, distract me, and reassure me. But its comforts don’t last. It fills my stomach but leaves me personally empty. I need a better alternative.