Are Financial Calamities God’s Will?

Financial Calamities and God's Will

In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus prayed that God’s will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.  “Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.” – Mat 6:10 NKJV  God’s Will on Earth? This implies that God’s will is not always done on Earth. There are things that…

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A Danger for Christian Writers

danger for christian writers

I recently went down a YouTube rabbit hole. Often such behavior ends up being a big fat waste of time, but in this case, it turned out to be a good thing. I came across the video below by Tim Keller, in which he talks about our work. He specifically used the example of being…

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“Doing Good” to the Household of Faith

Where do you get your gas? Which doctor do you go to? Who is your florist? Your dry cleaners? Most of us shop and spend our money without any thought whatsoever about whether the person we do business with is a Christian or not. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t regard such aspects as customer…

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Does a Different Perspective Mean Christians Are Intolerant?

Christians Are Intolerant

My son shared a one-panel comic on Facebook showing two men standing on either side of a digit on the ground. One points at the image and says, “six!” The one on the opposite side points at the image and declares, “nine!” The point of the cartoon is that everyone sees things from their own…

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Book Review — Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation

Erwin W. Lutzer, the venerated pastor of Moody Church in Chicago, puts his prolific pen to paper once again to give us a historic recounting of the highlights of the life of Martin Luther and other reformers of the sixteenth century. Lutzer places these historic lives into the context of the need to constantly purify…

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Put Your Money Where Your Faith Is

Put your money where your faith is

No doubt you’ve heard the saying, “put your money where your mouth is.” I agree with that saying, but have just recently been thinking about how we should put our money with where our faith is, in things that support our beliefs.

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Don’t Be Deceived — Why the Little Things Matter

you reap what you sow

Here’s an interesting way to think of sowing and reaping. #1: You reap WHAT you sow. Basic principle here, but it’s important to remember that you can’t expect to get something different than what you plant. #2: You reap LATER than you sow. Regardless of the type of seeds you sow, you won’t see the…

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With Christ’s Help, Change IS Possible [Devotional]

change is possible philemon devotional

  One thing that I discovered as I prepared to write my book, Faith that Forgives is that the name, “Onesimus,” actually means, “Profitable.” At one time, Onesimus was anything but profitable to Philemon. In fact, there’s every reason to believe that Onesimus not only skipped out on Philemon, he also stole from him. Not exactly…

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A Cup of Cold Water [Devotional]

cup of cold water philemon devotional

When we think about gifts that people in the body of Christ have, we seldom think of the gift of refreshing others. If you check out your local Christian bookstore or the Christian book category on Amazon, you’ll find all kinds of books on how to do different types of ministry, and what it means…

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Thowback Thursday: The Anointing at Bethany

Woman pouring precious perfumed oil over Jesus' head from an alabaster vase

(Author’s note: This is an article I originally published in 2006. I am re-posting it on this blog for the first time.) Jesus tells us that the story of the anointing at Bethany will be told wherever the gospel is proclaimed. That makes this a pretty significant event. Is there more to this story than…

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