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Somebody you know drops by to your place for a visit and then proceeds to badmouth Mr. X or Ms. Y—after, of course, obtaining your affirmation that she is not gossiping but merely "sharing." This is what you do: Decide…
Alexander the Great was a mighty Grecian warrior who conquered most of the world as it was known at his time. After Alexander's death at the rather young age of 30, his vast empire was parcelled out among his generals.…
You notice that a friend of yours appears to have suddenly begun to ignore you. You have been on very good terms with him for the most part, talking often and at length, and you find the change in him…
I love the Old Testament. The stories are wonderful, and the reason I enjoy them so much is because I don't see history being reported in them; I see the present. I don't see them as stories about the Israelites…
Most casual readers of the Bible believe that the God of the Old Testament was a stern, unmerciful God subject to outbursts of great wrath which he ruthlessly poured upon the people. Yet, nothing could be farther from the truth.…
I have loved you, says the Lord. But you say, “How have you loved us?” Is not Esau Jacob’s brother? says the Lord. Yet I have loved Jacob but I have hated Esau; I have made his hill country a…
Graham Staines was a Christian missionary from Australia who worked with lepers in Orissa, a city in the North of India. Early one morning as he slept in his Jeep with his sons, Phillip, 9, and Timothy, 6, a group…
A teacher of the law once asked Jesus: "Master, which is the greatest commandment?" And Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your…
You were the best of friends with a certain lady, until she betrayed your confidence. You found yourself so badly hurt by her actions, you ceased all communication with her. A week ago, however, you heard a preacher give a…
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.He makes me lie down in green pastures;he leads me beside still waters;he restores my soul.He leads me in right pathsfor his name’s sake.Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I fear…
Soon after my conversion [see The Return of the Prodigal] I looked for role models and guides that I could follow, but was unable to find any that I found satisfactory. I have never been the sort to compromise on…
King Nebuchadnezzar, who ruled the New Babylonian empire, was the most powerful monarch of his dynasty. In 586 B.C. his army invaded Judah. They conquered the land, devastated Jerusalem, looted and burned the original temple that had been built by…
You are having a great week. You haven’t lost your temper even once and are very happy at the self-control that you have exercised - very much in keeping with what God has asked of you (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). Then,…
You are trying your best to walk in the imitation of Christ and appear to be succeeding admirably well when you suddenly bump into a gorgeous creature who really stirs up your senses. She seems to understand you so well,…
You are a valued member of a ministry team that renders important service to the Lord. One day, a new member joins the team. He (or she) happens to be blessed with many talents and the spotlight shifts from you…
David was the second king of Israel, following Saul to the throne. As a young lad, he became beloved of the people when he defeated the giant Goliath and put the entire Philistine army to flight. After he became king,…
Over the past three years I have come across many people in ministry who appear to have lost their way completely (and going by the actions of some of them, their minds too!). I found myself wondering how men who…
I find it difficult to condemn Judas. It would mean condemning all of us; we are so much like him. Judas followed Jesus like the other apostles did. I imagine he did the best he could to live up to…
People believe that God has changed. They believe that from the stern, wrathful God that he was in the Old Testament, he has somehow transformed himself into a loving and merciful God in the New; immensely patient with his errant…
I was recently asked by a dear friend if I ever had any feelings of animosity toward anyone anymore, the questioner seeming to presume that the rather disciplined spiritual life I seemed to lead placed me beyond all negative emotion.…
The devil's greatest feat has been making most of the world believe that he doesn't exist. His second greatest feat has been making the rest of us terrified of him. I bought into both myths. I didn't believe he was…
One of the most dangerous myths that we have bought into - and one that is probably the most debilitating to our growth as Christians - is the myth that we, who have been baptized in Christ, remain constrained to…
There once lived a very beautiful woman who made her living by prostituting herself. Though she was tyrannized by a harsh and cruel pimp and often sought to break free from the bondage that he held her in, there was…