Category: The Gospel and the Christian Life

Batting With the Bereans

One of the most exciting elements of spring is the beginning of baseball season. The outfield is mowed, the infield freshly groomed and the players make their way onto the field. Some players come prepared to play; others have managed to let the training program go by the wayside. Eventually, all the players get back in shape and are ready to go, come opening day. The Christian life, however, does not have the luxury of an off-season. Each day presents a new challenge. And each obstacle allows for Christians to be God-centered in word and deed. The Scriptures present...

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Our Respectable Sin—Laziness

What if you have a child who is well-mannered, makes straight A’s at school and is successfully involved in all sorts of extracurricular activities, but one day, that child comes home and begins cursing like sailor and curses at you in the process? I wonder, how would you respond? Would you think to yourself that since he is successful in many things, generally well-mannered, and a fantastic student, there is nothing to worry about? Would you reason that this is just one problematic thing, and he will probably grow out of it? You almost assuredly would not respond that...

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Not by Curiosity Alone

“Not by Curiosity Alone” Excerpt from The Curious Christian: How Discovering Wonder Enriches Every Part of Life by Barnabas Piper Curiosity is a powerful force, the key to solving many an enigma and overcoming many a challenge. It can genuinely change lives for the better and even change communities and cultures. But it can do none of these things on its own. Just like any worth- while pursuit, curiosity can be turned to selfish ends, the furthering of sinful agendas, or the bettering of one person at the expense of another. It can be driven by pride, and the...

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The Day Work Became Personal

The Day Work Became Personal I’ve worked as a cardiac nurse for more than 25 years but never defibrillated anything except a manikin. Never stopped at an accident and saved someone in the nick of time. Never jumped up at a restaurant to apply the Heimlich maneuver to a choking child. Perhaps I should have been something else, or would I feel just as mediocre in that role too? I spent most of my nursing career praying and planning to leave it. Work was a means to an end. I couldn’t see what God was doing through my coworkers,...

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Rebellion: Brought to You by the Letter “I”

1 Samuel 15:23 – “For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king.” Most are familiar with King Saul, the first King of Israel. He was a man who at first glance would have seemed to be a perfect fit for this position. He came from a wealthy family, was a man of high stature, and apparently good looks. Perhaps he was the Kennedy of his day. Despite all those outward qualities, his life was full...

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