Be Honest, Be Free

Be Honest, Be Free

There is a depth of fellowship that can be known only through honesty. David tells of the devastation he felt day after day when he was trying to hide the truth of his behavior from God. Awful things like decaying bones and depleting strength (see Psalm 32). It wasn’t...
God’s Treasured Possession

God’s Treasured Possession

This past spring, I found myself struggling with sadness. No one had died recently. There were no tragic circumstances. I was just downhearted. I made the decision to methodically go through the book of Philippians. Many writers and theologians call it the book of...
Be Honest, Be Free

Onward Means Upward

Paul and Solomon’s lives followed similar trajectories. Both men could boast high accomplishments. Solomon described his in the book of Ecclesiastes, and Paul listed his in the early verses of Philippians 3. Still, their impressive pasts left both men short of the...
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While You Wait

Waiting can be a challenge, even for those who are in Christ, and even for those who have experienced a good outcome from previous times of waiting. We don’t always carry the last victory into the newest challenge. As humans, we have accomplished forgetters. God may...
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The High Yield of Contentment

Job the wealthy landowner and Paul the bi-vocational itinerant preacher came to the same conclusion about accumulating riches. Job: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return” (Job 1:21). Paul: “We brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take...
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Slow and Small

We need a distraction. Almost every story about a surprise attack contains this line. Whether it’s a rescue operation or a hostile invasion, a well-timed distraction raises the odds of success. A rock thrown in the opposite direction. A fire set on the other end of...