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Keep Your Eye on the Goal

There is an old western painting of a rugged wagon train that has been drawn into a circle for the evening. The men are gathered around the campfire, and the wagon-master has some maps spread out before him. On the map is a heavy black line that traces the zigzag course they have followed. They have swung a little to the left, then south, but always toward the west.  

An argument seems...

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Jesus Ticks People Off

Former columnist-turned-commentator Brit Hume was once severely criticized because he suggested that Tiger Woods ought to turn to Christianity in his time of marital and moral crisis. He pointed out that Tiger was a Buddhist and that Buddhism offers no forgiveness and redemption. And he suggested that those were two things that Tiger needed most at this time. He was accused of proselytizing bec...

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Be Good to Yourself

A man came out of church one Sunday and said to me, “Preacher, be good to yourself today.” It was his way of saying, “You are important also.”  

It reminded me that I had often been better to other people than I had been to myself. I think a lot of people are that way. They have gone through a divorce, failed in business, had a child go bad, or committed some grievous sin. So now they g...

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The Gift of Sickness

I fought a bout with the shingles and lost. Fortunately, it was a mild case perhaps because I had the shingles shot two years ago. I recommend that to you – the shot, not the shingles.

I’ve decided an occasional illness is good for me. I didn’t say I liked it; I just said it was good for me. It helps me in four ways:

Gratitude: It helps to remind me how grateful...

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Are You Lonesome Tonight?

The first thing in all creation that God named as not being good was loneliness. He said of Adam whom he had created, “It is not good for man to be alone.” It’s as true now as it was then. Maybe you remember the song by Elvis Presley, “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”  He sang that song with such feeling that it was one of his longest running hits. 

Sometime after his death I read something t...

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What Money Won’t Buy

If we aren’t careful in this materialistic world, we can be misled by appearances and blinded by unseen values. For example, the scriptures say, “How much better it is to get wisdom than gold" (Proverbs 16:16). German philosopher Immanuel Kant said, “Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” A well-ordered life, one that’s not falling apart, is one of life’s greatest values.

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Surrender

Charles G. Finney was one of America’s great evangelists (1792-1872). He was a lawyer by profession when he became a Christian at the age of 27. The day he was converted he quit practicing law, though he had a trial scheduled for that day. He told his client, “I have been retained for the Lord Jesus Christ to plead his case and I cannot plead yours.” The man was forced to settle out of court. K...

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Major on the Basics

Knute Rockne was one of the greatest football coaches ever. In his 13 years at Notre Dame, his teams won 105 games, lost 12, and tied 5. He never had a secret practice. In fact, he sometimes put up a sign for visitors that said, “Secret practice. Come and bring your notebooks.”

On one occasion when an Army scout missed a train connection and didn’t get to the Notre Dame game he was to c...

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Am I Normal?

When a loved one dies, scores of emotions flood our lives. We may be so overcome by grief that we wonder, “Am I normal? Am I losing my mind? Is there something wrong with me?”

We need to understand what happens to us in a time of grief. Here are some of the emotions that usually come to us:

1. Shock. We simply cannot believe what has happened. It seems like a dr...

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Today's Devotional

On Faith and Works

One of the common denominators of all world religions except Christianity is that they do not correlate faith and works. In Christianity there is the closest correlation between them. In fact the Bible says, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).

The Bible is clear: a workless faith is worthless faith. 

Faith and works must be balanced in true religion. Faith in God and commitment to Jesus Christ are foundational. No man becomes a Christian merely by being good. Faith is the soil from which good works must grow. Real Christian faith always brings forth the fruit of good works. The true follower of Christ first believes, then he serves. As Dr. Perry Webb, former pastor of the First Baptist Church of San Antonio, once said, “A religion that does not look out and reach out and help out is washed out.”

Let us then put our faith into action and thus prove to all the world that it is not dead. 

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