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    Still Human!

    . . . whatever you do, do all to the glory of God —1 Corinthians 10:31

    In the Scriptures, the great miracle of the incarnation slips into the ordinary life of a child; the great miracle of the transfiguration fades into …

    “What Is That to You?”

    Peter . . . said to Jesus, ’But Lord, what about this man?’ Jesus said to him, ’. . . what is that to you? You follow Me’ —John 21:21-22

    One of the hardest lessons to learn comes from our stubborn refusal to refrain from interfering in other people’s lives. It takes a long time …

    Discovering Divine Design

    As for me, being on the way, the Lord led me… —Genesis 24:27

    We should be so one with God that we don’t need to ask continually for guidance. Sanctification means that we are made the children of God. A child’s life is normally obedient, until he chooses disobedience. But as soon as he chooses to disobey, an inherent inner conflict is produced.…

    Who’s Driving?

    My neighbor Tim has a figurine on his dashboard of a “wild thing” from Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s book Where the Wild Things Are.

    Not long ago Tim was following me through traffic and made some abrupt moves to keep up. When we arrived, I asked, “Was that the ‘wild thing’ driving?”

    The following Sunday I forgot my sermon notes at home. I “flew” out of the church to retrieve them, passing Tim along the way. When we met later, he joked, “Was that the wild thing driving?” We laughed, but his point hit home—I should have paid attention to the speed…

    Partakers of His Suffering

    …but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings… —1 Peter 4:13

    If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a number of experiences that are not meant for you personally at all. They are designed to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what takes place in the lives of…

    A Bondservant of Jesus

    I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me… —Galatians 2:20

    These words mean the breaking and collapse of my independence brought about by my own hands, and the surrendering of my life to the supremacy of the Lord Jesus. No one can do this for me, I must do it myself. God may bring me up to this point three…

    Obedience or Independence?

    If you love Me, keep My commandments. —John 14:15

    Our Lord never insists on obedience. He stresses very definitely what we ought to do, but He never forces us to do it. We have to obey Him out of a oneness of spirit with Him. That is why whenever our Lord talked about discipleship, He prefaced it with an “If,” meaning,…

    Choosing the Trail

    I have a beautiful autumn photograph of a young man on horseback in the Colorado mountains as he contemplates which trail ahead to follow. It reminds me of Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken.” In it, Frost ponders two pathways that lie before him. Both are equally inviting, but he doubts he will return to this place again, and he must choose one. Frost wrote, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”  

    In Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7), the Lord told His listeners, “Enter…

    Impulsiveness or Discipleship?

    But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith… —Jude 20

    There was nothing of the nature of impulsive or thoughtless action about our Lord, but only a calm strength that never got into a panic. Most of us develop our Christianity along the lines of our own nature, not along the lines of God’s nature. Impulsiveness is a trait of…

    Individual Discouragement and Personal Growth

    . . . when Moses was grown . . . he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens —Exodus 2:11

    Moses saw the oppression of his people and felt certain that he was the one to deliver them, and in the righteous indignation of his …

    Getting into God’s Stride

    Enoch walked with God… —Genesis 5:24

    The true test of a person’s spiritual life and character is not what he does in the extraordinary moments of life, but what he does during the ordinary times when there is nothing tremendous or exciting happening. A person’s worth is revealed in his attitude toward the ordinary things of…

    How Will I Know?

    Jesus answered and said, ’I thank You, Father . . . that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes’ —Matthew 11:25

    We do not grow into a spiritual relationship step by step— we either have a relationship or we do not. God does not continue to …

    The Assigning of the Call

    I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church . . . —Colossians 1:24

    We take our own spiritual consecration and try to make it into a call of God, but when we get right with Him He brushes …

    The Awareness of the Call

    . . . for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! —1 Corinthians 9:16

    We are inclined to forget the deeply spiritual and supernatural touch of God. If you are able to tell exactly where you were when you …

    Asking God First

    In the early days of our marriage, I struggled to figure out my wife’s preferences. Did she want a quiet dinner at home or a meal at a fancy restaurant? Was it okay for me to hang out with the guys, or did she expect me to keep the weekend free for her? Once, instead of guessing and deciding first, I asked her, “What do you want?”

    “I’m fine with either,” she replied with a warm smile. “I’m just happy you thought of me.”

    At times I have wanted desperately to know exactly what God wanted me to do—such as which job to…

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