“It would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak…We are far too easily pleased.”1
Ill-defined, unlabeled faith might keep you free from the confines of commitment, but it won’t make you any bedrock guarantees, either.
The rest of the world will always have a hard time understanding you, because it has such a hard time understanding faith. At times you don’t fare much better.
The average healthy church will consume a minimum of 1,040 sermons within a twenty year period, and possibly touch on as many as fifteen thousand Bible verses. Don’t waste any of it.
Judgment is certain. God’s warning to mankind: Don’t show up to the trial of your life armed with nothing but a folder of good deeds.
The same attribute of God capable of provoking mortal fear in us, can stimulate our greatest comfort.
Self-confidence works great for afternoon softball games, but it is terribly overrated when it comes to one’s eternal salvation.
The Apostle Paul warns that wielding the sword of judgment, even with great dexterity, won’t earn anyone points on the Day of God’s wrath.
We prefer to skip the dire, dark themes of Scripture. But without the bad news, the good news fades to okay news.
Fear of embarrassment can keep us from doing good, wonderful, even beneficial things. The threat of an executioner’s axe isn’t needed. All it takes is someone’s disapproving look.