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15 Thoughts

Dear Friends, Today I offer you 15 thoughts to ponder. They are from various authors past and present. I trust that even though some may not 'hit the spot' for you, others will. Enjoy. "If your God never disagrees with you, you may just be worshipping an idealized version of yourself." Tim Keller "By depicting a Samaritan helping a Jew, Jesus could not have found a more forceful way to say that anyone at all in need, regardless of race, politics, class and religion, is your neighbor. Not everyone is your brother or sister in the faith, but everyone is your neighbor, and you must love your neighbor." Tim Keller "We are prone to inscribe our trials in marble and write our blessings in sand." Charles Spurgeon "Morality may keep you out of jail, but it takes the blood of Jesus Christ to keep you out of hell." Charles Spurgeon "If you never

Thoughts From John Piper

Dear Friends, Today you will read very few words from me! I will simply turn your attention to the selection for today, found below. It is a little longer than usual, and I know that in our “60 Second Culture” a mere glance at a longer post is enough reason to pass it by – even if it is really good! And this one is. It is by Jon Bloom, author and co-founder of Desiring God, a ministry most commonly associated with the more well-known author and pastor to John Piper. His post deals with what is going on in our country, and (in my humble opinion) is worth the read, long or not! Enjoy. Groaning, Waiting, Hoping. How To Live In A Fallen Fragile World. “A late verdant spring is at this moment giving way to a lush early summer in Minnesota, the state where I have sojourned these nearly 55 years. Walking outside on a fair morning, when the brilliant new variegated greens of the trees and grasses are bursting with life, when a gorgeous spectrum of colorf

Thoughts From A Few Less-Well-Known Writers

Dear Friends, Today I thought I would give you a couple "thoughts" from virtually unknown authors. Sometimes we look to well-known or best-selling authors for inspiration and challenging thoughts. But popularity is not proof of virtue, and some false teachers have an immense number of followers. The first thought is a very helpful admonition regarding prayer, and the second a helpful way to respond to loss. I trust you will find helpful advice in both. (I have taken the liberty to update and clarify both.) Enjoy. "Among arguments that encourage the necessity of daily prayer remains the fact that Christ enjoins us to petition for "daily" bread. New bread, as we know, is the best. And in a spiritual sense our bread every day given, as a new and hot blessing, is daily requested and bestowed by God. Manna was to be gathered daily, and not provisionally hoarded up. Their attempts to store it up so as to avoid the need to collect it daily, led to it tur

Thoughts From J.I. Packer

Dear Friends, Today I send out a "thought" from one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century - J. I. Packer. He is one of my favorites. I have at least 15 of his books! These are simply some thoughts on knowing God and His guidance for our lives. I trust you might find them helpful. Enjoy. "Every time we mention God we become theologians, and the only question is whether we are going to be good ones or bad ones. A little knowledge of God is worth more than a great deal of knowledge about him... [In fact] What matters supremely, is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it – the fact that he knows me... Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord. How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is simple but demanding. It is that we turn each truth that we lea