Know What You Believe, and Believe What You Know

“For it is good that the heart be established by grace” (Hebrews 13:9). Reuben was as “unstable as water” and therefore would not excel (Genesis 49:4). By contrast, John the Immerser was no “reed shaken...

Until I Make It Better

As I was growing up, I had a good friend who always said, “Let’s take the bull by the horns and get this thing done.” It was his way of saying, “Things will not...

Have Peace One with Another

A man tested the strength of a glass container by using it as a hammer to drive a nail successfully into a wooden plank. Next, he took a pea-sized marble and dropped it through...

5 Suggestions for a Better Life

When you hear a kind word spoken about a friend, pass it along (Proverbs 3:27; Galatians 6:10). If it’s a negative word, keep it to yourself. As a man, spoil your spouse, not...

This Much I Know: A “Know So” Religion from First John

Some say, “We can’t know anything.” Others seem to think they know everything. The truth is somewhere in the middle, for we can know the truth (John 8:32; 1 John 2:21), but we will...

The Parable of the Teacup

A couple used to go to England to shop in its beautiful stores. They both liked antiques and pottery and especially teacups. On their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, in a beautiful shop they saw a...

Thoughts from the Heart

He Has Not Left that Open to Us A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a...

What Jesus Told Me to Tell You

Just before returning to heaven, Jesus pointed a nail-scarred hand at a world for which He had just died and told His followers to “go.” The message they were to take was the simple gospel....

What does it mean to be forgiven?

A poet defined forgiveness as “the fragrance a flower gives the foot that crushes it.” Webster has “pardon, acquittal, to cancel, remit, or give up resentment against.” Forgiveness is found only seven times in the...

Sincerity Is Not Enough

Make absolutely sure you are right, and then sincerely practice it.

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