Often it seems like Christmas is about what is under the tree rather than who was born in a manger. It can be a little overwhelming.
The early church passed on the names of the martyrs and spoke them out loud as part of the Cloud. The world needs to hear these names, famous or not. They deserve it. We deserve it.
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
It’s not a matter of talking about salt and light nearly as much as actually being salt and light. It’s a lifestyle that forgoes condemning and criticizing the world and chooses to bless it instead.
Most likely you’re aware of a modern criticism levied at the Bible claiming that it’s no longer relevant or practical for us today.
What I’m counting on here is not the dream—it’s the faithfulness of God.
by Connally Gilliam and Paula Rinehart, authors of And Yet, Undaunted
Every heart comes up to this fork in the road, many times.
Einstein loved music and frequently performed in public. . . Yet his love for music was linked with a sense that certain composers were tuning in to something deeper about our world.
Things like good health and strong relationships are gifts from God, and we honor him by stewarding them well. Yet if they become the focus of our lives, we are in danger of missing our calling.
Doubt and disillusionment are the last of all reasons to abandon your faith. If you weather them with God—and with others—you discover the unexpected gratitude Charles Spurgeon wrote about.