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We Like To Help Poor People, Right?

I’m sure that you are happy to help poor people and are willing to give generously to those in need. Personally, I’m motivated to help a certain kind of poor person more than another.

I like to help poor people who are very responsible and don’t overspend. It’s easy to help the poor person who doesn’t buy junk food and doesn’t own a flat screen television. I’m eager to help the person with financial struggles who works endless hours at a minimum wage job in order to support their family or if he doesn’t have a job fills out applications all day long. I don’t want to help poor people who have vices such as smoking or drinking. I expect that the people I help won’t have a car and walk everywhere to save bus fare, don’t make impulse purchases, and value education.

Top 12 Old Testament Verses That Shape My View Of God

The opening line in A. W. Tozer’s Knowledge Of The Holy has stayed with me since I first read it years ago: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” Because it affects every choice we make and everything we do, he compared a right concept of God to a foundation of a building. “Where it is inadequate or out of plumb,” he wrote, “the whole structure must sooner or later collapse.” Do you have an accurate view of God?

I have been reading a lot in the Old Testament lately. That’s easy for me to do because I love the Old Testament. The stories are rich, the people interesting, and the spiritual truth life changing. So I thought that I would make a list for myself (and share it with you) of the verses in the Old Testament that most shape my view of God.

Don’t Give Up On People. God Doesn’t.

There’s probably someone in your life that you’re tempted to give up on spiritually. Someone who you’ve tried to influence toward Jesus to no avail. Someone who has been exposed to Christianity, maybe a good church, and maybe even shown some interest from time to time but now they are headed decidedly away from the gospel and you’re ready to give up and stop praying and move on.

Don’t.

Do You Love Your Spouse Or Do You Love Yourself?

I Love Me Written inside a Heart Drawn in SandA few years ago Donald Miller got engaged to a woman named Paige. I don’t know either of them personally I assume that by this point they are enjoying marriage together. Donald Miller’s name may or may not be familiar to you. He’s written several books, including Blue Like Jazz, and is a popular conference speaker and blogger. I confess that I have never read his books although I do know many people who seem to benefit from them.

I came across one of his posts (“What are You Looking for in a Spouse? Why not Create a List?”) in which he gives a list that his fiancee had made that described what she was looking for in a husband. According to Miller, she made the list to help her weed out people who didn’t fit the criteria that she deemed important. I would agree that putting thought into the kind of person you want to marry is a smart idea. Otherwise you might get caught up in the moment and forget your convictions on what makes a good husband or wife.

But I have to admit that as I was glancing through the list of what she wanted in a husband, I couldn’t help but thinking of Paul Tripp’s book on marriage What Did You Expect? Here’s her list as it appeared on Miller’s blog:

My Favorite Reads In 2018

I love books. In my world books > movies, books > tv shows, books > hunting, books > building stuff, books > most things except sports. (In my world Books = Sports.) Don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying that reading is more spiritual than other things or necessarily a better way to spend your time. I’m

10 Bible Verses: God’s Perspective For Parents

Jesus: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” God didn’t design anyone to be sustained only by food. We were made to to feed on the spiritual truth found in the Bible. That’s true for all of us but today our focus is on parents.

10 Bible Verses Every Parent Needs To Know

Jesus: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

God didn’t design anyone to be sustained only by food. We were made to to feed on the spiritual truth found in the Bible.

That’s true for all of us but today our focus is on parents. So here’s what Jesus is saying to you if you’re a mom or dad: “Parents shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” The Scripture gives parents perspective, encouragement, correction, and so much more.

10 Bible Verses Every Parent Needs To Know

3 Lies Complainers Believe

A couple years ago I came across an ad for a counselor that promised the prospective client their money back if they weren’t completely satisfied. I don’t know if that’s a smart business strategy because what person is completely satisfied with anything in life much less an area for which they are seeking professional counseling?

The natural response of dissatisfied people is to complain. Complaining is unattractive in others but barely noticed when it comes out of our own mouth.

3 Lies Complainers Believe

Love Languages: The Good and The Bad

Everywhere I look it seems that I run into someone carrying around one of Gary Chapman’s books on Love Languages. There are plenty to choose from and it seems that he’s left no demographic untouched. There are Love Language books targeted at adults, teens, children, singles, and men. There’s a Love Language devotional, small group

Marriage Advice That’s Practical…And Biblical

I love it when social science affirms what we find in the Bible if for no other reason than it gives me confidence that the Bible is God’s Word to us. If the Bible is true, and of course I believe it is, then we should expect to see it accurately describe the world we live in. So I was glad Charles passed on to me an article on marriage research that appeared in The Atlantic last year. The author, Emily Smith, writes about the research done by psychologists John and Julie Gottman of the Gottman Institute in New York.

A team of researchers brought in thousands of couples to participate in a longitudinal study in which they initially measured physiological differences in couples while engaging in conversation with each other about their relationship. Six years later they checked back in with the couples to find out how their marriages were doing. Based on the data gathered, the Gottmans separated the couples into Masters and Disasters. The Masters were those couples in a self described happy marriage and the Disasters were the couples who were either no longer together or in chronically unhappy marriages.

When it comes to marriage, what determines whether you are a Master or a Disaster?