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Throughout your life you will be constantly tempted to be more concerned about the opinions of people than the opinions of God. Be careful you don’t confuse the two, because they are on a collision course and cannot mutually co-exist. One will always dominate the other. If you obey God, you’ll please the people you need to please, and those you don’t end up pleasing don’t have opinions that should sway you, anyway. In all you do, all the time, trust God and leave the consequences with him.
Peace is not the objective in life; it’s a fruit of something else. Do this and the peace will follow.
Noelle Smith didn’t expect the photo of her daughter, praying with friends at a Longhorn Steakhouse on prom night, would start a firestorm – but it did. She sent the picture, below, to journalist Frank Somerville, with KTVU in Oakland, California . . .
When It Comes to Chicken, Don’t Chicken Out: Stand Up and Speak Out When You See Reverse Intolerance
Earlier this month, Dan Piepenbring wrote an op-Ed for The New Yorker called, “Chick-fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City.” The title says it all. It’s another example of what I call “reverse intolerance” in my book, A Call for Courage. If you’re a Christian, you should do more than be concerned about this kind of reverse intolerance. You should stand and deliver. But what, exactly, would that look like?
No one wakes up in the morning thinking of ways to destroy their life. But there is a sure way to ruin your life if you’re not careful, and many people are doing so without realizing it. It all comes down to one of the smallest parts of your body, the tongue. Is your tongue wreaking havoc, destroying your success? It could be. Reign in your tongue and you will increase your chances of succeeding in every area of life.
I guess I could lie to you -- but lying never did anyone any good, so I won't. It's the truth that sets people free. So, I'm going to be really honest. I find myself spending so much of my time trying to recreate paradise -- forgetting that Paradise was lost, and...
“Ignore your children, and they will go away.” That phrase, which came to me a number of months ago, after contemplating all that’s happening in our country, won’t let me go. I hope, in a positive way, it won’t let go of you, either. This week’s tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida is a reminder — for all of us — that life is fragile. But it is far more. It’s a reminder that we need to be a lot more intentional about turning things around than we have been up to this point.
When I was a boy, my teachers used to warn us not to run in the hallway because we could get hurt, or hurt someone else. How true. But when it comes to the ultimate source of safety, peace, strength and courage, the wisest thing we can do is run — to the LORD.
One of the most important things today is to have a sense of HOPE. Many people, understandably, are experiencing a penetrating sense of discouragement. There's so much hate, and so much falsehood circulating these days. The good news is that if you struggle with...
Even when it's good, living for God can be hard. On any given day, the decisions we face can be overwhelming, whether we face one or two big ones or a number of small ones that have a cumulative effect. If you're a leader bent on honoring God, you must not only mind...
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