American Author, Writer and Pulpit Preacher
American Author, Writer and Pulpit Preacher
I think that a church should be setting the pace for social justice.
In the Chinese language the word for righteousness is a combination of two characters, the figure of a lamb and a person. The lamb is on top, covering the person. Whenever God looks down at you, this is what he sees: the perfect Lamb of God covering you.
I think we question God?s grace because we do exhaust the grace of people, the grace of companies, and the grace of institutions. There are times in which one spouse will look at their spouse and say, ?You know, I can?t forgive you anymore. I can?t love you anymore.? Or a company will say, ?I can?t loan you anymore, I can?t give you anymore.? We are accustomed to hearing that and we assume God will say the same. He will not. That?s what makes grace so astounding.?
Is it possible for an unbaptized believer to be saved? Yes, definitely. Should every believer be baptized? Yes, definitely.
I was raised in the greatest of homes... just a really great dad, and I miss him so much... he was a good man, a real simple man... Very faithful, always loved my Mom, always provided for the kids, and just a lot of fun.
It is impossible to talk with you. You always draw conclusions. No one knows. Say only this. Your sons had to go to war, and mine did not. No one knows if it is a blessing or a curse. No one is wise enough to know. Only God knows.
I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for that is how God has treated me.
It seems to me that election season is just a Petri dish for anger and cynicism.
How can a person deal with anxiety? You might try what one fellow did. He worried so much that he decided to hire someone to do his worrying for him. He found a man who agreed to be his hired worrier for a salary of $200,000 per year. After the man accepted the job, his first question to his boss was, Where are you going to get $200,000 per year? To which the man responded, That?s your worry.
I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I accuse. I choose goodness.
Just when the truth about life sinks in, his truth starts to surface. He takes us by the hand and dares us not to sweep the facts under the rug but to confront them with him at our side.
Human love is emotional. Feelings dominate a human's love landscape. We feel as though we're in love, or we don't feel as though we're in love. Hormones, sleeplessness, wory, past hurts, Mexican food--all complicate these emotions.
I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.
Let God have you, and let God love you - and don?t be surprised if your heart begins to hear music you?ve never heard and your feet learn to dance as never before.
Da Vinci painted one Mona Lisa. Beethoven composed one Fifth Symphony. And God made one version of you.
God cast you in His play, wrote you into His story. He has a definite direction for your life. Fulfill it and enjoy fulfillment. Play the part God prepared for you and get ready for some great days.
God will use whatever he wants to display his glory. Heavens and stars. History and nations. People and problems.
Deliverance is to the Bible what jazz music is to Mardi Gras: bold, brassy, and everywhere.
God created marriage. No government subcommittee envisioned it. No social organization developed it. Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God.
God?s mercies are new every morning. Receive them.
Did I love her with dirt in her mouth? Absolutely. Was she any less of my daughter with dirt in her mouth? Of course not. Was I going to allow her to keep the dirt in her mouth? No way. I loved her right where she was, but I refused to leave her there. I carried her over to the water fountain and washed out her mouth. Why? Because I love her.
God does not exist to make a big deal out of us. We exist to make a big deal out of him. It?s not about you. It?s not about me. It?s all about him.
God?s solution is a prayer away!
Don't measure the size of the mountain; talk to the One who can move it.
God does the same for us. He holds us over the fountain. Spit out the dirt, honey, our Father urges. I?ve got something better for you. And so he cleanses us of filth; immorality, dishonesty, prejudice, bitterness, greed. We don?t enjoy the cleansing; sometimes we even opt for the dirt over the ice cream. I can eat dirt if I want to! we pout and proclaim. Which is true?we can. But if we do, the loss is ours. God has a better offer.