Time is On Your Side

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” – Romans 11:23 Today we continue exploring God’s solutions. I want us to consider that His solutions are suitable for all of the world’s problems. There are many reasons they’re good, but one of the main reasons is that time is always on God’s side. Time is on your side too when you’re doing life with Him! There are seasons when it doesn’t feel that way, perhaps as we get older, or a well-thought-out plan becomes out of order. We all must face difficult changes. But when you serve and do life with God, time is on your side. Speaking of time, we all like to save time, don’t we? That’s why I love frozen Neapolitan pizzas. I may buy ten, put them in the freezer, and

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Get the Life You Want

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 Free time is such a precious gift. Yet, there are competing distractions that desire to take up your free time. Don’t you feel that way sometimes? Such as the boss who calls you after work or on the weekend; maybe it’s your children. Perhaps it’s a stranger who’s talking a little bit too long. There are continual projects or people in our lives, and when they begin to take away your free time, you start to feel uncomfortable or frustrated. You have a nagging worry on the inside that this precious commodity called time, that you have so little of, is being whittled away. In our modern world, very often when we have a little extra free time, the first thing we do is reach for the phone: Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, TikTok,

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Ticking Clocks

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” – Psalm 27:13,14 Have you ever stopped to think about what the planet would be like without clocks? Void of the tick, tick, tick and gong, gong, gong, how different would our lives be? Years ago, Hannah and I were traveling with Chad and Hillary Blake doing ministry work in Europe, and we ended our trip with a couple days of rest and recreation in Prague. Probably one of the most beautiful cities on earth, it happens to be the home of the world’s oldest operating astronomical clock. Dating from the Medieval Age and commissioned in 1410, this magnificent timepiece features a show called “The Walk of the Apostles,” in which Apostles and various figures move across

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Habits Build a Holy Life

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 I think many of us believe that some big event or triumph has to occur in our lives before we consider ourselves successful. We may think we have to be promoted to manager, start a booming business, write a book, or have a family before we’ve truly “arrived.” However, maintaining this view cheats us out of the victories that happen every day. More than one big moment, success is the sum of small efforts that are repeated time and again until they make us strong on the inside. In fact, we are only as effective as our habits, and that makes time our most precious commodity. Like I’ve said before, “Show me your calendar, and I’ll show you your future.” This is because, although each of us has

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Sitting Down With Sinners

“While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.” – Matthew 9:10 For the past few days, we’ve talked about three types of “untouchables” whom Jesus readily touched — lepers, Samaritans, and Pharisees — and what His actions teach us about extending love to the least deserving in our lives. Today, I want to examine the fourth and final group of outcasts our Savior welcomed, and that is tax collectors and sinners. Perhaps the most shocking of all, these were the gang members, derelicts, and drug addicts of the day — the kind we would be afraid to go near. They were also the robbers and crooks; the type who were known to have no regard for the people who tried to do right by God and their fellow man. In fact, tax collectors were considered the worst

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Enduring Time

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
-Ecclesiastes 3:1

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