Chuck Swindoll, in Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back, tells a story about a father concerned about the danger of a nearby canal, ordered his son, “Don’t swim in the canal.”
“OK, Dad,” he answered.
However, later that day he saw his son coming home carrying a wet swimsuit.
“Where have you been?” demanded the father.
“Swimming in the canal,” answered the boy. Continue reading
“The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it,” wrote Oscar Wilde in “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, “Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.”
This philosophy is held by many today, whether they think about it consciously or not. We live in an age of emphasis on self-gratification instead of self-denial. But while the world says denying yourself of pleasures is bad for you, the inspired writer James says, “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him (Jas. 1:12) Continue reading
I am writing this at 35,000 feet aboard a Southwest Jet headed to Tampa. The plane is packed. Partly because Hurricane Matthew is bearing down on the east coast of Florida and flights into Miami and Ft Lauderdale have been cancelled.
While waiting at Love Field in Dallas I read that nearly two million people are evacuating Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas as Matthew approaches. Since the storm has already devastated Haiti, hit eastern Cuba and pounded the Bahamas, this is a prudent response. Continue reading