“Heart is used in Scripture as the most comprehensive term for the authentic person,” wrote Joseph Stowell in Fan the Flame.
“It is the part of our being where we desire, deliberate, and decide. It has been described as the place of conscious and decisive spiritual activity, the comprehensive term for a person as a whole; his feelings, desires, passions, thought, understanding and will, and the center of a person. The place to which God turns.” Continue reading
This morning I came across a short list by Edward Skidmore, written by his wife, Susan entitled “7 Ways To Rationalize Your Way To Ruin”
1. Everyone’s doing it.
2. I’ll just try it once.
3. It’s just a little lie.
4. No one ever needs to know. Continue reading
John Eldridge tells a story in one of his books about a businessman who called his daughter and asked her to join him for dinner. She was surprised but delighted. For years she had longed for a closer relationship with her father, for his interest in her.
She met him at the appointed restaurant, and almost immediately after they were seated, he pulled out his Day-Timer and began to review the goals that he had set for her that year. “I wanted to burst into tears and run out of the restaurant,” she later related. Continue reading
In a facebook post yesterday my friend and preaching colleague, Doy Moyer opined that “Changing hearts is greater than changing laws, for when hearts are changed for the good, the laws won’t even be necessary.”
In the aftermath of continued gun violence in general and another school shooting in particular, cries are coming to “do something!” There is pressure on lawmakers to pass more gun laws to “keep this from ever happening again.” Continue reading
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) heart disease continues to be the number one cause of death in the United States.
Heart disease claims more lives each year than all forms of cancer. This is true for both men and women. Not surprisingly both our federal government and the heath care industry is very proactive in educating the public about heart problems. We are warned about habits that harm the heart. About foods that are unhealthy. The importance of physical exercise. And the need for medical checkups. Continue reading
Remember Steve Irwin? The Crocodile Hunter? He lived life on the edge. And his shows were exciting to watch. Do you recall how he died?
Many people thought a crocodile would finally take his life, or at least claim a limb. Irwin survived many dangers. Countless snake bites. Being chased up a tree by a deadly Komodo dragon. Spat on by a red spitting cobra. And being pulled into the water by a massive crocodile. But none of those claimed his life. Continue reading
Sir Walter Raleigh, the English aristocrat, was a writer, poet, soldier, politician, spy and explorer. His life was filled with adventure, intrigue, fortune and controversy.
In 1603 he was arrested and charged with treason in a plot to assassinate King James of England. On October 29, 1618, Raleigh was taken to the Old Place Yard at the Palace of Westminster where he was beheaded. When he was led to the block, his executioner asked him if his head lay right. Continue reading
One Sunday a preacher took to the pulpit two jars and sat them on a table. They looked identical. “These jars,” he told the congregation, “came from the same factory. They were made of the same materials. And they hold the same amount of liquid. But they are different.” Continue reading
The United flight was cancelled. The airport was crowded. And a single gate agent was rebooking a long line of inconvenienced travelers.
Suddenly an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket down on the counter and demanded, “I HAVE to be on this flight and it has to be FIRST CLASS.”
The agent replied, “I’m sorry sir. I’ll be happy to help you, but I’ve got to help these folks first. But I’m sure we’ll work something out.”
Unimpressed, the man shouted, so everyone could hear, “Do you have any idea who I am?” Continue reading
On Jason’s first day of school, the class was asked to stand, place their right hand over their heart and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
The teacher, Mrs Jones, watched the children as they began, “I pledge allegiance to the flag….” when she noticed Jason had his right hand over his left ear. She stopped and said, “Jason, put your hand over your heart.”
Jason replied, “It is over my heart!”
After repeated attempts failed to get Jason to put his hand over his heart, Mrs Jones asked, “Why do you think that is your heart?” Continue reading