Living by Faith

Worried To Death?

Worried Half to Death? Don’t “Rack” Your Brain!

Have you ever been worried half to death? Someone was telling me how every night lately he “racks his brain,” trying to figure out how to get a better job, or make the partial one he has now work out better. His thoughts always meet dead ends, so he lays there with his mind working overtime (literally), stressed and sleepless, hounded by the futility of an endless anxiety. Worried sick. We have probably all experienced it at one time or another. I used…

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Sovereignty And Free Will

Sovereignty and Free Will: How to Live with the Mystery

Just thinking about God’s sovereignty and our free will can make your head spin. There is a deep, unsolvable mystery here, the kind that split Christians right down the middle throughout church history. Happily, it is a far easier riddle to live with than to resolve. Basically, sovereignty and free will has two sides, or perspectives: the view from earth and the view of heaven. 1) The earthly view. When it comes to assigning blame you have to acknowledge free…

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Invisible Kingdom and Spiritual Warfare

Invisible Kingdoms at War: How Spiritual Warfare Affects Us

Just suppose that there really is an invisible kingdom arrayed against you. What good does it do to know that? Is there anything that we can do about it? How does it impact daily life? According to no less an authority than Jesus Christ, we all have an invisible enemy—the “thief”—who comes to “steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10). Why tell us that if it isn’t true? Why burden us with knowing it, unless knowing it would help us? In fact, Jesus spoke of…

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Looking For Treasure?

Looking for Buried Treasure? Try Your “Backyard”

Buried treasure? You’ve got it right there in your “backyard.” The treasure I’m talking about is spiritual growth; your backyard is your past. When I saw this last night, I broke out in such a huge grin—the Lord really knows how to “hide” things in plain sight. Let’s break this down: First, consider that what you need most in life is spiritual growth. Genuine spiritual growth always means that in one situation after another you are learning to live with far…

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