Persistence: The Wisdom of Pressing Onward and Upward

We’re living in a time in which it’s hard to live a godly life.  I don’t know that it’s ever been easy, but it seems like there’s much in our instant-gratification-culture that establishes a quick lure to the dark side.  If we’re not careful by actively, continually pressing into goodness, Boom!  There we are.  On […]

August 13, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Acceptance: The Wisdom of Observable Love

How well do you accept other people?  Accept that they are different from you?  Accept their different gifts, abilities, skills, temperaments, and idiosyncrasies?  If everyone had your gifts, abilities, skills, temperament, and idiosyncrasies, would you even like them?  Or would they suddenly become competition instead of kindred spirits? I cannot think of anyone more unlike […]

August 5, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Courage: The Wisdom of Sensible Fortitude

If there’s a trait needed for these last days, it’s Courage, the Wisdom of Sensible Fortitude.  The Apostle Paul says it this way: Be on your guard;  stand firm in the faith;  be men of courage;  be strong.  (1 Corinthians 16:13)  . There’s nothing wild, reckless, or thoughtless about it.  Watchful.  Aware.  Firm.  Faith.  Courage.  […]

July 20, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Perspective: The Wisdom of the Wide-Angle Lens

At the Art Institute of Chicago, there’s a very large painting by Georges Seurat called A Sunday on La Grande Jatte.  The method of painting used by Seurat has been termed “pointillism” which involved horizontal brush strokes and dots of complementary colors to give the painting a full image when viewed from a distance, but […]

July 15, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Abiding: The Wisdom of Confident Continuance

When I think of abiding, I first picture Mary (of Mary/Martha fame) sitting at the feet of Jesus, learning, and I’m ashamed to say I bristle.  Maybe good for her, but it’s way too sedentary for me.  I hope I would feel differently if Jesus were to show up in my family room to teach.  […]

July 13, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Discernment: the Wisdom of Examining Sources

How far we are into the “end times” no one really knows.  But this we do know: each day we’re a day closer to the return of Christ.  And we also know that what Jesus said is now coming true before our eyes. Matthew 24:10 At that time many will turn away from the faith […]

July 8, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Patience: The Wisdom of Witnessing a Moment

In the song “The Finer Things” Steve Winwood sings, “For time is a river rolling into nowhere.” While it’s a great line and I love the song, rivers don’t go “nowhere” and time has a direction leading somewhere.  That somewhere acknowledged by Christians (and not affirmed by others) is the end of the world as […]

July 5, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Happy Independence Day 2018!

Happy Independence Day to all my American friends and readers!  I know it’s not a religious holiday, but I celebrate it with a full heart.  I have a heart full of gratitude that God chose to give our founding fathers such great wisdom in drafting a Declaration of Independence.  I am grateful for the bravery […]

July 4, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Humility: The Wisdom of Knowing Our Place

 . Do you know your place?  Are you naturally humble?  Or is it something you find difficult, maybe always preferring the visibility of a top job, a leading role, being that go-to-person, or the king (or queen) of the hill?  The minute you start thinking about displaying humility, you’ve already lost.  Humility is not a […]

July 2, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Knowledge: the Wisdom of Acknowledging the Truth

If fear of God is the beginning of Wisdom and Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, then knowledge, true knowledge, is the wisdom of acknowledging the truth. Perhaps one of the saddest statements in all the Bible is about Jannes and Jambres.  (Who?)  Yeah, I know. They’re mentioned only once (2 Timothy […]

July 1, 2018 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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