Word for Your Life
“Small is the gate & narrow the road that leads to life, & only a few find it.“ ~ Matthew 7:14
A Year with Aslan from Prince Caspian
One of the hardest lessons for us to learn is that God sometimes brings the world alive through ways we wouldn’t choose.
Nikabrik the Dwarf is with the Pevensies, in a sticky situation, & he wants to call on the powers of the White Witch – because she has power he can understand. He says ..
Aslan & the Kings go together. Either Aslan is dead, or he’s not on our side. Or else something stronger than himself keeps him back. And if he did come—how do we know he’d be our friend?”
Maybe that can help us understand why so many don’t seem all that anxious to come to Jesus, because they don’t know they can trust Him.
God can be trusted to care for Israelis & Palestinians – & anyone else worldwide, & there will be sense to it because He is watching over the situation. Psalm 121:4 says “He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep”, but his promises go beyond Israel’s safety & even beyond justice. Through Israel’s Messiah, peace with God & with each other is an option for all who believe.
Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center
In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul tells the church “Everything we do is for your strengthening.”
Red Adair became world famous for being the go to guy when it came to putting out oil fires. (John Wayne even played him in the movie of his life). Sometimes when people would bristle at how much he charged, he’d say…
If you think it’s expensive to hire a pro, wait until you hire an amateur.
Likewise, our homes & workplaces will benefit if we become professionals at putting out those little fires that can build up in our relationships. Maybe God is using your circumstances to strengthen your abilities to move yourself & others to new places of maturity.
Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz
When we reduce Christianity to math we defile the Holy. You can’t be a Christian without being a mystic.
Brennan Manning ~ The Ragamuffin Gospel
The trouble with our ideals is that if we live up to all of them, we become impossible to live with. The tilted halo of the saved sinner is worn loosely & with easy grace, & the deeper we grow in the Spirit of Jesus, the poorer we become.
Robert Capon ~ Parables of the Kingdom
…for us, heaven is an unearthly, humanly irrelevant condition in which paper-winged spirits sit on clouds & play tinkly music until their pipe-cleaner halos fall off from boredom. But in Scripture it’s a city with boys & girls playing in the streets; building that use amethysts for cinder blocks & pearls for gates. It is, in short, earth wedded – not earth jilted.
Philip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace?
Forgiving frees a prisoner, & the prisoner is me. A rabbi, who moved from Germany to America after WWII, said…
Before I came to America, I had to forgive Adolph Hitler. I didn’t want to bring him inside me to my new country.”
Jay Milbrandt ~ Go + Do
I feel more alive when I’m climbing or surfing. I wonder if man’s natural attraction to fear is actually a disguised attraction to God. If it is, then it’s no surprise that society is so focused on safety. We design life with blunt edges, & either perish in safety or find adventure in the wrong places.
Christopher Ash ~ Job: The Wisdom of the Cross
If you believe in any kind of justice, [the story of Job] would seem to contradict your beliefs…a man who doesn’t deserve to suffer finds himself suffering intensely & deeply. In their world, good things only happen to good people & bad things only to bad people. The Cross shows that at the heart of history there is undeserved suffering that makes possible undeserved blessing.