A few weeks back I read a quote by Charles Spurgeon that jolted me and has been in my mind and heart ever since. He says:
“I have never won an inch of heaven without fighting for it. I have never lived a day but I have had sorrow over my imperfection. I sometimes get near to God but at the same time I weep most for my faults and failings.”
In his time, Spurgeon was a giant in the faith. God blessed him and he had a tremendous impact in London and throughout the world. He preached to thousands of people; often it was standing-room only. (Now keep in mind, this is back in the 1800′s, before mega churches and smoke machines and Christian rock.) [click to continue…]
I can’t tell you how often my wife and I hear the following statements from people, including strangers: “Oh, your children are so cute. Enjoy every moment with them. Time flies and before you know they’re all grown up.”
To be honest, when my son was born (and then my daughter three years later), this was hard to think about that in the midst of changing diapers, barely sleeping, talking in hushed voices as to not wake up the baby, and so forth. But you know what… they’re right.
Time does seem to fly. Some days, in fact, I look at my children and say to my wife, “Does he look bigger to you?” Recently, my daughter started to crawl for the first time. [click to continue…]
When I was a kid, my mom would tell me to stand up straight and keep good posture. To this day, I find myself slumping at times (as I did when I was a kid) and have to remember to adjust my posture. [click to continue…]
It’s hard to believe we are already in 2015! Amazing.
As I look back on 2014, I see both great things and hard things – both joys and sorrows.
As for the joys and good things, they include:
- The birth of my second child, Angelina Elizabeth, born March 6, 2014.
- Writing and publishing my second book, It’s Possible: How To Thrive, Not Just Survive.
- God opening many doors for me to speak and preach at churches, colleges, events, and retreats.
- A much-needed dose of renewal and inspiration, which was (by God’s grace) through some of the books I read, namely some classic works on holiness, practicing God’s presence, and longing for heaven.
As far as the hard things, some of them were: [click to continue…]
Resolved is a powerful word, an adjective denoting determination and action.
It is said of Daniel, in the Bible, that he “resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine…” (Daniel 1:8).
Daniel determined, decided, acted on the decision to not defile himself as a person of faith in a dark and evil environment (Babylon), including watching what kind of food and drink he consumed.
And as a result, he lived a life of great influence during a dark time in history.
In the 1700′s, another “Daniel” emerged in a time of great confusion and shift in colonial America – a shift away from God and toward the philosophy of Enlightenment. His name? Jonathan Edwards. [click to continue…]