Nomads on the Jericho Road

God does not want Christians to be nomads, hermits, or recluses.… In the light of this truth it might be good if we gave up singing one of the old spirituals:

On the Jericho Road,

There’s room for just two,

No more and no less,

Just Jesus and you.

Think about it. If that song is right, we had better get off the Jericho Road. That is not the highway to glory because, as the New Testament repeatedly discloses, the glory highway is broad enough to allow all of God’s people to march along together. Side by side.

Vernon C. Grounds in Radical Commitment

The humility of thankfulness

The modern American seldom pauses to give thanks for the simple blessings of life. One reason is that we are used to having so much. We simply assume that we will have all the good things of life. Another reason is that it hurts our pride to be grateful. We do not want to admit that God is the Provider of all good things. We are simply His stewards. Being thankful requires humility and faith in God. When we have these, we can be grateful.

Richard B. Douglass in Quotable Quotations

Some through the fire

Faith for my deliverance is not faith in God. Faith means, whether I am visibly delivered or not, I will stick to my belief that God is love. There are some things only learned in a fiery furnace.

Oswald Chambers in Run Today’s Race

Escapism—or truth?

We are very shy nowadays of even mentioning Heaven. We are afraid of the jeer about “pie in the sky,” and of being told that we are trying to “escape from the duty of making a happy world here and now into dreams of a happy world elsewhere.” But either there is “pie in the sky” or ...

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