Classic & Contemporary Excerpts from February 08, 1999

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Where the Power Is

We are not told that Jesus ever taught His disciples how to preach, but He taught them how to pray. He wanted them to have power with God; then He knew they would have power with man.

Truthfulness Can Hurt

If truth-telling springs from love, it will not only pain those who hear it, it will pain those who speak it. If telling the truth is fun, it probably doesn't come from love. Jeremiah told the truth and was called the "weeping prophet."

Pledge Fulfilled

Jesus is the yes to every promise of God.

How to Be Miserable

Count your troubles, name them one by one—at the breakfast table, if anybody will listen, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Keep Rowing

Obedience to God's will does not mean everything will go smoothly, that the wind will always be at our backs, and that the journey will be easy. Jesus told his disciples to cross to the other side of the lake, even though he knew the wind would be working against them. Despite the wind's contrariness, they struggled on, because they knew they were doing his will.

False Love

He who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth will proceed by loving his own sect or church better than Christianity, and end by loving himself better than all.

Right with God

My great concern is not whether God is on our side; my great concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.

Poor Substitute

What makes the temptation of power so seemingly irresistible? Maybe it is that power offers an easy substitute for the hard task of love. It seems easier to be God than to love God, easier to control people than to love people, easier to own life than to love life. Jesus asks, "Do you love me?" We ask, "Can we sit at your right hand and your left hand in your Kingdom?" (Mt. 20:21). ...

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