Character 8: Scary Comfort

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Pausing to reflect on the relative comfort and ease of my life, a deathly chill comes over me. Members of the early church and her Apostles certainly didn’t have it so easy. Walk with them through the book of Acts and you’re likely to find yourself in danger half the time, peril the other half. I suppose the disciples could …

Character 7: Losing People

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As an introvert who enjoys people, I tend to collect them. Not all are close friends. That would be impossible. Yet, scores of casual acquaintances and activity-centered relationships are meaningful to me. Perhaps you count yourself among these. The tough part is when people leave. They enter by the front door, stay for awhile, slip out the back — occasionally …

Character 6: Unholy Thoughts

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Four ideas for cleansing the mind: 1. Don’t feed the beast. My former pastor, Brian Myers, once included a cartoon in a sermon on purity which showed a sign next to some wild animals that read, “Don’t feed the beasts.” The lesson was about cutting off nourishment to the sin nature (the beast) in each of us. Turn off the …

Character 5: Four Acts of Prayer

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Here is a simple way to bring balance and structure to your prayer life: the ACTS method. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Adoration. Worshipping God for who he is. “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his holy name” (Psalm 29:2). Confession. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins” (1 John …

Character 4: Resting

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I have trouble with Sabbath rest. Due to the privilege of enjoying my work, it’s often hard to stop. When I do stop, I gravitate toward entertainment: movies, outings, golf — each a definite change of pace from work. The “Ping-Pong ball” doesn’t stop, but bounces back and forth between work and play. That’s me. Sabbath rest just seems slippery. …