• One for the Road – “Hating Evil”

    Hating evil…loving people.  Godly influence is measured in this balance.   If all you see is evil…you’re being a negativist.  If all you see is loving people…you’ll become permissive.   The key is to separate the two.  Hate evil  – fight vigorously against it. But…love people — and do all you can to lead them to […]

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  • One for the Road – “Reaching and Resting”

    Reaching and resting.  Getting them in balance is a life-long challenge.   All reaching will wear you out.  All resting will make you unproductive.   Paul talks about reaching – pressing toward the mark. But…he also talked about resting – content in every situation.   Jesus set His goals on the cross – always reaching […]

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  • One for the Road – “Esteemed by God”

    Esteemed by God.  What a position of privilege.   Of all human aspirations…this is the greatest.  Loved by God – that’s amazing.  To be accepted by God – that’s hard to comprehend.   But…to be esteemed by God – that defies description.   Yet…that’s the promise: “This is the one I esteem: he who is […]

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  • One for the Road – “Careless Words”

    Careless words.  These are words that depreciate people…and dishonor God.   Sometimes it’s face to face.  But…usually it’s behind people’s backs.   They’re careless words…void of reflection and thought.   Jesus warned: “But I tell you that men will have to give an account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have […]

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  • One for the Road – “The End of Patience”

    The end of patience.  Watch out!  That’s a very dangerous place.   Like a volcanic eruption – the pressure builds until there is an explosion.   It can happen with people at work…at church…or even at home.   You tolerate…make excuses…invent alibis – then it happens.  You lose control…and emotions take over.   That’s the […]

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  • One for the Road – “Does My Life Matter?”

    Does my life matter?  Do I have any value?  Is there any purpose for my life?   These are questions we all ask.   If you toss a rock into a lake…how long will it be before the splash has disappeared?   Is life like that?  A quick splash…and soon the ripples have all disappeared? […]

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  • One for the Road – “A Lonely Road”

    A lonely road.  That’s how it feels – sometimes.   For example.  The conversation shifts…when you walk into the room.  People accuse you of being narrow-minded…and intolerant.   Jesus spoke about this:  “…strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life….”   But…it’s your response that matters most.   Here’s an […]

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  • One for the Road – “Basing the Argument”

    Basing the argument.  That is…what is the foundation on which the argument for a righteous cause rests?   The choices are one of two:  Human reason…or divine revelation.   Sometimes…Christians try to mix the two.  They argue for righteous causes using human reason.   Admittedly…those in opposition will object.  But…the argument for righteous choices must […]

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  • One for the Road – “Packing for Eternity”

    Packing for eternity.  That is…what will you take with you when you die?   An enjoyable trip depends on thoughtful packing.   So…what should you pack for the journey into eternity?   A devoted heart.  Cultivated affection for the Lord will transport well into eternity.   Deep faith.  That is a requirement for life…and it will […]

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  • One for the Road – “In Jest”

    In jest.  That’s a common part of conversation.   It is an attempt to soften a point…by adding humor.   Typically…it is a harmless part of a discussion.  But…sometimes it can be hurtful.   People use jest…because they are trying to avoid an unpleasant confrontation.  It can be a cloak for cowardice.   The Bible […]

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