When you hear the word church, what comes to mind? Do words like comfort, connection, authenticity, excitement, joy, acceptance, or support surface?
Or do words like . . .
Bubble up? Our world today is desperate for hope. The church is the community God ordained to offer the hope found only in Jesus. Sadly, oftentimes, those looking for hope have found rejection, judgment, and hurt—not from Jesus but from those who profess to be Christians.
Brad Hoefs knows this all too well. While pastoring one of the nation’s fastest-growing churches, Brad’s life fell apart due to a mental-health challenge.
God shapes each person uniquely for a purpose we cannot see in the dark. A light is cast by others who bring hope when ours is gone. You can become that light for others–a light that might be life changing, life inspiring, and life filling.
This article is by my dad, Chuck Swindoll.
In our backyard in California, Cynthia and I had a couple of fruit trees that supplied our table with luscious, homegrown grapefruits and oranges. Some years, the trees bore more fruit than others.
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And every year, the growth of those trees reminded me about what it means to become more like Christ.
The secret to growing Christlike is found in the tiny word abide. Like branches that cling to the tree for life, we attach ourselves to Him when we abide. When we are attached to Him, we grow whatever He grows.
I would guess that you already know what that fruit looks like. Galatians 5:22–23 gives us a wonderful list:
God is perfect in every way. He will never change. He can meet our every need. Nothing on earth can provide what God can provide.
sn’t it time to let go of the past? Watch God work as you trust Him to heal your hurts and set you free.
Follow God’s direction as outlined in Scripture with deliberate, determined, and disciplined effort.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way
(Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
The Lincoln Memorial. The Vietnam Memorial . . . Memorials are places provided for us to stand and be quiet, to reflect, and to pass on to the next generation the roots of a nation’s heritage.
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They give the present significance because they give the past perspective.
My fear for our present rapid-paced lifestyle is that we have so few memorials, so few monuments, even mental monuments. Life is lived in the fast lane.
Few of life’s great lessons come packaged the way we imagined. We must be willing to learn, to let go, to live.
I confess: the Bible used to sometimes bore me or make no sense or seem antiquated. I secretly thought the Bible couldn’t address the problems I was facing.
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Until . . . I took a class called Hermeneutics (her-meh-new-tiks) at Dallas Theological Seminary. The class taught us a few key principles for reading Scripture.
When read and applied correctly, these principles are a total gamechanger. The pages of Scripture become electric with hope and meaning for you TODAY.
Even though we sometimes doubt God’s nearness, we must seek God with all our heart . . . especially when it has been broken into a million pieces.