Salvation

Saved By Your Good Looks!

There is an episode in Luke’s Gospel in which someone asks Jesus, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” (Lk. 13:23). Judging by our own experience, we can almost hear what was going on in the questioner’s mind. “Saving me won’t be any problem for God. It’s easy for God to see I’m on …

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Measure For Measure

British author, Robert W. Burns, once was standing on a balcony at Warwick Castle in England. In his words, “That balcony overlooks one of the most beautiful scenes it ever was my privilege to view … There at the base of the castle was the winding river; next to the river were lovely green fields. …

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Lucky Or Not

It was December 22nd and the mother of several children suddenly realized that she hadn’t sent out any Christmas cards. In dismay, she sent her 10-year-old son to the drugstore for a box of Christmas cards. “Hurry,” she said, “I’ll barely have time to get these in the mailbox before the day’s final pickup.” The …

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Now Is The Time

It was the start of a holiday weekend, and the service station was crowded. Finally, an attendant hustled up to the local pastor who had been waiting in line for some time. “I’m sorry about the delay, pastor,” the attendant apologized, “but it seems like everybody waits until the last minute to get ready for …

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The Whole World Comes Together

We have heard it said, “There is no rest for the wicked.” But, with the hustle-bustle and the “getting ahead” and the spirit of fierce competition that have come to typify life in the modern world, there appears to be little rest for the good. In the hoop-la of staying on the ball and keeping …

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First Comes Faith

What is your reaction when someone asks you, “Have you been converted to Christ?” Unfortunately, for many of us there is a negative reaction because often those modern evangelists who ask the question do so in a judgmental way. Their arrogance turns us off. Or the question may confuse us because it comes in several …

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No Rest For The Good

We have heard it said, “There is no rest for the wicked.” But, with the hustle-bustle and the “getting ahead” and the spirit of fierce competition that have come to distinguish life in the modern world, there appears to be little rest for the good or the wicked. In the hoop-la of staying on the …

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I’ll Call It Love

When, in the fullness of time, God acted decisively for the world’s salvation, He did not establish a new nation worthy of receiving Him. No, He came into the world through that same nation whose people often had grown weary of waiting, and had more or less given up on the whole idea of the …

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We’re Number One

When personalized license plates were introduced in Illinois, the Department of Motor Vehicles received over one thousand requests for the number “one.” The state official whose job it was to approve requests said, “I’m not about to assign it to someone and disappoint a thousand people.” What was his solution? He assigned the number to …

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Where Are We Coming From?

That great philosopher, Charlie Brown of the “Peanuts” cartoons, once made a profound observation that touches on the way we feel about this thing we call “salvation.” Charlie is leaning against a tree talking to Lucy. She asks, “What do you think security is Charlie Brown?” He says, “Security is sleeping in the back seat …

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Don’t Be A ‘mickey Mouse’

Today’s Institutions seem to be constantly conspiring to cut us down to size, diminish our individual significance. Whatever your particular role may be-teacher, business person, manual laborer, public servant-you can feel it. Even in the role of customer, you can feel it, as psychologist Erich Fromm has observed. He says, A drastic change has occurred …

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Those Others

Nothing stops pain like a touch of ‘Compassion.’ Sunburn misery? In ten seconds instant ‘Compassion’ stops the agony of sunburn. Lasts up to six hours. Scrapes and Bruises? Whenever the kids bring home skinned knees, spray on ‘Compassion.’ Give relief and dry tears fast. ‘Compassion’–guaranteed to stop pain or your money back.” I am sure …

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Serve Time In The Penitentiary

One way to prepare properly for the coming of Christ in this Advent Season is to serve time in the penitentiary. I use the word “penitentiary” in its original sense, not in its present sense. For a long time in the life of the Church there was a strong emphasis on the need for repentance. …

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Lost In The Wilderness

Luke begins the fifteenth chapter of his Gospel by telling us that the pharisees and others were murmuring against Jesus, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them” (Lk. 15:2). “So He told them this parable”: What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave …

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Fresh Eyes

The central figure in a little fable called “The Magic Eyes,”1 is the local baker–a self-righteous, uptight little man named “Fouke.” His wife, Hilda, a warm, outgoing person, loved Fouke as much as he allowed her but longed for something more from him than his self-righteousness and uptightness. But Fouke remained steadfast in his self-centered …

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A Word For Us Now

Imagine, just imagine, that when you come to Church and pray the prayers and sing the hymns you are really in conversation, really in touch with the Living Lord of the Universe. Imagine, just imagine, what a difference coming here would make in your life if you really and truly believed that Almighty God, the …

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Three Little Words

In a delightful book called “To See a World in a Grain of Sand,” C.L. James tells the fable of a wise old cat who noticed a kitten chasing its tail. “Why are you chasing your tail so?” asked the wise old cat. The kitten replied, “I have learned that the best thing for a …

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