Tag: humility

Aug 23

You; a Pharisee? Surely Not!

Most Bible students are familiar with Jesus’ famous parable about the Pharisee and the tax collector who went up to the temple to pray (Luke 18:9-13).  We have read it and heard it preached many times.  Jesus gave the parable to those who “trusted in themselves” and “treated others with contempt” (Luke 18:9).  The Pharisee …

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Jan 28

Who Gets the Credit?

Who gets the credit? This question is seldom vocalized, but often unconsciously on the mind of everyone. Sports teams struggle with the question. Church leaders struggle with the question. Preachers secretly ask themselves, “will I get the credit?” when this succeeds. Elders just wonder why the preacher gets the credit and they get the blame! Husbands …

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Sep 23

The Streaker in the Bible

The Tuesday ladies’ class, which I teach, is studying through the gospel of Mark.  We came across these curious verses: “And they all left him (Jesus) and fled. And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, but he left the linen cloth and ran …

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Oct 22

The Character of George Washington

Author’s Note:  The following is a much longer post than I typically write, but I think it well worth your time to read.  I wrote this article for the June 2009 issue of Think Magazine.  George Washington has long been a personal hero.  The below article shares one of my favorite stories from his life. …

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Oct 09

Tested by Praise

  We know: Riches tempt us. Pleasure allures us. Lust entices us. Suffering tries us. But do we consider the praise of others as a temptation? We should!  Satan is subtle and he often uses the praise of others to get us believing in our self-suffiecientcy.  He uses the praise of others to produce pride …

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Sep 25

It is Hard to Miss Naked, But We Do!

It is hard to miss naked!  Yet, Jesus said the church at Laodicea didn’t know they were “naked.”  In fact, Jesus says they do not realize they are “wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked” (Rev. 3:17).  How can you not know you are blind?  How can you not know you are poor?  How do you miss …

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Apr 09

The Humbling of Life

One of the purposes of marriage is to humble us.  Most couples go into marriage not understanding why everyone thinks it is hard.  They are the “real” love story and it will not be hard for them.  Usually the first few months adjust this mentality.  Successful couples are humbled in their pride, selfishness, and stubbornness. …

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