Stop & Think: August 15, 2020

Think! To help thinkers believe and believers think. (Ravi Zacharias, late apologist). This was Zacharias’ life mission, as he tried to help Christians learn how to defend their faith. Today many people are dangerously fervent about a particular...

Stop & Think: August 13, 2020

Affliction II Affliction may be lasting, but it is not everlasting. Affliction was a sting, but withal a wing: sorrow shall soon fly away. (Thomas Watson) We’ve all experienced times of great difficulty which seemed like they would never end...

Stop & Think: August 12, 2020

Affliction I Poverty and affliction take away the fuel that feeds pride. (Richard Sibbes, 17th century Anglican theologian) Sibbes was probably not promoting poverty and affliction as circumstances of life to be desired. Rather, he was...

Stop & Think: August 11, 2020

Winds When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. (Peter Marshall, late US Senate chaplain) Who doesn’t want a life of ease with a minimum of trials and...

Stop & Think: August 10, 2020

Religion II Religion is not a thing which it is possible to put off and put on like a Sunday dress… If you think you are doing so, believe me that as yet it is not a religion, but a web of delusions. (Edward Reynolds, 17th century English bishop)...

Stop & Think: August 9, 2020

Religion I Most men. . .  play at religion as they play at games, religion itself being of all games the one most universally played. (A. W. Tozer, author) If religion (a system of beliefs) is only a game, then it probably doesn’t make much...

Stop & Think: August 8, 2020

Truth Correct practice flows from correct truth. (Christopher Yuan, author, seminary professor) Yuan continues, “We’re often encouraged in our society to embrace relevance and pragmatism at the expense of truth . . . We must resist the natural...

Stop & Think: August 7, 2020

Do Your Best The pursuit of perfection will ultimately limit you [and it] will cost too much. (Craig Groeschel, leadership speaker) Excellence in your work is a worthy goal to pursue, But, as Groeschel suggests, pursuing perfection may be too...

Stop & Think: August 6, 2020

Heartily The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is “extra.” (Bear Grylls, TV personality) That’s obvious, isn’t it? But Grylls is speaking about more than spelling or word choice. To achieve more than “the ordinary,” you have to really...

Stop & Think: August 5, 2020

Listen Everyone has something to teach you if you are willing to listen and learn. (Chikamso Efobi, British nature writer) Sometimes we give more credence to people who have letters after their names (Ph.D, M.D, etc.) or to those whose pictures...

Stop & Think: August 2, 2020

Just Do It! You may not do something big, but by doing something, you may make a big difference. (Chris Suitt, pastor) Helen Keller put it this way, “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small...

Stop & Think: August 1, 2020

Courage It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends. (J. K. Rowling, British author) Courage is not the absence of fear. Rather, it’s the strength and willingness to face danger in spite...

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