The Most Important Journey Of Your Life

Travel AgentHave you ever woken up in an unfamiliar bed and wondered, “Where am I?”

You probably then looked around for some clues until you gradually realized from your surroundings where you were.

Have you ever woken up and wondered, “Where am I spiritually?”

If so, you probably also want to thoughtfully and prayerfully look for pointers and clues as to your spiritual state. Thankfully the Bible provides many such indicators to help us discover where we are in relation to God. One such clue is in 1 John 3:14.

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death (1 John 3:14).

The Apostle John uses the image of traveling from one destination (death) to another (life), and says, “If you’ve made that journey, you’ll see signs of love for other Christians in your life.” Let’s take a closer look at that death-to-life journey and the clues that tell us we’ve taken it.

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Race In America: Our Time To Speak

If you’re interested in a Christian response to the recent surge of racial tension and division in American, you probably want to tune into the livestream of this panel discussion featuring leading American pastors, authors, and leaders. It’s on Tuesday, December 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. CST and you can register at live.kainos.is. Find out more here.

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Monday-Transforming Love

God has blessed many of us with happy marriages, marriages in which we often think, “How can I love my husband or wife better?”

We love loving them, but we want to love them better, far better.

We want them to feel loved, and to feel more and more loved.

We enjoy thinking up ways to communicate our love with words, affections, and actions. We plan events, we buy gifts, we praise, we hug, we kiss, we laugh, we play, we study, we worship. And we still keep asking, “How can I love him/her better?”

But no matter how much time we devote to such pleasant plans, we still have to work, we still have to sleep, we have other responsibilities.

Much though we’d like to, we cannot spend every minute of every day thinking up ways to demonstrate our love to our wife or husband, no matter how much we might enjoy it.

Many days we can only spend a few minutes. Other days, no minutes at all. Sometimes weeks, or even months, might pass without once asking, “How can I love her/him better?”

Such is even the very best human love. 

But imagine if there was somebody who would love you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? Every year.

Someone who constantly dedicated himself to thinking up ways to commend, demonstrate, and communicate his love.

Someone who kept on asking, “How can I make her feel more of my love and enjoy more of my love?”

There is such a someone. It’s the God of everlasting love, the God who has been thinking up ways to love you before you were even born, before even time began (Jer. 31:3).

Imagine, Christian believer, the God of the universe has dedicated Himself to loving you, to making you feel loved, to helping you enjoy His love, to enter deeper into His love.

That’s what He’s doing even today. That’s what He’ll be doing tonight and tomorrow too. And the next day, and the next year. Non-stop. Forever.

As though you’re the only person He loves in the whole universe.

It’s His greatest joy and pleasure.

You’re His greatest love and pleasure.

That unchangeable love changes our Mondays, doesn’t it?


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I’d like to share some testimonies with the sermonaudio.com staff about how their website has been such a blessing in so many lives. So can you help me by writing in the comments about what sermonaudio.com means to you and I’ll share it with the team there tomorrow. Or join the lively discussion over at my Facebook page.

Perhaps you heard a special sermon at a special time. Or maybe it helped you when you couldn’t get out to church. Whatever it is, this is your opportunity to encourage a wonderful group of dedicated Christians, and express appreciation for the way the Lord has used sermonaudio.com in your life.

Thank you!


The Greatest Need Of Young Mothers Is…

I am absolutely convinced that one of the greatest needs in the church these days is for older women to help young mothers get some time on their own without their kids.

I’m not talking about older women mentoring younger women. What most young mothers need is not more teaching and nagging to do better, but simply to be “delivered” from their homes and children for a couple of hours a couple of times a week.

By “delivered” I mean simply this:

  • Older Christian women arranges to come to young mother’s home once or twice a week.
  • Young mother leaves house and sits in Starbucks for an hour with a book or an iPad, or goes to the gym, or walks in the park, or meets an old friend, or whatever.
  • Young woman comes back to house two hours later to find a room or two cleaned, the washing basket emptied, etc.

It’s not much to ask, is it? And yet, it would totally revolutionize so many young mothers’ lives to look forward to that couple of hours every week when they can just escape the 24/7 non-stop demands and stresses of mothering crazy young kids and running a home.

“But in our day…”

“But what did they do in the past? How did we all manage then?”

In the past there was a lot more close family support and even next-door-neighbor support for young mothers. But most families are now so busy and neighbors are more difficult to trust. Young mothers have never been so isolated and lonely and stressed and depressed.

Older women without children, I really believe that the greatest single thing that many of you can do for Christ and for your sisters in the Lord, is to offer them even just 1-2 hours, just once or maybe even twice a week, where they can walk away from unceasing and increasing responsibilities and just get some peace, quiet, and personal time.

And in the course of enhancing their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being, you will also bless their children and husbands as they get the benefit of a happier and healthier mother and husband.

It would also mean a lot less depressed women for pastors to counsel.

So why not pick out a young mother you know at church next Sunday, and say, “I’d like to help you get some much-needed time to yourself every week. How about I come round every Tuesday at 2pm to look after your kids and you do whatever you want for two hours.”

And bring a Kleenex with you, because you’ll see tears of joy.