The Microblog

Welcome to my microblog—home of my frequent and quite random granular thoughts. These posts are inherently incomplete and perhaps not fully explored. Feel free to engage me in the comments.

Are You Distracted During Prayer?

Too often, we are distracted when we pray. Whether it be an upcoming assignment, the irresistible urge to look at Facebook, or a newfound interest in learning origami, anything can steal our attention when we come before the Lord. The moment we bow our heads,...

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Are You Sure in Christ When You Are Unsure in Others?

All of us have a deeply rooted desire to be loved and approved of by others. We were created by God to exist in loving fellowship with Himself and with fellow humans. Because of this, the need for approval is deeply ingrained in our nature. Because of the effects of...

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Do You Listen to God’s Voice?

Listening is a sign of love. When we love something, it naturally grabs our attention. We are always willing to hear the voice of someone we care for. As our ears attune themselves to the voice of a loved one, so should our eyes be affixed to the written Voice of God....

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Do You Value the Gift Over the Giver?

When we idolize good things, we worship the things that are intended to lead us to worship God—We kiss the sign instead of going to its destination. Instead of worshipping the gifts God has given you, worship the One who gave them. Set the sign down and lift your...

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Do You Hate Yourself Because of Guilt?

Self-hatred is often fueled by guilt. This guilt may come from things you have done, or things others have done to you. Either way, freedom from guilt and the ability to feel joy again comes only through the cross. The light of the cross is bright enough to overcome...

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Leaving the Feast with an Empty Stomach

Bible study without prayer is like going to a feast without eating the food: The food is all there, but your plate is empty because you never reach for any of it. Too often do we study the Scriptures while neglecting prayer. We think that, as long as we do our reading...

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The Two Functions of Truth

The truth is both a sword and a hammer. As a sword, it fights falsehood. As a hammer, it forges fellowship. Too often do we confuse these two functions by cutting people down without building them back up in truth and love!

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Failing the Ultimate Test of Faith

You will never be willing to die for Christ if you are not first dying to yourself for Christ. In the face of persecution, you will fail the ultimate test of faith if you have not been walking faithfully all along.

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Staying Awake in the Word

Temptation is a child of the idle mind. Beware the dangers of spiritual slumber, for it is when you are asleep that you are the most vulnerable to attack. Like a predator in the night, temptation comes when you are not expecting it. Be diligent in prayer, and stay...

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Forgiving Those Who Do Not Ask

We struggle greatly to forgive people who do us wrong. Much more so do we struggle to forgive people who are not truly sorry for what they have done. It pains us to forgive people who have not yet asked. Even when they have asked for forgiveness, we often assume that...

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Testing Our Steps

A blind man does not trust his eyes to lead him to his destination. If he does, he will quickly find himself lost and injured. We are spiritually blind. Our hearts lead us astray. The spiritually blind cannot trust their faulty hearts to lead them anywhere without...

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The Point of Pain

We miss the point of pain if we do not see it as an opportunity for worship. The purpose of suffering is to draw us near to God. We find comfort in knowing that, no matter how bad the circumstances around us are, God is good. When we worship God through pain, we are...

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Do You Have Compassion for People Who Wrong You?

Seldom do we stop to consider the suffering of others before assuming the motives behind what they do. We rarely have compassion for those who do us wrong because we do not know of anything to be compassionate about. The person in a sour mood may have lost a loved...

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Fighting Pride With Silence

It is better to say nothing when saying something is a temptation into pride. If something must be said, then pray before you speak. Even when you are speaking the truth, you can still speak it with sinful motives. It is better to keep the mouth silent about good...

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Do You Speak Truth In a Loving Way?

If the truth cannot be spoken in a loving way, it cannot be spoken with loving motives. The truth without love does not help, and it does not heal; it only hurts. It is better to do surgery with a scalpel than with a javelin. If the truth you speak to others always...

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Do You Use Anger to Get Respect?

We are apt to raise our voices in order to gain respect from others. When our children are unruly, we explode at them in a fit of anger. When others disrespect us, we yell at them, insult them, or even threaten them in order to show them that we mean business. We...

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