You’re downright stumped. After months on the market, you’re no closer to a home deal than the day you planted a For Sale sign in the yard. Buyers come. Buyers go. And still no bite. It’s easy to chalk it up to the weather. But we’re here to let you in on a little secret: That may not be the case.
The Bible warns us against empty pursuits - the thirst to have more money, to gain more material resources, and perhaps to “hit the jackpot” in life.
Proverbs 13:7 offers: “There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.” (NKJV). In Proverbs 13:11 (NKJV), the Bible says: “Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase.”
Jeremiah cries out feverishly as he inquires why healing is not occurring amongst his people.
Since my people are crushed, I am crushed, I mourn, and horror grips me. Is there no balm in Gilead?
Jeremiah 8:21-22 (NIV)
Pamela was married to the man of her dreams. After 10 years and 3 kids, she knew their romance would be a legacy. But something happened during year 11... maybe midlife crisis or a mental breakdown, but her husband became a totally different person. He stopped helping the kids with homework. He had been the chief cook and did most of the laundry, but no more. Pamela tried to get him to counseling as their relationship began to increasingly suffer. Then Pamela’s husband announced that he just didn’t want to be married anymore. He had found a man that he had begun a relationship with and wanted out.
Christians around the world have recently observed and celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ. While Easter may have come and gone, the message of His resurrection should remain with us in all times. Easter Day begins a season where we reflect on how this truth shapes our lives in all times. The proclamation that has rung throughout the generations continues to be our theme: “He is not here. He has risen” (Luke 24:5).
There are a few categories of Christian books that have hundreds of titles to choose from but only the barest handful that are actually helpful. One such category is the spiritual disciplines. Some books on the disciplines end up advocating mysticism or introducing unbiblical practices. Some completely miss the balance between the descriptive and the prescriptive, essentially calling the reader to do little more than mimic the writer. Whatever the case, there are too many genuinely bad books on this genuinely good subject.
RRJ: When did you come to the realization that you needed the salvation offered by Christ?
I was 17 or 18 years old. I was watching a PBS special that was showing the U.S. targets of Russia during the Cold War in 1980 or 1981.