Evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker once described faith as “believing in something without good reasons to do so.” Sadly, most Christians today agree with him and advocate blind acceptance by saying, “You’ve just got to believe.” Is this shallow principle really the essence of Christianity? Continue reading “True Faith”
True contentment is not based on our circumstances. It is based on the condition of our hearts, the outcome of our reasoning. True contentment is learned. If our contentment is derived from our environment, then we endanger ourselves when we find too little to live for. But if our contentment is founded on an eternal promise, we will find that we have so much to suffer for – so much to die for.
“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to about. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to about and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13)
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2Corinthians 4:16-18)
by Leticia Martinez
As children grow up, they mimic their parents. A son’s words are learned by his mother repeating the syllables a hundred times. A daughter takes giant steps to match the strides of her father. Children learn how to live by the examples given by their parents. It is said that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. People represent those who are important to them by being like them through their walk and talk. Continue reading “Imitation”
by Kayla Barker
They have almost made it. The children of Israel have arrived right outside of the Promised Land secured for them by the Lord. God instructs Moses to send a man from each tribe to spy out the land before them (Numbers 13:1-2). From the account in Deuteronomy 1:22, it appears that this was originally the people’s idea, implying that they didn’t trust God enough to know if the land was safe to enter. They wanted to send men to spy out the land that God had already spied out for them. The people trusted their own ideas more than God’s wisdom, and they were walking by sight instead of by faith in the Lord. But God, in His steadfast love and long-suffering, goes along with Israel’s request.
Is anybody happier because you passed his way?
Does anybody remember that you spoke to him today?
The day is almost over, and its toiling time is through;
Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you?
Can you say tonight, in parting with the day that’s slipping fast,
That you helped a single brother of the many that passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said;
Does the man whose hopes were fading, now with courage look ahead?
Did you waste the day, or lose it? Was it well or sorely spent?
Did you leave a trail of kindness, or a scar of discontent?
As you close your eyes in slumber, do you think that God will say,
“You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today”.