Do youknow what matters most?

Do you know what matters most? We live in the Age of Trivia. Because of the explosion of media, we have far more information than we can digest. This creates a specific kind of confusion. People can't discern priorities. We are constantly mistaking what matters most...

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What you see is who you are.

What you see is who you are. But we don't think so. We argue that input doesn't govern output. But it does. It’s not rocket science. If you put garbage in, you’ll get garbage out. But like medieval alchemists, we keep trying to turn rocks into gold and then wondering...

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Are you a “we” yet?

Are you a "we" yet? Most people aren't. They see themselves as individuals, or at best part of a small knot of people who share interests. But Christ-followers are different. We don't see ourselves as spiritual free agents but as integrated parts of a larger whole. We...

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You aren’t a superhero.

You aren't a superhero. But most of us try to be. We set agendas for ourselves which far outstrip our gifts, and then feel bad for falling short. The truth is that our lofty goals are often nothing more than ego-driven fantasies. We want to be stars. We want to be...

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It’s no use pretending.

It's no use pretending. But most of us do anyway. We keep secrets, hoping they’ll never be discovered. The truth is that they already have. God sees it all, and Jesus said the day is coming when everyone else will, too. Are you ready for that? Or do you live in fear...

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Sometimes the only way forward is to take a step back.

Sometimes the only way forward is to take a step back. Once upon a time, I had a supervisor who told me, “Work smarter, Greg, not harder.” He told me this because I have a tendency to think the solution to every problem is to try harder. But it isn’t. Very often, the...

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Everyone who seeks finds, but those who don’t won’t.

Everyone who seeks finds, but those who don't wont. When our son was small, my wife would play a game with him every Easter. She would hide little prizes around the yard and house, and leave clues for him to follow. The clues were notes in plastic eggs. Each clue led...

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Even when you can’t see it, stuff is happening.

Even when you can't see it, stuff is happening. This includes your spiritual transformation. It is ongoing, whether you are aware of it or not. From the moment you first put your faith in Christ, God went to work inside of you. And He never stops. Sometimes you think...

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It’s not how hard you try.

It's not how hard you try, it's whether you're willing to be rescued. Here in America, we worship effort. The harder someone tries, the more we applaud them. Because we have made hard work an idol, pride and self-sufficiency are our demons. But the gospel does away...

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Getting up matters more than falling down.

Getting up matters more than falling down. When you were little, you understood this implicitly. So every time you stumbled, you got up again. You had this deep-down desire to walk, and your soul knew that it was inevitable, so you never quit. Lo and behold, you...

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Do you know what God wants from you?

Do you know what God wants from you? Lots of people don’t, and so they fall into the trap of thinking that God seeks religious zeal. To be sure, zeal can be a sign of love. But it isn’t always. You can tell the difference between religious zeal and real godliness in...

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Are you trying to ride the fence?

Are you trying to ride the fence? Lots of people are. They want to be in touch with God, but not under His command. They want to remain in His vicinity without drawing so much attention that He starts giving them directions. It's a tough place to be because your heart...

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the truth is better than our fantasies

The truth is better than our fantasies. But lots of us don't think so. We imagine that our fantasies of love, or freedom, or abundance, or grace are better than the reality, and so we become consumed by daydreams of cartoon blessing. It's a neat trick of the Devil....

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Are you afraid of suffering?

Are you afraid of suffering? Most people are. In fact, the average person is so afraid of suffering that they will go to dramatic lengths to avoid it. But that's a problem, because whatever frightens us controls us. When I was in the Marines, I had a lieutenant who...

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borrowing God’s tools

Would God let you borrow His tools? It's a crazy question, but it goes to the heart of the gospel. Most people misunderstand the word "righteousness", and so they misunderstand the Christian faith. Righteousness is a quality of relationship. It is a kind of mutual...

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