- Charles Spurgeon’s ‘The Carrot and the Horse’
There is a story attributed to Charles Spurgeon. It goes like this: a gardener presents his king with the greatest carrot he has ever grown. The king is touched and responds by giving the gardener a large plot of land. A nobleman who witnesses this event, decides it would be advantageous for him to present … Read more
- Open Hands
We are called to have compassion for the people around us, so if we have the ability to meet a need, then we must meet it, according to Proverbs 3:27. An image to consider to illustrate the point of sharing what we have is the open versus closed fist when holding dry sand. A closed … Read more
- Recognizing An Opportunity
The story of Esther is an amazing example of a young woman who wisely took advantage of her resources and influence and, with God’s guidance, used it to help others. Recently, CNN highlighted the story of another young lady who used her connections to help someone in need. Nineteen-year-old Evan Leedy heard the story of … Read more
- What Love Looks Like
What is one of the ultimate expressions of love? Sacrifice. We might think of the direst of examples, like laying down your life for someone else. But maybe it’s the mom who loves and cherishes her kids so much that she makes sure they are fed, even if she is hungry. Or the teacher who sacrifices … Read more
- Half-Hearted Gifts
Have you ever received a gift and thought to yourself, “How much effort went into this?” Sometimes we receive gifts we don’t really like.
- The Blue Marble
“[In an article for Decision magazine], Samuel Kamaleson illustrates [the difficulty of submission] through a Christian folk story
It is amazing how God has hardwired our brains and bodies to even function in ways that reward us following him.
- Meeting Needs
A benefit from the communion of the saints is the benefit of provision. That is present in Acts 2:44–45. This is a description of a healthy community.
- “I’m Stuffed”
Leadership involves sacrifice. This scene from the movie Cinderella Man shows what personal sacrifice looks like
- Practicing Generosity
Practicing generosity is like weightlifting. If you start lifting thirty-pound reps (roughly one-third of your body weight when you’re still one hundred pounds), you are going to have a much easier time lifting larger
- Grace For Good
Les Misérables is one of the most popular novels turned musical turned movie (twice). One of the overarching themes is grace. Jean Valjean, the main character,
- God’s Gifts
“If you have money, power, and status today, it is due to the century and place in which you were born, to your talents and capacities and health, none of which you earned.
- A Poured Out Life
In an article titled “When Wasting Your Life Is Worship,” Jon Bloom compares how Mary and Judas each responded to Jesus in John 12. In our lives,