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Making God Look Good
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If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution, instead consider a New Life’s Resolution. Make it the purpose of your life to make God look good.

Years ago I signed up for a seminar on writing a personal mission statement. You know, those short paragraphs where you to try to summarize everything you want and God wants your life to be about. I found it tough trying to cram into three or four run-on sentences a lifetime of dreams for myself.

Then a friend introduced me to a phrase he’d heard Pastor John Piper use which captured perfectly the essence of God’s highest aspirations for me and mine for him. In an instant I knew it would become my new mission statement. (And I hope yours as well.)

The purpose of my life is to make God look good. (more…)

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In the confessional at McDonalds
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Last week I sat in a McDonalds with a college student, listening to this stranger’s confession. I had spoken at a local college the week before and on the way back to my car this young man stopped me and asked if we could talk sometime. So, that day at McDonalds was “the same time”.

After less than five minutes he just came out with it, “I did something terrible six months ago and the guilt has been tearing me up. Do you think God will forgive me, when I can’t even forgive myself?”

I listened quietly to his confession and his attempts to make right his wrongs, including his heartfelt apologies to God and everyone else involved. When he finished I asked a few follow-up questions, then said to him in a priest-like voice, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” He burst into tears and a half an hour later he was gone. (more…)

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Christians Apologizing Badly
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A few months ago I witnessed an apology between two Christians, a married couple. It was painful to watch.

The guy apparently made a demeaning comment to his wife in front of her family. He thought he was just being funny and told her to lighten up. She was wounded and the weekend with the family went downhill from there.

So, here they are in my office, each telling me their side of the story, but the man was clearly out of line disrespecting his wife and I tried to get him to understand. His wife was tearing up just thinking about the incident.

Finally, the husband a well-educated, professional, said the following, without even looking at her, in a voice that sounded more weary than repentant, “I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings. Will you forgive me?” (more…)

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Twelve Ideas for Resisting the Temptation for More
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A few days ago I blogged on, Fear and Faith in Times of Economic Crisis. As we try to simplify our life and learn to be content with what God has provided, the world is still out there tempting us.

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the father but from the world.” I John 2:15-16

Over the years, I’ve compiled a list of twelve practical ideas others and I have used to turn our attention away from the world. Here they are: (more…)

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