Seeking God

Treasure In Heaven

Treasure in Heaven: What Can You Take with You?

Can we store up treasure for heaven? Are there things we can take with us?  At first glance, it would seem impossible. There is nothing we can do to leap from earth to heaven and, even if we could, what could we possibly take along? An old Spanish proverb has it that there are no pockets in a shroud. And, yes, the Preacher did say that “we all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as…

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Crucified With Christ

Crucified with Christ: The Strange Life of a Dead Man

Crucified with Christ? My walk with the Lord took a fascinating downturn on Sunday when I heard Him say, “I want you to lie down like a dead man in the midst of that situation.” When you are in a situation that is “killing” you, when everything you try to do by prayer and obedience seems to fail, perhaps it’s time to die more completely to self. In truth, I had been trying to say “not my will, but Thine…

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Childlike Freedom

Childlike Freedom: Why Live Without It?

Can the “little child” in you come out and play? I’m smiling, but I’m not joking: This is a very serious question. Listen to what Jesus had to say about the necessity of childlike freedom on a day when the disciples evidently weren’t getting it. He plunked a small child down right in front of them and issued this warning: “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter…

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How Good Is God?

How Good is God? Inquiring Minds Want to Know

How good is God? This was the overlooked question. The question no one was asking. Jesus went straight for it. You have to watch Jesus carefully. When you do, you discover that He doesn’t act like your typical Christian minister. He doesn’t seem to care who He offends. He certainly doesn’t practice our social etiquette. Here’s a case in point: Someone asked Jesus a perfectly sensible question about eternal life, but rather than encourage him with kindness (as we would),…

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