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How to Stop Being a Hypocrite

If someone wants to attack Christianity, the first arrow they pull out is that we're a bunch of hypocrites. "You say you stand for morality and righteousness, but the people you vote for are totally immoral and unrighteous. You say you’re all about love, but it seems...

Why Humility Is Not Your Default

Nobody's default is humility. Not even the people who act humble. That's what Paul says in Philippians: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the...

10 Ways to Love the Word More

When the Psalms describe a follower of God, they say things like, "His delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night" (Psalm 1), and "The ordinances of the Lord are more desirable than gold, than an abundance of pure gold, and sweeter than...

It’s Possible to Be Godly

Many Christians live in a continual state of low-level depression. They work hard to conquer their bad habits and sins, get depressed when they fail, and then feel like giving up on the whole struggle. They're not sure it's even possible to be what Scripture so...

What A Loving Person Looks Like

If I have $1,000,000,000, what will I have if I take the first digit away? Zero. Just one little number makes a gigantic difference. In the same way, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13 that I can have great experiences ("speaking human or angelic tongues"), or lots of...

What’s Your Life’s Destination?

I saw a fascinating article this week. According to a recent study, Hawaii has the highest rate of employment in the nation. Most of us are working really hard. At the same time, we have the fourth-highest amount of leisure time spent per day in the nation. Which...

Why God Sends Storms

This week, everyone in Hawaii is thinking about the unstoppable power of nature, with Hurricane Lane bearing down on the islands. I don't know why, but we're always surprised to discover that we haven't completely tamed the world around us. For those of us who believe...

From Cynical to Sincere

It's so easy to get cynical. No matter who we elect into office, things never change. No matter how much research you do to find the most reliable car, it still breaks down. No matter what kind of safeguards you put around your heart, people still break it. And it's...

The Significance of Silence

As Solomon once said, there is a time to speak and a time to be silent. Do you know the difference? When Jesus was on trial before the Sanhedrin, accused of conspiracy and blasphemy, it says: "The high priest stood up before them all and questioned Jesus, 'Don’t you...

What To Do When Life is Tough

Job loss. Family conflict. Ongoing illness. We all deal with tough times in life. And when they come, it's tempting to be frustrated at God for not giving us the things we think we deserve in life (like continual fulfillment, peace, and health). But what did Jesus do...