Both love and truth are essential as we establish a right relationship with our neighbors in a way that consists with our ultimate commitment to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I love to read. Last year, I set myself a goal of reading 50 books in a year. When the year was over, I had read 47 books. ARG! Missed it by three! And I hardly read at all in December, so there’s where I missed the mark. This year, I’m going to exceed 50 books, just you watch. I was surprised by which books struck me this year. Out of the nearly 50 I read, the ones I expected the least from were the ones I couldn’t put down — and they stayed with me for months later. I couldn’t get these stores out of my heart, I couldn’t stop thinking about the morals each author communicated. These were the books that changed me in unexpected ways. So, while I’m sure you have your own “must read” list of titles for this year and the interwebs are flooded with “these were the best of 2015” articles, I decided to share my own list of shocking-but-share-worthy titles. Maybe some of them would surprise you, too. Regardless, …
Over the past few years I’ve come to realize that I can’t handle it all. I really can’t. BUT, I have discovered the Power of One. One seems so small, but it can be very effective. By focusing on just one thing for the next moment or few minutes or hours, I can make it. I might even make it better.
“What would have happened if this person hadn’t prayed and acted on their calling? Would peoples’ lives be different? Prayers of ordinary people opened the doors to God’s work. And your prayers can do the same.” — Tricia Goyer, in Prayers that Changed History
It is impossible to risk your life to make others glad in God if you are an unforgiving person. — John Piper