Good News You Can Use: Friendship

Jesus is quoted in the Gospel of John as saying to His disciples, “I have called you friends.” Obviously, friendship mattered to the Lord. It should be important for us, too. In one sense, friendship is a simple thing. No vows are necessary. No formal declarations are required. But simple doesn’t mean easy! After all, friendship involves a caring commitment. What is required for friendship? E. Rawlings tells us how to be a friend. He says, “Friendship means listening (even when you want to talk), crying together over things that matter to one of you, being present in good times and bad times, and lots of times in-between. It means… Read More

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Good News You Can Use: Emotions

“As we grow older, we hurt more, fear more, and experience more. We become sensitive, more vulnerable, more acquainted with the sorrows and griefs of others. But can hurt, fear, and sorrow be joyous? As we learn to perceive more of life and feel needs more keenly, we become more realistic, more reality oriented. It is a fundamental truth that reality, and the accurate perception of it, is therapeutic even if it does hurt. This is because as we perceive more fully, we are also able to experience our joys more fully. And for Christians, there is much more joy than sorrow. This must be what Paul meant when he… Read More

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Good News You Can Use: Inheritance

In Psalm 16:6, David says, “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” Author Kathy Mills says that this verse had a powerful impact on her life. She writes: “The sun was warm on my back as I stood watering the lawn. As I closed my eyes, the words of Psalm 16 whispered gently to my troubled heart. Where was David, I wondered when he said that? Was everything going well in his life? Or was he able to say this in the midst of chaos and tragedy? That’s where I was that morning. Trials threatened to overwhelm me. My father-in-law recently… Read More

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Good News You Can Use: Abuse

This year, 4 million women will be beaten in America. 4000 of them will die. This doesn’t cover the vast number of women emotionally abused. But it does include Christians. A pastor reports encountering a new case on the average of once every other month. He says, “These are middle-class church couples, generally both professing Christians with conservative upbringings.”1 Textbooks describe abuse as an assault on the mind or body, meant to make a person comply; including violent physical abuse, shouting, rationing money, regulating activity, locking her in or out of the home, sexual coercion, or continual demoralization through intimidation and threats. Abusers go through three predictable phases: 1) Tension… Read More

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Good News You Can Use: Jealousy

Emotional problems aren’t just the domain of counseling professionals. The good news is that sometimes the healing of our tormenting feelings comes directly from God. Elizabeth Elliot gives us an example. She says: “A friend of mine wrote to tell me how she’d been helped in a matter of irrational jealousy. Irrational though she knew it to be, her suffering was, nevertheless, very real and incapacitating. She simply could not bear to see her husband across a room talking with another woman. She knew very well that there was nothing wrong in his relationship with this woman or any other woman, and recognized the problem as her own, and her… Read More

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Good News You Can Use: Servant Friendship

Rev. Rich Walters challenges us on the subject of friendship. He says, “Pain exists. You know that from personal experience. And you know that there are people in whose lives pain is far greater than yours. Fear, sorrow, loneliness, rage, and despair are all around us; maybe we notice, maybe we don’t. “A servant-friend notices and wants to do something about it. Servant-friends care deeply, unselfishly, patiently. And they put caring into action. What do they do? Servant-friends add more to others’ lives than they take away. They affirm, knowing that building up another person’s self-esteem does not diminish their own. They share themselves, including their flaws so that others… Read More

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Good News You Can Use: Commitment

It’s so refreshing to hear that real commitment in marriage is not dead. Roger Palms writes: “One evening, after both our son and daughter had had an early supper, my wife and I had a quiet dinner together. We didn’t go out; we stayed in the kitchen. She didn’t cook anything difficult or fancy; it was just a casserole. We ate by candlelight, leisurely talking about everything and anything that was important to us. “Then, when dinner was over, we had devotions together, holding hands. It was an intimate evening – just ours – and we both sensed the presence of God and a deep, deep love. That comes from… Read More

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Good News You Can Use: Worldliness

John White, in his book, Flirting With the World, says, “Two questions have been uppermost in my mind. The first is: How can we live in the world without being part of it? The second is: How can we, and ought we, to differ from the world?” He continues, “I see two major reasons for our worldliness: The absence of biblical preaching; and the inappropriateness of size as a criterion of success in church organizations. We are of the world and like the world when we share the world’s values by making physical pleasure too important, and above all, by our desire to surpass others and make them admire us.… Read More

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Good News You Can Use: Church

Why is it that people don’t attend church? Well, according to Carl Dreizler, there are eight reasons. He lists them as follows: “1) Weekends are my only time away from work. Church services take too much of my free time. 2) Churches are always asking for money. My budget is already too tight. 3) The church believes that the only people who go to heaven are those who accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. If that’s the truth, I don’t want any part of Him or the church. 4) I worship God in my own way and, frankly, I feel it’s more honorable than the way most churches honor… Read More

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Good News You Can Use: Childhood

Elaine West writes: “A wise and understanding neighbor phoned. She knew I was cringing inside my house, peeking out through half-drawn curtains. Outside were a cluster of cheering children, a pair of freshly skinned knees — and the triumphant face of a boy on a two-wheeler for the first time. ‘You know this means he’s not a little boy anymore?’ she asked. “I knew. I had taken his toddler years in stride; even when his curiosity seemed to compel him to climb things, to taste strange things, and to fall out of things. At three, certain he could fix his own breakfast, he filled a strainer with cereal and poured… Read More

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