O Lord and Master of my life! Take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power and idle talk. But give me rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to my servant. Yea, O Lord and King! Grant me to see my own errors and not to judge my brother; for thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen. A common fourth-century prayer of Lent from St. Ephrem the Syrian
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Who are your heroes? Who are the people you want most to emulate? Who do you want to be most like? Why them? This series of questions reveals much about a person. Those who most influence us give perhaps the greatest insight into our character.
Stephen Curry, the point guard of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and this year’s league MVP, has become famous for “putting defenders in blenders” with his unfounded quickness and amazing ball-handling skills, not to mention his crazy 3-point shots. Yet, despite his phenomenal abilities and success, Curry has become known for more.
I did band for a year. It was the most painfully uncool year of my life. At my middle school, you had to do choir plus band or theater. There was a girl in band I thought was cute, so I went with band. I chose percussion, proving mediocre at best.
I don’t know much about construction, but I have watched as a house was built over a period of days and months. I know about the materials used to build a home and the time needed to do the job correctly. I know that, at least in North Texas, most houses are built on concrete foundations. The cement is carefully poured within a particular area and is allowed ample time to harden before ...
American Christians certainly enjoy greater material wealth than much of the world, but we enjoy less tangible forms of wealth, as well. We aren’t always aware of how wealthy we truly are. And because of this, we may not remember that to whom much is given, much is required: With great wealth comes great responsibility.
Maybe you’ve seen one of our “no church parking” signs? It’s hard to miss them—they are big red signs with white print. They are meant to draw your attention to one thing: This is not a place where you can park.
In a previous post, I discussed three misconceptions about suffering that were directly connected to the character of God: In suffering, God is not absent, nor is He silent. He does not deal in karma. This post will tease out three more rumors that specifically address the lack of hope we sometimes feel in suffering. Dispelling these rumors can restore our hope, even in the midst of our hardship.