There’s no thing as ‘just a toe’

I didn’t really see why it was such a big deal if I said a bad word here or there or told a little fib to preserve the feelings of a sensitive friend. Yet here’s the thing: Sin is defined as when we offend God. It’s when we put something of the world before God, or when we take the easy, feel-good path instead of the right or honorable one.

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Loving God like my dog would

Thinking about our dog and his great capacity for love, I wonder if the way I’m treating God, the center of my universe, stacks up. When God calls or whispers, do I say, “Yes! God! I’m here!” all eager and excited, ready to drop all my plans for Him? Or do I put him off, ask Him to hang on while I take care of whatever I was doing?

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God first, others second

Confession time: I’m reformed people-pleaser. We keep a sign in our house that says, “God first, others second, self last.” At first I thought I put it there for my kids, but as I’ve come to realize it’s there just as much for me as for them. How about you—do you struggle putting God first?

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Wake up, Christian sleeper

My daughter might not want to wake up in the morning, just like we might not want to stop doing whatever it is that is causing us to live outside God’s way, whether that’s addiction or stealing or whether that’s making food or money our idol. But make no mistake: God is calling us into the light.

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