• To rest in God takes no small effort.

  • For you I pray. Please pray for me.

  • The faithful God will never disappoint.

  • Love covers a multitude of sins.

  • Come, O Spirit, order my life.

A quote by the great Russian writer, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, is going around: “A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today.”

It is a striking feature in the Lord’s church as well. Society has influenced our people. In so many corners, we’ve becoming mealymouthed. We fear rejection and opposition.

Sensitivity is needed, yes, and love must be evident, but the words of life and justice and righteousness must be spoken. The gospel is not designed to make everyone everywhere feel good. Joel Osteen has cornered that market.

Jesus Christ offers eternal salvation to those who will repent; he sends his people into the world to be courageous and to speak that good word of change and transformation. Let the outside observer notice such a courage.

Mike Brooks writes, “Our inclination is often to list all of the resources which we think we must have for a given task and then to postpone the beginning of our work until they are all obtained. Such thinking causes many urgent tasks to go undone.”

True, this. Often, such an attitude manifests itself because saints have an institutional approach, rather than a personal one. We’re so influenced by denominationalism still, we’ve no idea. Buildings, clergy, schools, names, foundations and organizations. It’s called infrastructure, and we don’t think we can make a move without it.

1. Some days are more productive than others. Takeaway lesson: You never know what day will turn out to be productive. Slog through and discover.

2. Some people linger for months or years before death. Still, God’s saints who value life care for them with love. We’re seeing it happen now, again.

3. Finished writing today the “52 Actions of the Disciple of Christ.” Good feeling. Now for a revision, and it’s ready for the printer. Psalm 119 book is also done; I’ve asked a professional brother in Christ for an estimate on a revision.

4. Pope decided the Lord’s prayer needs to be better translated. He doesn’t like: “Lead us not into temptation.” This is once he might be right. Brazilian versions give us, “Do not let us fall into temptation.” What do you think about the English translations?

5. Did I mention that next to me opened up a beer and burger joint, with a name that includes the F-word? It’s pasted all over the front and side, and you can’t miss it. Time to move.

6. An original item:

Itself the murky mind can barely see,
For all the layers of deep dishonesty.

7. A Bible verse, from the NLT, from—why not?— Matthew 6.13:

“And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.”

This piece is excerpted from a Corollaries segment, called “Daily Attitudes.” Something I need to read every day.

  • I rejoice in Christ.
  • I thank God the Father for every good gift from his hand and for every opportunity to draw near to him.
  • I live to glorify God and serve my neighbor, beginning with my spouse.
  • I feel compassion toward the needy and choose to show love to all, especially to the family of faith.
  • I am guided by the truth of Scripture and commit myself to follow Jesus wherever he may lead me.
  • I depend upon the Holy Spirit for strength as I breathe the heavenly air of his words.
  • Having Christ, I have it all; I seek to share his divine fullness with everyone around me.