Clement of Alexandria: Truly rich

On The Pædagogus, or The Instructor (c. 198), Philip Schaff notes in Apostolic Fathers that Clement addresses it “to those who have been rescued from the darkness and pollutions of heathenism, and is an exhibition of Christian morals and manners — a guide for the formation and development of Christian character, and for living a Christian life.” With the clarity …

Clement of Rome: Hasten with all energy and readiness

“What shall we do, then, brethren? Shall we become slothful in well-doing, and cease from the practice of love? God forbid that any such course should be followed by us! But rather let us hasten with all energy and readiness of mind to perform every good work. For the Creator and Lord of all Himself rejoices in His works. For …

Kevin Watson: Moving closer or missing opportunities

“Ultimately, we cannot stand still or tread water in the Christian life. We are either moving closer toward God and learning to better love our neighbor, or we are missing opportunities to further express our love for God and neighbor and gradually moving away from God. This book champions a conversation-driven versus content-driven small group format (much like The Alpha …

A Time of Rest – Matthew 14:13

Jesus separated himself from the demands and hardships His ministry put upon Him. He knew when His body needed rest, that He needed to spend time with His Father to recharge and hear anew the work that would be His on the morrow. We are encouraged to enter into ‘His rest,’ but our nature is to plow ahead and work …

John H. Thomas: Book of Generosity

Thomas shared that to encourage generosity we often try to pull external triggers to get people to respond. This might produce random gifts. Meanwhile God works from the inside out. When His Spirit is at work in our lives we become generous … the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23 …

J.D. Walt: What’s Your Heart Condition?

But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth. 1 John 3:17-18 

“Helping someone in need is not about giving someone some spare change. It’s not …

George Müller: Make a Trial of It!

This morning I read George Müller. He is one of my favorite inspirational characters. Here he invites the reader to “make a trial” of a way of life that simply seeks to “apply the word of God, faith, and prayer” to all of life. With moral decay and widespread strife all around us, how do we avoid being overcome by all …

John Wesley: Short, Uncertain Space

“Give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.” Luke 16:2 “In so many respects are the children of men stewards of the Lord, the Possessor of heaven and earth: So large a portion of His goods, of various kinds, hath he committed to their charge. But it is not forever, nor indeed for any considerable …

Auguste Renoir: A Single Act of Merciful Service

What I love about this quote is the adjective “merciful” linked to service. It refers to service that is contrary to that which is perceived as deserved. It’s serving unlikely recipients. I am convinced that we are never more like our Lord Jesus Christ than when we show undeserved kindness. Share this Post

Charles G. Trumbell: Fingers On His Hand

Trumbell rightly reminds us that God neither needs our help as if He has deficiencies, nor wants us to work for Him, which would infer that His capacity is limited. He desires to work in and through us, so that we are His hands and feet. Father, bless the world richly through us today by your Holy Spirit. Do this …