Archives For Christian Living

December 26, 2013

Devotionals for the New Year

Gary Thomas — 

If marriage is sacred, then it will never be stronger than your walk with God. Walking with God is as far from a one-time decision as running a marathon is as far from sending in an entry form. Walking with God is built on a thousand daily steps in His direction. This post is designed […]

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December 23, 2013

Holy Gift-Giving

Gary Thomas — 

When renting a car with my wife one time I discovered that few things make a forty-something wife happier than warm car seats on a cold winter morning, so when it came time to get a new family vehicle, seat-warmers became a non-negotiable. As I tried to figure out what we could afford, my evangelical […]

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The Bible is so powerful that one phrase can feed a hungry soul for days. The way God weaves words to nourish our spirits is truly astounding. Though I am an ardent lover of the great Christian classics—the best and brightest of all Christian books handed down through the centuries—there still is no comparison to […]

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December 5, 2013

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

Gary Thomas — 

(This is the second of two posts offering a free copy of the Gold-medallion award winning book Authentic Faith. All you have to do is subscribe to this blog, and a free download is yours. In honor of this generous offer made possible by Zondervan, this and the previous blog post have been based on […]

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November 18, 2013

Duplicity, Desire, and Fear

Gary Thomas — 

One of the great marital traps is duplicity. Duplicity can do more than just wreck our intimacy and our marriages—it can wreck our souls. What does duplicity come from, and what is it? Duplicity exists in the intersection of desire and fear. When we desire something that isn’t appropriate and so fear the consequences, duplicity […]

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Sometimes, I’m reading one of the Christian classics and I find myself saying, even out loud, “Ouch.” That happened to me once when I was spending time with John Wesley. His insight was so heavy and so unique, it just about knocked me out of my chair. In his essay on “perfection,” John Wesley (18th […]

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October 21, 2013

A Recipe For A Holy Marriage

Gary Thomas — 

It’s so clear, so perfect, so complete. If you want a “prescription” or “recipe” for a Sacred Marriage, look no further than 1 Corinthians 16:13-14. Paul doesn’t limit his words to marriage, but when looked at in the context of marriage, it’s marvelous: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be […]

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The “secret” to a truly sacred marriage is proclaimed rather loudly in the book of Acts: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you…” (Acts 1:8) This isn’t a Pentecostal truth or even a charismatic truth. It is a Christian truth: we all need the empowering work of the Holy Spirit. “We […]

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October 7, 2013

What if Evil is a Chisel?

Gary Thomas — 

One of the great hypocritical ironies of our sinful existence is that we hate evil in others even as we practice it ourselves. We even hear ourselves say, “Why does God allow evil? Why doesn’t He just get rid of it?” not realizing in our (sorry, but there’s no better phrase for it) blind stupidity […]

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There is no escape clause. I repeat, the Bible doesn’t give us an escape clause. Scripture roots our marital relationships in something so rock solid and never changing that there isn’t even a millimeter of wiggle room: we are to relate to each other “out of reverence for Christ.” (Eph. 5:21) So later, when Paul […]

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