Giving Up Sin for Lent

Giving up sin for Lent sounds like a great idea, but is it possible? No. Romans 3:23 tells why: “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” All have sinned–or fallen short of the mark of what and who God created us to be in our lives. Jesus and temptation to […]

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An Eclectic Book Reader: Oswald Chambers

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Oswald Chambers was an eclectic book reader, in addition to being a noted teacher and writer. He loved the Bible, poetry, novels, and theology–probably in that order. His many letters and talks are littered with references to poetry and books he read. Baffled to Fight Better, the only book listing him as author that Chambers […]

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What Belongs in a Modern Hope Chest?

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The concept of a modern hope chest occurred to us  20 years ago. You know what a hope chest is, don’t you?  Here’s a definition: “A hope chest, also called dowry chest, cedar chest or glory box is a chest used to collect items such as clothing and household linen, by unmarried young women in anticipation […]

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Oswald Chambers, Job and Baffled to Fight Better

Baffled to Fight

Baffled to Fight Better, comments on the Book of Job, is one of the few books Oswald Chambers worked on in his lifetime. Even at that, Baffled to Fight Better did not appear in book form until after his death. The book was based on talks Oswald gave at Zeitoun YMCA camp in Egypt during the early […]

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What Motivated Job’s Friends?

Job’s friends is often a derogatory term for people whose attempts to console make a sufferer feel worse. I’ve been one, I’ve had Job’s friends in my life and I’ve observed them frequently in the wild. They mean well but, like so many in our American generation, they don’t really know how to comfort well. […]

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