READ: Proverbs 18, Luke 6, 2 John BLESSING FOR CURSING Words matter. Sticks and stones break bones and words crush spirits. When Jesus instructed us to “bless those who curse” us (Luke 6:28), it is in the context of verbal wars. In the text He warns us that we are in danger when all men speak well of…

READ: Psalm 120, Haggai 1, Matthew 2, 1 Thessalonians 5 SONS OF LIGHT The psalmist is not very impressed with the sons of Kedar: “Woe to me, that I dwell among the tents of Kedar” (Psalm 120:5). The psalmist has asked the Lord to deliver his soul from lying lips and deceitful tongues (v. 2), and it is…

READ: Psalm 101, Jonah 3, John 5, Ephesians 1 DANGEROUS DECEIT  More than fear, more than hate, almost equal to pride, deceit is a hallmark of the devil. In order to be completely free of the influence of the “father of lies,” we must be fundamentally and comprehensively true. For those who would bear the image…

READ: Psalm 98, Obadiah, John 2, Galatians 4 TRUE FRIENDSHIP Real friends hurt each other. Paul asks the Galatians if he has become their enemy “because he tells them the truth” (Gal. 4:16). Obadiah points out that brothers who do not help each other will be judged harshly by God and the opposite of the Golden…

READ: Psalm 19, Isaiah 16-18, John 12, Revelation 20 TRUTHFUL LIAR Three times in Revelation 20, the devil is referred to as a liar, a deceiver of nations (v.3). Being very good at what he does, the devil is canny enough to mix a fair amount of truth in his deception. The best lies are,…

by Annie*, a Live Dead Arab World missionary  Not long ago, I joined a local English language center for coffee. The topic was generosity. My job was to ask questions and ignite conversation. I started with “Does your family give? To whom? When?” However, I quickly realized stinginess is a universal disgrace, so my questions…

READ: 1 Kings 22, Psalm 106, Matthew 17, 1 Timothy 5 TRUTH TELLING  The wise man learns to love his critics. Critics often speak a measure of truth. We need to be secure enough to absorb the sting of truth even when it is barbed with envy. The wise swallow the truth and spit out the…

READ: Deuteronomy 28-30, Psalm 62, Luke 18, 2 Corinthians 2 OVERWHELMED Overwhelmed by Evil. I am looking out my window at an Arab city of millions, wondering how on earth the devil’s lies became so strong here. Our work takes my wife and I from Arab city to Arab city, and we are provoked and overwhelmed…

READ: Leviticus 25-27, Psalm 40, Mark 12, Romans 12 APPROPRIATELY AGAINST A fallacy has crept into the thinking of the people of God and has affected our witness. We no longer think it appropriate to be against something. We think we must only concentrate on the good things of the gospel and believe that speaking…

READ: Exodus 34-36, Psalm 29, Mark 1, Romans 1 Mercy and Truth Truth without mercy kills. Mercy without truth corrupts. Intimacy in relationship is impossible without large doses of both. Chuck Miller points out that with grace alone you can have friendship – but you cannot have intimacy. Only when truth and grace intertwine do…

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