Devotional

Family knots

Family | Sometimes Christians must overcome the strong and natural ties of blood
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 1/28/18, 12:39 am

There are things God commands us to do that it seems He can’t possibly mean literally, until we encounter a person who has actually done them. Praise God for such individuals! This is the power of testimony. Testimonies are a sermon plus. They convey God’s will but also flesh it out in ways unambiguous and inescapable for the rest of us.

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This time next year

Religion | For better or worse, everything and everybody will change
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 1/15/18, 05:35 pm

As we begin a new year, it is well to remember that you won’t be the same person next year as you are this year. You will be a better person or a worse one, but you will not be the you who now reads these words. Things will happen (that you can’t help), and you will make choices (that you can help). Robert Frost, because poets are not statisticians, spoke of two roads diverging in a yellow wood that “has made all the difference.” But it would be more accurate to describe an ever-branching outcropping of paths beneath your feet that lead to Christ-likeness or its opposite.

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‘It’s now or never’

Religion | Putting the flesh to death when time is short
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 1/03/18, 12:06 am

’Tis 2018 by the clock, and “salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11).

The experience of time passing is either pleasant or unpleasant depending on one’s readiness. I had planned, in days before the Christmas guests arrived, to clean the house, adorn the tree, bake bread, and print copies of A Christmas Carol for group reading.

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