Tag Archives: obedience

The Voice of Authority

The cover letter of a job application contained the following statement—“I listen to what the company president says, but I still make my own moves because I know what is best.” That kind of attitude is probably not going to … Continue reading

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10 Reasons I Love Jesus

        Rex McDonald lists 10 reasons he loves Jesus: His love for all people. His selflessness. His relationship with his Father. His death for my sins. His truthfulness. His power and authority. He uses ordinary people. He … Continue reading

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Policing the Area

When one lady grew tired of scofflaw drivers speeding through her neighborhood, she took matters into her own hands, and got some instant results. Standing at the edge of her yard, she pointed what appeared to be a radar gun … Continue reading

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Saddle Up! (Part 2)

I learned something about the rules of the equestrian event while watching the recent Summer Olympics. Sometimes a horse will refuse to make a jump. He will come up to the rail and stop. This does not disqualify the horse. … Continue reading

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Listen Up!

Jo M. Guerrero writes that when her daughter was five, she disobeyed her and was sent to her room. After a few minutes, she went in to talk to her about why she was being punished. With tears in her … Continue reading

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Obedience or Performance?

Susan Maycinik once wrote the following essay for Discipleship Journal: “The line between obedience and performance can be a blurry one. Yet it is an important distinction to grasp, because obedience leads to life, and performance to death… Obedience is … Continue reading

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Enforcer

I was recently driving in another state—North Carolina, I think—when I saw a sign that read “Speed Limit Enforced by Aircraft”. It’s good to know that authorities are trying to keep the highways safe, but I’m not so sure the … Continue reading

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Soft Heart

Several years ago I preached a sermon from Matthew 6:25-34, where Jesus exhorts us not to worry. I reasoned that worry is a sin, since Jesus tells us not to do it. He says that trusting God in everything is … Continue reading

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Obey the Law

Yesterday I pulled away from an intersection that I thought was a 4-way stop. The person driving the pickup truck approaching from my right knew that it was actually a 2-way stop, and that he had the right of way, … Continue reading

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True Obedience

In his book, The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul, coach Phil Jackson of the Los Angeles Lakers wrote about the difference between Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant: “Ask Shaq to do something and he’ll say, “No, … Continue reading

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