Word 4U Today

RE-OBSESS YOURSELF

RE-OBSESS YOURSELF

‘Look out for number one.’ That’s just how life goes, right? Or – how about we remind ourselves that Jesus ‘didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out.’ (Romans 15:3 TM). Read up. You won’t find a shred of ...

Joy Ferdiz

May 2nd, 2014

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C.S. LEWIS, RELUCTANT CHRISTIAN

C.S. LEWIS, RELUCTANT CHRISTIAN

We just can’t get enough of C.S. Lewis’ books: Mere Christianity, The Scewtape Letters, The Great Divorce, and of course, the Chronicles of Narnia, among others. We love his writing so much that today the whole reading is about him. I mean, wow. What a guy. Such ...

Joy Ferdiz

May 1st, 2014

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GOD IS NOT PRETTY

GOD IS NOT PRETTY

A long time ago (in a galaxy, well, here) Jonathan Edwards wrote this: “But saints and angels behold that glory of God which consists in the beauty of His holiness; and it is this sight only that will melt and humble the hearts of men, wean them from the world, draw them to ...

Joy Ferdiz

April 30th, 2014

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WORLD’S BEST TEACHER (2)

WORLD’S BEST TEACHER (2)

Asked what makes a good teacher, William Arthur Ward wrote: ‘The mediocre teacher, tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.’ The very best teachers are not the ones who just tell you what they think you need to know. ...

Joy Ferdiz

April 28th, 2014

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WORLD’S BEST TEACHER (1)

WORLD’S BEST TEACHER (1)

Did you (or do you) have a teacher who carried around a chipped, coffee-stained ‘World’s Best Teacher’ mug? It was probably given to them back in the 1970s, just as their haircut and mustache combo was coming into fashion. Well, chances are you were probably never taught ...

Joy Ferdiz

April 27th, 2014

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GOD IS WILLING AND IS WAITING.

GOD IS WILLING AND IS WAITING.

A key part of prayer is persistence. Often, it’s not enough simply to ask. God wants us to not be afraid of having a bit of guts. How do we know? Jesus told a story about a widow who’d been in a dispute with an enemy. She approached a judge and decided she wasn’t going to ...

Joy Ferdiz

April 26th, 2014

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WAY AHEAD OF YOU

WAY AHEAD OF YOU

Nobody likes to be the first to arrive at a party, and it’s a brave thing to show up alone to an event where you might not know anyone. Most of us chicken out and try to pitch up with at least one other friend (or lurk in the doorway ‘til we see a familiar face…) What ...

Joy Ferdiz

April 25th, 2014

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WAITING GAME (2)

WAITING GAME (2)

Sometimes the most helpful advice for living comes from the natural world (though not always. See: mosquitoes & personal space, etc.) A mud-covered and unnoticed seed becomes a giant, fruit-bearing plant after weeks in the dark, suffocating underground. Then the shoot ...

Joy Ferdiz

April 24th, 2014

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WAITING GAME (1)

WAITING GAME (1)

There’s one very good word you could use to define the Christian view of the world: ‘waiting’. This whole crumbling creation is waiting for the day Jesus returns and sets things straight once and for all. But in our own lives too, there’s often an agonizing amount of ...

Joy Ferdiz

April 23rd, 2014

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THE WOE FACTOR

THE WOE FACTOR

It’s absolutely impossible to have a real encounter with God and not be changed by it. Just look at Isaiah, and in particular Isaiah 6:1-5. After meeting with God, Isaiah said “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a ...

Joy Ferdiz

April 22nd, 2014

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