Tag Archives: Tim Keller

When you start to harbor bitterness

Below-the-surface bitterness will eat you up, boil over from within you, burn you. Like fissures in the ground; like volcanoes. You must not harbor it. But if we’re not to harbor it, what are we to do? We’re to forgive. … Continue reading

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freed from always noticing yourself

“Christian humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less… It is to be no longer always noticing yourself and how you are doing and how you are being treated… Humility is a byproduct of belief … Continue reading

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suffering with hope and courage, not bitterness and despair

“Christianity does not provide the reason for each experience of pain, but it does provide deep resources for actually facing suffering with hope and courage rather than bitterness and despair.” (Tim Keller) Remember His words to you, dear Christian. Words … Continue reading

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the purpose of the miracles

We modern people think of miracles as the suspension of the natural order, but Jesus meant them to be the restoration of the natural order. The Bible tells us that God did not originally make the world to have disease, … Continue reading

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companionship

We were made for companionship. For tender togetherness. For moments of sweet contentment, created by and enfolded in deep relationship. We yearn to be known, to be seen through, to be accepted for who we fear we really are: To … Continue reading

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ultimate, radical neighbor-love

One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” … Continue reading

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We are each the prodigal

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.  And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable …  “There was a man who … Continue reading

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what you would have asked for

Pithy, precise, profound — those are the kinds of quotes God often uses to quicken and soften our hearts. A wise, couple-sentence summation of God’s truth often stills my anxious heart, or alerts me to lies I’m believing in the … Continue reading

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Blue hydrangeas and real hope

She burst through the kitchen door that early-summer night and plopped herself up on the counter next to my dish-filled sink, overflowing with vivid details of blue hydrangeas. Effervescent with excitement, she stumbled over words, trying to describe the deep … Continue reading

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A thorn to pin aside the veil

Living before medicine would have cured or medicated her symptoms, Martha Snell Nicholson was bed-ridden with intense pain for decades. In the midst of her pain, and because of it, she wrote one of the more meaningful poems I’ve read … Continue reading

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