We all know the old saying, "Can't see the forest for the trees." Think of Christendom as the forest—a forest comprising many trees: individual believers. How might that forest be viewed if the trees were, say, a very different color?
It has become all the more pressing that married men and women embrace the counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience according to their married state. Why? I believe these three counsels are not only the means to holiness and the imitation of Christ, but at the same time, they are the answer to the divorce epidemic in our culture today.
Don’t surrender to sin and stay as you are; surrender to grace and become who you were meant to be. If you are willing to change yourself, quite possibly you can change the world, because there is nothing more attractive or inspiring than holiness.
During the Christmas season we sing, "Let every heart prepare Him room." But how, exactly, does one prepare in one’s heart a room for the Lord, Himself to occupy?
John Michael Talbot explains that because we are the instruments of God, the more He plays us, the more we are molded and conformed to His image.
The power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ will prove in the long run to be stronger than all human incompetence, fear and insincerity, and more forceful than all our foolishness, weakness, and cynicism.
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“The most ruinous evasion of all,” says the philosopher Keirkegaard, “is to be hidden in the crowd in an attempt to escape God’s supervision of him as an individual, in an attempt to get away from hearing God’s voice as an individual.” To which Thomas à Kempis concludes: “He, therefore, who aims at attaining to a more interior and spiritual life, must, with Jesus, depart from the crowd.”
Why, when we’re promised a life of joy and fullness, does the dark night descend like a curtain, leaving us without the consolation we so desperately desire?
Jesus' little band of apostles were certainly few in number, but that’s all He needed. And He knew they would always be few. Jesus never pinned his hopes on large numbers. In fact, if there is to be any positive change in the world, those numbers may actually have to get smaller. A lot smaller.