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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
What You Treasure Reveals Where Your Heart Is

Episode date: January 14, 2015
Transcript published: February 05, 2015

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I’ve always been both inspired and disturbed by the Lord’s words in the gospel when he said, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” This passage has always struck me as an immediate gut-check, no matter when I confront it. That makes sense, because the whole purpose of the phrase is to stop you in your tracks and get you to focus in that moment for a quick inventory and inquiry. Do you know where your heart is? And the answer, no matter how challenging or how discomforting or how disappointing, is always: Wherever your treasure is. In other words, your heart is in what you treasure most in your…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
By What Authority?

Episode date: January 13, 2015
Transcript published: February 05, 2015

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You’ve heard me say this before: If you’ve been reading the devotional for a while, being shrewd isn’t necessarily the same thing as being wise. The reason is an evil man can be shrewd and calculating, but only a good man can be truly wise. That doesn’t mean that shrewdness is always evil. Far from it: our Lord told his disciples in Matthew 10:6, “Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” And he meant: Be aware of your surroundings. Be awake to consequences. And be on the lookout for both danger and opportunity. That means that being a shrewd businessman or a shrewd politician or even a shrewd leader may…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
He Escaped From Their Hands

Episode date: January 12, 2015
Transcript published: February 04, 2015

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Okay, I’m afraid of closed-in places. I think it’s called claustrophobia, but the first time I remember discovering this uneasy feeling was when I was a boy and we were playing hide-and-seek. I found this perfect hiding place in a small cupboard in the kitchen. And it must have been a good spot, because no one could find me, but after a few minutes in that closed place, I started feeling a little panicky. Soon I abandoned my great hiding place, and by jumping out of the cupboard in a cold sweat, everybody knew where I was. I don’t like confined places.

It’s funny, because nowadays, due to my discomfort…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
The Spirit Drives Him Into the Desert

Episode date: January 09, 2015
Transcript published: February 04, 2015

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The Centers for Disease Control came out with their 2012 report on births in the US, and they discovered that out of almost four million births in the country, over 1.6 million babies were born in this year to unwed mothers. You can read the entire report at the cdc.gov website, and while I truly appreciate the old saying that figures don’t lie, but liars figure, I can’t help but be struck by the almost complete loss of any notion of alarm by the growing so-called freedom of our society to tinker with morals and seemingly completely being blind to the cost of this tinkering.

These…

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Faith Encouraged Daily

Faith Encouraged Daily
He Must Increase

Episode date: January 08, 2015
Transcript published: February 04, 2015

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Don’t you just hate it when you’re wrong? I mean, really: Is there anything so frustrating or embarrassing as to having to admit I was wrong or say I’m sorry? And yet, there’s nothing more character-building than to be able to say that. Stinks, doesn’t it? The very thing my pride fights against is the very thing that’s going to make me a better person, and, in fact, it’s the very thing that’s going to make me who I really am. So what’s the problem? Why do we struggle against admitting when we’re wrong or mistaken or need help? What seems to be the reason we so easily trip over this…

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