Tag Archives: Points to Ponder

  • 12-God-is-love

    God is love

    Going through a difficult week recently turned out to be an opportunity for me to reflect on God’s love for me and my love toward Him. While I know that God’s love for me is ever present and never changing, at times it seems that my love for Him is hinged on my circumstances and […]

  • 07-be-kind

    Be kind!

    Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you—not because they are nice, but because you are.—Author unknown Life is short, but there is always time for courtesy.—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) Getting money is not all a man’s business: to cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.—Samuel Johnson (1709–1784) […]

  • 09-the-peace-of-God

    The peace of God

    Inner peace The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.—Philippians 4:7 If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot.—John Bunyan (1628–1688) Peace comes not from the absence of trouble, but from […]

  • 09-asking-questions

    Asking questions

    Faith is a reasoning trust, a trust which reckons thoughtfully and confidently upon the trustworthiness of God.—John Stott (b. 1921) Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.―Paul Tillich (1886–1965) Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.―Frederick Buechner (b. 1926) The relationship between […]

  • 09_easter_people_butterfly

    The Easter people

    Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.—Pope John Paul II (1920–2005) What happens when a Christian dies is not a matter of speculation, but of certainty based on truth. Something tremendous happened in history that has taken the issue of life after death out of the […]

  • 11-The-faith-and-peace-connection

    The faith and peace connection

    Trust doesn’t just happen. As children, we learn to trust our parents because we feel their love and benefit from their care and mature understanding of life. We trust friends who have stuck with us through thick and thin. We trust businesspeople who we find to be honest and reliable. We trust people, in short, […]

  • 07.Time.to.Launch

    Time to launch

    Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.—André Gide (1869–1951) Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made, nothing happens. Decision is the courageous facing of issues, knowing that if they are not faced, problems will remain forever unanswered.—Wilferd Peterson (1900–1995) O Lord, […]

  • 08.The.house.by.the.side.of.the.road

    The house by the side of the road

    There are hermit souls that live withdrawn In the peace of their self-content; There are souls, like stars, that dwell apart, In a fellowless firmament; There are pioneer souls that blaze their paths Where highways never ran— But let me live by the side of the road And be a friend to man. I see […]

  • 07.The.secret

    The secret

    Oh, how divinely sweet it is to come into the secret of His presence and abide in His pavilion!—David Brainerd (1718–1747), missionary to the Native Americans Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.—Psalm 37:7 What shall the believer do in times of darkness? Sit still and listen. Let him trust in the name […]

  • 07.Living-loving-giving

    Living, loving, giving

    A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.—Proverbs 11:25 NIV You have been treated generously, so live generously.—Matthew 10:8 MSG Remember, there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple.—Scott Adams (b. 1957) You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it’s a little […]

  • 11.bridge.cross

    A bridge to cross

    Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.—Ephesians 4:32 ESV Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.—Paul Boese (1923–1976) Without forgiveness, life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.—Roberto Assagioli (1888–1974) Love’s power does not make fussy historians. Love prefers […]

  • 05.acheaving.greatnes

    Achieving Greatness

    You may not feel great or as if you have hero-like qualities of your own; even the apostle Paul lamented, “I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.”(Romans 7:18 NIV) Yet God can make more of us than we are, if we avail ourselves of the help of […]