God, as just and justifier, gave
His only Son in sacrifice, to save
A broken soul — not any soul, but mine —
And yours as well — by his eternal design. Continue reading
A few times people have asked me how I manage to do all the things I do.
Having all the kids gone from home helps, of course. And I have a devoted wife who picks up a lot of the slack and allows me time to write and work. But there’s more.
We live simply, with fewer of life’s distractions. We could do better here, but we’re working on it. Continue reading
By J. Randal Matheny © 2015
The divided mind creates great pain,
More than one it attempts to please,
A love for two is a heavy chain —
The Kingdom a single eye must seize. Continue reading
To think that God puts us in charge of our time! Now that’s a thought for poetry.
It’s a “faithful and wise servant” who performs his tasks “at the proper time” Mt 24.45. Wisdom is recognizing the opportunities that appear in our days, Gl 6.10, and knowing how to make the best use of time, because the days are evil, Ep 5.15-17. This wisdom in the use of time is often directed toward winning those outside of Christ, Cl 4.5. Continue reading
I’m not a Henry Kissinger fan, but this is a great statement:
Henry Kissinger once said that the essence of statecraft is to extract from the compulsion of circumstances an element of choice. via Bold Visions and Historical Choice – By Mario Loyola – The Corner – National Review Online.
In spiritual terms, it is God who creates from the compulsion of circumstances a choice for good.
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In the world, not everyone has an opportunity for success and acceptance. In the kingdom of God, to all are offered the same chance to serve Christ and to be used as an instrument of glory for his eternal project. Even the apostle Judas,
for he was counted as one of us and received a share in this ministry.
Acts 1:17 NET Continue reading
I want to live well and long. When I choose the healthiest foods, thoughts, paths, and people, I am choosing life.
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
by J. Randal Matheny
Some say it’s our genetic code
That makes us do what we do;
But choice of thought and of route of road
Are bigger spuds in the stew.
Others say that parents’ rules
Determine how we go,
Or children learn in teachers’ schools,
From there they act and grow.
But, in the end, not DNA
Nor home or school’s our guide;
Why do we go a certain way?
The truth is, we decide. Continue reading
YOUR CHOICES AND MINE
by J. Randal Matheny
You make your choices, I make mine;
They separate us or entwine;
So when you chart a course
That causes me remorse,
Do not complain or wheedle or whine.
My business associate Barbara Ann Oliver emailed me this afternoon that my book CHOOSE! has arrived from the printer today.
Our US representative (Barbara Ann is in Costa Rica right now) told her the book is in perfect condition and looks really good.
I’m anxious to get my hands on it.
Here’s the info that’s being sent out about the book:
CHOOSE! 13 Choices to Transform Your Heart and Soul is just in time for a great graduation gift, a personal motivator or a group study.
Life is not predetermined nor destined. People have great power in their choices. In almost poetical language, the author hones in on important choices such as contentment, gratitude, failure, health, humor, people, focus and ambition, among others.
For more information, see this PDF file or go to the website:
“Well written, this book encourages and motivates the reader to make wise, scriptural choices in life. A book not easy to put down, it is excellent for the classroom, coffee table or as a gift.” – Glenda Williams, Geneva, Alabama