As a long-term investment in our health and work, Vicki and I let few things interfere with our thrice-weekly workouts. But a few things are more important. Such as a baptism. Yesterday, I baptized a couple we had been studying with, and they chose the best time for the two of them, at 4:30 pm—on his day off, and right after she got off from work, still early enough in the day so that the water was bearable. (It’s wintertime here, and the baptism was done in an outdoor pool.) That caused us to miss our workout, and we were happy to miss it. To help someone move from a state of lostness to receive salvation in Christ is of all things the most important.

“So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen” 2 Tim 2.10 NLT.

When police asked a hit-and-run driver last week in Van Buren, Ark., why she left the scene without stopping she said, “I left because I didn’t want my ice cream to melt.”

Now this woman has her priorities straight! After all, it was hot that day. Never mind that she had rear-ended a car, caused damage, and—who knows—might have injured the other driver.

But you can’t let your ice cream melt. Continue reading

MoneyBrazil has become richer, and now people complain about the consumerism of Brazilian society. But those outside of Christ have no other reason for spending their money. The pleasures of the flesh mean everything to them. Helping one’s neighbor, when they do help, is to quiet the conscience.

Those who love pleasure become poor;
those who love wine and luxury will never be rich.
Proverbs 21:17 NLT Continue reading