John Owen strongly challenged: “Be killing sin or sin will be killing you.” Overcoming temptation is active, not passive. Defeating sin requires grace-driven effort. D.A. Carson said, “Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness.” With that in mind, here are three temptations leaders must fight against daily:”
She walks up to me after I finish speaking about God-sized dreams and nervously inquires if we can have a conversation. I nod, and we find a corner apart from the crowd. She leans in as if she’s about to share a scandalous confession and says, “My dreams are too small.” She shares her desires to raise her kids to love Jesus, make a difference in her neighborhood, and serve at her church.
I smile and answer, “I think your dreams are just right. A God-sized dream isn’t really about size at all—it’s about what perfectly fits your heart and His purpose for your life.” She responds, “But others are doing bigger things for God—like going far away to serve Him. I feel like my life isn’t enough.” Those words echo what I’ve heard from thousands of other women.Somehow we’ve believed the lie that what we do needs to be flashy, noticeable, and worthy of headlines in order to be spiritual.”
How My Wife and I Paid Off $20k of Student Loans in Less Than Two Years by Art Rainer
Unfortunately, student debt is becoming the norm but these practical tips from Art may give you some new ideas for how to pay it off.
When my wife and I graduated from college, we had over $20,000 in student loans. More than seven out of ten college seniors graduate with student loans. Finishing college with large amounts of debt is becoming almost as certain as death and taxes.
Within two years, my wife and I were able to pay off our student loans. It was not an easy journey, but we were able to do it with a few guiding principles. What were they?
Between work, kids, friends, church, and our own desperate need for sleep, it feels like there just aren’t enough hours. We get 168 a week, but it usually feels like we’re trying to get by on half that.
It’s time to clean this mess up.”
God does the choosing and the assigning—not us. He calls us, and He equips us. There’s no need to run from His calling, to deny it, or wish it away. Because “the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus” will also “equip [us] with all that is good to do His will, working in us what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ” (Hebrews 13:20, 21).”