by Charles R. Swindoll Scriptures: Titus 1:12 One of my mentors used to make me smile when he explained why a football game reminded him of most churches: “Down on the field are 22 people playing their hearts out, who are desperately in need of rest . . . and they’re surrounded by thousands of spectators doing nothing but watching, who are desperately in need of exercise!” It’s a little amusing when you think of it like that, but it’s true! In life, the number of passive spectators is in the millions, compared to those who are passionately engaged in the action. Just look around.
by Charles R. Swindoll Scriptures: Joshua 14:10–11 There aren’t many things better than exercise to keep all of us feeling, thinking, and looking younger than we are. For almost 10 years, my wife and I lived in a home in Dallas, Texas, located about a quarter of a mile from the renowned Cooper Aerobics Center that was founded by my longtime friend and physician, Dr. Kenneth Cooper. Not only did I enjoy the wonderful facilities—especially the one-mile track that runs through those beautiful grounds, around a lake where ducks and swans make their home—but each time we would drive by, we’d see men and women
by Charles R. Swindoll Scriptures: Philippians 2:3–5 Several years ago I determined to deal with my attitude. I found myself getting pretty testy, even argumentative at times. Our children were young and often had needs that required my time and attention. More often than I’d like to admit, that irritated me—to the point where my wife said I needed to think about how negative I was becoming, and then I needed to do something about it! At first, like most husbands would, I resisted her words, but after giving them further thought, I realized that what she was observing was painfully true. To use a
by Charles R. Swindoll Scriptures: Genesis 4:6-7 Cain failed to heed the Lord’s counsel. Allowing the crouching, hungry beast within him to attack, Cain later murdered his younger brother—and to make things even worse, he could never escape the consequences. They would continue to haunt him for the rest of his life, illustrating the truth of the old proverb: “If you seek revenge, dig two graves.” While all anger is not wrong, uncontrolled anger, lingering anger, and temper tantrums do not result in anything good. We’re back to God’s counsel to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance [face] fallen? . .
by Charles R. Swindoll Scriptures: Genesis 4:7 We’ve all heard the expression “mind over matter.” For the sake of our thinking today, let’s alter the saying to “mind over emotion.” To tie it in even more directly to a story from the Bible where these words would really apply, we should change it to “mind over madder.” Adam and Eve’s firstborn was a son they named Cain. Their second, you’ll recall, was named Abel. Cain grew up to be a farmer. When Abel became a man, he was a shepherd. It came time for an offering to be made to the Lord, so Cain brought
by Charles R. Swindoll Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 5:17 Once a person comes to know Jesus personally, an amazing inner transformation occurs. Paul pinpointed that fact in his second letter to the Corinthians: Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:17) Among those “new things” would be a renewed intellect that can comprehend spiritual truth, changed emotions that are capable of loving God, and a volition that willingly submits to obeying Him. It is remarkable how all of that becomes a reality once we come to Christ. Now then—why would
by Charles R. Swindoll Scriptures: Genesis 1:27 Unlike animals, God made humans in His image. This is clearly stated in the first book of the Bible: God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27) Breaking that down to its simplest form, God made Adam and Eve like Himself. And what would that include? He gave them intellectual ability—which is often referred to in the Scriptures as the mind. He also gave them emotional capabilities—which is frequently called the heart. And He gave them volitional capacity—which is the will. His desire
by Charles R. Swindoll Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 10:31 No one is immune to problems in the areas of exercise, digestion, and diet—not even those in ministry. For example, consider a middle-aged minister of the gospel named Timothy, who was the pastor of a church in the busy, heavily populated city of Ephesus back in its heyday. Timothy was one of Paul’s closest and most loyal companions, but Timothy was neither as healthy nor as strong as he could have been. Knowing this to be true, Paul served as what we would call a mentor to Timothy, giving him solid counsel, reliable advice and, occasionally, strong