Current Broadcast
Dates: March 4-8
Scripture: Matthew 5:21-26

Sometimes we tend to think of our personal flaws as harmless character traits. And yet, in His radical Sermon on the Mount, Jesus showed us that even our “little sins” have fatal consequences. Be sure to listen as Chuck Swindoll describes God’s solution to our hopeless condition in today's Insight for Living.

More Information
New? Start Here!

Request your free gift, connect with Insight for Living Canada, and learn more about our non-profit Bible-teaching ministry.

Current Devotional

Read Psalm 90:12

To me, birthdays are just another routine realization that I’m not getting any younger. I know that because the cake won’t hold all the candles. Even if it could, the frosting would melt before I’d be able to blow all of them out. One year, my kind and thoughtful assistant reminded me of another approach I could take. She gave me a birthday card showing an old guy standing beside a cake covered with candles. On the front it read: “Don’t feel you’re getting old if you can’t blow out all the candles...”

And inside: “Just beat ’em out with your cane.”

Children are about as encouraging. In all seriousness, my youngest once asked me if they had ketchup when I was a boy. I tried not to look offended—he could have asked if they had the wheel. But I was pleased to inform him that we not only had ketchup...but also electricity, talking movies, the radio, cars, and indoor plumbing. He seemed shocked as he gave me that you-gotta-be-kidding look. I suddenly felt the need to lie down and take a nap.

But birthdays are milestones, specific yet mute reminders that more sand has passed through the hourglass.

We mark our calendars with deadlines—dates that set limits for the completion of objectives and projects. To ignore those deadlines brings consequences. To live without deadlines is to live an inefficient, unorganized life, drifting with the breeze of impulse on the fickle wave of moods.

God, however, brings about birthdays...not as deadlines but lifelines. He builds them into our calendar once every year to enable us to make an annual appraisal, not only of our length of life but our depth.

The psalmist offers the perfect prayer to pray every year when our lifelines roll around.

Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)

Wisdom comes privately from God as a by-product of right decisions, godly reactions, and a daily devotion to searching the wonderful riches of the Scriptures. Wisdom is the fruit of a disciplined life.

Devotional content taken from Good Morning, Lord...Can We Talk? by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright © 2018. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries. All rights reserved.

The full devotional can be purchased at https://www.tyndale.com/p/good-morning-lord-can-we-talk/9781414380681.

Ministry Offer
A Simple Counterstrategy: Shake and Shine

As Christians, we must focus on making a lasting impact for good—influencing others without resorting to force or other means of control. The crucial question is how? Jesus’ answer in Matthew 5 is still the best. Though His words are familiar, we must apply them with greater diligence and more confident faith. They work!

View Details
Current Articles
Mar 5, 2021
/

I don’t know what God has in store for you, and you won’t either until you purposefully and intentionally respond to His call. As Pastor Chuck Swindoll says, “Been resisting God’s call on your life? Don’t be afraid to follow. He leads you in love.”

Mar 1, 2021
/

Whatever you may be facing today, keep a biblical perspective. As your good deeds abound, Jesus promised, many will praise your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16). That alone is reason enough to shake and shine!

Feb 26, 2021
/

Our acute need is to cultivate a willingness to learn and to remain teachable. How beautiful it is to find a servant-hearted, teachable spirit among those who occupy high-profile positions of authority.

Feb 19, 2021
/

Good leaders will say, “Stay at it!” Ever notice how motivated and strengthened you feel when you have people who come alongside and let you know they want you to succeed? And the result? “Many people were brought to the Lord.”

Insights Publication
Current Video