And Alexander Wept...

An Old Legend

According to the ancient writer Plutarch, “When Alexander heard from Anaxarchus of the infinite number of worlds, he wept, and when his friends asked him what was the matter, he replied, ‘Is it not a matter for tears that, when the number of worlds is infinite, I have not conquered one?’” (Life of Alexander). This quotation describes an interesting attitude in a man who had conquered much of the known world at a young age. His weeping betrayed a glimpse of reality that not even Alexander likely truly appreciated.

Setting Your Sights

Adjusting Sights

Anyone who is familiar with hunting or target shooting with weapons such as rifles or pistols knows the importance of having the weapon’s sights set properly. It is not enough to simply aim the weapon at the target, but also necessary to make sure the sights which are used to aim are properly adjusted. By making those minute adjustments, it becomes possible that when you place the reticle of scope or the point of the sights over the bulls-eye, it is exactly where the shot will end up. Learning to set one’s sights can make one a better marksman, but the principle can also be applied to our everyday lives.

The Uncompromising Jesus Christ

Packaging

In the world of marketing, many factors are considered when presenting a particular product or message to the public. At the forefront of these factors lies the interest in understanding the audience, and tailoring the presentation to be the most effective with that audience. This process (sometimes called “packaging”) can be very successful in presenting a product in an attractive and exciting way.

Not Worrying About Debt

A Debt Problem

A popular subject that is discussed these days is dealing with the problem of debt. This can include debt on a national scale and individual debt problems faced by many families throughout the nation. With the recession, a poor labor market, home foreclosures, and other uncertainties, it can become difficult or impossible to deal with personal debts.

Christians and the World

Not of the World

“I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” John 17:14-16 (NASU)

In these few verses, which are part of Jesus’ last prayer to the Father on behalf of His followers, the Christian’s relationship with the world is defined.