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Is There A Limit On Saving A Life?In late 2016 in North Carolina, Jonathan Hayes was driving his pickup truck on heroin. He overdosed behind the wheel, lost control, and hit another vehicle. Two-year-old Mason Richardson was inside, and he died on impact. Mason’s pregnant mother was driving, and had her sibling in the passenger seat. Both …Drug Addiction, Empathy, Life and Death, Sympathy, Value Of Life2019-09-30 04:48:15
What’s The Body Worth?While working on a reprint project of the Mayo brothers and other prominent early physicians at Mayo Clinic, we came across an interesting, if not whimsical, interview of Dr. Charles H. Mayo that appeared in the Northwestern Health Journal (Dec. 1924, 9:9-10). Dr. Charlie had only recently been elected president …Body, Value Of Life2019-09-30 04:48:15
Make The Case For Life: How To Answer Pro-Abortion ArgumentsEvery year, thousands of Americans will stream to the National Mall to voice their support for the sanctity of all human life — and to mark the deadliest mistake in Supreme Court history: Roe V. Wade . Now, you may not be able to attend the March for Life in …Abortion, Embryo, Pro-life, Right To Choose2019-09-30 04:48:15
Pathologizing Masculinity: Diagnosing Men As The ProblemAccording to America’s leading psychologists, it’s okay to be a man, but it’s not okay to be traditionally masculine. A new report on boys and men from the American Psychological Association reminded me, again, why worldview is so important. The report is the first of its kind from the APA, …Crime, Despair, Gender Roles, Male, Manhood, Masculinity, Men, Psychiatry, Psychology, Violence2019-09-30 04:48:15
Christmas, ‘Ben Hur’ and A Life-Changing Conversation“Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” At Christmas pageants around the country, the mysterious Magi will ask their annual question before audiences young and old. Will this query have the same profound impact that it did on a renowned Union General — one whose resulting novel …Agnostic, Ben Hur, Christmas, Diety of Jesus, Faith Challenged, Lew Wallace, Lukewarm2019-09-30 04:48:15
The Magi, The Epiphany, and Ben HurIf you’ve already taken down your Christmas decorations, I’ve got some bad news — you’ve got to put them back up, at least until Sunday. This Sunday is a major Christian holiday that most Americans, even Christians, know very little about: the Feast of the Epiphany. From the Greek word …Ben Hur, Epiphany, Jesus As Light, Lew Wallace2019-09-30 04:48:15
Making End-Of-Life Decisions: The Problems With Advance DirectivesWe’re all going to die one day. Are you prepared? Yes, for heaven, but also, have you made decisions about how to handle your medical care? So what did your family discuss this past Christmas Eve? The beautiful lights? Maybe some childhood holiday memories? Hopefully, the immeasurable gift of the …Advance Directives, End of Life, Impending Death, Quality of Life, Sanctity Of Life2019-09-30 04:48:15
The Snout-Weevil’s Colors: Mimicking God’s Art and EngineeringWhat on earth is a Philippine snout weevil, and what does it have to do with Christian worldview? It’s no exaggeration to say that if it weren’t for the amazing design found in nature, much of the best of our modern technologies wouldn’t exist. Digital Trends documents a whole collection …Beauty, Color, God As Creator, Intelligent Design, Nature2019-09-30 04:48:15
Teaching Your Kids Not To Follow Christ?Christian parents, are you looking for some easy suggestions on how to help your children grow up to be heathens? Interested in helping them slide down the path to moral relativism and depravity? Needing some tips on ways to lead them to be lukewarm Christians at best? You have come …Boundaries, Childrearing, Church Attendance, Hypocrisy, Moral Standards, Parenting, Set Example, Spiritual Training2019-09-30 04:48:15
Ten Theses On Creation and Evolution That (Most) Evangelicals Can SupportNot long ago a pastor friend called, asking for help. “I’m preaching through Genesis 1–11,” he said, “and I need some advice on the whole creation and evolution thing.” There was anxiety in his voice. He wasn’t sure how preaching on origins was going to go in his church setting …Adam and Eve, Bible, Creation, Creationism, Evolution, Genesis, Science, Young Earth Creationism2019-09-30 04:48:14
A Wounded Warrior’s BaptismOver the years, a few people have asked me for a private baptism experience. I have always declined. A private ceremony undermines key purposes of baptism — a public witness of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and public identification with a community of believers. People have usually asked …Accommodation, Emotional Disability, Private Baptism, Public Witness, Wounded2019-09-30 04:48:14
Nashville Secular Group Celebrates Faith-Free Christmas[Holwick: An example of the trend to have Christmas without Christ] The sounds of the season filled the halls of the Scarritt Bennett Center at Vanderbilt University on a recent Sunday morning. In the chapel, a congregation of about 80 people gathered, while the band launched into a holiday classic: …Atheism, Christmas, Community, Holiday, Non-Religious, Religious Decline, Secularism2019-09-30 04:48:14
When “Christianity” Is Pointless: Why Real Faith Makes DemandsIf the Christian Bible isn’t true, Christian morality is not good, and the Christian God doesn’t exist, why be a Christian? Certain beliefs ought to disqualify a person for certain jobs. For example, a vegetarian probably shouldn’t be the lead chef at a steakhouse. A pacifist wouldn’t make a good …Apostasy, Atheism, Genuine Faith, Liberalism, Mainline Protestantism, Progressive Christianity, Religious Decline2019-09-30 04:48:14
It Go Boom: Sodom, Pontius Pilate, and ArchaeologyA modern verification of an ancient event and tangible evidence of an ancient person. And once again, biblical history is verified. Our team of thinkers and writers at the Colson Center are archaeology nerds. Seriously, we get giddy whenever another archaeological discovery sheds light on biblical narratives or confirms their …Archaeology, Archeology, Asteroid, Pilate, Prove Bible, Sodom2019-09-30 04:48:14
The Christmas Story Is Not An Invitation To Be Safe and WarmJoseph is the patron saint of cabinetmakers, confectioners, engineers, immigrants, house hunters, travelers, pioneers, pregnant women, fathers, married people, Austria, Belgium, Bohemia, Canada, China, Korea, Vietnam, Manchester, New Hampshire, San Jose, California, Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Nashville, Tennessee. Joseph’s connection to Nashville seems tenuous. He should be the patron …Christmas, Dreams, Joseph, Risk-Taking Faith2019-09-30 04:48:14
Rather Than ‘Spiritualizing’ Mary’s Song, Let’s Be Open To Its Subversive MessageOn the second Sunday of Advent in Charlotte, a great winter storm kept most of our church members at home. Those of us who did find our way into the sanctuary were in decidedly casual mode. My sermon dealt with an interpretation of “Mary’s Song” from Luke 1:46-55. God has …Christmas, Hard Questions, Magnificat, Prophets, Social Justice, Spiritualizing, Virgin Mary, Weakness2019-09-30 04:48:14
The So-Called “Deaths of Despair”: Why Americans Are Dying Younger and YoungerYears ago, Chuck Colson asked, “Where is the hope?” Too many Americans today have no answer, and it’s showing. For the third year in a row, according to a November report from the Centers for Disease Control, American life expectancy dropped. The last time this happened was a century ago, …Alcoholism, Despair, Drug Addiction, Early Death, Hopelessness, Suicide2019-09-30 04:48:14
Let’s Not Relegate Jesus’ Birth To Secondary Status In Our TheologyThe day after Christmas is an appropriate time to consider how the birth of Christ is often assigned a secondary place in Christian theology. The birth of Jesus, or Christmas, as it is known today, has been considered – especially by some preachers and teachers of Christianity – as less …Christmas, Humility, Incarnation, Salvation History2019-09-30 04:48:14
Christmas: Mary’s Extraordinary Case of God’s FavorWhat do we mean when we talk about the “favor of God?” The house you’ve always wanted goes into foreclosure and you buy it for a steal. Your kids bring their report cards home and it’s straight A’s. You find out that a long lost relative left you a tidy …Blessed, Christmas, God's Favor, Hope, Injustice, Poverty, Virgin Mary2019-09-30 04:48:14
Christmas: Yearning To Be HomeDuring World War II hundreds of thousands of service personnel were spread around the world. When Bing Crosby released a song in October 1943, written as if from a G.I. far away from home at Christmas, it shot up the music charts. It has remained a Christmas classic ever since: …Christmas, Holiday, Home2019-09-30 04:48:14
Have Yourself A Boozy Little ChristmasOn the last day of November, Holy Family Catholic Church in Brentwood, Tennessee, hosted a casual Christmas carol singalong and an ugly sweater competition, with cocktails. Five days later, Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Minn., hosted a lunchtime carols and cocktails, proving that even at high noon, it’s 5 p.m. …Abstinence, Alcohol, Christmas, Drinking, Drunkenness, Feast, Holiday2019-09-30 04:48:14
Our Brains On Fear and Empathy[Holwick: how anti-religious prejudice is fed by our way of thinking.] Anti-Muslim sentiment in America and abroad has grown in recent years, especially in light of the gruesome acts of Muslim extremists in Iraq and Syria. It is important to try to understand the fear and confusion that some, perhaps …Brain, Discrimination, Empathy, Fear, Hatred, Islam, Muslim, Perceptions, Prejudice, Suspicion, Thinking2019-09-30 04:48:14
Advent Is A Good Time To Remember the Power of Blessing – For the ‘Blesser’ and the BlessedIn the classic holiday movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Clark Griswold labors long and hard in the cold Chicago night, trying to string 250 strands of lights on his house. He endures defective bulbs, a fall from the roof and taunting neighbors. Finally, when the 250,000 bulbs illumine the entire …Advent, Benediction, Blessing, Criticism, Gratitude, Negativity, Positive Words2019-09-30 04:48:14
The One Thing Worse Than Being Spiritually LostIs there anything worse than being lost? If your answer is a hasty, reflexive, theologically pre-prescribed “no,” then perhaps it has been awhile since you felt the full, visceral desperation of being utterly without hope. But what could possibly be worse than being lost? When we are talking about spiritual …Lostness, Mission Outreach, Rescue, Search, Seek Lost2019-09-30 04:48:14
David Brainerd’s Dark Night of The SoulDavid Brainerd, was a legendary pioneer missionary to the American Indians. He died in 1747 when he was only 29 years old, but his journal has inspired Christians in every generation since. One day in December, 1742, he made an entry that gave later generations a peek at the experience …Dark Night of Soul, David Brainerd, Despair, Discouragement, Distress, Emotions, Rollercoaster, Spiritual Torment, Spiritual Warfare2019-09-30 04:48:14
The Dark Night of The SoulThe dark night of the soul. This phenomenon describes a malady that the greatest of Christians have suffered from time to time. It was the malady that provoked David to soak his pillow with tears. It was the malady that earned for Jeremiah the sobriquet, “The Weeping Prophet.” It was …Anxiety, Bitterness, Dark Night of Soul, Despair, Discouragement, God's Presence, Joy, Spiritual Depression2019-09-30 04:48:14
Hatred, Racism, ForgivenessDo you know the internal struggle of trying to forgive someone who has deliberately hurt you or someone in your family? Reverend Anthony Thompson knows exactly what that feels like. His wife Myra was one of the nine people murdered on June 15, 2015, at Mother Emanuel AME Church in …Forgiveness, Racism, Vengeance2019-09-30 04:48:14
The Atheist PastorThe Rev. Gretta Vosper, the minister at West Hill United Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, had a crisis of conscience four years into her time at the church: she didn’t believe the Bible was the authoritative word of God, and she let her congregation know that. “It’s not that I …Apostasy, Atheism, Authority of Bible, God Is Love, Liberalism, Ordination, Pastor2019-09-30 04:48:14
The Problems of The Two-Headed SnakeA woman in Woodbridge, Virginia, saw a rarity in her front yard: a two-headed copperhead snake. The snake only has one heart and one set of lungs, but each head has its own brain. This leads to multiple problems. Both heads want to eat, but since eating takes time, the …Double-Minded, Two-Headed2019-09-30 04:48:14
Reading Jael’s Story In A Women’s PrisonWhat does Judges 4-5 mean to abused women who fought back? Danielle was lying on her living room couch in Betty Boop pajamas, reading a book, when a man kicked in her front door. He had just been involved in a drug deal gone bad, and he was enraged. He …Domestic Abuse, Jael, Murder, Self-Defense, Spouse Abuse, Violence2019-09-30 04:48:13
Christian Hoarding?: Do We Own Stuff? Or Does Stuff Own Us?Hoarding isn’t just a grotesque curiosity for TV voyeurs. It’s a real and present danger for Christ’s Church. C.S. Lewis once said, “The safest road to hell is the gradual one — the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.” In today’s prosperous America, we’ve made …Consumerism, Giving, Hoarding, Material Possessions, Materialism, Tithing2019-09-30 04:48:13
Whose Approval Do We Seek?Everyone is familiar with the pursuit of approval in American politics. Since the first political public opinion poll was used in Pennsylvania in 1824, the polling industry has become ingrained in American life — and not just in politics. Celebrities are offered roles or opportunities based upon their likability as …God's Approval, Human Opinion2019-09-30 04:48:13
Adjusting To The DarkMy worship was radically changed on Sunday morning, July 28, 2002, in Denver, Colorado. It had never been more difficult for me to take my usual pastor’s wife place at Riverside Baptist Church — only I was no longer the pastor’s wife and my husband was no longer the pastor. …Death of Spouse, God Is Good, Goodness of God, Spiritual Darkness, Tragedy2019-09-30 04:48:13
Evil Is “Make-Believe”A young American couple, Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, 29, quit their jobs to take a year-long bike trip around the world. Sadly, the trip took a fatal turn on a route near the Afghan border where they were stabbed to death by alleged ISIS terrorists. The couple ignored warnings …Evil, Hardness of Heart, Naivety, Terrorism2019-09-30 04:48:13
Making A ‘Faith Bet’: Discerning God’s Will Includes ‘Rolling the Dice’Let’s see a show of hands. How many of us grew up hearing testimonies and sermons at Vacation Bible School, church camps and revivals, implying that God’s will is an ironclad, one-option-only maze? One wrong turn, and you’re toast. Such teaching left the impression that if we are spiritual enough, …Casting Lots, Decisions, Discernment, Divine Direction, God's Sovereignty, God's Will2019-09-30 04:48:13
How Not To Pray: Two Correctives From ChristAs a Christian, do you want to learn how to pray more faithfully? Do you need to learn more about prayer? One of the greatest gifts Christ gives us is instruction in prayer. Interestingly, it was the disciples who asked Jesus to teach them. Luke 11:1 tells us that the …Hypocrisy, Lord's Prayer, Repetitive Prayer2019-09-30 04:48:13
A Brief Sermon For A WeddingI want to begin with a story that I am sure will not happen at this wedding. It did, however, happen at a wedding that a friend of mine took. The happy couple were posing for their photos outside the church after the service. They had all the usual groups …Conflict Resolution, Husband and Wife, Love, Marriage, Newlyweds, Wedding2019-09-30 04:48:13
Needing Qualified PeopleOld football coaches have a saying, “It’s Jimmies and Joes not X’s and O’s that win football games.” A team might have an excellent game plan, creative formations and cutting-edge equipment, but if their players are untrained, weak and slow, they will not win many games. The players are the …Leadership, Qualifications2019-09-30 04:48:13
Biblical History In Your Hands: A Glass Head At Abel Beth MaacahSecond Samuel 20 tells the story of a short-lived rebellion against the rule of King David led by a Benjamite named Sheba, a kinsman of David’s predecessor, Saul. It’s a short, almost enigmatic, tale involving, among other things, cloistered concubines, deadly beard-pulling, and an unintentionally — or perhaps not — …Archaeology, Archeology, Confirmation of Bible, Prove Bible2019-09-30 04:48:13
Be Alert Amid Bible DistortionsEvangelicals may disagree about many things, but we stand together on the non-negotiables that define the Christian faith: the Trinity, justification by faith, and the inspiration and authority of the Scriptures, to name a few. Many belief systems, from Mormonism to Islam, profess a high regard for the Word of …Bible, Deity of Jesus, Distortion, Inerrancy, Inspiration, Islam, Jehovah's Witness, Koran, Latter Day Saints, Mormonism, New World Translation, Quran2019-09-30 04:48:13
Never Underestimate GodConvictions will “drive you through life, especially in the toughest seasons of the soul,” Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias told a Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas in 2018. Zacharias, president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Atlanta, Ga., shared a message entitled, “Convictions that conquered the world.” He explained the difference …Apologetics, Convictions, Questions2019-09-30 04:48:13
Father’s Day: The Character ChallengeWhat makes a good father? In one word, I believe it is character. Nothing has contributed more to the destructive trends of social poverty, perpetual anxiety, sexual identity, personal insecurity, rage, rebellion, anger and even insanity than failed leadership in the home because of an absent or aloof father. Earlier …Character, Duty, Father's Day, Fatherhood, Personal Responsibility, Respect, Restraint2019-09-30 04:48:13
What Happened To The Seven Churches of Revelation?Not long ago, I didn’t know that the Seven Churches of Revelation were all located in modern-day Turkey. Then a coworker and I made a three-day trip to the region, flying into Izmir, Turkey, where we rented a car and drove to find the seven churches. In the end, we …Archaeology, Archeology, Ephesus, Islam, Laodecia, Philadelphia, Polycarp, Religious Decline, Seven Churches, Smyrna, Spiritual Fall, Turkey2019-09-30 04:48:13
Yes, The Bible Teaches Social JusticeThe words “justice” and “social justice” have long drawn the ire of segments of American Christianity, particularly white evangelical leaders. They have consistently said that it is unbiblical, un-Christian, and yes, un-American. Baptist News Global reported on May 18, 2018, that this sentiment may be coming to the floor of …Benevolence, Capitalism, Charity, Compassion, Concern For Poor, Do-Gooders, Least Of These, Liberalism, Prosperity Gospel, Social Justice2019-09-30 04:48:13
‘New’ Doesn’t Always Mean ‘Bad’“We’ve never done it this way before.” Change is hard. But refusal to change our methods while the culture around us constantly shifts is a sure death sentence for a church. The message of the Gospel never changes, but the nature of the church’s mission demands that we are ever-ready …Adaptation, Change, Newness, Prepare For Future, Update Methods, Yesterday2019-09-30 04:48:13
Not So, Lord!Growing up in the red state of Alabama, the child of Greek Orthodox parents, but caught up in the “Jesus Movement” of the early 1970s, I began to hear evangelical sermons in Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches and Youth for Christ meetings in my high school. It didn’t take much …Jesus As Lord, Lordship of Jesus, Servanthood2019-09-30 04:48:13
Would You Choose A Zero?How greedy are you? Dylan Selterman teaches undergraduate psychology courses at the University of Maryland. His students always perk up when he poses this question: Do you want two extra-credit points on your term paper, or 6 points? He tells his students that the extra-credit offer is to illustrate the …Commons, Community, Cooperation, Greed, Individualism, Self-Sacrifice, Selfishness2019-09-30 04:48:13
Memorial Day – No Greater LoveIt was February of 1945 — three months before the end of World War II in Europe. Eighteen-year-old Sergeant Joseph George of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, was stationed in Lorient, France. It was evening, and George was preparing to go on patrol. The Americans were hoping to locate landmines buried by the …Memorial Day, Self-Sacrifice2019-09-30 04:48:13
How Did Jesus Act Toward Sinners?The Supreme Court decision in the United States which legalized gay marriage has brought lots of scathing comments from all sides, and an overwhelming amount of questions about how Christians should respond to the culture around us. The best thing we can do is follow Jesus’ example towards sinners. 1. …Condemnation, Culture, Judging, Judgmentalism, Mercy, Religious Decline, Sinners, Speak Truth2019-09-30 04:48:13
Who Needs God When You’ve Got Government? Umm … We DoWe need a surgeon general’s warning: “This government program may be hazardous to your spiritual health.” Jesus said we’re to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s, so it’s clear we have responsibilities both to God and to government. You could fill whole libraries with …Government, Religion, Society, Spheres of Sovereignty2019-09-30 04:48:11
Truth Decay“Have you brushed your teeth?” You’ve heard that question since you were young. Sometimes the answer was “Yes”; other times “No.” The truth would be somewhere in the middle — as kids we had lots more important things to do, so 10 strokes back and forth on the front teeth …Compromise, Decay, Social Decline, Societal Decline, Truth2019-09-30 04:48:11
The Problem of Evil — For AtheistsIn his book “The Cross of Christ,” John Stott said that the “the fact of suffering undoubtedly constitutes the single greatest challenge to the Christian faith.” The ages-old problem of evil is the apparent conflict or contradiction between the existence of evil and suffering and the existence of an all-powerful, …Atheism, Problem of Evil, Suffering, Theodicy2019-09-30 04:48:11
Revivals Must Start With SinJust before the American Revolution, a revival called the Great Awakening spread across the 13 colonies. It was called the Great Awakening. One of the stars of the revival was an English preacher named George Whitefield. He could preach to up to 25,000 people without a sound system beyond his …Conviction Of Sin, Revival, Whitefield2019-09-30 04:48:11
Democracy Never Lasts LongFormer President John Adams, responding to a critic in 1814, wrote: “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less …Ambition, Democracy, Moral Failure, National Repentance, Original Sin, Pride2019-09-30 04:48:11
Churchgoers Say They Tithe, But Not Always To ChurchMost churchgoers say the Bible commands them to give. But their tithes don’t always go in the offering plate. Half of Protestant churchgoers say their tithes can go to a Christian ministry rather than a church, compared to what is often taught by pastors and Bible study aids. A third …Charity, Stewardship, Tithe, Tithing2019-09-30 04:48:11
Faith of Our MothersThere is an old hymn by Frederick William Faber written in memory of Catholic martyrs during the time of King Henry VIII. Somehow this hymn made its way into the Baptist Hymnal due to its militant call to remain vigilant in spiritual battle and steadfast in the defense of truth. …Eunice, Hannah, Jochebed, Lois, Mary, Mother's Day, Mothers, Ruth2019-09-30 04:48:11
Television Show Westworld — Why Be Good?There’s a question raised by the HBO series “Westworld.” It’s a question I’ll try to answer. In late April 2018, the long-awaited — at least by its fans — second season of “Westworld” began on HBO. Since most of us don’t subscribe to HBO, a little background is in order. …Artificial Intelligence, Computer, Consciousness, Cruelty, Goodness, Mind, Morality, Robot2019-09-30 04:48:11
The Rapidly Shifting Spirituality of AmericansThe Pew Research Center is reporting that 80 percent of Americans believe in God, which should be great news for America’s struggling churches. Right? But hold on. Of that group, only a slim majority, 56 percent, believe in the God described in the Bible, Pew found in a recently published …Agnostic, Agnosticism, Atheism, Atheist, Change, Church Membership, Religious Affiliation, Religious Decline2019-09-30 04:48:11
The Napalm Girl – These Bombs Led Me To ChristThe “Napalm Girl” from a famous Vietnam War photo tells her story of coming to faith. ________ You have seen my picture a thousand times. It’s a picture that made the world gasp — a picture that defined my life. I am nine years old, running along a puddled roadway …Bombs, Cao Dai, Gospel Invitation, Loneliness, Napalm, Pain, Search For God, Spiritual Healing, Spiritual Peace, Suffering, Vietnam, War2019-09-30 04:48:11
A Godly Tongue Speaks Humor That Heals, Not HurtsDefinitely Keep Insulting Your Kids With Sarcasm. Great Idea. ________ I grew up in a very funny family — not the kind of funny that sends you to therapy, but the kind that is its own form of therapy. My Irish relatives knew how to lighten even the hardest days …Humor, Hurtful Words, Sarcasm, Tongue2019-09-30 04:48:11
When Should Helicopter Parents Fly Away?Dear Chuck, I’ve been reading about helicopter parenting, where parents hover over their children trying to control almost every aspect of their children’s lives to get “the right” outcome, compared to so-called “Free Range” parents who are hands off. And then, of course, we’ve all seen stories of parental neglect, …Childrearing, Finances, Over-Protective, Parenting2019-09-30 04:48:11
Jesus and The Helicopter MomOn Monday, I led our church’s Mom-to-Mom group through a Bible study on the helicopter mom of the Bible. Guess who? No, not Rebekah, the mother of Esau and Jacob — she sure helicoptered, but she also was so dysfunctional with her strong preference for one son and scheming against …Childrearing, Mothering, Over-Protective, Parenting, Salome, Suffering2019-09-30 04:48:11
From Helicopter Parent To Lighthouse ParentIn recent years I’ve read several reports about community Easter egg hunts getting canceled. Why? Aggressive parents were jumping onto the field to help their kids retrieve Easter eggs, despite being told by event organizers that the hunts were only for children. In their desire to ensure that their own …Childrearing, Mothers, Over-Protective, Parenting, Risk2019-09-30 04:48:11
Helicopter ParentingIf you pay attention to the news or social media, then you’ve probably heard of the “affluenza” teen who gained the spotlight again this past December [2015]. Ethan Couch was given this moniker after a judge sentenced him to probation instead of jail time when, at the age of 16, …Apron Strings, Childrearing, Independent Children, Mothers, Overbearing, Overly Controlling, Parenting, Teenagers2019-09-30 04:48:11
Culture Watch: Helicopter Parenting“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). I have been following the trend of hyper-concerned parents that literally hover (a helicopter term) over their kids even through their college years. One author commented that, …Childrearing, Independent Children, Mothers, Parenting2019-09-30 04:48:11
Good News About Prayer: It’s Good For You and The WorldThere’s been much disparaging of “thoughts and prayers” lately. But I’ll tell you why prayer is good for you and for the world. Want to enrage a secularist? Well, the next time there’s a natural disaster or national tragedy, such as another mass shooting, you can say that your “thoughts …Happiness, Health, Prayer, Unanswered Prayer, Well-Being2019-09-30 04:48:11
Prayer DrivingPrayerwalking is an exercise in obedience to Christ. As an act of intercession on behalf of others, it is an attempt to saturate an area where people live with prayer that they might come to the love of Christ. I have experienced firsthand the joy of prayerwalking. Most memorably, I …Commute, Driving, Pray Without Ceasing, Prayer Walk, Spiritual Discipline2019-09-30 04:48:11
God Got Him Out of There AliveOn June 12, 2016, Angel Colon was among 53 wounded and 49 murdered in the Pulse nightclub by lone gunman Omar Mateen. Having pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Mateen walked into the club around 2 a.m. and began firing an AR-15 assault rifle. In a …Atrocity, Deliverance, Homosexuality, Spiritual Calling2019-09-30 04:48:11
The Town That Banned DeathSusannah Keogh, with The Irish Sun , reports: Longyearbyen, [Norway], a tranquil town in the middle of nowhere, is so remote that residents are not allowed to die there. Dying has been banned on the island since 1950, when it was discovered that bodies in the local cemetery were not …Death Banned, Decay, Grave, Mortification2019-09-30 04:48:11
Pew Survey: 25% of Survey’s Christians Don’t Buy Biblical GodA fourth of self-identified Christians don’t believe fully in the biblical description of God, according to the Pew Research Center. Rather, 25 percent of American Christians believe in what Pew described as “God or another higher power” who is not necessarily all-loving, omniscient and omnipotent as Scripture reveals. “In total, …God's Attributes, Omnipotence, Omniscience, Religious Ignorance2019-09-30 04:48:10
She Thought He Was DeadOn February 27, 1991, at the height of Desert Storm, Ruth Dillow received a very sad message from the Pentagon. It stated that her son, Clayton Carpenter, Private 1st Class, had stepped on a mine in Kuwait and was dead. Ruth Dillow later wrote, “I can’t begin to describe my …Death, Easter, Joyous News, Resurrection2019-09-30 04:48:10
Keeping the Evangel In Evangelism: Why Evangelicalism Can’t Abandon The Old, Old StoryThe Great Commission stands at the center of Christianity as the command of the risen Lord Jesus Christ for his church to proclaim the name of God in the world for the sake of all nations and God’s glory among them. The church fulfills the commission by making disciples of …Bible, Choice, Evangelism, Good News, Great Commission, Hostility, Indifference, Opposition, Penal Substitutionary Atonement, Personal Autonomy, Post-Christian, Post-Modern Age, Religious Ignorance, Self-Determination, Witnessing2019-09-30 04:48:10
She May Divorce Her ChurchPeggy Wehmeyer is considering filing for divorce. Her grounds will be infidelity and betrayal. She is heartsick about it. She doesn’t have any issues with her husband, who is fine, but her intimate partner of more than 30 years, the evangelical church, is another matter. They met at the University …Disillusionment, Least Of These, Powerless, Risky Faith, Social Gospel, Spiritual Divorce2019-09-30 04:48:10
Experiencing The Holy SpiritFor some Christians, the Holy Spirit is something we experience intellectually through songs and hymns but not someone we consciously relate to on a daily basis. We know He exists, and we know that He is a part of the Trinity of God, but because we don’t know what Scripture …Conviction Of Sin, Divine Guidance, Exalt Jesus, Holy Spirit, Inspiration, Sealing2019-09-30 04:48:10
Let Me Get Back To YouWhen comedienne Amy Poehler gave the commencement address at Harvard University’s 2011 graduation, she told the graduates, “Even though, as a class you are smart, you are still allowed to say, ‘I don’t know.’ Just because you are in high demand, you are still allowed to say, ‘Let me get …Answers, Evangelism, Ignorance, Quest For Truth, Questions, Search, Seek Truth, Witnessing2019-09-30 04:48:10
Don’t Crash Your Car To Prove God ExistsA woman was traveling northbound on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Norcross, Georgia, when she crossed into the southbound lanes and drove head-on into a utility pole. Her children, ages 5 and 7, were in the backseat. When the police arrived, they couldn’t figure out why the car had crashed. One …False Test, Prove God, Test God2019-09-30 04:48:10
He Launched Himself Into Space“Mad” Mike Hughes, 62 years old, believes the world is shaped like a Frisbee. It is not a globe. He not a scientist, but a limousine driver from Apple Valley, California. Even so, he has been determined to prove the earth is pretty much flat. In March 2018 he did …Ascension, Flat Earth, Go Up To Heaven, Outer Space, Prove God, Resurrection2019-09-30 04:48:10
Disaster On The HudsonNine years after “The Miracle on the Hudson,” a tragedy took place on the Hudson as five lives were lost in a helicopter crash. The New York helicopter crash, which killed everyone on board except the pilot, was caused by a series of safety failures. The ill-fated flight had been …Churchianity, False Confidence, False Security, Safety, Works Righteousness2019-09-30 04:48:10
A Rebirth of Compassion?When I was 6 years old my parents separated, my dad moving to Fort Worth, Texas, and my mother and I remaining in the county seat town of Decatur, Texas, where I was born. Those were halcyon days for Baptists, when church seemed at the center of family life, at …Bigotry, Compassion, Conversion, Disfellowship, Meanness, Outcasts, Racism, Righteous Indignation, Slavery2019-09-30 04:48:10
What Difference Does The Resurrection Make?“For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” – John 6:40 What difference does the resurrection of Jesus Christ make to you and to me? …Easter, Leader, Resurrection2019-09-30 04:48:10
No Fear In Death!As I walked into the hospital, I looked on a visitation card at the name of the man who had requested that I visit him. He was dying of cancer and wanted me to come and pray with him. I was honored to do so. When I walked into his …Darkness, Easter, Fear of Death, Heavenly Father2019-09-30 04:48:10
Can Believers Suspend The Ethical?In Fear and Trembling , the Protestant theologian Soren Kierkegaard reflected on a question that has troubled Jews for two millennia: How could Abraham have possibly gone along with God’s command to sacrifice Isaac? He argued with God about the fate of Sodom; how could he fail to question a …Abraham, End Justifies The Means, God's Voice, Immorality, Kierkegaard, Sacrifice of Isaac, Situational Ethics2019-09-30 04:48:10
Hawking, The Cosmos and Its CreatorStephen Hawking, perhaps the most famous scientific intellect since Albert Einstein, died March 14 at age 76 — more than 50 years beyond his life expectancy. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, tormented Hawking’s body from the time it was diagnosed when he was a 21-year-old graduate research …Atheism, Brain, Cosmology, Cosmos, Creator, Darkness, Disability, Genius, Human Reason, Mind, Quantum Mechanics, Science, Sciencism, Stephen Hawking2019-09-30 04:48:10
Glory Is FleetingGeneral George S. Patton Jr. on the limits of glory: “For over a thousand years, Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of a triumph – a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters and musicians and strange animals from the conquered territories, together with carts laden with …Glory Fleeting, Pride2019-09-30 04:48:10
Are Revivals Effective?I was in a small gathering of folks the other week when a dear lady made reference to a revival she had been a part of. “But, of course, nobody has revivals anymore,” she said with such confidence. I wanted to say, “Well, that’s not exactly right. I am beginning …Effectiveness, Prayer, Revival, Spiritual Awakening, Spiritual Preparation2019-09-30 04:48:10
The Battle For Your HeartGary Haran was so committed to playing a video game called World of Warcraft (WOW) that he decided he had to quit in order to reclaim his life. So he started a website devoted to World of Warcraft addicts who needed a place to talk about their compulsive game playing. …Addiction, Diligence, Diligent, Heart, Obsession, Passion, Spiritual Passion, Video Games2019-09-30 04:48:10
Drinking Your Way To The TopA few records stand the test of time. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Steven Petrosino is the Beer Chugging World Champion. On June 22, 1977, at the Gingerbread Man bar in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, he drank 1 liter of beer in 1.3 seconds. This beat the previous record …Alcohol, Alcoholism, Drinking, Drunkenness2019-09-30 04:48:10
Strategic SeniorsI was talking with a friend a few weeks ago — a young pastor — who shared an honest concern I remember mulling over when I was in the pastorate. As the church was beginning to reach young couples, students and children, the senior adults felt less and less valuable. …Elderly, Old Age, Senior Citizens, Seniors Ministry2019-09-30 04:48:10
God, Not An Atonement Theory, Saves HumanityA liberal Baptist challenges Substitutionary Atonement: The substitutionary theory of the atonement is not the Christian gospel. The only time Paul discusses at length how the death of Jesus is involved in our salvation, he talks about our participation in Jesus’ death, not substitution. Paul says that we died with …Sacrifice, Salvation, Sin, Substitutionary Atonement2019-09-30 04:48:10
The Surprising Orgins of Famous Christmas CarolsThe Christmas carol service was invented in Truro, England, in 1880 by a chap called Edward White Benson. The story goes that on Christmas Eve everybody in Truro would get disgustingly drunk, and that the Bishop of Truro (Benson) was so disgusted that he decided to lure everybody out of …Christmas Carols, Christmas Eve Candlelighting Service, Folk Music, Hark The Herald Angels Sing2019-09-30 04:48:09
Why Things May Be Not Be As Bad As We ThinkChristmas is meant to be a jolly time, the season of good will to all men. But Charles Dickens’s Scrooge wasn’t the only one to say: “Bah! Humbug!” to that. Why is it that so many of us delight in being negative, not just at Christmas but all year round? …Bright Side, Fear, Negativity, News, Optimism, Pessimism2019-09-30 04:48:09
Sin Paid Off For HemingwayWriter Ernest Hemingway, whose novels The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls , and A Farewell to Arms are an integral part of our American literature, was the son of devout Christian parents. His writing was forceful, action-packed, and often brutal but exhibited none of the belief his …Ermest Hemingway, Immorality, Prodigal Son, Rebellious Child, Rebellious Son, Spiritual Bankruptcy, Suicide2019-09-30 04:48:09
Political Correctness and Biblical Correctness: What If They’re Sometimes The Same?Awhile back, I read one of those “gotcha” statements on Facebook. You know the kind I mean — the one that is intended to stop everyone in their tracks, generate 987 likes and obliterate all opinions to the contrary. The post read, “It’s time to stop being politically correct and …Aliens, Considerate Speech, Courtesy, Disagreement, Foreigners, Good Samaritan, Immigrants, Offensive Speech, Personal Bias, Political Correctness2019-09-30 04:48:09
He Wouldn’t Wear His Medal of HonorJohn McGinty III received the Medal of Honor for his fierce leadership of a Marine platoon in the Vietnam War. In July 1966 their battalion found themselves confronting a North Vietnamese force of 1,000 soldiers deep in the jungle. McGinty’s 32 men held off wave after wave of the enemy …Bravery, Divine Deliverance, Idolatry, Medal of Honor, Minerva, Soldier, Vietnam War2019-09-30 04:48:09
The Difference Between Odysseus and The Apostle PaulFrench intellectual Emmanuel Carrère, in his book “The Kingdom,” writes about the episode in the Odyssey when Odysseus has to decide between staying on Calypso’s paradisal island (where he has spent seven years) or returning home to Ithaca. Calypso’s charms are intense: she offers eternal pleasures, and she reminds our …Greek Philosophy, Heaven, Paradise, This World, Unseen Reality2019-09-30 04:48:09
Christianity’s Radical Challenge To MoralityOne of the great scandals of Christianity is the radical challenge it poses to conventional morality. In the tradition of Kierkegaard and Dostoyevsky, French intellectual Emmanuel Carrère in his book “The Kingdom” emphasizes the punishing sacrifice of self that Jesus’ teaching enjoins. Classical and Jewish thinking had promoted the Golden …Do Unto Others, Ethics, Golden Rule, Love Your Enemy, Morality2019-09-30 04:48:09
The Conversion and Lapse of A French IntellectualBy the late nineteen-eighties, after launching a fairly successful literary career, French intellectual Emmanuel Carrère had become depressed and unproductive: “I could no longer write, I didn’t know how to love, I knew I wasn’t particularly likable. Just being me became literally unbearable.” Influenced by his eccentric godmother Jacqueline, who …Apostle Paul, Change, Conversion, Extremism, Fanaticism, Skeptic2019-09-30 04:48:09
Judging Versus JudgmentalismThroughout my ministry, I have heard few verses quoted from the Bible as regularly as Matthew 7:1, which says, “Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged.” Even when I speak to those who know very little of the Bible’s content or redemptive story, they are able to recite …Gentleness, Godly Counsel, Hypocrisy, Hypocrite, Judging, Judgmentalism, Merciful, Mercy, Self-Examination2019-09-30 04:48:09
God’s Free GiftThe greatest gift anyone could ever receive is FREE because of a love story written in blood on a wooden cross 2,000 years ago. Read the following Scriptures to see how you can receive the free gift of eternal life that includes the complete forgiveness of sins, a permanent right …Eternal Life, Repentance, Salvation, Savior2019-09-30 04:48:09
Hazardous ExposureA man entered a bank in Modesto, Calif., to make a deposit a couple of years ago. He handed the teller a large wad of money wrapped in a paper towel, and after he left the teller broke out in hives and had trouble breathing. Other bank employees developed fevers …Bad Influence, Contamination, Poison, Toxin2019-09-30 04:48:09
When Is An Invalid Invalid?The unabridged English dictionary symbolizes the power of the English language. I recall a time when most public libraries and many schools had one unabridged dictionary. The book was enormous and, in theory, contained all the words in the English language. Given the evolution of the English language and its …Care, Disease, Invalid, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Ministry, Sickness, Usefulness2019-09-30 04:48:09
Not Just A Ring — A Choice For The KingApart from the decision to surrender one’s life to Christ, few earthly choices define a person’s relationship with God as greatly as selecting a spouse. Marriage joins two persons into genuine unity and diversity, man and woman. We must not, if we are to be faithful to God, follow the …Husband, Marital Love, Marriage Vow, Wedding Ring, Wife2019-09-30 04:48:09
Is This Trial From Satan Or God?Another Trial This morning I am facing a trial. It would not be appropriate for me to give the details. But I’m feeling worry and stress. In the past I have thought about writing on whether trials are from Satan or from God. And what could be a better time …God's Sovereignty, Satan, Satanic Attack, Spiritual Trial, Spiritual Warfare, Temptation, Testing, Trial From God2019-09-30 04:48:09
A Valentine For Grieving HusbandsDuring the last few weeks before she died, my wife asked me to leave the bedside lamp on at night. She didn’t want to wake up in the dark, even with me close beside her. So I left the light on. It eased her anxiety a bit, and helped us …Death of Spouse, Grief, Sorrow, Valentine's Day, Weeping, Widow, Widower, Wife2019-09-30 04:48:09
Choosing Love Over A ThroneTouted as one of the great love stories of all time, the affair of King Edward VIII of England and Mrs. Wallis Simpson of the United States, has long been the subject of fascination by romantics the world over. Many have looked to their relationship as an example of selfless …Abdication, King, Royalty, Sacrifice, Selfless Love, True Love2019-09-30 04:48:09
Sexual Abuse In The Amish CommunityThe Amish community is a mysterious world within modern America, a place frozen in another time. The Amish live without automobiles or electricity. Education ends at the eighth grade and life largely centers on farming, family and faith. Some 90 percent of children raised Amish choose to stay in the …Abuse Victims, Amish, Blaming Victims, Sexual Abuse, Shunning2019-09-30 04:48:09
They Wouldn’t Let The Superstar InEven if you are not a sports fan, you should know the name Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq is 7-foot-1 and weighs 325 pounds. His size and athleticism made him one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He played on teams that won four world championships. Shaq also displays a …Arrogance, Celebrity, Closed Door, Fame, Invitation, Pride, Rejection, Uninvited2019-09-30 04:48:09
Did You Lose Your Faith Or Did You Find You Had None?The way we react to trials and disappointments may reveal what our spiritual foundation really is. A Christian leader named Ian Leitch was asked to speak to a businessman’s staff at work. Ian agreed, and when he was done, one woman asked to speak to him privately. She said that …Faith Shaken, Lose Faith, Spiritual Test, Tragedy, Trials2019-09-30 04:48:09
The Dark Side of Winning the LotteryThe New York Daily News reports: It’s more likely you’ll get struck by lightning than win the Powerball — but if you do win, there is an even better chance that you’ll go broke. Nearly 70% of lottery winners end up broke within seven years. Even worse, several winners have …Easy Money, Gambling, Generosity, Greed, Greedy, Lottery, Murdered, Poverty, Regret, Reversal, Sudden Wealth, Unlucky2019-09-30 04:48:09
In Prison, NFL Star Michael Vick Returned To FaithMichael Vick recounted the recovery of his relationship with God during his time in prison, beginning with the 23rd Psalm, in addressing students at Liberty University Jan. 29, 2018. “My mom told me before I went in Psalm 23 will get you through,” Vick said at the Lynchburg, Virginia, campus. …Comeback, Football, Moral Fall, Prison, Psalm 23, Return To God, Seek God, Success, Superstition2019-09-30 04:48:08
Let Us PrayNo one on earth has a precise formula for prayer. It is so much more than a formula or a recitation. It is coming into the presence of the Holy God. It is seeking Him with all your heart. We need to pray to know God. We need to be …Intercessory Prayer, Spiritual Disciplines2019-09-30 04:48:08
Do You Feel Plutoed?Poor Pluto. First, it’s a planet and then it’s not anymore. It has become the Rodney Dangerfield of our solar system. In an award-winning move that probably did not make the “sub planet” feel better, the term “plutoed” was declared the Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society …Demotion, Devalued, God's Rewards, Pluto, Unappreciated2019-09-30 04:48:08
Gratitude Is Good For The BrainHand-written thank you notes have a powerful and lasting impact on both the sender and the receiver. Dr. Christian Jarrett, in The Science of Us , talked about a brain-scanning study published in NeuroImage , “which brings us a little closer to understanding why these [gratitude] exercises have these effects. …Brain, Gratitude, Handwriting, Thank You Note, Thanksgiving, Wellness2019-09-30 04:48:08
Are You Ok With Jesus But Not The Bible?Our 11- and 6-year-old daughters, the oldest of our five children, love Play-Doh. They have all the Play-Doh colors and tools necessary to mold, shape and build anything their vivid imaginations come up with. Children are drawn to Play-Doh because they believe they can create anything they want. Plus, if …Jesus Christ, Obey Jesus2019-09-30 04:48:08
Why Hell Is ForeverThe doctrine of hell is disturbing. The very idea of suffering and separation beyond the grave elicits a wide range of responses, from anguish to anger. The possibility of departed loved ones languishing in outer darkness only adds to the grief of those laying flowers on their graves. Some atheists …Eternal Condemnation, Eternal Punishment, Gehenna, Hell2019-09-30 04:48:08
The Prayer That Turns The World Upside Down [2 Articles]We long for revolution. Something within us cries out that the world is horribly broken and must be fixed. For centuries, the word revolution was scarcely heard, buried under ages of oppression. The word itself was feared and speaking it was treason. And then, revolutions seemed to appear almost everywhere. …Lord's Prayer2019-09-30 04:48:08
Revival and The Glory of GodSouthern Baptists want revival but, sadly, for the wrong reasons, Henry Blackaby once told me. “Until we want revival for the glory of God, God will not send it,” the “Experiencing God” author said over lunch one day at the North American Mission Board. Blackaby’s statement was one I’ve never …Conversions, Glory Of God, God's Glory, Moral Decline, Repentance, Revival, Spiritual Awakening2019-09-30 04:48:08
Extraterrestrials and Our Search For GodRecent news about the United States’ Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP) — aimed at investigating “unexplainable” incidents in the skies — causes many people to wonder whether intelligent beings exist outside of Earth. While many of us roll our eyes at the suggestion of little green men flying around …Cosmos, Extraterrestrials, Outer Space, Search For God, Transcendence2019-09-30 04:48:08
Moralism Is Not The Gospel – But Many Christians Think It IsOne of the most amazing statements by the Apostle Paul is his indictment of the Galatian Christians for abandoning the Gospel. “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel,” Paul declared. As he stated so emphatically, …False Gospel, Good Behavior, Moralism, Morality, Real Gospel2019-09-30 04:48:08
Even Little Kids Sense InequalityAs any parent knows, children watch carefully when goodies are divvied up. A few years ago, a team of psychologists set out to study how kids too young to wield the word “unfair” would respond to unfairness. They recruited a bunch of preschoolers and grouped them in pairs. The children …Equal Shares, Inequality, Unfairness2019-09-30 04:48:08
God Lives In A Really Big House[ Article on inclusiveness from a (very) liberal Baptist perspective ] In 2 Samuel 7, David wants to build God a house, but God doesn’t want a house. Perhaps one reason God doesn’t want a house is because once a house is built, the temptation will forever be to limit …Buddhism, God's House, Hinduism, In Christ, Inclusivism, Liberalism, One Way, Universalism2019-09-30 04:48:08
Is Church Membership Biblical?Some Christians struggle with the idea of formal local church membership. They feel uncomfortable with the idea that some folks are “in” and other folks are “out.” They ask, “Where in the Bible does the idea of formally recognized church membership appear?” Settling the issue of church membership requires understanding …Church Membership, Covenants, Local Church2019-09-30 04:48:08
Daily Time With God Makes All The DifferenceHaving practiced daily devotions for many years, I spend some time each day (mornings usually work best for me) reading my Bible and praying. I read a certain number of chapters of the Bible, underlining as I go. And I spend time praying by praising and thanking God, confessing sin, …Bible Reading, Devotions, Prayer, Quiet Time, Spiritual Disciplines, Time With God2019-09-30 04:48:08
The Leaning Tower of San FranciscoMelia Robinson, with Business Insider , reports: Millennium Tower is a luxury residential high-rise that has sunk 17 inches and tilted 14 inches since it was completed in 2008. Though an inspection by the city showed it’s safe to occupy, the situation has sparked an exodus from the building. Residents …Firm Foundation, Out of Kilter, Sinking Sand, Solid Rock, Tilted2019-09-30 04:48:08
The Power of A ‘Not-To-Do’ ListHas your working day become one long battle to wade through a to-do list? The multiple distractions of the modern workplace – digital overload, open offices and constant interruptions, to name a few – can make it near impossible to achieve your goals, or even get anything done at all. …Accomplishment, Achievement, Delay, Efficiency, Goals, Omissions, Procrastination, Tasks, Time Management, Waste Time2019-09-30 04:48:08
A Real-Life Story of Forgiveness: The Chaplain of Bourbon StreetForgiveness is a significant theme in God’s Word. The Bible tells us: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will remember …Abandon Faith, Abandon Family, Backslider, Dementia, Divorce, Forgetfulness, God's Forgiveness, Moral Failure, Prodigal Son, Restoration, Spiritual Defeat2019-09-30 04:48:08
This Little Light of MineChristians who grew up thinking about a candle’s light when singing “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine” have entirely the wrong idea about what it truly means to be a Christian light shining in the world, said the Benham brothers in a recent talk in …Cultural Impact, Fire, Homosexuality, Light, Persecution, Shine2019-09-30 04:48:08
Will Beauty Save the World?The cross of Christ may not be pretty, but it certainly is beautiful. Sometimes persistent questions demand a response. The question I would like us to ask and answer this morning is will beauty save the world? It may sound like an odd question. It’s a question occasioned by Dostoevsky …Appearances, Beauty, Cross, Crucifixion, Dostoevsky, Good Friday2019-09-30 04:48:08
Love and Cherish In MarriageMarriage expert and bestselling author Gary Thomas remembers a time more than 30 years ago when a man spoke “hard truth” into his life. “‘Gary, I’m praying that God will make you and your girlfriend miserable,’” Thomas recalled, “because it wasn’t a wise relationship. And I hated him for saying …Cherish Spouse, Intimacy, Marriage, Premarital Sex, Romance2019-09-30 04:48:08
Everything Looked Good Except HimIn 1957 Antonio Sanchez-Migallon lost his eyesight because of a chemical accident. He got on with his life and got married and had kids. But 43 years later a doctor found a way to restore his sight. He was able to see four of his kids and all 22 of …Beauty & Appearance, Blindness, Self-Image, Sight, Ugly2019-09-30 04:48:06
Great Mothers In Church HistoryAugustine of Hippo is known by Christians the world over for standing against heresy in the fifth century and laying a foundation for the Protestant Reformation a thousand years later. Lesser known is the fact that Augustine might never have become a Christian if not for his mother Monnica, who …Anna Maria Moon, Augustine, Childrearing, Christian Influence, Mother's Day, Motherhood, Perpetua, Susanna Wesley2019-09-30 04:48:06
Sexual Addiction Tragedy Prompts Seminary ConferenceThe suicide death of a beloved colleague after a sexual addiction came to light drove the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary community to their knees in prayer last August. They rose determined to help others caught in pornography and sexual addiction. “Recalibrate,” a campus-wide conference with Greg Miller of Faithful …Isolation, Lust, Pornography, Scandal, Secret Sin, Sexual Addiction2019-09-30 04:48:06
Does Islam Teach Salvation By Works?Generally speaking, there are only two methods of salvation in all the religions of the world: grace and works. Christianity is a religion of salvation by grace alone: “For by grace through faith you have been saved, not of works…” (Eph. 2:8-9). All other systems rely totally or in part …Assurance of Salvation, God's Grace, Grace Alone, Islam, Koran, Quran, Works Righteousness2019-09-30 04:48:06
The Illusive Danger of Bible Belt ChristianityI was born and raised smack dab in the middle of the Bible Belt. Almost everyone I knew intellectually assented to the truths of the Bible, had prayed a prayer at some altar in some church as a child, attended worship service regularly, voted Republican, and blessed the food at …Born Again, Changed Heart, Churchianity, Extremist, Hypocrisy, Immaturity, Lax Commitment, Lukewarm, Superficial Faith, Zeal2019-09-30 04:48:06
Helping the Homeless Movie StarA French tourist visiting New York City made headlines this week as she offered food to one whom she assumed to be a homeless man. “I gave my doggy bag to a homeless [man], and the homeless is Richard Gere,” Karin Gombeau told ABC News. “He was going through a …Charity, Concern For Poor, Handout, Homelessness, Hunger2019-09-30 04:48:06
Standing In For Tom Cruise“I [once] read an interesting article … all about movie stand-ins,” says Bryson Smith. “They’re the people who replace movie stars in scenes that are dangerous or just uncomfortable. Like Glenn Duhigg, an ex-lawyer who worked as the stand-in for Tom Cruise in “Mission Impossible 2”. Mr. Duhigg commented: “It …Humility, Jesus Christ, Second Fiddle, Substitute, Substitutionary Atonement2019-09-30 04:48:06
Charity, Accept No SubstituteThere’s a difference between philanthropy and charity. One seeks social change; the other seeks love. And which one we choose reflects our worldview. When we hear about institutions like the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations or the Carnegie Endowment, it makes us think of things such as libraries, schools, and shows …Charity, Eugenics, Help Poor, Philanthropy, Worldview2019-09-30 04:48:06
Your ‘Moronic 2 Minutes’Pastor, have you ever had a meltdown in the pulpit? In the news recently, two Atlanta radio jocks were fired for the on-air mocking they did of a New Orleans icon, former Saints football player Steve Gleason who has ALS (Lou Gehrig’s) and lives in a wheelchair and speaks through …Apology, Emotional Meltdown, Impulsiveness, Lose Control, Mouth, Out of Control, Outburst, Poor Judgment, Self-control, Temper, Tongue2019-09-30 04:48:06
Mainline Protestants Abandon Orthodoxy, Exhibit XXXVI [2 Articles]What do hymn choices tell us about a denomination? A lot, it turns out. First, forgive me for a bit of a personal reflection. When I was in Iraq — especially as casualties mounted, and the IED menace seemed overwhelming — I took great comfort in a contemporary hymn written …Censorship, Compromise, God's Wrath, Hymns, Liberalism, Penal Substituionary Atonement, Presbyterians, Propitiation, Sacrifice, Satisfaction For Sin2019-09-30 04:48:06
What Is Forgiveness?Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive , as we had during the war. And then to mention the subject at all is to be greeted with howls of anger. It is not that people think this too high and difficult a virtue: it …Forgiveness, Hate, Hatred2019-09-30 04:48:06
Temperance: the Least-Understood VirtueTemperance is one of the four cardinal virtues, which the ancients saw as character qualities necessary for people to live a truly good life. The ancients were right — the virtues are essential, they’re not optional extras. Yet the virtues not only help us as individuals; they provide a solid …Delayed Gratification, Prohibition, Self-control, Temperance2019-09-30 04:48:06
Two Public Examples of The Pain of RegretEvery person must realize that he or she eventually will live with one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The pain of discipline will empower a person to say “no” to destructive choices. The pain of regret results in an individual staring into life’s …Apology, Moral Discipline, Moral Fall, Regret, Self-control, Sin, Sorry2019-09-30 04:48:06
Fornication Is Fine – If You’re A PaganPresbyterian pastor Ligon Duncan was flipping channels on his TV one day and came upon the very conservative Roman Catholic television channel “The Eternal Word Network.” That’s the network that has shows by super-Catholics like Mother Angelica. For this show there was a priest doing a lecture to Catholic students …Cohabitation, Fornication. Sexual Sin, Impurity, Premarital Sex, Purity, Sexual Immorality, Sexual Standards2019-09-30 04:48:06
If You Hit Home Runs You’re OKFathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). It’s all too easy for children to find their identity wrapped up in external values like performance and appearance. Why? Largely because those are the values their parents …Children, Discipline, Parenting, Principles, Values2019-09-30 04:48:06
A Sermon Ender: ForgivenessCould that have been Judas’ greatest downfall, the inability to see himself as a sinner and hence receive God’s forgiveness? For without that sense of forgiveness, life holds little joy and the future is hopeless. Someone once said that the person who knows himself or herself to be a sinner …Forgiveness2019-09-30 04:48:06
A Jewish Professor’s Thoughts On the Sermon On the MountA Jewish professor’s take on the Sermon on the Mount. Sermon on the Mount: Agree With Your Adversary: Matthew 5:25-26 Posted on 7/2/2010 In this portion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus instructs his followers: “Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest …Adversary, Divorce, Judaism, Oaths, Radical Ethics, Retaliation, Sermon On The Mount2019-09-30 04:48:06
Why Didn’t You Pay For It Before?Comedian Dick Gregory tells a story from earlier in his life: “I made enough money shining shoes and carrying papers that I could go into the neighborhood bar and buy myself a hamburger, a coke, and a piece of chocolate cake. What a joy!” But, while he was there, an …Beggar, Charity, Compassion, Concern For Poor, Delay, Do It Now, Procrastination, Timely Intervention2019-09-30 04:48:06
Sermon: Refutiate FalsenessSermon in 2 Timothy series. 2 Timothy 2:14-26 REFUTIATE FALSENESS =================== I. The world needs more refutiating. II. How NOT to handle truth. A. Don’t quarrel about words. 2:14 B. Don’t get sidetracked on unimportant issues. 2:16 C. Don’t wander from the true faith. 2:18 D. Don’t be impetuous. 2:22 …False Teachers, Gentle Instruction, Truth2019-09-30 04:48:06
A God-Blessed America: Obligations and ResponsibilitiesAmerica is fundamentally distinct from all other countries in its founding, in its national life, and in the values, rights and privileges it confers upon its citizens. In other words, America is exceptional. And if it is exceptional in its domestic character, in what it offers to immigrants in search …American Blessings, American Exceptionalism, City On A Hill, Fourth Of July, God Bless America, Patriotism, Theocracy2019-09-30 04:48:06
Give Your House AwayWhile waiting at a traffic light with her parents in Atlanta, Georgia, Kevin and Joan Salwen’s 14-year-old daughter, Hannah, saw a black Mercedes coupe on one side and a homeless man begging for food on the other. Hannah turned to her father and said, “Dad, if that man had a …Charity, Concern For Poor, Downsize, Generosity, Materialism, Possession, Simplicity2019-09-30 04:48:05
Sex and The I-World: Recovering Healthy RelationshipsA few years ago a pastor named Dale Kuehne took some college students to work in a farming village in Costa Rica — a poor village that lacked electricity and running water. The locals did have a generator, however; once a week, they fired it up to watch a raunchy …Debauchery, Decline Of Morality, Influence, Media, Relationships, Sexual Immorality, Sexual Sin, Television2019-09-30 04:48:05
The Biggest RansomIrene Seale of Lebanon, New Jersey, got out of jail this week. She had been in federal prison for 17 years. You don’t get that much time for stealing hub caps. Irene and her husband Arthur had been in deep financial debt. The solution for the couple was to kidnap …Crime, Pay Debt, Ransom, Substitutionary Atonement2019-09-30 04:48:05
For the Least of TheseWhen Tony Hall first met Mother Teresa, she took his solid left hand in her frail one. “I want you always to remember something,” she urged the U.S. congressman from Ohio. And as she gently folded each of his fingers, she accentuated, “For…the…least…of…these. I want you to always think of …Concern For Poor, Hunger, Politics, Pro-life, Tony Hall2019-09-30 04:48:05
Gleaning TodayAs Christians, it is our responsibility to care for the downtrodden. Scripture makes clear the joy inherent in doing so. Proverbs 14:21 observes that “whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.” The biblical account of Boaz, a “prominent man,” and Ruth, a young widow attempting to support herself …Boaz, Concern For Poor, Food Ministry, Gleaning, Hunger, Poverty, Ruth2019-09-30 04:48:05
When Crime Hits Home: The Belote StoryJust a few weeks ago, Frances Belote, a devout 82-year-old Christian, asked a recently released prisoner a simple question: “Do you know Jesus?” The ex-prisoner, William Spencer, hesitated before responding, “A long time ago I knew Him, but he’s not there anymore.” Frances didn’t miss a beat. She said, “If …Courage, Crime, Criminal, God's Peace, Grace, Love Enemy2019-09-30 04:48:05
Should Christians ‘respect’ Other Religions?The world we now know is marked by religious pluralism and the clash of worldviews. The modern world brings individuals and groups of different belief systems into both proximity and potential conflict. How should Christians respond when asked about this? Should Christians “respect” other religions? Headlines throughout the world announced …Inclusivism, Islam, Pluralism, Respect, Roman Catholicism2019-09-30 04:48:05
Caregiving Nuns Wiped Out By PlagueNuns and priests sacrificed their own lives to provide medical care for the poor in Renaissance France, according to a new study that implicates exposure to contagious plague victims in the deaths of several religious order members. Several recently identified women who died after caring for plague victims were all …Caregiving, Concern For Poor, Count The Cost, Plague, Self-Sacrifice2019-09-30 04:48:05
The Russian Way Is the Christian WayIn his Monday Moments newsletter, Michael Halleen wrote: “I was on a flight from Minsk to Kiev during one of my early visits to that part of the world. The plane, an older Russian twin-engine model, was boarded through a door in the aft part of the cabin and seated …Gratitude, Honor, Humility, Russia, Thank You, Thankfulness, Thanksgiving2019-09-30 04:48:05
Lord, Is This You?In an interview with Mother Teresa, a reporter asked her how she found the strength and hope to work day after day in the middle of so much suffering. Mother Teresa replied, “One day a long time ago I went to nurse a woman with leprosy. Her body was covered …Concern For Poor2019-09-30 04:48:05
The Busy PreacherIt was Easter Sunday, and I was so tired at the end of the day that I just went to the edge of the platform, pulled down my tie and sat down and draped my feet over the edge. It was a wonderful service with many people coming forward. The …Busy, Compassion, Concern For Poor, Conversion, Empathy, Homeless, Least Of These, Outcast2019-09-30 04:48:05
C. S. Lewis At The MoviesWhen the Christian film FACING THE GIANTS came out in 2006, far more interesting than the movie itself were the reactions to it. Mainstream critics were almost universally dismissive — it “feels like an overly earnest church sketch of the type many evangelical congregations use as a teaching tool on …Art Criticism, Christian Subculture, Culture, Excellence, Hollywood, Media, Movies, Quality2019-09-30 04:48:05
Sermon: Do It!Sermon for church groundbreaking ceremony. 1 Chronicles 28:9-20 DO IT! ====== I. It’s jogging season. A. Runners are all over the roads. B. Solomon was starting his biggest project. C. All of us face challenges in life. II. Start with God. A. Acknowledge God. 28:9 B. Serve God. C. Seek …Accomplishment, Achievement, Human Effort, Legacy2019-09-30 04:48:05
They Knew Exactly What They Were DoingAt a “Seven Last Words” service for Good Friday, Reverend Dr. Eugene L. Gibson’s sermon came from Luke 23:34, which records the first words of Christ during the crucifixion: “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” It’s one of the best-known lines in the …Cross, Crucifixion, Good Friday, Love Enemy2019-09-30 04:48:05
Sewage Cubes“Whatever is true, … noble, … right, … pure, … lovely, … admirable — think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8 Whenever Tammy Campbell thinks about it, she gets physically ill . . . For almost 3 months her family, along with 60 other households, unknowingly drank and bathed in …Advertising, Edification, Filth, Media, Television, Thought2019-09-30 04:48:05
Color, Form, Balance — and Worldview: How To Judge A Work of ArtEveryday we are engaged in various kinds of art — from photographs to novels to music to films. But how many of us know how to understand and appreciate an excellent work of art and the message that it conveys? As Francis Schaeffer wrote in his book ART AND THE …Art, Beauty, Worldview2019-09-30 04:48:05
Lessons on ForgivenessIn the Old Testament I like the story of Joseph, particularly its outcome. Joseph is the favored one. The older brothers say, “Dad always liked you best.” In this case it was true. The brothers go out and fake Joseph’s death. They bring back some bloodied clothes and say to …Forgiveness, Revenge2019-09-30 04:48:05
Multiplying Thanksgiving“Are you going grocery shopping today?” my husband, Roy, asked when I picked up the telephone. “I plan to,” I answered. Thanksgiving was only a couple days away. Everyone in our family would be coming to our house. My funds were limited, therefore, my box of coupons awaited me in …Generosity, God's Provision, Help Poor, Hungry, Multiply Loaves, Thanksgiving2019-09-30 04:48:05
Two Men At the Fork In the RoadDr. Seamands tells of a Muslim who became a Christian in Africa. “Some of his friends asked him, ‘Why have you become a Christian?’ He answered, ‘Well, it’s like this. Suppose you were going down the road and suddenly the road forked in two directions, and you didn’t know which …Conversion, Fork In Road, One Way, Resurrection, Spiritual Decision2019-09-30 04:48:05
Mental Clutter & Storage FacilitiesMental clutter. Funny, but I don’t remember being absent minded. Storage facilities — they are everywhere. I don’t know about your area, but here in Florida it seems every crossroad has some kind of storage rental building being built. Are Americans the world’s greatest collectors of junque (fancy junk)? Maybe …Clutter, Discipline, Memory, Thoughts, Virtue2019-09-30 04:48:05
Aimee Semple McPherson Ministered To the PoorAimee Semple McPherson is remembered as a flamboyant female evangelist from the first half of the twentieth century. Surprisingly, she promoted very progressive social programs from her church in Los Angeles, the Angelus Temple, the cornerstone of of the Foursquare Gospel movement. She ministered to the poor during the depths …Aimee Semple McPherson, Compassion, Evangelist, Poor, Poverty, Racial Integration, Racism, Social Gospel2019-09-30 04:48:04
Is the Apostolic Preaching of the Cross “Insane”?The Very Reverend Dr. Jeffrey Philip Hywel John believes that the church’s traditional understanding of the cross of Christ is both “repulsive” and “insane.” His comments on the cross and atonement ignited a firestorm in Great Britain and the controversy has now spread to America as well. Anglicanism does not …Child Abuse, Cross, Expiation, God's Wrath, Good Friday, Jesus' Blood, Liberalism, Propitiation, Punishment, Sacrifice, Substitutionary Atonement2019-09-30 04:48:04
Nothing But the BloodMore and more evangelicals believe Christ’s atoning death is merely a grotesque creation of the medieval imagination. Really? ======================= “I’ve just been told that I’m too Atonement-centered.” My sister in Christ was serious, humble, and a little confused. I said, “What do you mean ‘too Atonement-centered’?” I had never heard …Blood Atonement, Cross, Expiation, Good Friday, Jesus' Blood, Liberalism, Penal Substitution, Propitiation, Redemption, Sacrifice, Substitutionary Atonement2019-09-30 04:48:04
What Did The Cross Achieve? The Logic of Substitutionary AtonementBroadly speaking, there have been three ways in which Christ’s death has been explained in the church. Each reflects a particular view of the nature of God and our plight in sin, and of what is needed to bring us to God in the fellowship of acceptance on his side …Cross, Expiation, Good Friday, Propitiation, Satisfaction For Sins, Substitutionary Atonement2019-09-30 04:48:04
He Saw the Promised LandDr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. The day before, he had delivered his now famous “Promised Land” sermon at the Mason Temple in Memphis, the last words of which were these: “But I want you to know tonight that we, as a …Don't Worry, Fear, God's Peace, Martin Luther King2019-09-30 04:48:04
Billionaire Opens Mansions To HomelessDorie-Ann Kahale and her five daughters moved from a homeless shelter to a mansion Thursday, courtesy of a Japanese real estate mogul who is handing over eight of his multimillion-dollar homes to low-income Native Hawaiian families. Tears spilled down Kahale’s cheeks as she accepted from billionaire Genshiro Kawamoto the key …Concern For Poor, Generosity, Homelessness, Poverty2019-09-30 04:48:04
What Christmas Is All AboutChristmas is celebrated today more as a sales frenzy than as the most important birth in history. Unfortunately, Christians are susceptible to this commercial mentality, and too many have compromised the message of giving. Often, we give useless gifts at Christmas, because it’s expected of us, and we feel guilty …Charity, Christmas Gift, Concern For Poor2019-09-30 04:48:04
So, Who Really Cares More About the Poor?A couple of years ago I was being interviewed by a newspaper reporter on the subject of “gay marriage.” Somewhere in the midst of our conversation the discussion turned and the reporter said, “You have to admit that there are places in the Bible where Jesus comes across more like …Conservatism, Generosity, Help The Poor, Liberalism, Social Concern2019-09-30 04:48:04
How High Can You Jump?One of Track and Field’s more interesting events is the high jump. The high jump and the pole vault are the only events where even the winner finishes in failure. Right after the jumper clears one heighth, the bar is raised. The bar is raised until the jumper can no …Human Effort, Legalism, Sports, Works Righteousness2019-09-30 04:48:04
Pointed Words From Brother Louis BeloneyI am the middle of five kids. My mom and dad were divorced when I was 6 years old. As a single mother of five kids, my mom had a lot of rules; however, the one that was non-negotiable was that everyone in our house had to attend church on …Accident, Childrearing, Companions, Disobedience, Peer Pressure2019-09-30 04:48:04
Yearning From AfarSomething strange has been happening in my inbox. My email account is filled with letters that are meant to be inclusive and inviting but in fact only remind me that I am a bit of an outcast. For all practical purposes, I am a part of the group, but I’m …Distance, God's Promises2019-09-30 04:48:04
She Didn’t Waste Her LifeIn his autobiography, BREAKING BARRIERS, syndicated columnist Carl Rowan (1925-2000) tells about a teacher who greatly influenced his life. Rowan relates: Miss Thompson reached into her desk drawer and pulled out a piece of paper containing a quote attributed to Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. I listened intently as she read: …Accomplishment, Aim High, Boldness, Calling, Dream Big, Encouragement, Gratitude, Praise, Teacher, Thank You, Vision, Waste Life2019-09-30 04:48:04
The Peace of GodThere is Martin Luther standing up in the minds of the Diet of Worms; there are the kings and the princes, and there are bloodhounds of Rome with their tongues thirsting for his blood-there is Martin rising in the morning as comfortable as possible, and he goes to the Diet, …God2019-09-30 04:48:04
Beautiful ForgivenessHow beautiful and yet how rare is forgiveness! Christ taught His disciples to forgive their enemies, and in this respect as in all others, He is our great example. He said amid the agonies of the crucifixion, “Father forgive them.” A deaf mute being asked, “What is forgiveness?” took a …Forgiveness2019-09-30 04:48:04
Power of ForgivenessThere is a story of an incorrigible soldier who had been punished so often for so many offenses, without avail, that his commanding officer despaired of the man’s amendment. Again he was under arrest, and the officer spoke hopelessly of him, asking what more could be done to save him …Forgiveness2019-09-30 04:48:04
Are You Going Back There?After spending 3 1/2 hours enduring the long lines, surly clerks and insane regulations at the department of motor vehicles, I stopped at a toy store to pick up a gift for my son. I brought my selection, a baseball bat, to the cash register. “Cash or charge?” the clerk …Anger, Humor, Rage, Revenge, Self-control, Violence2019-09-30 04:48:04
Extraordinary Ordinary Virtue: The Subway HeroOn the day after New Year’s, 2007, Wesley Autrey, a construction worker and a Navy veteran, was waiting for the train with his two daughters at the 137th Street Station in New York. Then, a man collapsed on the platform and began convulsing. After Autrey helped him get up, the …Altruism, Hero, Moral Duty, Neo-Darwinism, Self-Sacrifice2019-09-30 04:48:04
Promises We Can’t Claim, Promises We CanMany promises in the Bible were made to other people and we cannot legitimately claims those. We can learn from them. They’re profitable for us. All Scripture is. I recently wrote a mentoring letter about the bad habit Christians have of isolating Bible verses from their appropriate context, and then …Bible Context, Bible Interpretation, God's Promises, Proof-Texting, Prooftexting, Suffering2019-09-30 04:48:04
Deport Her!Upton Sinclair, the novelist and social reformer (The Jungle) once read a paraphrase of James 5 to a group of ministers after attributed it to Emma Goldman, an anarchist agitator. The ministers were so enraged they declared she ought to be deported. ________ R. Kent Hughes, commentary on James ============================== …Concern For Poor, Injustice, Poverty, Prophet, Rebuke Mighty, Social Concern, Social Gospel2019-09-30 04:48:04
Rationalizing Selfishness: The Legacy of Ayn RandIn his memoir, former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan reminds us that author Ayn Rand is still influencing the world. He credits her with turning him into something more than a “math junkie.” Greenspan is not alone. A 1991 Book-of-the-Month Club and Library of Congress survey asked members which book …Altruism, Ayn Rand, Objectivism, Self-Sacrifice, Selfishness2019-09-30 04:48:04
Christ’s Love Compels Us To ActionA friend of the poor is a friend of God. Proverbs 19:17 tells us that “he who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD.” And in Proverbs 14:31: “He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.” The …Africa, Compassion, Courage, Love Compels, Poor, Poverty2019-09-30 04:48:03
Parenting the Columbine KidsThe Harris and Klebold families seemed pretty normal. Neighbors said they were quiet families who celebrated Easter with their neighbors, mowed their lawns, and sat on bleachers on long summer nights watching Little League. The Klebolds sent their kids to Lutheran catechism. Yet their sons, Eric and Dylan, gathered weapons …Childrearing, Columbine, Delinquency, Parenting, Teenagers2019-09-30 04:48:03
Clergy Sexual Abuse Is About PowerSexual misconduct occurs among ministers at a rate higher than among other trusted professions such as doctors and lawyers, according to Joe Trull. The retired seminary ethics professor recently spoke to a ministerial ethics conference at Baylor University’s Truett Seminary. The event was reported in the Feb. 24, 2006, edition …Abuse Of Power, Leadership, Pastor, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Sin2019-09-30 04:48:03
We Are One In the SpiritSermon series on the Church Covenant. Hebrews 8:8-12 WE ARE ONE IN THE SPIRIT ======================== I. What’s heard, and not heard. II. We start with Jesus. A. Our salvation comes from receiving Jesus as our Savior. B. Our faith is a personal relationship with God. C. Regenerate membership. III. How …Church Covenant, Church Membership, Regenerate Membership2019-09-30 04:48:03
Three Things That Must Be Done To Have Peace At DeathChicago’s Roman Catholic leader, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, was very open in publically sharing his ordeal with pancreatic cancer. Shortly after his death 1996, National Public Radio gave this quote from him: “Many people have asked me why I’m at peace, or how I can be at peace, and first of …Death, Peace2019-09-30 04:48:03
The Cardinal ForgivesA wonderful illustration of how our lives can be transformed by God’s peace is found in the life of Archbishop of the Chicago diocese, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin. In his little book, The Gift of Peace, which he was working hard to complete just a year ago [Bernadin died of cancer …Communion, False Accusation, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Slander2019-09-30 04:48:03
A Christian Vision of Beauty, Part OneI have been asked tonight to talk about a Christian vision of beauty, and I am first struck by the fact that this conversation would be so rare. There are altogether too few opportunities for Christians to ponder some of the biggest questions of life. We tend to focus on …Beauty, Glory Of God, God's Glory, Philosophy, Transcendence2019-09-30 04:48:03
Turning Attendees Into A Part of the Family“Now you are no longer strangers to God and foreigners to heaven, but you are members of God’s very own family … and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian” (Ephesians 2:19). Today, a lot of Christians are what I call “floating believers.” It is an expression of …Body Of Christ, Church Membership, Fellowship, Loneliness2019-09-30 04:48:03
The Meek Shall Inherit MalibuIn Malibu, California, people don’t talk about Mel Gibson, Jennifer Aniston or Barbra Streisand. Instead, they refer to their fellow citizens as “Mel,” “Jennifer” and “Barb.” And so it is only natural that the mayor of the coastal city just goes by his first name, “Winston.” The average household income …Celebrity, Concern For Poor, Mayor, Poverty2019-09-30 04:48:03
Why Fix the Heart Value?Robert Destro works for the Catholic League for Religious Civil Rights. His job now focuses almost full-time on cases involving treatment given to the disabled. One in particular jolted his conscience. A young California boy with Down syndrome needed a heart operation. But the boy’s father wanted to withhold treatment. …Disabled, Down Syndrome, Euthanasia, Medical Ethics, Retarded, Value Of Life2019-09-30 04:48:03
How Real Servants ActEditor’s note: When held hostage, Ashley Smith called upon God for help, and then used the Bible and her daily reading in “The Purpose Driven Life” to tell her captor, alleged Atlanta murderer Brian Nichols, about God’s grace. She read from Chapter 33, which focuses on “How Real Servants Act.” …Ministry, Servant, Servanthood2019-09-30 04:48:03
To Secure Peace of MindIs there anyone in this room who is not seeking after peace? Mark Twain once commented that “…from his cradle to his grave a [person] never does a single thing which has any first and foremost object save one — to secure peace of mind — spiritual comfort for himself.” …Spiritual Peace2019-09-30 04:48:03
Praying For Peace Rather Than the PuttIt was the deciding round of play of the 1983 U.S. Open golf tournament, and Larry Nelson was tied for first place when his approach shot to the sixteenth green left him sixty-two feet from the hole. His fans groaned. In the world of golf, sinking a sixty-two-foot putt is …Peace, Quickie Prayer2019-09-30 04:48:03
Forgive Me For All the Men I Kept Trying To KillThe book (and TV series) “Band of Brothers” follows an American paratrooper unit through World War II. One of the few men to survive from beginning to end was Sgt. “Skinny” Sisk. After the war, Sisk had a hard time shaking his memories. In July 1991, he wrote to Capt. …Alcohol, Atrocity, Forgiveness, Guilt, Rebuke, Repent, Small Child, Soldier, War2019-09-30 04:48:03
Regaining ‘Hard-Nosed Teachings?: The Doctrine of Human SinAmerica was about to go to war — again — and liberal theologians were appalled. We are making a terrible mistake, they warned. We are demonizing the enemy and rushing to war. We are not fighting for democracy, but we’re about to engage in a “clash of imperialisms.” And, in …Evil, Holocaust, Pacifism, War2019-09-30 04:48:03
Dust In the TempleDust. Not star dust, not gold dust. Dust dust. Even the word is ugly. The problem with dust is that it continues to settle indefinitely as does the laundry and the dishes and, worst of all, the spilled chocolate soy milk and crispy cereal that the ants lie in wait …Clean, Dust, Home-Schooling, Purity, Self-control2019-09-30 04:48:03
The Imbalance of SacrificeSome psychologists and psychiatrists, following Freud’s lead, point to the Beatitudes as proof of Jesus’ imbalance. Said one distinguished British psychologist, in a speech prepared for the Royal Society of Medicine: “The spirit of self-sacrifice which permeates Christianity, and is so highly prized in the Christian religious life, is masochism …Beatitudes, Imbalance, Psychiatry, Self-Denial, Self-Sacrifice2019-09-30 04:48:03
My Lord and My God!Several years ago I attended an Easter morning service that has been indelibly etched in my mind. It was an outdoor service hosted by a church I had never before attended. The morning was gray and still, the sun still buried in shadow as I walked toward a crowd of …Christ Is Risen, Easter Sunrise, Exalt Jesus2019-09-30 04:48:03
God Won’t Tell My WifeTwo Baptist deacons were having a beer in the local tavern. Their pastor drove by and looked inside. One deacon ducked down and said, “I hope the preacher didn’t recognize my pickup outside.” The second deacon replied, “What difference does it make? God knows we’re in here … and He’s …Baptist Deacon, Hypocrisy, Rebuke Sin2019-09-30 04:48:03
A Russian Mother’s SacrificeEleven days after a terrible earthquake in Russia, a mother and her infant were pulled alive from the rubble. Mother Teresa was among those who came to nurse the survivors. As she walked through the hospital, she came upon the woman, badly crushed and near death, with a healthy baby …Blood, Mother, Self-Sacrifice, Survival2019-09-30 04:48:03
The Crucifixion: God’s Grace For My SinsAs if there hasn’t been enough ink spilled on the subject, forgive my humble effort at engaging the cultural phenomenon known as, “The Passion of The Christ.” Mel Gibson’s controversial film is now in theaters after months of media attention and Christian curiosity that have made the movie one of …Atonement, Blood of Jesus, Cross, Crucifixion, Culpability, Good Friday, Jesus' Death, Who Killed Jesus?2019-09-30 04:48:02
Your Brain Is the Greatest Computer Ever CreatedHave you ever walked into a room and couldn’t remember what you went there for? Have you ever grasped the hand of a potential client and then when the handshake broke, the name seemed to disappear from your memory? Or have you ever left a prospect and as you drove …Brain, Computer, Memory, Mind, Potential, Remember2019-09-30 04:48:02
Enthusiasm of An 85-Year-OldCharlie Pell, Clemson football coach, said it best. Above all, he demanded attitude coupled with action from his players. “I want them to think as positively as the eighty-five-year-old man who married a twenty-five-year-old woman and ordered a five-bedroom house near an elementary school.”Attitude, Positive Thinking2019-09-30 04:48:02
The Heart-Cleansing CycleWe all know that dirty hearts lead to unhealthy bodies. Did you know that a healthy body has a clean heart? Do you realize that one’s spiritual health is related to one’s heart? The proper function of the human heart is to bring in dirty blood from the body, clean …Clean Heart, Cleansed, Impurity2019-09-30 04:48:02
Healing and TeachingLuke 4:31–44 — Healing and Teaching « Leader information shown in this fashion » A. Some thoughts from last Sunday 1. thank you, Dave, for your work in preparing and in presenting the profiles and the anatomy of temptation 2. in Luke 4:16–21, Jesus read part of Isaiah 61, saying …Healing, Rebukes, Teaching2019-09-30 04:48:02
Finding Approval From God AloneThere is a story told of one of Verdi’s operas. The composer was young and this particular work had been produced in a hurry. Verdi knew that it was not his best. It was produced for the first time in Florence and at the end the enthusiastic yet undiscriminating audience …Disapproval, Discernment, John The Baptist, Society's Ills, Watchman2019-09-30 04:48:02
A Matter of Focus[My friend Marge had an experience] aboard a plane bound for Cleveland, waiting for takeoff. As she settled into her seat, Marge noticed a strange phenomenon. On one side of the airplane a sunset suffused the entire sky with glorious color. But out of the window next to her seat, …Focus, Perspective, Troubles2019-09-30 04:48:02
I’m Glad I Didn’t Kill You – Forgiveness and RestorationIf you were to see Steve Watt and Mark Farnham together, you’d observe the interaction of Christian brothers who are the best of friends. But their friendship didn’t begin that way. The first time Steve Watt and Mark Farnham met was twenty years ago on a lonely highway. Steve, a …Accountability, Confrontation, Crime, Fear, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Restoration, Restorative Justice, Retributive Justice2019-09-30 04:48:02
I Cannot Tell A LieRev. David Holwick ZI Questions People Ask Zechariah 8:16-17 I CANNOT TELL A LIE =================== I. Truth or consequences. II. Deception is on a roll. A. For my generation, especially evident in politics. B. This generation is no better. III. Acceptable to lie sometimes? A. Categorizing lies. B. Implication: lies …Falsehood, Lie, Lying, Tell The Truth2019-09-30 04:48:02
Vanderbilt’s ExampleIn May of 1915, a British passenger ship called the Lusitania carrying 1,962 people was torpedoed by a German submarines as a covert act of war. In a matter of minutes, the huge ship began to come apart. Within the next few hours, 1,201 passengers and crew died. One of …Courage, Disaster, Example, Self-Sacrifice, Shipwreck2019-09-30 04:48:02
The Gospel Is Hateful RhetoricChristian beliefs about sin and especially homosexuality have been declared by a California court “public safety issues” that the government has a “duty to condemn.” As such the court ruled that condemning sin was “hateful rhetoric” and the government must “exercise its duty as a public body.” What was this …Condemn Sin, Free Speech, Freedom Of Religion, Hate Speech, Homosexuality, Rebuke, Separation Of Church And State2019-09-30 04:48:02
How To Open A Closed DoorI hate to make extra trips back and forth from the car. So I have a tendency to load up with a little more than I should probably carry. At the grocery store, I would rather not be hassled with taking a cart out into the parking lot. So, if …Closed Door, Direction2019-09-30 04:48:02
The Hardest Part In Being a Mother”What’s the toughest part about being a mom?” someone asked me the other day. I thought about it for a moment. Is it the lost pet toad I found while putting on my sneakers? The huge pile of laundry I have to access with a ladder? Maybe it will be …Jochebed, Mother, Parenting2019-09-30 04:48:02
Parenting and Relationships[Some of this is fine, but there is an underlying philosophy with which I disagree — but it does provide an example of secular wisdom in this field. RGH] One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value. Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, …Children, Leadership, Love, Parenting, Training2019-09-30 04:48:02
Losing His Testimony At A PartyA certain titled gentleman was converted. He loved the Lord a great deal, but he was not well taught in the Scriptures. He thought that he could continue in some of his worldly engagements and still bear a good testimony. On one occasion some weeks after he gave his heart …Moral Testimony, Moral Witness, Party, Separation, Worldliness2019-09-30 04:48:02
Renowned Atheist Leaves A Liberal Pastor SpeechlessIn Portland, Oregon, noted atheist Christopher Hitchens laid down some seriously good theology. Most people recognize Hitchens as the author of the bestselling book “God Is Not Great: Why Religion Poisons Everything.” In Portland he was interviewed by Unitarian minister Marilyn Sewell. The following exchange took place near the start …Atheism, Atonement, Belief, Fundamentalism, Liberalism, True Christian2019-09-30 04:48:02
Talk of Adult-Child Sex Follows Path of Premarital, Homosexual SexSexual contact between adults and children has long been a societal taboo so strong that it has been considered one of our culture’s few unquestioned moral principles. A recent barrage of books, academic journal articles and online material, however, has begun to argue that at least some sexual contact between …Child Abuse, Homosexuality, Immorality, Molest, Pedophilia, Permissiveness, Promiscuity, Sex2019-09-30 04:48:02
The Forgiveness FactorIn SHOAH, Claude Lanzmann’s documentary on the Holocaust, a leader of the Warsaw ghetto uprising speaks of the bitterness that remains in his soul over how he and his neighbors were treated by the Nazis. “If you could lick my heart,” he says, “it would poison you.” One can easily …Bitterness, Forgiveness, Poison, Unforgiveness2019-09-30 04:48:02
You Should Hear It From MePoem on saying “thank you”. I’ve been talking about you a lot with the Lord, There was so much I wanted to say, I told Him how thankful and helpful you are, how I treasure you more every day. I tried to describe how just having you there can make …Express Gratitude, Thank You2019-09-30 04:48:02
Better, Not BitterIf we are not thankful then we can become bitter. If we are not thankful, then it becomes too easy to sit around and ponder the question: why me? Dr. Jim Moore, pastor of St. Luke’s UMC in Houston, wrote a book entitled “You Can Grow Bitter or You Can …Bitterness, Thanksgiving, Tragedy2019-09-30 04:48:02
A New NameAfter numerous episodes of childhood sexual abuse, I had no idea who I was. A total lack of personal boundaries led me into eight years of lesbian relationships and extreme emotional dependency. My childhood was marked by repeated traumas. I was separated from my mother at birth due to jaundice, …Incest, Molestation, New Name, Sexual Abuse2019-09-30 04:48:01
Bind Us TogetherBind us together, Lord, bind us together with cords that cannot be broken. Bind us together, Lord, bind us together, bind us together in love. There is only one God, there is only one King; There is only one body, that is why I sing. Bind us together, Lord, bind …Church, Consecration, Family Of God, Love, Prayer, Submission2019-09-30 04:48:01
Schwartzkopf On Forgiving TerroristsIn a recent interview, General Norman Schwartzkopf was asked if he didn’t think there was room for forgiveness toward the people who have harbored and abetted the terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks on America. His answer was classic Schwartzkopf. He said, “I believe that forgiving them is God’s function. …Forgiveness, Retaliation, Revenge, Terrorism2019-09-30 04:48:01
Church Humor: Kids Say the Funniest ThingsA little child in church for the first time watched as the ushers passed the offering plates. When they neared the pew where he sat, the youngster piped up so that everyone could hear: “Don’t pay for me Daddy, I’m under five.” ________________________________________________ A little boy was attending his first …Childrearing, Children, Church Attendance, Family, Humor, Offering2019-09-30 04:48:01
Bonhoeffer’s Last WordsDietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor imprisoned in 1943 for his political and Christian opposition to the Nazi regime, was executed two years later. On the day that the sentence was carried out he conducted a service for the other prisoners. One of those prisoners, an English officer who survived, wrote …Assurance, Beginning, Bonhoeffer, Death, Eternal Life, Execution, Goodbye, Last Words2019-09-30 04:48:01
Blowing Hot and ColdAesop’s fables contain many helpful moral lessons for us. One of them is about a man and a satyr who, having struck up an acquaintance, sat down together to eat. The day being wintry and cold, the man put his fingers to his mouth and blew upon them. “What’s that …Hot And Cold, Inconsistency2019-09-30 04:48:01
John Brown’s WhippingJohn Brown, the radical abolitionist, had strict rules for bringing up his children. Brown kept this list in his ledger: For disobeying mother……………….8 lashes For unfaithfulness at work…………..3 lashes For telling a lie…………………..8 lashes One of his sons had a habit of daydreaming during his chores. Brown often showed this …Conviction Of Sin, Punishment, Scourging, Substitute, Substitutionary Atonement, Whip2019-09-30 04:48:01
What Made The Minister WealthyA tax assessor came one day to a poor minister of the gospel to determine the amount of taxes he would have to pay. “What do you possess?” he questioned. “Oh, I am very wealthy,” replied the minister. “List your possessions, please,” the assessor instructed. The man of God replied, …Blessings, Taxes, True Riches, True Wealth2019-09-30 04:48:01
The Converted SkepticTwo unbelievers once sat in a railroad train discussing Christ’s wonderful life. Even non-Christians cannot escape thinking of Christ. One said, “I think an interesting romance could be written about Him.” The other replied, “You are just the man to write it. Set forth the correct view of His life …Ben Hur, Biography, Jesus2019-09-30 04:48:01
How Churches Can Help In Tough TimesHome foreclosures, auto repossessions, workforce cutbacks, bank collapses, 401(k) losses. As a comedian used to say — “Is that all that’s troubling you, cousin?” But no one is really laughing. Current economic conditions and the lack of employment opportunities in our country now have created many needy families. Although two …Charity, Concern For Poor, Economics, Economy, Indigent, Orphan, Poverty, Widow2019-09-30 04:48:01
She Left AstrologyComing from an alcoholic home, with an agnostic father, and believing Christians to be hypocritical and superficial, young Marcia Montenegro sought refuge and cerebral satisfaction in the world of the occult. By the grace of God, after nearly 20 years of being associated with spirit guides, astrology and witches, Montenegro …Astrology, Divination, Eastern Religion, New Age, Occult, Paranormal, Psychic2019-09-30 04:48:01
Ex-Convicts, Victims Find Healing Relationship of ForgivenessJoe Avila took a drive up a California highway — drunk — and killed a 17-year-old cheerleader. He went to prison for manslaughter. His experience with the law turned out to be religious — like many other inmates, Avila found Jesus in jail, asked God for forgiveness and came to …Amends, Crime, Forgiveness, Humanism, Jail, Penance, Prison, Reconciliation, Reformed, Restitution, Victim2019-09-30 04:48:01
Wood Gives Way to Glass in ConfessionalsThe musty confines of the traditional wooden confessional will give way to glass boxes in an effort by the Catholic Church in England and Wales to prevent child sex abuse. Confessor and priest will be visible during the act of contrition but the booths will be soundproofed, a church spokeswoman …Catholics, Confessional, Sexual Abuse2019-09-30 04:48:01
Hearing What You Don’t Want To Hear“It’s a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn’t want to hear.” Dick Cavett Television personality Cited in BITS & PIECESAdvice, Listen, Rebuke2019-09-30 04:48:01
I Wish You EnoughRecently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. The airline had just announced the plane would begin boarding. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said, “I love you and I wish you enough.” The daughter replied, “Mom, our life …Contentment, Daily Bread, Enough, Goodbye, Sustenance2019-09-30 04:48:01
Wesley Disarms A RobberWhen evangelist John Wesley (1703-1791) was returning home from a service one night, he was robbed. The thief, however, found his victim to have only a little money and some Christian literature. As the bandit was leaving, Wesley called out, “Stop! I have something more to give you.” The surprised …Cleanse, Influence, Transformation, Wesley2019-09-30 04:48:01
Thought Seeds“The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors; that which it loves, and also that which it fears; it reaches the height of its cherished aspirations; it falls to the level of its unchastened desires. Every thought-seed sown or allowed to fall into the mind, and to take root there, …Focus, Influences, Mind, Thinking2019-09-30 04:48:01
The Folly of Total ForgivenessIf I had my life to live over and wanted to be a big success when I grew up, I’d do something really stupid when I was young. I’d get in trouble with the law, run away from home, do badly in school and get myself suspended for missing classes. …Admiration, Cheap Grace, Forgiveness, Moral License2019-09-30 04:48:01
One Does the Best He CanLong ago in the Middle East: “A man was traveling on his donkey when he came upon a small fuzzy object lying in the road. He dismounted to look more closely and found a sparrow lying on its back with its scrawny legs thrust upward. At first he thought the …Human Effort, Works2019-09-30 04:48:01
With This Ring, I Thee Divorce: Do Divorce Rituals Help?The ceremony had everything you’d expect at a wedding: a bride and a groom, rings and vows, candles and music. But this was no ordinary wedding. In fact, it wasn’t a wedding at all. It was a divorce ceremony. As Phil Penningroth gave his soon-to-be ex-wife a non-wedding ring, he …Divorce, Divorce Ceremony, Vow, Wedding Ceremony2019-09-30 04:48:01
Author of the Rules Files For DivorceCheap Irony Of The Day — Author Of The Rules Files For Divorce “It seems that The Rules authors Sherrie Schneider and Ellen Fein may have reached the end of the rainbow,” Bartholomew Roberts writes. “The two have made their money publishing books that advise women how to find a …Divorce, Hypocrisy, Marriage, Practice What You Preach2019-09-30 04:48:00
How Much Are You Worth?How much is one human being worth? In terms of his financial profile, the prodigal was now worth zero. How much are you worth? I am not sure how to answer that question. If we could somehow break down the chemical composition of your body I could tell you your …Prodigal, Value Of Life, Worth2019-09-30 04:48:00
Peace In the Midst of TragedyHoratio Spafford, a businessman in Chicago, sent his wife and three daughters to Europe by ship while he remained back in the States, intending to join them later. En route there was a terrible storm and a shipwreck during which their three daughters drowned. Mrs. Spafford made it to safety …Peace, Tragedy2019-09-30 04:48:00
Why Do People Pray?Why do people pray? Out of tradition Out of obligation Out of desperation We should pray out of passion for our relationship with Jesus Christ.Crisis, Desperation, Prayer2019-09-30 04:48:00
Baptist Faith and Message Article 12: EducationThroughout the Scriptures, education has been a major priority. This can be traced from the teachings in both the Old and New Testaments. Deuteronomy — especially in chapters 4, 6 and 31 — repeats the words of “teach,” “taught” and “learn” as preparation for the people to go into the …Education, Teach, Teacher2019-09-30 04:48:00
The Last Roller Coaster RideI’ll never forget the day when I was a little boy when my Dad took me to Riverview, the big amusement park in Chicago. We had a ball until he insisted on taking me – against my serious objections – on “The Bobs.” That was Riverview’s biggest roller coaster. I …Roller Coaster, Spiritual Warfare, Victorious Living2019-09-30 04:48:00
Quotes On Self-Control“The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.” — Alfred Lord Tennyson “I define self-control, in the beginning of life, as the choice of achieving what I really want by doing things I really don’t want to …Passion, Self-control, Self-discipline2019-09-30 04:48:00
Why Baptize?Questions People Ask sermon series 1 Corinthians 1:11-17 WHY BAPTIZE? ============ I. Our baptism tank is full this morning… II. Baptism can be a divisive issue. III. What is required for salvation. A. Believe on the Lord Jesus. B. Baptism not required for salvation. C. Should we ask for more? …Baptism, Church Membership, Ordinance, Sacrament2019-09-30 04:48:00
Advice On Church Membership ClassesI believe the most important class in your church is the membership class. It sets the tone and expectation level for everything else that follows. The very best time to elicit a strong commitment from your members is at the very moment they join. If little is required to join, …Church Membership, Commitment2019-09-30 04:48:00
Cyber-ChurchFrom: Sent: Saturday, July 21, 2001 12:08 AM Subject: Tired of Traditional Church? We’re starting something new, come join us!! We’re starting a new kind of church and would like you to be a charter member. CyberChurchOnline will open its virtual doors in 30 days. A church with no doors, …Contemporary, Cyber-church, Ecumenism, Fellowship, Internet, New Age, Restrictions, Tradition2019-09-30 04:48:00
Children feel full effects of divorce as adults: studyDivorce affects children most severely decades after their parents separate, when they reach their 20s and 30s and struggle to create their own families, a new study has found. In a one-of-a-kind study that took 25 years to complete, sociologist and author Judith Wallerstein found children who grew up in …Divorce, Marriage, Single Parents, Stability2019-09-30 04:48:00
Roman Matrons and World EmpireThe following citation is from “Sex and Power in History” by Amaury de Riencourt. (New York: Dell Publishing Company, 1975), pages 123-127, in Chapter Four entitled “Roman Matrons and World Empire.” In the citation below, I have indicated the beginning page numbers in the Dell edition by placing them in …Egalitarianism, Feminism, Women's Liberation2019-09-30 04:48:00
Amy Grant says God hates divorce but can give people ‘Second chances’Because of the agony of her own marriage breakup, singer Amy Grant sees why God hates divorce, she says in an interview with CCM magazine this month. “I know why God hates divorce because it rips you from stem to stern, and children are the total innocent recipients of a …Amy Grant, Ccm, Divorce, Music, Second Chance2019-09-30 04:48:00
Sufficient and Comprehensive KnowledgeG. K. Chesterton once said, “My problem with life is not that it is rational, nor that it is irrational … but that it is almost rational.” Just when we are able to form a consistent philosophy of life, someone or something pokes a hole in it. Job, in the …Comprehend, Infinity, Irrational, Knowledge, Rational, Reason, Understanding, Unknown2019-09-30 04:48:00
Where Can We Go With Guilt?Simon Wiesenthal once penned the thought-provoking book, The Sunflower . His theme was the unshakable struggle that we as human beings have with guilt. In the story, which was a true one, he related how he had been taken from a death-camp to a makeshift army hospital during World War …Absolution, Guilt, Holocaust, Wiesenthal2019-09-30 04:48:00
Voodoo Makes You Feel Better“We asked employees to recall a time when their supervisors abused them in the workplace,” says Lindie Liang of the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The point: to study what made people feel better after being treated unfairly by their boss. To …Injustice, Retaliation, Revenge, Unfairness, Voodoo2019-09-30 04:48:00
Fireworks FaithKaren and I were headed home from our first drive around our new neighbor, New York City. It was the Fourth of July and we were driving along the West Side Highway which runs along the Hudson River, immediately across from New Jersey. Suddenly, all the cars came to an …God's Voice, Rollercoaster Faith, Spiritual Excitment2019-09-30 04:48:00
Click To Download Forms: Divorce Becomes A SnapSeattle attorney Randy Finney has established completecase.com, a dissolve-it-yourself divorce site. It’s already available for would-be divorcees in Washington, California, Florida, and New York — with other states pending. Finney estimates that his website has aided one thousand couples to uncouple. The site boasts, “Forms and calculations automatically completed for …Divorce, Internet, Marriage, Rash Decision, Relationships2019-09-30 04:48:00
The Family of GodI’m so glad I’m a part of the family of God — I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood! Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod — For I’m part of the family, the family of God.Church, Fellowship, God's Family, Unit2019-09-30 04:48:00
Lord, Be Glorified1. In my life, Lord be glorified, be glorified. In my life, Lord, be glorified today. 2. In Your church, Lord, be glorified, be glorified. In Your church, Lord, be glorified today. 3. In our homes, Lord, be glorified, be glorified, In our homes, Lord, be glorified today.Church, Commitment, Consecration, Family Of God, Prayer, Submission2019-09-30 04:48:00
Faith of Our Fathers1. Faith of our fathers, living still In spite of dungeon, fire and sword– O how our hearts beat high with joy Whene’er we hear that gracious word! Chorus Faith of our fathers, holy faith, We will be true to thee till death! 2. Our fathers, chained in prisons dark, …Church, Faith, Family And Home, Fellowship With Believers, Love For Others2019-09-30 04:47:59
Blest Be the Tie That BindsBlest be the tie that binds Our hearts in Christian love! The fellowship of kindred minds Is like to that above. Before our Father’s throne We pour our ardent prayers; Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, Our comforts and our cares. We share our mutual woes, Our mutual …Church, Fellowship, Lord's Supper, Love, Prayer, Support, Unity2019-09-30 04:47:59
Melody of Faith: the PianistAmong the nominees for Best Picture in 2002’s Academy Awards is THE PIANIST. The movie, which has been nominated for six other Oscars in addition to Best Picture, tells the story of one man’s survival during the Nazi occupation of Poland. Like most films, THE PIANIST takes liberties with the …Artist, Holocaust, Image Of God, Motivation, Music, Rescue, Value Of Life2019-09-30 04:47:59
Dangerous Redefinitions: Are Newborns “Persons”?It sounds like the baby shower from hell. As cake and punch are passed around, a doctor runs medical tests on a month-old baby. If he passes the tests, the guests welcome the child to the human community. But if the baby fails — if he has, say, Down’s syndrome, …Abortion, Baby, Euthanasia, Handicaps, Mercy Killing, Personhood, Value Of Life2019-09-30 04:47:59
Somalia Firefight Solidifies Soldier’s Calling As A ChaplainRangers are not supposed to fear. Nor cry. Nor panic. Nor exhibit any emotion as they endeavor to execute orders. But, as U.S. Army Ranger Jeff Struecker stared blankly at his blood-soaked vehicle in the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, seven years ago, he knew these emotions raged in the hearts …Chaplain, Courage, Cross, Death, Deliverance, Fear, God's Omnipotence, Peace, Prepared For Death, Questions, Soldier, Somalia, Testimony, War, Why?2019-09-30 04:47:59
A Complete Human Being?An aborted baby survived for 80 minutes while hospital staff watched, a coroner’s court in Darwin, Australia, was told April 10, 2000. The baby was born alive in 1998 after being induced the coroner said. Nurses covered the baby, made her as comfortable as possible, and waited for her to …Abortion, Pro-life, Sanctity Of Life, Value Of Life2019-09-30 04:47:59
Why Not Dance?Question: My parents and I are Christians. They have told us children that we are not to go to dances and have never told us why we can’t. Answer: You should obey your parents as you are commanded to do in Ephesians 6:1-3. This is especially true since you are …Dancing, Obey Parents, Separation2019-09-30 04:47:59
Marriage, Divorce, & Remarriage–2| My Source: | TRUTHS, 442 |––––––––––––––– | Author: Roger D. Campbell Continued from Previous Mailout… Friends, Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15). All authority in heaven and earth is given unto Him (Matthew 28:18). Therefore, all men living in every place are …Divorce, Marriage, Remarriage2019-09-30 04:47:59
Marriage, Divorce, & Remarriage–1BY: Roger Campbell in TRUTHS, 441, December 1998 In Hebrews 13:4 it is written, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled; but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” From this verse we would make these observations: (1) There is such a thing as marriage; (2) Marriage is honourable, …Divorce, Marriage, Remarriage2019-09-30 04:47:59
Peace That Passes All UnderstandingA person whose cancer has been arrested may say, “I am so thankful to God.” That is praise. But a person who is dying of cancer and in pain may calmly say, “Everything is all right. The Lord doesn’t make mistakes. I have peace in my heart.” That is “the …God's Peace, Peace Of God, Praise, Thankfulness, Thanksgiving2019-09-30 04:47:59
Six Divorce MythsRecently, I read about six divorce myths. I would like to share those with you and expand on them a little. Myth #1: The grass is greener outside my marriage . The conflict you are in may give that impression. That is seldom the case after the divorce. The truth: …Divorce, Unhappiness2019-09-30 04:47:59
They Put Themselves In Harm’s WayPastor William L. Stidger tells the story of a man in his congregation who served in the Navy during World War II. One night, this man was running his transport across the Atlantic, when he noticed the white trail of a torpedo coming toward him. His ship was manned by …Memorial Day, Self-Sacrifice, War2019-09-30 04:47:59
Committed Without Reserve Into God’s Almighty HandsGeorge Whitefield wrote: “I can call heaven and earth to witness that when the bishop laid his hands upon me, I gave myself up to be a martyr for Him who hung upon the cross for me. I have thrown myself blindfolded and without reserve into his Almighty Hands.” (see …Commitment, Consecration, Holiness, Whitefield2019-09-30 04:47:59
What Is the Soul Worth?The courts have had something to say about the value of a man. A boy lost his hand and the courts allowed him $1,700. An eighteen-month-old child toddled into an alley where some rubbish was burning, and three toes were injured; the court allowed $750 damage. A young woman whose …Value Of Life, Worth2019-09-30 04:47:59
William Colgate, The Tithing Soap ManMany years ago a lad of sixteen years left home to seek his fortune. All his worldly possessions were tied in a bundle, which he carried in his hand. As he trudged along he met an old neighbor, the captain of a canal boat, and the following conversation took place, …Business Ethics, Priorities, Tithing, Work Ethic2019-09-30 04:47:59
What Doest Thou Here, Elijah?The precocious six-year-old burst into the British pub, surveyed the patrons, and spotted an elderly man with his paper and mug of beer. “What doest thou here, Elijah,” the youngster boldly stated, “sitting with the ungodly, and you a member of the church, and breaking your pastor’s heart? I am …Rebuked, Sin2019-09-30 04:47:59
A Rebuke With the Right SpiritWe can confess Christ by rebuking sin in the proper spirit. In England a minister was traveling in a railway carriage with some betting men. Presently he managed to engage one in a friendly conversation. “Pardon me,” said the minister, “I mean no offense, but I presume you are a …Rebuked, Sin2019-09-30 04:47:59
Sacrifice, the Gate To HeavenPierre Hurlat, they tell us, was the keenest-eyed gunner in France, and by his thrift he had saved enough money to buy a little cottage in the village of Severs, just at the foot of the bridge. It was a thing of beauty, all covered over with honeysuckle, and Pierre …Self-Sacrifice2019-09-30 04:47:59
She Gave Her Own BloodPatricia West had a rare blood type. She was constantly being asked to donate blood by her local blood bank. Patricia eventually moved from her home state of Florida to Michigan. There she underwent simple surgery. But while in surgery, she began to hemorrhage. A call went out for blood, …Blood Donation, Self-Sacrifice2019-09-30 04:47:59
He Died To Save His WorkIn one of the galleries of Paris, there stands a notable statue. The sculptor, like so many great artists, was a very poor man and lived and did his work in a garret. One night, the beautiful statue was finished. The sculptor surveyed it in pride and affection for a …Self-Sacrifice2019-09-30 04:47:59
He Was the ClosestA story is told in which an accountant answered an advertisement for a top job with a large firm. At the end of the interview, the chairman asked, “One last question-what is three times seven?” The accountant thought for a moment and replied, “Twenty-two.” Outside he checked himself on his …Almost, Close, Math, Mathematics, No Compromise, Truth, Works Righteousness2019-09-30 04:47:58
The Divorce Generation: Finding RedemptionIt is a common, oft-repeated statistic: One in two American marriages will end in divorce — even within the Church. It hangs over our nation like a dark cloud. But what is truly sobering is that an entire generation of Americans has grown up in a culture where statistically, divorce …Divorce, Family Breakdown, Marriage2019-09-30 04:47:58
God Is Committed To Our Ultimate HealingSteve Hayner was a Christian leader who had been the president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and also president of Columbia Theological Seminary. A few years ago he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He endured extensive chemotherapy but tests showed his disease was still growing. Hayner wrote a blog post for …Discouragement, Pancreatic Cancer, Ultimate Healing, Unanswered Prayer2019-09-30 04:47:58
Love Opens DoorsWhen all else fails, love opens doors. Shortly after her marriage to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria had a quarrel with her new husband. Albert walked out of the room and locked himself in his private apartment. Victoria hammered furiously on the door. “Who’s there?” called Albert. “The Queen of England, …Closed Door, Conflict, Conjugal Love, Husband & Wife, Marriage, Queen Victoria2019-09-30 04:47:58
The Bible, Our Spiritual Tuning ForkYes, the Bible gives to man the guidance he needs because it is God’s unchanging Word — good for every age and every generation. I once read about a musician who went to see his aged music teacher. During the visit, the elderly mentor struck a tuning fork and said. …Bible, Preaching And Hearing2019-09-30 04:47:58
The Community of the Cross“Having reached the end of the Beatitudes, we naturally ask if there is any place on this earth for the community which they describe. Clearly, there is one place, and only one, and that is where the Poorest, Meekest, and most sorely Tried of all men is to be found …Beatitudes, Calvary, Community, Cross, Golgotha, Meekness2019-09-30 04:47:58
Heroism of ChildrenThe heroism of childhood is remarkable. Every week the newspapers tell of some child’s self-sacrifice that is almost beyond belief, were it not substantiated by facts. Even very young children do many brave acts that older persons would shrink from. A short time since a young lad sat reading a …Bravery, Children, Courage, Heroism, Self-Sacrifice, Slum2019-09-30 04:47:58
He Turned Down The KickbackIn one of the States the Legislature had appointed one of their number to purchase the furniture for a large college. This member found two places where he could obtain the same furniture, yet one of them charged nearly a thousand dollars more than the other, but would give this …Bribe, Corruption, Graft, Kickback2019-09-30 04:47:58
Why Paul Is BlushingWhile Raphael was engaged in painting his celebrated frescoes, he was visited by two cardinals who began to criticize his work, and found fault without understanding it. “The Apostle Paul has too red a face,” said one. “He blushes to see into whose hands the Church has fallen,” answered the …Artistry, Corrupt Leaders, Insult, Putdown, Rebuke2019-09-30 04:47:58
Revived Through ServiceI read about one occasion when Sadhu Sundar Singh and a companion were traveling through a pass high in the Himalayan Mountains. At one point they came across a body lying in the snow. Sundar Singh wished to stop and help the unfortunate man, but his companion refused, saying, “We …Ministry, Rescue, Save Life, Self-Sacrifice, Service2019-09-30 04:47:58
Quote“From the body of one guilty deed a thousand ghostly gears and haunting thoughts proceed.” – William Wordsworth – _Instant Quotation Dictionary_, p. 151.Conviction Of Sin, Guilt2019-09-30 04:47:58
A Side Line For MissionsA young man accepted for the African missionary field reported at New York for “passage” but found on further examination that his wife could not stand the climate. He was heartbroken, but he prayerfully returned to his home and determined to make all the money he could to be used …Closed Door, Missions2019-09-30 04:47:58
Grounds For Divorce?A woman made an appointment with her minister. She told him directly: “Reverend, I am planning to divorce my husband.” “Well,” said the minister, “do you have any grounds?” “Yes,” she said, “we have fairly large grounds, with lots of trees.” “I mean,” said the minister, “have you and your …Funny, Marriage2019-09-30 04:47:58
She Never Considered DivorceA minister was reaching the conclusion of a Bible Study on divorce. Closing his Bible, he said, “Finally, brothers and sisters, I would like to commend to you the attitude of sister Ruth who is present with us tonight. After our last Bible Study, she told me that not once, …Divorce, Funny, Husband and Wife, Marital Conflict, Marriage2019-09-30 04:47:58
Giving Her Heart to JesusA little girl hurried home one day from Sunday School and weighed herself. “Why are you weighing yourself again today when you weighed yourself just yesterday?” her mother asked. “Because,” the little girl replied, “I gave my heart to Jesus this morning – and I wanted to see how much …Childlike Faith, Children, Salvation, Sunday School2019-09-30 04:47:58
Preachin’ and Meddlin’At a southern Church, an older lady was listening to the sermon, in which the parson was preaching fervantly against all the common sins, from gambling, to murder, and everything in between. The lady swayed in her seat, and murmured “Amen, Amen” from time to time. But when the parson …Conviction Of Sin, Preaching, Rebuke2019-09-30 04:47:58
I’m Still Not Going Back to the Catholic ChurchIt’s not hard to understand why people are so excited about Pope Francis. Since his sensational interview last week, many have said that with his personal warmth and determination to put doctrine in the background, Francis is just the man to bring a lot of fallen-away Catholics back into the …Cheap Grace, Churchianity, Conversion, Eastern Orthodoxy, License, Pope Francis, Repentance, Roman Catholicism, Theraputic Faith2019-09-30 04:47:58
Unchurched Or Unsaved?In 1914, Ernest Henry Shackleton led an expedition to cross the entire continent of Antarctica, but wound up shipwrecked on an uninhabited island. To rescue his team, Shackleton and a few of the men sailed a tiny boat across more than 800 miles of rough seas to South Georgia Island. …Church Membership, Lost, Salvation, Unchurched, Unsaved2019-09-30 04:47:58
He Was Glad He Got The Child, and Not The Other GuyBritish factory worker and his wife were excited when, after many years of marriage, they discovered they were going to have their first child. According to author Jill Briscoe, who told this true story, the man eagerly relayed the good news to his fellow workers. He told them God had …Speech, Suffering, Tongue, Wisdom2019-09-30 04:47:58
Two Portraits of Children of Divorce: Rosy and DarkDivorce often hurts children, everyone agrees. It can cause great pain, anger, anxiety, confusion and behavior problems in the first couple of years of the breakup. And for some it leads to lasting anxiety, insecurity and fear of having close relationships with other people. Most children recover, though it may …Childrearing, Children, Divorce, Emotional Health2019-09-30 04:47:58
We’re Supposed To Bring Something For the PoorThat Sunday morning I stared into our nearly empty refrigerator trying to imagine how I’d stretch our food to last us the rest of the week. My two kids and I had just moved from a shelter for abused women into a small, low-rent apartment. I wasn’t sure where lunch …Charity, Generosity, Offering, Poor, Poverty, Share, Thanksgiving2019-09-30 04:47:56
What’s That Noise?Did you hear about the man that decided to buy a chainsaw? A logging foreman sold him a used one that he guaranteed would cut down 100 trees in a single day. A week later, a very unhappy man came back to report that the saw must be faulty because …Human Effort, Ignorance2019-09-30 04:47:56
Faithful In LittleThe sign in the window read: “Boy Wanted”. Young John Simmons, though he was lazy, saw his opportunity and applied. He was quickly hired by elderly Mr. Peters. The pace was leisurely so he enjoyed the job. Toward the middle of the afternoon however, he was sent up to the …Character, Conscientious, Diligence, Faithfulness, Integrity, Servanthood, Work2019-09-30 04:47:56
Apostle To The Irish: The Real Saint PatrickIf you ask people who Saint Patrick was, you’re likely to hear that he was an Irishman who chased the snakes out of Ireland. It may surprise you to learn that the real Saint Patrick was not actually Irish — yet his robust faith changed the Emerald Isle forever. Patrick …Ireland, Missionary, Saint Patrick, St. Patrick2019-09-30 04:47:56
Divorce Prevention Is FlawedSaying they have taken the wrong approach to marriage counseling for three decades, more than 100 scholars, religious and civic leaders pledged to turn the tide on divorce. The pact to take a new tack in fostering strong marriages was signed Thursday at a conference addressing the breakdown of the …Communication, Conflict, Disagreement, Divorce, Fight, Marriage2019-09-30 04:47:56
Breach of Contract: Should We Sue Divorcing Couples?The minister was outraged, and he didn’t care who knew it. The question he had for Dr. Laura Schlessinger was this: Was he out of bounds to sue a couple he had recently married — a couple who had promised never to divorce? The minister’s anger is a sign — …Commitment, Divorce, Marriage, Vow2019-09-30 04:47:56
The Sanction of Eros: Why Christians DivorceI still remember my sadness on hearing that an old friend and someone I believed was a sincere Christian, was leaving his wife of many years. I was shocked and disappointed. I wondered: How could this man, committed to both his spouse and his Lord, fall in love with another …Adultery, Covenant, Divorce, Emotions, Eros, Fall In Love, Fidelity, Lust, Marriage, Unfaithfulness, Vows2019-09-30 04:47:56
The Only Memory That LingersI have many memories about my father and about growing up with him in our apartment next to the elevated train tracks. For 20 years, we listened to the roar of the train as it passed by his bedroom window. Late at night, he waited alone on the tracks for …Express Love, Father & Son, Goodbye, Memories2019-09-30 04:47:56
Heart & Soul: Truth and ConsequencesMy wife’s honesty was the slap in the face I didn’t want – but needed. Jana was forking the last bite of an order of banana pancakes into her mouth when our conversation screeched to a halt. I was frustrated because my father had turned down our request for a …Honesty, Marriage, Rebuke, Truthfulness2019-09-30 04:47:56
Who Was the Hero? [2 versions][ see some corrections and observations at the bottom ] During the course of World War II many people gained fame in one way or another. One man was Butch O’Hare, a fighter pilot assigned to an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. One time Butch and his entire squadron were …0'hare, Capone, Do Right Thing, Example, Father & Son, Hero, Mafia, Name, Propitiation, Reputation, Sacrifice2019-09-30 04:47:56
Christianity StatisticsAccording to statistician David Barrett (USA), the world population grew to 5.804 billion in 1996; 1.843 billion of those are under 15 years old. There are 1.715 billion poor people living in cities, with an additional 970 million living in slums. The church continues to grow rapidly: of the 1.782 …Christianity, Church Growth, Church Membership, Missions, Statistics2019-09-30 04:47:56
Can You Control Yourself?Sermon in 1 Thessalonians series. 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 CAN YOU CONTROL YOURSELF? ========================= I. Dilemma of sexuality. II. What is the world coming to? A. We live in a “sexual revolution.” B. There is nothing new under the sun. III. Christians have always been different. A. Your sexual morality is …Adultery, Fornication, Lust, Self-control, Sexual Sin, Sexuality2019-09-30 04:47:56
Desktop Divorce: Virtue In the Information AgeBack in the 1970s, the great evangelist Francis Schaeffer used to rail against the plague of what he called “easy divorce.” Most people, even many Christians, seemed to have no sense of how devastating divorce is to children or how it contributes to the decline of any culture. Well, since …Divorce, Marriage, Relationships2019-09-30 04:47:56
Confronting the Spirit of the AgeDr. G. Campbell Morgan said, “We are not here to capture the spirit of the age but to correct it.” __________________________ Another version from Tom Walker, Zion Hill Baptist Church: Someone told G. Campbell Morgan that the preacher must catch the spirit of the age. Immediately the great preacher responded …Confrontation, Prophetic Rebuke, Spirit Of The Age2019-09-30 04:47:56
Father’s 10-Year Quest To Meet God scriptureAt 19, Hermann Brandt had his final conversation with God. Or so he thought. “God, I’ve tried Christianity and it doesn’t work. If you want me, you come to me,” he prayed. Brandt, now 33, grew up in a minister’s home in South Africa. He tried to live the Christian …Doubt, Emptiness, Faithful, Fulfillment, God's Voice, Grace, Hypocrite, Inner Voice, Peace Of God, Prodigal Son, Temptation, Vision2019-09-30 04:47:56
Getting My ReligionAn elderly woman had just returned to her home from an evening service when she was startled by an intruder. As she caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables, she yelled “Stop, Acts 2:38.” The burglar quickly turned around and pointed his gun at …Conviction Of Sin, Humor, Memorize, Misunderstanding, Robber, Thief2019-09-30 04:47:56
Stay Alive All Your LifeThese manifestations of disappearing and reappearing [the appearances by Jesus after Easter] were designed to emphasize that, while He seemed to be gone, He was not, but is ever near to us. Then comes the astonishing statement that we shall know the same aliveness after the experience called death. “Because …Death, Grief, Hallucination, Immortality, Peale, Reassurance, Spiritual Knowledge, Telepathy, Transcendence2019-09-30 04:47:56
At Peace In the WhirlwindYou can rest even when you have a hundred things to do. You punch the accelerator. The speedometer needle edges up. The world outside your window is a blur. Faster, faster you zip around the track, exhilarated by the speed and the whine of an engine pushed to the limit. …Abide, Brother Lawrence, Contentment, Peace, Rest, Stress, Tension2019-09-30 04:47:56
Leaving HomeIt can be very difficult to leave our parents and hometown and strike out on our own. Anne Morrow Lindberg, who knew many partings with family, wrote in GIFT FROM THE SEA, “It is a difficult lesson to learn – to leave one’s friends and family. For me, the break …Amy Carmichael, Family, Goodbye, Independence, India, Leaving Home, Missions, Obedience To God, Parents2019-09-30 04:47:56
Preaching That Oh-So-Delicate Subject, Part 2Preaching on sex by Bill Hybels, part 2: BEING SENSITIVE TO PAIN People are sensitive about their sexuality. For instance, try questioning my masculinity, and watch what I do! I’ll throw up emotional walls, if not my fists. We’re like that when our sexuality is impugned. So I try to …Abuse, Adultery, Deliverance, Grace, Humor, Molest, Pornography, Preaching, Purity, Sensitivity, Sex, Way Out2019-09-30 04:47:56
Preaching That Oh-So-Delicate Subject, Part 1Speaking about sex clearly and redemptively is one of the preacher’s biggest challenges. (What can a preacher say about sex without embarrassing or offending the congregation? When Bill Hybels addressed that question in LEADERSHIP nearly eight years ago, readers rated his article highly. We think you’ll appreciate his motivations and …Abuse, Adultery, Molest, Pornography, Preaching, Purity, Sensitivity, Sex2019-09-30 04:47:55
Rebellion and RespectSermon in Family series. Respect and authority between generations. ===================== REBELLION AND RESPECT ===================== I. Rebellion is in our character. A. American Revolution. B. Rebellion in the home. C. Conflict between the generations. D. Rebellion may seem to be inevitable, but it is not. II. Biblical style of relationships. A. …Honor Parents, Inter-generational, Rebellion, Respect2019-09-30 04:47:55
News: ‘No Fault’ Divorce Under AssaultLawmakers hope to make the road to divorce court more difficult. Ten years ago, Mark and Betty Squier’s 19-year marriage appeared to be finished. They endured in what they now call a “married singles lifestyle.” Mark, a police officer, had become a self-described workaholic, holding down an additional two jobs, …Adultery, Divorce, Marriage, Reconciliation2019-09-30 04:47:55
New Member Assimilation Key To ‘Closing the Back Door’Losing new members because of a lack of follow-up is “the greatest epidemic facing churches today,” according to a prominent Southern Baptist evangelist. Billie Hanks Jr. told more than 200 central California church leaders the Bible contains a clear prescription for solving the problem. “The Scripture has a great deal …Assimilation, Church Growth, Church Membership, Discipleship, Follow Up, Friendship, New Members2019-09-30 04:47:55
Choosing JoyChristians can choose to be joyful, and Philippians shows how. I. Joy is a choice made by those who discipline their attitudes. A. Paul commands us to be joyful. 1) How is this possible? 2) It is an attitude that determines feelings, not a feeling that determines our attitude. B. …Attitude, Choice, Choose, Contentment, Disappointment, Focus, Gratitude, Hope, Joy, Philippians, Positive Thinking2019-09-30 04:47:55
Koinonia Farm Struggles For SurvivalKoinonia community struggles to overcome debts. Koinonia Farm, a Christian commune started a half-century ago in rural southwest Georgia, has survived arson, bombings, and drive-by shootings in a stand against racial intolerance. Now a new foe is threatening the community: a $600,000 debt. The 1,400-acre farm, five miles southeast of …Advocacy, Clarence Jordan, Commune, Injustice, Koinonia Farms, Millard Fuller, Prophetic, Reconciliation2019-09-30 04:47:55
Cosmic CombatThat Hasidic Jews would proclaim Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson the Messiah seems ludicrous, but no more so than Jesus Christ. He was born to a poor homeless woman, showing how God chooses to use underdogs. A view of Christmas that is rarely portrayed is the cosmic combat found in Revelation …Christmas, Cosmic Battle, Incarnation, Messiah, Outcast, Spiritual Warfare, Underdog, Virgin Mary2019-09-30 04:47:55
Weapons That WorkGod provides powerful protection for our inevitable skirmishes with Satan. The year he turned 18, our son Brian was taken captive by Satan. No, he didn’t get involved in Satan worship or the occult. It wasn’t drugs or sex. Instead, he fell under the influence of existentialism, agnosticism, and nihilism …Satan, Spiritual Armor, Spiritual Warfare2019-09-30 04:47:55
Is This Really Warfare?How can we know whether the enemy is shooting his fiery darts or we’re just having a bad day? Lynette, in her late thirties and a mother of two, endures recurring bouts with depression and anxiety. Along with a diminished ability to handle even the little things of life, she …Satan, Spiritual Warfare, Troubles2019-09-30 04:47:55
Satan Hates You and Has A Terrible Plan For Your LifeWe are at war, and we need to know about the enemy. 1. Who is Satan? 2. What are Satan’s objectives? a. Keep unbelievers in the dark. b. Render believers spiritually ineffective. c. Hinder the work of God in the world. 3. What are Satan’s tactics? a. Deceit. b. Accusation. …Accusation, Deceit, Demon Possession, Satan, Spiritual Warfare, Victory2019-09-30 04:47:55
You Got Any More?A pastor was visiting some of his parishioners. He took his young daughter with him. As they visited an elderly couple, the man gave her a handful of peanuts. Expecting her to show a spirit of gratitude, the father asked his daughter, “Honey, what are you supposed to say?” Sincerely, …Greed, Ingratitude, Peanuts, Thankfulness, Ungrateful2019-09-30 04:47:55
Life In The BloodIllustration of blood transfusion and application to atonement: Paul Brand’s career in medicine traces back to one dreary night at Connaught Hospital in East London. Hospital orderlies wheeled a beautiful young women into his ward. She had lost much blood in an accident. It had drained from her skin, leaving …Atonement, Blood, India, Redemption, Substitution, Transfusion2019-09-30 04:47:55
A Full Pint Is As Good As A QuartYou may be familiar with the name Sojourner Truth. Sojourner Truth was a great lady who was both an emancipator and a suffragette. In the late 1840s the Akron Convention was held to expound upon women’s rights. Ironically, most of the speakers at the convention were men — men who …Equal Rights, Equality, Feminism, Inferiority, Judgmental, Potential, Prejudice, Sojourner Truth, Superiority, Women2019-09-30 04:47:55
You Must Love Your Family MoreDr. John R. Rice related a gripping story about a family whose beloved dog Rex had strayed away from home. Both the children and parents were worried sick. The children were languishing around, not eating, bursting into tears at all hours of the day and night. They prayed for the …Beware, Father, Heresy, Hidden Danger, Leader, Priorities, Rabid Dog, Sentimentality2019-09-30 04:47:55
It Can Be Wise To Be Close-MindedMany have a closed mind when it comes to God’s truth. When we were first married, Celeste and I got a postcard in the mail. It informed us we had just won a $79.99 telephone. But to receive it, we first had to take a tour of a vacation resort. …Closed Mind, Investment, Openness, Persuasion, Truth2019-09-30 04:47:55
Pitchforking Souls Into HeavenSouls and bodies go together. Amy Carmichael, missionary to India: She was a radiant Christian and charmed everyone. Her key ministry was in setting up the Dohnavur Fellowship, an orphanage for abandoned children. Amy ministered to the whole person and emphasized their physical needs, education, and character-building. To those who …Amy Carmichael, Evangelism, India, Physical Needs, Social Gospel, Whole Person2019-09-30 04:47:55
A Sure-fire Way To Get DivorcedA few years ago a researcher named Linda Wolfe wrote a book on infidelity in marriage. She interviewed 66 women and found that 21 of them were having affairs to preserve their marriage. Five years later the author checked up on them to see if it worked. Only 3 out …Adultery, Divorce, Faithfulness, Marriage2019-09-30 04:47:55
What Faust Could Not SayIn the German classic, FAUST, the writer Goethe describes a pact that Dr. Faust makes with the devil. The pact allows Faust to satisfy his every human want and desire except one. Never, never under any circumstances, is he ever to stop and say to the passing moment, “Wait, you …Beauty Of World, Creation, Devil, Faust, God's Design2019-09-30 04:47:55
Hitting Your Brother With A BiblePastor Timothy J. Smith tells about an incident in grade school that made an indelible impression on his life: “It was Sunday morning and my brother and I were waiting outside in our front yard for our parents and baby brother to go to Sunday School. My brother and I …Guilt, Mirror, Sunday School Teacher, Tactful Rebuke2019-09-30 04:47:55
Who Are You Trying To Impress?Have you ever tried to impress somebody and looked silly doing it? Author Sidney Sheldon tells a memorable story about an embarrassing event that occurred to him years ago. He had acquired a lovely blue Rolls-Royce. A few days later he parked in front of a shop in Beverly Hills. …Appearances, Impress, Reputation, Rolls Royce2019-09-30 04:47:55
Aerobic LovingEver feel overwhelmed by the Bible’s command to love unconditionally? When people ask me, “How can I ever start to love everyone like I should?” I give the same answer I give those who ask how they can start jogging: Start slow, and then get slower! For the first week, …Burnout, God's Presence, Jogging, Overwhelmed, Self-Sacrifice, Unconditional Love2019-09-30 04:47:54
Unanswered PrayersIn his book “Why Prayers Are Unanswered,” John Lavender retells a story about Norman Vincent Peale. When Peale was a boy, he found a big, black cigar, slipped into an alley, and lit it up. It didn’t taste good, but it made him feel very grown up… until he saw …Cigar, Disobedience, Peale, Smoking, Unanswered Prayer, Unconfessed Sin2019-09-30 04:47:54
(Various)Articles on “Blood” in 1983 Christianity Todays: 1. Parallels between literal blood and biblical symbolism. Feb 18, p.12; Mar 4, p.38; Mar 18, p.18 2. The miracle of its physical and spiritual cleansing power. Feb 18, p.12 3. Its symbolic nature in the Lord’s Supper. Mar 4, p.40 4. Parallels …Blood, Cleansing, Lord's Supper, Transfusion2019-09-30 04:47:54
The Whole Armor of GodSermon in Ephesians series. “THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD” Ephesians 6:11-17 I. Whole armor of God. A. Armor in English suggests defensive items. B. “Armor” in Greek includes offensive gear. Isaiah 49:17 II. Christian life as a pitched battle. A. Christian struggles aren’t conquered in an hour or a day. …Armor, Spiritual Warfare2019-09-30 04:47:54
We’ve Got Jesus To Sing About!In the days of the Depression, Clarence Darrow, the brilliant lawyer, was addressing the members of a black church in Chicago. Most of these people were desperately poor. They didn’t have jobs and had little in which to place their hope. Darrow recounted their troubles and then noted how joyfully …Joy, Poverty, Sing, Trouble2019-09-30 04:47:54
At Least He’ll Have A PairAs Gandhi stepped aboard a train one day, one of his shoes slipped off and landed on the track. He was unable to retrieve it as the train was moving. To the amazement of his companions, Gandhi calmly took off his other shoe and threw it back along the track …Consideration, Gandhi, Kindness, Poor, Poverty, Shoes, Thoughtfulness2019-09-30 04:47:54
Mouth of BabesA three-year-old girl told her mother she learned that Jesus will come to live in the heart of those who invite him. That is a difficult concept for a little girl to grasp. The mother was sitting on the couch and her three-year-old came over and put her ear to …Baby, Children, Heart, Innocence, Mother, Salvation2019-09-30 04:47:54
Following the FaithfulHave you ever known a truly musical family? One in which each member displays a talent for some instrument, or one in which the children spontaneously break into four-part harmonies? When musicians marry, it often seems that their children have music coursing through their veins. This is more than a …Childrearing, Music, Train Up A Child2019-09-30 04:47:54
Praise For the Church’s Moral WitnessBeing a lover of freedom, when the revolution came in Germany, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but, no, the universities immediately were silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers …Defend Truth, Moral Witness, Tyrany, Watchman2019-09-30 04:47:54
Why Christians Can Still ProphesyMajor article on the NT view of “prophecy” with a special emphasis on 1 Corinthians 14. 1. NT prophecy has less authority than Scripture. 2. Testing prophecies. 3. The situation in Corinth. 4. Not “the words of God” for today. 5. Benefits of prophecy. 6. Only until the Lord comes. …Apostle, Authority, Bible, Conviction Of Sin, Expose, God's Face, God's Word, Inspiration, Leadership, Prophecy, Prophesy, Prophet, Revelation, Scripture, Sign, Spiritual Gifts, Teaching, Testing, Women, Word Of Knowledge2019-09-30 04:47:54
Why Can’t There Be An Easier Way?“I don’t see why God is putting me through … all this suffering … Why doesn’t He just … take me home … now? I am a Christian.” Lori, 21, was severely paralyzed in an accident two and a half years ago. Since then she has gone from one hospital …Encouragement, Glory, Holiness, Peace, Sacrifice, Spiritual Warfare, Suffering, Temptation, Test, Testimony, Why?2019-09-30 04:47:54
The Rationalization of RacismYou have heard of South Africa’s “apartheid” policy. Here is how it began: in churches. In 1828, a Malaysian slave brought her dark-skinned husband to church there. The official teaching of the Dutch Reformed Church was that no one should be discriminated against concerning communion. But some of the whites …Apartheid, Communion, Discrimination, Essentials, Lord's Supper, Offended, Racism, Stumbling Blocks, Weak & Strong2019-09-30 04:47:54
The Brilliance of UnbeliefWilliam Ramsey was not convinced of the historicity of Luke’s writings in the Book of Acts – especially as they pertained to the missionary journeys of Paul – and he spent years of investigation into the matter. His work was so scholarly and commendable that the Queen of England knighted …Atheism, Bible, Doubt, Faith, Intelligence, Investigate, Mind, Philosophy, Search, Seek God, Truth, Unbelief2019-09-30 04:47:54
The Forgotten Fruit of the Spirit (Self Control)In-depth study of self-discipline in Bible.Fruit of The Spirit, Self-control, Spiritual Discipline2019-09-30 04:47:54
Contempory Excerpts“Quite unlike Hitler or the Stones or Hefner – who also changed the world, simply by intuiting which way the parade was heading and getting in front of it, Jesus did not give us a message we wanted to hear. He came to turn the parade in precisely the opposite …Carry Cross, Deny Self, Differences, Discipleship, Influence, Outcasts, Self-Denial, Truth, Uniqueness Of Jesus2019-09-30 04:47:54
Overheard“If Dante were designing a hell for [Manuel Noriega], that’s what he would do. No cocaine, no pornography, no little boys – just a bunch of nuns and priests.” Koster is a novelist and longtime U.S. resident of Panama, commenting on Noriega’s asylum at the Vatican Embassy before his arrest.Gnash Teeth, Hell, Judgment, No Escape, Suffering, Torment, Torture2019-09-30 04:47:54
Believers As the Family of GodThanksgiving sermon on the church as a family. 1. Families at Thanksgiving. 2. Lone Ranger Christianity. 3. Terms used by Jesus. 4. Advantages of Community. a. Encouragement. b. Discipline. 5. Remnant. 6. Jesus rejects remnant. 7. Attributes of the local church as a family.Brother, Church, Community, Discipline, Family, Inclusion, Invitation, Isolation, Remnant, Separation, Sister, Thanksgiving2019-09-30 04:47:54
The Biggest DivorceStudies have shown that children suffer greatly in a divorce, and that the effects last a long time. Problems for children of divorce are: 1. Low self-esteem. 2. Difficulty in forming relationships. 3. Underachievement. Some react differently, and all can be helped to overcome the negative results. Emotional support for …Children, Divorce, Emotional Hurt, Healing, Relationships2019-09-30 04:47:54
The Cross: More Than A SymbolReconciliation is a homely word for making up after a quarrel. This is done by taking away the cause of the quarrel; unless this is done, there may be an uneasy truce -but there can be no real reconciliation. In the hostility between God and sinners (Rom 5:10), the root …Anger, Cross, Peace, Reconciliation2019-09-30 04:47:54
Heaven Cannot Be BoughtA Texan who had made a fortune (in oil?) but neglected God all his life visited a pastor and told him of his spiritual neglect, then offered a $100,000 contribution. The pastor immediately offered him the “right hand of fellowship.” However, heaven cannot be bought.Bribe, Buy Salvation, Church Membership, Fellowship, Heaven, Money2019-09-30 04:47:54
Do We Have the Right To Judge?”From the fact that God’s judgment threatens man it is often deduced that no man has the right to judge another, (Mt. 7:1f; Jm 4:11; Rom 4:4,10; 1 Cor 4:5.) This does not imply flabby indifference to the moral condition of others nor the blind renunciation of attempts at a …Accountability, Criticism, Discernment, Judging, Rebuke2019-09-30 04:47:53
The Church As Community: Subculture Or Counterculture?Society is losing its sense of community, and the church must step in and fill this need. But it often fails, or shoots low. The church should be a transforming community.Church, Community, Counterculture, Fellowship, God's Kingdom, Spiritual Family2019-09-30 04:47:53
Animal RightsDiscussion on animal rights debate from Christian perspective.Animal Rights, Value Of Life, Worth Of People2019-09-30 04:47:53
A Pastor’s DepartureRev. David Holwick First Baptist Church West Lafayette, Ohio June 25, 1989 Acts 20:17-37 A PASTOR’S DEPARTURE I. The Apostle Paul’s goodbye . A. Many have told me they hate goodbyes. 1) I also hate goodbyes. 2) (That’s why I’m wearing my black funeral suit.) B. But if you have …Departure, Pastor, Transition2019-09-30 04:47:53
Divorce, the Law, JesusInteresting interpretation on divorce passages. Callison argues “putting away” means to leave a woman destitute without a legal divorce; this is what is usually condemned in the Scripture. Divorce itself is legal and remarriage can follow. Explains why marrying a “put away” woman results in adultery. The distinction in words …Divorce, Marriage2019-09-30 04:47:53
How the Mind Was DesignedEvolutionists are trying to figure out how the brain evolved, and how human nature can be explained. An important area of research is the differences between the sexes. One cross-cultural study concluded: women seek money in a mate, men seek good looks. Child abuse – step-children “are 100 times more …Abuse, Brain, Children, Evolution, Male And Female, Sex Differences2019-09-30 04:47:53
Baptist Preachers Who Have Fallen Into SinExamples of recent pastors who have fallen into sin. A magazine in a large southern city carried a 10 page cover story telling the raunchy tale of an independent Baptist church in the area. The pastor and two members, all brothers, are accused of flagrant sexual immorality. One swapped wives …Discipline, Fall, Leadership, Pastors, Restoration, Sexual Sin2019-09-30 04:47:53
The Making of Ben Hur [3 versions]Atheist Col. Ingersol talked to Gen. Lew Wallace about making a movie about Christ that would strip away the divine myths and portray him as a man. Wallace researched the idea and became a believer. He then wrote the book “Ben Hur” which was later made into an Academy Award-winning …Atheism, Ben Hur, Last Temptation Of Christ2019-09-30 04:47:53
The Promise of Proverbs 22:6Exposition of Prov 22:6. It is not a promise that kids will return to God in their old age, but deals with the proper upbringing. “The way they should go” refers to the bending of a bow. Kids have their own temperament.Children, Discipline2019-09-30 04:47:53
Virtues Make The Best ValentinesValentine’s Day is near and the scramble is on for flowers, gifts, cards and of course, chocolates. Charles Shultz once said, “All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then never hurts.” Can I get an Amen? When it comes to love, courtship and romance, everyone searches …Fruit of The Spirit, Love, Relationships, Respect, Romance, Valentine's Day, Virtue2019-09-30 04:47:53
Kristallnacht“Night of Broken Glass,” (Kristallnacht) occurred Nov 9, 1938. Pretext was a young Jew’s murder of a German diplomat in Paris. Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels ordered “spontaneous demonstrations” during the night. In the next 48 hours in Germany and Austria, 91 people were murdered, nearly 200 synagogues burned, 7,500 Jewish-owned …Anti-semitism, Holocaust, Jews, Persecution2019-09-30 04:47:53
Anger Towards GodGod is not guilty of sin, but we still feel anger toward him. A. Why we get angry. 1. They blame Him for all human tragedy. (Jewish tailor asks God to forgive his little sins of cheating on cloth, and he will forgive God for his big sins of letting …Barriers, Bitterness, Forgiveness Of God, Peace With God, Resentment, Stuttering, Wall Anger With God, Why?2019-09-30 04:47:53
Sexaholics Anonymous“Sexaholics Anonymous” is a program of recovery for those who want to stop their sexually self-destructive thinking and behavior. A (partial) list of warning signs pointing to sexual addiction: 1. Have you ever thought you needed help for your sexual thinking or behavior? 2. Do you feel it controls you? …Adultery, Compulsions, Fornication, Lust, Overcome, Recovery, Self-control, Sexaholics Anonymous, Sexual Addiction2019-09-30 04:47:53
How The Government Value Your LifeDifferent government departments put a different value on a human life. Dept. of Transportation – $1 million. OSHA – $2-5 million. EPA – $0.47 – 8.3 million. Figures are used in “cost-benefit analysis.” Not emotional or spiritual but financial. [for update on figures, see “Value of Life” in https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Value_of_life ]Value Of Life2019-09-30 04:47:53
Pagan Coven Gets RespectabilityA group of pagan worshippers called the “Pagan Coven” is a recognized student organization at Grinnell College. Believes in goddess worship, nature veneration. Has sacrificed a pumpkin on Halloween to “draw down the energy from the full moon.” They say they are not the same thing as Satan worshippers. Many …Occult, Pagans2019-09-30 04:47:53
To Be A Better Parent, Get a DivorceDo you want to “become a better person, a faster-growing Christian, a better parent and a better pastor”? If so, get a divorce, according to a Lutheran minister in a denominational magazine. His article reflects the selfishness of the 1970’s. Plagenz gives the rationalizations that divorce is better for the …Children, Divorce2019-09-30 04:47:53
We Cannot Live Without Sex – AIDS in AfricaVivid account of plague of AIDS in strife-torn Uganda. AIDS called “slim” due to its effects on the body. Half of adults in one hospital tested positive. A survey of truck stops showed about 70% of prostitutes and 33% of truck drivers infected. 50% of pregnant women. Open sores due …Africa, Aids, Sexual Sin2019-09-30 04:47:53
The Greatest Love Is A Very Selfish Love[True love according to a follower of philosopher Ayn Rand]: Every Valentine’s Day a certain philosophic crime is perpetrated. Actually, it is committed year-round, but its destructiveness is magnified on this holiday. The crime is the propagation of a widely accepted falsehood: the idea that love is selfless. Love, we …Altruism, Ayn Rand, Deny Self, Love, Love Enemy, Pity, Self-Denial, Self-Sacrifice, Selfishness, Valentine's Day, Worthy2019-09-30 04:47:53
And Where Is Our Leader?John Keegan, in “The Mask of Command,” analyzes various leadership styles down through the ages. In 323 BC Alexander the Great led his Macedonian Army into battle against the fortified city of Multan. At the head of his troops, he climbed to top of wall, ladder broke, he leaped to …Bravery, Callous, Clear Mind, Courage, Hardhearted, Heroes, Lack Of Compassion, Leadership, Self-control, Uncaring2019-09-30 04:47:53
Introduction to the Kerux 2010 DatabaseKERUX SERMON ILLUSTRATIONS January 2019 [These instructions are for the Access version of the Kerux database only . SID users should use the help file included with that program.] To learn how to use the database, explore the help file (just click the F1 key). Many fields have specific help …Help File, Kerux Database, Searching2019-09-30 04:47:53
The Leaning Tower of San FranciscoMelia Robinson, with Business Insider , reports: Millennium Tower is a luxury residential high-rise that has sunk 17 inches and tilted 14 inches since it was completed in 2008. Though an inspection by the city showed it’s safe to occupy, the situation has sparked an exodus from the building. Residents …Firm Foundation, Out of Kilter, Sinking Sand, Solid Rock, Tilted2019-09-30 04:20:30
Marriage PrisonPicturesque Biertan, one of Transylvania’s seven Saxon Unesco World Heritage villages, feels frozen in time. Horse-drawn carts are still a part of daily life, and local residents gather to trade their wares in a cobbled village square. At the heart of the village, a 15th-Century fortified church towers over the …Divorce, Forced Reconciliation, Marital Difficulties, Prison, Troubled Marriage2019-09-30 04:20:30
The Devious Art of Lying By Telling The TruthIt is no secret that politicians often lie, but consider this ­– they can do so simply by telling the truth. Confused? That statement becomes clearer when you realise that we’ve probably all done it. A classic example might be if your mum asks if you’ve finished your homework and …Deceitfulness, Deflection, Falsehood, Lies, Lying, Paltering, Truth2019-09-30 04:20:30
The Chaplain of Bourbon Street Is Back In The PulpitBob Harrington spent 20 years in New Orleans, telling drunks, dancers and others to get right with God. But his spiritual sight was never clearer than when muggers broke up his face in Miami. After three days in a hospital bed, Harrington took the 1989 beating as a signal from …Backslider, Fame, Greed, Lust, Moral Failure, Moral Fall, Prodigal, Repentance, Restoration2019-09-30 04:20:30
A Real-Life Story of Forgiveness: The Chaplain of Bourbon StreetForgiveness is a significant theme in God’s Word. The Bible tells us: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will remember …Abandon Faith, Abandon Family, Backslider, Dementia, Divorce, Forgetfulness, God's Forgiveness, Moral Failure, Prodigal Son, Restoration, Spiritual Defeat2019-09-30 04:20:30
Christmas: No Need To Grieve AloneI just wanted to make her smile once. That was all I wanted that Christmas. I wanted my wife to smile again. Christmastime has taken a quantum leap toward the better in my family over the past few years. Our 2012 Christmas was mired in grief with few glimmers of …Christmas, Grief, Sorrow2019-09-30 04:20:30
Herod, Joseph, You and MeJerusalem was in a panic. As Matthew recounts in the Gospels: “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived unexpectedly in Jerusalem, saying ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His …Ambition, Christmas, Herod, Joseph, Magi, Violence, Wise Men2019-09-30 04:20:30
Was Christ Born On Christmas Day?[From the website of the United Church of God (an offshoot of the Worldwide Church of God)] Honest scholars admit that the customs of Christmas and a Dec. 25 celebration long predate the birth of Christ. Nevertheless, wasn’t Jesus born on Dec. 25? Let’s look at some of the scriptural …Christmas, December 25, Holidays, Mithras, Paganism2019-09-30 04:20:30
Giving Thanks ‘in’ & ‘for’There are a few verses that most Christ followers at least sort of know by heart. Verses like John 3:16. Or Hebrews 11:1. Or this one: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). It’s …Circumstances, Gratitude, Obedience, Thankfulness, Thanksgiving2019-09-30 04:20:30
No Record of WrongsOne of the great hindrances to revival is the issue of unforgiveness. Although we are forgiven by God and are thankful for His forgiveness, there is at the same time a prevalent attitude of unforgiveness in our churches. We want God to take our skeletons and throw them away, but …Bad Pastors, Bitterness, Forgiveness, Grudges, Repentance, Resentment, Revival, Unforgiveness, Wrongs2019-09-30 04:20:30
Preppers, Fear & FaithHave you built your underground bunker yet? Don’t wait too long. If hurricanes and earthquakes don’t get you, terrorists and North Korean nukes might — not to mention lone gunmen randomly spraying bullets. We live in fearful times. My bunker question isn’t entirely facetious. The survivalist movement, which has been …Crisis, Danger, Disaster, Fear, First Amendment, Free Speech, God's Provision, Neighbor, Prepared, Protection, Safety, Survivalist, Threats2019-09-30 04:20:30
Obviously GodHave you ever looked for your sunglasses only to discover you’re still wearing them? Sometimes what you’re after is right under your nose, or in the case of your glasses, right above it. We can be experts at missing the obvious. In Romans 1, the apostle Paul explains that God’s …Creator God, God's Attributes, Intuition, Natural Revelation, Natural World, Nature2019-09-30 04:20:30
An Evangelical Critique of Theistic EvolutionThe 2017 fall meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) featured a critique of theistic evolution from several angles. The event featured scientists, philosophers and theologians presenting arguments against the notion that God created humans and other living beings through the process of evolution rather than by direct creation of …Creationism, Intelligent Design, Theistic Evolution2019-09-30 04:20:30
Who Robs A Food Bank?The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports: A local nonprofit is in dire need of help after thieves broke into its food pantry last weekend and walked away with office equipment and cleared out its shelves. Larry Kapchinsky, the co-founder of KidCare International, estimates this has set back the pantry about …Food Bank, Food Pantry, Gratitude, Ingratitude, Receive, Stealing, Thankfulness, Thanksgiving, Thief2019-09-30 04:20:30
Death Makes An AppearanceDaily News reports: After a graveside eulogy and a few prayers, the scene morphed quickly from silence to Stephen King with the appearance of the foot. “We all looked down and we were looking at what apparently was a human foot and leg wrapped in plastic, with cloth wrapped around …Cemetery, Dead Body, Death, Grave, Graveside, Tomb2019-09-30 04:20:30
Twin Brothers, World War 2 Veterans, Joined For EternityClaude Stokes guessed he had about 15 seconds to decide how he was going to die. It was 1944, and the 20-year-old tank commander was lying face-down in a ditch in the middle of a firefight in central Italy when he heard something sizzling. Claude looked up to see a …Brothers, Deliverance, Face Death, God's Plan, God's Voice, Hero, Providence, Saved, Survival, Twins, Veterans' Day, World War 22019-09-30 04:20:30
Tragedy In Texas: Christian Testimony In The Face of EvilAll hearts were directed to Texas in 2018 after 26 people were shot and killed when a 26-year-old gunman dressed in black opened fire as a church service was underway at a Baptist church in a small town near San Antonio, Texas. As The New York Times reported: “A gunman …Atrocity, Brokenhearted, Brokenness, God's Control, Mass Murder, Pain, Problem of Evil, Suffering, Theodicy, Tragedy, Wickedness2019-09-30 04:20:30
Women and God’s Design For The ChurchHave you noticed that Christianity sometimes gets a bad rap when it comes to women? The notion that God has a distinct plan for womanhood has offended plenty of people inside and outside the church. Truth be told, there was a time when those ideas ruffled my feathers. 1 Timothy …Complementarianism, Female, Gender Roles, God's Design, Male Authority, Women2019-09-30 04:20:30
Where In The World Is God?One of the most often asked questions today is, “Where in the world is God?” With horrible tragedies ringing in our minds such as school, workplace, event and, most recently, church massacres, we are sometimes prone to ask this very same question. We would have no problem if we did …Anguish, Atrocity, Meet God, Question of Evil, Questions, Suffering, Tragedy, Troubles, Why?2019-09-30 04:20:30
Lostness and BrokennessAs Christians, we are called to share the Gospel with the world (Matthew 28:18-20). Studies show us, though, that most Christians seldom if ever share their faith with a non-believer. If evangelism is a struggle for you, think about these ways to deepen your burden over those who are without …Damnation, Death, Idolatry, Judgment Day, Lost2019-09-30 04:20:26
Were Those Lost Sailors Really Lost?Lost at sea for nearly five months, two women had harrowing tales of survival that included shark attacks. They also claimed that six forms of communication all mysteriously and simultaneously malfunctioned. The Coast Guard, however, suspects that for some reason these women did not want to be found. That’s because …Adrift, Beacon, Distress, Found, Lost, Rescue2019-09-30 04:20:26
Money Mattered More To HimJohn Paul Getty was the richest man in the world in the 1970s. His fortune came from oil. He gave $660 million to endow an art museum in California. Yet he didn’t have the time to attend the funeral of his favorite son. When his grandson was kidnapped by the …Billionaire, Intimacy, Kidnapping, Materialism, Wealth2019-09-30 04:20:26
America’s Plague YearAlmost 100 years ago a great pandemic spread across the world. It was called the Spanish Flu, not because it originated there but because Spanish newspapers publicized it while papers in the United States and northern Europe censored it. We were at war and didn’t want the population to get …Catastrophe, Commitment, Disease, Fear, Plague, Risk, Sacrifice, Service, Spanish Flu2019-09-30 04:20:26
The Reformation Recovered The Doctrine of Justification By FaithWhen Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenburg 500 years ago this month, he ignited a theological firestorm that would burn throughout Europe. As a Roman Catholic monk, Luther’s greatest desire was to become right with God, yet his religion offered no peace or …Faith Alone, Grace Alone, Justification By Faith, Martin Luther, Reformation, Sanctification, Sola Fide, Works Righteousness2019-09-30 04:20:26
Why The Reformation Still MattersOctober 31, 2017, marked the 500th anniversary of what historians have overwhelmingly agreed is the event that launched the formal beginning of what we call the Reformation. At the center of the controversial movement was an obscure Augustinian monk in an insignificant German town whose search for peace with God …Authority of Bible, Bible Alone, Faith Alone, Martin Luther, Protestantism, Reformation, Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura2019-09-30 04:20:26
Sola Scriptura Cited As Reformation BedrockSola scriptura is among the most important Reformation principles for believers to understand and apply. That’s the conclusion of at least some Southern Baptist Convention seminary professors on the Protestant Reformation’s 500th anniversary. Sola scriptura (Latin for “by Scripture alone”) is the doctrine that the Bible alone is humankind’s infallible …Authority of Bible, Bible, God's Word, Martin Luther, Protestant Reformation, Scripture Alone, Sola Scriptura2019-09-30 04:20:26
Baptists & The Reformers: Intersections & DeparturesBaptists share many essential teachings with other Protestant Christians who have been influenced by the 16th-century Reformers. Baptists have moved beyond the Reformers in charting a distinctive path, beyond primary doctrines like the doctrine of Scripture and the doctrine of salvation, often referred to as the formal principle and the …Baptist Distinctives, Baptists, Protestant Reformation2019-09-30 04:20:26
500 Years: ‘here I Stand, I Cannot Do Otherwise’Martin Luther, though a Catholic monk, was terrified of God. God’s wrath, God’s justice, God’s consuming fire made Luther tremble in agony. He searched for some kind of solace, but to no avail.(1) Luther spent hours in confession, hoping to stave off the fury of God. He recounted every sin, …Bible, Conscience, Convictions, God's Word, Martin Luther, Protestant Reformation2019-09-30 04:20:26
One Who Fell and Put The Pieces Back Together WellThe news story first broke in June 1987; the one when my former senior pastor confessed to an adulterous affair. Assemblies of God pastor, Jim Bakker, received the mainstream press’ attention that year for his alleged sexual misconduct and financial misdealings, but Gordon MacDonald’s admission rocked the conservative Protestant world …Adultery, Fall, Gordon MacDonald, Moral Failure, Moral Purity, Repentance, Restoration2019-09-30 04:20:26
Is The Keswick Movement Biblical?The Keswick movement, also called the Higher Life movement, is a theological movement that originated in England in the early 19th century. It was heavily influenced by the teachings of John Wesley, John William Fletcher, and Adam Clarke. Since 1875 promoters have organized the annual Keswick Convention. Various Christian leaders …Baptism of The Holy Spirit, Entire Sanctification, Justification, Keswick, Lordship of Christ, Perfectionism, Second Blessing, Second Touch2019-09-30 04:20:26
Christianity’s Passion For LifeA common myth in our culture is “all religions are the same.” Many religions use the same vocabulary (love, grace, peace, for example), providing supposed evidence for their commonality. That kind of superficial analysis contributes to a false sense of similarity but falls short of proving the point. World religions …Buddhism, Child Sacrifice, Hinduism, Islam, Pluralism, Pro-life, Sanctity Of Life, Treatment of Children2019-09-30 04:20:26
Las Vegas Massacre and The Value of Human LifeIt is very early on Tuesday morning, after a night of tossing and turning, my mind replaying the scenes and interviews I had witnessed the previous day on various news outlets covering the senseless tragedy at a country music festival in Las Vegas. I probably had fallen into and out …Abortion, Atrocity, Massacre, Pro-life, Tragedy, Value Of Life2019-09-30 04:20:26
Remember That Jesus WeptThis year [2017] has had no shortage of tragedy. We have born witness to natural and man-made disasters, disasters formed in the ocean and disasters formed in the sinful hearts of men. Disasters that have destroyed property and disasters that have destroyed lives. Disasters that have stirred at least a …Appropriate Words, Comforting Words, Compassion, Consolation, Disaster, Response, Tragedy2019-09-30 04:20:26
Look For The HelpersChildren’s television host Mr. Fred Rogers often told this story about when he was a boy and would see scary things on the news: “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, …Caring, Crisis, Disaster, Fear, Help, Helper, Reassurance, Tragedy2019-09-30 04:20:26
Seven Reasons To Praise The LordThe Duke of Wellington, the British military leader who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, apparently was an extremely difficult officer under whom to serve. Brilliant and demanding, he rarely gave compliments to his soldiers. No doubt due to mellowing in his old age, he gave the following reply when asked if …Praise The Lord, Psalms, Singing, Worship2019-09-30 04:20:26
The Verse Still HoldsDr. Paul S. Rees, in his book Preaching the New Testament , tells of a professor at Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia. One day, while lecturing, the professor quoted Romans 8:28. In discussion, one of his students said, “But, professor, you don’t believe that all things work together for good …Bible Promise, God's Goodness, Pain, Suffering, Work For Good2019-09-30 04:20:26
Lesson From A Generous WidowAs a boy preacher, I had many opportunities to preach, but my father did not allow me to receive an honorarium for my preaching. But it didn’t matter to me. If I had the money, I would have paid pastors to let me preach. These early opportunities taught me not …Compensation, Generosity, Pastor's Wages, Widow2019-09-30 04:20:26
Top Female Porn Star Finds JesusIn 2010, Maxim Magazine named her one of the top female porn stars in the world. Little did they know, she was already on a rocky road to sanctification as a new creature in Christ. Brittni, who used the professional name Jenna Presley, started dancing to earn extra money as …Affirmation, Backsliding, Compromised, Depravity, Drug Addiction, Exploitation, Pedophilia, Pornography, Sexual Sin, Sinner2019-09-30 04:20:26
Can God Love Me If I Hate Myself?You’ve likely heard the platitude: “You have to love yourself before someone else can love you.” It doesn’t happen every day, but when life seems to become too complicated or my depression takes hold, it’s like an emotional and mental levee breaks. I begin to see my shortcomings as failures, …Depression, God's Love, Self-Doubt, Self-Hate, Self-Love, Sinner, Unworthiness, Unworthy2019-09-30 04:20:26
A Boring Testimony? No Such Thing“I have a boring testimony,” one student said when we shared our testimonies in a Sunday School class I co-lead for a group of high school guys. What he meant is that he made a profession of faith at a young age in response to his parents’ Gospel presentation. He …Personal Testimony, Story of Salvaiton2019-09-30 04:20:22
Responding To CriticismIn life, there are two things we can’t avoid: death and taxes. Let’s add criticism as another unavoidable part of life. Criticism can come from our all sorts of people — our spouse, our boss, a friend or enemy, a church member or a complete stranger. When someone tells us …Criticism, Discouragement, Heed Rebuke, Slander, Spiritual Warfare2019-09-30 04:20:22
John Adams’s Words 240 Years Later: A Faith Filter For The Church TodayThe role of the “great Politician” can only be found in the person of Jesus Christ. ________ “It is the Part of a great Politician to make the Character of his People; to extinguish among them, the Follies and Vices that he sees, and to create in them the Virtues …Focus On Jesus, Leadership, Moral Example, Original Sin2019-09-30 04:20:22
Christians and Self-EsteemSpecifically among believers, let’s consider for a moment how popular it has become to promote a positive self-image, to affirm personal identity in self and to uplift confidence in one’s own ability. Whether a mother uplifting her daughter’s self-image or a speaker proclaiming a message to make people “feel better” …Confidence, Depravity, Old Nature, Positive Thinking, Self-Actualization, Self-Esteem, Self-Image, Sin Nature, Sinner2019-09-30 04:20:22
Two Choices On How Long You LiveIn 2016 the geneticist Nir Barzilai hosted a screening of a documentary about longevity, and afterward he posed a question to the three hundred people in the audience. He said, “In nature, longevity and reproduction are exchangeable. So Choice One is, you are immortalized, but there is no more reproduction …Death, Eternal Life, Long Life, Longevity2019-09-30 04:20:22
Death Is A TragedyRay Kurzweil wants to eradicate natural aging and death. If his plans don’t advance as quickly as he expects and he ends up dying, he will be frozen in liquid nitrogen with instructions to reawaken him once science has figured out immortality. “People are daunted when they hear of these …Aging, Death, Decay, Eternal Life, Immortality, Old Age2019-09-30 04:20:22
Should Humans Live Forever?Should humans live forever? Amy Wagers, a researcher at Harvard, says, “Part of the meaning of life is that we die.” The Greeks warned about the danger of grasping for godlike powers. It didn’t work out well for Asclepius or Achilles, and it worked out even worse for Tithonus, whose …Aging, Eternal Life, Old Age, Senility, Youth2019-09-30 04:20:22
Is The Solution To Aging Just Around The Corner?For decades, the solution to aging has seemed merely decades away. In the early nineties, research on C. elegans , a tiny nematode worm that resembles a fleck of lint, showed that a single gene mutation extended its life, and that another mutation blocked that extension. The idea that age …Aging, Death, Eternal Life, Genes, Old Age, Technology2019-09-30 04:20:22
Is Death Optional?Martine Rothblatt is the founder of a biotech firm called United Therapeutics, which intends to grow new organs from people’s DNA. “Clearly, it is possible, through technology, to make death optional,” Rothblatt said. “It’s enormously gratifying to have the epitome of the establishment, the head of the National Academy of …Death, Eternal Life, Technology2019-09-30 04:20:22
I Don’t Need Jesus and Neither Do YouAn entry in the online forum “LunaticOutpost.com”: “From what I understand from Christians, I am “born in sin.” And then, every little thing that I have ever done wrong is added up and, no matter what kind of good I do in this life, this will add up to me …Condemnation, Forgiveness, God's Compassion, God's Holiness, God's Nature, Hell2019-09-30 04:20:22
Beauty Can Bring People To God“One in six young people are Christian as visits to church buildings inspire them to convert,” Olivia Rudgard, Telegraph.co.uk, June 17, 2017 ________ One in six young people in the United Kingdom are practising Christians, new figures show, as research suggests thousands convert after visiting church buildings. The figures, show …Awe, Beauty, Cathedral, Church Building, Conversion, Young People2019-09-30 04:20:22
Sky Fell UpNightLight is a Christian mission outreach to the red light district of Bangkok, Thailand. The missionaries visit local bars and clubs and tell the workers about the new life they can have in Christ. Missionary Jeff Dieselberg says it is a great thing to see someone coming out of a …Backsliding, Fall Into Sin, Moral Fall, Outreach, Recommitment, Recovery, Rededication, Restoration, Shame2019-09-30 04:20:22
I Don’t Need Jesus Because I’m Jewish“I don’t need Jesus because I’m Jewish” Jewish friends sometimes say to me, “If you believe in Jesus, fine! He’s the Messiah for you but not for me because I’m Jewish. We Jewish people are already with God, so we don’t need Jesus”. These friends might not be aware of …Jew, Jewish, Judaism, Two-Covenant2019-09-30 04:20:22
Seat Belts For Your SoulI have a friend, near my age, whose father (I’ll call him “Bob”) was a World War II fighter pilot who survived being shot down. He also spent 12 hours adrift in the Mediterranean as one of the few survivors when the Germans torpedoed the transport ship he was on. …Accountability, Protection, Safety, Warning2019-09-30 04:20:22
Wedding Ceremony TemplatePROCESSION (Pastor, groomsmen, and groom enter. Bridal party, flower girls, and ring bearer enter. Bride escorted by ____________ enter.) WELCOME Dearly beloved, we are gathered here together in the presence of God to witness and bless the joining together of (bride first and last) -and (groom first and last) in …Wedding Ceremony2019-09-30 04:20:22
Ask Others About ThemselvesI can only wonder how many people I pass every day without knowing much about them. Some of these folks are neighbors I still don’t know well. Others are coworkers and students on a campus large enough that knowing everyone closely is not easy. Some are members of our local …Evangelism, Relationships, Self-Centered, Witnessing2019-09-30 04:20:22
Being Part of Something BiggerJames Mattis, a former Marine general who had been recently appointed Secretary of Defense, was being interviewed by reporter Dexter Filkins. The reporter asked Mattis what worried him most in his new position. Filkins expected him to say ISIS or Russia or the defense budget. Instead, Mattis said, “The lack …Alienation, Community, Divisions, Religious Decline, Social Bonds, Social Cohesion, Transcendence2019-09-30 04:20:22
Death and AngelsWith sweat beading on my forehead, a lump in my throat and a knot in my stomach, I stood behind a funeral home podium staring at a crowd of a couple hundred people. Between the crowd and me was a casket three feet in length with a child inside it …Afterlife, Angels, Death, Heaven2019-09-30 04:20:22
I Move We Fire The PreacherWe were wrapping up the monthly business meeting at my first pastorate, Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church near Quitman, Miss., a meeting where I, as pastor, was serving as moderator. At the time, Mississippi was caught up in a raging fire of racial tension as James Meredith became the first black …Bigotry, Church Conflict, Church Politics, Church Vote, Freedom of The Pulpit, Opposition, Racism, Young Pastor2019-09-30 04:20:22
You Need To Attend ChurchI don’t think a person can say they love God very much if they don’t attend church regularly. The Bible instructs us to worship God in His house on a regular basis. Do you remember how you used to “hang out” at your wife’s place when you were still dating? …Church Attendance, Worship Service2019-09-30 04:20:22
Lost People Come FirstWe all know that our purpose in church work is defined by the Great Commission. We know that making disciples is what Jesus has called us to do, which starts with the evangelization of those who do not know Him. In one of my “sermon in a sack” times with …Evangelism, Lost, Witnessing2019-09-30 04:20:17
Prayer Changes MeIn the 2003 movie Bruce Almighty , Jim Carrey portrays a television reporter named Bruce Nolan. Bruce is a man who constantly complains about God. At one point he complains that, “God is a mean kid sitting on an anthill with a magnifying glass, and I’m the ant. He could …Disapointment With God, God's Will, Unanswered Prayer2019-09-30 04:20:17
His Glory Is Our Reward“His glory is our reward” is a line repeated in Hector Gabriel’s song, “Peoples Praise.” I heard this song at a missions conference in Dallas and this phrase has since been stuck on repeat in my mind. If I am honest, I desire many kinds of rewards, and find myself …Face of God, Goal of Heaven, God's Glory, Salvation, See God2019-09-30 04:20:17
Krauthammer Explains His Thoughts On ReligionConservative columnist Charles Krauthammer told The Daily Caller in a recent interview that he doesn’t believe in God in the traditional sense. But while he doesn’t describe himself as an atheist, the popular commentator said that he has a “complicated notion of the deity.” “There was once a philosopher who …Agnostic, Atheism, Awe, Deist, Einstein, Ineffable, Pantheism, Unknowable, Unorthodox Religion2019-09-30 04:20:17
The Paradox of SurrenderTwenty years ago I surrendered my sexuality to God. After days of wrestling with Him, I knocked on my wife’s door and asked her if I could come home. She said yes, and we began, inch by inch, the journey of surrender, restoration, redemption and rebuilding that we remain on …Consecration, Homosexuality, Struggle With Sexuality, Surrender To God, Temptation, Yield To Sin2019-09-30 04:20:17
The Rise and Fall of Robert SchullerRobert Schuller was one of the most innovative preachers in America. His denomination gave him $500 to start a church. He visited 3,000 homes in the area and asked people what they wanted in a church. Since it was Southern California, they wanted something relevant and convenient. So he made …Church Buildings, Decline, Failure, Robert Schuller, Success2019-09-30 04:20:17
What Is Ramadan? Why Should Christians Care?Imagine not taking in food or drink during daylight hours for 28 days straight. Envision what it would be like for that practice to be directly linked to your standing in society or your stature with God. This is the reality for Muslims during the month of Ramadan, a time …Fasting, Islam, Muslim, Ramadan, Witnessing2019-09-30 04:20:17
I’ve Never Heard That BeforeMy first Uber ride was a memorable experience. I was in Boston with a group of South Carolina pastors for a North American Mission Board “Catch the Vision” tour, meeting about 15 church planters with a passion for the Gospel and for their city. When it was time to return …Evangelism, Good News, Intentional Witnessing, Relationship With God2019-09-30 04:20:17
Pause and Think of That!The world is such an uncertain place. We are awash in political, economic, even religious uncertainty. Currents of circumstances crisscross one another in endless complications. It seems the one certainty in every area of life is uncertainty. It was that way in April 1521, when Martin Luther’s ramshackle cart wobbled …God As Refuge, Martin Luther, Reformation, Selah, Uncertainty2019-09-30 04:20:17
American Views of Shame and Guilt StudiedMany Americans are more worried about their reputation than their conscience, a study shows. They worry less about guilt and fear and more about avoiding shame, according to the study from LifeWay Research that was conducted in the autumn of 2016. Shame has become particularly powerful in American culture in …Ambition, Conscience, Guilt, Personal Autonomy, Personal Freedom, Reputation, Respect, Shame2019-09-30 04:20:17
What Mary Means NowOf all the Christmas images, the one that best evokes the meaning and feeling of the Incarnation is the Madonna with Child. There, in the love between Mary and the infant Jesus, the mystery of God-made-man fuses with humanity’s primordial experiences of birth and mother love and nurtures the faith, …Female, Feminism, Immaculate Conception, Mariolatry, Mother of God, Roman Catholicism, Virgin Mary2019-09-30 04:20:17
The Real Story of Christianity and AbortionPerforming Abortion is “God’s Work?” The Real Story of Christianity and Abortion To the utter consternation of the abortion rights movement, the issue simply will not go away. Decades after they thought they had put the matter to rest with the Roe V. Wade decision, America’s conscience is more troubled …Abortion, Authority of Bible, Biblical Authority, Ensoulment, Infanticide, Pro-life2019-09-30 04:20:17
He Lacked Self-AwarenessMany of us lack self-awareness. Leo Buscaglia, a best-selling author popular for his messages on the importance of love, once took a 5-hour flight from Los Angeles to New Jersey. When he took his aisle seat, it was obvious the man next to him was irritated by his presence. The …Oblivious, Obnoxious, Self-Awareness, Self-Centered, Selfish2019-09-30 04:20:17
Poll Records ‘humbling’ Moral DeclineA Gallup poll indicating Americans are more “left-leaning” than ever on 10 of 19 moral issues has been called “humbling” and “chastening” by a Southern Baptist Convention seminary president. A Fordham University ethicist critiqued the poll as “deeply misleading” for suggesting moral permissiveness is limited to liberals. In its annual …Acceptance of Homosexuality, Adultery, Conservatism, Gambling, Illegitimacy, Liberalism, Moral Decline, Pornography, Survey2019-09-30 04:20:17
Prayerwalking Lifts Church’s Heart For Its CommunityMembers of Abney Memorial Baptist Church have prayerwalked every street within a five-mile radius of the church. The South Carolina congregation’s two-year outreach has encompassed 2,000 homes and businesses, praying for the people living or working inside. It has become a meaningful ministry that affects residents and church alike in …Community Outreach, Prayerwalking2019-09-30 04:20:17
More Than Good DeedsHave you noticed? “Doing good” is in style. It may be called “paying it forward” or community service. Clubs do it to help their community. Universities or businesses may encourage students or employees to do it. Fundraisers, marathons and events support worthy causes. Corporations often donate chunks of cash to …Acts of Kindness, Community Service, Good Deeds2019-09-30 04:20:17
Controversial Walter Rauschenbusch and The Social GospelTheologians of all ideological stripes agree Walter Rauschenbusch was a key figure in 20th-century Baptist history and that his 1917 book “A Theology for the Social Gospel” marked an important juncture in the social gospel tradition. But students of theology are divided 100 years later on whether Rauschenbusch (1861-1918) should …Baptists, Liberalism, Social Gospel, Walter Rauschenbusch2019-09-30 04:20:17
Christianity Really Is DifferentChristianity really is different. It doesn’t take long to figure that out. It comes in many different ways and many different teachings. You can certainly see it in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Jesus told His disciples that He did not come to destroy the Law and the …Christianity Distinctive, Christianity Unique, Sermon On The Mount, Teaching of Jesus2019-09-30 04:20:17
Survey On Americans’ View of MoralityMost older Americans say right and wrong never change. Younger Americans — not so much, according to a new study released in 2017. The study by LifeWay Research found a significant generation gap in how Americans view morality. More than 6 in 10 of those older than 45 say right …Moral Absolutes, Moral Decline, Morality, Relativism, Right and Wrong, Survey2019-09-30 04:20:17
A Pivot Foot For The GospelI was first introduced to the idea of a pivot foot not on a basketball court but in a seminary classroom when a counseling professor used the term as an illustration. Similar to basketball players, he wanted his students to keep one foot stationary in their biblical convictions, yet swivel …Differences, Diversity, Flexibility, Humility, Pride, Unity2019-09-30 04:20:17
Going All InIn April 2017 something unusual happened at a professional poker tournament. Famous poker pro Gus Hansen began the game by going all in – he shoved all his chips into the middle of the table. What is amazing is that he did this blind – he was betting $300,000 and …All In, Full Commitment, Gambling, High Risk, Poker2019-09-30 04:20:11
When Things Don’t Go As PlannedTry as I might, some things just don’t go quite like I’ve planned. You probably have had things go awry as well. Some have been disappointing, others have been devastating: the marriage that ended, or the marriage that hasn’t happened yet; the baby you’re unable to conceive, or the baby …Disappointment, God's Plan, God's Will2019-09-30 04:20:11
The Reality of LostnessI grew up in the age of revivals and evangelistic meetings. My life was deeply touched by those periods when the church refocused on cleansing and “getting right with God” for believers and on repentance and faith for unbelievers. The most important word noted above about these times of refreshing …Lost, Revival, Unsaved2019-09-30 04:20:11
5 Money Rules From The Book of ProverbsI’m attending a new support group for Christians who want to be better stewards of our money. We’ll be reading from Mark Scandrette’s book Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most , and discussing issues like generosity, giving, and how to know when you have too much …Finances, Generosity, Idle, Money, Proverbs, Rich, Wealth2019-09-30 04:20:11
Lent Has Narrow Appeal, Protestant Research ReportsDuring the season of Lent, some Americans give up chocolate or another favorite food. Others dump guilty pleasures like binge-watching television or social media. But most give up Lent. Three-quarters of Americans (76 percent) say they don’t typically observe Lent, according to a survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research released in …Deprivation, Easter, Fasting, Good Friday, Lent, Religious Traditions, Roman Catholicism, Spiritual Devotion, Trivialize Cross2019-09-30 04:20:11
Americans Fond of Bible, But How Many Read It?Americans appear to have a positive view of the Bible. And many say Scripture is filled with moral lessons for today. However, more than half of Americans have read little or none of the Bible, a study released today (April 25) by LifeWay Research shows. Less than a quarter of …Bible Ignorance, Bible Illiteracy, Read Bible2019-09-30 04:20:11
Judaism 101: Pesach / PassoverThe Jewish Passover Significance: Remembers the Exodus from Egypt Observances: Avoiding all leavened grain products and related foods; Family or communal retelling of the Exodus story Length: 8 days (Some: 7 days) And this day shall become a memorial for you, and you shall observe it as a festival for …Charoset, Exodus, Haggadah, Judaism, Matzah, Passover, Pesach, Seder, Unleavened Bread2019-09-30 04:20:11
Jesus Didn’t Eat A Seder MealPassover has a special allure for Christians. It is on the night of Passover, as all Israel is offering the pascal Lamb and eating matza (unleavened bread) and bitter herbs on the slopes of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem that Jesus of Nazareth meets with his 12 disciples for the …Communion, Easter Seder, Interfaith Sensitivity, Judaism, Last Supper, Passover, Pesach2019-09-30 04:20:11
God Gives Only Two ChoicesChoices are wired into our society today. When we buy a cup of coffee, we have endless choices of how we want it fixed. If we do research on a topic, hundreds of articles are at our disposal. If we read one and it does not suit us, we simply …Choose God, Disobedience, God's Strength, Moral Choices, Obedience, Rationalization2019-09-30 04:20:11
The Turkish Malatya Murders: 10 Years of ForgivenessTen years ago, in the Turkish city of Malatya three Christians were martyred for their faith by men who pretended to be interested in the Gospel. Tilmann Geske, Necati Aydin and Ugur Yüksel went to their office on April 18, 2007, to study the Bible with a group of five …Betrayal, Deceit, Forgiveness, God's Grace, Islam, Outreach, Turkey, Works Righteousness2019-09-30 04:20:11
The Essential ResurrectionAs a student in a Baptist college I heard in a chapel service that it wasn’t important whether Jesus literally and bodily resurrected from the dead. I was told as long as the influence of Jesus lived on in me, that was the important thing. Denying the miraculous was not …Easter, Resurrection2019-09-30 04:20:11
He Gave His Life For His ChurchOn Palm Sunday, 2017, suicide bombers attacked two churches in Egypt, killing 49 people. The bomber of the second in Alexandria had aimed for the Coptic Pope Tawardos, but guard Naseem Fahmi prevented this. He was killed in the effort. His widow Samira mourns the death of her husband but …Defend, Egypt, Forgiveness, Guard, Islam, Persecution, Self-Sacrifice, Terrorism2019-09-30 04:20:11
Syrian Prisoner Sentenced To Death By ISIS Finds Jesus[My sermon version follows at the end] The bus is full of travelers on the way from Aleppo, Syria to the smaller city Al-Qamishli in the far northeast of the country. After some hours, they approach one of the many checkpoints along the road. This time, the checkpoint is controlled …Agnostic, Answered Prayer, Apostasy, Desperation, Find God, Persecution, Radical Islam, Seek God, Syria, Torture, Urgent Prayer2019-09-30 04:20:11
What’s Your Biggest Weakness?Esra Gurkan, for MAILONLINE, writes: Job interviews are an unpleasant chore that we all need to go through to get the role of our dreams. It’s easy enough to talk about why you want the job and why you’re the best person to do it. But there is one question …Condescension, Humility, Remedy For Sin, Self-Awareness, Weakness2019-09-30 04:20:11
TIME Magazine Covers Prompt Closer Look at ‘Truth’TIME magazine shocked the American public on April, 8, 1966, by publishing a simple cover with one red-letter question on a black background: “Is God Dead?” When TIME reproduced their 1966 cover design this April — now with the question, “Is Truth Dead?” — Southern Baptist ministers and theologians reaffirmed …Absolute Truth, Death of God, Liberalism, Postmodernism, Radicalism, Relativism2019-09-30 04:20:11
Believe It Or Not: The New York Times Has Quietly Returned To Its ‘Jesus Is Dead’ ThemePerhaps you remember a 2014 piece at The Federalist by one M.Z. Hemingway that ran with the headline, “Will Someone Explain Christianity To The New York Times?” < http://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2014/9/22/revenge-of-getreligion-mz-concerning-the-nytimes-effort-to-bury-jesus > It focused on a travel piece that, once corrected, included the following material about tourism in the tense city of …Easter, Journalism, Media, Multiculturalism, New York Times, Religious Ignorance, Resurrection2019-09-30 04:20:11
Why Do Christians Revere Jerusalem? The Times Misses A StepIt’s perhaps not sporting to mock the New York Times when it tries to address Christianity. Pointing out the mistakes seems like piling on. But every once in a while it’s good to note how little the Paper of Record seems to know about Christianity and Christian history, if only …Crusades, Doctrine, Easter, Jerusalem, Journalism, Media, Multiculturalism, New York Times, Religious Ignorance, Resurrection2019-09-30 04:20:11
Did You Kill Jesus Christ?Some preachers say that humanity in general and each of us personally is responsible for the death of Jesus Christ. Many sincere Christians have believed this. As a result, many labor under a huge burden of guilt. Particularly in the spring of each year, near the anniversary of his death, …Death of Jesus, Good Friday2019-09-30 04:20:11
Don’t Cry For Jesus“Don’t Cry for Jesus” was one of the most memorable sermons I have ever heard. It was given by Dr. Lewis Smedes (1921-2002) at a Fuller Seminary chapel service. I was there as a student during Holy Week in hopes of being better prepared to fully appreciate Christ’s crucifixion and …Cross, Crucifixion, Divine Suffering, Good Friday, Greek God, Greek Tragedy2019-09-30 04:20:11
A Victory of SmallnessI collect sermon illustrations and came across one that had a different angle. Curious, I dug a little deeper and found it was from what used to be the Worldwide Church of God. It is a movement that Herbert Armstrong founded. Armstrong had some weird ideas. He did not believe …Armstrongism, Bible, Doctrine, Herbert Armstrong, Old Testament, Orthodoxy, Sect, Seventh Dayism, Worldwide Church of God2019-09-30 04:20:11
The Upsides of RevengeRevenge serves a very useful purpose – even the idea of seeking it gives us pleasure. Why is this? ________ A tale of revenge is always bittersweet. Take the sack of Troy, as depicted in Homer’s epic poem The Iliad. When Paris steals away Helen, her husband King Menelaus cannot …Destructive Behavior, Deterrence, Emotions, Pleasure, Rejection, Retaliation, Revenge, Vengeance2019-09-30 04:20:05
We Say Goodbye… But Then What Happens When We Die?A much-loved relative had died “full of years,” as the King James Bible quaintly puts it. Family and friends gathered in the funeral home to say goodbye. Open-casket funerals are the tradition in our area. So we sat sadly before the mortal remains of our loved one. A solemn recording …Death, Death As Sleep, Eternal Life, Funeral, Life After Death, New Earth, Resurrection, Soul Sleep2019-09-30 04:20:05
Calling Out The CalledAbout 30 years ago, a wise pastor and a group of church leaders made a decision that quite literally changed my life and the lives of tens of thousands of others. As I understand it (I wasn’t there), the pastor believed that internal and external forces limited the church’s growth …God's Call, Lay Leaders, Mentoring, Preaching, Vocational Ministry2019-09-30 04:20:05
Ghost Town Church Sees Holy Ghost RevivalWith numerous dilapidated buildings and only 323 residents according to the 2010 U.S. census, Organ, New Mexico, appears on at least one website listing American ghost towns. But Pastor Mitch Newton prefers to think of it as a Holy Ghost town because of the surprising work God has done through …Church Growth, Dying Church, Outreach, Religious Decline, Revitalization, Revival, Small Things2019-09-30 04:20:05
I’m Not Like ThatI don’t know how many times I’ve heard someone begin a conversation with: “I’m not the typical pastor” or “pastor’s wife.” “I’m a Christian, but not the stereotypical kind.” “I’m not that kind of person.” Fill in the blank with your own unique role. Far from the typecasts — consuming …Authenticity, Humility, Non-Conformity, Pride, Submission, Uniqueness2019-09-30 04:20:05
The Quiet Devastation of LonelinessLoneliness is horrible, often called the “quiet devastation.” Novelist Emily Dickinson described it as “the Horror not to be surveyed.” Albert Schweitzer said, “We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness.” About 33 percent of Americans older than age 65 live alone. By age 85, …Isolation, Loneliness, Lonely, Loss2019-09-30 04:20:05
Curb Your EnthusiasmHere’s a bit of good news for people who like bad news: A German study suggests that people who are overly optimistic about their future actually faced greater risk of disability or death within 10 years than did those pessimists who expected their future to be worse. The paper, which …Life Expectancy, Optimism, Pessimism2019-09-30 04:20:05
The Man Got Saved, But He Couldn’t Save The BoyThe movie “Faith Like Potatoes” tells the true story of a white farmer in South Africa named Angus Buchan. He faces many failures in farming and becomes a bitter and violent man. After going to church with his wife, he heard testimonies of faith from average farmers like him and …Dealing With Guilt, Death of Child, Tragedy2019-09-30 04:20:05
God Does Give Us More Than We Can HandleComedian Tig Notaro spoke candidly about her cancer, her mother’s death, her pneumonia, and her breakup in a recent stand-up routine. Having faced all of these life-altering events in the short span of a few months, she addressed the cliché that God won’t give you more than you can handle: …Cruel God, Crushed, God Cruel, God's Grace, Overwhelmed, Problems, Temptation, Too Much To Bear, Trials, Troubles2019-09-30 04:20:05
Angry, Tortured Refugee Makes Peace With God’s LoveAndrew* limped up the stairs to the pulpit of the church. As he turned to face the congregation, I noticed that one of his eyes sagged. The scarring was evidence of the torture he had endured. He greeted the members of the Bulgarian Baptist church in broken English. It was …Forgiveness, God's Love, Hate, Hatred, Refugee, Torture2019-09-30 04:20:05
Beware of ‘Cardiospiritual Disease’Each day your heart beats more than 100,000 times. In your lifetime, your heart pumps enough blood to fill three giant supertankers. However, you actually have two hearts. You can feel the physical heart beating. But our other heart is invisible. It’s definitely there — the Bible refers to it …Spiritual Heart2019-09-30 04:20:05
The Bible Speaks On RacismNot long ago I preached in a downtown mission to a group of men who had been living on the street. It was a diverse group and I wanted to talk with them about racism in the wake of recent events that had raised tensions in various communities around the …Bigotry, Inclusion, Prejudice, Racism, Unity, Whosoever2019-09-30 04:20:05
They Might Have Been BuddiesMany of you have seen the 1993 movie “Schindler’s List” which was based on the book by Thomas Keneally. It tells the story of how German industrialist Oskar Schindler rescued hundreds of Jews from extermination by recruiting them out of the concentration camp to work in his factories. The movie …Evil, Good, Human Nature, Moral Choices2019-09-30 04:20:05
I Had To Quit Drinking, But My Brothers Didn’tDid you hear the story about a cowboy walked into a Texas bar, ordered three bottles of beer, and sat down. He took a sip out of each bottle in turn, and when he finished them, he came back to the bar and ordered three more. The bartender told the …Abstinence, Alcohol, Baptists, Legalism2019-09-30 04:20:05
The Man Who Sneaked Into Auschwitz [2 Versions]In September of 1940, a Polish army captain named Witold Pilecki, did what no one could imagine, he sneaked into the Auschwitz concentration camp. Pilecki was a committed Christian and Polish patriot who couldn’t sit by and watch what was going on in there. His goal was to gather information …Bravery, Courage, Expose Sin, Hero, Holocaust2019-09-30 04:20:05
Hypocritical Christians — Are You One?British novelist Evelyn Waugh was known as an earthy man, even after he found Christ. A lady once asked him: “Mr. Waugh, how can you behave as you do and still call yourself a Christian?” His answer: “Madam, I may be as bad as you say. But believe me, were …Hollywood, Hypocrisy, Hypocrite, Movies2019-09-30 04:20:05
She Tried To Kill Him Five TimesHave you ever heard the story about Tony Toto, of Allentown, PA? He operated a pizza parlor there. Tony Toto survived at least 5 attempts on his life, all arranged for or carried out by his wife, Frances, and her lover. Twice she arranged for assailants to beat him over …Attempted Murder, Bad Marriage, Betrayal, Devotion, Family Conflict, Love Is Blind, Marriage From Hell2019-09-30 04:20:05
The Judgment Seat of ChristAll believers will one day stand before the judgment seat of Christ (Romans 14:8-10; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). At that time each believer’s life will be thoroughly examined by Christ, the divine Judge. ► Can we lose our salvation at the judgment seat of Christ? No. Those who …Accountability, Bema Judgment, Condemnation, Eternal Security, Judgment Seat of Christ, Lose Salvation, Motives, Thoughts, Warning2019-09-30 04:20:05
Church In Marijuana Mecca Offers ‘Radical Grace’It’s not just that new believers are baptized in the ocean or in a river by Sunny Brae Church in Arcata, California. “These are radical professions of faith from people who are coming from a very different place,” Derk Schulze said of the 200 people he has baptized during 21 …Communicate Good News, Contextual Evangelism, Free-Thinking, Opposition, Post-Christian America2019-09-30 04:20:05
Are You Mad Yet?In all the years of visiting people in hospitals and nursing homes as a pastor, I’ve never had a total stranger repeatedly bop me in the face with a balloon and ask me: “Are you mad yet? Why aren’t you mad? Are you mad now? Why aren’t you mad?” I …Distractions, Focus, Glorify God, Keep Eyes On Jesus2019-09-30 04:20:05
Staggered & HumbledI took Intermediate Greek in seminary with Dr. John Polhill, and we did our work in Philippians for the entire semester. Each student had to select a passage in Philippians on which to write three exegetical papers. I grew up listening to my dad preach a wonderful message on Philippians …Apology, Arrogance, Church Conflict, Dissension, Forgiveness, Gentle Word, Humility2019-09-30 04:20:01
Save the PeopleMillions of people in the online world have watched livestream video for days on end for a 15-year-old named April to give birth to her baby. April, though, is not a teen mom. April is a giraffe who lives at Animal Adventure Park in New York. People often are as …Abortion, Animal Rights, Compassion, Suffering2019-09-30 04:20:01
What Makes the Great Commission Great?We call these words of Jesus the “Great Commission”: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am …Evangelism, Great Commission2019-09-30 04:20:01
Christ Preserved Her FamilyAn anonymous woman in northern Illinois shared her personal experience of healing in her family. She was a new Christian, but her husband was dead-set against religious people. She wrote: “When I met Christ, I was 49 years old and had been married to my husband for 17 years. We …New Life, Trust God, Unbelieving Spouse2019-09-30 04:20:01
Man Digs Hole For GodThe Mirror reports: A man claims God told him to start digging a hole 18 years ago, and he literally hasn’t stopped since. Santiago Sanchez, 69, says he regards it as the Lord’s work and he devotes every waking hour to the project. The pensioner heads to the tunnel in …Divine Revelation, God's Voice, Obsession, Vocation2019-09-30 04:20:01
Inviting People To Special Church ServicesThere are two Sundays each year that provide the greatest opportunity to engage family, friends and people, in general, for invitations to church. Those two Sundays are Easter and Christmas. Even those who are irreligious are more open to attend church on these two Sundays. So, you may ask, why …Christmas, Church Attendance, Easter, Evangelism, Holiday, Hospitality, Invitation To Church, Outreach, Witnessing2019-09-30 04:20:01
He Never Cracked His BibleIn her book Amazing Grace , writer Kathleen Norris shared an account about a time she and her husband visited a man named Arlo. He was a rugged, self-made man who was fighting terminal cancer. During their visit, Arlo started talking about his grandfather, who was a sincere Christian. On …Hidden Gift, Hidden Treasure, Read Bible, Seek God2019-09-30 04:20:01
Did You Give Me All the Chocolates?Here’s a folk story that was told by a Christian from south India. It’s about young boy who walked through his neighborhood with a pocketful of marbles, hoping to find opponents to play. One marble was especially important to him, a blue one with which he had won many matches. …Dishonesty, Hold Back, Suspicion2019-09-30 04:20:01
The Ordinary GodSeveral years ago researchers in England went door-to-door asking people about their belief in God. One of their questions was, “Do you believe in a God who intervenes in human history, who changes the course of affairs, who performs miracles, etc.?” One man who was asked that question answered, “No, …Divine Intervention, God's Nature, Immanence, Miracles2019-09-30 04:20:01
The Power of Preaching the WordThe writer of Hebrews said, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Not long ago, I was reminded …Agnostic, Bitterness, Cancer, God's Timetable, God's Timing, Hospice, Plant Seed, Preaching, Unfairness, Word of God2019-09-30 04:20:01
Feeling Overcommitted, Overloaded, and Overwhelmed? Prioritize!Feeling overcommitted, overloaded, and overwhelmed? Prioritize. “We spend 10 percent more than we have – and it no longer matters if one is talking about time, energy, or money. We work hard, play hard, and crash hard.” ________ The day had spun away faster than the last squares of toilet …Busyness, Overwhelmed, Overworked, Priorities, Schedule, Stress, Time Management2019-09-30 04:20:01
An Honest ObituaryLeslie Ray Charping died, and his Galveston, Texas, family, dictated his obituary. “At a young age, Leslie quickly became a model example of bad parenting,” the obit says, with a “commitment to drinking, drugs, womanizing and being generally offensive.” He died at 75, “which was 29 years longer than expected …Bad Father, Bad Reputation, Last Word, Legacy, Memorial, Obituary2019-09-30 04:20:01
What Global Christians Can Teach UsIn various roles, I’ve been privileged to travel the world, talk to global brothers and sisters in Christ, and learn from them. I may be the professor, but they always teach me. Here are some things we North American Christians can learn from them: 1. The Bible is precious . …Global Perspective, Holiness, Missions, Priorities, Third World, Worship2019-09-30 04:20:01
SharpenedReflecting on many years in ministry, I am drawn to the truth of Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” I have seen it play out in my own life more times than I can remember. We usually think of ministry as investing our lives through …Challenged, Companionship, Discipleship, Friendship, Impact, Influence, Mentor, Sharpen, Spur, Usefulness, Widen Perspective2019-09-30 04:20:01
Deacons, Worthy of HonorI had the privilege of co-officiating the funeral of a dear friend and former co-laborer in local church ministry last month. Dying at the age of 88, Ed Carroll served as a deacon at Muldraugh Baptist Church in Kentucky for over a half-century, and as the chairman of deacons most …Character, Church Leadership, Deacons, Reputation2019-09-30 04:20:01
Reformers’ Pro-Life Views RecountedThe pro-life ethic has deep historical roots, including advocacy by the 16th-century Protestant Reformers. Reformation leaders John Calvin and Martin Bucer both condemned willful termination of a pregnancy directly while Martin Luther addressed the dignity of unborn children and the glory of childbearing. Anabaptists likewise dignified unborn life. The Reformers’ …Abortion, Calvin, Luther, Pro-life, Reformation, Sanctity Of Life2019-09-30 04:20:01
What He Really MissedHusband: “My wife is missing. She went shopping yesterday and has not come home…” Sergeant at police station: “What is her height?” Husband: “Gee, I’m not sure. A little over five-feet tall.” Sergeant: “Weight?” Husband: “Don’t know. Not slim, not really fat.” Sergeant: “Color of eyes?” Husband: “Sort of brown …Esteem, Humor, Husband & Wife, Inattention, Neglect, True Love2019-09-30 04:20:01
She Took the Game To HeartJerneen Green, 42, and her niece Tia Parrado, 18, were playing a game with other family members in Green’s Stock Island, Florida, home. Parrado told sheriff’s deputies that during the game, Green accused her of stealing money and attacked her, allegedly hitting her in the mouth with a piece of …Aggression, Family Conflict, Fighting, Violence2019-09-30 04:20:01
The Religion of Ringo Starr [2 Articles]Ringo was born, like the rest of The Beatles, in Liverpool, England. Starr is a great drummer, a decent actor, and a charismatic person in general. But, in almost every aspect, including his religious and political views, he is the most boring of The Beatles. Starr was raised in an …Celebrity, Eastern Mysticism, Pilgrimage, Religious Journey, Religious Wandering, Seek God, Spiritual Search2019-09-30 04:20:01
Owning ItA well-known attorney in Pennsylvania pled guilty several years ago to corruption charges. All the details of his case were widely covered in the media. I am not going to mention his name or cite the sources online where you can read about his crime. What I want to do …Apology, Confession, Contrition, Personal Responsibility, Reparation, Repentance, Restitution2019-09-30 04:20:01
Seven Principles For Sharing Gospel With East AsiansSomewhere in East Asia, a man steps onto a crowded bus after a busy day at work. As usual, there is nowhere to sit and his wearied legs find no rest on the long commute home. People in East Asia have more freedom, more income and more material possessions than …Ancestor Worship, Animism, Buddhism, China, Confucianism, Daoism, Dispute, East Asia, Evangelism, Taoism, Witnessing2019-09-30 04:19:58
Rick Warren: Seven Different Attitudes On RacismPastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Southern California addressed racism in his sermon in the wake of the deadly ambush of police officers following the shooting deaths of African Americans, describing seven attitudes to racism and identifying the one which Christians should have. “Our nation is desperate for healing …Bigotry, Prejudice, Racism2019-09-30 04:19:58
Attempted Murder Over A Grilled Cheese SandwichDaniel Blackwell’s wife cooked him a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner. Then she took a bite out of it. Her 55-year-old husband was enraged and went down into his basement. Soon after, she heard shots being fired. She went down to check on him and saw him surrounded by guns …Anger, Guns, Marital Conflict, Rage, Violence2019-09-30 04:19:58
There’s A Pill For ThatThroughout the Old and New Testaments, we see references to witchcraft — Galatians 5:20 and Revelation 21:8 are a couple of examples. The shock for most folks is to learn that the word witchcraft (or sorcery in some translations) is actually the Greek word pharmakeia. Sound a little familiar? That’s …Addiction, Drug Abuse, Drugs, Medication, Pharmacuticals, Pills, Sober, Sobriety2019-09-30 04:19:58
Preaching On RacismWe all have our blind spots. Yours is a little more obvious to the rest of us than it is to you. Mine is so much a part of me, I might need your assistance to find it. “Well, one thing I know – I’m not a racist.” No one …Bigotry, Confront Sin, Controversy, Racial Discrimination, Racial Segregation, Racism2019-09-30 04:19:58
Preaching To Confront RacismMoralism (substituting law for gospel, exhorting better human behavior without dependency upon God’s grace) is no match for racism. While urging us to preach justice, Lutheran James Childs warns: “Preaching that always goes directly from sin to salvation or from cross to resurrection without ever stopping off at sanctification is …Bigotry, Confront Sin, Moral Imperatives, Moralism, Nice, Racism2019-09-30 04:19:58
Former Atheist Shares How She Became A Pastor’s WifePardon Tiffany Bowen for laughing when the following question was posed to her and a room full of other ministers’ wives: “Did you think you would ever marry a minister?” During The Good Cup event for ministers’ wives, held during the Tennessee Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in November, the question …Atheism, Genuine, Minister's Wife, Preacher's Wife, Transparency2019-09-30 04:19:58
Leading In the Need of PrayerGideon’s experience in Judges 6-7 teach us a great deal about prayer. Like this timid, reluctant and frustrated leader, we often toil away in our own strength at things that don’t really help much, rather than inviting God into our challenges and letting Him empower our leadership. But one life-changing …Boldness, Gideon, Leadership, Personal Devotions, Prayer2019-09-30 04:19:58
Is Christmas Done?Although the Christmas holidays are getting smaller and smaller in our rearview mirror, a Christmastime question asked by my young son continues to linger in my head. We had gathered with friends for one of the holiday’s first Christmas parties on the first Friday in December last year. We enjoyed …Christmas Aftermath, Finished, Holiday2019-09-30 04:19:58
Circling the Wagons“Circling the wagons” is a staple of old Hollywood westerns. We are all familiar with the image – pioneers trek through the high plains all day in the hot sun, then prepare their camp in the evening by putting their wagons in a circle. Invariably Indians arrive and circle around …Attacked, Defensiveness, Opponents, Perceived Danger, Retrenchment2019-09-30 04:19:58
The Japanese Parents Who Apologise For Their ChildrenApologies are common in Japan, indeed it is virtually a cliche about the country. But 2016 has seen some controversial public acts of contrition – notably parents standing up before the public to say sorry for their adult children’s alleged criminal offences. ________ Japan’s corporate apology culture is already well …Apology, Confession, Contrition, Corporate Responsibility, Crime, Guilt, Japan, Parents, Personal Responsibility2019-09-30 04:19:58
Reformers’ Disagreement On Christmas Yields LessonsWhen it came to celebrating Christmas, leaders of the 16th-century Protestant Reformation were divided on whether followers of Jesus should say “bah humbug” or “joy to the world.” While Martin Luther loved to celebrate Christmas with feasting and special church services, the so-called Reformed wing of the Reformation, led by …Busyness, Calvin, Celebrations, Christmas, December 25, Festival, Holidays, Materialism, Reformation, Zwingli2019-09-30 04:19:58
The Torah In A Gun RackAncient Jews had four days that qualified as New Years. Some of them marked the start of agricultural seasons and some marked new religious movements like the Exodus. Rosh Hashanah marks the civil new year and occurs in September. Kids in my church like it because our school district makes …Calamity, Fear Death, New Years, Rosh Hashanah2019-09-30 04:19:58
Some People Just Like To ComplainLiving near an airport can be noisy, but the majority of complaints about noise emanating from Denver International Airport come from one person. In the first nine months of 2016 this individual made a staggering 3,349 complaints, or an average of ten times a day. He is responsible for 76 …Complain, Grumble, Noise2019-09-30 04:19:58
There Was Someone Between Your Grandmother and JesusIn seminary, Albert Mohler Jr. had his first church history class with Professor Timothy George. George began the class with these words, “My name is Timothy George, and my responsibility is to convince you that there was someone between your grandmother and Jesus and that it matters.” Evangelicals believe in …Chrisitan History, Influence, Spiritual Heritage2019-09-30 04:19:58
Atheist Responds To Baptists’ Service and LoveKim Menon was an avowed atheist. As a child, her parents took her to church but no one could satisfy her with the answers she sought. “I thought believers just weren’t intelligent enough,” Menon said. Now a kindergarten teacher in Seattle, Washington, education is a central part of Menon’s life. …Atheism, Atheist, Community Outreach, Conversion, Lifestyle Evangelism, Miraculous Healing, Service, Silent Witness, Unchurched2019-09-30 04:19:58
A Postcard Placed Vietnamese Couple On Path To FaithTri Phan and his wife MyDung knew little about Christianity when he began his Ph.D. studies in 2004 in environmental engineering at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. They had just arrived from Vietnam, and only Tri spoke English. After living in Norman for nearly a year, MyDung told her …Conversion, Friendliness, Friendship, Indirect Outreach2019-09-30 04:19:58
The Conversion of Robert NovakRaised in secular Jewish culture, conservative syndicated columnist Robert Novak lived seven decades as an agnostic. He briefly attended Unitarian and then Methodist services at the behest of his first and second wives, but he was not interested in either faith. He particularly disliked the Methodists’ anti-Vietnam War position. Novak …Agnosticism, Crisis, Eternity, Forever, Judaism, Late Life Conversion, Old Age, Roman Catholicism2019-09-30 04:19:58
Motherhood: Oh, the Ebb and Flow of Joy and SorrowCelebrating Mother’s Day was always a peaceful and joy-filled experience as I grew up in a loving, Christian, two-parent home. I remember working diligently on the obligatory homemade gift projects we were given as schoolchildren in order to present something to my mom that would conjure a smile, thanks and …Adoption, Barrenness, Childlessness, Heartache, Heartbreak, Infertility, Mother's Day, Motherhood2019-09-30 04:19:58
Sober Faith: Former Drifter Jailed Nearly 50 TimesAt times, Ellis Brasher still wonders why God kept him alive decades ago when he was hopping from bar to bar, town to town, and jail cell to jail cell, wanting nothing more than another beer, another buzz. Brasher, 83, testifies today to the saving power of the Gospel from …Addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholism, Conversion, Drifter, Gideon Bible, Sober, Sobriety, Spiritual Decision, Vagrant2019-09-30 04:19:58
Bible and Qur’an: Equally Violent? [part 2][for part 1, Violence in the Bible, see HolwickID #65187] Violence in the Qur’an? Any Muslim counterparts to Bernard of Clairvaux, in exhorting Muslims to wage jihad warfare, need not content themselves with interpreting in connection with actual warfare passages that refer to spiritual warfare. For in contrast to the …Atrocity, Bible, Extermination, Herem, Holy War, Joshua, Koran, Quran, Tolerance, Violence2019-09-30 04:19:55
Chinese Scholar Finds Bible ‘Ppersuasive, Beautiful’Tao Lu never laid eyes on the Word of God until he came to the United States to study advanced computer engineering. That’s not unusual in China where Tao grew up, even though his father taught English in a major city. The Chinese Christian movement may be growing rapidly amid …Apologetics, Atheism, Bible, China, Communism, Conversion, Cultural Influence, Ignorance, Indifference, Jesus Is Lord, Marxism, Sinner's Prayer, Spiritual Decision, Word of God2019-09-30 04:19:55
Don’t Water It Down“Our danger is to water down God’s word to suit ourselves. God never fits His word to suit me; He fits me to suit His word.” — Oswald ChambersBible, Compromise, God's Word2019-09-30 04:19:55
Help Yourself?“God helps those who help themselves!” Hezekiah 6:1 This verse, of course, is not in the Bible. Hezekiah sounds plausible enough, but is not a real book of scripture. “Yeah! That’s from the book of Hezekiah, isn’t it?” is the code-word for these kinds of phantom texts. This would seem …Bible Ignorance, Bible Illiteracy, Self-help2019-09-30 04:19:55
Quake Reveals Day of Jesus’ CrucifixionJesus, as described in the New Testament, was most likely crucified on Friday April 3, A.D. 33. The latest investigation, reported in the journal International Geology Review, focused on earthquake activity at the Dead Sea, located 13 miles from Jerusalem. The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 27, mentions that an earthquake …Bible Chronology, Earthquake, Good Friday, Timeline2019-09-30 04:19:55
101-Year-Old’s Salvation Caps Wife’s 24-Year PrayerLou Warshaw prayed for 24 years that her husband George would accept Christ as his Lord and Savior. After years of refusing to give up on the hope that he would become a Christian, God answered her prayers when, at the age of 101, George made that decision and followed …Conversion, Household Salvation, Intercession, Pray For Husband2019-09-30 04:19:55
Should We Stop Asking Jesus Into Our Hearts?Doubting our salvation and false assurance are both exacerbated by the clichéd ways in which we speak about the gospel. ________ If there were a Guinness Book of World Records record for “amount of times having asked Jesus into your heart,” I’m pretty sure I would hold it. By the …Altar Call, Believe, Born Again, Doubt Salvation, Easy Believism, Endurance, False Assurance, Genuine Faith, Invitation, Repentance, Spiritual Decision2019-09-30 04:19:55
The Funeral I Most DreadedThis morning (July 27, 2015) I will preach my father-in-law’s funeral at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville, Kentucky. For 32 years of our marriage, I dreaded this terrible task because he was not a believer. He wanted no part of Christ or His Gospel. We prayed for him, witnessed …Deathbed Conversion, Household Salvation, Non-Believer, Nursing Home, Spiritual Conspiracy, Unsaved, Witnessing2019-09-30 04:19:55
Make Us One: Does Unity and Civility Sacrifice Conviction?“Hope has 2 beautiful daughters: Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are. Courage to ensure they don’t stay that way.” – St. Augustine “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” – George Washington Carver Christians need to take unity seriously. But how to do that? To …Agreement, Argument, Civility, Conflict, Convictions, Disagreement, Truth In Love, Unity2019-09-30 04:19:55
Trapped Inside My Own Body For 12 YearsPeople often ask how I found God. I was never taught to believe in him. I didn’t read books or go to church to discover him. I simply knew he was with me. My path to faith may not seem so unusual if you know the miracle of my life …Answered Prayer, Communication, Conversion, Isolation, Love Story, Trapped2019-09-30 04:19:55
Broken Down To Bring HopeI don’t have any brothers or sisters. I’m an only child. I don’t have, and really never have had, a relationship with my dad. I was raised by my grandparents. My grandfather died of cancer in 1991 and my grandmother died of cancer in 1998. I’m currently 30 years old. …Change, Conversion, Crossroads, Death, Death of Loved Ones, Grief, Mental Breakdown, New Life2019-09-30 04:19:55
Estrangement: the Silent EpidemicWhen ‘I’m sorry’ isn’t enough, take these steps to encourage healing and reconciliation. ________ Many families endure fights, says Susan Kuczmarski, an expert on family relationships who teaches at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, but some of the feuds linger, and the chasms that separate parents and …Apology, Childrearing, Estrangement, Family Conflict, Parents, Reconciliation, Strained Relationships2019-09-30 04:19:55
Athlete Says His Mom Is The Real Most Valuable PlayerKevin Durant’s accomplishments this past season left the NBA league unabashedly bestowing upon him the honor of MVP. Kevin, however, unabashedly proclaims that there is another person who better deserves the honor — his mother! “I don’t think you know what you did. You had my brother when you were …Family, Honor Parents, Impact, Legacy, Mothers, Sacrifice2019-09-30 04:19:55
It’s God They Ought To CrucifyThis hymn “Friday Morning” by Sydney Carter is controversial. May it serve as a meditation on the extraordinary (dare I say divine?) irony of the crucifixion, so central to the Christian faith. FRIDAY MORNING It was on a Friday morning that they took me from the cell and I saw …Ambiguity, Cross, Crucifixion, Good Friday, Irony, Pain, Problem of Evil, Suffering, Theodicy2019-09-30 04:19:55
Dead People KnowDead people know. Billions of people know, they just can’t get the answer back to us. In the dedication of her book “Spook” Mary Roach writes, “To my parents, wherever they are, or aren’t.” An interviewer asked her, are you willing to say they are somewhere, or they aren’t? She …Calmness, Convictions, Eternal Life, Faith, God's Peace, Immortality, Life After Death, Skepticism2019-09-30 04:19:55
Newsweek vs. the New Testament — It Must Be ChristmasThe major festivals of the Christian year often prompt major cover stories in the nation’s weekly news magazines. Time , Newsweek , and US News & World Report all regularly feature major articles timed for Christmas and Easter. The days of these cover articles may soon be over, however, since …Bible, Christmas, Liberalism, Myth, New Testament Scholarship2019-09-30 04:19:55
Vicks VapoRub Cubs“Gary Alt [one of the nation’s most respected wildlife experts] had a problem. The biologist with the Pennsylvania Game Commission often found lost or orphaned bear cubs, but he couldn’t persuade wild female bears to adopt the foundlings. “A mother bear labels cubs as her own by licking them, and …Acceptance, Love Others, Motherhood, Prejudice2019-09-30 04:19:55
Screwtape’s Formula: Boys, Video Games and PornA generation of young men is choosing fantasy over reality. At least that’s what Dr. Philip Zimbardo of Stanford University and psychologist Nikita Duncan argue in their new book, “The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It.” The message of the book is …Enjoyment, Internet, Lust, Pleasure, Pornography, Seduction, Video Games, Violence, Young Men2019-09-30 04:19:55
How Were the Books of the New Testament Chosen?Suppose that you became a Christian in the second century A.D. You’ve heard the story of a divine being who died on a cross and rose from the dead. Through baptism, you’ve openly identified yourself with His followers. Now, you want to learn more about this deity. Yet you quickly …Apologetics, Apostolic Tradition, Athanasius, Bible, Canon of The New Testament, Eyewitness2019-09-30 04:19:55
Sermon: Surpassing SentimentalitySermon for Mother’s Day, 2010. Proverbs 6:20-24 SURPASSING SENTIMENTALITY ========================= I. Mother’s Day sermons are hard. A. Most pastors struggle with this one. B. Emotional minefields. C. A bigger problem is that Mother’s may can be too trite. II. What mothers want. A. Gifts can be nice. B. Most moms …Holiday, Mother's Day, Motherhood, Sentimentality2019-09-30 04:19:55
Job As A Sacrifice of SufferingMany people associate self-denial (and suffering) with Catholicism. Pope John Paul II’s SALVICI DOLORES records all the benefits that suffering brings. In contrast, the appendix on theodicy lists all the arguments defending God from the crime of causing unjust suffering. Is suffering and denial a good thing or a bad …Distress, Job, Pain, Spiritual Rebellion, Suffering, Theodicy2019-09-30 04:19:53
Bad News and EternityWe have always thought of the Gospel as good news. In fact, the Greek word evangelion, which is translated “Gospel,” literally means “good news.” And certainly the fact that Jesus Christ died and rose again to give us salvation and victory over sin is good news, indeed! However, for many …Bad News, Condemnation, Good News, Gospel, Judgment, Lost, Self-Righteousness2019-09-30 04:19:53
Where You Won’t Find the Meaning of LifeTHE MEANING OF LIFE IS NOT FOUND IN: 1. PHILOSOPHY: What I think – Ecclesiastes 1:12-18. For his first experiment Solomon looks to education. He calls in the best teachers, the finest tutors and gifted scholars. This is like a pastor who misses the joy of shepherding people in order …Accomplishment, Ecclesiastes, Education, Hedonism, Materialism, Meaning Of Life, Possessions, Purpose of Life2019-09-30 04:19:53
A Manifold ResurrectionWhy the risen Jesus met people in five different ways — and still does. ________ From January to April, we live between the times — between Christmas and Easter, Bethlehem and Golgotha, Incarnation and Resurrection. What strikes me about the Gospel accounts of Christmas and Easter are the varied ways …Easter, Easter Sunrise, Emmaus, Resurrection Appearances2019-09-30 04:19:53
Do You Want To Live Forever?Aubrey de Grey thinks he knows how to defeat aging. He’s brilliant, but is he nuts? ________ Wandering through the quadrangles and medieval bastions of learning at the University of Cambridge one overcast Sunday afternoon a few months ago, I found myself ruminating on how this venerable place had been …Aging, Death, Eternal Life, Genetics, Immortality, Live Forever, Longevity, Medical Ethics, Mortality, Old Age, Science2019-09-30 04:19:53
Walking By FaithAs you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith (Colossians 2:6, 7). Some Christians believe that walking by faith means being carried along by a mysterious, ethereal, indescribable inner sense …Belief System, Faith, Life, Priorities, Walk2019-09-30 04:19:53
The Perfect Storm[Hold] on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith. –1 Timothy 1:19 Sebastian Junger’s book The Perfect Storm tells the gripping story of deep-sea fishermen caught in monstrous seas. Billy Tyne captains the Andrea Gail, a swordfish boat making a risky …Choices, Decisions, Difficulties, Problems, Storm, Trials2019-09-30 04:19:53
Antarctica IceIllustration: A few years ago, Scientists researching ice flows in the Whitmore Mountains of West Antarctica discovered an active volcano under mile-thick ice. Ice melt from the volcano’s heat is evidently soaking the surrounding ground and lubricating nearby ice streams. These phenomena led to the volcano’s discovery. The West Antarctica …Deluge, Flood2019-09-30 04:19:53
Biting His BaitIn his book, DEATH BY LOVE: LETTERS FROM THE CROSS (Crossway), Mark Driscoll writes: You can learn a basic principle of how your enemy works. The great Puritan Thomas Brooks wrote one of my favorite books on spiritual warfare, PRECIOUS REMEDIES AGAINST SATAN’S DEVICES. Brooks uses a wonderful illustration that …Entice, Satan, Temptation2019-09-30 04:19:53
The Sad Story of the King of Rock and RollElvis Presley (1935-1977) is called the “King of Rock & Roll.” Alice Cooper said, “There will never be anybody cooler than Elvis Presley” (“100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.” VH1) Presley produced 94 gold singles, 43 gold albums; and his movies grossed over $180 million. Further millions were made …Elvis Presley, Hedonism, Rock And Roll Music2019-09-30 04:19:53
Christianity vs. Jesusanity — the Postmodern TemptationThe most hard-core forms of postmodern thought are generally limited to academic campuses, but the postmodern worldview is trickling down in various forms to the popular level. While postmodern literary theorists debate the meaning of “totalizing metanarratives,” at the level of popular piety we see the widespread substitution of “spirituality” …Christianity, Deity of Jesus, Gnosticism, Who Is Jesus2019-09-30 04:19:53
If Only I Wasn’t So BusyMany Christians today live with an unconscious acceptance of a dangerous myth. We view the pace of our lives as the primary roadblock to a meaningful spiritual life. We tell ourselves: “If only my life were simpler, slower, less complicated, then I could be the person God wants me to …Business, Busy, Hectic, Time Management2019-09-30 04:19:53
William Carey’s SisterMany people know of William Carey, the “father of modern missions.” But few people have heard of his sister. She was a quadriplegic and had to be carried from bed to couch. For 50 years she lay in bed and prayed for William Carey. She wrote him encouraging letters — …Disability, Encouragement, Prayer Warrior2019-09-30 04:19:53
Dark Night of The Soul: The Church’s Available ResourcesI’m a product of the very best in evangelicalism: converted thirty-two years ago after hearing the Gospel and then taught by great evangelical theologians. I know the strength of evangelicalism in bringing people to an intimate relationship with Jesus — something often missing in more liturgical traditions. But what do …Cancer, Dark Night Of The Soul, God's Will, Theodicy, Tragedy2019-09-30 04:19:53
Darkness At Noon: The Commission of A Post-Compliant ChurchAs the late Allan Bloom noted, a mind resolutely determined to be absolutely open is often, in actuality, quite closed. The closing of the postmodern mind will present a challenge for the church in this post-Christian age. Swirling worldviews and a reflexive relativism come together to form a mentality often …Close-mindedness, Closed Mind, Homosexuality, Postmodernism, Public Square2019-09-30 04:19:53
Spiritual Relief For A Spiritual DisasterThe past 12 months have been some of the most costly in world history because of natural disaster. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast here in the United States, and it is hard to believe it was almost 12 months ago that the tsunami devastated parts of Southern …Disasters, Lostness, Reach Lost2019-09-30 04:19:53
Have You Found Jesus?A drunk stumbled along a baptismal service on Sunday afternoon down by the river. He proceeded to walk down into the water and stood next to the preacher. The minister turned and noticed the old drunk and said, “Mister, Are you ready to find Jesus?” The drunk looks back and …Baptism, Find Jesus, Humor2019-09-30 04:19:53
A Change In Values When the Ship Is SinkingThere’s a story that comes from the sinking of the Titanic. A frightened woman found her place in a lifeboat that was about to be lowered into the raging North Atlantic. She suddenly thought of something she needed, so she asked permission to return to her stateroom before they cast …Crisis, Priorities, Values2019-09-30 04:19:53
A Long Way Home From ChurchThree elderly Baptist ladies took 24 hours to get home after they got lost on the way back from church. Alice Atwater, 72, and her friends Florence King, 86, and Ruthelle Outler, 84, had only traveled 20 miles to church from their home in Upson County, Georgia. But it took …Church Attendance, Lost, Perseverance2019-09-30 04:19:53
Show Up For the BattleRandy Brantley, of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention Evangelism Department, said that a “code blue” needs to be issued for reaching today’s teenagers. Pointing out that “code blue is the hospital term for a life-or-death emergency,” Brantley notes: “Suicide has increased 120 percent among kids ages 10 to 12 in …Lost, Spiritual Warfare, Suicide, Teenagers2019-09-30 04:19:53
Ain’t No Mountain High EnoughSermon in Romans series, #13. Romans 10:5-15 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH ============================= I. Who wants to go to heaven? A. Salvation is as popular as ever. B. Even in the West, heaven is highly valued. II. True Confessions. A. Confession is more than a listing of sins. B. “Jesus …Confess Jesus, Lordship of Christ, Witnessing, Works Righteousness2019-09-30 04:19:49
They Lost the Meaning of the MemorialThe Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful and costly tombs ever built, but there is something fascinating about its beginnings. In 1629, when the favorite wife of Indian ruler Shah Jahan died, he ordered that a magnificent tomb be built as a memorial for her. The shah placed …Meaning Lost, Memorial Day, Taj Mahal, Tomb2019-09-30 04:19:49
Preachers Are Just Postal WorkersA young couple asked a preacher who traveled as a Christian speaker how he coped with being a ‘famous Christian.’ They wanted to know if it was hard to avoid the sin of pride when he heard how people’s lives had been changed or affected by things he had said …Fame, Give Credit, Preacher, Pride2019-09-30 04:19:49
The Most Important Relationship In Your Life – YouAt the turn of the last century, a young boy quit school to help with the family expenses. When he was fifteen, he became interested in automobiles and worked in a garage. He subscribed to a correspondence home study course on automobiles and, after a long day in the garage, …Positive Thinking, Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem2019-09-30 04:19:49
Now Give ThoughtCenturies before there was ice cream, Hollywood, or extreme sports to distract oneself from thinking, Socrates taught that the unexamined life was not worth living. His words speak into the tragedy of going through life having not pursued its meaning, remaining indifferent to truth, giving little thought to self-examination. Living …Reflection, Self-Examination2019-09-30 04:19:49
Welcoming the KingPalm Sunday sermon. John 12:12-19 WELCOMING THE KING ================== I. Here comes the king. II. Mixed motives of the crowd. A. Many were there for the thrill factor. B. Some worshipped him with innocent faith. C. A few had a deeper appreciation. D. None grasped the full meaning. III. What …Jesus As Lord, King, Lordship of Christ, Palm Sunday2019-09-30 04:19:49
Blaming God FirstWhat are we to say about a human condition in which “Nature red in tooth and claw” rears up on its massive hindquarters, and hurls a 30-foot wall of water against the lowlands of eleven of the poorest and most populous nations on earth, including some playgrounds of the rich …Atheism, Blame God, Cross, Natural Disaster, Nihilism, Rationalism, Theodicy2019-09-30 04:19:49
God and the Tsunami (part 2)The tragedy unfolding in the Indian Ocean demands the world’s attention — and calls for a clear Christian response. In the aftermath of the disaster, some religious leaders suggested that God was simply unable to prevent the tsunamis that destroyed so many lives. Some secularists jumped on the opportunity to …Sign, Suffering, Theodicy, Tragedy, Warning2019-09-30 04:19:49
God and the Tsunami (part 1)The scale of suffering and the magnitude of the disaster in Southeast Asia defy the imagination. Sitting comfortably in our own homes and offices, we can look at the images, video segments and computer simulations, knowing all the while that, in the nations that encircle the Indian Ocean, the death …Catastrophe, Disaster, Doubt God, God In Control, Helplessness, Theodicy, Tragedy, Why?2019-09-30 04:19:49
It’s Ok To Say ‘Merry Christmas’All young Joel Curry wanted to do was include something fun and festive in a class project at school last Christmas. He attached little cards to a batch of candy cane ornaments — cards explaining a popular history of the traditional holiday favorite. He would “sell” these candy canes to …Holidays, Public Education, Secularism, Separation Of Church And State2019-09-30 04:19:49
and The Wall Came Down: The Berlin Wall and The Fall of Communism [2 Versions]Anyone over the age of forty grew up with the Berlin Wall, which the Soviets built almost overnight in 1961. It was the visible embodiment of what Churchill called “The Iron Curtain,” which descended over Eastern Europe in the wake of World War II. Many of us thought the wall …Christmas, Communism, Forgiveness, Incarnation, Martyr, Overcome Evil2019-09-30 04:19:49
XenophobiaWe continue meditating on the eighth and final Beatitude. One of the questions that has often puzzled people concerning this matter of suffering and persecution is this: Why is it that Christians, when they do good, are often persecuted, while non-Christians who do the same kind of good are adored? …Being Christ-like, Persecution, Xenophobia2019-09-30 04:19:49
Churches Must Confront ‘Crisis’ of Teen SexualityYouth ministries must teach teenagers how to reflect the glory of God with their sexuality, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. told youth workers at a conference. Preaching from Genesis 2:18-25, Mohler said that churches must confront the current crisis of teen sexuality by teaching young people …Homosexuality, Immorality, Premarital Sex, Sexuality, Teenager2019-09-30 04:19:49
Crisis In A CreviceIn the harrowing mountain-climbing documentary movie, TOUCHING THE VOID, two English climbers take on an unclimbed route up Peru’s 21,000-foot mountain, Siula Grande. The route was steeper and more icy than they anticipated and they were exhausted when they finally reached the summit. As they began their descent, 25-year-old Joe …Atheism, Crisis, Determination, Doubts, Foxhole Faith, Pride, Reject God, Scientific Materialism, Survival, Willpower2019-09-30 04:19:49
Just Because Hugh Hefner Says So….Hugh Hefner is a “pretty moral guy.” If you don’t believe it, just ask him. In recent interview in the Chicago Sun-Times, the founder of Playboy magazine reflected on religion and morality. When asked whether he had ever sinned, Hefner replied, “Oh, sure, but I haven’t pursued very much immoral …Humanism, Moral Absolutes, Morality, Pornography, Postmodernism, Rationalization, Relativism2019-09-30 04:19:49
Just A Mite ConfusedDaniel Boone explored the great wilderness of Tennessee and Kentucky. It was Boone who marked the wilderness road that brought settlers into the new land. He often wandered over vast areas of forest, living off the land and dodging arrows. Once he was asked if he had ever been lost. …Confusion, Lost2019-09-30 04:19:49
Non-Christians: Friends Or Foes?I recently heard a young man preach a sermon on the importance of sharing the Gospel. His philosophy was that as long as Christians are obeying God by witnessing to the lost, they should not care whether the lost accept Christ. He proposed that this attitude takes the pressure off …Compassion, Concern For Lost, Empathy, Non-christians, Outsiders, Witnessing2019-09-30 04:19:49
Painful Lessons“Prosperity, pleasure and success, may be rough of grain and common in fibre, but sorrow is the most sensitive of all created things.” Those are the words of the famed pleasure seeker Oscar Wilde. In his De Profundis, written in prison, he described with profound earnestness how much sorrow had …Grief, Pain, Pleasure, Sorrow2019-09-30 04:19:49
Suffering Is Intrinsic Component of Christian FaithEvery Christian, because of his or her union with Christ, is called to suffer, according to a worker with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. The New Testament makes it clear that everyone who is called by God to salvation also is called to sanctification and service as well as …Suffering, Trials2019-09-30 04:19:49
Pliny’s Letters On the ChristiansPliny the Younger was governor of Pontus/Bithynia from AD 111-113. We have a whole set of exchanges of his letters with the emperor Trajan on a variety of administrative political matters. These two letters are the most famous, in which Pliny encounters Christianity for the first time. PLINY, LETTERS 10.96-97 …Apostasy, Deny Jesus, Early Church, Persecution, Pliny, Roman Empire, Trajan2019-09-30 04:19:49
Brando’s FailurePatricia Bosworth, in her biography of actor Marlon Brando, recalls this quote from Brando: “I’m a balding, middle-aged failure. I’ve tried everything …[sleeping around], drinking, working. None of them mean anything.” __________ Moviefone website, Aug. 24, 2001Failure, Meaninglessness, Pursue Pleasure, Success2019-09-30 04:19:46
Americans Are Most Likely To Base Truth On FeelingsPontius Pilate asked the classic question, “What is truth?” Do you know what Americans think about truth? · By a 3-to-1 margin (64% vs. 22%) adults said truth is always relative to a person’s situation. The perspective was even more lopsided among teenagers. · People are most likely to make …Absolute Truth, Emotionalism, Relativism2019-09-30 04:19:46
Walking the TalkLast week I spent a long time talking to a single friend of mine. She is in love with a talented and sensitive man. He is caring and kind. For years he lived alone in the mountains of the Philippines where he cared for the very poor. Now he is …Consistency, Integrity, Walking The Talk2019-09-30 04:19:46
Lord, Let Me Die Climbing!On this side of eternity there is no finality to Christian experience. Certainly “if we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, what a glory He sheds on our way!” In the light of Jesus’ glory and grace, the things of God become strangely clear. Though there …Keep Climbing, Mountains, Things, We Haven't Arrived2019-09-30 04:19:46
The Importance of A Good Attitude When Defending the FaithThe best defense of the Gospel is not a good offense, Voddie Baucham says, but instead a good attitude. Baucham preached from 1 Peter 3:13-17. He reminded seminarians, faculty, staff, and local youth ministers and teens that being prepared to give a defense for their faith does not mean that …Apologetics, Defend Faith, Hostility, Intolerance, Witnessing2019-09-30 04:19:46
The Advantage of FloridaWe purchased an old home in Northern New York State from two elderly sisters. Winter was fast approaching and I was concerned about the house’s lack of insulation. “If they could live here all those years, so can we!” my husband confidently declared. One November night the temperature plunged to …Cold, Prepared, Warmth2019-09-30 04:19:46
The No-Regrets AlarmWell, I opened the refrigerator, and there it was – The Pig! See, years ago someone bought it, put it in the refrigerator for a while and then it disappeared. I thought he had gone to the bacon factory, but no, the pig is back! See, this pig is actually …Alarm, Holy Spirit, Prompting Of Spirit, Warning2019-09-30 04:19:46
The High Price of A Little IceDuring our Mission Alaska trip to young Native Alaskans, I spent a lot of time in a little missionary aircraft. It’s the only way to get to villages that are 400 miles from the nearest road! One day when the weather wasn’t much fun, our pilot asked me to keep …Bitterness, Cold Heart, Lukewarm, Purge2019-09-30 04:19:46
The Hebrew Word For TruthIn Hebrew the word for truth is TMA (emet). This word is composed of the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the alef, the last letter of the alphabet, the tau and the exact middle letter of the alphabet (including the final forms) the mem. Truth demands total accuracy from …Hebrew, Truth2019-09-30 04:19:46
Hugh Hefner’s PersistenceHugh Hefner published the first issue of Playboy magazine in December 1953. For the past 50 years this porn pimp has peddled his publication featuring nude women airbrushed to perfection. More than that, Hefner has consistently and consciously infected society with his noxious ideal of sexual hedonism. When Playboy first …Hedonism, Perversion, Playboy, Pornography, Sexuality2019-09-30 04:19:46
An End In MindDr. Ari Kiev of Cornell University observed that from the moment people decided to concentrate all their energies on a specific objective, they began to surmount the most difficult odds. He concluded, “The establishment of a goal is the key to successful living.” __________ Today in the Word, July, 1990, …Goals, Overcome2019-09-30 04:19:46
A Statue To HatredThe indefatigable gay-hating Rev. Fred Phelps of Topeka, Kansas, announced in October that he would take advantage of the Casper, Wyoming, City Council’s earlier decision to allow a religious monument (the Ten Commandments) in a city park by erecting his own religious monument: a statue celebrating the 1998 fatal gay …Freedom Of Religion, Intolerance, Statue2019-09-30 04:19:46
Three Died That Day: Reflections On November 22, 1963Forty years ago, November 22, 1963, a paralyzed world watched the horror of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, a dark day in American history many of us remember. That same day two other notable personalities quietly breathed their last and exited the world almost without notice. British writer Aldous Huxley, author …Aldous Huxley, C. S. Lewis, Impact, Influence, Kennedy, Significance2019-09-30 04:19:46
Holy GroundI was approached the other day by a group of teenagers conducting a study on faith and belief in America. My reaction was immediately one of curious excitement. How exciting to find young people thinking through such vital matters, whether a project thought up in their own minds or assigned …Moral Absolutes, Questions, Why?2019-09-30 04:19:46
Edison Thumps His Fist On the TableHenry Ford once said that the ability to encourage others is one of life’s finest assets. The auto inventor and manufacturer knew the power of encouragement. He had learned of it as a young man. Memorable to him was a time, at the beginning of his career, when he made …Affirmation, Edison, Encouragement, Ford2019-09-30 04:19:46
Hedonists R Us: Darwinism and MoralityAsk someone who the first Darwinist was, and they’re likely to think it’s a trick question, like “Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb?” But as a recent book tells us, it’s not Darwin — at least not in regard to the way a materialistic worldview shapes our morals. That book is …Darwinism, Epicureanism, Hedonism, Materialist, Morality2019-09-30 04:19:46
Overcoming the Layers of CivilizationIn 2002, Børge Ousland went on a 1,240 mile trek from Russia to Canada, becoming the first person to ever cross both the North and South Poles alone. Ousland walked, skied, and swam across frozen wastelands to reach his destination. He carried with him almost 300 pounds of food. Ousland …Perseverance, Pursue Goal2019-09-30 04:19:46
Philippians, Letter of Joy — Joy In SufferingPhilippians, Letter of Joy — 1:12–30 — Joy in Suffering « Leader information » A. Prison as a Plus Philippians 1:12–14 (NAS) 12 Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, 13 so that my imprisonment in the …Joy, Suffering2019-09-30 04:19:46
Keeping Your Plates In the AirOld-timers among us may remember the Ed Sullivan show. One act always fascinated me. This man would come on with long poles and lots of plates. He put a plate on top of a skinny pole, and spun the plate. By putting some wrist action on the pole he could …Balance, Stress2019-09-30 04:19:46
The Problem of EvilIn a picturesque Swiss village full of tourists, hotels, and restaurants, a 21-year-old woman was taken to the hospital with undiagnosed stomach pain. Twenty-four hours later she was dead of a highly unusual infection. Her parents had never shown much evidence of faith, attending church only at Christmas and Easter …Pain, Problem of Evil, Suffering, Theodicy2019-09-30 04:19:46
Pleasure MisplacedIn THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, C.S. Lewis writes an imaginary exchange between a senior devil and his pupil on the subject of pleasure: He (God) made the pleasures: all our research so far has not enabled us to produce one. All we can do is to encourage the humans to take …Carpe Diem, Desires, Joy, Pleasure, Seize The Day2019-09-30 04:19:43
Stay Focused and Hang OnRulon Gardner keeps defying the odds. Earlier this year he survived a plane crash in Utah. He swam for more than an hour in 44-degree water before reaching shore and then spent the night without shelter. In February 2002, he had a snowmobile accident. After falling in a Wyoming lake, …Don't Give Up, Focus, Hang On, Impossible, Olympics, Opponent, Perseverance, Sports, Winning2019-09-30 04:19:43
Waiting For Their Dads To Keep Their PromisesIn his book WHEN YOU’VE BEEN WRONGED (Moody), Erwin Lutzer tells this story: “A young pastor began a ministry on Saturday mornings to the inmates of the local county jail. Each week he’d go into the jail cells and conduct Bible studies and prayer sessions among the inmates — mostly …Father's Day, Fathers, Keep Promises2019-09-30 04:19:43
Living and Walking In the Spirit”If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” — Gal 5:25 There is a difference between living and walking. A man chained to a tree in the woods is “living in the woods” but he certainly is not “walking in the woods!” Like wise, we …Living, Obedience, Walking2019-09-30 04:19:43
Tact – the Language of StrengthIt’s pretty much an accepted fact that human beings make decisions emotionally, and then back up their emotion-based decisions with logic. We “rationalize”… that is we tell ourselves “rational lies.” And every one else does the same. Often, whether or not people will buy into what we say depends less …Control Tongue, Diplomacy, Gentleness, Love, Persuassion, Sensitivity, Speech, Tact, Truth, Words2019-09-30 04:19:43
Resume TranslationsBright: Wears a lot of yellow and red – usually together. Computer Literate: Knows the difference between a mouse and a terminal. Conscientious: Knows exactly how much sick time and holiday time he has left. Dependable: Can depend on them to be the last one there in the morning. Detailed …Funny, Humor, Resume2019-09-30 04:19:43
The Unpredictability of Encountering A Holy GodOne of the most remarkable aspects of the current world-wide movement of the Holy Spirit has been a reawakened sense of the awe, mystery, and wonder of God. Within the last several years, events such as the revival in Argentina, the Toronto Blessing, and the Pensacola Outpouring — not to …Conversion, Ecstacy, Holy Spirit, Religious Awakening, Repentance, Revival2019-09-30 04:19:43
Keeping Satan’s Church Alive and WellAnton LaVey, who founded the Church of Satan, died Oct. 29, 1997, of heart failure at age 67. His daughter, Karla, and girlfriend, Blanche Barton, kept LaVey’s death a secret for a week so as not to disturb followers during the church’s most important holiday, Halloween, according to news reports. …Hedonism, Occult, Satanism2019-09-30 04:19:43
Hope For The Difficult Emotion – AngerHope for the Difficult Emotion — Changing sinful patterns happens in community Last issue’s devotional on the subject of anger uncorked a geyser of responses. Here are only a few: •”Last week I lost my temper with another member of my congregation, and God dealt with me firmly for it. …Anger2019-09-30 04:19:43
Think Before You Speak!“If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, … his religion is worthless.” — James 1:26 — Read: Proverbs 25:11-18 We have a spiritual obligation to think through the impact of the words we say. If we don’t, or if we simply …Speech, Tongue, Words2019-09-30 04:19:43
Are You Lost?”We pass this way but once,” we have heard it said. But my wife has learned that, unless I’ve taken the time to carefully study a map, that isn’t necessarily true. So I completely understand the fix a Colorado hunting guide got himself into. His party became hopelessly lost in …Funny, Humor, Lost2019-09-30 04:19:43
A Second-Half ChallengeGod didn’t give you a first birth so that you could be a failure. If you are a Christian, then He didn’t give you a second birth so that you should be a spiritual failure. In either case, if we fail, we didn’t live up to the potential God had …Excitement, Failure, Goals2019-09-30 04:19:43
The Character of God-Abandoned Men“Being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; [they are] whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice …Backbiting, Covetousness, Death, Deceit, Envy, Godlessness, Immorality, Infanticide, Judgment, Malice, Pleasures, Pride, Slander, Unfaithful, Unrighteousness2019-09-30 04:19:43
Is the Bible Guilty of Hate Speech?Any parent, no matter how wonderful, can be made to sound like a monster should their words be edited with that purpose. That’s what many do with the Bible. Despite the clear message of God’s unconditional love for every single person, some choose to exclusively focus on the most negative, …Atrocity, Condemnation, God's Love, God's Wrath, Harshness of Old Testament, Hate Speech, Homosexuality, Savior2019-09-30 04:19:43
Is W W J D the Right Question?Charles Sheldon put this question on the popular mind in his best seller, IN HIS STEPS, penned in 1896 and now enjoying a revival of amazing proportion. In 1989, the book stirred Michigan youth minister Janie Tinklenberg, and she fashioned a bracelet with the question’s initials. Little did she know …Example, Morality, Motivation, What Would Jesus Do?, Wwjd2019-09-30 04:19:43
Complimentary PeanutsA guy stands in a bar sipping a drink. He begins hearing a voice saying nice things about him. He thinks he’s losing it. He says to the bartender, “There’s something wrong with me. I keep hearing this voice saying nice things about me.” The bartender says, “There’s nothing wrong …Build Up, Compliment, Encouragement2019-09-30 04:19:43
Guilt Expelled By IrreverenceGuilt is a universal fact and feeling that compels all of us either to deal with it or to find a convincing means to explain it away. The first response that one may have, and many fall into this attitude towards guilt, is to expel personal and public guilt with …Guilt2019-09-30 04:19:43
Driving Under the SunA television commercial I saw recently portrays a man in a car talking on his cell phone — with the devil. The man and the Devil banter back and forth, the Devil offering the man riches and power and so on. But the smiling driver refuses each of these offers …Materialism, Pleasure, Success2019-09-30 04:19:43
Answering the Six-foot HoleProfessional golfer Paul Azinger was diagnosed with cancer at age 33. He had just won a PGA championship and had ten tournament victories to his credit. He wrote, “A genuine feeling of fear came over me. I could die from cancer. Then another reality hit me even harder. I’m going …Cancer, Contentment, Death, Fear of Death, Golf, Heaven, Perspective, Time Of Death2019-09-30 04:19:43
How To Minister To Families In Crisis SituationsDeath. Prolonged illness. Broken marriages. Financial problems. Addictions. These are just a sample of the many crisis situations that a pastor will face in the course of his ministry. How can the church family assist its pastor and minister to people in crises? The way you respond to members of …Advice, Counseling, Crisis2019-09-30 04:19:43
C. S. Lewis On Happiness“Happiness is never in our power and pleasure is. I doubt whether anyone who has tasted joy would ever, if both were in his power, exchange it for all the pleasure in the world.” — C. S. Lewis, “Surprised by Joy”Happiness, Joy, Pleasure2019-09-30 04:19:40
Unlike Chaplains, He Really Does Cheer People UpIn a Doonesbury cartoon, an officer is standing by the bedside of a Navy sailor who is in sick bay aboard a cruiser. The officer says, “We’ve got you scheduled for surgery at four bells tomorrow! Your surgeon will be Commander Torres.” As he leaves the officer says, “Well, take …Chaplain, Cheer Up, Encouragement, Happy, Joy, Last Rites, Morale2019-09-30 04:19:40
Suffering, Tragedy Both Fall Within God’s WillTo believe that tragedy and suffering fall outside the will of God is to misunderstand the absolute sovereignty of God as set forth in Scripture. Tom Ascol, pastor of First Baptist Church of Cape Coral, Florida, said a clear understanding of biblical doctrine gives Christians hope and assurance in the …God's Will, Pain, Sovereignty Of God, Suffering, Tragedy2019-09-30 04:19:40
Forgiveness: Good For Your Health and Holidays?Rather than forgive and forget, is it really forgive and feel better physically and emotionally? And, as a side benefit, could forgiveness reduce family holiday stress, right about now? A new study done at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research says those in their 40s and older enjoy …Christmas, Emotional Health, Family, Forgiveness, Holidays2019-09-30 04:19:40
Burying the BabyIn his book “God With Us: The Miracle of Christmas,” John MacArthur writes: “I read a haunting newspaper story several years ago about a wealthy Boston family who had a christening party for their new baby. They invited all their friends and relatives to their magnificent home to celebrate the …Christmas, Holidays2019-09-30 04:19:40
A Right ChristmasThe day after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, a woman told USA Today, “I called my mother immediately and told her I love her. You never know when your time is up, and I want things to be right with everybody.” Christmas is a beautiful …Christmas, Reconciliation2019-09-30 04:19:40
Gretsky’s ForesightSomeone once asked Wayne Gretsky, the great hockey player, how he managed to become the best goal-scorer in the history of the game. He simply replied, “While everyone else is chasing the puck, I go where the puck is going to be.” ________________ Brett Blair, www.eSermons.comAnticipate, Foresight2019-09-30 04:19:40
Crisis of Faith & Practice Among ChurchesMost members of churches in the 12 largest denominations in America have beliefs that “fall far short of orthodox Christianity,” T.C. “Tommy” French told messengers to the Louisiana Baptist Convention. He based the statement on the recent findings by the Barna Research Group. Such “shocking” statistics “represent only the surface …Apostasy, Authority, Baptists, Bible Illiteracy, Creedalism, Doctrinal Purity, Schism, Spiritual Ignorance2019-09-30 04:19:40
Please Talk To MePastor Charles Curtis stresses the importance of really communicating: “My husband does not talk to me,” is the complaint of 80 percent of American wives. It has been claimed that “One hundred percent of the people seeking professional help for their marriages have problems of communication.” In our world, the …Marriage2019-09-30 04:19:40
Aesop’s fables contain many helpful moral lessons for us. One of them is about a man and a satyr who, having struck up an acquaintance, sat down together to eat. The day being wintry and cold, the man put his fingers to his mouth and blew upon them. “What’s that …Hot And Cold, Inconsistency2019-09-30 04:19:40
The Privilege of Pluralism?One is never more aware of pluralism’s sticky presence then when sitting in a round table discussion about faith. Like a wad of well-chewed gum that has been stepped in again and again, the strings of religious thought and life are many, and often messy, sticking to our souls at …Apologetics, Multiculturalism, Pluralism, Triumphalism2019-09-30 04:19:40
The Chief Objections To Lordship SalvationDr. Ernest Pickering on the concept of Lordship Salvation: “One of the chief objections to the notion of ‘Lordship salvation’ is that it adds to the gospel of grace. It requires something of the sinner which the Scriptures do not require. The message of salvation by grace proclaims to sinners …Believe, Lordship of Christ, Lordship Salvation, Salvation By Grace2019-09-30 04:19:40
9-11 Attack: How Could God Let This Happen?Jane Clayson conducted an interview with Billy Graham’s daughter Anne Graham Lotz on CBS’s “The Early Show” on the Thursday morning after the terrorist attacks of 9-11. According to the transcript of the broadcast, Clayson asked, “I’ve heard people say, those who are religious, those who are not, if God …Theodicy, Why?2019-09-30 04:19:40
Atheist Theology Student Who Was Found By GodJohn Powell a professor at Loyola University in Chicago writes about a student in his Theology of Faith class named Tommy [the website TruthorFiction.com vouches for its authenticity]: Some twelve years ago, I stood watching my university students file into the classroom for our first session in the Theology of …Atheist, Cancer, Deathbed Conversion, Find God, Found, Labeling, Pigeonhole, Seek2019-09-30 04:19:40
The Dogmatics of Aluminum FoilI sometimes marvel at Jesus’ patience with the dogmatism and intolerance of the religious leaders. They argued about inconsequential matters and made people follow laws that they themselves could not keep. Here in Luke 20 they are arguing with Jesus, asking him about marriage in heaven. What is so obvious …Dogmatism, Intolerance2019-09-30 04:19:40
Your Job Is Staying On the ChariotWhen Charlton Heston was concerned about not being able to win the chariot race in the movie Ben Hur, Cecil B. DeMille told him, “Your job is to stay on [the chariot]. It’s my job to make sure you win.” So too for us – we’re just to do what …Hang On, Perseverance, Race2019-09-30 04:19:40
Atheists’ HolidayAnnoyed by the fact that his company had to be closed for Christmas and Easter, a certain man who was an athiest was complaining that Christians seem to have all the holidays. He mentioned Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Good Friday, and All Saints Day adding, “We who are atheists have no …Atheists, Envy, Fools, Holidays, Jealousy2019-09-30 04:19:40
Missionaries Marcus and Narcissa WhitmanMarcus & Narcissa Whitman, missionaries to Walla Walla: Did not spend a long time courting. When Dr. Whitman had volunteered to the mission work, he was single. He heard that Narcissa had volunteered as well, but was not approved as there was no use for single women on that field. …Abandonment to Christ, Devotion, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, Marriage, Missions, Sacrifice2019-09-30 04:19:40
Mom Dashes 900 Miles to Deliver Forgotten GameBoyDevoted mother Carol Dukes traveled 900 miles (1,450 km) so her son, the apple of her eye, could play with his GameBoy on a school trip. Dukes, 41, spent 150 pounds ($220) on planes and taxis in the mad dash from her home in Berkshire to London’s Heathrow Airport and …Doting Mother, Embarrassment, Materialism, Overindulgence, Values2019-09-30 04:19:40
When You’re Tired of ClimbingI was speaking at a Christian conference center in the Midwest – actually, speaking at least three times a day there! Don’t feel bad for me – feel bad for the people who had to listen to me all those times! Well, after about three days, I decided to grab …Discouragement, Finish, Obstacles, Struggle2019-09-30 04:19:40
Choose To Maintain JoyA seasoned pastor encouraged seminary students to maintain their joy in the ministry even in difficult times by exercising the power of choice. Paul chose joy DESPITE HIS CHAINS, critics, and crisis, said John Powers, pastor of First Baptist Norfolk, Virginia. Preaching from Philippians 1:12-30, he said that Paul chose …Discouragement, Joy, Positive Attitude, Problems, Struggles2019-09-30 04:19:37
It’s A Big Ocean To Be Lost InH. H. Staton in his book, “A Guide To the Parables of Jesus” tells the story of having been on an ocean liner headed to the Middle East. Nine hundred miles out to sea a sail was sighted on the horizon. As the liner drew closer, the passengers saw that …Found, Lost2019-09-30 04:19:37
Where Was God?: Reflections On God’s Goodness and TerrorismThis weekend I received a call from a Christian friend who was deeply troubled. The husband of a woman to whom she had been witnessing had been killed in the World Trade Center attack. The woman called my friend and demanded bitterly: “Where was your God that you’ve been telling …Evil, Free Choice, Theodicy, Where Was God?2019-09-30 04:19:37
Terrorist Attack: Christians Seek Answers About Why Evil ExistsBe it the chaplain in Manhattan, the pastor in Pittsburgh or the farmer in Kentucky, Christians across the country searched for answers to explain what happened Sept. 11 and offer a God-centered approach to personal healing and the country’s response. From the Oval Office to the pulpit, one word came …Disaster, Evil, Retaliation, Revenge, Suffering, Theodicy, Tragedy2019-09-30 04:19:37
Why Does God Allow Evil?[The attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and the] horrific mass murder of innocent Americans leaves all rational people shocked, angry, grief-stricken, and numb. Our tears flow freely and our hearts carry a deep ache. How could this happen in our nation? As mothers, …Choices, Evil, Free Will, Predestination, Theodicy, Tragedy, Why?2019-09-30 04:19:37
What Christians Told A Dying WomanFew Christian thinkers today write with the penetration and boldness of Philip Yancey. His experience contemplating a beautiful young bride suddenly devastated by a fatal illness [brings up many important issues]. Claudia, a beautiful young bride only a year into a glorious marriage, is now suddenly confined to a hospital …Comfort, Evil, Satan, Sovereignty, Suffering, Theodicy2019-09-30 04:19:37
Do You Know Where You’re Going?“If you don’t know where you’re going, when you get there you’ll be lost.” Yogi Berra Cited in Even More of the Best of…BITS & PIECESDestination, Direction, Goal, Lost2019-09-30 04:19:37
No Mother’s Day For You: Shielding Kids From Our ChoicesTo send your kids to Rodeph Sholom, a prestigious day school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, you’ll need an extra $20,000 a year and a high tolerance for politically correct nonsense. In a letter that arrived just in time for Mother’s Day, parents were told that “after much thought and …Family Values, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Nontraditional Family, Parents, Personal Autonomy, Political Correctness2019-09-30 04:19:37
What My Mother Taught MeJust when you thought you weren’t teaching your kids.…. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE – “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside – I just finished cleaning!” My mother taught me RELIGION – “You better pray that will come out of the …Advice, Character, Foresight, Humor, Logic, Mother, Mother's Day, Motherhood, Values2019-09-30 04:19:37
Dale Earnhardt: Preventable Death?On Sunday February 18, 2001, NASCAR lost one of its greatest drivers. Dale Earnhardt, also known as “The Intimidator,” was in third place on the last lap of the Daytona 500 when his car was tapped from behind and sent head-on into the wall at 180 mph. In a matter …Accepting Christ, Car Accident, Choices, Danger, Decision, Eternity, Lostness, Neglect, Receiving Christ, Salvation2019-09-30 04:19:37
Undying Worm, Unquenchable FireWHAT IS HELL—ETERNAL TORMENT OR ANNIHILATION? A LOOK AT THE EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE’S “THE NATURE OF HELL” It was six pages near the end of the book that exploded like a bombshell within evangelicalism. The book was Evangelical Essentials ( InterVarsity) and the year was 1988. As the book’s subtitle announced, …Annihilation, Brimstone, Conditional Immortality, Conditionalism, Damnation, Eternal Destruction, Hell, Lake of Fire, Stott, Torment, Universalism2019-09-30 04:19:37
Finding Your Easter SunriseThere is a stopping point in the North Carolina mountains called Pretty Place. Pull off the main road and follow a dirt one to a clearing and there stands an open-air chapel on the side of the mountain. Simple concrete benches encompass a stone pulpit. The area is open on …Death Of A Child, Despair, Easter, Easter Sunrise Service, Emergency, Good Friday, Nurse, Resurrection, Revive, Tragedy2019-09-30 04:19:37
When the Cheering StoppedSome years ago a book was written by a noted American historian entitled “When The Cheering Stopped.” It was the story of President Woodrow Wilson and the events leading up to and following WWI. When that war was over Wilson was an international hero. There was a great spirit of …Popularity, Rejection, Triumphal Entry2019-09-30 04:19:37
God Is Immersed In Our SufferingTrevor Beeson stood at the high altar of Westminster Abbey to celebrate the marriage of his daughter, Catharine, to Anthony, aged twenty-three. Nine months later he stood before the same altar for Anthony’s funeral, who was killed when his car ran into a wall in East London. Four months later, …Innocent, Suffering, Theodicy, Tragedy, Why?2019-09-30 04:19:37
Obituaries Help Us Think Ahead About the Value of Our LivesWhile driving in my car recently and listening to Public Radio, I heard a commentator admit that she was addicted to reading the obituaries in the daily newspaper. I was encouraged to learn that I am not the only one. While some might find it morbid, I am informed and …Baptist, Death, Immortality, Obituary, Profession of Faith2019-09-30 04:19:37
God Is Deeper Still: the Case For Faith [2 versions]Sue Stottmeister was jogging through a park in Rockville, Maryland two weeks ago as she always did before picking up her children from school. But on this day she would not complete her run. Instead, the Sunday school teacher was attacked and brutally beaten. When police found her, she had …Apologetics, Atheism, Evil, Freedom, God's Goodness, Murder, Questions, Theodicy, Tragedy, Why?2019-09-30 04:19:37
God’s Rescue OperationOne morning in February 1974 Jim Petersen was awakened in his hotel room in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, by sirens. Fire trucks were stopping outside. He pulled on a pair of pants and a jacket and went downstairs and out of the hotel. Across the street a 25-story building was …Impotence, Rescue, Theodicy, Tragedy, Why?2019-09-30 04:19:37
I Wished I Had Told Him He Could Start AgainThe BBC website carried a tragic story written by a mother about her son. He had always been carefree and a little mischievous. He wasn’t a genius but he worked hard enough to get into a English university. After they dropped him off there, they didn’t hear much from him. …Childraising, Despair, Failure, Hopelessness, Parenting, Second Chance, Start Over, Suicide, Young People2019-09-30 04:19:37
Watch What Happens!Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. –Colossians 4:2 A missionary to Haiti was told by a doctor that she might have cancer. A biopsy was performed and sent away for analysis. As she waited for the results, she was filled with fear and could find no …Cancer, Prayer, Thanksgiving, Watch2019-09-30 04:19:37
From Loss To GainFrom Loss To Gain Read: Genesis 45:1-15 God sent me . . to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God. –Genesis 45:7-8 The book In His Steps may have earned less money for its author than any other …From Loss To Gain, True Profit2019-09-30 04:19:37
When Is The Right Time To Pursue Truth and Beauty?It’s getting to the point where I hesitate to turn on the TV. From the financial crisis, to hurricanes, to Iran, to fuel prices, you name it. And it’s not just the news, it’s the media’s — and the public’s — voyeuristic preoccupation with chaos that troubles me. The news …Beauty, Crisis, Knowledge, Pursue Truth, Quest2019-09-30 04:19:31
Unprepared For EternityOh, the unbelievable horror of putting off Christ! The eternal sadness of waiting one day too long! It’s akin to the terror of those who delayed boarding the ark in the days of Noah or those who failed to escape Sodom and Gomorrah when they had the opportunity. Think of …Eternity, Hell, Judgment Day, Spiritual Decision, Sudden Death, Today2019-09-30 04:19:31
Brawler-Turned-Pastor Transforms Montana Church and TownThere was a petition circulating to remove violent brawler Jim Webley from town when God intervened and changed not just Webley’s life but, years later, the course of a church and a Montana community. In his early 20s, Webley was working in the gold mines of Nevada, entrenched in a …Bad Reputation, Brawler, Church Growth, Conversion Story, Fellowship, God's Call, God's Word, Potluck Dinner, Repentance, Sinner, Spiritual Impact, Stagnant, Transformation, Turnaround, Violence2019-09-30 04:19:31
Far As The Curse Is FoundMany Christians would be surprised, and perhaps even disappointed, to learn that the song often cited as our favorite Christmas carol is not actually a Christmas carol at all. The famed hymn writer Isaac Watts published “Joy to the World” in 1719. Millions of Christians sing this great hymn at …Christmas Carol, Curse of Sin, Fall of Man, Garden of Eden, Isaac Watts, Joy To The World2019-09-30 04:19:31
How Will You Fare In God’s Accounting?In 1958 it was bought at an auction for around $125. In late 2017 the painting was auctioned again – for $450 million. That is pretty profitable! I am referring, of course, to the painting “Salvator Mundi” by Leonardo da Vinci. What did da Vinci himself value? In 1495 he …Accounting, Grace Alone, Salvation By Grace, Works Righteousness2019-09-30 04:19:31
The Half-Life of FactsDavid Mcraney writes: In medical school, they tell you half of what you are about to learn won’t be true when you graduate — they just don’t know which half. In every field of knowledge, half of what is true today will one day be updated with better information, and …Bible Accurate, Growth of Knowledge2019-09-30 04:19:31
Whatever It TakesI had the sad responsibility to inform a mom and dad nearly 20 years ago that their beautiful 5-year old daughter had leukemia. They were shocked and overwhelmed. I sat on a hospital bed by their side a few weeks later as an oncologist explained that their insurance would not …Great Cost, Great Expense, Missions, Priorities, Unreached People Groups2019-09-30 04:19:31
The Problem of DehumanizationPerpetrators of violence, we’re told, dehumanize their victims. The truth is worse. The study of human cruelty has a core idea: that acts such as genocide happen when one fails to appreciate the humanity of others. Back in the 1600s missionary Morgan Godwyn observed that slave owners believed the Negroes, …Atrocity, Beasts, Bigotry, Dehumanization, Discrimination, Genocide, Hate, Hatred, Violence2019-09-30 04:19:31
Forget LGBTQ — Now There’s LGGBDTTTIQQAAPPIn June 2017, the Canadian Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (EFTO) asked teachers to attend a seminar on LGGBDTTTIQQAAPP Inclusiveness Training. An images of the flyer was recirculated recently on social media after being featured in an article in the Daily Mail, and the flyer has gained quite a bit …Gender Confusion, Gender Identity, Homosexuality, Inclusiveness, Liberalism, Political Correctness, Sexual Identity, Transgender2019-09-30 04:19:31
His Home-Made Rocket Will Prove The Earth Is FlatA California man is fighting the government for the right to fire himself 1,800 feet above the Mojave Desert in a home-made, steam-powered rocket. He wants to do this to prove the Earth is flat. “Mad” Mike Hughes had billed his debut flight as a first step toward ultimately photographing …Debunk, Doubter, Flat Earth, Nut Case, Science2019-09-30 04:19:31
Bono Thinks About DeathBono thinks a lot about death. The U2 singer’s preoccupation with his own mortality was triggered by the deaths of two musician friends and some near misses of hi sown. “The loss of David Bowie affected me profoundly,” says Bono, 57. “And Leonard Cohen.” Both singers were showered with glowing …Crisis of Faith, Fear of Death, Funeral, Legacy, Memorial Service, Obituary2019-09-30 04:19:31
Giving UpI was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma earlier this year. It was shocking; cancer diagnoses usually are. The treatments were unpleasant; cancer treatments usually are. I thank God that my final chemo treatment was two months ago and my scans showed no sign of the disease remaining. As I begin my …Anxiety, Cancer, Don't Give Up, Sickness, Trust God, Worry2019-09-30 04:19:31
Was Jesus Born On December 25 – Christmas Day?[From the website of the United Church of God (an offshoot of the Worldwide Church of God)] History shows that December 25 was popularized as the date for Christmas, not because Christ was born on that day, but because it was already popular in pagan religious celebrations as the birthday …Christmas, December 25, Holidays, Mithras, Paganism2019-09-30 04:19:31
The Importance of Good News: Headlines You’re Not HearingDoes it seem like the world is going to heck in a handbasket? Then it may be time for a reality check. It’s been a summer of rough news for America. Racism, riots, and political violence. Communities on the Gulf Coast continue wading through the devastation of hurricane Harvey, and …Improvement, Optimism, Pessimism, Progress, Worldview2019-09-30 04:19:31
You Can Never Ask Too MuchJohn Newton said this about prayer: “Thou art coming to a King; Large petitions with thee bring; For His grace and power are such, None can ever ask too much.”Ask, Petition God, Petitionary Prayer, Spiritual Boldness2019-09-30 04:19:31
No Compassion For The Mentally Ill: Canada’s Obsession With The “Right To Die”How compassionate is it to let people end their lives when they choose? That’s the wrong question. Canadians, or at least Canadian media elites, seem intent on creating a real-life version of what novelist P.D. James, in her novel “The Children of Men,” called “quietus”: that is, state-sanctioned mass suicide …Assisted Suicide, Compassion, Disability, Euthanasia, Mental Illness2019-09-30 04:19:31
Bearing With One AnotherIt’s that all-too-familiar verse that fits nicely in an Instagram square with watercolor flowers embroidering its edges — “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7). Yes, one of those verses that’s often pulled out of context and overused. And yet, it’s …Bear With One Another, Forbearance, Reconciliation2019-09-30 04:19:31
An Infinite Power SourceThe subterranean world beneath northern California is boiling hot — hot enough to produce vast caverns of superheated steam. This area, known as The Geysers, is one of the most active geothermal spots on earth. Sitting directly atop The Geysers are buildings that house some of the world’s most innovative …Spiritual Power, Weakness2019-09-30 04:19:31
From Transgender To TransformedFrancine Perry and her daughter Laura recently sat down to look at family photos. As they reflected on the good times, they also could see how God was at work, especially through the difficult times — and there were many of those. Francine, left, and Laura with a family photo …Gender Identity, Homosexuality, Parents' Love, Phariseeism, Prodigal Son, Transformation, Transgender2019-09-30 04:19:31
It’s Time To Fly!Boarding a small airplane, I immediately noticed the cheerful demeanor of the lone flight attendant. It was early in the morning, and amidst the crowd of bleary-eyed passengers shuffling onto the plane, she beamed like a ray of sunshine. After welcoming us on board and making sure we were all …God's Presence, Miracle, Mundaneness, Routine, Worship2019-09-30 04:19:31
Dinner With A Former JihadiGrowing up in post 9/11 America, I believed no greater enemy existed than a terrorist waging war on the Western world. So you might imagine how, um, surprised and paralyzed I felt when I found myself in South Asia eating dinner with a jihadi. Well, he used to be. During …Bible, Despair, Extremism, Hate, Hatred, Holy War, Islam, Jihad, Koran, Love Enemy, Missions, Muslim, Quran2019-09-30 04:19:27
Let The Catcher Catch YouIn the world of trapeze performance, there are “flyers” and there are “catchers.” Imagine yourself a trapeze flyer sailing through the air, flipping as you go. Then at the end of your rotation, as you hang in mid-air, you see the catcher. Your natural impulse is to reach out and …Striving, Trapeze, Trust2019-09-30 04:19:27
400 Years: The Conversion of PocahontasFour hundred years after the death of one of the most well-known Native Americans in history, scholars say Pocahontas’ profession of faith in Christ is among the few facts known with certainty about the famed daughter of a Virginia Algonquin chief. The only portrait of Pocahontas done in her lifetime …American Indian, Bridge Between Cultures, Conversion, Cultural Clash, Native American, Pocahontas2019-09-30 04:19:27
Was Noah’s Flood World-Wide Or Regional?Tim Keller is a noted Evangelical minister and writer based in Manhattan. He describes his understanding of the historicity of Noah and the flood this way: I believe Noah’s flood happened, but that it was a regional flood, not a world-wide flood. On the one hand, those who insist on …Bible Accurate, Bible Interpretation, Flood, Noah's Ark, Science2019-09-30 04:19:27
Controversial British Pastor Takes On Doctrine of Original SinA Baptist minister and author who shocked British evangelicals when he came out in support of same-sex marriage in 2013 now says Christians talk too much about Original Sin and not enough about humanity’s inherent goodness and worth. Steve Chalke, founder of the Oasis Trust, says in a new video …Adam & Eve, Adam's Sin, Augustine, Garden of Eden, Innocence, Myth, Old Nature, Original Sin, Sin Nature, Total Depravity2019-09-30 04:19:27
Cough Up Your CancerThe life of a 37-year-old woman from Coventry, England, was saved when she coughed up a nearly one-inch tumor — one which likely would have proven fatal if left undetected. Claire Osborn was in her car just driving along when she felt a tickle at the back of her throat …Cough Up Your Cancer2019-09-30 04:19:27
Without Hope In A MazeIf you visit one of those corn mazes so popular in the fall, be sure to take your phone. A Massachusetts family got lost in a 7-acre maze, and as evening approached they decided to get help and called 911, according to an Oct. 12, 2011, AP story. The report …Found, Lost, Rescue2019-09-30 04:19:27
Infanticide: the Deadly Logic of Abortion In CourtIn April 2005, Katrina Effert, age nineteen, secretly gave birth to a baby boy in the downstairs bathroom. She then strangled the child, wrapped him in towels, and dropped him over the backyard fence behind a neighbor’s shed. After repeatedly lying to police and trying to pin the crime on …Abortion, Infanticide, Medical Ethics, Mental Illness, Murder, Slippery Slope2019-09-30 04:19:27
What Happens When You Don’t Open New StoresSewell Avery was once the chairman of Montgomery Ward & Co. Avery was responsible for Ward’s failure to open a single new store from 1941 to 1957. Instead, the big retailer piled up cash and then sat on it. Ward’s amassed $607 million, earning them a dubious Wall Street nickname: …Boldness, Carpe Diem, Caution, Failure, Opportunity, Risk, Seize The Day, Timidity2019-09-30 04:19:27
I Don’t Need DirectionsWhen Anthony Olearchick, 86, and his wife Viola, 85, left their Kenilworth, New Jersey, home on an errand, the couple had no idea it would be over 24 hours before they would return home. A wrong turn sent them on a journey of perhaps 800 miles through three states. Their …Destination, Direction, Lost, Pride, Wrong Way2019-09-30 04:19:27
Digging Up the Biblical World: Gath Gaza and GoliathPerhaps the most distinguishing fact of Christianity is that our faith is rooted in history. Our faith is revealed to us on the basis of events that actually took place in space and time and in the region we call the Holy Land. The apostle John highlights this at the …Archaeology, Archeology, Evidence, Gath, Goliath, History, Prove Bible2019-09-30 04:19:27
You Don’t Overcome Addiction EasilyIn 2010, Ted Williams was a homeless man with a “golden voice” living on the streets of Columbus, Ohio. But one chance encounter and a YouTube video gone viral launched Williams into overnight superstardom. He had an emotional reunion with his mother and even found work doing a voice-over gig …Addiction, Bad Decisions, Compassion, Failure, Instant Fame, Lost Opportunity, Mental Health, Personal Responsibility, Recovery2019-09-30 04:19:27
Packing Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit-Bag?One of the best-loved songs of World War I was “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile.” Most people are familiar with its refrain: What’s the use of worrying? It never was worthwhile; So, pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag and smile, …Happiness, Optimism, Positive Thinking, Smile, Suicide, Troubles, World War I2019-09-30 04:19:27
She Apparently Triumphed – MaybeAnd old tombstone that is broken and laying on the ground in Scotch Plains Baptist Cemetery (New Jersey) reads: “In memory of Sarah, wife of William McPhely, who died July the 24th 1792. Near the end of a long & very painful indisposition she gave reasonable hope she was born …Assurance of Salvation, Deathbed Conversion, Epitaph, Legacy, Mocker, Question Salvation, Reputation, Tombstone2019-09-30 04:19:27
Mother’s Day Doesn’t Have To Be Light and FluffyMy pastor asked me if I had any wisdom to impart as he prepared his Mother’s Day sermon for the coming Sunday. So I did my quick little Mother’s Day thing about how the truth is that most of us just actually want the day OFF, a day AWAY from …Challenge, Mother's Day, Motherhood, Sentimentality2019-09-30 04:19:27
The Mommy TestAs a mother was walking with her 4-year-old daughter, the girl picked up something off the ground and started to put it in her mouth, and Mom told her not to do that. “Why?” she asked. “Because it’s been lying outside and is dirty and probably has germs.” At this …Childrearing, Fathers, Mother's Day, Mothers2019-09-30 04:19:27
Earn ThisThe movie “Saving Private Ryan” begins with a graphic portrayal of the invasion at Omaha Beach on D-Day in World War II. Cutting back to the United States, a scene in the War Department shows a secretary receiving notice that a Midwestern family has just lost three sons to war. …Gratitude, Memorial Day, Sacrifice, Worthy2019-09-30 04:19:27
Real Enough? — Relics, Gopher Wood, and the Sufficiency of ScriptureOur confidence that the account of the flood and Noah’s ark happened in space, time, and history is grounded in the Bible, not in remnants of ancient timber. ________ For centuries, an inordinate and unhealthy attention has been directed to certain items claimed to be relics of Christ, Christian leaders, …Archaeology, Archeology, Evidence, False Piety, Noah's Ark, Prove Bible, Relics, Shroud of Turin, Sufficiency of Bible, Superstition, Veneration2019-09-30 04:19:27
Howling Over Unfair GradesOn the first day teaching his class 250 college freshmen, R. C. Sproul carefully explained the assignment of three term papers. Each paper was due on the last day of September, October, and November. Sproul clearly stated there would be no extensions (except for medical reasons). At the end of …False Assumption, Forbearance, God's Grace, Leniency, Take For Granted, Unfair2019-09-30 04:19:27
Thoughts On Leaving the Charismatic ChurchI’m leaving my church. More than that in fact, I’m also moving away from the charismatic movement in which I have spent the vast majority of my nine years as a Christian. This is a huge and scary shift for me, and it has happened for so many reasons and …Charismatics, Emotionalism, Encounter God, Enthusiasm, History, Holy Spirit, Meet God, Miracles, Pentecostalism, Spiritual Fire, Spiritual Passion, The Past, Triumphalism2019-09-30 04:19:27
Never LostLegend has it that when the famous frontiersman Davy Crockett was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1827, a newspaper reporter asked him if he’d ever been lost. Crockett had grown up in the woods and wilderness of middle and western Tennessee and was often gone out on …Direction, Focus, Leadership, Lost, Vision2019-09-30 04:19:22
Focussing Our AffectionSet your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. — Colossians 3:2, 3. Frivolities are unworthy of a child of God. Life is too earnest and solemn to be occupied with follies and passing …Affections, Follies, Frivolities, Pleasantries, Pleasures2019-09-30 04:19:22
Walking In the LightFor ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light. — Ephesians 5:8. May we ever know what it is “to walk in the light as He is in the light.” It implies (1) To walk in acceptance; (2) To walk in …Light, Walk2019-09-30 04:19:22
Who Is Responsible For Killer Squirrels?Marcy Meckler stepped out of Tiffany’s at a mall in Skokie, Illinois, and was attacked by a squirrel. It jumped up and attached itself to her leg, and as she frantically tried to shake it off, she fell and injured herself. The nature of her injuries is not given, but …Frivolous Lawsuit, Lawyer, Personal Responsibility, Sue, Suing2019-09-30 04:19:22
Excellence In the Midst of FailureEdward Steichen, who eventually became one of the world’s most renowned photographers, almost gave up on the day he shot his first pictures. At 16, young Steichen bought a camera and took 50 photos. Only one turned out — a portrait of his sister at the piano. Edward’s father thought …Encouragement, Failure, Give Up, Perseverance, Success2019-09-30 04:19:22
He Was Already Dead, So He Lives With GustoOver and over again during his 72-day ordeal in the Andes, Nando Parrado would tell himself, “I am already dead, I am already dead.” That mantra allowed him to vanquish the fear that gripped him — and perhaps also explains why, when given a miraculous second chance at life, he …Carpe Diem, Contentment, Gusto, Money, Ordeal, Perspective, Plane Crash, Resurrection, Seize The Day, Survival, Survive, Worry2019-09-30 04:19:22
His Greatest Lesson In 50-odd Years of PreachingMany years ago, while watching a little TV on Sunday instead of going to church, I watched a church in Atlanta honoring one of its senior pastors who had been retired many years… He was 92 at that time and I wondered why the church even bothered to ask the …Crisis, God's Love, Important Lesson, Jesus Loves Me, One Thing, Preacher, Sustained, Trust God2019-09-30 04:19:22
Surviving Your ScheduleSermon in Proverbs series Proverbs 20:4 SURVIVING YOUR SCHEDULE ======================= I. How accurately are you telling time? A. Time is linear. B. Time causes anxiety. II. Line up your priorities. A. Time presents us with limited choices. B. Time forces us to make priorities. 17:24 C. Understand the harvest principle. …Anxiety, Stress, Time Management2019-09-30 04:19:22
Death Is Life’s Best InventionSteve Jobs left the world a very different place than the one he found. The realization of his creative passions ushered us all into a world of technological applications that only he had the vision to see. In a commencement address delivered on June 12, 2005, at Stanford University, Jobs …Death Certain, Focus, Motivation, Perspective, Steve Jobs2019-09-30 04:19:22
Thawing Frozen HeartsWearing only a diaper and a pink T-shirt, 13-month-old Erika Nordby wandered outdoors into the ­24 degree weather during the night of February 23, 2001. Hours later, Erika’s mom, Leyla, found her lying in the snow, frozen stiff. By the time paramedics reached the house, Erika’s heart had stopped beating …Cold, Heart, Resuscitation, Vulnerability2019-09-30 04:19:22
Be Christians YourselvesWoodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States and also the only one to be from New Jersey, said in 1904: “If you wish your children to be Christians you must really take the trouble to be Christians yourselves.” Rev. Ritch Grimes comments: There is a common misconception about …Childrearing, Christian Education, Example, Homelife2019-09-30 04:19:22
Seeing Above the CloudsStorm clouds gather. Problem is, they’re the wrong kind. We need rain desperately, but those clouds hold no rain. We need refreshment and renewal, a kind of inner relief. Like you feel when a sudden cloud cover blocks the burning rays of the sun and blows a cool breeze across …Clouds, Doom, Foreboding, Gloom, Perspective, Storms2019-09-30 04:19:22
Don’t Let Goals Defeat the MissionIn the movie The Bridge on the River Kwai, the lead character, Colonel Nicholson, is a prisoner of war in Burma who leads his men to build a bridge for his Japanese captors. Nicholson is an officer of high integrity, dedicated to excellence, a great leader of men — and …Goals, Lose Focus, Mission2019-09-30 04:19:22
Fire In the FurnaceHe did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a perfect heart … for as yet the people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their fathers. — 2 Chronicles 25:2; 20:33. “Daddy, I wish you would make more registers all over …Coldness, Fervor2019-09-30 04:19:22
All Glory, Laud and HonorTo Thee, before Thy passion, they sang their hymns of praise; To Thee, now high exalted, our melody we raise: Thou didst accept their praises — accept the praise we bring, Who in all good delightest, Thou good and gracious King! ALL GLORY, LAUD AND HONOR Theodulf of Orléans (c. …Palm Sunday, Praise, Triumphal Entry2019-09-30 04:19:22
Don’t Waste Your CancerEditor’s note: John Piper wrote this column in February before he had prostrate surgery. The surgery went well, and doctors reported finding no cancer as spreading to surrounding tissue. That is the “best news possible” in terms of life expectancy, according to a statement on his ministry’s website. MINNEAPOLIS (BP) …Cancer, Disease, God's Will, Healing, Impending Death, Sickness2019-09-30 04:19:22
He Was A Hero At Ground ZeroRick Rescorla directed security for Morgan Stanley, the largest employer in Tower Two at the World Trade Center. After the Trade Center bombing in 1993, Rick Rescorla urged authorities to prepare for another attack, including one from the air. Repeatedly, he trained the Morgan Stanley employees “how to be saved” …Evangelism, Rescue, Save The Lost, Savior, September 112019-09-30 04:19:22
Overcoming the Clash of Civilizations?: the Bible and Other FaithsThe CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS is a term most of us are familiar with. But it’s more than just a catchphrase or a book title. It’s a grim reality that we live with every day, as we deal with acts of religiously inspired terrorism. In such a difficult and often frightening …Anti-semitism, Intolerance, Islam, Neighbor, Other Religions, Persecution2019-09-30 04:19:22
Choose Third-Class TicketsVictor Pentz tells of attending commencement ceremonies at Stanford University last June when Professor David Kennedy was speaking “of the old West, where in the regions where the railroad had not yet reached, people traveled by stagecoach. Stagecoach lines in those days offered three levels of ticket: first class, second …Ministry, Servanthood, Service2019-09-30 04:19:22
Tsunami and the GospelNatural disasters always provoke questions of God’s goodness in the face of excruciating tragedy. It has always been so and disasters will always continue. It has not been given to Christians to dispel the mystery of evil. The cynic in us is tempted to resolve the issue by removing God …Natural Disasters, Theodicy, Tragedy2019-09-30 04:19:22
I Escaped From Hitler Twice: the Fred Wertheim StoryWhen a Jew comes to believe in Jesus, it not only affects his life but the lives of those closest to him — his family. This was certainly the case when Steve Wertheim, the son of a Jewish immigrant, came to believe in Jesus. Steve’s father, Fred, was born in …Anti-semitism, Conversion, Deliverance, Fulfilled Prophecy, God's Purpose, Holocaust, Jew, Messianic Judaism, Preservation, Prisoner Of War, Wedding Vow2019-09-30 04:19:20
Where Does the Time Go?Imagine you’re approached by an interviewer at a mall. As she stands with clipboard in hand, she asks, “How much did you work last week? How many hours?” You scratch your head and try to remember. You finally guess, “Oh, maybe 50 / 55 hours.” Then she asks, “How much …Time Management2019-09-30 04:19:20
Making My Life CountI believe that most people want their lives to count. We want to make a real difference in the world. We want our lives to be significant — even if that means simply touching the lives of a few people. And this is true especially in the church. We’ve experienced …Goals, Make A Difference, Purpose of Life, Significance, Vision2019-09-30 04:19:20
A Story of Basketball and PersistenceWe take our spiritual insights wherever we find them, even from Sports Illustrated. Theologian Martin Marty recently drew my attention to an article in that magazine [March 1999] with some bittersweet spiritual lessons. The article profiled a team that has the dubious distinction of being one of the worst basketball …Basketball, Failure, Losing, Persistence, Positive Attitude, Sports, Success, Winning2019-09-30 04:19:20
Church Membership Covenant: Expect What the Bible ExpectsWhy do churches have so many people on their membership rolls who give little or no evidence of Christian commitment or even conversion? Why do many churches find it difficult to motivate members to give, serve, pray and share their faith? The answer is simple. The members were allowed to …Church Attendance, Church Covenant, Commitment, Membership2019-09-30 04:19:20
The Best Health Care of AllA cartoon on the Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun showed what appears to be a man in a hospital bed conversing with his doctor. The doctor says, “Here is your new patient’s bill of rights. You will receive top-of-the-line care, promptly and effectively delivered in a compassionate and sensitive manner, …Death, Heaven, Medical Care2019-09-30 04:19:20
The King Is Coming!For a state visit to the drought-stricken southern African country of Malawi in July, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi arrived with an entourage in two Boeing 707s, two transport aircraft and his own personal jet; two security buses loaded with machine guns, assault rifles and rocket launchers; his own mobile hospital; …Coming Of King, Palm Sunday, Parousia, Triumphal Entry2019-09-30 04:19:20
Reviewing the Principles of PleasureI’d like to summarize my thoughts on the different facets of a philosophy of pleasure. It is vital that we take it seriously. Undoubtedly, we must have wisdom in dealing with that which can so grip our hearts. Not because we need to avoid desire, but because we want to …Desire, Joy, Pleasure, Significance2019-09-30 04:19:20
From the Momentary To the EnduringListen to filmmaker Woody Allen in a recent interview: “It’s hard for me to enjoy anything because I’m aware how transient things are. Yes, there are strategies of surviving…. There are times when you think, ‘My God, life is sweet, it’s nice,’ and thoughts of mortality are in abeyance. You …Joy, Life Short, Mortality, Pleasure2019-09-30 04:19:20
Hope Amid CrisisUnless you live in a college dorm or on a farm, you probably don’t fear the destructive onslaught of creepy, crawly insect plagues like those experienced in the Old Testament. But author Jan Coleman says people should fear what the Old Testament plague of locusts symbolized — loss and destruction …Crisis, Locust Plague, Loss, Pain2019-09-30 04:19:20
Beyond PleasureContrary to what we might expect, the Bible addresses pleasure possibly far more than it does the issue of pain. Solomon’s wrestling with the futility of pleasure is recorded in Ecclesiastes. He lamented: I wanted to see what was worthwhile for men to do under heaven during the few days …Desires, Fulfillment, Happiness, Inner Peace, Pleasure, Sensuality2019-09-30 04:19:20
An Invitation To Develop A Philosophy of PleasureIs it not instructive of our bias that society popularly brands many tragedies as “Acts of God”? I have often wondered why it is that while we relentlessly seek God’s answers when in the throes of suffering, we rarely pause with equal sincerity to ask Him for wisdom in pleasure. …Amusement, Desires, Pleasure2019-09-30 04:19:20
No Quick Fix to Fighting Pornography on the Internet, Report Says“One of the most thorough reports ever produced on protecting children from Internet pornography has concluded there are no simple solutions to the problem.” “‘Though some might wish otherwise, no single approach — technical, legal, economic, or educational — will be sufficient,’ wrote the authors of the report, ‘Youth, Pornography …Filtering, Internet, Pornography, Protection2019-09-30 04:19:20
The Hillbilly PreacherIf you were to walk into a Baptist church in America in the mid-1950’s you’d most probably find the congregation made up of all black people or all white people. Very few churches at this time had achieved a racial mix. One of them was a Baptist Church in South …Bigotry, Preaching, Prejudice, Racial Reconciliation, Racism2019-09-30 04:19:20
Things My Mother Told MeThe Los Angeles Times carried an article in 1995 with the title, “Things My Mother Told Me” that suggested: 1. Mind your manners and always write “thank you” notes. 2. Brush your hair. 3. Appearance matters. 4. Never marry a man in order to change him. 5. Stand up straight …Advice, Mother, Proverbs, Wisdom2019-09-30 04:19:20
Dealing With Difficult PeopleWhat do the phrases Sherman tank, ticking bomb, handwringer, wonderful, entitled, perfect and bull-headed have in common? They are all unique descriptions for difficult people — Christians who can be found in just about any Southern Baptist church in the world, said Bob Sheffield, a conflict management/mediation specialist for LifeWay …Church Conflict, Difficult People, Enemy, Group Dynamics2019-09-30 04:19:20
The Savior’s Solution To GuiltOn the road to dealing with guilt a subtle but enormous chasm must be crossed. Strange as it sounds, the focus has to shift away from guilt. Let me explain. In Ingmar Bergman’s film WILD STRAWBERRIES he tells the story of a professor who had come before a judge to …Forgiveness, Guilt, Savior2019-09-30 04:19:20
Guilt Concealed By FearWhat do we do when we have committed a wrong that we are ashamed of? What can we do with those wrongful deeds that we can’t seem to erase from our consciences? One way that many people deal with guilt is to cover it up. This can seem almost instinctive …Conscience, Guilt2019-09-30 04:19:20
The Earliest Sign of CivilizationThe famous anthropologist Margaret Mead was once asked this question: What was the earliest sign of civilization in any given culture? The questioner expected the answer to be a clay pot or perhaps a fish hook or grinding stone. Her answer was “a healed femur.” The femur, of course, is …Caring, Civilization, Concern, Empathy2019-09-30 04:19:20
Are Fathers Necessary?In “How Now Shall We Live,” Chuck Colson notes the disturbing realities that plague children who grow up without a father: Children in single-parent families are five times more likely to be poor, and half the single mothers in the United States live below the poverty line. Children of divorce …Crime, Fatherless, Fathers, Influence2019-09-30 04:19:20
Why Tolerance Turns To Intolerance: Christians Living A Biblical WorldviewHouse Majority Whip Tom DeLay of Texas recently was exposed to the duplicitous nature of political correctness. Speaking before a large audience, DeLay remarked, “Christianity offers the only viable, reasonable, definitive answer to the questions of ‘Where did I come from?’ ‘Why am I here?’ ‘Where am I going?’ ‘Does …Exclusivism, Intolerance2019-09-30 04:19:16
The Big C Is ChristDr. Diane Komp is a pediatric oncologist; she specializes in treating children who are suffering from cancer. Through her work with suffering children, she has moved from being an agnostic/atheist to a Christian. One of her favorite quotes comes from a former patient: “For the Christian, the Big C is …Cancer, Christ2019-09-30 04:19:16
Asleep At the WheelWell, the power was out this morning when some of our neighbors woke up. In fact, several hundred customers were without electricity. Now, it wasn’t the power company’s fault. It was the fault of a driver who ran his car into an electric pole. Oh, not on purpose, of course. …Asleep, Attentiveness, Leadership In Family2019-09-30 04:19:16
Thank You, Lord1. Some thank the Lord for friends and home For mercies sure and sweet: But I would praise Him for His grace, In prayer I would repeat: Chorus Thank you Lord, for saving my soul, Thank you Lord, for making me whole, Thank you Lord, for giving to me Thy …Praise, Prayer, Thanksgiving, Worship2019-09-30 04:19:16
People Need the LordPeople need the Lord, people need the Lord; At the end of broken dreams, He’s the open Door. People need the Lord, people need the Lord; When will we realize people need the Lord?Salvation2019-09-30 04:19:16
Thanksgiving SurveyHere are selected findings on attitudes toward Thanksgiving from a survey of 1,005 adult Americans conducted by Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio University: “The holiday season is coming up. Do you and your family usually have a special gathering for a meal at Thanksgiving?” Yes ………………………………92 percent No ………………………………. …America, Blessings, Family, Thanksgiving, United States2019-09-30 04:19:16
Deliver Us From Evil: Where Does Evil Come From?The citizens of Virginia were horrified recently by the murder of Eric Van Nederynen. The 15-year-old Boy Scout was shot dead while walking to a neighborhood store. The killing puzzled those who knew Eric. Why would anyone want to kill a popular boy who volunteered at soup kitchens and took …Evil, Fall, Omnipotent God, Suffering, Theodicy2019-09-30 04:19:16
It’s A Good Thing the Frog Was DeafA group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the unfortunate frogs they would never get out. The two frogs ignored the comments …Encouragement, Give Up, Perseverance, Tongue, Words2019-09-30 04:19:16
Grandmas Know BestOn a flight to Florida, an educational psychologist was preparing notes for a parenting seminar he was to conduct at a major university. An elderly woman, in the seat next to him, made small talk. Though very busy he didn’t want to be rude, so he asked why she had …Advice, Childrearing, Experience, Expert, Grandmother, Mother, Parents, Wisdom2019-09-30 04:19:16
Nature Has Enough Diversity To Fit Almost Any Ethical TasteWhat motivates people when they makes choices? Developmental psychologist Jerome Kagan believes the majority of our daily decisions are issued in the service of gaining or maintaining a feeling of virtue. In this Kagan is refuting the “Pleasure Principle,” the idea that when a person consciously selects one act over …Adultery, Animal Behavior, Choices, Darwin, Developmental Psychology, Ethics, Evolution, Fidelity, Gender Roles, Morality, Nature, Pleasure, Virtue2019-09-30 04:19:16
Quotes On Tact“Tact is the ability to see others as they wish to be seen.” — Cited in More of…The Best of BITS & PIECES “Tact is the art of convincing people that they know more than you do.” — Raymond Mortimer (1895 – 1980), writer, cited in BITS & PIECES “Tact …Control Tongue, Diplomacy, Persuassion, Tact, Words2019-09-30 04:19:16
Fears and Fallacies: How To Stand Your GroundA professor at a well-known liberal arts college became infamous for starting each semester holding up a Bible and asking, “How many of you believe this book is the word of God?” One or two undergraduates might have sheepishly raised their hands. The professor would then say, “Do you want …Apologetics, College, Hostility, Intimidation, Intolerance, Open Discussion, University2019-09-30 04:19:16
Jesus: The Master of The QuestionA few years ago I found some relevant wisdom on evangelism and spiritual transformation in an unlikely place: Forbes Magazine. The article was entitled “The 3 Most Powerful Ways to Change People Who Don’t Want to Change,” by therapist and life coach Kathy Caprino.[1] Over the years, she has studied …Change, Conversation, Dialogue, Discipleship, Evangelism, Lecture, Motivate, Persuasion, Questions2019-09-30 04:19:16
Wedgwood Baptist Church’s Tragedy Punctuated By Marks of God’s TriumphTo this day no one knows what motivated Larry Gene Ashbrook to walk into Wedgwood Baptist Church Sept. 15, 1999, and open fire on adults and children in the building. He had no connection to the congregation that anyone can determine. How he even found the building is a mystery: …Chance, Evil, Foreknowledge, Providence, Random, Sovereignty Of God, Theodicy, Tragedy, Wedgwood Baptist, Why?2019-09-30 04:19:16
At Wedgwood, God Was ‘Exactly Where He Was’ When Jesus Died On the CrossIt was the first question reporters fired at Al Meredith in the wake of a gunman’s murderous rampage at Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sept. 15: Where was the God of heaven while all hell was breaking loose within the walls of the Lord’s church? A gun-toting …Chance, Foreknowledge, Providence, Random, Random Violence, Sovereignty Of God, Terrorism, Theodicy, Tragedy, Wedgwood Baptist, Where Was God?, Why?2019-09-30 04:19:16
The Wonder of It AllHow long has it been since you stopped to consider the glorious transformation of your rebirth? In his letter to the Corinthian church, the apostle Paul declared, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.” That …Born Again, Christian Walk, Conversion, Death, Hell, Hellfire, Rebirth, Sanctification, Spiritual Journey2019-09-30 04:19:16
Bad BreaksA boy in Decatur, Illinois, was deeply interested in photography. He answered an ad in a magazine, ordering a book on photography. The publisher made a mistake and sent him instead a book about magic and ventriloquism, and he began practicing the art of throwing his voice. He created a …Divine, God, Providence, Sovereignty of2019-09-30 04:19:16
Saving The Planet Through TechnologyOn an Earth Day website, Americans are invited to “join millions of people and celebrate Car Free Day!” because “the growing use of unsustainable modes of transport has led to air pollution.” In particular, pollutants from transport exhaust are associated with cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases, asthma, and reduced lung function. …Alarmism, Earth Day, Environmentalism, Pollution, Technology2019-09-30 04:19:16
Ann Kiemel Anderson’s Pilgrimage From Addiction To HealingThirty years ago, Ann Kiemel Anderson was a best-selling Christian author and speaker whose first book boldly declared, “I’m out to change my world.” Today, after tragedies ranging from multiple miscarriages to drug addition, Anderson says she’s learned that Jesus is the source of true change. Noting that many people …Addiction, Emptiness, Honesty, Hypocrisy, Insecurity, Lost Way, Outward Appearance, Public Confession, Reconciliation, Strive, Success, Tragedy2019-09-30 04:19:16
Commitment Through DifficultiesCommitment to God often comes in difficult circumstances. When death seemed so close to Delos Miles in a bunker in North Korea, he began to pray. As he lay on the ground, a Chinese soldier put a rifle to his head. Miles prayed something like this: “Lord, if you are …Commitment2019-09-30 04:19:16
Hindered PrayersMy Source: NORTH MARSHALL MESSENGER Volume 5, #23… April 9, 2000 ======================================== PRAYERS HINDERED by David Lemmons As Christians we sometimes become discouraged and do not have the kind of appreciation and expectancy that ought to characterize our prayer life. Surely we recognize such a state as this to be …Barriers To Prayer, Unanswered Prayer2019-09-30 04:19:12
God’s ParalympicsMaxwell Strachan, with The Huffington Post , reports: Fouad Baka of Algeria finished a 1500-meter race in just 3 minutes and 49.59 seconds at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. That’s fast, so fast that if Baka had finished with that time at that exact stadium in August, he …Disability, God's Strength, Handicap, Race, Weakness2019-09-30 04:19:12
Immorality Is Just Like A Cat’s PawImmorality is just like a cat’s paw. When you think everything is going well; it is all soft and fluffy. But when you least expect it the claws come out. The claws of sin that will shread your very life from you. – Dr. Tony Evans, {The Urban Alternative}Death, Immortality2019-09-30 04:19:12
A Truthful Wedding AnnouncementSome years ago, the Clinton, South Carolina, Chronicle, carried this article in the society section: Mr. Jim Galeway and Miss Georgianne Bentlow were married Monday at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Bentlow, the Rev. A. A. Deckett officiating. The groom hasn’t done a lick of …Tactless, Truth, Wedding2019-09-30 04:19:12
An Atheist’s Hatred of ChristianityAt the end of the Bob Harrington/Madalyn O’Hair debates, the Wittenburg Door interviewed them both. After summing up what she had to say about Harrington, O’Hair summed up what she believed about Christianity: “Christianity is intolerant, anti-democratic, anti-sexual, and anti-life. It is anti-woman, and I cannot stand that. It is …Anti-christian, Atheism, Hate, Intolerance2019-09-30 04:19:12
Bystanders and CivilizationOn the night of October 23, 2009, a 15-year-old girl in Richmond, California, was brutally assaulted by as many as seven young men between the ages of 15 and 20. One policeman called the events of that night a “barbaric act” and “one of the most disturbing crimes in my …Barbarism, Callousness, Civilization, Crime, Help, Indifference, Moral Decay, Social Decline, Social Involvement2019-09-30 04:19:12
The Naked GospelMeds, therapy, and a mental health facility — these were the solutions I was offered. One counselor suggested that my condition wouldn’t change for the rest of my life and that I’d always need medication. As desperate as I was, I just didn’t buy it. There had to be some …Church Attendance, Church Involvement, Disallusionment, Dissatisfaction, Enthusiasm, Fulfillment, Guilt, Law, Spiritual Growth2019-09-30 04:19:12
The Aroma of Peace“Why did you come here tonight?” I inquired. “The man says he does not know,” the translator said after a brief exchange with the trembling Muslim man. No longer able to suppress both tears and a smile, he explained that the three-block walk from his office to the parking lot …Cell Church, Islam, Middle East, Missions, Muslim2019-09-30 04:19:12
When Were the Gospels Written?EDITOR’S NOTE: With books such as “Misquoting Jesus” and “Jesus, Interrupted,” New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman has taken his questioning of the authenticity of Scripture straight to the New York Times bestseller list. Ehrman’s background as an evangelical “believer” turned chief skeptic has also made him a favorite of the …Apologetics, Apostolic Tradition, Bible Reliable, Dating, Higher Criticism, New Testament, Reliability of Bible, Synoptic Gospels2019-09-30 04:19:12
Radical HonestyBrad Blanton, founder of a movement called Radical Honesty, is swirling a drink as he sits by a fire in his rural Virginia home, telling me why it’s important to live without lies. “You’ll have really bad times, you’ll have really great times,” he says, “but you’ll contribute to other …Falsehood, Honesty, Lies, Lying, Rudeness, Tact, Truth2019-09-30 04:19:12
A Fast Food CrisisWhen will people understand the meaning of that word emergency? Not soon enough, in the case of 23-year-old Jeremy Martin, who called 9-1-1 dispatchers in his Oregon community several times to report that a McDonald’s worker had failed to fill his order correctly. According to a story in The Oregonian …Crisis, Emergency2019-09-30 04:19:12
Orthodoxy Is ApostolicBart Ehrman is one of those “biblical scholars” who has little good to say about the Bible. His latest book is called JESUS INTERRUPTED, and in a recent blog entry Ben Witherington takes Bart apart. Witherington concludes one post this way: “The attempt to trace radical diversity back into the …Christology, Deity of Jesus, Early Church, Higher Criticism, Liberalism, Orthodoxy, Scholarship, Theological Diversity, Trinity2019-09-30 04:19:12
The God Who Seeks“Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.” (Luke 15:6) We turn now to look at another aspect of Christianity’s uniqueness – the issue of personal salvation. The vocabulary of salvation is distasteful to those of other religions and many insist we should give it up. They say, “It …Intolerance, Smugness2019-09-30 04:19:12
Holes In the Floor (the unfinished house)He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. –Philippians 1:6 When I was 5 years old, my parents bought their first house. One day they announced we were going to see our new home. We all jumped in …Completion, Finishing, Maturity, Sanctification2019-09-30 04:19:12
Catch People Doing Things RightIn his book THE HEART OF A LEADER, author Ken Blanchard points out the need to encourage people along the way, not just at the final destination: “Many well-intentioned leaders wait to praise their people until they do things exactly right — complete the project or accomplish the goal. The …Encouragement, Leadership, Praise People2019-09-30 04:19:12
People Aren’t Really ‘Lost’ … Are They?Friends gathered for the funeral of a 21-year-old who died in a motorcycle accident. They didn’t seem to connect with Jesus’ words that I spoke that day. They did connect, however, with the release of helium balloons that a family member had arranged after the service was over. That spoke …Hell, Lost, Spiritual Condition, Universalism2019-09-30 04:19:12
Where In the World Are You?A GPS makes it possible to always know where you’ve been, where you are and where you’re headed — sort of the past, present, and future of your life from a visual and geographic perspective. You never have to be lost again. While a Global Positioning System may have been …Jesus' Foreknowledge, Lost, Spiritual Direction2019-09-30 04:19:12
The Greatest TreasureMary and her husband Jim had a dog, Lucky. Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably someone would forget …Cancer, Death, Dog, Luck, Pet, Precious, Treasure2019-09-30 04:19:12
Hooks To Rip the Meat Off Your BodyA number of years ago Bill Cosby produced some comedy albums that focused on his childhood. In one story, Bill and his brother Russell, whom he slept with, goofed off in their room all night long. As a climax, they used their bed as a trampoline, till it broke with …Child Discipline, Corporal Punishment, Spanking2019-09-30 04:19:12
Moody Is Not DeadOne day, realizing that he was not long for this world, Moody said to a friend: “Someday you will read in the papers that D. L. Moody, of Northfield, is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. At that moment, I shall be more alive than I am now. …Immortality2019-09-30 04:19:12
One Less Than You ThinkAn industrialist, though somewhat untutored, was about to receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from a rather hard-pressed college. After the initial reception the evening before, one of the more sensitive members of the faculty approached the president and said, “This man doesn’t look like a scholar to me.” …Humility, Pride, Put Down2019-09-30 04:19:09
Finding A Dirty Dog“It was right that we should…be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again.” (Luke 15:32) R. Mactavish was gone. I wanted to wait until morning to see if he would come back on his own. But the look on the other family members faces vetoed that idea. …Found, Happiness, Lost, Stray Dog2019-09-30 04:19:09
The Most Difficult ThingThe most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing, and to watch somebody else doing it wrong — without comment.Witty And Wise Quotations2019-09-30 04:19:09
Crisis Or ProcessTwo men were discussing the experiences of the deeper Christian life. One asked, “Is heart holiness a crisis or a process?” The other replied by asking a question: “How did you get from the town where you live to this place?” “I came by train,” was the answer. “And did …Holiness, Sanctification, Spiritual Growth2019-09-30 04:19:09
Where’s the Rally For God?I went to a George W. Bush rally last week, just a few days before the election. Tens of thousands of people gathered outside cheering, waving signs, wearing buttons. Secret Service men were everywhere talking into their ear pieces, scanning the crowd. There was an energy in the air as …Adoration, Celebrity, Palm Sunday, Popularity, Praise, Triumphal Entry2019-09-30 04:19:09
Depravity On A BillboardSome time ago I was navigating my way through rush-hour traffic in Dallas. While I was “parked” somewhere on Interstate 35 near downtown, a billboard caught my eye. In bright yellow letters set against a purple background, a question was posed: “Who’s the father?” Below the question, in smaller black …Debauchery, Depravity, Hedonism, Paternity, Promiscuity2019-09-30 04:19:09
I Wish Someone Would Look For Me!Between the hours of ten and twelve, for many nights, a poor woman might have been seen making her way through the streets of London. A year had passed since her only daughter had left home, and entered service in the great city. There she became acquainted with gay companions, …Lost, Seeking2019-09-30 04:19:09
Recognition of Lostness — Necessary To Be SavedThe following is taken from a message by Rev. Albert P. Graves which was delivered in Rock Island, Illinois, Sunday Evening, Feb 25, 1877. The text was from 2 Kings 4:26 — “Run now I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? Is …Lost, Salvation2019-09-30 04:19:09
An Attitude Like That of JonahAn old man and his wife in Flintshire were much annoyed by their neighbor’s cattle going over their fences into their wheat and grass, and thus causing great loss to the poor old people. David, the old man, got impatient at last, and one day, entering the house, he said …Divine, Forbearance2019-09-30 04:19:09
Substitute At AuschwitzIn October, 1972, a crowd of 150,000 Europeans gathered between the barracks and crematories of the Auschwitz extermination camp to honor a man who gave his life to save a fellow prisoner. The martyr was Rev. Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan priest, who stepped forward to take the place of Sgt. …Auschwitz, Kolbe, Replacement, Sacrifice, Substitute2019-09-30 04:19:09
A Racist Becomes A Messenger of ReconciliationThe jangling phone woke Johnny Lee Clary in the middle of the night. A voice on the other end threatened, “I want you to know I am in town and I’m going to murder you. You will die before the end of this weekend. I’m giving you a couple of …Bigotry, Racism, Reconciliation2019-09-30 04:19:09
The Civil Rights Leader and the KlansmanWhen Oklahoma State Sen. Gene Stipe and civil rights activist Wade Watts walked into a restaurant in the late 1950s, a waitress confronted them at the door and told Watts, an African American, that the restaurant did not serve Negroes. With a smile, Watts replied, “I don’t eat Negroes. I …Bigotry, Racism, Reconciliation2019-09-30 04:19:09
Kolbe’s SacrificeIn A BOOK OF SAINTS, Anne Gordon tells the story of Father Maximilian Kolbe, who was a prisoner at Auschwitz in August 1941. A prisoner escaped from the camp, and in reprisal, the Nazis ordered that ten prisoners had to die by starvation. Father Kolbe offered to take the place …Auschwitz, Example, Kolbe, Sacrifices, Substitute2019-09-30 04:19:09
It Is Well With My Soul [2 versions]Millions of people have found comfort in the great gospel hymn “It Is Well with My Soul” since it was written more than a century ago. But few people know the tragic story behind the composition of the hymn–a story of a soul finding peace in God even in the …Comfort, Disaster, Grief, Helpless, Tragedy2019-09-30 04:19:09
I Was Wrong: Making the Pro-Life Case“When pigs fly!” That’s what people say when they hear a claim they believe to be utterly impossible. And it’s what you might say if someone suggested to you that America’s most committed secularist and abortion advocate were to admit he was wrong. But that’s exactly what happened last week. …Abortion, Change Mind, Debate, Deconstructionism, Evidence, Pro-life, Science2019-09-30 04:19:09
Wait Outside!Alas! how many will, when too late, regret their neglect of, or contempt for Christ! A Few years ago, the Prime Minister of England stepped across Downing Street with a friend, who wanted some information from one of the Government officials. They entered the particular office, and on inquired for …Lost, Opportunity2019-09-30 04:19:09
Gay Men In The National Football LeagueESPN recently published a story in which Kansas State offensive tackle Scott Frantz identified himself as a gay man. CNN quickly seized upon the story, prognosticating that the NFL would soon have its first openly gay player. The media was similarly entranced with Michael Sam, who became the first openly …Football, Homosexuality, Manhood, Masculinity, Violence2019-09-30 04:19:09
Unmoved In High TideDuring my meeting in Augusta Ga., a few years ago, at an hour like this, when I had reached the last service of the series and was just closing it, an old minister, one of the pastors, stepped to the front and said, “Brother Jones, before you pronounce the benediction, …Lost, Opportunity2019-09-30 04:19:09
You Can’t Go To Hell TwiceWillie Nelson played in his first band at age 10. Already he had a life philosophy. A year earlier, the Abbott, Texas, native had gotten drunk on beer for the first time and given up on personal salvation. “I had already [screwed] up more ways than God was going to …Carefree, Debauchery, Hedonism, Hell, Planning, Wild Living, Willie Nelson2019-09-30 04:19:09
Things That Are ProhibitedShalom Auslander was raised in the largely Orthodox Jewish town of Monsey, New York. Monsey was a pretty town where everything was forbidden. One was forbidden to drive on the Sabbath, one was forbidden to take four steps without a yarmulke, one was forbidden to eat meat with dairy. Having …Day Of Atonement, Fatalism, Fear of God, Forbidden, Fundamentalism, Judaism, Legalism, Sabbath Rules, Yom Kippur2019-09-30 04:19:09
When the Storm Cloud CameIn February, 1931, our district [in China] was reduced to a state of famine, and there was yet another month to wheat harvest. We had helped many, but one day when the Christians came for help we had to tell them we had nothing left. I told them that God …Answered Prayer, Famine, God Provides, God's Provision, Manna, Sustenance2019-09-30 04:19:05
An InvitationThe right question today is what must I do to inherit eternal life? Jesus told the rich young ruler to turn your back on everything and give your heart to me. There’s someone in this room today, an adult, and senior adult, a teenager, perhaps even a visitor who has …Appeal to the Lost, Invitation2019-09-30 04:19:05
Cloud LaneIn one of the German art galleries a painting called “Cloud Lane” hangs at the end of a long dark hall. At first glance it appears to be a huge, ugly mass of confused color that is unattractive and foreboding. But when you look closer, you see portrayed on the …Angels2019-09-30 04:19:05
The Place Where Children Can Be Very Unlucky With Their NamesSpare a thought for those who are bestowed with troublesome names. That can happen anywhere, of course. But, in Zambia, Chris Haslam came across some very surprising choices. ________ Under a darkening sky on a dusty, potholed track in eastern Zambia, a small boy is struggling to push a large, …Character, Curse, Immanuel, Names2019-09-30 04:19:05
A New Heart“A new heart will I give unto you; and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of you and I will give you an heart of flesh.” — Ezekiel 36:26 I heard the missionary to the Red Indians in our …Coldness, Conversion, Death, Freezing To Death2019-09-30 04:19:05
Salvation of John B. GoughJohn B. Gough, in Worcester, Massachusetts, was down as low as any man could be. So low and miserable he was that there was none to look at him. He was an outcast from the respectable churches, and the raging devils of the craving for drink were in his heart …Alcoholic, Compassion For The Lost, Encouragement, Friendship, Influence, Saved, Temperance2019-09-30 04:19:05
The Flies and the Honey-PotA number of flies were attracted to a jar of honey which had been overturned in a housekeeper’s room, and placing their feet in it, ate greedily. Their feet, however, became so smeared with the honey that they could not use their wings, nor release themselves, and were suffocated. Just …Aesop's Fables, Pleasure, Sin2019-09-30 04:19:05
The Yips“Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.” –Song of Solomon 2:15 Do you have “the yips”? (Have no fear that this CJ is going Dr. Seuss-ish – that would only make your brain blow a fuse-ish!) Yes, I’m asking …Bad Habits, Berhard Langer, Golf, Nerves, Procrastination2019-09-30 04:19:05
He Found the Source of True PleasureJoy is a “fruit of the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:22) We are filled with “all joy … through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13) A. H. Hussey says: “After I had known forgiveness of sin, I found in myself a reluctance to serve God. I was not always obedient …Consecration, Filling of Spirit, Holy Spirit, Joy of The Lord, Pleasure, Sanctification, Spiritual Ecstasy, Spiritual High, Surrender, Worldliness2019-09-30 04:19:05
The Minister’s FaultAn incident in my own experience, some twenty years ago, taught me a lesson I shall never forget. I commenced a series of meetings in a town in New York, with the Congregational and Baptist churches united. I thought myself fully prepared for the work, and entered into it looking …Coldness, Joy Of Salvation Lac, Ministers, Revival2019-09-30 04:19:05
High up in the North, in the land called Svithjod, there stands a rock. It is 100 miles high and 100 miles wide. Once every 1000 years a little bird comes to this rock to sharpen its beak. When the rock has thus been worn away, then a single day …Eternity2019-09-30 04:19:05
Is It What You Think In Your Heart, Or What You Hear From God?A minister was talking with a woman who is a Bible teacher. She has her own class each week. He mentioned capital punishment. “I’m against capital punishment,” she said. “I cannot imagine anyone claiming to be a man of God who believes in capital punishment. Why on earth would you …Bible, Moral Standards, Morality, Revelation2019-09-30 04:19:05
The Invention of The Ice Cream ConeThe Louisiana Purchase Exposition was held in St. Louis in 1904 in conjunction with the Olympic Games. 42 states and 53 nations took part in the exposition which celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the transfer of the northern part of Louisiana from France to the U.S. The exposition was popularly …Adaptability, Invention2019-09-30 04:19:05
Seven Baptist Distinctives Amid Reformation’s MilieuMy wife and I moved to New Hampshire in 1998 to start a new church. More than 10 years later the Lord called us to launch a new Christian college in New England. Each time we decided, in spite of contrary advice, to include “Baptist” in the name. For us, …Anabaptist, Baptist Distinctives, Believer's Baptism, Congregationalism, Reformation, Religious Freedom2019-09-30 04:19:05
How To Help Prevent SuicidesMost Americans are aware of the suicide of Robin Williams. The comedian/actor took his own life August 11, 2014, at his home in Marin County, Calif. Almost from the moment Williams’ death was announced, media analysts began to parse the circumstances of his suicide. Speculation has run the gamut as …Choose Life, Depression, Despair, Encouragement, Hope, Intervention, Smile, Suicide2019-09-30 04:19:05
A Lesson At AugustaDon’t spend life playing it safe for God, columnist Jim Elliff says. Instead, as Elliff says — using an illustration from Augusta National — “go for broke” for the glory of God. ============== For some reason unknown to humankind, my older brother once got to play golf on the distinguished …Boldness, Carpe Diem, Golfing, Risk, Seize The Day2019-09-30 04:19:05
What the Odds Are…What The Odds Are… –The Chances you will eventually die in a car crash: 1 in 125 –Develop a brain tumor: 1 in 25,000 –Die in a fire this year: 1 in 4,000,000 –Win a state lottery jackpot: 1 in 4,000,000 (from Harper Perennial, 1992) –Chances of your being killed …Abortion, Chance, Death, Odds2019-09-30 04:19:05
A Lesson In Crisis ManagementDays seldom follow the schedules we’ve made for them. There is always an interruption. Something breaks. The person you depended on doesn’t perform. And there are those maddening moments of crisis that throw us off balance. There’s an old story of a cowboy who walked out of the saloon only …Anger, Crisis2019-09-30 04:19:05
Name Your KingHis name is Henk Otte. He is a middle-aged unemployed man on welfare in the Netherlands. He lives with his wife and two children in an Amsterdam housing project. He seems completely, absolutely ordinary. And he was, at least until 1995. That year, while visiting West Africa with his wife, …King, Lordship of Christ2019-09-30 04:19:05
The Difference Between Hymns and Praise ChorusesAn old farmer went to the city one weekend and attended the big city church. He came home and his wife asked him how it was. Well,” said the farmer, “It was good. They did something different however. They sang praise choruses instead of hymns.” Praise choruses,” said his wife, …Humor, Hymns, Monotonous, Music, Songs, Worship2019-09-30 04:19:05
Being In Another Cultural WorldIn an article about “Challenges for 21st Century Preaching,” D.A. Carson writes, “Multiculturalism, rising biblical illiteracy, and shifting epistemology combine to remind us challenges like these are not new. When Paul preaches the gospel in a synagogue in Pisidian Antioch (Acts 13), he does not sound exactly the way he …Audience, Biblical Illiteracy, Cultural Adaptation, Effective Communication, Ignorance, Worldview2019-09-30 04:19:02
Are We Nearing The End?As we near the end of the year 1999, the question arises for many, “Are we nearing the end of the world?” There is much speculation about this question and many magazines, papers, and other media seem to be asking the same question. “Is our world about to end?” This …End of World, Eschatology, Second Coming2019-09-30 04:19:02
Living DangerouslyLiving dangerously. That was one of many themes in Brennan Manning’s superb book THE SIGNATURE OF JESUS. Manning presents a radical alternative to the normal everyday, ho-hum, “comfort zone” mentality lived out by so many “so-called Christians.” His final statement in the book: “The Signature of Jesus is offered to …Carpe Diem, Costly Faith, Discipleship, No Compromise, Relationship With God, Seize The Day2019-09-30 04:19:02
Toddlers CreedToddlers Creed: If I want it, it’s mine If I give it to you and change my minde later, it’s mine If I take it away from you, it’s mine. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine. If it’s mine it will not belong to anyone else. …Children, Day Care, Selfishness, Sharing2019-09-30 04:19:02
Nixon On Crisis“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ – One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger – but recognize the opportunity.” — Richard M. NixonCrisis, Danger, Nixon, Opportunity, Risk2019-09-30 04:19:02
The Molasses CollapseOn a warm winter day in Boston, Massachusetts (January 15, 1919), many Bostonians came outdoors to enjoy the warmth. Some spread their lunches in the shadow of the Purity Distilling Corporation’s massive molasses tank. This steel structure was 50 feet high and 90 feet in diameter. On that day, it …Accident, Adversity, Calamity, Difficulties, Disaster, Flood, Overwhelmed, Problems, Stress, Tragedy2019-09-30 04:19:02
Unchurched Or Unsaved?In 1914, Ernest Henry Shackleton led an expedition to cross the entire continent of Antarctica, but wound up shipwrecked on an uninhabited island. To rescue his team, Shackleton and a few of the men sailed a tiny boat across more than 800 miles of rough seas to South Georgia Island. …Church Membership, Lost, Salvation, Unchurched, Unsaved2019-09-30 04:19:02
Praise God Amid the Afflictions of LifePerhaps the greatest secret of the saints of old was their ability to praise God amid the afflictions of life. Saint Francis de Sales (1567 – 1622) once wrote to a friend who was undergoing stresses at home, saying, “The many troubles in your household will tend to your edification, …Affliction, Discouragement, Frustration, Praise God, Troubles2019-09-30 04:19:02
Don’t Tear Down Your SpouseSandra Milholland writes in Upreach magazine: “Ladies, beware of those ‘coffee klatches’ with the girls in the neighborhood or on your coffee break at work. I have noticed that husbands often get skewered, cooked, and eaten at those gatherings … and a ten o’clock gab session in the morning can …Complain, Edifty Spouse, Gossip, Grievance, Husbands, Marriage, Praise Spouse2019-09-30 04:19:02
Abraham – the Father of All Who Walk In His Steps of Faith“And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.” (Romans 4:12) The Bible has much to say about faith and reveals several kinds of faith. …Abraham, Intellectual Faith, Saving Faith, Seeking Faith2019-09-30 04:19:02
Most Difficult SpeechA gifted public speaker was asked to recall his most difficult speaking assignment. He said, “That’s easy. It was an address I gave to the National Conference of Undertakers. The topic they gave me was ‘How To Look Sad At A Ten Thousand Dollar Funeral.’Communication, Joke, Speech2019-09-30 04:19:02
The Gift of Tact“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11). When President Gerald Ford was in office he was on one occasion visited in the White House by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. When the Ford’s son, Jack, was dressing for a formal dinner with …Diplomacy, Tact2019-09-30 04:19:02
Davy Crockett’s MottoDavy Crockett’s pocketwatch was found in the debris of the Alamo. The motto on the back read, “Be sure you’re right, and go ahead.” [Holwick: this was quoted by California State Senator Tom McClintock in the recall election; he was a decided underdog. It could be taken two ways – …Confidence, Courage, Defiance, Determination, Hero, Strive2019-09-30 04:19:02
Repent More In Front of Your ChildrenJimmy Dodd has a special ministry to hurting pastors. He writes of one of his encounters: It was one of the more memorable conversations of my life. I was standing in the lobby of a Christian college with a dear friend who was suffering through one of the most painful …Apoligize, Apology, Childraising, Failure, Fatherhood, Humiity, Mistakes, Parenting, Repentance2019-09-30 04:19:02
Cheap Fathers, Cheaper KidsTwo humorous observations from Bill Cosby’s book “Fatherhood.” He writes: Now that my father is a grandfather, he just can’t wait to give money to my kids. But when I was his kid and I asked him for fifty cents, he would tell me the story of his life. How …Father's Day, Fatherhood, Fathers, Gifts, Mothers2019-09-30 04:19:02
The Clock Is TickingIf people would have been asked in 1968 which nation would dominate the world in watch making during the 1990s and into the twenty-first century the answer would have been uniform: Switzerland. Why? Because Switzerland had dominated the world of watch making for the previous sixty years. The Swiss made …Adapt, Change, False Confidence, Future, New Ways, Paradigm Shift, Watches2019-09-30 04:19:02
Should We Miss Our Church Graveyards?Drive by your local booming suburban church, or the up and coming congregation everyone’s talking about in your community. You might find a state-of-the-art children’s complex — complete with antibiotic soap dispensers on every corner. You might find a Family Life Center — previously known as a gym — with …Cemetery, Church Graveyard, Dead Spirituality, Death, Funeral, Traditions, Vitality2019-09-30 04:19:02
The Content of Our Character: 40 Years After?: the Speech“I have a dream,” declared Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as he addressed a crowd of several hundred thousand gathered on the Mall around the Lincoln Memorial. The date was August 28, 1963, and America was a cauldron of social unrest. Civil rights leaders had called for the March on …Bigotry, Civil Rights, Discrimination, Martin Luther King, Prejudice, Racial Reconciliation, Racism2019-09-30 04:19:02
Fear and FaithFear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No one was there. Cited in More of…The Best of BITS & PIECESAfraid, Faith, Fear2019-09-30 04:19:02
Don’t Bypass Trouble“Trouble makes us one with every human being in the world – and unless we touch others, we’re out of touch with life. “If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I wouldn’t pass it around. Wouldn’t be doing anybody a favor. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I …Obstacles, Overcome, Trouble2019-09-30 04:19:02
To Minister, TouchThere was on the teaching staff at Emory Divinity School a psychologist by the name of Dr. Charles Gerkin. He was quite renowned within his field, having written several books. All students were required to take a course under Dr. Gerkin which amounted to small group psychotherapy. Dr. Gerkin taught …Aids, Compassion, Minister, Personal Contact, Touch2019-09-30 04:18:59
Success Is A Journey“Success is not a destination: It is a journey. The happiest people I know are those who are busy working toward specific objectives. The most bored and miserable people I know are those who are drifting along with no worthwhile objectives in mind.” Zig Ziglar Professional speaker Cited in BITS …Goal, Journey, Motivation, Objectives, Pilgrimage, Success2019-09-30 04:18:59
Unafraid of Gossip“Lead your life so you won’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.” Colleen Spencer Assistant to the Executive Director of Administrative Services University of Maine at AugustaGossip, Integrity, Parrot, Reputation2019-09-30 04:18:59
Passing On the TorchIf we have full employment and growth–if we have cities of gold and alabaster — but our children have not learned to walk in goodness, justice and mercy, then the American experiment, no matter how gilded, will have failed. In modernity, nothing has been more consequential, or more public in …Atheism, Boundaries, Decadence, Hedonism, Social Decay, Society2019-09-30 04:18:59
A Christmas Message About ToleranceThe politically correct ideal of “tolerance” seems all the rage these days, but to millions of Americans its meaning and implications are applied unequally. The ideal of tolerance, especially in this, the most Christian season of all, was originally embodied in the message of expressive freedom contained in the First …Bigotry, Constitution, Freedom Of Religion, Intolerance, Tolerance2019-09-30 04:18:59
The Man Who Missed ChristmasSometime back, MOODY MAGAZINE told the story of a guy named George Mason. His life was consumed by his work. He lived alone, which only contributed to his work addiction. Although he had few friends, each Christmas he received several invitations to spend Christmas Day with a family. He always …Christmas, Locked In, Prisoner, Scrooge2019-09-30 04:18:59
The Church of MeteorologyTo avoid offending anybody, the school dropped religion altogether and started singing about the weather. At my son’s school, they now hold the winter program in February and sing increasingly non-memorable songs such as “Winter Wonderland,” “Frosty the Snowman” and — this is a real song — “Suzy Snowflake,” all …Anti-religion, Holidays, Offense, Political Correctness, Public Schools, Secularism2019-09-30 04:18:59
Shake It Off and Step UpA parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule who accidentally fell into an open well shaft. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer decided neither the mule nor the well was worth saving; so, he called his neighbors together to help haul dirt to bury the …Criticism, Dirt, Mule, Negativity, Opposition, Overcome, Pit, Positive Thinking2019-09-30 04:18:59
The Six Marks of MaturityThere is a fine devotional book which has been assembled from the writings of Dr. J. I. Packer. In it he quotes a psychologist on the six marks of maturity. Americans love to take self-examinations, so here is one for you on what it means to be grown up, to …Adapting, Anger, Balance, Completeness, Maturity, Reality, Sanity, Self-Assessment, Self-Examination2019-09-30 04:18:59
Build A Fire WithinYou get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within. Bob Nelson Writer Cited in BITS & PIECESFire, Leadership, Motivation2019-09-30 04:18:59
Choices Make UsThere is a choice you have to make, In everything you do. And you must always keep in mind, The choice you make, makes you. Author Unknown Cited in BITS & PIECESCharacter, Choices, Responsibility2019-09-30 04:18:59
Jasper, Texas & Region Experiencing Racial Healing After James Byrd MurderIn Jasper, Texas, where white racists brutally murdered a black man last year, a pastor has found himself in the midst of a heaven-sent reconciliation among the races. The crime was almost unimaginably cruel. Three men picked up hitchhiker James Byrd Jr., beat him, chained him by the ankles, dragged …Bigotry, Hatred, Racism, Reconciliation2019-09-30 04:18:59
Expendable You: Are Fathers Unnecessary?Are kids better off without their fathers? Of course, we’ve all heard tragic stories about fathers who abuse their children. But that’s not what I’m talking about. The American Psychological Association, or APA, recently published a study that suggests that fathers and even marriage are unnecessary for healthy child development. …Family Life, Fathers & Children2019-09-30 04:18:59
Saved From Cynicism“Christianity not only saves you from sin, but from cynicism.” E. Stanley JonesAttitude, Cynicism, Hope2019-09-30 04:18:59
Bad Citizenship of Good PeopleSomeone has well said that the scandal of our time is the bad citizenship of good people. It is totally inconceivable that God would have ordained human government (Romans 13) and then told his people to stay out of it. We, as God’s people, need to speak to the government …Abortion, Church & State, Citizenship, Involvement, Politics, Prophetic Voice2019-09-30 04:18:59
From Prison To Praise: the Jonathan Aitken StoryWhen I was in England recently, the last thing I expected to see was my photograph splashed across the front page of British newspapers. But that’s exactly what happened. I arrived in the country just as a close friend, former Defense Minister Jonathan Aitken, was to be sentenced to prison, …Fall, Humiliation, Peace Of God, Perjury, Prison2019-09-30 04:18:59
The Christians’ Great SecretIn the third century, Cyprian, the Bishop of Carthage (and eventually a martyr), wrote to his friend Donatus: “This is a cheerful world as I see it from my garden under the shadows of my vines. But If I were to ascend some high mountain and look over the wide …Christians, Overcome, Persecution; Martyr, Perspective, Pessimism, Selfishness, World2019-09-30 04:18:59
Praise Service During A Traffic JamTeenagers held a praise service during a traffic jam. Thirty-nine members of a youth group and eight chaperones from Northside United Methodist Church in Jackson, Tenn., were returning wet and tired from a rafting trip when their chartered bus became stuck in a traffic jam on Interstate 24 because of …Aggravation, Impact, Influence, Praise, Spontaneity, Traffic Jam2019-09-30 04:18:59
Murders Prompt Neighboring Churches To Forge New Ties In Small Town’s CrisisBlood-stained pews and flooring, together with the rancid smell of gunpowder and vivid memories of an evening filled with petrifying horror March 10, made the New St. John Baptist Church in Gonzales, Louisiana, an unsuitable place for a memorial service. In fact, church leaders said they will never use their …Atrocity, Massacre, Murder, Rage, Rampage, Safety, Sanctuary, Violence2019-09-30 04:18:59
EncouragementDante Gabriel Rossetti, the famous 19th-century poet and artist, was once approached by an elderly man. The old fellow had some sketches and drawings that he wanted Rossetti to look at and tell him if they were any good, or if they at least showed potential talent. Rossetti looked them …Art, Discouragement, Encouragement, Potential, Praise, Talent2019-09-30 04:18:59
We Have A ChanceAs I ate breakfast one morning, I overheard two cancer doctors conversing. One complained bitterly, “You know, Bob, I just don’t understand it. We used the same drugs, the same dosage, the same schedule and the same entry criteria. Yet I got a 22 percent response rate and you got …Cancer, Discouragement, Doctor, Encouragement, Hope, Medicine2019-09-30 04:18:55
Love and the CabbieI was in New York the other day and rode with a friend in a taxi. When we got out, my friend said to the driver, “Thank you for the ride. You did a superb job of driving.” The taxi driver was stunned for a second. Then he said, “Are …Encouragement, Greetings, Influence, New York City, Praise, Random Acts Of Kindness2019-09-30 04:18:55
Young People Believe In Missions“The young people of this generation do not apologize for worldwide missions. They believe in it as has no preceding generation of young people. Let us rise and resolve that, at whatever cost of self- denial, that live or die, we shall live or die for the evangelization of the …Missionary, Missions, Mott, Student Volunteer Movement, Young People2019-09-30 04:18:55
On That NoteOne year when I was teaching second grade, a new child entered our class mid-year. His name was Daniel, and he brought a special light to our class. Daniel came over to me one afternoon at the end of the school day. He said, “Ms. Johnson, I have a note …Encouragement, Mental Note, Praise2019-09-30 04:18:55
Preacher InsultsAfter the church service a little boy told the pastor, “When I grow up, I’m going to give you some money.” “Well, thank you,” the pastor replied, “but why?” “Because my daddy says you’re one of the poorest preachers we’ve ever had.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A wife invited some people to dinner. …Hospitality, Humor, Poverty, Preachers2019-09-30 04:18:55
A Counter-Culture of GraceIn RECONCILERS, Spencer Perkins wrote: “Daddy, come quick,” shouted my four-year-old daughter. “Someone stole the presents from under the Christmas tree.” At first I thought that the children were playing a joke on me. But I could see quickly that they were visibly upset. Apparently someone had come into our …Christmas, Forgiveness, Grace, Reconciliation, Steal, Thief2019-09-30 04:18:55
ForgivenessIn his 1942 devotional Abundant Living , E. Stanley Jones, Methodist doctor and missionary to India, writes: The early Christians did not say in dismay: “Look what the world has come to,” but in delight, “Look what has come to the world.” They saw not merely the ruin, but the …Assurance, Despair, Hope, Positive Attitude2019-09-30 04:18:55
Don’t Look BackWe have to learn how to not look back… During the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics I was able to watch the 110 meter high hurdles. The favorite to win was an American named Greg Foster. “ABC” even did one of those three minute biographies on him. The gun went off …Forget Past, Hurdles, Look Back, Olympics, Runners2019-09-30 04:18:55
Real Men Love JesusSermon in Philippians series. Qualities of Christian men. Phil 2:19-30 =================== REAL MEN LOVE JESUS =================== I. How macho is your man? II. Caring. 2:20-21 A. God is looking for men who put people before profits. B. Over the long haul, relationships are more valuable than things. III. Consistent. 2:22 …Commitment, Courage, Masculine, Men, Service2019-09-30 04:18:55
Ugandan President Speaks Out On Jesus’ Role In AfricaEarly in 1998, Y. K. Museveni, Uganda’s President, described by the Reuters news agency as “one of the most outspoken proponents of change in Africa”, gave a speech so explicit in its description of Christianity’s role in the continent that we decided to print extracts here. Honourable ladies and gentlemen, …Africa, Forgiveness, Government, Heal Nations, Humility, Impact, Jesus, Leaders, Love, Uganda2019-09-30 04:18:55
Apollo Astronauts Find GodPeople need a reason to live, and resources for living: It is not uncommon to find people without a reason for living. They simply exist until they can bear it no longer, or they fill their emptiness with meaningless pursuits. Other people have reasons for living, but no resources for …Astronauts, Goal, Meaning, Moon, Purpose, Reason For Living2019-09-30 04:18:55
Stay Alive All Your Life, By Norman Vincent PealeThese manifestations of disappearing and reappearing [the appearances by Jesus after Easter] were designed to emphasize that, while He seemed to be gone, He was not, but is ever near to us. Then comes the astonishing statement that we shall know the same aliveness after the experience called death. “Because …Death, Grief, Hallucination, Immortality, Peale, Reassurance, Spiritual Knowledge, Telepathy, Transcendence2019-09-30 04:18:55
Who Has To Clean Up the Vomit?On a cold January night at 1:00 a.m., one very tired Mom heard a cough. “I bolted from my sleep to a standing, running position, with one leap made it to the bathroom, flipped on the light to find my 6-year-old daughter sitting on the edge of the tub. Stuff …Caring, Children, Engagement, Family Responsibilities, Fathers, Husband, Involvement, Mothers, Sickness, Vomit, Work2019-09-30 04:18:55
Staying Connected To JesusIf I abide in Christ, I, too, can experience peace in the midst of chaos. But I must stay connected to my Lord, as Jesus stayed connected to His Father. Jesus demonstrates how this is possible. Following are seven things [two given] Jesus did that allowed Him to remain connected …Abide, Connection To Jesus, Dependence, Obedience, Spirituality2019-09-30 04:18:55
Frustrated?Sermon #3 in Advent Adventure 1997. Romans 8:19-25 =========== FRUSTRATED? =========== I. A frustrating season. II. Should real Christians ever get frustrated? A. An emotion we associate with immaturity, impatience. B. Frustration will always be true of Christians in this life. III. Frustrations this side of heaven. Romans 8:20-23 A. …Contentment, Count Blessings, Frustration, Perspective2019-09-30 04:18:55
Amy Carmichael On Soft-Selling the GospelAmy Carmichael, missionary to India, on Christians who are fearful and so soft-sell the gospel: “If I am afraid to speak the truth because I might lose someone’s love, or am concerned someone should say, “You do not understand”, Or because I fear to lose my reputation for kindness; If …Amy Carmichael, Fear, India, Praise Of Men, Priorities, Reputation, Witness2019-09-30 04:18:55
The Gospel BassoonI tell people to read the most important books of the Bible most often, and I read Scripture that way myself. But most often of all I go back to the 10 page wisdom tract called Ecclesiastes (Greek for “preacher,” rendering a Hebrew word that also means teacher, spokesman, philosopher, …Basic Pleasures, Ecclesiastes, Futility, Good Life2019-09-30 04:18:55
Passover In A Union CampAn account of an improvised Passover seder among Jews in a Union Army camp in West Virginia. They arranged for matzos and foraged for cider, a lamb, chickens and eggs. They did not know what part of the lamb to use so they ate the whole thing. They also did …Celebrate, Civil War, Improvise, Judaism, Passover, Remember, Remembrance2019-09-30 04:18:55
A False Prophet From Beyond The GraveEmail from “Jeanne Dixon,” two months after her death is reported in media. Subj: I’m sure you know me Date: March 1, 1997 From: Diane@ppi.com To: Internet.Mail.Delivery@polaris.pacificnet.net Hello. I’m Jeanne Dixon a psychic, medium, healer, spiritualist, clairvoyant & astrologer. My horoscopes and predictions are found in all of the major …Astrology, Intuition, Mindreading, Psychic2019-09-30 04:18:55
Commonly Asked Questions On The Psychic InternetANSWERS TO COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON THE PSYCHIC INTERNET, answered by Dr. Glenn Williston & Daniel d’Quincy M.A. [who claim to be psychics] YOU CALL YOURSELVES “PSYCHICS.” YET, I HAVE HEARD YOU SAY IN PUBLIC APPEARANCES THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE THAT WORD. CAN YOU EXPLAIN? That is correct, we …Astrology, Intuition, Mindreading, Psychic2019-09-30 04:18:55
Carpe Diem – Seize the DaySermon in Ecclesiastes series. Taking hold of life. Eccl. 11:7-12:1 CARPE DIEM – SEIZE THE DAY ========================== I. Seize the day. II. Life is meant to be enjoyed. A. Life is good. B. Youth is good. III. There are always limits. A. Positive statements are harshly balanced with negative. B. …Carpe Diem, Priorities, Seize The Day, Youth2019-09-30 04:18:51
Chasing the WindSermon in Ecclesiastes series. Quest for significance. Eccl 1:12-2:26 ================ CHASING THE WIND ================ I. The quest for significance. A. What have you sought after for happiness? B. Solomon did it all. 1:12 II. Wisdom is chasing after the wind. A. Solomon’s quest for significance. B. Existentialism. III. Frustration of …Existentialism, Meaning Of Life, Pleasure, Significance, Work2019-09-30 04:18:51
The Christian Art of MotivationEven the most noble vision means little if people aren’t motivated to fulfill it. But how do you instill genuine motivation? How do we avoid guilt and pastor-wearying pushing? Roger Thompson is more convinced than ever that guilt (more properly called shame) was never intended as the fuel of Christian …Guilt, Motivation, Shame2019-09-30 04:18:51
How “together” Should I Appear?When you’re a role model, do you polish or smash your saintly image? At the close of one of our family life conferences, my wife and I were chatting with some attenders. As the large hall emptied, a woman approached my wife, Karen, and, glancing in my direction, said, “It …Example, Ideal, Image, Impression, Perfection, Role Model, Saint2019-09-30 04:18:51
Guilt Can Be ParalyzingGuilt can be paralyzing. The movie “Joy Luck Club” is about the background of three Chinese girls. It is a true story. The mother was in China when the Communist revolution happened. She fled with her twin daughters in a carriage and was so exhausted, and suffering from pneumonia, that …Abandon Children, Forgiveness, Guilt2019-09-30 04:18:51
Wet The Ropes!At one time a group of men were attempting to raise an obelisk in Egypt to its base, and the work was under the supervision of a very exact and careful engineer. They had raised the great mass of granite to within a few inches of the level of the …Effort, Holy Spirit, Unleash Power2019-09-30 04:18:51
Limited EditionBy limiting us, God creates room in which to work. Nancy Alford was on top of world, then was operated on for cancer and developed chronic fatigue syndrome. 1. The power principle. The weaker we are, the more powerful God becomes. 2. The provision. 3. Prayer and praise. In prayer …Disappointment, Failure, Fairness, Limitations, Power, Praise, Weakness & Strength2019-09-30 04:18:51
Who, Me? A Leader? (Gideon)A humorous assessment of Gideon’s strengths and weaknesses as a leader.Gideon, Leadership, Strengths & Weaknesses2019-09-30 04:18:51
Rehearsing ForgivenessAnybody who thinks hard about forgiveness will start a lot more rabbits than he can catch. The topic raises a whole nest of questions, and the good answers will seldom be the easy ones. Take a case. Suppose that you are a lonesome, middle-aged woman who has finally met a …Accountability, Cities Of Refuge, Enemy, Forgiveness, Fraud, Jilt, Repentance, Retaliation, Revenge2019-09-30 04:18:51
Christian V. AmericaEither Christians will turn a blind eye to America’s moral decline, and wave their flags anyway, or they will withdraw from mainstream society into a “class of permanent exiles.” Stepping up to the platform at the Southern Baptist Convention a few years ago, I was met by a heaving sea …Abortion, Civil Religion, Exile, Involvement, Moral Decline, Nazism, Patriotism, Politics, Supreme Court, Values, Withdrawal2019-09-30 04:18:51
Success Means Being ‘Available’Florida State head football coach Bobby Bowden told more than 200 Baptist men at the first-ever “Legacy Builders Rally” that all he’s ever really done is made himself available to God and “he has just worked out everything.” Bowden, who led the Seminoles to the 1993 national title, said he’d …Bible Study, Coach, Commitment, Devotions, Heritage, Integrity, Legacy, Men, Values2019-09-30 04:18:51
Evangelical Author Urges Baptists To Transcend Left/right LabelsEvangelical author Tom Sine called for a radical “third-wave Christian citizenship” to correct flaws of both the right and left at a Baptist ethics conference. Sine, author of “Cease Fire: Searching for Sanity in America’s Culture Wars,” spoke at a “Leadership Through the Culture Wars” conference sponsored by the Baptist …Citizenship, Community, Involvement, Justice, Lifestyle, Materialism, Patriotism, Politics, Secularism, Stewardship, Values2019-09-30 04:18:51
First-Person: Physician From Vietnam Finds U. S. Mission FieldVinh Le’s voyage to freedom became a journey to missions. The Christian physician who fled Vietnam in 1982 is now a home missionary serving as a pastor and church starter in Denver. Le’s grandfather was the first person in his family to leave Buddhism for Christianity. The grandfather made his …Baptists, Buddhism, Concern, Conversion, Missions, Outcasts, Persecution, Physician, Refugee, Strength, Vietnam, Witnessing2019-09-30 04:18:51
Helping Johnny Be Good [1/3]Can ‘character education’ save the public schools? Our local junior high school displays huge hallway banners reading, “Respect and Responsibility — We Can Do It Together.” Respect, this year’s theme, is meant to pervade the multiethnic school. (Last year compassion and caring took the lead.) At the annual back-to-school night, …Be Good, Character Education, Chastity, Ethics, Morality, Respect, Right & Wrong, Schools, Values2019-09-30 04:18:51
Father Leaves Racial Inclusiveness LegacyA week after his cancerous right lung was removed, my father asked me over for an afternoon chat. That afternoon he told me his wishes regarding his funeral service. He never left anything to chance. Every action had a purpose and each sentence he spoke was planned to evoke a …Death, Father, Funeral, Inclusiveness, Legacy, Multiculturalism, Racial Harmony, Racism, Reconciliation, Sensitivity2019-09-30 04:18:51
So Many Lists, So Little TimeYou’re busy. You’re very busy. You’re overbooked, overstressed, overburdened. You’re on a schedule that increasingly represent the baseline tempo of American life – a harried, Lucy Ricardo-in-the-candy-factory level of frenetic activity that’s impossible for anyone to sustain except in a state of mental and physical overload. A series of recent …Burden, Busy, Clutter, Leisure, Overload, Overwhelmed, Pressure, Priorities, Schedule, Stress, Television, Time Management2019-09-30 04:18:51
In Pursuit of Character, Part 1: What’s Missing From the Debate [1]In Pursuit of Character, Part 1: Scripting our lives by the stories we choose: what’s missing from the character debate. I turned the page and found a photograph of a man bending over and talking to a small boy. Both are dressed in black. The man, if I remember correctly, …Character, Courage, Holocaust, Martyrdom, Morality, Personality, Psychology, Relativism, Self-control, Story, Values, Virtue2019-09-30 04:18:51
Books: Replenishing America’s Moral CapitalOver the past decade, William Bennett has become an increasingly prominent figure on the national scene. As chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, secretary of education, and director of drug control policy, Bennett was a forthright and articulate spokesman for conservative values. Now Bennett has published two books …Character, Compassion, Conservatism, Moral Absolutes, Politics, Traditional Values, Virtue2019-09-30 04:18:51
His Search of the Scriptures Yielded Investing PrinciplesChristian financial adviser Gary Moore spent more than 15 years keeping pace with the daily fluctuations of Wall Street. But after the stock market crash in the fall of 1987, he came to realize money, upward mobility and other elements of the “American Dream” were unable to provide security and …Different, Honesty, Investing, Money, Priorities, Risk, Savings, Security, Tithe, Trust, Values, Wealth2019-09-30 04:18:51
Baptist Churches Bolster Mississippi ReconciliationOn a normal Misssissippi Sunday afternoon last August, members from several Southern Baptist churches braved the summer heat and joined several hundred other churchgoers for a picnic. The crowd consumed dozens of hot dogs and hamburgers, kids sat still long enough to have their faces painted and families laughed together …Hatred, Mississippi, Racial Harmony, Racism, Reconciliation2019-09-30 04:18:51
Special Issue: Thanksgiving (#23 and #71)History insert lists chronology of America’s Thanksgiving Day, English equivalent of Guy Fawkes Day, and a description of holidays in Puritan America. Issue #23 focuses on a history of Plymouth and the Pilgrims.Holidays, Pilgrims, Puritans, Thanksgiving2019-09-30 04:18:47
The Slippery SlopeSermon on moral decay in America. Romans 1:32 ================== THE SLIPPERY SLOPE ================== I. Changes I have seen in 40 years. II. Moral decline nothing new. A. Paul’s stunning denunciation of pagan sin. B. Is conclusion anticlimactic? C. When values leave, the floodgates open. III. Basic decision: where do values …Government, Influence, Moral Decay, Morality, Society, Values2019-09-30 04:18:47
A Time To Sow, A Time To ReapChristians can learn to say the right thing at the right time when it comes to evangelism. When someone says, “Well, I don’t understand how you can say ‘God loves us’ when the world is in such a mess,” there are six possible responses from Christians: 1. Launch into an …Communication, Evangelism, Language, Listen, Non-christians, Receptiveness, Religious Words, Seed, Supernatural, Witnessing2019-09-30 04:18:47
Let Him Kill Me InsteadComment by Cardinal John O’Connor following abortion clinic murders: “If anyone has an urge to kill an abortionist, let him kill me instead. That’s about as clearly as I can renounce such madness.”Abortion, Cardinal O'connor, Murder, Violence2019-09-30 04:18:47
He Had To Mark The Sacred SpotDevotion, Forget, Memorial Stone, Remember, Tombstone, Undying Love2019-09-30 04:18:47
How To Go ExtinctAncient parallels with abortion: The new Natural History Museum in New York City has a fossil of a dinosaur with baby bones in its stomach. It is not giving birth, but eating its kids. Note that it is now extinct!Abortion, Dinosaur, Eat Young, Nuclear War2019-09-30 04:18:47
Seven Sticks That Nobody Could BendThe Gilded Age, a time when a few individuals amassed tremendous fortunes, was powered by a great industrial surge. This created a huge demand for metals like zinc, tin, copper, and lead. No one was more successful at making money from base metals than the Guggenheims, a family of Jewish …Companionship Partnership, Family, Guggenheim, Strength In Numbers, Togetherness2019-09-30 04:18:47
By This All Men Will KnowRacial harmony in the Church paints a living picture of the gospel. 1. The first step: admit racism exists. a. It’s not just a white thing. 2. The second step: submit to God. 3. The third step: commit. a. Risk friendship. b. Find a foxhole.Bigotry, Civil Rights, Discrimination, Harmony, Racial Reconciliation, Racism2019-09-30 04:18:47
Our Inalienable Right To Pursue PossessionsIn the original draft of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote that man had the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of POSSESSIONS. The committee that worked on the document changed the wording, but our thinking hasn’t changed at all. We all feel our happiness lies mostly …Covet, Greed, Possessions, Property, Thomas Jefferson, Wealth2019-09-30 04:18:47
Noah and the FloodBible study on Noah and the Flood. [see d:pcout.wrkbiblestunoah.pco] I. Overview of the Flood of Noah. II. Scientific problems. III. Biblical answers. IV. Local or universal flood? V. Ark sightings.Flood, Noah2019-09-30 04:18:47
The Gold Medal Ranked Almost As HighIn 1992 Kerrin-Lee Gartner of Calgary, Alberta became the first Canadian in history to win Olympic gold in the women’s downhill. In Canada she was an immediate sensation. Shortly after her victory, an announcer interviewing her commented that this must surely be the most significant day of her life. “No,” …Achievement, Marriage, Priorities, Relationships, Skiing, Values2019-09-30 04:18:47
She Found God Through Her HandicapsHelen Keller once said: “I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work and my God.”Blindness, Discover Self, Handicap, Helen Keller2019-09-30 04:18:47
Holocaust & Ethnic CleansingA friend of Philip Yancey had a marriage that had gone through rough times. One night George passed a breaking point and emotionally exploded. He pounded the table and floor. “I hate you!” he screamed at his wife. “I won’t take it anymore! I’ve had enough! I won’t go on! …Anger, Father And Son, Hatred, Influence, Rage, Unforgiveness2019-09-30 04:18:47
Forgiveness: the Power To Change the PastGreat article on principles of forgiveness. I. Anxiety and relief. A. Two anxieties face us. 1) Our unchangeable past. 2) Our unpredictable futures. B. God’s two answers. 1) God forgives our past. 2) God controls our future by keeping his promises. C. We can share in this divine power by …Anxiety, Betrayal, Disloyalty, Forget, Forgiveness, Reconciliation2019-09-30 04:18:47
The Pater PrincipleFathers and sons face a lifetime of unfinished business. What does a son learn from his father? Simply: Whether to love women, or hate them. Whether to take pride in his work, or shrink shamefully from creative endeavor. … And what does a father learn from his son? Whether he …Aggression, Discipline, Example, Family, Father, Grandfather, Influence, Masculinity, Maturity, Son2019-09-30 04:18:47
The Return of ShameWhen Judge Walter Williams, a slender, soft-spoken man, puts on his black robes to preside over the municipal court in Chattanooga, Tenn, he suddenly turns into a figure out of the Old Testament: a fierce jurist whose voice booms as he exhorts wrongdoers to straighten themselves out. One 18 year …Atonement, Confession, Crime, Guilt, Judge, Justice, Morality, Penance, Punishment, Remorse, Repentance, Restitution, Retribution, Shame2019-09-30 04:18:47
Dealing With Difficult PeopleGood article on dealing with difficult people, especially in ministry. I. Dealing with difficult people. A. Example of Liz, who was absorbed in self-hate and responded with a razor-like tongue. 1) Being burned by someone in life. (She had bitter divorce.) 2) Dwelling on grudges and negatives. B. Being catered …Confrontation, Difficult People, Outcasts, Relationships2019-09-30 04:18:47
The Second StepFrancis X. Bushman, the first of the old-time movie idols, started as a sculptor’s model. He won “the most handsome man” contest sponsored by LADIES WORLD magazine. He was working in 1915 for the Essanay studio in Chicago for $250 a week. His agent David Freedman, however, knew that in …Attractiveness, Crowds, Discipleship, Followers, Popularity2019-09-30 04:18:47
It Was Never the Right Time To Have A PartyIn her memoirs Doris Hoss wrote about growing up during the Great Depression, when times were hard. She said, “My family was poor. We had very little to eat. Then my grandfather died and my grandmother came to live with us, and there was even less for each one to …Celebrate, Celebration, Cherish, Christmas, Hoard, Missed Opportunity, Party, Possessions, Special, Tomorrow, Use Or Lose2019-09-30 04:18:47
Focus On Character“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” John Wooden Former college basketball coach Cited in BITS & PIECESCharacter, Reputation, Values2019-09-30 04:18:47
Should He Be Sure He’ll Go To Heaven?Our confidence in our salvation must be matched by our actions. In a television ad for an upcoming interview with Rev. Paul Hill, abortion doctor assassin, the interviewer asks, “The jury has recommended the death penalty. Are you afraid?” Rev. Hill smugly replies, “No. I know I’ll be in heaven.” …Assurance, Murder, Rev. Hill2019-09-30 04:18:44
“Shaped By the Master”Story of a Chinese Christian who learned from adversity. We cannot dispute God’s decisions. He alone knows who requires rougher treatment in his quarry. After Jesus’ resurrection, he told Peter that his death would involve persecution. Looking at John, Peter pouted, “Lord, what about him?” In other words, “If I …Adversity, China, Circumstances, Discipline, Education, Persecution, Prison, Refined, Sanctification, Seminary, Suffering2019-09-30 04:18:44
“Valid Values”Sermon near Election Day. Romans 2:17-24 ============ VALID VALUES ============ I. Values are Popular. A. Politicians are focusing on it. B. Has America lost its values? II. Problem: Our Values Vary. A. Cultural War? B. In the Conflict of Values, Christians are losing. III. Is the Bible all that clear …Hypocrisy, Influence, Morality, Society, Values2019-09-30 04:18:44
Is God Cold?Poem “God is Cold” by agnostic Stephen Crane, famous as the author of “The Red Badge of Courage.” A man adrift on a slim spar A horizon smaller than the rim of a bottle Tented waves rearing lashy dark points The near whine of froth in circles. God is cold. …Agnostic, Atheist, Cold, Drowning, Forsaken, God Is Cruel, Theodicy2019-09-30 04:18:44
Say It Ain’t SoBack in 1919, the Chicago Blacksocks Baseball scandal was unfolding in the newspapers before the public eye of the American people. One afternoon as Shoeless Joe Jackson was leaving the field, a die-hard baseball fan cried out, “Joe, say it ain’t so, say it ain’t so.” The July 6, 1990, …Baseball, Culture, Influence, Methodists, Society, Values, Worldly2019-09-30 04:18:44
Gossip Literally Destroyed A FamilyPersonal disaster that can be caused by gossip: In a small town in North Dakota there was a young family. They were happy, even though the mother had not been entirely well since the birth of their second baby. But everyone in town knew there was warmth there because of …Despair, Gossip, Murder, Rumor2019-09-30 04:18:44
The Office Can WaitA word of advice on the importance of family relationships. It comes from a man who took his own life. Vince Foster, deputy presidential counsel to President Clinton, spoke to the 1993 graduating class of Arkansas University School of Law only six weeks before his death. His words now echo …Children, Family, Priorities, Suicide, Time, Vince Foster2019-09-30 04:18:44
The Purpose of TithingThe purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lves. 1. The purpose of tithing. Deut 14:23 2. The practice of tithing. Mal 3:6-12 3. The roots of tithing. Gen 14:20 4. The sacrifice of tithing. 2 Sam 24:24 5. The priority of tithing. …Priorities, Stewardship, Tithe2019-09-30 04:18:44
Penance Can Heal RelationshipsPenance can be a powerful healer of relationships. My wife Celeste loved the TV series, “Hill Street Blues.” It had its perverse side, but the drama could be riveting. In one memorable episode, the precinct sergeant hears that a vicious criminal has been released from prison. This criminal had been …Amends, Conversion, Crime, Penance, Repentance, Sincerity, Television2019-09-30 04:18:44
Give Me Another ChanceIn the British writer-physician A.J. Cronin’s autobiography, he describes being a doctor in the North of England when there was an outbreak of diphtheria. A little boy was brought in hardly able to breathe. As the Irish would say, “he had the dip,” and in those days that often meant …Acquittal, Diphtheria, Forgiveness, Mistake, Nurse, Second Chance2019-09-30 04:18:44
Personal AcquittalThere was a 12-year-old boy in California who witnessed the murder of his father and the brutal rape-murder of his mother. His life seemed ruined. Sent to a state institution for boys, he was apathetic and withdrawn, and did poorly in his work. Although he was paraded through the offices …Bitterness, Forgiveness, Hard Heart, Hatred, Murder, Prisoner, Reconciliation, Unforgiveness2019-09-30 04:18:44
The Only Empirically Verifiable Christian DoctrineTheologian Reinhold Niebuhr called the doctrine of original sin the only empirically verifiable Christian doctrine. [Holwick: Yancey attributed the statement to famous agnostic George Bernard Shaw but I cannot find anyone else who does. Others attribute it to G. K. Chesterton, who did write that Original Sin “is the only …George Bernard Shaw, Original Sin2019-09-30 04:18:44
God Hates HolidaysSermon in Isaiah series. God’s attitude toward ritual. Isaiah 1:10-20 ================== GOD HATES HOLIDAYS ================== I. “Grinchy” title for a Thanksgiving sermon. II. Religion alone can’t hack it. A. Israelites went at religion in a big way. 1:11-13 B. In the strongest possible terms, God was fed up. 1:14-15 III. …Holidays, Thanksgiving2019-09-30 04:18:44
“Rightside Up Values”Sermon in Isaiah series. Isaiah’s rebuke of prosperous society 5:8-24 =================== RIGHTSIDE UP VALUES =================== I. The fires of California. II. The isolation of wealth. 5:8-9 A. Prosperity brought a building spree. B. God’s judgment is isolation. 5:9-10 III. Party animals. 5:11-15 A. A sure sign of decay in society …Addiction, Heroes, Isolation, Values2019-09-30 04:18:44
Stepping Out In FaithMyrtle Harris knows all about stepping out in faith. Myrtle was diagnosed with cancer. She had surgery to remove the cancer, but she was still weak. Everyday tasks were completed with great difficulty, and they sapped all of her strength. Her strength was returning but ever so slowly. One August …Cancer, Climb Mountain Top, Faith, Strength2019-09-30 04:18:44
“Seeking Skeptics”Sermon in Acts series. Paul before the Athenians. Acts 17:16-33 ================ SEEKING SKEPTICS ================ I. “Know your enemy.” II. Paul’s confrontation with the modern world. A. Ancient Athens was the intellectual center of the world. B. Epicureans. “Eat, drink and be merry.” C. Stoics. “If you don’t mind, it doesn’t …Apologetics, Culture, Epicureans, Philosophy, Pleasure, Skepticism, Stoics2019-09-30 04:18:44
The Ancient World Was Pro-DeathDown through history, many have believed that death could solve problems. About the middle of the 6th century before Christ, a boy was born to a wealthy nobleman in India in the province of Bihar. His name is Mahavira. His parents, though well-to-do, belonged to a sect that looked upon …Choose Life, Death, Easter, India, Jains, Socrates2019-09-30 04:18:44
On Knowing What’s Best For Your KidsTHERE IS THE PLACE OF ADVERSITY IN OUR CHILDREN’S LIVES. None of us wants to see our child get hurt. We want to protect our children. We don’t like to see them fall down and bruise their knees. We don’t like for them to have to receive hurtful remarks from …Adversity, Children, Father & Son, Football, Pain, Parents, Sid Luckman, Trouble2019-09-30 04:18:44
Getting Too Cozy With Death [2 versions]What would you do if you had a free wish? There is a story about a married couple that had a terrible fight. The wife stormed out of the house and vowed never to return. On the driveway she tripped over something she had never seen before – an Aladdin’s …Death, Genie, Greed, Husband & Wife, Wealth, Wish2019-09-30 04:18:44
Too Much of A Good ThingSermon series on Old Testament Heroes: Solomon ======================== TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING ======================== I. Having it all. II. Solomon as a tragic figure. III. Solomon’s early life is generally positive. A. Idealization seen most clearly in his choice of wisdom. 3:9 B. His political prominence shows his success …Hedonism, Materialism, Solomon, Values2019-09-30 04:18:44
We Gonna Push ‘im Up!Mario Cuomo, governor of New York, writes in Life magazine about a time when he was especially discouraged during a political campaign: I couldn’t help wondering what Poppa would have said if I told him I was tired or – God forbid – discouraged. A thousand pictures flashed through my …Adversity, Hope, Mario Cuomo, Perseverance, Problems, Recovery, Uprooted Tree2019-09-30 04:18:40
The Argument For and Against Abortion, In A NutshellThe argument for and against abortion, in a nutshell: A. Arguments in favor of abortion. 1) A pluralistic society should not prevent individuals from doing what their religious principles allow. 2) A free society should not invade the privacy of a woman’s body. 3) A just society should not pass …Abortion, Human Life2019-09-30 04:18:40
Are You Seeking and Becoming?William Sloan Coffin said recently, “The church is full of people who are seeking that which they have already found and only want to become that which they already are. And that’s one of the greatest problems we have in the church.” ________ NEWSCOPE LECTURE SERIES — July 1992, United …Becoming, Challenge, Change, Complacency, Goals, Seek & Find, William Sloane Coffin2019-09-30 04:18:40
The Giving of ThanksSermon for Thanksgiving 1992. Colossians 3:15-17 ==================== THE GIVING OF THANKS ==================== I. Thanksgiving in plenty or in want. II. What God requires for true Thanksgiving. A. Costly thanks. 2 Sam 24:24 1) Thanksgiving often involves sacrifice. Psalm 116:17 2) Our verbal praise is sacrificial. Heb 13:15 B. Clean thanks. …Praise, Sacrifice, Thanksgiving2019-09-30 04:18:40
Defeated Where He Thought He Was StrongMoral defeat is possible for any of us. Rev. Gordon MacDonald is currently serving a church in Manhattan. [now is back at Grace Chapel, Lexington, MA] A few years ago he was pastor of one of the largest churches in New England, and considered as head of Intervarsity. But news …Gordon MacDonald, Moral Failure, Pastor, Strong & Weak2019-09-30 04:18:40
Whose Family Values?Sermon in Family Series Genesis 19:27-36 “Whose Family Values?” I. Recent debate over family values. A. Endless speeches, ads, cartoons. (Emmy Awards) B. Families under great social and economic pressures. C. Society is paying a price. II. What is a family? A. Biological foundation. B. Nurturing foundation. C. The Bible …