September 21, 2018

If you were building a house, you would never start framing until a solid foundation was properly in place. So why not approach your spiritual life with the same care and concern? Without a strong foundation, our houses crumble in severe storms. Similarly, without a solid spiritual foundation, we crumble, sometimes at the mere mention of a storm. Jesus uses this illustration in His sermon on the mount: “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them,… Read more

September 19, 2018

  Real tests often come when we’ve accomplished our goals; our nets are full, our name and reputation are spoken well of, and we feel we have “arrived” in life or in our career. But what happens when Jesus appears and invites us to join Him elsewhere? Do we stay in the boat with our accomplishments or do we jump in the water and swim to follow Him? “Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the… Read more

September 17, 2018

  Where do you go when you find yourself frustrated, stressed, or overwhelmed? I don’t know about you, but there have been many times in my life I’ve felt overwhelmed, under pressure, and incapable of handling my circumstances. Through the years, I’ve learned, that the first and best place to turn is to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on my knees in a position of complete surrender. “Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter… Read more

September 14, 2018

When we walk with someone, we spend time getting to know them, we take the time to ask and answer questions, we listen attentively to their point of view, and we learn things about them that otherwise, we might not know. The same is true when we take the time to walk with God. In Genesis 5:21-24 we read of a man named Enoch who began walking with God after he turned sixty-five years old ––  and he continued walking… Read more

September 12, 2018

Do you realize that forgiving someone is actually a gift to yourself and holding onto unforgiveness actually leads to bitterness and pain that keep you stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts and emotions? Forgiving someone who has hurt us is not a feeling or an emotion, it’s a choice. First, we choose to forgive, and then our emotions begin to heal as God mends our heart. Forgiveness is not contingent on the other person’s attitude, response or even on… Read more

September 10, 2018

Do you open your Bible and read words that address your exact situation? Do you hear sermons and think they’re speaking directly to you? Could it be — they are? How often do you recognize God’s efforts to get your attention? One of my all-time favorite books is Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. This book has inspired millions of readers to encounter God on a deeper, more personal level. I remember reading Blackaby’s book shortly after it was published in the… Read more

September 7, 2018

  A primary element of every good relationship is healthy communication. Better communication leads to better relationships. That’s why it’s important we avoid the four main conversation killers. Criticism, Defensiveness, Stonewalling, and Contempt are negative responses in communication. Drs. John and Julie Gottman call these The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and say these statistically predict the end of relationships.[1] The quicker we recognize these destructive habits and the harder we work to eliminate them from our conversations, the more enjoyable… Read more

September 5, 2018

We’ve all heard the quips and Bible quotes that tell us, “God has a good purpose and plan for your life”, but do we really believe that? Do we really believe God has a good purpose for us when something or someone challenges us? Or, do we allow doubt and despair to creep in and take over? Once, while I was in a prolonged unemployment season, I had a job interview at a media broadcast station. The interview began cordially but then with an… Read more

September 3, 2018

What do you believe and how often do you stand up for your beliefs? What would you do to ensure your desired standards and convictions are protected? For years I’ve heard it said, “You’ve gotta stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.” A version of this saying appeared in a Methodist church announcement in an Iowa newspaper in 1926 and it’s commonly repeated in numerous and varying settings. God’s Word repeatedly warns us to be on guard and stand… Read more

August 31, 2018

I’m sure I’m not the only one who had no clue “what” or “who” a SAGE Con is –– right? When I ran across the reference to this title in a recent article, I had to stop, pull out my handy-dandy dictionary –– Google ––, and look it up. According to the Barna Group, a SAGE Con is a Spiritually Active Governance Engaged Conservative. Let’s break that down. The word SAGE Con, I discovered, is an acrostic used to describe… Read more

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