Reflections of Grace 19: Tearing Down the High Places in our Minds

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[display_podcast]Deuteronomy 33:29 says “Your enemies will cower before you, and you will trample down their high places.”Christ is our life and our breath and our hope and our courage. In him we live and breathe and have our being. And apart from him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). But once we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, received his death in our place, received his forgiveness for our sins, invited him to take his rightful place and rule our heart, we will never be apa … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 27: If I Had Only One Key

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[display_podcast]Luann was thinking of leaving…she’d had it.  Her husband Frank was a control freak.  He was always on her kids about something. When she tried to step in, he would yell at her, in front of her kids.  She never knew what would set him off.  Sometimes he was great but then he would change, like a light switch turned off, and he would be mad about something yet again.  Her daughter didn’t act right or her son has a bad attitude or one of them didn’t do their chore perfectly or w … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 49: Ripples from a Pebble

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[display_podcast]When I was a boy, my dad and I would sit in front of the TV and watch the show Kung Fu starring David Carradine. In each episode, Carradine’s Kwai Chang Caine would often flash back to his days as a boy under the tutelage of Master Po who would teach young Caine life’s greatest lessons.One such lesson came from dropping a tiny pebble into a barrel of water. How could it be that such a speck of a pebble could send such large ripples throughout the entire barrel?Master … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 48: Receiving Criticism

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[display_podcast]Dad and I are horrible golfers.  I mean terrible.  The words “stupendously dreadful” don’t come close to describing the damage we do to a golf course and a scorecard any given weekend.  Therefore, we’re taking lessons.  Each week, we place ourselves under the tutelage of our respected local golf pro.Now, you’d think that with as high of a scorecard that we tally up each time we hit the links, it would be easy for us to adhere to the instructor’s advice.  However, often th … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 25: The Gift of Sex

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[display_podcast]Sex is a “hot” topic, but among some couples, it’s a subject they evade.  The way we view sex can determine whether we are fulfilled in it or avoiding it.  If we were injured in this area as a child, it may be more difficult to enjoy a healthy relationship as an adult.  Allowing pornography into the mix can also hinder an intimate relationship with our partner.  Also, do we feel loved and appreciated by our spouse most of the time or so we feel noticed just when they want som … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 16 – Breaking Strongholds – Demolishing Arguements

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[display_podcast] “Demolishing Arguments”2 Corinthians 10:5“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”A stronghold is anything we hold onto that ends up holding us.  And we have His power to release us and set us free.Strongholds are like concrete fortresses we’ve constructed around our lives block by block, ordinarily over the course of years.  We created them, wh … [Read more...]


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