Reflections of Grace 106: Entering 2016 with Faith and Assurance

As we welcome 2016 in I want to speak to you about the many seasons of our lives...When we start to realize that God is involved with every aspect of our lives, and is acutely aware of every step we take because He has a plan for each of us, then we can rest in the spot we are in until that plan is revealed to us. We talk about “waiting on the Lord,” but sometimes I think we really don’t know how to do that. Waiting is waiting—being patient while God reveals His plan for your life.There are m … [Read more...]

My Armor 29: How To Live the “Christian Life” (Ephesians Four)

[display_podcast] So, Ephesians chapter four tells us:Always be humble and gentle. Not “sometimes” or “whenever you think about it”… but ALWAYS be humble and gentle!Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 3 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. 4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. I love this!  It couldn’t b … [Read more...]

Family Discipleship Mini-Cast 11: Love is Patient… are YOU?

[display_podcast] The opposite of long-suffering is impatience. The opposite of love is hate. There’s no gray area. Too many people think that there is a “fluffy” area existing somewhere between love and hate. But this area doesn’t exist. It’s one or the other. And, if you do something opposite of how God’s Word describes love… then what you do is hate. The only other way to describe this is sin. So, when you act contrary to the way the Bible describes love, you are hating your spouse. You ar … [Read more...]

Parent Like You Mean It 17: Give ‘Em H€&%!!

There is one thing in this world that may very well be the single most important thing we can give to our children. We can give them a safe home to live in, which would indeed offer them a firm foundation to build their futures on. Their natural needs would all be provided for: shelter, clothing, food & water. A safe home is a tremendous offering for any parent to give any child. Taking it to the next level, sharing healthy meals together can be considered paramount in the same vein, which … [Read more...]

Christian Home & Family: Trusting God When It Hurts

From Carey Green, author, blogger, speaker, coach and pastor:One of the most difficult parts of the Christian life is continuing to trust God when hard things are coming into our lives. In times of disappointment and pain – when situations worse than your wildest nightmares are happening to you.And you are God’s child. How do you explain that?God, what are You doing? Why is this happening to me? I thought I was Your child and that You were my Protector?But, you see, God is ab … [Read more...]

Christian Home & Family: Why The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Not A Checklist

If you’ve been in Christian circles for any length of time, you’ve heard a sermon or talk about the fruit of the Spirit. You’ve seen it on plaques in people’s homes, you’ve heard children’s songs about this list of virtues.Galatians 5:22 says – “the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.” Our human tendency is to take list of character qualities like that and make them into a checkl … [Read more...]