Suicide: Can a Christian Commit Murder?

I mentioned a few days ago when transitioning my blog to FaithWalkers that one reason I have not posted as frequently of late is that there have been some sobering events in my faith walk. I think death is about as sobering as it gets. And there have been a few deaths — one a family member completing her time on earth after 94 years, the other a former pastor who left, it would seem, before his time. We were privileged… Read more

5 Questions to Know God’s Will for Your Life

Don’t you wish you were one of the chosen? You know, the ones who always seem to know God’s will in life. They get a vision, a word of wisdom, an open door, an invoice — something magical that let’s them know God’s will for their life — and for yours. Kind of makes you want to just roll the dice to reveal your number — anything to give clarity. But if you’re like me, a long-time Christ-follower who has counseled… Read more

How Going to Sleep Earlier Can Transform your Morning Prayer Time

I confess. I slept in today. Of course, it is Saturday, so I don’t feel all that bad. Recently, I had some back pain that was just annoying enough to keep me from falling asleep. Combine that with the usual stuff that can tempt all of us to keep thinking every night long after we should have stopped — and each of us can easily find ourselves waking up long after we should have been spending focused time in prayer. Aargh!… Read more

Silence Speaks: What You Say When You Say Nothing At All

We think when we say nothing at all that we are, in fact, saying nothing. But silence speaks when inte See what I mean? You weren’t quite sure what to do with that abrupt silence were you? I was just starting a sentence — or was I? Had I made a mistake? Was I getting sloppy with my editing? Had I fallen and couldn’t get back up? I don’t know exactly what you may have thought, but I’ll bet your… Read more

State of the Union: Why Not a State of Your Faith Address?

Tonight President Obama will share his take on the State of our Union here in the United States. We pretty much know how it will happen. Everyone will squeeze in to a room far too small to hold them. The President will make his grand entrance so that those who camped out by the aisle that morning can be seen shaking his hand as if they were old friends. Everyone who matters will already have the complete text of his… Read more

How to Stop Lying and Speak the Truth — to Yourself

Ok. I admit it. I’m a liar. Or am I? Funny thing about liars. No one believes them even when they do tell the truth. Which I am doing right now. I think. If only I could stop lying — to myself. Photo via http://www.tiffanydow.com/blog/liar-liar-pants-on-fire/ Here’s my problem. I am quite conscientious about speaking the truth to others – to you, for example. I’d put up with a lot of hurt to speak the truth to you. That’s not the… Read more

See How to Easily Schedule a Weekend Marriage Retreat

Like most guys, I don’t like asking for directions. But when it comes to my marriage, I don’t mind getting pointers. If I’m going to invest the time and money in a marriage retreat, I want the relaxing and transforming weekend I posted about here. Photo via http://stjohns-savage.org/612841.ihtml Many friends have asked about the details of the schedule. How exactly do you schedule your time on a weekend marriage retreat? I suppose there are a lot of ways you could… Read more

Immigration Reform 2.0: I Want to Believe

When it comes to immigration reform, I want to believe. I really do. I want to believe that the latest efforts at immigration reform — call it immigration reform 2.0 — will actually do something to help the 5 million children trapped in limbo within our society. And since we just celebrated School Choice Week last week, we should note that most of them end up in the very worst schools. I want to believe that our political leaders might… Read more

Prayer: How to Get the Greatest Return on Your Investment

If you had invested in gold a decade ago — and some of you did — you’d be pretty happy with the return on that investment. It may even have given you the greatest return of any investment you’ve ever made. So far. And that’s too bad. Every day we turn down an investment with a guaranteed rate of return beyond our wildest imaginations — with a value far greater than gold. We turn down the opportunity to put God… Read more

School Choice: The Internet, College Education, and the Local Church

National School Choice Week 2013, which runs from Jan. 27 through Feb. 2, shines a spotlight on the need for education opportunities for all. In only its third year, this bipartisan, grassroots effort features more than 3,500 events spanning all 50 states. This is a guest post be Amanda Sanchez, an integral part of the CaCHE movement exploring how to connect college education, the Internet, and local churches around the world. While school vouchers, alternative educational options, and tax credits… Read more

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