When You Want to Call it Quits

WHEN YOU WANT TO

Have you ever wanted to call it quits? We all have — every single one of us has gone through a time when giving up seemed like the best, more promising option. It happens when the press of people’s opinions suffocates our lives or when the crushing demand of others’ expectations squelches our spirits. Couple those with our own sense of inadequacy and it all comes spiraling down … and the Read More

When Your Children Stray

WHEN YOUR CHILDREN

Our youth need to be mentored and discipled, especially along the lines of godly discipline. Too often when our youth go astray, the first thing that we do is look for someone to condemn. But this really doesn’t help anyone. What our children need is our support, our hearts and our minds to come up with practical solutions. Even the most perfect Father has rebellious children. Although the reality Read More

We Should Be Amazed

WE

Grace, sometimes juxtaposed against wrath or judgment, makes you realize how precious it really is. Because we have all sinned, the Bible says that God legally doesn’t have to bless you. But if God were legalistic, we would all perish. We would not make it through one day. We would all be finished. So God came and did something that was so outrageous that even today, the angels are amazed — Read More

Overcoming the Giant of Depression

OVERCOMING THE GIANT OF

Today, depression is known as the “common cold” of emotional ills. One out of every four people in America suffers chronic depression. The leading medications sold in America have to do with stress reduction and depression reduction. Some people struggle with depression because of a chemical imbalance or a physiological problem, but for most people, it is really more of an emotional ill. As Read More

When You Know What’s Right

MAKES

Ever had a time when you knew what you were supposed to do … but you just did not do it? Sometimes, we know what God is telling us to do, but we have a hard time doing it. And when we intentionally do wrong, it affects ourselves, as well as others. Jonah is an example of a person who knew the right thing to do and he just could not do it. The Lord said, “I want you to go and help the Ninevites Read More

Time and Opportunity

Time & Opportunity

God wants us to change our perspective on “mammon” or the “mammon of unrighteousness.” “Mammon” is an umbrella term. It means our possessions, money, talents or anything of this world that perishes. In this parable, God shows us that it’s not our possessions, but our perspective on our possessions needs to be changed. “Now He was also saying to the disciples, ‘There was a rich Read More

Faith When No One is Looking

Faith

The Lord is looking for people of genuine faith — men and women who have a faith that is clear-to-the-bone and authentic. These people naturally attract others by their lifestyle. They also attract the presence of someone supremely important — God. “Oh, Lord, who may abide in thy tent and who may dwell on thy holy hill? He who walks with integrity, works righteousness and speaks truth in his Read More

When Prayers Don’t Get Answered

When Prayers

Sometimes when we pray, we receive answers the way we expect. Other times when we pray, we don’t. Paul the apostle prayed to God three times to remove the thorn in his flesh. We don’t know exactly what the thorn was or whether it was something physical or spiritual. God answered Paul’s cries by saying, “… My grace is sufficient for you …” (2 Cor. 12:9). Like Paul, there are others Read More

The Gift of Youth

The Gift of

There are seasons in our lives that all of us will go through and one if them is the season of youth. And then you will go into single adulthood, then for some, marriage and family, and then golden years. These are seasons and we will see that there is a season of youth that comes with a wonderful privilege, but it also comes with an assignment. Let’s look at how the Bible speaks of youth as a Read More

A Distinguishing Mark

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We live in one world with two kingdoms intersecting — the kingdom of this world and the Kingdom of God. Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, we were born naturalized citizens of the kingdom of the world. But, because of the love of Christ, He transferred us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His beloved Son. The Bible says, “If anyone be in Christ, he is a new creation.” We have Read More