Deciding Who You Will Be

Balance in God's momentum

“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Prov. 16:9). Think about it this way: if the mind of man doesn’t plan, what does the Lord have to direct? He includes us in His plan for our futures. I want to challenge you to take a more active role in your future. Don’t leave it to chance.We can choose well and we will gain eternity, or we can misuse choice by rejecting Read More

How to Honor Those Who Have Gone Before

Remembering is important, but more important is remembering correctly.

God put people in your past to inspire you, instruct you and give you wisdom. There are also things in your past that will betray you; memories that will give you hurt and pain. Remembering is important, but more important is remembering correctly. Memory is a gift you must steward. You can remember wrong things or you can remember right things. Often, we remember what we should forget and we forget Read More

Choosing Your Homeland

Two Worlds Colliding

Jesus Establishes Two Kingdoms “… He was saying to them, ‘You are from below, I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world’” (John 8:23). Jesus established that there are two intersecting worlds on this globe called earth; two worlds that share the same earth. Each one has its own distinct characteristics — distinct laws, distinct ways and its own citizenship. These Read More

Hidden in Plain Sight

“F2F.” Do you know what that means? “Face to face.” There is a new wave of social networking that can cause us to become people who hide in plain sight. In this socially connected world, people are still not connected. Divorce rates are the same. Families are still breaking apart. Greed in America is at its highest peak and everyone is still looking out for number one. People now have Read More

Relationships That Delight God

God delights to carry out His will through His children. God is looking for children who are in healthy relationship with Him through which He can carry out His will. God could do it all, but He wants to run it through us because He delights in carrying out His will through His children when they have a good relationship with Him. God wants to give people encouraging words. God wants to give people Read More

Impetuous Words

All of us have the same problem. Impetuous words — words that are reckless, words that we speak first and think about later, only to have regret and remorse. In order to train our tongues so that we refrain from evil, we have to do some preparation in advance and practice certain things until they become part of our default system. Then, in times where something is demanded of us, when we are Read More

The Gift of Friendship

We live in a world that’s crowded and busy, but lonely. We’re desperate for friends and there’s no better example than Jesus Himself who said, “No longer do I call you slaves … but I have called you friends” (John 15:15). The more we become like Him, the more we become someone who others may call “friend,” because the best way to find a good friend is to start being one. What Read More

Rich Toward God

There is a way we can be rich toward God. We can expend the energy of our life in such a way that it brings us a balanced life. In today’s economy, we can try to keep up with the Joneses and think that is where life is found. All the while, we do not realize that we are forfeiting life along the way and chasing an elusive rabbit. Once we get where we think we want to be, we find life is not there. Read More

Unspoken Words

The Bible says to guard two things. The first is, of course, your mouth. “Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Ps. 141:3). He says to keep guard over your mouth, but the second thing is important, too. He says the second thing to guard or to keep a lid over is your heart. “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life” Read More

The Truth About Money

The word “greed” is simply defined as keeping everything we get. When greed begins to obsess or control us, there is no flow through. Even though we do not use certain things, we become greedy and begin to accumulate them because the accumulation is an end in itself. Then our value, our identity and everything is wrapped up in possessions and the devil has got us. The Bible says, “For the Read More