More Tough Skin and Tender Hearts

In honor of Black History Month, organizations, churches, and even private businesses will set aside time to engage in conversations about ethnic division and racial injustice in our country. I’ve been a part of this conversation on a small scale for the last ten years, first as a college...

The Greatest Joy Is Still to Come

When we say that joy is not optional in the Christian life, we don’t mean that we ever have it in full in this life. We can promise joy in all its fullness, but that doesn’t mean we minimizing the significant hurdles, barriers, and infringements we face this side of...

The Lord is My Shepherd

Very few passages of scripture offer more words of comfort and has touched more lives than this little psalm referred to as the “Nightingale Psalm,” Psalm 23. It has gone into more homes, hospital rooms, churches, funeral parlors, nursing homes and counseling centers than any other single passage. It...

Saved and Lost?

Can the Saved be Lost? Many believe and teach that once an individual is saved he cannot be lost. However, the Scriptures clearly teach that a child of God can forfeit his salvation and be eternally lost. Many passages speak of the conditional nature of our future salvation. The...

Anger & Sin

In discussing the differences between the Christian and the worldling, Paul writes, “Be ye angry, and sin not…” (Ephesians 4:26). This is a quotation from Psalm 4:4 where both the King James and the American Standard Versions read “Stand in awe, and sin not….” Moreover, the American Standard Version...

The Purpose of Congregational Worship

Many of us were raised to attend church service on Sunday. On the other hand, many were not. Those of us who were understand how important it is because that mindset was instilled in us by our parents, guardians, or others who loved us and were concerned for our...

How Your Choices Affect You

I don’t believe that God puts His people in hard places nor do I believe His divine plan has curses or tragedies in it for them. He portrays Himself as the Good Shepherd. The twenty-third Psalm describes the duties of a shepherd. Nor only that, but He is the...

Forgiveness versus Reconciliation

Many choose to forgive (based on Biblical precepts) because forgiveness has benefits for the forgiver. Forgiveness is a canceling of a “debt”. One can choose to forgive so that anger doesn’t destroy one’s own sense of well-being, though this may require a grieving process. To forgive is to release...

Praising God With the Wrong Spirit

It happens in churches all over the country every Sunday.  Yes, we’re singing, clapping, playing instruments, waving hands, dancing, and saying we’re enjoying Jesus.  But something’s wrong:  God doesn’t have all of us; He only has that part of us that likes the song being played at the moment. ...

Finding Time For God In The Office

The seemingly endless obligations both at work and home can leave little space for prayer and meditation in the daily routine. Given that Christians are instructed to “pray without ceasing” and meditate on scripture “day and night”, a conflict arises that often weighs heavily on the conscience. Rather than...

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