Contributed on Aug 21, 2013
If we want to engage and influence a post-Christian culture which no longer shares our values, we must recognize that God is sovereign, resolve to obey God, and relate to unbelievers with respect.
Just last year (March 21, 2012), the Washington Times carried a story about a 3-million dollar strip club being built next to a retirement home for nuns in Chicago’s western suburbs. “On one side of the fence are women in habits and wimples who have taken vows of poverty, chastity and ...read more
Contributed on Aug 29, 2013
When you face an uncertain future, don't rely on human predictions; rely on the Lord.
In his book Future Babble, journalist Dan Gardner explores our obsession with “experts” who claim to predict future events. Gardner relies on the work of Philip Tetlock, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, who produced a massive 20-year analysis of 27,450 predictions from ...read more
Contributed on Sep 4, 2013
If we're going to accomplish the mission Christ gave us of equipping people to follow Him in a hostile culture, then we need to commit ourselves fully to God, communicate that commitment, and count on God to accomplish His plan in the midst of our pain.
Jack Groppel is a motivational speaker who works with various kinds of leaders to hone optimum performance. On one occasion, at his training center in Florida, he was working with a group of NFL linebackers. He gave them an assignment. They were to run to the fence at the perimeter of the center ...read more
Contributed on Sep 11, 2013
If you want your sanity restored and to shine brightly in a dark world, don't be proud of your own achievements; instead, humble yourself before Almighty God. "Christ sends none away empty but those who are full of themselves" (Donald Gray Barnhouse)
Chan Gailey, who at various times coached for the Pittsburg Steelers, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Kansas City Chiefs told a story some time ago about the time he was head coach of Alabama’s Troy State and they were playing for the National Championship. The week before the big game, he was ...read more
Contributed on Sep 26, 2013
In these last days we need to respect the enemy, respect the holy, respect godly counsel, and respect the Lord Himself.
Your Days Are Numbered (Daniel 5) Last year (2012), a South Carolina funeral home opened a “Coffee Corner right there in the home.” It had a fireplace, a TV, a free WI-FI connection, and it was stocked with Starbucks coffee. The funeral home director said that he hoped it would ...read more
Contributed on Oct 3, 2013
You can find rest if you rest in God. You can find peace if you depend on the Lord. You can get rid of all your worries if you commit your life to the Lord and pray every day.
This last week, I came across a five minute clip from an episode of The Bob Newhart Show on YouTube. That was back in the days when sit-coms were funny AND clean, unlike so many of them today. Bob, as you may know, was a psychologist on the show, and in this scene a woman comes into his office ...read more
Contributed on Oct 10, 2013
In these days when it seems God’s people are losing, don’t despair. Instead, be confident in the victory that’s soon coming, and be ready when Jesus comes to give us that victory.
There is an old legend that describes Satan in a meeting with all his demons. He wanted to send one of them to earth to aid men and women in the ruination of their souls, and he asked for volunteers. One creature came forward and said, “I will go.” Satan said, “If I send ...read more
Contributed on Oct 17, 2013
When a nation is under God's judgment, pray as Daniel did with confidence in God's Word; pray confessing our nation's sins; and pray calling on God's mercy.
In 1887, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will ...read more
Contributed on Oct 24, 2013
Don't be discouraged; instead, trust God to answer your prayers and accomplish His plan in ways far beyond what you or I could ever imagine.
No Ordinary God (Daniel 9:20-27) One of the best Super Bowl ads in recent years was a Volkswagen commercial in 2011 that featured a child dressed in a Darth Vader costume, attempting to use "the force" around the house. Take a look at it (show Vader Volkswagen Video). With the familiar Star ...read more
Contributed on Oct 31, 2013
If you want to break through “the wall” and reach heaven on your knees, then humble yourself before God; persist in your prayers; and listen to God more than you speak to Him.
A journalist assigned to the Jerusalem bureau takes an apartment overlooking the Wailing Wall. Every day when she looks out, she sees an old Jewish man praying vigorously. So, the journalist goes down and introduces herself to the old man. She asks, “You come every day to the wall. How ...read more
Contributed on Nov 7, 2013
Face your fears with faith. Trust God who knows the future, because He controls the future to refine and purify His own.
In 1973, Producers hired a young director to make a movie based on Peter Benchley's novel about shark attacks called Jaws. That movie launched Steven Spielberg’s career at the age of 26 with its scary special effects. In fact, the movie was so scary that even to this day millions of ...read more
Contributed on Nov 15, 2013
How do you prepare for the trouble ahead? Don’t be surprised by the trouble. Instead, be wise and shine like stars in the darkness. Then be wise and see that the time of trouble is restricted, refining, and refreshing.
The Time of the End (Daniel 11:36 – 12:13) Are you ready for the end of the world? If not, a company named Vivos can help you and your loved ones get ready. The Vivos website says, “Whether we want to believe it or not… we are on the cusp of an increase in number and ...read more