Contributed on May 8, 2020
A mom can be a spiritual mentor to her children with or without the help of a dad.
Video Introduction: “Just Like Me” Today, we’re going to look at how a mother and a grandmother mentored a young boy who grew up to be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. They did this by spending time with him and by modeling sincere spirituality. Over one hundred years ago, by an act of ...read more
Contributed on May 21, 2020
A ministry mindset in marriage means serving your spouse.
If you’re married, are you in the crazy cycle right now? Actually, this can be more like a selfishness spiral where unmet needs turn into unbridled nastiness. Many can relate to comedian George Burns who said, “I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.” Rodney Dangerfield, who ...read more
Contributed on May 21, 2020
Because marriage matters to God, we must do marriage His way.
I enjoy hearing what kids say about love and marriage. • When asked why people fall in love, 9-year-old Mae said, “No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with the way you smell…That’s why perfume and deodorant are so popular.” • When asked what falling in love is like, ...read more
Contributed on May 31, 2020
Since singleness is a gift from God, it is good and should be used for His glory.
Single and Satisfied 1 Corinthians 7:6-9, 25-35 Rev. Brian Bill May 30-31, 2020 Back before COVID, I heard about a pastor who was visiting a fourth-grade Sunday School class to talk about marriage. In his introduction, he asked the class, “What does God say about marriage?” Immediately one boy ...read more
Contributed on Jun 4, 2020
If you’re searching for a mate, make sure there’s a spiritual match.
One popular dating site makes this intriguing claim: “What happens when you apply scientific research to dating behavior? A whole lotta love! But this isn’t destiny, it’s deliberate.” This site asks subscribers to answer 80 questions to determine “32 Compatibility Dimensions.” No doubt some of ...read more
Contributed on Jun 14, 2020
Parents must pass along the faith they possess.
Is it possible what happens at home is more important than what happens at church? This year, a child will actually attend church less than 40 weekends because of COVID. As we continue in our series called “Family Matters,” I want to propose that parenting is not only hard work, it is heart work ...read more
Contributed on Jun 17, 2020
Godly parents don’t always produce godly children
Recently I read about a married couple who couldn’t have children. They lived during a time of great upheaval in their country and it felt like their nation had fractured. Weeks turned into months, which turned into years. The barrenness in the wife’s womb made them both feel broken. One day ...read more
Contributed on Jun 26, 2020
Before passing on, make sure you pass it on by leaving a legacy because when grandparents are intentional, they will make a grand impact on the next generation.
When Jeanne Calmert turned 120 years-old, she was asked to describe her vision for the future. She replied, “Very brief.” When a reporter asked what she liked best about being so old, she answered: “Well, there’s no peer pressure!” That reminds me of an elderly man who was filling out an ...read more
Contributed on Jul 6, 2020
See and serve the most vulnerable. We’re not all called to do the same thing, but we’re all capable of doing something.
A couple months ago I went for a run. I was distracted while searching for a podcast on my phone and didn’t notice the sidewalk was uneven. My toe caught the concrete and I stumbled, tried to regain my balance, and did a face plant on the pavement. At the last moment I put my arms out in front ...read more