Get a free appraisal of your life

What is your life worth?

On the popular PBS Antiques Roadshow, collectors discover that they can turn trash into treasure, thanks to the appraisal skills of the show’s specialists in antiques and fine art. The difference between trash and treasure is how much someone would pay for the collectable. There have been many spinoffs and copycat appraisal shows, but none of them ever provided answers from experts on the value of your life. So, let’s get an expert appraisal of what your life is worth Continue reading Get a free appraisal of your life

Final exhortations to a fledgling church (1 Thessalonians 5:12-22)

Final exhortation to a fledgling church

The Apostle Paul closes his first letter to a fledgling church with these final exhortations. This letter was written after Timothy returned with mostly good news about their spiritual growth in the Lord. It is full of thanksgiving to God for the faith, love, and hope of the new church. It also contains things he didn’t have time to teach them. It answers their questions about the future resurrection and rapture. And, it contains strong rebukes against sexual immorality and Continue reading Final exhortations to a fledgling church (1 Thessalonians 5:12-22)

10 Psalms of trust in God’s goodness and care for his people

10 Psalms of trust in God

Sometimes it’s hard to trust anybody. It’s hard to trust your immediate family. It’s hard to trust your work. It’s hard to trust government. The reason it’s hard to trust is because we know we’re not trustworthy. If we can’t even trust ourselves, how can we trust anybody else? In times like these, you need someone you can trust. Someone who has your best interests in mind. Someone who has never let you down. And, someone who won’t ever leave Continue reading 10 Psalms of trust in God’s goodness and care for his people

The paradox of weakness (when I am weak then am I strong)

The Paradox of Weakness: God's strength in our weakness and God strengthens our weakness

There are 2 paradoxes of weakness: God’s strength in our weakness and God strengthens our weakness. The more we consider ourselves to be weak, the more we lean on Jesus Christ for our strength. And, the more we consider ourselves to be weak, the more we let him change us to be stronger. But, when we think we are strong enough by ourselves that we don’t need Jesus Christ — there is no paradox of self-deceived strength — that is Continue reading The paradox of weakness (when I am weak then am I strong)

How to change: cast off the old and put on the new

How to change: cast off the old and put on the new

Change is hard! Change is painful! And what’s worse, the hardest and most painful part of change is you. Your brain doesn’t want to change — it’s difficult to reprogram yourself. Your body doesn’t want to change — it’s comfortable with the old habits. Therefore, most people won’t change until the pain of not changing is worse than the pain of changing. You may have recognized you need to change. You may have tried to change in the past. But, you Continue reading How to change: cast off the old and put on the new

Becoming a trusted counselor

To be a trusted counselor, you have to do more than come alongside a counselee and spout vague generalizations and empty platitudes. You must meet them where they are — like the LORD God walking with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day — like Jesus manifest in the flesh to break the power of sin and death — because they cannot come to where you are. First, you must understand their pain, their fear, and their darkness. Continue reading Becoming a trusted counselor

101 verses of strength and courage

101 Verses of Strength and Courage

Strength and courage are vital during a struggle or a trial. Here are verses that have strengthened and encouraged Christians for thousands of years. If you are going through a struggle or a trial right now, meditate on these verses for your personal strength. If you need a powerful dose of strength and encouragement, but only have time for one chapter, you can’t do better than Romans 8 or Philippians 4. Read through this list carefully and prayerfully. Determine if each Continue reading 101 verses of strength and courage

When Jesus prayed for you to be one; that the world will believe

When Jesus prayed for you

Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me. (John 17:20-21) Jesus Prayed for you, but most Christians have not answered that prayer. They have splintered into thousands of groups, sects, divisions, schisms, churches, and denominations. They have Continue reading When Jesus prayed for you to be one; that the world will believe

10 Ways Prayers are Hindered (#5 is Shocking)

Prayers are an important part of Christian life. They are worship, supplication, and confession; therefore, we don’t want them to be hindered. (See 3 requirements for effectual fervent prayer: ask, seek, and knock) If you don’t want your prayers hindered, stop doing these ten things. 1) Prayers are hindered by lack of love All the virtue that is saving, and that distinguishes true Christians from others, is summed up in Christian love. When that love is missing or corrupted, then our Continue reading 10 Ways Prayers are Hindered (#5 is Shocking)

101 verses on forgiveness and forgiving

Here are 101 verses on forgiveness and forgiving. This is a critically important subject. Forgiven people should be forgiving people. When you really understand God’s love, you will be able to forgive others because of his forgiveness. If you can’t forgive others, your prayers will be hindered. Please read and meditate on these verses… Suppose you find fifty righteous people living there in the city—will you still sweep it away and not spare it for their sakes? (Genesis 18:24) And the Lord Continue reading 101 verses on forgiveness and forgiving