Speak the truth in love

I recently received this direct message about dealing with truth in response to a posting calling an action sin… Not judging anyone, I want to encourage people to love and good works. If someone is fat it may be the truth to call them fat but it won’t help them lose weight. In LOVE you must encourage them to eat right and exercise agreed? A time to be silent (Ecclesiastes 3) No, that is not right. If you don’t have Continue reading Speak the truth in love

What about alcohol? Can a Christian drink? (Health Update)

Almost all Bible students agree on the basic underlying Biblical principles on the subject of alcohol. But, many disagree on the applications of these principles. When you understand the principles, I believe the Holy Spirit will help your conscience make the appropriate application of these principles in your life. However you decide the Holy Spirit is leading you, I hope you remember that alcohol is an intoxicant that can affect your judgment—and when abused can be dangerously destructive in your life and those around you—and can permanently damage Continue reading What about alcohol? Can a Christian drink? (Health Update)

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

Imagine a place where fellowship grows

Imagine a place where fellowship grows by the grace of God

I was sitting out on the porch with my wife not long ago watching the rain and enjoying the natural beauty of nature, much of which she had added by her gardening knowledge and special touch. Many times, we’ve enjoyed our mornings together this way, drinking coffee and sharing thoughts. Twelve years ago hundreds of our trees were majorly damaged by a downdraft tornado, completely destroying the beauty that God and my wife had given to our little backyard getaway. But over time, with Continue reading Imagine a place where fellowship grows

The perils of Paul (sufferings not comparable to glory)

I believe in the sufficiency of the scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and the guidance of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26) to fulfil the promise of Jesus Christ to those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6). Sometimes I feel like the luckiest man in the world since I am just a curator of the amazing wisdom that has already been set before you in the word of God (Hebrews 4:12). Today we are visiting the chronological record of the Continue reading The perils of Paul (sufferings not comparable to glory)

Love Grows Where Love Flows (the secret to a loving romantic marriage)

Food Grows Where Water Flows The phrase, “Love Grows Where Love Flows” is borrowed and adapted from a powerful political message, “Food Grows Where Water Flows”, used by the farmers of California to explain the importance of water management to balance the crops of fruit, vegetables, and nuts they grow to feed 100s of millions of Americans versus the life-giving water needed for people, crops, landscape, recreation, and ecology. There are long lasting repercussions from simple decisions. Love Grows Where Continue reading Love Grows Where Love Flows (the secret to a loving romantic marriage)

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)

Book: Ready to Restore by Jay E. Adams

“Ready to Restore” by Jay E. Adams— elaborates the command in Galatians 6:1 that we all must restore any brother or sister who has been caught in sin. We are to “restore” one another to useful purpose in the Church today so that the brother or sister can “restore” us tomorrow. Therefore, we are to restore through the whole of our attitude and activity without punishment or gloating over failures. To this end careful self-examination is required about motives, relationship with Continue reading Book: Ready to Restore by Jay E. Adams

God’s plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)

Let’s consider this popular verse. Some will claim this is written to the Jews in exile and does not apply to us today. But, let’s look at this verse and consider the context and see what we can learn about God and his plans for us. Let’s consider these people. God had plans for them. Who were they? Where were they? What does this tell us about the character of God? Does God have plans for us? Are God’s plans good, Continue reading God’s plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)