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So your name is on the Ashley Madison list…

By now we’ve all heard about the Ashley Madison list. That website is one of the most blatant attacks on marriage, offering “guaranteed affairs or your money back” because “life is short you should have an affair.” I soon realized Josh Duggar was not the only one on this scandalous list. It wasn’t long before you could search the millions of names for those in your own city. I’ve never read the list, searched for names, and don’t plan on it.

A more healthy you

Did you know that the word “stressed” spelled backwards is “desserts”? That seems like a holy combination. I mean, who doesn’t like desserts? But sometimes desserts don’t like us when it comes to the extra calories and pounds they can produce. Now, there’s nothing wrong with desserts in moderation and proper portions but I want to discuss a more healthy you - and that involves more than limiting the number of banana puddings and DQ Blizzards you eat.

Overcoming anger

Have you ever allowed anger to overtake you in such a way that you did something stupid? Did your lack of self-control cause you to regret your actions? Recently my two year old son was playing ball with a friend.

A tragic Wednesday in Charleston

Disbelief, shock, denial, heaviness, confusion, mourning - those were some of the words I felt deeply as I first heard of the tragic murders of nine innocent Christians who worshipped at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina this past Wednesday night.

A faithful steward

Have you ever been asked to babysit? What about house sit? Then you’ve been a steward. If you’ve ever taken care of anything that is someone else’s then you have been a steward. We all are stewards of everything we “own.”

How do you handle a critic?

Have you ever had someone curse you out, disrespect you, and throw stones at you? David did! In 2 Samuel 16:5–14; 19:18–23, David experienced criticism in the highest degree.

Amen

The word “Amen” is translated the same in Hebrew, Greek, Latin and English. In fact, it is the same in every language. The literal meaning of it is not “so be it.” This may be the popular definition but the literal meaning is “truth.” When you say “Amen” you are saying “that is the truth.”

When things don’t go as planned

Ever have one of those days when things didn’t go as planned? All of us have had small things go wrong in our lives. But, sometimes, it is bigger than burned toast and lost car keys. Sometimes, the world around you is falling apart.

The Treasures of snow

As I sit here on yet another snow day I had a thought, “What does the Bible say about snow?” I was amazed to find there are over two dozen Bible verses about snow. And they just don’t mention that it snowed on a particular day.

Walking by the Spirit

Galatians 5:16 tells Christians, “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” So how does one walk by the Spirit? When you are attentive to and follow the prompting and leading of the Person of the Holy Spirit as you adhere to the Word of God you are walking by the Spirit.

Hope

I’ve heard people quote first part of Proverbs 13:12 and leave out the last. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”

Making your life count

Does my life really count? Am I making a difference? Those are questions I ask myself and God every day - some days more than others. I too often get caught up in details of matters that really don’t matter one bit in view of eternity. That’s the battle of busyness.

Stop running from God

Have you ever wondered why Jonah was so ready to offer his life to calm the storm for a few sailors (Jonah 1:5) when he was so angry that God saved the lives of more than 120,000 Ninevites (Jonah 4:11)? I think Jonah’s desire to offer up his life in the middle of the sea displayed his shame and guilt of trying to run from God (Jonah 1:3).

Giving to those in need

Charles Spurgeon once called a meeting of his board to consider a pressing financial need of his famous Tabernacle. The members all agreed that the thing to do was to pray until the Lord sent the supply. At this point Mr. Spurgeon interrupted, “Wait a minute! Before you begin this prayer meeting there is something I’d like to do.”

A Christian’s vote

Did you know that only one out of every four Christians vote? That’s just 25%! No wonder America is losing its foundation of traditional Christian values. Christianity is the moral fiber on which our nation was founded.

Should Christians Sue?

The debate of lawsuits for Christians is answered in 1 Corinthians 6:1-8. The Apostle Paul instructed the Christians in Corinth not to take each other to court.

What is God’s will for my life?

Have you ever found it hard to discern God’s will for your life? Some people confidently live life in what they believe is God’s will while others are so paralyzed by the question that they accomplish nothing with their life. We all want to make the right choices and no one hopefully wants to waste their life. Knowing God’s general will for your life will help you discover the specific steps you should take. I believe there are basic questions you must ask yourself when trying to know God’s will for your life.

BOO! Do Ghosts Exist?

We’ve all watched a scary ghost movie or told ghost stories. I loved watching Ghostbusters when I was a kid. Ghosts have been a central figure in entertainment for centuries.

Don’t settle in Haran

“Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot, son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there. Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Haran.” - Genesis 11:31-32

Life by the Spirit

How does a Christian keep away from sin and grow in Christ? I place those two statements together because they belong together as simultaneous actions. In Galatians 5:16-26 Paul gives the answer. He begins by saying we should, “Live by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (v. 16).

A Few Parting Words

The Apostle Paul, writes in 2 Timothy the last letter he would pen before his martyr’s death, a few profound statements that at first glance might be overlooked.

Self-Control

When I’ve asked people what is the number one fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) they struggle with, I usually am told self-control. Everyone wishes they could take back that destructive thing they said or some action that caused another pain.

I need no man to teach me

Whenever someone quotes a certain part of 1 John 2:27 (always out of context) to me I know they are using it as a license to interpret the Bible any way they like – twisting the Holy Scriptures to support their false claims.