Giving up is easy. Whether it is something as small as cooking a difficult recipe or a workout program, or something as big as a marriage or a job, quitting is easy. As a kid growing up my late father used to say, “Can’t Never Could” as a response to me or anyone else saying the forbidden word “can’t” around him. It was his way of saying, “Never Give Up”, or in biblical terms, “Run the Race”. Continue reading “Run the Race – Finish the Race”
Are you a full time Christian or just part-time? Tough question and maybe a bit confusing for some. Let’s make it a little more clear. Sunday is a time for worship, a day when Christians get together as a church family, fellowship together, pray together, listen to the word of God, sing, and genuinely praise God. But as Christians, should we not do this every day of the week? There are many verses in the Bible that instruct us, as Christians, to pray continually for example, but if we leave our Christianity at church on Sunday, are we really fulfilling God’s ultimate purpose for our lives? Continue reading “Full Time or Part Time Christian?”
A question I often ask college students is this: What is success in life? This question often opens up a discussion that provides different answers from financial stability to a whole happy family life and everything in between. But what is success in life through the eyes of God, and how do we attain it? Can we attain it? These are important questions we all must consider when determining our direction, not only here in this life, but perhaps more importantly for our eternal life after our death. Continue reading “What is Success in Life?”
Genuine faith; do you have it? Do you know what it is? What is having faith? The Merriam-Webster dictionary provides several textbook definitions of faith, all of which are good descriptions of the word itself. But what is the true meaning of faith? While we all have it in one form or another, having genuine faith in God takes the true meaning of “faith” to a whole different level. Continue reading “What is Genuine Faith?”
How do we know God is real? This is a question that everyone, Christians and non-Christians, find themselves pondering at some point in their lives, possibly even throughout their lives. In the Christian circles I grew up in, this was a point that was rarely, if ever, made. It simply wasn’t something to be questioned. Quietly however, we all find ourselves asking this question at some point whether openly, or privately. Continue reading “How Do We Know God is Real?”
All too often we hear stories of supposed “Christians” who have “fallen from the faith” and have been caught in scandals that are completely contradictory to the Bible itself. These stories propagate from the famous television pastors who are broadcast worldwide all the way down to our very own husbands, wives and even children.
For the non-Christians and especially for those on the edge of becoming a Christian, this is just one more reason they have that keeps them from moving forward. It leaves them with the obvious question, Why are Christians so hypocritical? They preach one thing and then the next thing we know, they’re getting caught doing the very things they’ve been preaching against!! Why are Christians so judgmental against the very things they get caught doing?
There is actually a very good reason for this that I believe is all too often under-preached by pastors throughout Christianity. Don’t get me wrong, the question is valid and in no way am I justifying the wrongs of these individuals. But I do think it is important that we all learn from the mistakes of other as Christians and non-Christians. Continue reading “Why are Christians so Hypocritical? When Christians Let their Guard Down.”
Perhaps one of the most important characteristics God placed within us as humans is fear. That’s right, good old-fashioned fear, being “scared” of something. Fear comes in many different forms and levels, but fear can be as much a good thing as it is a bad thing.
Fear and Christianity go hand in hand. Even with respect to the Bible and Christianity, fear has a good side and an ugly side. I’m sure while reading this you may be asking, “how in the world can fear be a good thing”. Keep reading and I’ll explain. Continue reading “Fear and Christianity – The Good and Bad”
Have you ever made a decision, big or small, that you were unsure about only to find later it was the wrong decision? Maybe it was the wrong choice for dinner, the wrong shirt to wear, the wrong meeting to miss, or maybe even the wrong turn to make on the way home. Maybe it was something bigger, something that you knew was wrong, but you did it anyway.
Why do people make bad decisions? We see it everywhere and we see it in ourselves. Whether the decision is big or small, we all make mistakes and we all, for some reason, KEEP making bad decisions. Continue reading “Why Do People Make Bad Decisions – Who is leading You?”
Most of us, at some point in our lives, have gone through hard times. You know, times when it seems as though everything and everyone is against you. You can’t seem to do anything right, you can’t get anything done, bad things and bad luck just haunt you, and frustration is a constant.
During these “ruts” in our lives, it seems we need one of those famous “Dummies” books titled, “How to Trust God in Difficult Times” for Dummies. Actually, it’s a lot easier than even that………… Continue reading “How to Trust in God in Difficult Times – Always look to Him”
At some point in all of our lives we find ourselves needing directions. Maybe it is simple directions to guide us to a geographical location we are trying to find, or maybe it is advice, guidance to get us through a tough situation in life.
Either way because we are all human, at some point we will find ourselves needing the guidance from someone or something we feel confident in their ability to actually help us through our predicament and get us from point A (our current situation) to point B (where we wish to be). The Bible is a guide for us all and will help us in, through, and out of ANY situation. Continue reading “The Bible is a Guide – It is THE Guide”