Is it Wrong for a Christian to Have a Drink of Alcohol?

It is an important question for our time. Millions and millions of Americans have been brutalized and devastated by the abuse of alcohol. I have had to deal as a minister with the shattered lives that occurred through the addiction and abuse of alcohol. This is not just an American issue but I live here so I will talk about what I know. I am going to make some preliminary remarks and then do my best to back them up with the Scriptures and reason. 1.  Jesus did make wine. …

Pope Francis Requests Roman Catholic Priests Be Given The Right To Get Married

Pope Francis has requested that Roman Catholic priests be given the right to get married. The request applies to priests in Brazil, and is on the agenda for an upcoming synod (church council) in the Amazon region. The controversial move would address the critical shortage of men joining the priesthood – but is likely to drive divisions through the church by enraging conservative factions. A small number of married Roman Catholic priests already exist, including previously married Anglican vicars who have joined the church. A request to lift the ban…

All I Want for Christmas

“I want…I want…I want.” Those words screamed through my aching head like fingernails on a chalkboard as the four year old in front of me at the check-out line threw himself at his mother’s feet. “Zip it kid.” That’s what I wanted. This year, I had wanted a LOT of things. I wanted my husband to have more joy and less stress on his job. I wanted my mother in law and sister in law to be healed of disease. I wanted my son and daughter-in-law to conceive the child they so…

10 Things Every Wife Should be Doing for Her Husband

Navigating a successful marriage can be challenging. Whether you’ve been together thirty days or thirty years, you’ve probably figured this out. As wives, we had expectations that began way before our man got down on one knee. We had hopes of what our lives as a forever couple would look like. Maybe your dreams became reality, or maybe they didn’t. But I’m guessing, if you’re anything like me, you found what came after you walked down the aisle to be somewhere in between. Something I’ve learned over the last twenty-six…

Delivering on Your D-R-E-A-M

No man likes regret. The problem is that we can easily get caught up in the drive to obtain great things, experiences, power, pleasure, fame, fortune, sex and stature. While there’s nothing wrong with healthy achievement, the pursuit of these things can require massive energy, consume your focus, and kill relationships in the process. In spite of our best intentions we end up holding a big bag of regret to compliment our achievements. Along the way someone or something paid the price for getting what we thought we wanted so bad at the time. Oops.…

10 Things to Know about Taking Communion

Why is it Called the Lord’s Supper or Communion? The Lord’s Supper is also called “the Lord’s table” (1 Corinthians 10:21), “communion,” “cup of blessing” (1 Corinthians 10:16), and “breaking of bread” ( Acts 2:42 ). In the early Church it was called also “eucharist,” or giving of thanks (Matthew 26:27), and generally by the Latin Church “mass,” a name derived from the formula of dismission, Ite, missa est, i.e., “Go, it is discharged.” The account of when Jesus instituted this ordinance of communion is given in Matthew 26:26-29, Mark…

Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?

A statement made by a professor at a leading evangelical college has become a flashpoint in a controversy that really matters. In explaining why she intended to wear a traditional Muslim hijab over the holiday season in order to symbolize solidarity with her Muslim neighbors, the professor asserted that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Is this true? The answer to that question depends upon a distinctly Christian and clearly biblical answer to yet another question: Can anyone truly worship the Father while rejecting the Son? The Christian’s answer…

Let Prayer Be My First Response – Bible Study Minute – December 25, 2017

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. – Colossians 4:2 Especially during the holidays, it’s easy to be weighed down with all the stresses connected to gift giving, holiday gatherings, family dynamics, and much more. All this added to life’s daily demands can be overwhelming. Yet scripture encourages me to devote myself to prayer. So how can I be devoted to prayer with so much going on, along with being watchful and thankful in the process? Pray First                      In a culture where “making things happen” is often valued over seeking…

Do not be afraid

For perfect love casts out all fear. Jesus came bringing peace that the world could never give. Jesus came bringing light that the darkness could never overcome. Jesus came bringing freedom from the barrier of sin and brought victory over death, once and for all. The opposite of fear is not really simply “courage,” but it is peace, faith, love, the assurance that we are held by a God who is Mighty and Sovereign and Strong. Many of you have faced deep loss this year, the hurt of losing a loved…

12 Christmas Prayers – Experience Joy!

As we approach the holiday season, we are faced with yet another opportunity to pause in the midst of all the excitement, decorations, and commercialization, to consider again the origin of Christmas–the One whose birth we celebrate. Let’s not forget the true meaning of why we celebrate during this time of year. Celebrate the baby Jesus and trust Him as Savior today. Reflect on the joy and hope of the holiday season with these Christmas prayers: A Prayer to Keep Christmas Simple A Prayer to Remember What Christmas is All About…