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…

5 Indicators of an Evil Heart

As Christian counselors, pastors and people helpers we often have a hard time discerning between an evil heart and an ordinary sinner who messes up, who isn’t perfect, and full of weakness and sin. I think one of the reasons we don’t “see” evil is because we find it so difficult to believe that evil individuals actually exist. We can’t imagine someone deceiving us with no conscience, hurting others with no remorse, spinning outrageous fabrications to ruin someone’s reputation, or pretending he or she is spiritually committed yet has no fear of…

Why Did Jesus Christ Come as a Baby?

In those first speechless moments, new parents gaze with fascination. They lovingly examine every inch of their newborn child’s face. No matter how we prepare ourselves, the reality of new birth astounds us. Here, nestled in our arms, is a brand-new member of the human race. Here is the future in flesh; our legacy to the world. We check eyes, mouth, ears for telltale family resemblances; we marvel at the delicate pink skin. Most of all, we silently thank the Lord over and over for a gift so unimaginably wonderful.…