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The Curse of Bondage and the Cure in Christ

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Sin is sticky. Like rubber cement all over our hand, we try hard to get it off and in turn just go on making a bigger mess. Finlly when we think we've got it off, the sticky residue still remains. Christ came so that we could have freedom. Freedom from his wrath. Freedom from our guilt and shame. Freedom from...

What Does It Mean to Please God at Work?

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Let's face it, work is not always something we enjoy. That is why we call it "Work". all of our jobs are filled with things that we "have to do" in order to do the things we "want to do". Recently I spoke to our staff about the importance of pleasing God with our work. We all work at a church,...

God-Dependant Boldness

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My brother said to me recently, “Don’t be afraid to try something you are not ready for, because it will most certainly grow your dependence upon God.” He was right – comfort can often lead to stagnant faith. Time and again the Bible tells stories of men and women who had to try something that stretched them in order to...

Stand Up and Be Counted

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We take stands for all kinds of things. Think about it: we vote in America so that our voice is heard, we sign petitions when we think something is wrong, we speak out for certain causes we think are important, and we make use of social media to post our thoughts when a deep conviction in our heart finally...

A Glimpse of God: The Gift of Loving Others

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Have you ever wanted to see God? Surely that is what Moses desired in Exodus 33. Even after he had conversed with God, he wanted nothing more than to just see God and all His glory. With great fervency he asked, “Please, show me your glory!” God patiently replied, “You shall not see my face, for man shall not...

If You Want to Waste Your Life, Seek the Honor of Men

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Let's be brutally honest for a second: We are all more interested in serving ourselves than serving others. At the core of who we there is a desire for selfish self-preservation rather than selfless-service to others. But with that honesty, another confession another quickly follows: there is nothing more wearisome than trying to serve ourselves. We push and pull to...

Where is The Recipe for Raising Kids?

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Making pumpkin pancakes is much harder than I thought. So is being a dad. Last Saturday I thought I’d try out our new mixer. After all, it is fall, so pumpkin pancakes seem to be calling my name. As for the mixer, well, we got it last Christmas and I wasn’t about to let a whole 12-months go by without...

That Hunk of Wood

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In 2002 I was speaking at an event in Ocean City, Maryland where my friend, Ron Hutchcraft, was also speaking. The second night of the event was the night that we had all been praying for; it was the night that Ron was going to share the gospel message.  We were all living with anticipation and hope that many...

Life Balance is a Myth

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 This is a guest post from Brian Davis Several years ago, I was seeing a counselor in an effort to work through a bevy of issues in my head, not the least of which was how to "balance my ministry, my home life, and everything else I had going on." My counselor's words shocked me: “The idea of a balance is...

No One Admires Busy, Right?

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I hate that the main characteristics of my life is that I am so busy. If you ask an of my friends or acquaintances what they would say about me, I am sure that 9 out of 10 of them would say is that “he is so busy”. How dreadful is it that when I am talking to someone and...

A Unexpected Meal with A Soldier and 3 Insights for All of Us

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Travelers from around the world scurried through the walkway in front of me. I grabbed my dried-out breakfast burrito from a hole-in-the-wall cafe and found a seat. The few tables that were located in the hallway were occupied by others just trying to find a restful place while filling their stomaches. I found one empty table and sat down across...

I Want to Punch God.

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Life is not fair. God is always fair. Shelly (name changed) is a woman who has had a very hard life. The things she has told me in our counseling sessions are enough to make me depressed. I’ve told her time and again, “I wish there was a ‘reset’ button I could push for you. Life has been so hard...