HOW YOU CAN EXPERIENCE REAL FREEDOM IN YOUR LIFE

One of the subtle ways in which we can be deceived is when we have been raised in a genuine Christian home environment and then assume that we are Christians because we have an intellectual acceptance of Christ and the Christian faith. Genuine faith is internalized and is the motivating principle and passion of our …

SECURING ANSWERS TO THE RIGHT QUESTIONS LEADS TO AN AMAZING LIFE.

Years ago, Patty, Andrea, who was seven at the time, and I were on a road trip to visit some of Patty’s family in Vermont. While traveling through the ‘Black Hills’ of South Dakota we spend a number of days there exploring. One of the things we did was to go down into some caves …

HOW TO TRANSFORM AN EVER-DIMINISHING LIFE TO AN ETERNAL ONE

On February 27th, 1991, Ruth Dillow was at her home in Kansas when the phone rang. It was bad news from the Pentagon. Her son, Private First-Class Clayton Carpenter, had stepped on a landmine in the Persian Gulf War and was dead. It was an awful, sickening reality to learn that her son would never …

HOW DO WE RESPOND TO UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITIES

HOW DO WE RESPOND TO UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITIES On the day of rejoicing called Palm Sunday, a storm cloud was approaching, that within a week, Jesus would be crucified. But a greater triumph would be secure: the resurrection and yet; Jesus was weeping as Luke tells us. As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he …

HOW TO EMPOWER THE LIVES OF OTHERS IN THEIR BROKENNESS

Nobody likes to be disciplined, but when it is done right it brings about a healthy outcome. One of the most difficult challenges of being a parent is having to discipline your children. Everything is great when kids obey, but then they say or do something that needs to be addressed, then it causes tension. …

DISCOVER HOW TO QUENCH THE THIRST IN OUR LIVES

Survival experts talk about the rule of three. You can live without air for about 3 minutes, without water for 3 days, and without food for about three weeks. Obviously, there are exceptions, but that is generally the limits for human existence. It is interesting that Jesus describes a relationship with God in terms that …

HOW TO SHATTER A FALSE SENSE OF SELF

One of the most difficult things to do is to shatter people’s biases and prejudices. People today speak of tolerance and openness of mind regarding ideas, values, and lifestyles, but the reality is that our world is filled with self-righteousness, intolerance, and blindness in relationship to what is healthy, virtuous, and loving. This can be …