How to Call 911 in a Spiritual Emergency

How to Call 911 in a Spiritual Emergency

When Christ was tempted in the wilderness, the angels did not come and minister to Jesus until after Satan left. I’ve always wondered, “Why would the angels come after the conflict was over?” The answer, I believe, is sometimes God leaves us alone with only His Word. Sometimes there seems to be little support, little encouragement, no friends—only God’s Word. …

Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader

“Follow the Leader” is more than just a child’s game. The newsstands are filled with magazines featuring leaders from the business world, entertainment and sports. Our young people mimic the lifestyles of role models that do not represent a godly influence. Young people, however, are not the only ones to be influenced by our culture. We have adults who will commit …

Look for Opportunities to Encourage

Look for Opportunities to Encourage

But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. – Hebrews 3:13 Are you one of them? They’re out there right now. There are millions of them. In your city. In your neighborhood. In your church. Perhaps even in your home. You …

God’s Love Is Eternal

God’s Love Is Eternal

God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8 God commands husbands to love their wives. However, He never instructs a wife to do love her husband. Instead, she is commanded to respect him. This may seem like an odd way to address the subject of love, but …

Christmas in a Manger

Christmas In a Manger

Two thousand years ago, the most glorious event in human history occurred. Though we are not sure of the exact date, the Roman empire under Constantine decided to officially celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25th. We now associate that date with festivities, colors, lights, trees and parties. But this date means so much more. It even means …

The Orchestration of Majesty

The Orchestration of Majesty

There’s a whole scene relating to the birth of Jesus Christ that Luke paints for us, which we might tend to miss. To fully understand the Christmas story, we must juxtapose two stories: the birth of John and the birth of Jesus. These two stories are placed side by side by the author, Luke, because to get the impact of Jesus in the …

Better Read the Instructions

Better Read the Instructions

Make me understand the way of Your precepts. – Psalm 119:27 Have you ever found yourself in a mess and wondered why things had gone so wrong? Most of us have. We can remember times when we tried to put an item together quickly instead of reading the instructions. Suddenly we discovered that the pieces didn’t quite fit correctly or …

The Right Foundation

The Right Foundation

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine…Your children like olive plants around your table. – Psalm 128:3 Most people learned how to act in a family from their own family of origin, from the families of friends and others that they observed, or from the media. Certainly, the media provides the wrong example of what a family should be. …

Gluing the Pieces Back Together

Gluing the Pieces Back Together

Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. – Psalm 127:1 Did you grow up in a broken family? Were you abused or neglected? Do you want to make sure your sons and daughters aren’t treated the way you were? If this is your story, you can break the cycle. Perhaps your home was emotionally …

Facing the Truth

Facing the Truth

How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways. – Psalm 128:1 Many of the struggles we face come as a result of something we learned as children. For example, think about how children develop insecurities. Many don’t know whether they will be living in another place tomorrow. They don’t know whether they’ll receive the love …