christian living


Help......I lost My Christian Priorities 
by Karen Wolff
Getting caught up in all the world says is important is probably the biggest hindrance to keeping our Christian priorities at the top of our list. It's so easy to go about our business every day, look out for our own interests, and if someone else is having problems, well...."thank goodness it's not me". <more...>

He Matters
by Dionna Sanchez
It was on our road trip to the East Coast. We stopped in a small town in New Mexico to grab some fast food for dinner. As we were sitting at our table, we saw what appeared to be a homeless man walk across the street towards our window. <more...>

Treasures in Heaven - Matthew 6:19-24
by Ted Schroder
When there is any discussion and debate about wealth – who has it and who doesn’t , how did they get it and what should they do with it, how much should they be allowed to keep and how much should be redistributed to those who need it – there is a great deal of self-righteous moralizing. Those who are affluent are meant to feel guilty, and those who are poor are meant to feel angry and entitled to their ‘fair share.’  <more...>

How To Read And Understand Bible Scripture
by Dean Mapa 
The science of Biblical interpretation is called Hermeneutics. There are more than 20 methods on how to interpret Bible scripture and they have to be brought into different combinations depending on the passage of scripture to be interpreted.

However, this should not dissuade anyone from reading the Bible. Hermeneutics is for the serious Bible student. Yet, just about anyone can learn how to read and understand Bible scripture as long as she keeps in mind these principles: <more...>

Facebook and Marriage
by Carl Caton
Let's face it, there is a plague of divorce rampant among Christian marriages today. It is one of the greatest disgraces among evangelicals. Even Southern Baptists are waking up to the shocking reality of divorce among Protestants. <more...>

Broken Door Handles and Giving
by Carl Caton
After driving home from work last week, I pulled into the driveway, parked, and reached for the door handle. To my surprise, it broke off into my hand. I say surprise but it really shouldn't be as the truck is a 1996 model with 220,000 miles. The whole affair struck me as funny. It's not every day that a door handle comes off into your hand. I also humorously pondered that every car door has two handles - one inside and one outside. I found that it has been quite easy to simply roll down the window and open the door from the outside. But this is one of those watershed moments  <more...>

How to Open the Storehouse of Heaven
By Gwenn McKone
Why are so many people lacking in this world? God wants us to live in abundance. He wants us to have enough food to eat-in fact, He wants us to have enough food so that we have extra left over to share with others. He wants to be our provider. Read on to see how to receive His provision, and why you may be lacking at this <more...>

The Priesthood of All Believers
by Ted Schroder
“The most vital opinion that a man ever forms is his opinion of himself. It is therefore essential that a man should think accurately of himself. If we desire a just estimate of our own personalities, we must take some pains to weigh the evidence and form one.” (F.W. Boreham)

The Promise of Life
by Ted Schroder
Paul is writing, at the end of his life, from a prison in Rome. He was chained (1:16) like a criminal, because he was accused of promoting sedition against the Roman Empire by proclaiming Jesus as Lord, and refusing to worship Caesar as Lord. (2:9) Only Luke is with him to tend to his needs. (4:11) He was awaiting trial, and was not expecting to be acquitted. Execution loomed. The Neronian persecution of AD 64 had gathered him <more...>

May I Walk You Home: 
A Guide to Sharing Christ's Love With the Dying 
by Melody Rossi
This journey is different from any other you will ever take. Though it will leave you changed, it is not your journey. Rather, you are walking alongside someone else who is discovering the ultimate destination. The person whose journey it is must set the course and take the lead. This is not yours to do. You are there to offer support and lighten the load when you can <more...>

What New Year's Resolutions Say About the Culture and the Church
By Dr. Paul Dean
The Barna Group's report on American's 2011 New Year's Resolutions is out. The summary of their research is revealing: "Individualism Shines Through..." Not surprisingly, of those who made resolutions, the top two categories had to do with issues related to weight/health and debt/finances. <more...>

Overcoming Selfishness
By Theo Stringer
How often have we judged people, conditions, or events based upon what we know about them? On the other hand how much do we really know about the people we meet, the things we see, the events and circumstances of life? If we are really honest with ourselves we would have to admit that we don't know nearly as much as we want people to think we do.

Getting Distracted By Life
by Dionna Sanchez
Depression. Ambition. Loneliness. Bitterness. Busyness.
All of these things have something in common. And that is that the focus of each one of these is on ourselves. We are centered and thinking about our own situation, feelings, environment, and mood. Life can do that to us. <more...>

Don't Forget to Dream
by Tim Dowdy with Tim Luke
There is one decision you must make that supersedes all other decisions. It will determine whether any other decision you ever make is successful. The only authentic way to decide who you are is first to decide who Jesus Christ is. Not everyone believes it, but the entire universe hinges upon His identity. <more...>

The Lie of Isolation
by Dionna Sanchez
Have you ever noticed that when you are going through something in your life that is really tough, that you tend to push others away? Do you know why that is?

Compassionate Caregiving: 
Practical Help and Spiritual Encouragement 
by Lois Knutson
I did not realize it at the time, but when I first began caring for Mom after moving back to Minnesota, my approach to caregiving was similar to that of a fire fighter. A medical, psychological, socioeconomic, or family crisis developed and I tried to "put it out" in the most effective way possible. As the number of crises increased, at times I became discouraged and knew that I needed something deeper to keep me going—in addition to my love for Mom.  <more...>

The Ultimate Definition of Respect
By Karen Wolff
As a parent I can surely tell you that when your kids don't show you respect it is really hard not to want to ground them until they're 30. At least. We all try to instill the importance of honoring authority into our kids. Yet, we all have more than a little trouble honoring the authority that's over our own lives. <more...>

Living Your Faith at Work 
and Wrestling With the Seven Deadly Sins
Author: Winnie Anderson
The list of violations we know today as the Seven Deadly Sins is believed to have been compiled in the first few centuries after the death of Jesus. But these sins continue to be alive and well in workplaces around the world. <more...>

For God's Good - All Things That Occur to Us
By Steve Wickham

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
~Romans 8:28 (NIV). 


I Take My Faith Seriously
by Dionna Sanchez
From the day I accepted Jesus into my heart at the tender age of 5 - till now - I have taken my faith in the Lord seriously. It's something I've never toyed around with or played with. You don't "toy" with God. At least, I had the fear of Him built into me that I knew that fact early on. <more...>

Life. Now. 
by Shannon & Michael Primicerio
Have you ever felt stuck? We know from experience that is one of the worst feelings in the world. Yet for those of us in our twenties, it is a feeling that has become all too familiar. At a time when we should be forging ahead and accomplishing all we've ever dreamed of, many of us find ourselves simply trying to get unstuck. Or worse yet, sitting back in frustration, assuming that being stuck is our lot in life. Is it ever going to get better than this? Our minds race, yet our feet stand still, firmly planted where it is safe, and we are stuck. <more...>

Living One Day at a Time
by Ted Schroder
As I look ahead to the New Year I want to live into the reality of the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount: Matthew 6:34 – Jesus said, “So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.” (LB) <more...>

Helping Those Who Hurt
by H. Norman Wright
In one small European village was a town square that held a special statue. This statue was the pride and joy of the small town, but World War II arrived and soon the bombs began falling on the town. One day the statue was hit and blown to pieces. The residents collected all the shattered pieces and slowly did what they could to re-create it. When they finished the reconstruction of their beloved statue of Jesus, they noticed that the only pieces missing were the hands of Jesus. So they placed a plaque at the base of the statue with the words: Now we are the only hands that Jesus has. <more...>

Fear No Evil
by Steve Russo
Some of your friends may think this "Satan stuff" is all a big joke. Others may think it's cool to worship the devil.
What about you? Do you believe the devil is for real? Are you clued in that there's a spiritual battle raging all around you? <more...>

Finding True Christian Fellowship 
by Glen Williams
We've all heard the popular Christian lament, "Why can't we be more like the early churches?" It seems the further we get from the ascension of Christ, the more we look like the Scribes and Pharisees He criticized, with our rules, rituals, pomp, ceremony and upper class of privileged and educated rulers who cannot be <more...>

Firsthand Authors Describe Heaven and Hell Experiences 
by Brian Connors
Our earthly existence demands that we plan for our future in the best way that we can. We must conduct our affairs in this life in a prudent manner regarding investments, education, insurance and such to guide us towards the goal of safety and contentment. But what about a strategy regarding the afterlife when our brief stay on this planet is over? <more...>

Christian Almsgiving-The Habit Of Helping People 
by Glen Williams
We're taught a lot about giving, but it's usually only about the tithes and offerings that support the church and the ministers doing the teaching. This leaves the most important aspects of giving untaught and grossly misunderstood. In this article, we'll discuss the rewarding and often controversial issue of Almsgiving. Almsgiving is the Christian habit of giving things to fill the needs of perfect strangers. Hold on to your hats, because some of what we'll cover can make people hopping mad. <more...>

Love is Blind to Distinctions
by Ted Schroder
When Jesus commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and illustrates it by telling the parable of the Good Samaritan, he is saying that we are to love everybody according to their need. There are no exceptions to this command. In contrast to romantic love or friendship, love of neighbor is non-preferential love.<more...>

Building Self Esteem 101 
by Karen Wolff
Building self esteem is no different than a contractor building a structure. If the foundation is strong, the building won't fall down. But if the contractor skimps on this part of the process or uses the wrong materials, the building will never last. <more...>

Blah Blah Blah: 
Making Sense of the World's Spiritual Chatter 

by Bayard Taylor
I read somewhere a while back of a guy who grew up in New York as a "red diaper baby." This doesn't mean he had a bad rash. It means his parents were committed communists. Anyway, when he was growing up, his father would ask everyone he met, "What's your purpose in life?" <more...>

Becoming Like Children
by Eberhard Arnold
Children are open, like open books. They stand in front of us with wide-open eyes; they let us look freely into their little souls. As long as we let them be children, they will tell us right away what they feel: what they like and what they do not like. Genuine children never keep quiet in front of a person's face and then talk about him behind his back. Such cowardly deception is simply not found in children. Children are completely open. <more...>

The Good, the Bad......and the Jealous
by Karen Wolff
What ever happened to the days when people were genuinely happy for each other? You remember...those days when nobody ever wanted something that someone else had..... <more...>

Ten Fantastic Reasons for Downshifting
by Tracey Smith
1) Eliminate financial stress.  Realise the equity that surrounds you, ditch the mortgage, dump the store and credit cards. Downshifting need not mean a smaller house, just smaller outgoings and less pressure on your wallet. <more...>

Being Prepared For the Future
by Ted Schroder
The four Sundays before Christmas Day constitute the season of Advent, which marks the beginning of the Christian year. Advent means ‘arrival’. It refers to the coming of Christ: his first coming in humility at Bethlehem, and his second coming in glory at the end of history. During this season, we remember the Old Testament prophets who looked forward to the coming of the Messiah. Also the significant figures who prepared the way for his coming: Mary, Joseph and John the Baptist. <more...>

Wimpy Christians
by Brian Jones
Eleven years ago I had just graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and the Senior Minister I was serving with encouraged me to write a letter to the editor of the local newspaper. A radical group of New Testament scholars, operating under the title The Jesus <more...>

Meet Your Maker
by Johann Christoph Arnold
Conditions were primitive and rough in the backwoods of Paraguay, where I grew up in the 1940s, and the harshness of daily life had an effect not only on many adults, but also on us children, who reacted to their callousness with disrespect and mockery. <more...>

Shallow and Callow Faith
by Ted Schroder
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed…. some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because it had no moisture….The seed is the word of God….Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.” (Luke 8:5-13) <more...>

The Wonderful World of the Small
by Wanda Wareham
You've probably seen some of the beautiful photos of stars, planets, galaxies and nebulas taken by the Hubble telescope. The pictures below will give you a glimpse of another part of God's creation, which is just as full of variety, beauty and intricate design.  <more...>

Live Loud for Christ: 
The Importance of an Accountability Partner

By Brooke Caton
We all have friendships in life. Some funny, some sad, some long, some short. But there are those certain friends who leave a lasting footprint in our heart. As human beings, we all need someone we can depend on. The person you can go to at four o’clock in the morning, the person you can laugh at nothing with, the <more...>

Short Term Mission Trip Fundraising: 
How to get started
by Wesley Skiles
When an individual feels led by God to participate in a short term mission trip, they are stepping out on faith and trusting that God will provide all their needs for the experience. Likely the most worried about aspect, fundraising can seem overwhelming.  <more...>

Hearing from God.....Billboards and All 
by Karen Wolff
Wouldn't it be great if hearing from God was as simple as reading a billboard as you're driving? Just think, you could be driving down the road and God could simply choose one of a zillion billboards on the side of the road to get your attention. There you'd be with a mapped out message right from God. Pretty cool, huh? I've often thought that method would certainly work for me! <more...>

Get an Early Curmudgeon Vaccination
by Terry L. Sumerlin
“Have you ever heard of a curmudgeon?” the customer asked. To me it sounded like the season’s latest flu virus – the curmudgeon influenza. “I believe your last customer is a curmudgeon,” he said. “He didn’t have a good word to say about anything.”  <more...>

A Father's Day Tribute to John Newton
by Sylvia Cochran 
The name John Newton may ring a bell for some...actually, anyone whose eyes ever strayed to the bottom of the page of the church hymnal while singing the unforgettable moving hymn “Amazing Grace,” should recognize it. Mr. Newton (1725-1807) penned it in 1779. Lest anyone thinks of him as a “milquetoast“ kind of minister who hasn‘t seen a hard day in his life, please remember that this John Newton

Meeting Jesus in Meditation
by Anthony Keith Whitehead
There are many approaches to prayer. Not least because there are many different needs. But the greatest of all our needs is to get nearer to Jesus. The most powerful form of prayer for this purpose is arguably Christian 
meditation. <more...>

Sharing Your Faith 
by Karen Wolff
There's nothing worse than somebody trying to preach to you about something going on in your life when all you can think about is finding a way to make it right. At that moment, the last thing you want to see is somebody carrying a Bible, acting like they know exactly what you need and how you feel. And truth be told, when they ask you to read from their Bible, you're thinking you'd rather hit them over the head with it! <more...>

Rethinking "Evangelism"
by Brian Jones
During graduate school I worked each summer in the maintenance department of a large financial services company helping to maintain its landscaping and beautiful rolling lawn. Early on I could tell that the guys on the maintenance crew weren’t real thrilled with having a “pastor-in-training” on their team, but their misgivings only strengthened my resolve to reach out to them <more...>

50 Things That Really Do Matter 
by Lee Wise
In my opinion, these things matter...
1. Listening enough to care and caring enough to listen.
2. Being a dreamer but not living in a dream world.  <more...>

Welcome to SA (Sarcasm Anonymous)
by Brian Jones
2003 was not a good driving year for yours truly. I received three speeding tickets in nine months. My family will tell you it was four, but that last one didn’t count because I went to the judge and groveled and got him to dismiss it. So technically it was only three. <more...>

83 Things That Really Do Matter
© Lee Wise All rights reserved 

In my opinion, these things matter...  42. Standing for what's right when everything's wrong, and saying "I'm wrong" when something's not right.  <more...>

I Still Believe In Hell 
by Brian Jones
At first glance you'd probably think I'm resistant to change. I don't drink Starbucks coffee. I not a big Abercrombie & Fitch fan. I'm still not used to women having tattoos. I'm not getting an earring <more...>

A Servant's Heart
by Alyice Edrich
Do you have a servant’s heart? Has God blessed you with the insight to see the needs of others and reach out in compassion and understanding even when they, themselves, cannot reach out and ask for help?  <more...>

Expressing Your Love Through Service 
by Margaret Paul, Ph,D.
A client of mine told me that she had been making food for a friend of hers who was very ill. “I find that my heart opens and I feel so happy when I am doing something for someone else. I need to do this more, but I don’t know what to do.”

Worship Through Relationship....Are You Seeking God's Face or His Hand? 
by Karen Wolff
Have you ever spent time with one of your kids where all you did was just "hang out?" If you have grown kids, and you ask them what they remember most about their childhood, I would bet they recall a time where you spent an afternoon participating in some fun activity. <more...>

Three Mile An Hour Jesus
By Brian Jones
You wouldn’t know it by looking at me but I’m a creature of habit. Every morning for the last 10 years or so I’ve had the same breakfast everyday—instant oatmeal. Most people assume I’m a Canadian Bacon and tomato juice kinda guy, but I’m not. Sometimes you’ll catch me taking a walk on the wild side and eating eggs and toast or a making a protein shake with a banana,

Why Do People Home Church?
by David M. Hebden
The reasons that people "home church" are as diverse as the people who make up the gatherings. This is not an exhaustive explanation and will no doubt evolve as time goes on. These thoughts originated from responses to this question on HCDL (Home Church Discussion List).  <more...>

Stillborn but Welcome
by Jörg Barth
Paul Michael is the youngest of our eight children. Common usage would term him "stillborn." For us this term has always carried a stigma of being pushed aside: a life that was not really a life, an event one would rather forget. When a child dies in its mother's womb, many people do not even refer to it as a baby, using the term "fetus" instead, as if to deny that it ever lived.  <more...>

Assurance of Salvation 
by Dr. Ed Rowe
Are you absolutely sure that when you die you will spend eternity with God? If not, it is time for you to be positively certain that you are saved and will always be saved. Let's talk about the eternal security of all who have confessed their sins and placed their faith in Jesus Christ. <more...>

Guiding Principles For Growing Your Christian Church
by Sam Crowley
Are you a church leader that is struggling to maintain numbers? Or have you sensed the call of God to build your church and have hit a brick wall? <more...>

A Meaningful Life Includes Jesus Christ 
by Sam Crowley
Have you ever spent much time thinking about the significance and meaning of life? Are there times when life just doesn't seem to make sense? Does life often seem purposeless? <more...>

Practice Makes Patience 
by Karen Wolff
Patience.....the Bible says it's a virtue. Yet people seem to be getting worse and worse at practicing this elusive skill. Why is that? <more...>

God Always Points You In The Right Direction 
by Sam Crowley
In days of yore, when sailors embarked on a voyage, the most important equipment on board was the mariner's compass. It was used to steer the way to the sailors destination, whatever the conditions encountered en-route. <more...>

Believing In The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ 
by Sam Crowley
The Apostle Paul teaches us that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, celebrated at Easter, is the foundational truth on which Christian faith, and life is based: "If Christ had not been raised from death, then we have nothing to preach, and you have nothing to believe"  <more...>

What Does It Mean to Love Your Neighbor?
by Ted Schroder
The term ‘love’ is an elusive quality. It can stand for romance (I love my wife), for passion (I love philosophy and tennis), for friendship (I love my church), for desire (I love books), for appreciation (I love nature, art and music), for protectiveness (I love my children and grandchildren), patriotism (I love my country), as well as for charity (I love the needy), and sacrifice. <more...>

Is There Purpose In Suffering? 
by Sharon Young
We don't have to be in this world long before we experience pain, failure, disappointment, frustration or a myriad of other means of suffering that cause us to grieve. We're destined to suffer. God clearly warns us in His written word that we can expect trouble from the day we're born to the day we die. <more...>

The Temple of God 
by Lee Wilson
1 Corinthians 6:19 tells us our bodies are God's temple. Not only did He create our bodies, but he also dwells in them through his Holy Spirit. Based on that knowledge, how should we treat our bodies? <more...>

Busy Fish: Tips for Changing Your Day from Chaos to Calm
by Robert A. Eubanks
Syndicated columnist Dale Dauten recently wrote, “One of life’s great joys that we’ve lost is that of the empty day, a day given over to quiet, to reading and contemplation. Our planners and PDAs give the illusion of importance and of being in control.” <more...>

Who Lives Your Life?
by A K Whitehead
We often hear people make remarks like "I live my life to the full" or "No one tells me what to do" and so forth. Those who make such remarks are either worldly people or people whose attitudes are dominated by the world. <more...>

Trust Starts with You
by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.
“I have a hard time trusting people.”  “I never feel like I can trust my husband (or wife).”  It is very common for me, in my work as a counselor, to hear the above statements. Trust issues abound in relationships. However, resolving trust issues is not about getting another person to be trustworthy. It’s about you become a trustworthy person with yourself and learning to trust yourself.

Loveless Prophecy and Loveless Faith
by Ted Schroder
Prophecy is one of the highest spiritual gifts. St. Paul says that we are to especially desire the gift of prophecy. (14:1) Prophecy is inspired speech, setting forth what God has revealed, even to prediction of things to come. It is the ability to inspire people with the message of God or to communicate words <more...>

The Presence Of Jesus
by Lee Wise
Life with Jesus is a gift: and so is "living" with Jesus. 
The highest privilege I have as a Christian is the privilege
of being able to develop and maintain my relationship with Christ.   However...  Like it or not, I have found that continuing to build my relationship with Jesus is an on-going struggle. <more...>

Born from Above
by Ted Schroder
What is this new birth? It is a spiritual birth not a physical birth. It is a birth that is as mysterious, and as uncontrollable as the wind. “The wind blows where it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8) <more...>

Speak the Word!
by Inez Haythorn
"The Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12

Three Questions To Help You Live A Life Of Excellence
by Lee Wise
How would you answer this question: "Are there any patterns of thinking or acting you have noticed over the years that seem to be a part of what it means to live a quality life?"  <more...>

Recipe For Friendship
by Kim Bloomer
What determines friendship? What ingredients are necessary for a true friendship to hold forth? Is it someone who calls you on the phone a few times a week? <more...>

Upgrade Your Life and Downshift
by Tracey Smith
Jumping off of the corporate wheel in favour of a self-sufficient lifestyle, is a fantasy shared by many seemingly die-hard businessmen and women.  <more...>

Soul Sludge
by Brian Jones
The first car my wife and I ever purchased was a 1988 Ford Escort. Not exactly the sleek chick-magnet I always envisioned as our first car, but it worked for us. At the time we thought it had it all: four wheels, windshield wipers, a cup holder, and an air conditioning system that shrieked like an alley cat whenever it was turned on. <more...>

Taken Into Heaven
by Ted Schroder
Reading Philip Yancey’s book, “Finding God in Unexpected Places”, I came across a chapter which began with these words, “I first met Bill Leslie.” Immediately my mind went back over thirty years to when I also first met Bill Leslie. At that time I was Dean of Christian Life at Gordon College, and had been invited by Bill to do <more...>

The Corpus and the Four Gospels
by Lawrence E. Bray, M.Min., D.D.
The body of the bible (corpus) is an ancient and accurate compilation of books and letters. These writings are the product of God working through human agency to create a book that contains His very words for mankind. Although written by many different human authors (about forty) there is one stream of thought, the relationship between God and man. Within this relationship the <more...>

The Birthday Gift
by Ted Schroder
On the Feast of Pentecost (fifty days after the Passover), seven weeks after the resurrection of Jesus, the disciples were gathered in Jerusalem. They had been told by Jesus not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the gift his Father had promised, which they had heard him speak about: the baptism of the Holy Spirit. <more...>

The Childlike Spirit
by Johann Christoph Arnold
As adults, we often seek answers to life's riddles by trying to analyze events and causes. Sometimes this works; more often it doesn't. In matters of illness and death especially, it seems that there is always an element of mystery - something that leaves us in need of more than our own explanations. This is not true of children, however, who tend to possess a greater tolerance for mystery. <more...>

A Passover Celebration for Christian Families
by Scott Wylie
I attended my first Jewish Passover Seder about 12 years ago. My wife and I were invited to the home of Jewish friends to participate with them in this special event. Our friends do not acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah, but it was clear to us what a beautiful picture of Christ’s redemption the Passover Seder is. <more...>

Heaven Bound: Win The Race!
by Anthony Mullins
Billy Graham once said, “Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion; it is like a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.”

Authentic Spirituality
by Lee Wilson
Because of the bright lights behind me, the golf balls themselves appeared to be glowing that night as they flew through the air. I couldn't avoid hearing a loud voice over the clicking of clubs hitting golf balls. I'd seen him there before and we'd talked golf. Tonight his balding head reflected the lights of the driving range nearly the same way the golf balls did in flight. But it wasn't his shiny head that was annoying me, it was his foul mouth. <more...>

A Change of Priorities: Witness
by Anthony Keith Whitehead
Brought up an active Catholic, a number of things went wrong in life shortly after being married. Nothing to do with the relationship between my wife, Iris, and myself. But I blamed God, either directly or indirectly for what happened. Of course, blaming God for things soon turns into doubt about God, and doubt is then the second step into unbelief. <more...>

The Weight of Our Words
by Dionna Sanchez
Recently, my youngest daughter lost her very first tooth. She’d been waiting for over a year to have this exciting moment occur in her life. It was so cute to see her face filled with wonder and excitement.<more...>

My Will ~ or ~ God's Will?
by Dionna Sanchez

As a Christian, there are many times in life where I am faced with my own pride. I think it's our biggest hang-up as people, and the biggest and easiest way for Satan to get a grip on our lives. <more...>

Spiritual Memories
by Dionna Sanchez
My mom was working on a project recently and she asked me to let her know what spiritual memories she had passed on to me as I was growing up. This was an interesting question and as I thought about it, I realized that the spiritual memories I had from her weren't big and obvious things. Rather, they were smaller day-to-day memories. It was more a way of life and who my parents were as people that got ingrained in my heart. <more...>

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
by Ted Schroder
The Gospels record that Jesus affirmed that the second great commandment is to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (quoting Leviticus 19:18 in Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 10:27,28) This is easier said than done. It raises all sorts of questions in our minds. <more...>

Overcoming Grief 
by Brian Jones
During my first year of college a life-long family friend and mentor tragically lost his son. Separated by distance, I assumed that his Christian friends, the staff at his church, and his Sunday school class would step in and wrap their arms around him and his wife. Needless to say I was surprised, one year later, when we were able to finally meet face to face. <more...>

The New Normal
by Ted Schroder
The world has changed drastically in the last twelve months. The collapse of Lehman Brothers, the government takeovers of GM, Chrysler, AIG, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the failures of many banks, the drop in real estate values and stock prices, has altered the financial scene and brought about a change in how we view institutions, and the future. A new federal <more...>

Even Big Kids Spill: 
Affirming People In An In Your Face World 

by Lee Wise
It still happens -- even with adults. I know. I was the 
culprit this time.  <more...>

Why People Are Not Healed
by Anthony Keith Whitehead
Why People Are Not Healed - And How To Prevent It
Why are some people not healed when we pray with them?
This is one of the most recurrent questions in the Christian healing ministry. Everyone who has prayed with others for their healing has experience the apparent lack of response to their prayer. Yet the gospels lead us to believe that Jesus wishes everyone to be healed. Why, then, are some not healed? <more...>

Happiness Versus Pleasure
by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.
We are a pleasure seeking society. Most of us spend our energy seeking pleasure and avoiding pain. We hope that by doing this, we will feel happy. Yet deep, abiding happiness and joy elude so many people.  <more...>

How Do You Know That Love Exists?
by Ted Schroder
If you believe only what your physical eyes can see, and you are satisfied with your shrewdness, your sharp perception of life, your common sense, your determination not to be deceived, then you ought not to believe in love. If you fear being deceived enough to suspect every intimation of love, to reject a <more...>

Tracing Your Family Tree
by Family Trees History
When you are looking to trace family trees, you have a wealth of information at your disposal. There are numerous genealogy search engines out on the Internet, exceptional record-keeping kept by most every town, city, state, and country, and a huge number of people who enjoy genealogy for its own sake and want to help you with your search. <more...>

Tips for Small Group Ministry
Healthy small groups:
- Start and finish on time,
- have regular meetings,
- take a break (such as at Christmas and in the <more...>

Words That Have Encouraged Me For Years
by Lee Wise
"CHIN UP!"  Walking down the hall I heard those words again: "Chin up!"  I knew who it was, of course.  It was my boss! <more...>

It's Time: 
Making The Most Of Your Own Special Moments

by Lee Wise
True confession: I don't take the time I should to reflect.
I feel I should, but somehow I just don't quite get around
to making it happen. At least not enough.  <more...>

Universal Law Of Prosperity 
by Dr. Jay Snell
Sowing and reaping are universal laws of nature because God set them up to be universal laws of nature. These laws work in all things. What ever is sown is ultimately what is reaped. Scriptures declare it! Here is just one. <more...>

Unloading on God
by Jessica Gerald (Pen Name)
The other day I was driving back from the grocery store after dark, alone. It was the perfect time to have an honest talk with God and unload some of the stresses with which I had been struggling. <more...>

The Fab Four That Will Get You Into Trouble 
by Lee Wise
Want to get into trouble quick? Practice the first "fabulous four" below and you will.  Want help in staying out of trouble? Strive to put into practice the second "fabulous four" and it will help. <more...>

by Terry L. Sumerlin
The pre-teen “cleaned up” real nice and looked good in his new haircut. In fact, I was plum proud of my work. But, he was totally under-whelmed. In an attempt to get a smile, I said, “You really don’t need to be quite so excited about this haircut.” His mom laughed, but he didn’t. <more...>

Vitamins for the Soul
by Colleen Langenfeld
We are all into wellness these days. Personal fitness is 
all the rage.  Many resolutions start with 'lose ten pounds' or 'exercise more'.  Now, physical health is all fine and dandy.  But what about our emotional and intellectual health?  <more...>

Let's Fly Our Flag!
by Cyndi Roberts
"The flag stands for all that we hold dear -- freedom, democracy, government of the people, by the people, and for the people."  --Henry Cabot Lodge, 1915  <more...>

Healing With Neither Power Nor Holiness
by Dr. Jay Snell
Thank God that our level of power or holiness has nothing to do with our ability to get our selves or our loved ones healed. Take the case of Peter. <more...>

Do More! Learn More! Create More! Live More!
by Mark Cole
Over the years in America and the west generally, the nature and means of education have dramatically changed. But it is an error to think that before the contemporary era of schooling on a mass scale that no one was deeply or broadly educated. Many in colonial America were exceptionally well-educated, yet largely self-taught or taught by a tutor or mentor. Such was the case with scientist, lawyer, theologian, statesman, patriot and father of seven, Roger Sherman. <more...>

Gratefulness: Responding Positively To God's Grace In My Life
by Lee Wise
One of the many ways gratefulness could be defined is "grace in action." <more...>

Is America Losing Its Religion?
by Geela
Has America known its finest hour? Are we loosing our religion and sanity as well? What is wrong with our society anyway? These are baffling questions that are frequently being asked by more and more people, even the media. <more...>


If I Only Had A Few Moments To Myself: 
Creating Your Own Personal Moments Of Enjoyment

by Lee Wise
As Janis Joplin sang "Me And My Bobby McGhee" I was *into it.* <more...>

Speak To My Heart And I Will Listen
by Lee Wise
"I would like to read an article that speaks to my heart,
makes me think, and challenges me."  You are about to encounter such an article. <more...>

The One That Got Away
by LeAnn R. Ralph
For years I have been listening to those commercials advising me to get my precious "Kodak moments" on film. And they always make it look so easy too. <more...>

Neither Is There Healing In Any Other Name
by Dr. Jay Snell
The entire context of Acts 3 and 4 is the healing of the lame man at the Temple Gate. This is the occasion of Peter's declaration that his level of power or holiness had nothing to do with it. <more...>

Live Loud for Christ: Having Good Self- Esteem
By Brooke Caton
Writing from a Christian teen’s perspective
We all have those times in life when we feel like we do not belong. We think we’re ugly, fat, stupid, fill in the blank. Those times are so hard. We are so critical of ourselves in every way. But just know that all of those things are lies that Satan puts in our minds. <more...>

People Questions: 
Responding Positively To The Influence Of Others
by Lee Wise
Everyone understands the power of an excellent question. A question that <more...>

Overcoming Pride 
by Brian Jones
The first church I ever served was located in an extremely small town in Eastern Kentucky. There wasn't even a stop-light at the time. The church was full of wonderful farmers, which was ironic, because the only time I had ever been to a farm up until that time was on school field trips. On one occasion I was visiting a family <more...>

A Thankful Attitude Can Change Your Entire Outlook 
by Lesley Spencer, MSc
Have you ever known anyone who is always happy and cheerful? Do you ever wonder what in the world they are so happy about? I’d believe we could all be that person. I have a feeling those cheerful people, regardless of their circumstances, have more joy and happiness in their lives because they’ve decided to be positive and thankful. <more...>

Chariot of Fire
by Ted Schroder
While on sabbatical in England I studied the poems of R.S. Thomas, a Welsh minister. One of them caught my imagination and inspired me to preach a sermon on its subject for All Saints’. It is entitled, “The Cry of Elisha After Elijah”, reflecting the famous incident recorded in 2 Kings 2 when the company of the prophets tell Elisha that the Lord was going to take his master away from <more...>

How Can We Make It Happen?
by Ted Schroder
There is no greater frustration in life than experiencing a gap between our ideals and our realities, between our expectations and our actualities. That is the constant problem in political discourse as well as religious experience. It’s the disappointment felt by the losing team. So it is healthy for us to consider the practicalities of our own ideals: how realistic are we about what we can achieve in our own lives and in our church.  <more...> 

Fear Not
by Ted Schroder
“And there were shepherds living out in fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. And angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people….This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby.. lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:8-10)  <more...>

Joy of Every Longing Heart
by Ted Schroder
The book of Isaiah is quoted at least 75 times in the New Testament, more than any other Old Testament prophet. Isaiah is the evangelist of the Old Testament, speaking prophecies of which he was not aware, whose fulfillment would be in the coming of the Messiah, the Christ, the king of kings. Matthew cites Isaiah 9:1,2 to show how Jesus fulfilled the prophecy that the coming King would live in the Galilee of the Gentiles, “the people in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Matthew 4:16)  <more...>

I'm Just a Housewife. What Can I Do for God?
by Erika of This Christian Wahm
Many moons ago; when I was nine years old, I felt the Lord had called me to the mission field. I had a heart for God and I was young and innocent. I just figured I'd grow up and go to be a missionary in Africa and become the next Livingston! <more...>

It Doesn't Have To Make Sense
by Lee Wise
I would like to understand and eliminate much of what I see in the world  <more...>

Faith For Dummies--Fly Fishing With Dub
by Kenneth P Mowery
Years ago I lived next door to the perfect neighbor. His name was Dub. He was an avid sportsman and often included me on his Saturday adventures into the woods and wilds of Northern Colorado. <more...>

Okay, Jesus. Let's Go: 
Staying Sensitive To The Desires Of Jesus
by Lee Wise
Mark 2:13-14 "Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector's booth. 'Follow me,' Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him" <more...>

Spiritual Warfare And The Deuteronomy Factor 
by Dr. Jay Snell
The Three Principles of Spiritual Warfare are explained in Deuteronomy 2. To achieve victory, you and I must follow these same principles to the letter. <more...>

I Need Some Help...May I Ask You Something?
Giving And Receiving Quality Advice
by Lee Wise
A Beautiful Moment In Time
© Lee Wise 2003 All rights reserved


I was in one of those "I'm not so sure what to think about
this" moments when I stepped inside the office of a friend.
Had you been there, I am fairly certain you would have 
noticed the sincerity in my voice as I stated: "I have 'one 
of those' questions for you again." 

How to Care for your Terminally Ill Loved One
by Lorraine Kember
Apart from our own death experience we will never be closer to or understand more, the process of dying than when we are the carer of a fellow human being with a terminal illness. Most often it is our loved one who we will be caring for, making the task even more overwhelming. To constantly bear witness to the ravages of the disease knowing you are powerless to stop it is a huge burden. <more...>

The Importance of Laughter and Tears
by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.
Ron grew up in a household where laughter and tears were never expressed. Anger was the main feeling expressed by his mother, while his father was mostly withdrawn. By the time Ron was eight years old,

Where Have All the Disciples Gone? 
by Brian Jones
Five years ago my family and I started a new church in the suburbs of Philadelphia. When we arrived I wanted the first dollar our church spent to make a statement about the kind of church we were going to become. So I took every penny we had in our church's checking account, which wasn't much, and blew it all in one day. I called the police station in our area and asked, "Where is the most drug infested, crime-ridden neighborhood in our entire region?" Without hesitation he named a <more...>

Commands With Promise
by Dr. Jay Snell
The Scriptures contain many commandments with a promise attached for The Abrahamic Seed Group. These promises are fulfilled for us when and if we perform the commandment. Here's a case in point where a commandment with promise was given to The Abrahamic Seed Group. <more...>

Pursing Excellence In Everyday Life
©Lee Wise 2002,2003
I "PLACED"...  I couldn't believe it -- I placed.  My first swim meet.  <more...>

An Overview of the Bible
by Clyde Cox
One of the problems with Bible reading is that we skip around so much that we cannot see the continuity of the story of God. <more...>

The Organizing Secrets of Noah. 
by Nita Jackson
All around Noah was chaos and violence. God decided to wipe out the whole mess and start over with just Noah and his family. The following are five principles that helped Noah with such a large task. <more...>

Turn on the Lightswitch
by Erika of This Christian Wahm
As many times as I've gotten up during the night, whether it be to stumble into one of my daughter's rooms to see what they were crying about, or to get a drink of water...I didn't need to turn on the lights. <more...>

Family Pride
by Pastor Ellen
There is an old joke about what one junior firecracker said to another, "My pop is bigger than your pop!" And this claim often is made among young ones today. Maybe not in so many words, but the pride of having the best dad in the world is common.  <more...>

Making Things Harder
by Brian Jones
In a letter historians call "The Epistle To Diognetus," an unknown second century disciple wrote to a skeptic named Diognetus to answer his questions about this strange new religion called "Christianity." The opening lines of his letter capture what people must have found so appealing about followers of Jesus roughly 1,750 years ago. <more...>

Addiction to Talking 
by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.
There is an old joke about people who talk a lot: “Do you know the 12-Step program for people who talk a lot? On and On Anon!” <more...>

How To Renew Your Mind For Healing
by Dr. Jay Snell
A renewed mind, in the Biblical sense, is a mind that is so saturated with Scripture that it thinks Scripture when a crisis hits, rather than relying on wits for a solution to the crisis. <more...>

Writing The Future Chapters Of My Life ... Today
Lessons On Life From The Apostle Paul
by Lee Wise
"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death... If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me." (Philippians 1:20-22) <more...>

Camouflaged Christians
by Nora Penia
Hunters and soldiers often use camouflage to remain unseen and hidden. They go to great effort to conceal their appearance: special clothes, face paint, painted vehicles and tools. Often their lives depend on their ability to remain invisible.  <more...>

God Is In Control
by Phil Cramer
There are times in our lives when the journey that we are on seems overwhelming and the path is simply too difficult to travel. Life sometimes seems to be so unfair. I see 
perfectly healthy people living out their lives of greed and 
selfishness, and then I see others who are absolutely 
wonderful people, struggling with the trials and hardships 
that are always associated with disease and illness.  <more...>

Struggling With Addictions
by Annagail Lynes
What kind of bad habits do you struggle with? Most people think that when they come to Christ that their bad habits will magically disappear. And some church people act like if you have any bad habits in your life that you must not truly be saved, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Christians or not, we are all people, and people make mistakes. People have bad habits. <more...>

Faith Turns The Impossible Into Reality
by Dr. Jay Snell
Notice how God creates reality through faith. In Genesis he performed a miracle for Abraham. He made a statement that was humanly impossible but God made it so. <more...>

Leonardo da Vinci 
A Biography of the Renaissance Man 
by Bianca Tavares
Leonardo Da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, Italy. It is uncertain that Vinci, just west of Florence, was the actual birthplace and it is often debated that perhaps he was born in a farmhouse in Anchiano. Nevertheless, Vinci claims the prestigious title of the birthplace of Leonardo Da Vinci. <more...>

A Scary Thought For Some...
by Caleb Osborne
What could be a scary thought for some? How bout' this--The thought that as a Christian you can do whatever you want......scary? <more...>

Take A Break
By Lee Wise
Think about relaxing...  That's right: relaxing. 

You'd like to, wouldn't you? I can almost hear you though: "You gotta be kiddin'! Vacation? Good night, I can hardly find time drink my vitamin C filled orange juice in the morning let alone think about a vacation. Get real!" <more...>

Scripture For When You Feel Alone
by Dr. Jay Snell
Here is a Scripture that will build your faith to a fever pitch. Actually this is my wife Corky's favorite Scripture. She signs her name with this reference on every letter she writes. <more...>

Overcoming Prejudice 
by Brian Jones
When I entered junior high I quickly set two goals for my seventh grade year: First, to get Kacey Gire to kiss me; and Second, to keep my friend Eric Green and myself out of the hospital. Every morning as Eric and I walked to the Rosemore Junior High School we were forced to walk past a group of guys that we called "Hoods." <more...>

7 Ways to change your Walk of Faith into a Walk of Faith with Power
by Reverend Alan E Fuller
1.  Begin a regular time of intimacy with the Lord.
I cannot stress the importance of spending regular time with the Lord.  If we don't do so, we don't have a full relationship with Him.  And if we don't have a <more...>

Too Young to Survive?
by LeAnn R. Ralph
Eight o’clock on a beautiful June morning in southern Wisconsin. The sun was shining. The birds were singing. And I was on my way to the stable where I boarded my two horses. Little did I know that in just a few minutes I would become a “momma kitty.” <more...>

by Erika of This Christian Wahm
Have you ever had a morning like this in the middle of your kitchen before school? Let's listen in on the conversation: <more...>

Scripture For When You Are Helpless
by Dr. Jay Snell
All of us who live in the East Texas area just came through Hurricane Rita. Much damage was done through here. Through it all, though, Proverbs 1:33 came through for us. <more...>

Cultivating Spiritual Intimacy
by Omaudi Reid
When two people - destined for each other, come together, there is often an incredible amount of combustibility. Combustion occurs when two or more substances react chemically together, resulting in the giving off of heat and light; often called burning. In the same manner, two people joined together by God can spiritually set each other on fire. <more...>

Out of the Mouth Comes the Heart
by Dionna Sanchez
I think most people are very careless these days and I’m not simply referring to people throwing trash on the streets or failing to keep track of time. I think people have become careless about what they let come out of their mouths. <more...>

Translator Robs Words of Beauty
by Paul Griffitts
Today we are looking at one of the most beautiful words in the Bible that has been rendered almost meaningless and its power stripped by the translators. Let's begin by taking a look at Heb. 13:22. <more...>

Law and Order of the Spiritual Kind
by Geela
There is no such thing as a coincidence. Albert Einstein reasoned that, “God simply does not play dice.” While we may not fully understand the reasons behind certain events, there are laws and order in the universe specifically designed to facilitate harmony and prosperity for all living things. Yet, as humans, we violate

Is it Time for a Priorities Check Up? 
by Lesley Spencer
Working from home is a dream to many people. And its true, it comes with many benefits. Working from home enables moms to plan their day around children’s needs and schedule. Having the freedom and flexibility to attend school functions, play paper dolls at 11:00 a.m. or have an afternoon tea party in the middle of the living floor are all luxuries of working from home. Working at home is great, but be aware, priorities can get blurred. 

Cancer – Courage and Love
by Lorraine Kember
Everyday we hear of people dealing with incredible sadness and loss and we wonder; how do they do it? Where do they find the courage the strength? We may even ask ourselves how we would cope under the circumstances. Sadly, we only become aware of the answer, when tragedy visits us and our own lives are thrown into turmoil. 

Watch Your Language!
by Annagail Lynes
I have a big mouth. If you have read my testimony, you know that I have struggled with panic attacks and an anxiety disorder that most of the time left my tongue paralyzed when it came to simple things, such as ordering a meal or answering the phone. God delivered me from the solitude I had imprisoned myself in. However, I had a new problem--now I talked too much. <more...>

These Hands
For 29 years, these same hands that are typing this article, have worked hard. They’ve worked in factories, libraries, universities and stores. They’ve built things, and taken just as many things apart. They’ve held my baby, now fully grown daughter close to my heart, and they’ve held loved ones tightly as the end of life’s journey drew near. <more...>

by Lee Wise
Encouragement is the art of refreshing the heart of another person. We do that in a variety of ways: 

-We share a neat idea with someone. 

-We give that special, "caring touch" to another. <more...>

Getting Unstuck from Procrastination 
by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.
Sherry was behind on many important things in her life. She had unpaid traffic tickets, the insurance on her car had lapsed, she had a stack of unpaid bills, and her apartment was a mess. Sherry was not happy with this situation, yet seemed unable to do anything about it. Even when she set aside the time to get these things done, something always got in the way.  <more...>

Goal Setting for the New Year
by Patricia R. Chadwick
As the New Year dawns, now is the time to think of your goals for t he coming year. I’d once heard a saying, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time!” <more...>

Three Questions That Need To Be Answered
by Lee Wise
How would you answer this question: "Are there any patterns of thinking or acting you have noticed over the years that seem to be a part of what it means to live a quality life?" <more...>

What 'That 70's Show' Taught Me About Christianity
by Caleb Osborne
What in the world could I have possibly learned about Christianity from "That 70's Show"? I'm sure that's what everyone is thinking right about now. <more...>

I Resolve: 10 Tips for Making Resolutions That Last!
by Colleen Langenfeld
It's that time of year again. If you like the idea of making a fresh start, but are tired of enduring the frustrations of broken resolutions, try these simple tips for starting new habits that really last! <more...>

The Out Of Debt Lifestyle
by John Cook
Many people have been taught that you cannot get ahead without debt. We are also inundated with advertising telling us we can have anything we want. All we need to do is put it on our credit card. <more...>

Are you committing these 3 Mistakes in your Christian life?
by Caleb Osborne
You're probably sabotaging your successful Christian life right now if you're making one or more of these mistakes. Do you know what they are? <more...>

Thinking About Success
Defining Why And How I Choose To Live My Life 
By Lee Wise

There can be many "faces" to success. To name only a few, success for some people might be... 

*Being a loving, caring and encouraging parent 
*Earning so many dollars a year    <more...>

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