If you have been blessed... NS

If you have been blessed…

Listen to Rick read this post: If you have been blessed, encouraged, motivated, helped, and/or inspired by our ministry would you pray about making a donation to this work? Last year we went into every country in the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The outreach this year has been even greater with the launch of our new website, the growth of our Member Community, and the daily distribution of our Gospel-centered resources. [Tweet "If you have been blessed by this ministry would you make a donation to it?"] Our mission is to inspire and equip each person by providing practical tools and ongoing training for more effective living. If you have been impacted by Read
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Facebook: A new kind of intimacy

Listen to Rick read this post: Jeremy posted the wrong age on his Facebook page. Phillip has no picture of his wife in any of his photos. Camille has replaced Oprah watching with Facebook. Jan has reconnected with two of her old college boyfriends and has not told her husband. Wallace has no idea how much time his wife spends on Facebook. George does not state that he is married on his page. These six scenarios are more common than you might think. I have personally met people who use Facebook this way, which speaks to how any good thing Read
Are Christians supposed to have fun? NS

Are Christians supposed to have fun?

Listen to Rick read this post: A Member asked on the Forum about having fun. She wondered if she was supposed to have fun, while expressing how there seems to be an element of mystery about what fun should look like for a Christian. Let me ask you, Are Christians supposed to have fun? If so, what constitutes fun for the Christian? Do you have a fun theology? Let’s get personal: Do you have fun? Are you a fun person? It is not unusual to run into Christians who are un-fun or unhappy. Typically there are accompanying issues like Read
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Facebook: un nuevo tipo de intimidad

Jeremy posteó una edad falsa en su página de Facebook. Philip no tenía una imagen de su esposa en ninguna de sus fotos. Camille reemplazó a Oprah con Facebook. Jan se ha reconectado con dos de sus viejos novios de la Universidad y no le ha dicho a su esposo. Wallace no tiene idea de cuánto tiempo su esposa pasa en Facebook. George no dice que está casado en su página. Estas historias son verdaderas, aunque los nombres han sido cambiados. Si Facebook fuera un país, sería el tercer país más grande del mundo. Para la mayoría de nosotros es Read
The best thing some parents can do is stop parenting NS

The best thing some parents can do is stop parenting

Listen to Rick read this post: You cannot create unity from disunity. Kind begets kind, as the old King James Bible tells us. What goes in will come out. Therefore, if disunity is what is in your marriage, then disunity is what will come out of your marriage. What we are is what we are going to export. If your marriage is mostly characterized by disunity, then the likelihood of your children being relationally dysfunctional is strong. This is why my response to some parents, who are worried about how their children are doing, is an appeal for them to Read
Ten steps to find, develop, and enjoy great friends NS

Ten steps to find, develop, and enjoy great friends

Listen to Rick read this post: The best friends you could ever have are those who are truly heavenly minded. They know this world is not their home and they are not driving their stakes down, as though this is all that matters. They are not disconnected from the realities of this life because they are always seeking who they can connect with in order to show them a better way to enjoy life, as they await the life to come. They live in two worlds, but the accent mark is always on the world to come. To have a Read
Does your church have a Gospel edge? NS

Does your church have a Gospel edge?

Listen to Rick read this post: I am going to write from the general premise that most Christians are not cared for the way they need to be cared for--as it pertains to their sanctification. This has been my experience in caring for people through counseling. In almost all cases when a person comes to me for care, part of the problem is how he has not been receiving proper care. Isolation is one of the primary strategies of the enemy and one of the biggest challenges for folks in trouble. If a person can be isolated from community the Read
Weekend Shorts - Is God harassing you? NS

Lucy meets Aslan

Listen to Rick read this post: "…but Lucy never thought…stopped to think whether he was a friendly lion or not. She rushed to him. She felt her heart would burst if she lost a moment. And the next thing she knew was that she was kissing him and putting her arms as far round his neck as she could and burying her face in the beautiful rich silkiness of his mane. "Aslan, Aslan, Dear Aslan," sobbed Lucy. "At last." The great beast rolled over on his side so that Lucy fell, half sitting and half lying between his front paws. Read
Four essentials that authenticate your Christianity NS

Four essentials that authenticate your Christianity

Listen to Rick read this post: How do you know you are a Christian? I mean, apart from when Christ came to you, what are the evidences that you have been born from above (John 3:7)? While praying a prayer is essential to becoming a Christian (Romans 10:9, 13), the greater authentication is by the evidences of a transformed life. So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. - James 2:17 (ESV) If Christ did take up habitation inside of you, then there should be evidence of Him being there. It is kinda like when Read
A biblical response to Halloween NS

A biblical response to Halloween

Listen to Rick read this post: Halloween, from a degree of difficulty perspective, is the most challenging of all our holidays. A few days out of each October we are asked to give mental energy to this tradition. The good news is how this makes Halloween no different from any other thing in our lives. It is just another discipleship opportunity--a privilege the LORD gives us to bring a right response to our annual interruption. The Spirit of God gives us clarity to all things pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). His authoritative and sufficient Word comes alongside Read
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