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How to Overcome Our Most Damaging Response to Frustrating Times

How to Overcome Our Most Damaging Response to Frustrating Times

It’s possible to let your thoughts run to places that are not redemptive during frustrating and disappointing times. We are in those times. The two primary strongholds are fear and anger. Fearfulness captures too many of us in dire situations while others respond angrily at… Continue Reading …

Thinking about Those People Who Are Not like You

Thinking About Those People Who Are Not Like You

As the divide in our country continues to widen, the temptation to be harsh, sinfully angry, or retaliate in ungodly ways toward those who think differently from you is high. There are times when we can think more highly of ourselves and less considerate of… Continue Reading …

What Is the Litmus Test for a Leader, and Are You One?

What Is the Litmus Test for a Leader, and Are You One_

The litmus test for a true Christian leader is their ability to replicate themselves into someone else. For the Christian leader, he’s exporting his Christ-life to another individual so that person can be Christlike. If a leader does not replicate himself into another, the Christian… Continue Reading …

The Insightful Advantage of Comparing Yourself to People

Comparing yourself to other people can be a huge blessing when you do it the right way. Of course, that is the key—the correct way. The implication is that you must not choose outward behaviors as the only way for assessing people. If you do,… Continue Reading …

The Unintended Spiritual Benefits of Legalism

The Unintended Spiritual Benefits of Legalism

Being holy is not legalism. Being an obedient and disciplined Christian does not have to be legalistic either. If something is wrong, an overreaction to that bad thing is also an inadequate response. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud,… Continue Reading …

Striving for Character, Better Than Making A’s

Our culture is quite clear: the path to success is through education. No doubt, becoming smarter is essential, but academic equipping is not the most important thing according to God’s Word. For all of you students who did not make straight A’s this year, I… Continue Reading …

The Joy-Depleting Problem Of Being Reared In a Christian Home

We don’t like thinking about our awfulness because we resist the biblical declaration that we’re rotten to the core (Isaiah 64:6). A person with a high view of himself gets hung up on his fallenness. Ironically, it is the acceptance of your wickedness that releases… Continue Reading …

The Cure For Self-Esteem

Mable walked into the woods one day, doused herself with gasoline, and set herself on fire. The newspapers said she suffered from low self-esteem. They were wrong. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, TuneIn, or Stitcher. If you want to comment… Continue Reading …

Day 18 – Teen Devotion: Who Is a Good Teen?

Day 18 – Teen Devotion_ Who Is a Good Teen

From a behavioral perspective, it’s easy to label teens in a good or bad category. We look at them and make our assessments. On the surface, we can see differences in their lives, but under the surface could be a different story. What is a… Continue Reading …

Case Study: When Thin Is In

Mable has been a Christian for 25 years. She just turned 42 and is a member of a solid church. Mable’s husband divorced her nine years ago and she has not remarried. Her current dress size is zero. Listen to the podcast It is evident… Continue Reading …