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Are You Characterized as a Thankful Person?

Are You Characterized As a Thankful Person

When you get to heaven, what will be the first words out of your mouth? I suspect it will be something along the lines of “thank you” for many of us. Two words. Two syllables. Are you practicing today what you’ll be saying throughout eternity? Listen to the… Continue Reading …

All You Need to Know for Camping On Black Friday

All You Need to Know for Camping On Black Friday

Each year in the states we have Black Friday. It is the unofficial kickoff of the Christmas season. If you’re planning to camp out for a good deal, I recommend thinking like a Boy Scout: Be Prepared. Here are eight practical things to know for… Continue Reading …

No Thanks For Thanksgiving: Confession of a Former Lonely Man

No Thanks for Thanksgiving

As a former lonely man who dreaded the holidays, I know encouragement from a friend can make all the difference in the world. Perhaps you can share your life with a struggling friend. Whom can you bless this holiday season? Listen to the podcast Our… Continue Reading …

Dealing With Difficult Relatives During the Holidays

Loving others the way God loves you can be a challenge anytime, but during the holidays the difficulty is intensified because some family members rub you the wrong way. There are two kinds of people in the world: Christians and non-Christians. Within these two people… Continue Reading …

The Relatives Are Coming. What Am I To Do?

Relatives can avoid extended family conflict because of their busy lives and lack of intentional interaction. It is another story during the holidays. Relatives are expected to engage each other during the holidays, and if their relationships are not strong, the joy of the season… Continue Reading …

The Art and Care of Correction

New Testament sanctification typically happens in corporate contexts, not in isolation. The apostle Paul wrote mostly to local churches, teaching those communities how to do mutual, reciprocal, life together. Listen to the podcast You may want to read: A Gospel-Centered Response to Criticism Do You… Continue Reading …

Do You Understand the Point of Your Trouble?

How do you think about the trouble in your life? I counsel a lot of Christians who have a lot of trouble in their lives. In a way, they are modern-day representations of Jonah–they are being swallowed up by their difficulties. Listen to Rick read… Continue Reading …

Case Study: No Thanks For Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving is Biff’s first without his wife and children. Mable left him this past spring, the culmination of a mediocre marriage that muddled along for seventeen years. Biff has three teenage sons, all of whom live with their mom, all of whom blame him… Continue Reading …

Eight Ways to an Effective Prayer Life

Prayer is every person’s dilemma and tension. Many Christians struggle with a consistent and dynamic prayer life. If you learn and practice these eight tips, you can change your prayer life. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, TuneIn, or… Continue Reading …

Ep. 58 Help Me Help My Difficult Relative

Shows Main Idea – Do you have a problematic relative or friend that you may need to confront? This podcast reveals ten things you need to know to help your challenging friend. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, TuneIn,… Continue Reading …