Month: June 2012

Ignorance & Innocence

Some people avoid going to the doctor because they don’t want to find out that anything is wrong with them. Some people avoid going to church for the same reason. But ignorance of our sickness doesn’t make us healthy, and ignorance of our sin doesn’t make us innocent

when love came to town

I have a friend whose tastes in music are as broad as it gets. Knowing that it could be anything from punk to classical, I once asked him about a song he was listening to on his iPod. Judging by the way he was swaying back and forth, I knew the song was speaking to [...]

Do you think you need to love yourself in order to be able to love others?

Friday, June 29, 2012, Part 1

“Submitting to one another in the fear of God. Wives, to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband” (Ephesians 5:21-33).

IDEA: To misinterpret or misapply a passage of Scripture always has consequences.

PURPOSE: To help listeners realize the dangers that may grow out of bad exegesis.

Help Is On The Way!

When 33 miners were trapped in a Chilean mine deep under the earth’s surface, I wonder if they felt totally lost and doomed to a slow and painful death. Imagine how they must have been filled with joy when they got a message from above that the rescue team knew exactly where they were and that the process of getting them out had already begun!

sin’s receipt

I was walking through a museum exhibit about the American Civil War when I came across a chilling item. It was a receipt, like what you might get from a shop. But this was for a slave named Sally, who had been received in good health from a slave trader. We’re horrified by the buying [...]

My life at His discretion–Frank’s Story

Sometimes the paths we take in life can lead us to places we never would have expected. Frank’s troubled childhood, a difficult marriage, and unexpected pain were not figments of his imagination, but God was with him every step of the way. Encouragement in your walk with God. Find out more of what the Bible...

One of those days

By Megan Low, Australia Woke up this morning feeling incomplete, discouraged and extremely lousy. I was thinking about my inabilities. I do not know how to share the gospel in my primary language, or speak a second fluently. I am not good at drawing. I can’t read music. I can only play the drums. But [...]

In Praise Of Sovereignty

In James Fenimore Cooper’s book The Last of the Mohicans, we become acquainted with a character named David Gamut. He is a devout Christian who delights in setting the Psalms to music and singing them no matter what circumstances life brings his way. Gamut believes that God can be trusted in crisis as well as in good times. He lives a life in praise of God’s sovereignty—His supreme power, authority, and control over the world.

Gain wisdom from the book of Proverbs to help you during the difficult child-rearing years

Thursday, June 28, 2012, Part 2

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

IDEA: The vagueness of Proverbs 22:6 brings us some clarity about the principles of rearing children.

PURPOSE: To help listeners see that the proverbs give us a skill in handling life.

faith in a box

Having purchased fire-escape ladders for our two-story home, we decided to take them out of the box and practice using them before the onset of an emergency. So on a hot summer day our family climbed out of our upstairs windows one at a time. Comical for anyone to watch, the tone of events changed [...]

Our Daily Bread in Polish

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A Commitment To Care

During the months following the death of my wife’s mother, we received a number of cards and letters from the hospice team who had so lovingly cared for Mom and walked with our family along the pathway of loss. One letter offered thoughts on dealing constructively with grief. Another said, “As the date of your mother’s birthday approaches, we remember her, and our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.” These wonderful care- givers know that grieving is an ongoing process that requires continuing help and support. They exhibit deep compassion in all they do.

Discover wisdom for raising children

Wednesday, June 27, 2012, Part 1

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

IDEA: The vagueness of Proverbs 22:6 brings us some clarity about the principles of rearing children.

PURPOSE: To help listeners see that the proverbs give us a skill in handling life.

the Spirit of truth

“May the force be with you.” Those familiar with the Star Wars film saga recognize this famous phrase, given out as a blessing to those embarking on a critical or dangerous mission. The force, as presented in the series, is an impersonal metaphysical characteristic that empowers individuals to undertake and complete their tasks. “The Holy [...]

Lessons from a PSP Game

By Azrine Ajien, Malaysia I recently downloaded Lunar 2: Eternal Blue. It is a role-playing game which I have been longing to play. It was awesome when I started playing it. The graphics was fantastic and the characters were adorable! However, I realized that the sound effects were quite awkward and not as good as [...]

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