Tomorrow’s Promise, Today’s Indulgence

Is tomorrow always the big day, the start of something good and new?

“We promise ourselves that tomorrow is the big day, the day when we will really begin to pray against a particular sin, wrestle against a particular temptation, address a particular habit. And what happens? First of all, our own sinful hearts will incline to one last fling, one last binge – after all, we will... Continue Reading

36 Things I Know After 36 Years of Marriage

To honor our many years together, here are 36 lessons I've found most valuable

“People who are unhappily married sometimes think marriage is the problem — that marriage is unnatural or outdated or impossible to do well. There’s not a third entity called marriage. Everything that goes on between you is your creation. Each of you playing your part. Why not create something worthwhile?”   This week, my husband... Continue Reading

#PoliceLivesMatter

If ever we needed reminding of the extreme danger and difficulty of police work, we had it in agonizing clarity in New York on Saturday night.

Our society is plunged into even greater division and enmity, the future looking bleaker, not brighter, by the day. If ever there was a time for fervent prayer, it’s now – individually and corporately. What to pray? All I can offer are the instinctive reflexes of my own heart:   If ever we needed reminding... Continue Reading

The Matchless Titles of our Wonderful Savior

Let us worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ this Christmas season! He alone is worthy!

This Christmas season, we should take some time to really think about the wonderful titles and attributes of Jesus and how each of them speaks of how priceless and incomparable He is - 1. He is our Savior, the One who rescues us from sin and death by His death and resurrection. 2. He is the Christ,... Continue Reading

Sorrow, Depression, and the Holidays

Here are 11 truths for strength in sorrow

And Christmas time or not, many of us experience the normal, heavy weight of discouragement and depression as a regular thing; dejection, confusion, frustration, sadness, hopelessness, anxiousness, anger, darkness, despair. But God has answers and real hope from his word for the battle.   Depression and discouragement are not respecters of the holidays. For many... Continue Reading

Christmas and “The Least Common Denominator Jesus”

Many Christians find a basis for inter-faith dialogue in the Muslim prophet referred to in the Koran as Isa, the Islamic “Jesus.” But who is this "Isa"?

Bostom quotes his friend, Anglican priest, Islamic scholar and  author, and human rights activist, Dr. Mark Durie, who has declared, “Christians would be appalled if they knew that Isa, the Muslim “Jesus,” is merely a Muslim prophet, whose ultimate “job description” is to destroy Christianity, and help impose Islam, and itstotalitarian Sharia, upon all of... Continue Reading

India Intervenes on Christmas Conversion of Thousands of Christians to Hinduism

Are government officials finally reining in Hindu nationalists?

The ultimate aim of the Hindu nationalist group, affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), is to make sure that Christianity and Islam “cease to exist” in India, reports the Washington Post. Debates over coerced religious conversions stymied India’s parliament this month, reports World Watch Monitor (WWM).   A plan to convert 5,000 Indian Christians... Continue Reading

Please Don’t Give Them Porn for Christmas

If you choose to give your kids digital devices for Christmas, be sure to take measures to protect them.

The statistics don’t lie. According to recent research, 52% of pornography is now viewed through mobile devices, and 1 in 5 searches from a mobile device is for porn. The average age of first exposure to pornography is 12. Nine out of 10 boys and 6 out of 10 girls will be exposed to pornography... Continue Reading

I Hate My Sin!

Thomas Watson, in The Godly Man’s Picture, said that a godly person is an “evangelical weeper.” What does this mean?

A true Christian not only recognizes his own sin and openly confesses it to God, but also mourns over his sin because it is offensive to God and his law.  While we shouldn’t judge a person’s repentance by the amount of tears he sheds, we can safely say that a true Christian will feel godly... Continue Reading

Is Worry Always A Sin?

Godly worry versus sinful worry. What's the difference?

Is that all the Bible teaches on worry: just stop it? That’s a simple answer, but it doesn’t map well onto the complexities of life. If your spouse is seriously ill and you’re not concerned, or if your child’s salvation means no more to you than tomorrow’s weather forecast, something is wrong. Worry goes right... Continue Reading

There is Always Glory in the Tension

We have these two realities side by side: our sin and God’s holiness. Do you feel the tension?

If God were to maintain his justice, holiness and goodness while also extending his mercy, grace, and love to us then there is a very specific course that must happen. Since sin happened at the hands of man then a man (human) must pay for sin. But the problem is, all have sinned (Rom. 3:23).... Continue Reading

Facts About Buying Animals from World Vision’s Gift Catalog

A donation to buy a goat (or some other animal) does not necessarily lead to the purchase of a goat.

In the video, Jack buys a goat on his mother’s behalf and Isaiah gets a goat dropped into his family’s lap. Perhaps the video is not meant to be taken seriously, or maybe it intends to create a friendly myth, like the tooth fairy or Santa Claus. Someday Jack’s dad is going to read this... Continue Reading

Dickens’ Christmas Mystery

After you have put up your decorations and prepared your mulled cider read Dickens’ “A Christmas Tree”

“A Christmas Tree” was published in 1850 at a time when the Christmas tree tradition was strong in Germany, but not yet the fad that it has become in the 21st century. Dickens was showing some English readers a first look at this Christmas tradition.   For fun Christmas reading this season, I highly recommend... Continue Reading

Two Florida Churches Merge With Hope Of Bridging A Racial Divide

Two Florida churches are soon expected to undergo a merger that pastors hope will help send a message on race relations throughout the state -- and beyond

In the coming month, the church will undergo small but critical moves to merge the two institutions and will officially launch a united congregation within the first few days of the new year. Charles will serve as the primary teaching pastor while Clifford will oversee all of the Christian education along with a weekday and... Continue Reading

Dear Suicidal Friend, There Is Hope

Hope grows out of Christ-like character, which can only be produced in the fires of suffering; therefore, a believer should not seek escape from suffering.

Hope is confident expectation in God to be faithful to fulfill each and every one of His promises. Hope is in God. It is found in no other place. But what exactly does that mean? What mental ‘hooks of hope’ can we hang our thoughts upon? What truths must we continually feed to our idea-voracious... Continue Reading

Fleeing Persecution, Christian Converts Find Safe Houses In England

There are over 2.8 million Muslims in England and conversions are few; Christian Concern hopes British families will open their homes and hearts to ex-Muslims whose lives are at risk.

Christian Concern believes thousands of Muslims are anxious to convert and in need of housing so they can get back onto their feet after suffering verbal — and sometimes physical — attacks from families, friends and co-workers. “We are motivated by a deep sense of love and compassion for those that feel trapped in a situation... Continue Reading

The Only Movie Villains Left: Republicans, Christians & God

With the Sony hack, no more North Korean villains in movies

Dang. With the Sony hack, no more North Korean villains in movies. China is funding our movies now, so no Chinese villains. Castro is now a hero, so no Communist villains of any stripe. Muslims will fatwa, riot or bomb, so no Islamic villains. Liberals still rule Hollywood, so still no Left Wing villains. Looks like... Continue Reading

Andrew Luck Is Revolutionizing Trash Talk

You probably don't expect Andrew Luck to be much of a trash talker; it depends on your definition of trash talk.

Luck’s father, Oliver, told Clark it’s just how they raised their son, to be polite. “My wife and I raised all four of our kids with appropriate values, with respect for other people and to be kind and generous and I guess that carried over to the football field.”   You probably don’t expect Andrew... Continue Reading

11 Christmas Eve Sermons That Often Get Preached, But We Don’t Want To Hear

What is the pastor going to preach this year?

I know there are a lot of great Christmas sermons that have been and will be preached. I know that many of my fellow pastors work hard to proclaim the story of Jesus born into the world for all creation and for us in particular. But I think Christmas can drive pastors, squirrelly, trying to... Continue Reading

UNBROKEN Film Gets My Dad’s Faith Right

I was 4 when the movie rights to my father’s life story were acquired by Hollywood –and finally, on Christmas Day, UNBROKEN will reach the big screen

That was his greatest hope for the film version of UNBROKEN: not that it would be applauded by fellow Christians, although he certainly would have been honored and humbled by their appreciation; but that it would be seen by non-Christians drawn to a rousing epic about the indomitable human spirit who, when the credits have... Continue Reading

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association To Release New Documentary About Unbroken’s Louis Zamperini

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will release a new documentary film on Dec. 25 called 'Louis Zamperini: Captured by Grace.'

Louis Zamperini is also the subject of ‘Captured by Grace’, a compelling, documentary-style film that chronicles his remarkable journey – from Olympic runner to WWII prisoner of war – all the way to his return home and encounter with Jesus Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade in Los Angeles in 1949.   CHARLOTTE, N.C. (ANS)... Continue Reading

How Christmas Lost Its Soul

Christmas is a chance to showcase the best of Christianity. Instead, it vomits up the worst.

“Much of the best music the world has ever produced is in some way Christian, yet at Christmas time they go out of their way to showcase the worst. It’s the spiritual equivalent of McDonalds bringing the McRib back every year for a limited time. If the baby Jesus were alive today, he’d demand earplugs along... Continue Reading

Serving The God of Holy-Love

God’s love provided in Christ’s death what God’s holiness required

“Christian service is unique for three reasons. First, it is unique in its source. That source is our redemption in Christ. Second, it is unique in its objective, which is to model, as far as is possible, Christ’s kind of servanthood. Third, it is unique in its character, for it is motivated by God’s holy-love.... Continue Reading

Speech Perversion and Gospel Truth

Jesus opposed the devaluation of speech, which turned language from stewardship into gamesmanship

“Jesus teaches us here that all our speech—every word—is spoken before God and lies under his scrutiny. Each word involves the reality of God in our lives. That is, by each spoken word those around us can know if God is really in our character. Our language betrays our heart. It is unavoidable. “For out... Continue Reading

George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, You, and Me

We need to decide whether information that has been made public should really be considered public

“It is only a matter of time before something like this happens to someone you know. At some point you may well be faced with the opportunity to go rooting through another person’s emails after they have been hacked and made public. So let me ask: Will you read those emails? Will you read your... Continue Reading

Husbands, Make Submission Joyful

In combining biblical submission with leadership, the beauty of God’s design for marriage is seen

“Christ is the picture given to the husband to follow in leadership. He must be willing to give up the greatest personal comforts for the sake of his bride, just as Christ was. Therefore, the husbands concern in marriage is not his happiness and ease, but his wife’s.”   Last week we began looking at... Continue Reading

Thabiti Anyabwile Is Wrong

Both the left and right are wont to baptize their social and political views with the Gospel

“Mr. Anyabwile and others think that in the providence of God the deaths of black men at the hands of police, particularly the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and the stranglehold used on Eric Garner in New York City, have pressed upon American society and the Christian church the issue of racial justice.”... Continue Reading

Kentucky Rejects $18M In Tax Incentives For Noah’s Ark Park

The group behind the project — Answers in Genesis — says it is considering legal action

“State tourism tax incentives cannot be used to fund religious indoctrination or otherwise be used to advance religion,” Tourism Secretary Bob Stewart wrote in the letter. “The use of state incentives in this way violates the separation of church and state provisions of the Constitution and is therefore impermissible.”   A proposed Noah’s Ark theme... Continue Reading

‘It Meets My Needs’ and Other Bad Reasons for Choosing a Church

Not all reasons for choosing a church are created equal

“If your primary goal is to be entertained, follow an entertaining pastor. If your primary goal is to know Jesus, follow a pastor who can lead you to the throne. If you don’t know how to assess which is which, ask yourself whether people walk away from the worship gathering thinking, “Wow, that pastor is... Continue Reading

3 Christmas Pitfalls for Parents

Bring the full picture of Christ’s redemption into as many conversations as you possibly can this Christmas.

If we want to give our children the gift of clearer gospel understanding this Christmas, we must put more thought into how we lead them than we put into buying gifts and making Pinterest crafts. How should we shepherd our kids through a season laden with greed? Should we give one present per child, tithe... Continue Reading

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