Christians used to think of fathers as the pastors of their families. While that seems strange to modern ears, it does express biblical ideas. God has appointed husbands and fathers as the heads of their families. First Corinthians 11:3 says, “But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and […]

With the coming of a new year usually comes a time of personal evaluation. Many people take time to reflect upon where they are in life, and where they would like to be. Often we make New Year’s Resolutions to begin the year refocused on our goals (one of which is to lose holiday pounds!). […]

While some people ride waves of this being the most wonderful time of the year, others slip into the sludge of sorrows. The holidays can amplify feelings of loss. Instead of filling the final part of the year with festive gatherings of family and special friends, giving and receiving extra-special gifts, there are some right […]

You are late to meet your friend. The car starts and you pull out into traffic as you notice that the gas needle hovering over the empty line. You try your best calculations to determine if the amount of gas remaining in your tank will keep the engine running until you reach your friend. You […]

The truth out of balance is often a bigger spiritual danger to a person’s soul than outright error. It is not enough that a teaching is true according to the Bible, it must always be held in its biblical proportion. The family is an area where truth can get out of balance. In the past […]

Do you know people with compatibility issues? This could be a couple, dating or married, that have extremely different personalities, styles, likes or dislikes, hobbies and interests, or even approaches to the checkbook. It’s been said that if two people in a marriage always agree about everything, one of them is unnecessary! But shouldn’t couples […]

Can a person know for sure that they are a Christian? Most agree that the answer is yes, absolutely. But an important follow up question is: On what basis can a person know that they are a Christian? Many people, especially in the south, think they are Christians. If you have attended a funeral lately, […]

How would you describe the successful Christian life? If you were following as closely to the Lord as possible, what would your life look like? Believe it or not Christians have very different approaches to the Christian life. In the same way that the archer needs to know where the bull’s eye is before he […]

Once C.S. Lewis created a fable to communicate how the words and pictures in the Bible about heaven might express how wonderful it will truly be (The Weight of Glory, New York: Touchstone, 1980, p. 85). He told his readers to imagine a woman in a dungeon that had just a little patch of daylight […]

When there are more expenses at the end of the month than money at hand, terrible feelings swirl. All kinds of thoughts and motivations manufacture terrible mixtures of miserable emotions. You worry about the growing credit card debt and its massive interest rate, the collecting agencies calling, how the family will be fed, if the […]