One of the challenges missionaries face is sorting out what parts of the culture they are working in can and can not be mixed with Christianity. Certainly Jesus has been worshipped and followed within all kinds of cultural situations throughout history throughout the world. Every culture, however, has elements that don’t mix with Jesus. For […]

Do you feel guilty for enjoying the good things of this life? Is your delight dampened by feelings of shame when you find yourself really having fun doing something “unspiritual?” Some suppose that it is unspiritual to really enjoy sports, a picnic with friends, hobbies, or anything that is not related to church or ministry. […]

The time of Israel’s divided kingdom is not familiar to many people in our day. After King Solomon stopped following the Lord and worshiped the pagan gods of his many wives, God decreed that the kingdom would be stripped from Solomon’s son. The split happened in 931 B. C.. The ten tribes of the north became known […]

            The Bible plainly teaches that every person who has ever been saved, or ever will be saved was predestined to be saved from before the foundation of the world. Although some godly Christians object to this reality, many Bible verses reveal the truth that God is sovereign of people’s salvation.             Ephesians 1:3-5 may […]

Waiting around is not fun––especially if your phone’s battery has run out! What is the longest wait times you experience? For some, the doctor’s office seems like a never ending delay. Other people have spent hours waiting for their turn at the Department of Driver Services. The weekend lines at Six Flags go on and […]

This is that fateful time of the year that we reflect back on those significant resolutions we made three and a half whole weeks ago. We realize that we have broken several of them (or all of them!), and wonder if we should bother with trying to keep up with them any more. “Oh well,” […]

            Recently I heard someone describe the importance of being part of a “Bible-reading church.” That phrase caught my attention.             I have often heard (and said) that a Christian should be part of a Bible-believing church or a Bible-preaching church, but I have never thought specifically about the importance […]

Sometimes my daughter doesn’t want to finish the game. When she makes a costly mistake and she knows that her score will not be one of the best, she just pushes the button to start the video game over right away. If there were a restart button in life, how many times would you have pushed […]

Christmas is beautiful. Beyond the bright lights and decorations, the story of God the Son wrapping his glory in flesh and blood is profound and precious. Amid all of the hurry and hype, gifts and goodies, people and presents, let’s take a few moments to savor the wonder of the incarnation. The term incarnation means […]

While some people enjoy this season as the most wonderful time of the year, others shuffle along through the sludge of sorrows. The holidays have the power to 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 […]