|Posted on May 22, 2018 at 1:30 AM||comments (0)|
A Promising Future
There are many hundreds of methods out there for maximizing your potential in life, in business, in all kinds of areas. Some are sound, some are not, some are absolutely wonderful (like Game Plan for Life, of course). But even the best can't help but be incomplete in spots. And none of us are able to follow them perfectly, even then.
So while we are wise to gather information and set our goals, to make our plans and chart our progress,...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 14, 2018 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
The Enemy Within
Dr. Larimore, writing in Game Plan for Life, talks about the "Four Wheels of Health"--physical, emotional, relational, spiritual. A fully healthy person is one who is consistently, continually achieving balance in each of these areas. If any of the four loses air or goes flat, the whole thing begins to weave and wobble.
But here's the deal. While it makes so much sense to hear him tell it, there is a big part of us that resists be...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 7, 2018 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
The Company You Keep
Our moms and dads could be pretty picky about the kinds of friends we hung around with. They understood it doesn't always take much persuasion, even for the best of kids, to turn innocent fun into risky behavior. Being with the right people, they knew, makes peer pressure a good thing.
But peer pressure isn't something that automatically ends when we take on adult responsibilities. Just because we're not teenage boys being dared to d...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 30, 2018 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
Suitable for All Ages
You may not think you know much about God, or the Bible, or the best way to explain the finer points of Christian doctrine. But if you still have children at home, you can be pretty sure they don't know as much as you do. And they could learn a lot more than you think if you'd just start the conversation.
Granted, trying to instruct our children in the ways and teachings of God is not easy for a lot of us. It can be awkward. It's no...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 23, 2018 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
The battle against sexual lust is sort of in a class by itself for most men. Other allures and temptations may buzz around us, but few if any can stir up this kind of struggle, shame, and enslavement. It can make us want things that seem irresistible. Yet in turning away, we find things that are irreplaceable.
Pure living, for example, means exchanging deception for truth, darkness for light--the freedom to uncomplicate our lives with the wo...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 16, 2018 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
These are tough economic times all around. The same rules and assumptions that used to be part of the wall paint of life don't seem to apply any more. Housing values don't just automatically go up. The next stop on the Dow Jones index may not be a thousand more, perhaps a thousand less. Dividends that used to pay like clockwork may now be calculated at pennies on the share, if at all.
So when we open our Bibles and read, "Blessed is...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 9, 2018 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
Always and Never
Very few things in life are "always" and "never." Your wife doesn't always tell you how to drive. Your pastor isn't always asking for money. It's not like your kids never do a thing you say. But when it comes to God, there are some always and nevers you can take to the bank.
He is "always at his work" (John 5:17), never dozing off or growing tired of meeting your needs. He is "always righteous" (Jeremiah 12:1), never changing to accommod...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 2, 2018 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
The Ultimate Rescue
There are few symbols of bravery more compelling than that of New York City’s first responders streaming into Towers One and Two on this cloudless day in 2001. If not for those squadrons of emergency crews, heavy with rescue gear, bounding up ring after ring of suffocating stairwells, the tragedy that claimed thousands of human lives could have easily killed tens of thousands.
We can hardly fathom such extreme levels of heroism....Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 26, 2018 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
Ups and Downs
The medal stand. The winner's circle. The trophy presentation ceremony, followed at noon the next day by an open-convertible parade down Main Street. The sports world knows how to tell who's been successful at accomplishing what they set out to do. You can spot the champion by the title he holds.
But God doesn't work that way. Titles, ranking, and position are not his barometers of success for us, nor should they be of ours. Just because a ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 20, 2018 at 1:45 AM||comments (0)|
Death to Fear
We're all pretty different. Different tastes in restaurants. Different sizes of televisions. Different favorite places to go on vacation. But one thing that's common to every man on earth is this: we're all on a collision course with death. Except for those living among the blessed generation who will still be filling out their dress shirts when Jesus comes back, no one's getting out of here alive.
And some people have a hard time living wi...Read Full Post »