Thursday, 07 April 2011 14:37

The Value of a Mentor

Written by Candy Arrington

Chris grew up poor and with no father around. He was constantly in trouble. One summer he went to a camp and met a man who became his mentor—a friend, counselor, and instructor. Chris heard words of affirmation and encouragement from his mentor and his life turned around. He became the first person in his family to graduate from high school and college. He later played pro ball and now works for a national ministry. Having a mentor made a huge impact on Chris’ life.

Thursday, 07 April 2011 14:18

How the Resurrection Changes Lives

Written by Karen O'Connor

As Lynn Morrissey, author and journaling instructor, stood at her father’s?graveside on what would have been his 80th birthday, “all hope vanished,” she said. “I was in deep grief and doubt in that moment.”

Oh God, she anguished, How can you raise up my father’s body, which is decaying to dust?

“Then suddenly, I heard overhead a joyful noise...

Friday, 11 March 2011 10:46

Cultivating Talent

Written by Candy Arrington

God gave each of us talents and creative minds. The first verse of the book of Genesis says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and earth.” God is Creator and He formed us in His image.  When He formed our universe, God could have made a boring environment that only sustained life. Instead He used all His creative ability to form majestic mountains, scenic lakes, vast oceans, and awe-inspiring deserts. He incorporated multiple colors, and created unusual animals and interesting plants. Instead of a drab world, he created beauty and variety for us to enjoy.

Recently in church, we talked about spiritual sickness and spiritual healing. You can be sick spiritually just like you can be sick physically. Sometimes, the symptoms of spiritual sickness are obvious. Galatians 5:19-21, Colossians 3:5-9, Romans 1:18-32, and Ephesians 5:3-7 give us some examples of spiritual sickness. If you see any of these things popping up in your life along with things like pride, fear, and anxiety (see Matthew 6), then you are suffering from spiritual sickness.

Wednesday, 09 March 2011 10:37

A Strategy for Overcoming Temptation

Written by Rick Ezell

Imagine a battleship being attacked from the air by warplanes while the admiral orders, “Fire the anti-submarine homing torpedoes.” The battleship would probably suffer great damage and casualties—not by lack of power, but by failure in strategy. Anti-submarine homing torpedoes are designed to destroy submarines, not airplanes.

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