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Friday, 05 August 2011 12:25

Mastering Materialism

Written by Lou Priolo

Where in the Bible can we find the word materialism?
“I don’t ever remember coming across that term in my Bible reading. Are you sure it’s in there?”
The concept is in there, but you are right—it’s not referred to as materialism.
“Ok, so what is the biblical word for what we call materialism?”
How about covetousness?

Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance
of the things he possesses. (Luke 12:15, NKJV; C.f. Hebrews 13:5)

Thursday, 07 July 2011 07:28

Helping Those Labeled with PTSD, Part 2

Written by Henry Beaulieu

Building on what I spoke to last month regarding a healthy response to traumatic situations, it’s critical to repeat that the basis of all genuine change begins when a person is yielded to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Have you cried out to God to forgive you of your sins and cleanse your soul? Do you know the reality and the power of the Holy Spirit living in your life – do you know that you are a child of God, do you hate your sin, and do you desire to live for Christ? From my perspective and that of the Bible, this is the necessary foundation to good and lasting change.

Do you know someone who experienced tragedy or trauma associated with the tornadoes of April 2011? Do you have a military service member in your family who has rotated in and out of Iraq or Afghanistan? Have you been through a terrifying situation which was beyond your ability to control, where you believed life and limb was at stake, and where, at that time, there seemed to be no resources available for help? Does it seem to have changed you, or the person you’re thinking of, in a harmful way?

Wednesday, 04 May 2011 11:41

Modeling True Marital Love For Your Kids

Written by Brenda Payne

As a Christian wife and mother, I have a responsibility to love my husband biblically and to teach my children the true meaning of marital love. I cannot teach them what I do not understand. I cannot convince them of what I do not practice. If I allow my children to be informed by the culture, the view of love they will develop will be the very opposite of true love. Think about it. Most modern movies, TV shows, and songs picture marital love as something to get not give; something to feel not do; and something that is easily dissolved not fiercely protected. In fact, if I leave my children with no biblical explanation to shape their mindset and no godly example to follow, why would they get married at all? The predominant cultural view of marriage flies in the face of the sanctity of marriage found in the Scriptures. Hollywood portrays shacking up and splitting up not only as the norm, but desirable. Of course, Christians know that the eroding of marriage leads to a host of family and societal problems. So, what am I am to do as a mother who desires that my children embrace marital love as defined by the Scriptures? I can only do what I can do: teach, model and pray!

Thursday, 07 April 2011 14:33

Are You Bitter at God?

Written by Staff

Some people—yes, even Christian people—become bitter at God. It’s not that He has sinned against them and is in need of their forgiveness. It’s a matter of them mishandling a difficult situation which He has flung on them. In his trial, Job didn’t focus in on secondary causes—the Sabeans, the Chaldeans, the fire which fell from heaven, or the great wind which came from across the wilderness (c.f. Job 1:14–19). Rather, he kept his eyes on the character of God, who for His Own eternal purposes allows human suffering.

Friday, 11 March 2011 10:11

Comparing Yourself to Others

Written by Brenda Payne

Where do you feel insecure? How do you derive confidence? What do you use to measure yourself? Where do you find your value? Do you compare yourself to your mom, sister, co-worker or best friend? If so, how do you compare? As women, we tend to measure ourselves against each other. We examine and take note of our similarities and differences on a daily basis and in a myriad of areas. Think about a few areas where women tend to compare themselves to others.

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