How did you two meet?

Published in Faith @ Work

 

Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions young people face. Over 4,000 universities are scattered around the United States and the decision can be daunting, to say the least. This decision is not one to be taken lightly either. Choosing a college has lasting significance on the trajectory of the lives of the kids we love in more ways than one. College presents young people with new ideas and experiences that will shape them, mold them and, if they choose, allow them to be the best they can be for a waiting world.

Published in Articles
Monday, 03 March 2014 14:20

Pathway to Life

 

John 8:12: “When Jesus spoke again to the people he said, ‘I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”

 

“Don’t waste this pain” were the words of Rev. Jay Wolf to a sanctuary packed with young people mourning the loss of a 19-year-old friend.  This young man, described as winsome, engaging and personable had struggled through the years and now his life was over, far too soon.  His family, distraught and devastated, called on the minister to talk about a better choice.  What do we do now?

Published in Shine - Kim Hendrix

 

Although I can’t recall the circumstances, I remember deciding to run away from home. I was mad because I didn’t get my way. While I jammed things into my bulging suitcase, my mind churned. How far could I walk before dark? Where would I sleep? What would I eat? Tears stung my eyes. I felt sorry for myself.

 

My mother appeared. “What are you doing?”

 

“Running away!” I announced, hoping to upset her.

Published in Articles
Monday, 03 March 2014 14:05

Atheism for Lent

I had the good fortune, when I was in college, to stumble across a book called Suspicion & Faith: The Religious Uses of Modern Atheism. The author, a Christian philosopher named Merold Westphal, argues that there is much to be gained from the study of atheistic critiques of religion. The book begins with a chapter titled “Atheism for Lent.” Westphal’s suggestion is that the Lenten season—the six weeks leading up to Easter, when Christians have traditionally fasted, focused on sin and repentance, and emphasized the more somber side of our faith—is an ideal time to reflect on those atheistic critiques. The idea is not to refute them, but to listen to them. Instead of calling us to battle and trying to prove how right and how righteous we are, Westphal encourages us Christians to look in the mirror and ask how right and how righteous we are. As the prophet Jeremiah so poignantly put the question, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can understand it?” If the Pharisees of first-century Palestine could be the object of so many of Jesus’s harshest rebukes, in spite of their meticulous study of the scriptures and their best efforts at obedience, perhaps we ought to be a bit more cautious in assuming that our way must also be the Lord’s way.

Published in Matthew Jordan
Monday, 03 March 2014 13:55

The Key to Life

Life is about relationships, and these relationships are the framework of our lives. God created us to have a relationship with Him. Our relationship with God must be the priority of our lives. Relationships in marriage, family, church, school, the work place, and our community serve as the platform for glorifying God and for serving others. Jesus reminded us that the key to good relationships is love.

Published in Pastor's Perspective
Monday, 03 March 2014 13:51

Killing Jesus

First Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard teamed up to write a book about Killing Lincoln and it sold more than a million copies. They followed it up with Killing Kennedy and it sold briskly as well. And now they turn their attention to their greatest subject: Jesus of Nazareth. Killing Jesus: A History is a short biography of Jesus, focusing on the events leading to his death.

Published in Tim Challies
Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:24

Faith on the Silver Screen

 

A recent article by Andrew Romano of The Daily Beast, “Hollywood Declares 2014 the Year of the Bible,” posed a pop quiz:

 

How many of the top 15 highest-U.S.-grossing movies of all time - adjusted for inflation - star comic-book characters?

Answer: Zero.

 

And how many are based on the Bible?

Answer: Two.

 

Published in Bob Crittendon
Friday, 21 February 2014 18:22

How Dads Sow Seeds of Love

 

One of my favorite photographs sits on Mike’s bedside table.  It’s a framed black and white picture of a little girl sitting contentedly upon her daddy’s lap--his arms wrapped protectively around her.  The little girl is our daughter, Ashley, at about 20 months old.  She doesn’t remember that day in 1985, but when she looks at the picture, Ashley knows the secret--that her daddy loves her with all his heart. 

 

Friday, 21 February 2014 18:18

What is Biblical Counseling?

 

Biblical counseling reflects the Scriptures at every point (major and minor). That means that every bit of advice you get from your counselor should have solid biblical support. At any point in the process, you have the right to stop and ask him to explain the biblical basis for his counsel.

 

Published in Counselors Corner
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