Life

for better or worse

“Why are we washing dishes again dad?” my young son asked me. “We always wash, Dad. Should mom be doing this?” It was a natural question coming from a child who believed we had gone past our responsibility of service. Why are we still serving? Thankfully, he stopped just short of saying, “Mom should be doing this!” A child growing up in our culture today has no way of knowing what the marriage relationship is all about. We have come to believe that marriage is something you “get.” You get another salary, another person to do the chores and you […]

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families are losing touch in cyberspace

As social interaction changes from verbal conversations to texted acronyms or 140-character bites, parents and adolescents find themselves in a generational gap, widening a chasm of non-communication within families, says Dr. Jimmy Myers, owner and director of the Timothy Center in Austin, Texas, and author of “Toe to Toe with Your Teens.” The Nielsen Company reports teens send an average of 80 texts per day, or 2,272 a month. Inside Facebook reported 5.4 million users between the ages of 13 and 17 were using Facebook in February. According to Myers, parenting and adolescent issues associated with the emergence of technology […]

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Second Chances

Though it’s tiny in comparison to its counterparts, the Book of Haggai packs a powerful punch by delivering a timeless message of hope in God. If you have ever felt as though you were beyond the reach of God’s grace and mercy because of a wrong decision you had made, hope remains! In the book of Haggai we discover that God desires to work in and through our circumstances, no matter how desperate we are, if we will but turn to Him and repent. The Book of Haggai illustrates the twin realities of God’s holiness and His faithfulness to us […]

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Ten new ways to save money

We all spend money every day. Of course, it’s true that God gives some more financial resources than others, but we are all called to be found faithful with as little or as much as He has entrusted to us at this time. And, we are told clearly in Luke 16:11 that faithful money management is the beginning of being entrusted with true riches. A big part of financial stewardship is controlling the outflow of funds that you receive to ensure that your expenditures reflect your values and priorities. There are two distinct categories of funds that you receive each […]

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When God asks for your dreams

*Special Note–These days many people are facing huge challenges. It’s easy to focus on the challenge at hand and not on the big God we serve. As I look back on my life and see the great things God has done, I’m reminded that He is a big God who can do miraculous things when we put our trust in Him. I hope my story inspires you to reflect on your own life and the great things He has done. When an afternoon business appointment cancelled, I found myself with a free afternoon in an Orlando resort. Most people would […]

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Debt could lead U.S. into economic crisis

Deficit spending and government debt are reaching a level that could culminate in another economic crisis as big as the one that hit the United States last year, Minnesota’s Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty told CNSNews.com. “One of the main things I’m very worried about is this administration and the Democratically-controlled Congress running on a pathway to bankruptcy,” Pawlenty said. “I mean, we have a reckless amount of deficit and debt in this country. The Obama administration and this Congress are exponentially growing that.” The $787 billion stimulus package pushed by the Obama administration and congressional Democrats was supposed to salvage […]

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The One Thing

The message this month is explosive. When understood and applied, it has the potential of blowing the lid off any level of living under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. So, what is this month’s message? I’m glad you asked. It is found in three simple, yet profound words: TODAY, NOT TOMORROW! A few months ago I taught a Sunday school lesson with the title, “The one thing no Christian has ever done!”  Of course, the title was intended to peak the interest of all those in attendance, and it did. They were excited to hear some deep Scriptural secret about […]

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The testing of your faith produces PERSEVERANCE

There is nothing like a difficult circumstance to test our resolve to trust in God. Yet, some of the most perplexing circumstances we face are often orchestrated by God for this very purpose. Being faced with the unknown often tests our faith and drives us into a deeper trust in Him. I can vividly recall many nights when, before my head hit the pillow, I would wonder what the Lord was up to in my life. It takes only the first delayed answer to a prayer for us to realize that God’s plans and purposes are sometimes quite different than […]

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Slow and steady wins the race?

Do you remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? This fable is attributed to Aesop and is about a race between a rabbit and a turtle. One day, the turtle was slowly walking down the road when he came upon a rabbit. The rabbit began to mock and laugh at the slow moving turtle. The turtle responded by challenging the rabbit to a race. The rabbit could not believe the turtle would do such a foolish thing and accepted the challenge. It wasn’t long after the race started that the rabbit was far down the road and way […]

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Ways To Teach Children About Money

Parents are the best example our children will have of how to make money, manage it wisely and use it to fulfill God’s purposes. They watch us very closely and more often will “do as we do” rather than “do as we say.” We should openly discuss the family finances in their presence. We must acknowledge God’s ownership of everything we have, from salary to possessions to talents and gifts. Our children should see us tithing and giving as well as praying for God’s provision for the family’s needs. And we must not forget to praise God when prayers are […]

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