More is Caught Than Taught

"And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4).
What can we do to protect our children? Remember this - "More is caught than taught." The home is the schoolhouse of life. Studies have proven that the home produces 80% or more of the influences - good or bad - that will mold the life of a child. This is precisely why we must, as Christian parents, increase our involvement to influence … Continue Reading ››

A Great Commission Lifestyle

The following is a verbatim quotation from Dr. Charles Stanley, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia. It's about as clear as it gets. "Missions was not an afterthought for Jesus as He talked with the disciples on the mountain prior to His ascension. The missions theme that filters through the pages of the Bible is basic to its very existence. If you stop and think about it, there would be no need for the Bible were it not for the fact that God's heart … Continue Reading ››

Whatever Happened to Integrity?

"Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity" (Job 31:6).
Webster's simple definition of integrity is: "(1) the quality of being honest and fair, (2) the state of being complete or whole." The Bible's definition of integrity is "moral soundness." I think you would agree with me that integrity seems to be lacking today in virtually every area of our society - in politics, business, and even in religion. Two men surveyed thousands of people and performed hundreds of case studies … Continue Reading ››

Remembering the Sacrifice

Every Memorial Day, we as a nation remember those who have died in the service of their country. In the United States of America, a place where such remembrances carry an emotional and profound significance is Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, DC. This famous national cemetery is a serious place where, due to the passing of aging war veterans and the ongoing fighting around the world, there are currently about 27 to 30 military funerals every day, Monday through Friday, and 6 to 8 services … Continue Reading ››

Cover-Ups Stink

"Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered" (Psalm 32:1).
The smell at an overflowing garbage landfill became a growing public concern. Workers at the landfill decided to install high-pressure deodorant guns to counteract the odor. The deodorant guns had the capacity to spray several gallons of fragrance per minute over a distance of up to fifty yards across the mounds of putrefying garbage. However, no matter how many gallons of fragrance are sprayed to mask the sickening smell of the landfill, the … Continue Reading ››

What Is A Mother: A Child’s Essay

Mothers come in all sizes, but usually are never older than thirty. They won't stand for temper tantrums, muddy feet, and loud noises. No matter how old her children are, a mother thinks of them as little babies. A mother is a walking encyclopedia who knows who Hezekiah's grandfather was and how old Methuselah was. Also, she knows the scores of all ballgames for the past ten years and memorizes batting averages. She knows where to find the wet sneakers her child tried to hide and … Continue Reading ››

The Source of Our Joy

It has been said that life is what happens when plans fail.  In all seriousness, life has the tendency to become a little too tight.  We constantly feel it’s pressure, much like an ill-fitting shoe.  Time constraints and obligations tend to steal and rob of us peace and joy.  Either we can’t get to sleep or we only get a few hours, waking up in a panic!  This may sound simple, but we need to choose joy.  And there is a reason we can do … Continue Reading ››

First Things First

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).
In his 1967 book, The Tyranny of the Urgent, author Charles Hummel taught his Christian readers to navigate the constant tension between the urgent and the important. He stressed the fact that the urgent things in daily life tend to crowd out the important things and that, while everything may be "urgent," not everything is "important." Would you agree with that? Quite often we find … Continue Reading ››

What if the Resurrection Never Happened?

For many people, the season known as Easter has become a celebration of Spring - a time for anticipating nicer weather, picnics, egg hunts, rabbits, candy, chocolate, jelly beans, Spring Break, etc., etc. The commercial establishment also capitalizes on this time by announcing a sale, encouraging all of us to show up for church in our Sunday best. While there may be nothing wrong with some of these things, is this really what this holy season is all about? The Bible tells us that the real … Continue Reading ››

Thoughts on Hosanna

HOSANNA is a word that we often hear in worship services, for it is frequently used in the lyrics of great old hymns and modern worship songs. Most of us have probably sung the words of Theodulf’s beautiful hymn during a Palm Sunday service: All glory, laud, and honor, To Thee, Redeemer, King, To Whom the lips of children, Make sweet Hosannas ring. Indeed, Hosanna is a word we should sing often and loudly, singing “Hosanna’s in the highest” to our Redeemer and King, Christ Jesus. But do we … Continue Reading ››

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