As we witness the closely timed glorification of Hugh Hefner and the outrage directed at Harvey Weinstein, a realization becomes immediately clear: There are many who do not clearly see the connection between the staggering rise in sexual assaults and the damaging effects of pornography on the human heart. Pornography is an idol in the … Continue reading Pornography and the Staggering Rise of Sexual Assaults in America
Category: Scripture / Doctrine
To what have you given your first hope? Relationships? A career? Promotions? Higher Salary? Achievements? Fame? Books written about you? Vacations? Trips of a lifetime? Bucket Lists...things to do before you die? Retirement? Our first hope should always be placed in the return of our Lord. When it is, instead, given over to other things … Continue reading Hope Is An “Anchor For The Soul”
“It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one’s neighbor.” ~Eric Hoffer. We so frequently speak of love – Love is love…Love drives out hate…Love your neighbor. Believing our own intentions are rooted in love, why do we so frequently act outside of love? There are scores of daily examples in … Continue reading Love is the “means” and the “end”
You've felt it before. It’s insatiable. Our search for joy; the hungering, thirsting, aching demand for joy. Unquenchable. With one exception. Lasting joy comes from our Creator, and him alone. If you’re filling the void with any other substitute, you’re most effective efforts provide only temporary results. One cannot be permanently satisfied with what this … Continue reading One Source for a Lasting Joy
Pride is not easily appeased. Even if it gets its way, it will come back later, wanting more and more. In the end, pride is empty and never filled. Humility is more easily satisfied. It wants not. Often mistaken for weakness, humility is rooted in strength. In the end, humility is full of life and … Continue reading Comfortable Humility
Ever received a letter from Heaven? Jehoram did. A letter from Heaven, from Elijah himself, arrived into the hands of this disobedient King of Judah. Sounds like good news? It wasn’t. Elijah writes that God was not pleased with the King: “…You have led Judah and the people of Israel to prostitute themselves…You have murdered … Continue reading Letters & Promises from Heaven
Some days feel like a contest for who can tally up the most suffering; who can endure the most pain and loss. And the onslaught, at times, is merciless. Please keep in mind that, while certainly true, pain and suffering aren’t the entire truth. In fact, they’re only a very small piece of our eternal … Continue reading The Glory IN You
Albert Schweitzer wrote, “The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.” There are things - eternal things - that are significantly more important than the immediate context of today. A part of you is eternal, formed by and in the very image of an eternal creator. Won't you, … Continue reading Slipping Away from Me
Why are we still afraid? Every one of the more than 400 days I spent in combat, I wore a chain necklace with my dog tags and a small silver shield. On the back of the shield was inscribed the popular scripture from Joshua 1:9: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do … Continue reading “Be Strong & Courageous”: Why Are We Still Afraid?
As a child, I often heard the phrase, "See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil." So many times, the lessons of our childhood ring with truth in our adult years. Solomon wrote, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." (Proverbs 4:23). As the center of our being, … Continue reading Guard your Heart!