Teaching, Helping and Encouraging Spiritual Growth

How To Offer Criticism That Lifts People Up

Criticism is a two-edged sword. God separates the two kinds of criticism we find in the church in a very short Proverb.

“As a tree gives fruit, healing words give life; but dishonest words crush the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4 NCV

The kind of criticism that that I always appreciated and gladly received was criticism that was given in a spirit of love and gentleness that was truthful and relevant.

I can’t tell you how many times someone with my best interest in mind came to me and gently offered some useful direction, and even criticism concerning something I was doing. Continue Reading →

Remember, God Is Always There!

On the surface, most Christians look fine. In many cases, you never know what kind of trouble they might be experiencing.

People can be very good actors, and put on a “happy face” that disguises the truth of their life. They can successfully cover up the difficult things in their lives, hiding their concerns, worries, pain, sorrow and heartache well enough to keep their troubles hidden.

It is like a banana that has a healthy, smooth yellow covering on the outside, but as you peel the banana, you see bruises and gouges that you could not see on the outside. Continue Reading →

Is There Really A God?

Is God for real? In the world today, this is a serious question. It is a common belief that there is no God and all things are the result of an evolutionary process that took place over billions of years. This view teaches that from a complete void in space, the universe, solar system, Earth, mankind and the spark of life all came from absolutely nothing. In other words, something came from nothing and order triumphed over chaos. Continue Reading →

You Can Count On God To Rescue You From Anything

Have you ever been cornered by a problem or situation and it seems like there is no escape?

You may be having troubles in your marriage or struggling with employment, financial or health issues or it might be persistent battles with depression. It might be that you find yourself in a situation that seems impossible to get out of.

These troubles weaken you and wear you down over time. It is in these times of weakness that you are most vulnerable as doubt about God’s love begins to fill your thoughts. Continue Reading →