For those of you who are in my generation you know that growing older changes things. Age has a way of stealing so many of the things you once enjoyed like energy and strength and are replaced with comfy chairs and long naps. But it is not all bad. There is a great upside to growing older.
The one real benefit to growing older is life experience. Having experienced many of the same things younger people are now experiencing, I have the experience and knowledge to help them. Continue Reading →
It has always been a challenge for Christians to live out their faith. Mankind’s nature resists and opposes God’s ways. As mankind’s collective resistance to God grows deep roots, a culture develops that operates within it’s own humanistic terms and this becomes the accepted norm.
As the culture moves farther and farther away from God the pressure to conform to this world’s ideas and standards (or lack thereof) becomes stronger and stronger. The pressure for Christians to soften their strong stands based on God’s Word is never-ending. Continue Reading →
Sin is a terrible thing. God describes sin as “deceitful.” Sin is truly appealing, but in the end it destroys. How many impulsive things have you done to satisfy that immediate urge and then spent a lifetime regretting it? Sin is deceitful.
The appeal of sin is often times more powerful than your ability to resist. The fact is, all people (including Christians) are attracted to sin and this makes it hard to resist. Can you identify? Continue Reading →
Ever struggle with thoughts that you are grateful no one else can see? Yikes! What a horrifying thought! But, it can’t be helped. Every person is born with a flawed human nature. Along with this come desires and cravings for things that are totally inappropriate and damaging to your relationship with God. These sinful thoughts come whether you like it or not. They just come. They are part of your human condition.
The question is, “How do you respond to these awful secret thoughts?” Do you entertain them and let them grow into sinful acts that separate you from God, or do you fight them off and protect your relationship with God? Continue Reading →