Counseling Yourself

The Bible is a book of wise counsel. It speaks about the benefit of obtaining counsel from others. But it also instructs us to counsel ourselves. David had his advisors, but He chose to counsel himself. First, he asked himself diagnostic questions, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou...

Overcoming Stigma

From a human perspective, even Jesus had a questionable past. His mother, Mary, was pregnant though unmarried. Only Mary and God knew the truth about His conception. Jesus grew up with this. The opinions of others did not matter to Him. Throughout His life He overcame a cesspool of human scorn and slanderous remarks...

Problems Are Wonderful?

Problems are opportunities. Problems are the key to your future. Your success depends upon your willingness to help other people solve their problems. Your happiness in life is proportionate to your effectiveness in assisting others. Your financial well-being is the result of problem-solving. Contractors solve building problems. Cooks solve hunger problems. Teachers solve knowledge...

Two Guardrails

You need two guard rails to keep you out of the ditch. Guard rails are simply principled reasons drawn from Scripture to avoid excesses. The RELAXED BRETHREN have erected a guard rail on the right-hand side of the theological highway. This serves to keep them from legalism. The RIGID BRETHREN are equally cautious, only...

Right-Wing Flesh

Unmasking a Seldom Suspected Culprit In the Bible, the word “flesh” can refer to a number of things. In some places it is used to describe the physical body. “Flesh” is also used to denote the condition man was left in after the Fall. Flesh is what Man became because of sin as opposed...

Grace Has a Backbone

Saving grace is not sentimental weakness, it carries crystal clear instructions. God’s grace teaches us to deny ungodliness/lusts; and to live soberly, righteous, and godly on the earth (Titus 2:11-12). Grace without truth, or Truth without grace, are both distortions. Either extreme misrepresents the Lord, and His salvation. Let’s consider the sloppy, slippery, and...

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