“No one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:11b NIV)
Have you ever heard someone say, “Well, that’s just your interpretation of the Bible”? It’s as if that little phrase disproves everything that’s been said. But it really doesn’t disprove anything.
In a story that is close to home for me, Jennifer Nichols, a resident of Cheyenne Wyoming will be taking a tiny book of Bible verses with her in her quiver of arrows as she goes to compete in the 2012 Olympics in London. This is the third time that Jennifer has been an Olympic Archer representing the United States and the state of Wyoming. Here are some excerpts from the story I found in USA Today.
Rarely do we know when the Lord is using us for His purpose or to what ends. More often than not the moment simply passes us by. But when we become aware of the Lord’s purpose for our lives and come into agreement with His plans, nations are changed. Look at Moses, King David, Mary and Joseph, they all thought they were living ordinary lives, but when they discovered God’s purpose for their lives and came into agreement with Him they saved the Hebrews from pharaoh, established Israel, and bro
Take a long look at yourself in the mirror. If you look closely you will see all the labels that have been slapped on to you over the years. Some of these labels have been put on by others. Parents, schoolmates, coworkers, friends, pastors. Some of the labels have been self-administered.
The issues of life and marriage are not merely cultural, social, or political issues. They are biblical moral issues. Unfortunately, marriage and the sanctity of life have been so politicized that many pastors have failed in their duties to preach and teach in light of the Gospel.
A father learns an important lesson from a young refugee in South Sudan
The first thing I noticed about young Khaja was her beautiful lavender headscarf. She was wearing it when she entered the grass hut where Samaritan’s Purse was conducting a trauma-counseling workshop in the Yida refugee camp. It looked like an accessory either of my two daughters would love to play dress-up with.
Gina was so tired of defending what she knew was right. She'd heard it repeatedly-today's issues aren't black or white. Her teens kept telling her that her opinions were no longer a reality. But why should she "tolerate" behavior that used to be illegal?
I wish I could relive the last few months. I had an accident while driving, and two people in my car were hurt (thankfully, not seriously). I'd been drinking a bit, and I hate myself for being so stupid. Please warn people about alcohol and driving, especially us teens. - M.H.
Every analogy breaks down at some point which is why it is unwise to push an illustration too far. In the past I have written about the data each of us creates on a daily basis and have illustrated with airplanes and bloodhounds.
I was going through a very difficult time in ministry and was facing some overt persecution. In sharing some of my angst with one of my closest friends and ministry partners, he referred me to Jeremiah's lament recorded in Jeremiah 12 and God's response recorded in verse 5: "If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses?"
At this point in my carreer I can safely say I feel like an author though the definition of "successful" eludes me. Who gets to define successful? Is it a feeling? Or the applause of your peers? Or perhaps a certain relatively stable income?
Bethany's director of adoption recently traveled to meet with our partners in China. The following is part of a piece she wrote upon her return. I was moved by the scene she describes as I have also witnessed similar scenarios in my travels to China.
On Sunday evening, the first Sunday of the month of October 1980, I was talking with the Single's Minister, Bud, at my Church. One of his sons, Greg, came up and asked if he could go eat pizza with the youth.
You are about to graduate from high school. You've taken your share of tests and feel fairly well equipped to manage life. But there's another test coming right after you get your diploma. We'll see if you're prepared for this one.
Today is Memorial Day in our nation, a day set aside to remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives to defend our freedoms. The Bible's words certainly apply to those we remember on this special day: "Give everyone what you owe him... if honor, then honor"
Around 3 p.m. on May 20, Lake and Peterman were at Lake's house with Lake's 3-year-old daughter. Her 11-year-old autistic son, Gavin, was at school. They heard the tornado alert on the TV, but they weren't particularly alarmed. Oklahoma is part of "tornado alley." Such alerts aren't uncommon.
"For many of these families, this is the first time they've been able to return to their homes to recover what they can," says Jim Batten, one of the first team members in the area. "We got word that what many people need are plastic storage containers to put their belongings in. Thankfully we had containers as part of our relief supplies so we were able to distribute them this morning."
When a mother heard her young son rummaging through the kitchen drawer she came in and screamed. There was the young boy standing with a long knife pointed at his chest ready to plunge the knife into his heart.