There was a saying when I was growing up an older generation used often - I don't hear it as much anymore.
"Don't forget where you came from.
"And, if you were one of my relatives - talking to me - you might have said it with emphasis.
GROVE, OK (ANS - October 2, 2016) "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me" - Revelation 3:20 (ESV).
While the final book of the Bible can be challenging to read and study, for those who place their hope in Jesus, it's an affirmation of an eternal future. For me, one verse in Revelation paints a vivid picture of Jesus' invitation for each of us.
When I first read Revelation 3:20, I could pict
The wise man (including the wise child) is motivated by the fear of God and the pursuit of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; 3:11-18). This is an important lesson for children to grasp.
For example, a little boy who craves praise may well grow into a husband who will be angry and disappointed when he is not constantly praised. He can easily be prone to self-pity. This can lead to a man who will be withdrawn, sullen, or even abusive. Similarly, a young woman who lives for the praise of others, becomes a
Living for your children will ruin your life and theirs. If your hopes and dreams are bound to your children, you will be disappointed, perhaps even bitter. If you expect your children to provide the comfort and support that can only come from God you will be deeply hurt. You will set yourself up to be disappointed and crushed when your family fails you. No spouse, no child can provide comfort that can only be found in God. God will have no other gods before him. Your first loyalty must be to Go
Communication is part of everyday life. Perhaps nothing else brings such a combination of joy and frustration than the way we communicate with each other. Here are some biblical guidelines to make your commutation more productive and effective.
When I was in school I had a love-hate relationship with math.
I loved doing math - working to find an answer to a problem. In fact, I was pretty good at it. I even served on the math team for a while.
What do you think about falling in love over the Internet? I've gotten very involved with a man through a chat room I'm on, and he says he thinks he loves me, and I think I love him. Now he wants me to come visit him (he's in another part of the country), but my parents are saying no.
What is the difference between love and lust? I think I'm in love with a girl who goes to the same college I do, but sometimes I wonder if it's just physical attraction. How can I know? I don't want to make a mistake.
"Slap her," a boy is told. "Slap her, hard! Come on." He refuses. Why? "Because you're not supposed to hit girls." And that's the point of a now-viral video on domestic abuse. A filmmaker asks boys one by one what they like about a pretty girl to whom they are introduced.
One of my family's favorite books is "The Five Love Languages of Children." We've read it with our older children and now we're revisiting it with our middle children and finding out what their love language is. The idea is to note how they express themselves -- some may draw pictures and give them to you while others may save up their money and buy something for you or someone else. If you can reach out to them in that same love language it can help them to feel loved and understood.
Those who follow Jesus have a God-given command and Spirit-empowered desire to share the Gospel ... but often we don't know where to begin. Plus, we're worried about getting it wrong and burning relationships with friends and family.
About 12:30 PM Tuesday, 25-year-old Kajieme Powell was shot and killed by two police officers in Saint Louis, just north of Ferguson, Missouri, apparently after robbing a convenience store. The shooting was caught on video.
As I write, the headlines and my various news feeds are filled with images of some of the most loathsome barbarities we have seen since the end of World War II. The horrific images invading our internet space from Syria and (the country formerly known as) Iraq: Mass murders, crucifixions, beheadings - even of tiny children - torture, and systematic gang rapes; women and girls abducted en masse and sold into slavery; thousands chased out of their homes in terror, allowed to carry nothing with the
Q: Everyone in our family knows my aunt and uncle had a very stormy relationship. But when my uncle suddenly died a few weeks ago, my aunt spent lavishly on the funeral -- expensive casket, beautiful flowers, etc. Why did she do this? Was she trying to make us think she actually loved him?
God intends for us to experience life together. The Bible calls this shared experience fellowship.
Today, however, the word has lost most of its biblical meaning. "Fellowship" now usually refers to casual conversation, socializing, food, and fun.
Q:How can I be a good mother-in-law? Our son got married a few months ago and they live fairly near us. It's hard for me not to call them every day, but I don't want to be an interfering mother-in-law. How can I avoid this but still let them know I care?
Michelle Obama's weeklong trip to China seemed to start as a spring break holiday with her mother and daughters but has turned out to be far more substantive - and political - than what the cheerful advocate of fitness and healthful eating often displays at home.
You walk into the hall after church. A young man bounces up to you and starts talking like he has known you forever. He looks familiar, but you can't remember his name to save your life.
Remembering names is hard!
There are some moments you never forget. Bending a knee at the base of that frigid, windy waterfall, asking Megan to marry me; months later, the first glimpse of my beautiful bride walking down the aisle towards me; and then a year after that, the flood of tears I couldn't hold back when I announced to our family in that hospital waiting room, "It's a boy!"
On February 14, Pastor James and Kathy are hosting a Valentine's Date Night dinner with 30 couples-and their conversation afterward will be streamed online, so we can all join in. They'll be sharing about how they've kept their marriage strong, their love fervent, and their hearts knit closely to each other and to Christ.