Remember Where You Came From

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.

Is Your Door Open or Closed? (Writer's Opinion)

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

Words that Bring Life

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 This can lead to a man who will be withdrawn, sullen, or even abusive.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

Asking too much from your Children

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 Guidelines

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.

Freedom Passes – The New Math of Leadership

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.

Billy Graham about Falling in Love over the Internet

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.

Billy Graham: Difference Between Love and Lust

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.

What Kind of Wisdom do you Practice?

Struggles in relationships just don't happen, they come from somewhere. If you think the cause of relational problems lies primarily in other people, think again.



Video Asks Boys To Slap A Girl: What Happened?

"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.


Duggar Family's Michelle Duggar on Learning Her Children’s “Love Language”

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.


John Piper: Power, Police, and Another Shooting

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.


Pope Benedict Was Right About Islam at Regensburg. The world Owes Him an Apology.

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


With Fellowship, Size Matters: Smaller Is Better

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.

Sam Storms: 10 Pastors I'm Concerned About

It's not a secret the church has been in decline for a number of years and for a variety of reasons. You can read some statistics and views on why, here and here and here. Everyone has their opinions.


Michelle Obama Mixes Some Politics Into China Trip

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.


Aaron Keyes Talks about Teachers or Fathers: 10,000 Fathers

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!"