In The Jesus I Never Knew, Philip Yancey shares an experience in which he was invited as one of 10 representatives of Christian faith to the city of New Orleans by a psychiatrist and author. Along with the 10 Christian believers were 10 practicing Muslims and 10 practicing Jews. The goal of the weekend was to learn more about each other’s faiths and at least talk through their differences. As part of the weekend experience, each group held a worship service while the others observed - Muslims on Friday, Jews on Saturday, and Christians on Sunday. After observing these worship services, Yancey relates what most struck him about the differences...Read More
For many years, women have been labeled as chatter boxes. It has been said, “God made man before He made woman because He wanted to have a little talk with him without interruption.” Usually, women express themselves more often through words and are more verbal with their feelings than men. Someone once said that the average woman talks 50 percent more than her husband or significant other listens. Let’s face it—women like to talk.
The Bible contains multiple examples of people whose tongues brought trouble for themselves or other people. Deceived by Satan’s lie, Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden and sin came into the world. (Genesis 3). With a cunning lie, Jacob took the blessing that belonged to his brother, Esau. (Genesis 27). Ananias and Sapphira’s lie about their gift of money to the church brought them sudden death. (Acts 5:1-11).Read More
As little girls, we would be playing outside with our friends when we would grab flowers and play a little game. We’d name different boys: schoolmates, actors, athletes, different celebrities, and any guy we thought we just loved so much. We’d take our flowers and begin pulling the petals off saying the same things over and over, “he loves me, he loves me not, he loves me, he loves me not…” and so on in hopes of landing with the last petal saying “he loves me.” Fast forward a few years and we find ourselves dating and in relationships. Now we have our close knit group of girl friends that we can discuss guys with. We all want to love and be loved. Some of us have found that, some are working on it, and some are still pulling the “he loves me not” petal every time.
Love… there are tons of songs dedicated to it, along with books, movies, paintings, and even clothing items. There’s even a whole holiday dedicated to relationships and loving someone. Everyone loves to be loved and loves to love someone, including myself. Ladies (and guys too) deserve a special kind of love.
God’s love is a divine love that never ends.Read More
When it comes to modesty, what are we selling to others? The life-changing power of the gospel? Are we all that different from the world and the way it dress, walks, and talks? It is our prayer that this article will shed some new light on an age-old topic.Read More
You know, as a teenager, a lot of the time I can make a big deal out of nothing major. Then, when something major happens I’m just kind of in shock and can’t seem to fathom what’s actually going on. Although, there is one thing I can sure fire understand. I understand what pain is.
Now I’m not talking about physical pain, but more of a spiritual, emotional, and mental pain. Even at the pretty young age of 17/18, I have gained a firm grasp on the concept of pain. I know the heart wrenching feeling that comes with certain tough events in my life, and it causes an ache that sometimes just can’t seem to settle. From what feels like I’m failing God, to failing people closest to me, and even failing those who look up to me even if they aren’t able to see it, it causes an unbearable pain at times. And sometimes dealing with it is even harder.Read More
Sin separates us from God (Is. 59:2, 1 John 1:6, 8, 10; Eph. 2:12; Eph. 4:18). Because of sin, man and God could not live together. A great chasm separates us from God. We know that God cannot sin (hen. 6:18; 2 Tim. 2:13; James 1:13). However, even in our sin, God still loves us. "But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).Read More