The word influence means “the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.” The Apostle Paul said it this way in 2 Timothy 2:2: “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will […]Read More Practical Christianity: Influence Someone
“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho…” Thus begins what is probably the most famous parable in the entire ministry of Jesus. The Parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us so many things, but above everything else it teaches us what love really looks like. It teaches us that how you treat your […]Read More Christian Character: Love
Genesis 44 contains a story that every Christian should read and apply. I know. We typically don’t look at Old Testament stories as examples of Christian character, and for good reason. They contain no stories about Christ Himself. Yet, if we truly believe that Jesus was both God and man then it makes sense to […]Read More Christian Character: Self-Sacrifice
Have you set goals for yourself this year? If not, I encourage you to do so. You may not be able to reach every goal but setting them will challenge you to, at the minimum, strive for them. The importance of planning and setting goals is addressed many times throughout the Bible, here is one […]Read More Setting Goals In 2019
There are certain words in Christianity that make us cringe. Words and phrases like “sacrifice” or “love your enemies” are things that we don’t really like to talk about. The word “forgiveness” is also one of these words. But just because we don’t like to talk about them doesn’t mean they are not important. Usually […]Read More Why Forgive?
Suffering is a word that we would like to avoid at all costs. No one likes to suffer, because it’s uncomfortable. We would all like to live quiet, peaceful lives for the rest of our existence, and never have to worry about anything. Unfortunately life is not like that. If you are breathing you will […]Read More The Blessing of Suffering
I read an article a few days ago that featured Michael Jordan. He admitted that he has felt an emptiness since he left basketball. This happens a lot with entertainers and athletes. They become so accustomed to the spotlight that they can’t handle when it’s not there anymore. Their life seems to no longer have […]Read More An Empty Feeling
Faith is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the entire Bible. If you ask ten different people you might get ten different answers. But Hebrews 11:1 tells us exactly what faith is. It is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The word “substance” in the Greek refers to […]Read More Where Is Your Faith?
One of the most awesome things about this life is the power to choose. But as Spider-man’s wise Uncle once said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” It is true that the ability to choose is a very wonderful and powerful thing. But it’s also true that the ability to choose comes with very weighty […]Read More The Power of Choice
Ever since God said, “Be holy for I am holy,” people have argued about exactly what he meant. Everyone has their own version and opinion of what holiness is. So what is holiness? To understand what holiness is, we first have to understand what it is not. Holiness is not a list of rules and […]Read More What Is Holiness?