Editorials

Dad Will Fix It

July 24, 2016 // 0 Comments

Dads want to protect, provide and “fix things.” But what can fathers do when there are things they cannot fix? From time-to-time during his childhood, Christopher would get himself into trouble, as sons do. There was always a certain look on his face as he would say, “Dad…?” I would respond, “What’s wrong, Topher?” And I was always able to somehow fix it. That’s what dads do—we fix things. Sure, we are there to encourage and nurture, but moms do that so much better. Dads want to protect, provide, and “fix things.” But I cannot “fix” this. I cannot bring him back. I can do everything in my power to help his wife, his daughter, and his baby to come, and I will. But I cannot help Christopher at all. Then again, he really does not need Dad’s help this time. He is now with his heavenly Father who, needless to say, is doing a much better job than his earthly one could ever do. He is “fixed.” I was always concerned about Christopher’s safety and [...]

Why

April 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Greg Laurie Go to Jesus with your frustrations, anguish, and questions. Call out to Him. Just make sure you listen to His response! Why? When tragedy hits us, we often ask the question, “Why?” How can we avoid it? Throughout the book of Job, Job asks “Why?” many times. There isn’t anything necessarily wrong with asking God, “Why?,” as long as we don’t get the idea that God somehow owes us an answer. Frankly, God does not owe you or me an explanation. Yet we may still wonder, “Why?” But let me ask you this, if the Lord did tell you why things happen the way they do, would that ease your pain or heal your broken heart? I don’t think so. In fact, it would raise even more questions. God says, “My ways are above your ways, and my thoughts above yours…” We live on promises, not explanations, so we shouldn’t spend too much time asking God why. I, too, have asked, “Why?” Why did God take my son and not me? He was only 33 years old, with so [...]

Friendship

April 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Lysa Terkeurst I was talking to my friend, the Gourmet Chef, today. I call her that because she’s always making something wonderful!  Two weeks ago it was Baklava. Last week, chocolate covered cherries. I thought those were only made in factories!  And, today, she was making something fancy with molasses. I said, “Oh yeah, I’ve got a tube of that!” Obviously, my talents lie outside the kitchen. Sometimes I feel inadequate when I struggle in an area where others are gifted.  But I’ve learned to stop beating myself up!  I get advice from those who naturally excel in areas where I don’t.  And, when I discover something I’m good at, I can help someone else.  Isn’t that the beauty of friendship?  My friend, the Gourmet, often asks for my help with public speaking. And she’s taught me that Molasses comes in a jar and there are some yummy things that can be made with [...]

How Important

April 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Jackie Coleman Let’s look at the options: 1. Being romantic just to get sex will be seen as manipulative. 2. Hinting at your desires will most likely push her further away. 3. Not doing anything about it will make you resentful. Fortunately, there’s a better option, and that’s to talk to her! But before you do, take some time to understand exactly what sex means to you. Dr. Michael Sytsma, co-founder of the Institute for Sexual Wholeness, sums up the science behind sex; with orgasm, oxytocin and prolactin levels increase in males, helping them to feel connected and relaxed. Furthermore, at the basic emotional level, guys need to feel wanted, loved, and desired. All of which is to say, sex is central to a man’s confidence and well-being. The only problem: she probably doesn’t understand this. Thanks in part to Hollywood and mainstream sitcoms, in your wife’s mind, you may seem, as Shaunti describes, like “one giant sex gland with no emotions attached.” Nothing could [...]

Pray For

April 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Marriane Jordan Ellis Redeemed Girl sat down with founder, Marian Jordan Ellis, and ask her a few questions about all things love, dating and marriage. This one is on praying for our husbands. Blake:            So… MJ, you’ve tweeted before how the Lord answered your prayers for your husband. Why don’t you share with us how you prayed? Marian:            During my long stint as a single woman, I had plenty of time to dream and pray about the type of man I hoped the Lord would provide. There were seasons that I prayed the same five specific requests over and over again. Then there was a season when I threw my hands up in the air and said, “God, don’t give me what I want, give me your best.” Honestly, God answered both prayers. I can look back on those five essentials and know the Lord honored my request. Sure, not as fast as I wanted, but in His time, He answered my prayer. But bigger than my vision for what I thought I needed in a mate, God answered my [...]

Take It

April 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Bayless Conley The seventh and final key to regaining your cutting edge is found in verse 7 of 2 Kings 6, the passage we have been looking at over the last several days.  Here is what that verse says, Therefore he said, “Pick it up for yourself.”  So he reached out his hand and took it. The sixth key was something that only God could do, and that is to make the ax head float; that is, to restore your cutting edge. Now we see what we must do in response.  You and I must receive what God is offering. Unless you take hold of what God is offering, your spiritual edge will never be restored. Perhaps as we look at how to restore your spiritual edge, God has been speaking to you.  Maybe you have come to realize that you are not where you should be in your relationship with God. Maybe you have lost that sensitivity.  Maybe you have lost your cutting edge.  I am telling you, you can reach out and take what God is doing to restore your cutting edge. I want to challenge you to take [...]

Change

April 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

By David Mainse Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 20-21 Key Verses: 2 Samuel 21:1, 14b Now there was famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David inquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, “It is because of Saul and his bloodthirsty house, because he killed the Gibeonites.”…So they performed all that the king had commanded. And after that God heeded the prayer for the land. No battle tanks in today’s reading, just swords and spears, but people are people, until transformed by the indwelling Jesus. Our key verses point out that God answered prayer for people 3,000 years ago. He still answers prayer today. Samuel was dead. Nathan the prophet did not show up with a Word from God. It appears that the political and military leaders did their own thing. It’s important that we don’t blame God for the mess Israel was in. Even so today, it’s our fault that the world is so badly messed up. It’s the story of fallen humanity. A humanity given free will by [...]

Following Only the Father’s Commands

March 15, 2015 // 1 Comment

  by Os Hillman Ask the Lord each day this week how you andHe are to spend your time. Yield your schedule to Him. Following Only the Father’s Commands Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does,” (John 5:19).Have you ever thought about a typical day in Jesus’ life? Perhaps He might have had questions like these, “Who am I going to heal today? Who will I visit today? Which person will I deliver from demons this day?” etc. The demands on Jesus’ time were great. Yet we see that Jesus allocated His time very deliberately. We don’t get the idea that Jesus was flustered or stressed from the activity He was involved in. He often sought times of prayer and reflection away from the disciples. His life appeared to have a balance of quiet moments and active ministry into the lives He came in contact with. [...]

Can You Feel the Love?

March 15, 2015 // 1 Comment

google image by Josh McDowell God has surrounded you with human love so you will know he loves you. How do you best see God’s message of love to you? Can You Feel the Love? Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:11-15 Whatever we do, it is because Christ’s love controls us. 2 Corinthians 5:14 OKAY, MAKE A quick list in your head of everyone you love. Who makes it onto your list? Parents and grandparents? Siblings-at least some of the time? A boyfriend or girlfriend? Close friends? A pastor or youth leader? Favorite teachers? Your drooly dog, Bosco ? You might be able to generate a fairly long list of people for whom you have genuine love in your heart. So who loves you? Maybe the same list of people-and Bosco too, who shows his affection when he jumps up to lick leftovers off your chin. What you know about God’s love doesn’t just come from nature. God also demonstrates his love for you through the people he made. The apostle John put it this way: “Love comes from God. Anyone who [...]

Staying Connected to God

March 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

  By Dr. John Jackson Dependence and connection to the Father is our only pathway to peace and fulfillment. Staying Connected to God My wife Pam and I just returned for a powerful two-day experience with James and Betty Robison at Keystone, CO. I’m trying to download much of what I feel like God said there. In the meantime, let me share some additional “bullet points” for your prayerful consideration. When God tells you what to do, the enemy often moves in to tell you how, where, who, when . . . John 17 was Jesus’ great intercessory prayer. He prayed that we would be ONE. We have to learn to disagree without divorcing. God’s heart is for harmony in the family and in the body. God is calling us to an Isaiah 58 season. We are to be the restorers of the fallen and rebuilders of the wall. The restoration of America will happen, because of the transformation of people. The Church is real sick, but God is calling the Church to this role in our world. We have to love every [...]