• The Basic Christian Life: Two Types of Wisdom – Part 9

    (Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NKJV) Check out this passage: Jas 3:13-18: Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and […]

  • This Fad, That Fad

    This Fad, That Fad

    A question from a reader: I was listening to Christian teacher who was criticizing the Purpose Driven Life. Do you have an opinion on the book? – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Every time I get asked about one of the books or programs that have swept the church, I quickly find myself swept up in controversy and the target of much criticism. I get hammered with anecdotal evidence of how this book or that program “changed my life”.  Rarely, in fact NEVER, does anyone write and actually Biblically refute the facts of what I’ve stated… they just impugn the overall conclusion with emotional argument.  However, the Truth is the truth and […]

  • Why Do Young People Have to Die?

    Why Do Young People Have to Die?

    Here is an inquiry that I received from a college-aged young lady: There’s this question I have been struggling with for a while now. I understand why people grow old and die naturally but why do young people have to die? I know a 21 year old girl who was driving home for a friends house at 3 am and was disoriented and flipped her car and died. She was a wonderful girl. My cousin’s best friend was on meds, it did something to his heart and he died randomly at 21. I just don’t understand why young people have to die. My dad was telling me that he believes that the sin that brought our world to imperfection makes these things happen, that God […]

  • The Basic Christian Life: That Little Thing That Controls Your Entire Life- Part 8

    (Click here to search for all the posts in this series…) James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NKJV) There are few things that have more influence or cause us more regret than our MOUTH… that little thing between your teeth that does indeed at times seem to be utterly untameable. A few rare souls exist that don’t fight the constant battle of tongue but they are few and far between, or they are liars and self-deceived. There is always room for tongue improvement no matter how mature or self controlled we are. We can always be kinder. We can always be wiser in what we say. We can always hold our tongue just a little more. […]

  • Parenting in 2010

    Parenting in 2010

    I recently observed a woman spend half an hour forcing her daughter to take a “time out” for misbehaving.  The daughter would not cooperate. She got up, tore up things, kicked over her chair, tried to resume playing, threw fits and tried to hit the Mom (not violent hitting, just typical little kid “I don’t like you” kind of hand slapping). The mother just kept putting her back on the chair over and over, refusing to give up. She put her back on the chair 20-30 times. I’ll give her a tidbit of credit for that… it puts her well ahead of a lot of parents who simply would have given in or deceived themselves into thinking a punishment had occurred by the act of […]

  • Random Thoughts – Jan 8, 2009

    A “Personal” Message for 12,345  People I get a TON of email. I have signed up for lots of newletters, blogs and programs. I have a large readership. My email address is public knowledge and fair game. More and more I get emails with “Personal message from…” and it’s obviously gone out to an entire email list. 99% of the time I just automatically delete them. I hate being lied to. It’s not a personal message. “Personal” involves both sides… it may be personal to them (hardly ever, in reality) but it’s not personal to me. As I said, most of the time it’s not personal anyway, even the one-sided kind. “Personal” is just a way to make you think it is something more than […]


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