Proverbs 23 tells us that “idle chatter leads only to poverty.” When we waste our precious time and energy on meaningless and trivial chitchat, we end up spiritually impoverished. And yet, living in a culture that is so heavily centered upon shallow frivolit
Legalism is just about as common in the Body of Christ today as worldliness is. Christians who are disturbed by the compromise that is so prevalent in the modern church often try to solve the problem by relying on legalism and self-effort to keep them from the pitfalls of worldliness. Co
As Americans, we live in one of the wealthiest, most self-indulgent nations in history. Very few people on earth have ever had so many food choices, so many leisure opportunities, and so many creative ways to indulge our physical cravings. Feel like a hot fudge sundae? Just drive d
Some are big, some are small. We begin making decisions from the moment we open our eyes in the morning: what am I going to wear? What am I going to eat for breakfast? Should I do my grocery shopping this morning or this afternoon? Other decisions are much more weighty than that, and have a great significance, sometimes even changing the direction of our lives.
Many years ago, a close friend challenged me about a particular movie that I liked and had recommended to others. Her words of correction were appropriate and respectful, and she had a position to speak into my life, but I found myself inwardly bristling in self-defense as she spoke. On the outside, I smiled and nodded along as she talked, and even humbly thanked her for sharing her co
The very word “Christmas” evokes such warm emotion for so many people! This holiday is celebrated the globe over by various people, even by those who do not even know its meaning.For some, Christmas means cold weather and snow, being bundled up in warm coats and gloves and scarves, and coming indoors to warm up by the fire with hot chocolate.
“If only God would bring a romantic relationship into my life, then I wouldn’t be lonely and purity wouldn’t be such a strain.” “If only I had a decent amount of encouragement, then taking a stand for truth would come easily.” “If only I was a morning person, then getting up early for prayer would be as effortless as finding a grain of sand on the beach.&r
“It’s too much for you.” “This is too hard.” “No one should have to go through that - it’s too much.” Many of us have heard these words from friends and loved ones in our lives. They are well meaning statements coming from those