Many of our life experiences are a result of small decisions that are actually a result of indecision. Lot hesitated when it came to godly choices and he constantly did “almost” enough when it came to godly actions. What can he teach us?
Freedom of choice is very important to citizens of the United States. If God knows the end from the beginning as well as all our thoughts, do we still have real freedom of choice? Is there a difference between "freedom" and "license" to do something?
Are God and Evil a pair that must coexist? Did God create evil, and if so, can't He just get rid of it? Watch this vlog and then listen to the podcast of the same name to explore more on the purpose of evil and more.
What makes a good parent? Does the Bible provide us with guidelines that could be applicable even in today’s generation? Watch Rick’s clog then listen to the entire podcast with the same name for practical tips on raising productive, godly kids.
Failure as everyone knows is an unlooked for and unwelcome commodity in life. It disrupts our plans, impedes our progress, upsets our feelings and is generally intrusive to our lives. As a result of failure’s glowing resume, we often do whatever we can to avoid it, and when we experience it we often try to soft-pedal its impact or even hide its presence. All in all, these descriptions of and reactions to failure are really quite unfortunate. Failure gets too bad a rap. It is judged too harshly. A few weeks ago we began a journey towards a better understanding of failure. In that journey we began to see the place that failure holds in our lives and the value that it can bring us. Let’s get back to it, for success begins when we understand our failures!
We make choices every day. Some are easy choices that we don’t even need to think much about and there are others that require some on-the-fly time and attention. Then there are the choices that can be difficult and even agonizing. These are the choices that can make or break a life or shape a destiny, or at the very least, alter the near future. These are the biggest choices we face, but they may not necessarily be the most important ones. We probably don’t think about how often our really big decisions end up being a sum total of many small and seemingly irrelevant choices we have made without much thought. The point is that all of our choices carry a measure of importance! So, what guides us in the choices we make? Are we most often influenced by how we feel about things or by what our friends or family will think? What are the most important factors in successful Christian decision making?
The ability to compromise is a lost art. We have become so diverse in our thinking, so polarized in our viewpoints and so set in our conclusions as unequivocally right, that the mere idea of compromise is in some cases viewed as a repulsive evil. Now look – there are times when compromise should be off the table. There are times when that which is right and sound should not be approached with the idea of watering it down for the sake of making someone or some group or some sect happy. But when? When do we stand as an immovable force and when do we bend and acquiesce to include the preferences of others? Fortunately for us, these very issues existed in biblical times so we actually do have a pretty clear set of guidelines to follow. Is compromise good? Yes! Is compromise bad? Yes! Let’s figure this out!
The Bible tells us to stand fight and be courageous for our faith. It also sometimes tells us to run away from some things and some people. What is the difference? How do we know when to plant our feet solidly on the foundation of Christ and truth or when to lace up the running shoes of righteousness and run away? Is it always an obvious answer? Is there ever a time that we would do both? Wait – how would you do THAT?
To be a Christian is perhaps the most amazing privilege in the history of mankind. After all, you are called to walk in the footsteps of the master, to sacrifice your will, your time and your energy for one short lifetime. In exchange, you will be given an eternity of godly power and wisdom and be used of God Himself to rehabilitate the world from sin and rule along with our Lord Jesus in righteousness! Such privilege certainly comes with guidelines and requirements - well, what are they? How specifically does God through Jesus guide our relationships?
Decisions, decisions! So much of life revolves around not only having to make decisions, but having to live with them once they are made. Our life decisions cover lots of small things, like which tie to wear with which shirt, or which route should I take when I drive home, or what do I want for dinner. Then there are the bigger things – do I look for another job, or should I get married or how do I care for aging parents. With any decision, there is a process. Well, what is that process? How does it work and how can we apply it to our lives? Fortunately, the Bible has a lot to say about this whole topic, so, stay with us as we look into the Bible, decisions and our lives. How do you decide?Decisions, decisions! So much of life revolves around not only having to make decisions, but having to live with them once they are made. Our life decisions cover lots of small things, like which tie to wear with which shirt, or which route should I take when I drive home, or what do I want for dinner. Then there are the bigger things – do I look for another job, or should I get married or how do I care for aging parents. With any decision, there is a process. Well, what is that process? How does it work and how can we apply it to our lives? Fortunately, the Bible has a lot to say about this whole topic, so, stay with us as we look into the Bible, decisions and our lives. How do you decide?