Mary and Martha were sisters and friends of Jesus. They show up in the Bible three times, but you won't believe how deep the lessons go! Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name.
Most of us have friends, but they’re not often really good friends. What’s missing? Intimacy. Intimacy among friends is profoundly valuable and also rare. Helen Keller said, “I would rather walk in the dark with a friend than walk alone in the light.” We all yearn for that kind of powerful and lasting influence in our lives. What are the three absolutely necessary ingredients that must be part of any truly close friendship? Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name.
“When I grow up I want to get married and be a mom or be a dad!” For many of us there are simple dreams in life that germinate in childhood. As we grow they blossom into clear and exciting expectations. This expectation of growing up and getting married is so basic and so obvious that we rarely entertain the thought of it NOT happening. What if as you grow through life and come to the time when this simple and expected event is supposed to happen...and it doesn’t? What if you spend your life being single? There are those who say that remaining unmarried can be amazing and awesome, and that’s great. It can also be a turbulent, discouraging and derailing experience that overshadows and overwhelms adulthood. How do single Christians find their way to not only coping with this “single” challenge but living their lives with contentment, clarity and conviction?
Living a fulfilled Christian life in our morally corrupt world is a challenge. Add the dimension of being single and now there’s critical mass! Everywhere you look it’s ALL about relationships, attractiveness and sex. How do single Christians find their way to not only coping with this “single” challenge but living their lives with contentment, clarity and conviction? For more advice and tips, listen to our full podcast of the same name.
Think about your life for a moment. Think about those things, people, places, experiences and memories that are most precious to you. The few thoughts that top this list are in all likelihood some of your greatest treasures. Now, think again about your life for another moment. Think about the things, people, places, experiences and memories that you obsess about – the images that you replay again and again in your mind that go ‘round and ‘round on that insatiable loop of conditioned and driven brain activity. The obsessions that top this list are in all likelihood your treasures as well. Kinda disturbing, isn’t it. So, what do we do about it? How do we learn to isolate and diminish those things which we cherish but hurt us? How do we instead focus on and appreciate those items that bring true honor, blessing and joy?
Peer pressure. When we say those words we typically think about teenagers, school and bad decisions and those thoughts are accurate. Young people face inordinate amounts of peer pressure on a regular basis and its effects can be devastating! Here’s the thing – adults are also subject to peer pressure and its place in our lives and its effect on our lives is far greater than we might anticipate. So, for the sake of not only our young people but for our own sake as well, what do we do about it? How do we recognize address and deal with the pressures of life that press us into compromised circumstances and bad decisions? Even more importantly, how do we reverse the process and create an environment in which positive, righteous and loving peer pressure is the order of the day?
Sometimes there are things, seemingly small things that can change the world. Compassion and caring for instance. By just showing a little compassion or by acting in a way that shows you care can have a dramatic affect not only on the giver and recipient of these actions, but on those who witness them as well. A few weeks ago we talked about loving our enemies – today we ask – how can we better care for our friends? How can we, in practical terms, be our “brother’s keeper”?