A soft heart

A soft heart

Would we like a soft heart? The world was stunned when the first heart transplant took place in the late 1960s. How could the heart of one human being be placed in another? Yet a far greater miracle occurs whenever a spiritual heart that has been hardened by sin and...

Any old bush will do

Any old bush will do

A friend recently encouraged me to pick up a copy of The Saving Life of Christ by the late Major Ian Thomas. I have found it to be stacked with such deep, profound spiritual truths, that I am finding myself reading slow to take it all in. In one chapter, Major Thomas...

Think this; don’t think that

Think this; don’t think that

A HEALTHY BODY produces energy. Likewise, a healthy mind produces joy. This is not an accident. If you want to experience vibrant health and abundant energy, it is essential that you consume certain foods and drinks and refrain from consuming others. The same is true...

The Bible and feeding the poor

The Bible and feeding the poor

Matthew 25:35 ESV For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, Isaiah 58:10 ESV If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the...

Meeting felt needs first

Meeting felt needs first

Down the long, dusty road on their way from Jericho to Jerusalem, almost two thousand years ago, trod Jesus with His motley band of twelve disciples, followed by a huge crowd. Because of their long journey, they were all hot and sweaty. The dust clung to them. They...

Felt needs: A biblical way to open closed minds

Felt needs: A biblical way to open closed minds

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30“You never...

Honest people have better relationships

Honest people have better relationships

One of the biggest advantages of becoming more honest is that your relationships will be closer. That is, you'll have a greater feeling of connection to the people you're honest with and you'll feel more love for them. John Gottman, a researcher at the University of...

Honest people feel better in general

Honest people feel better in general

In a study by Santa Clara University in California, researchers found that people who habitually keep secrets, especially about embarrassing or painful experiences, tend to suffer from more colds more fatigue more aches and pains And they have higher levels of...

Honest people have better mental health

Honest people have better mental health

In a survey of 425 psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and marriage and family counselors, almost all of them (96%) thought that becoming more "open, genuine, and honest" was an essential requirement for mental health. Let me point out that they didn't...

Honest people are healthier

Honest people are healthier

Researchers have studied this one quite a bit. The leader of the pack is James Pennebaker of Southern Methodist University, author of Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health have...

Higher quality people in your life

Higher quality people in your life

Julian Rotter of the University of Connecticut compared the social lives of habitually honest people with the social lives of people who agreed with statements likeYou have to hide your feelings from others and You can't afford to be honest. He found that honest...

True Riches

True Riches

A tax officer asked an old man to declare his wealth. The Old man declared his riches like this: o A mansion in heaven o Everlasting life o Peace that passes all understanding o Joy unspeakable o Devine love that never fails o A crown of life o A faithful wife o...

A Contested Universe

A Contested Universe

Guest article courtesy http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2012/spring/contesteduniverse.html?paging=off A woman named Laura was creating real problems in our college ministry. She was creating conflict, dividing people, slandering people. She had a pattern of trying...

DEPENDENCE MAKES YOU FREE…

DEPENDENCE MAKES YOU FREE…

Freedom from the tyranny of the urgent is found in the example and promise of our Lord.  At the end of a vigorous debate with the Pharisees in Jerusalem, Jesus said to those who believed in Him: “If you continue in My Word, you are truly my disciples, and you will...

WAIT FOR INSTRUCTIONS…

WAIT FOR INSTRUCTIONS…

What was the secret of Jesus’ work?  We find a clue following Mark’s account of Jesus’ busy day.  Mark observes that “….in the morning, a great while before day, He rose and went out to a lonely place, and there He prayed” (Mark 1:35).  Here is the secret of Jesus’...

CAN YOU ESCAPE…….?

CAN YOU ESCAPE…….?

Is there any escape from this pattern of living?  The answer lies in the life of our Lord.  On the night before He died, Jesus made an astonishing claim.  In the great prayer of John 17 He said, “ I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do” (verse 4). How...

JUMBLED PRIORITIES…

JUMBLED PRIORITIES…

When we stop to evaluate, we realize that our dilemma goes deeper than a shortage of time; it is basically the problem of priorities.  Hard work does not hurt us.  We all know what it is to go full speed for long hours, totally involved in an important task.  The...