My parents used to take me and my brother to Camden Park near Huntington, West Virginia for a birthday present. Occasionally they would let us bring some friends with us to enjoy the carnival rides and corn dogs. It’s still open today.
I heard a father tell the story of doing that with his son, … Continue Reading
Names are important to us, of course. Ideally they make us stand out as individuals, or perhaps say something about our character or heritage. But most of us did not name ourselves.
And we did not name God. His name, by the way, is not “God.” Moses is the first to have an experience of … Continue Reading
DA Carson, who has written several, remarkable, theological works, wrote a book on prayer in the early 1990’s titled, Praying with Paul. In that book, he suggested the following practical steps to praying effectively. It is, arguably, the greatest need in the church as well as in every Christian’s life. I offer an adaptation to … Continue Reading
One of the hardest parts of praying is accepting the reality that the immediate answer to our prayers, even the most urgent and sincere prayers, are not always given to us. Jesus’ agonizing prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane is one of the highest moments of the passion of Jesus before His crucifixion and resurrection.… Continue Reading
Does prayer “work?” I’ve heard the question asked directly and rhetorically, by authors in book titles and from people who are looking to have their “best life now.” Does it “work?” In other words, “Is it really worth my investment of time to do it?”
What is implied in the question is that there is … Continue Reading
How’s your prayer life? Few questions can make a believer feel guiltier. We know we should pray. We know we should pray MORE. We know we should pray LONGER.
We believe in prayer. Really, we do. We admire people for whom it seems to come so naturally. We may have even made a New Year’s … Continue Reading
What would you do for $10 million? In a study, 25% of people said they would leave their family; 25% said they would leave their church and another 25% said they would deny their faith. Almost as many said they would become a prostitute for a week. Another 7% said they would kill a stranger. … Continue Reading
Does money really matter to God? I mean, it’s just paper and some precious metals, all of which God ultimately owns anyway. So what’s the big deal about money?
Certainly God does not need our money. God is not out to “get” your finances from you. His agenda is not dependent on our financial gifts. … Continue Reading
“Joy to the World! The Lord Has Come!” So go the words to one of the most beloved of our Christmas carols. While many things go into making this a season of celebration, it all centers around one of the greatest joys that can be experienced: the birth of a baby.
The Christmas season centers … Continue Reading
When we are younger, Christmas seems to take FOREVER to get here. The decorations and early Christmas supplies appearing in October only seem to TEASE us as to how far away Christmas seems. But when we’re older… we can’t BELIEVE Christmas has come around already… again. And so soon!
What is it about Christmas that … Continue Reading