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The Law Arouses Our Desire to Sin

The Power of Sin is the Law. – 1 Corinthians. 15:56 Nearly every small town has its “rich man.” Our town had “Mr. Stone.” He owned two sparkling-new, 12-cylinder dream cars: a black four-door Packard with whitewalls and a Lincoln Zephyr coupe, the prototype of the Lincoln Town Car. Those babies could lay their ears Continue Reading…

Handling Rejection

Recently we were asked a question about how to deal with rejection from others. Unfortunately, many of you may have wondered the same thing. The question was specifically about handling rejection from a parent, but the principles here will reply to any significant relationship. Here is Dr. Bill Gillham’s response to the question: Your mom Continue Reading…

The Curse of the Capable

How easy it is for those blessed with capability, competence, talent, success, and initiative to base their identity on achievements and accolades. Our Heavenly Father values the work of our hands, but he is interested in the motive driving what we do. He appeals to us as sons, longs for a connection between His heart Continue Reading…

Responding To Disasters Great or Small

At the height of the Vietnam war, the Wall Street Journal reported that once a week the President and four other politicians met to decide how the war would be waged; that not one military mind sat in on these sessions, not even the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff; and that these politicos Continue Reading…

The Enemy’s Scouting Report

While watching ESPN SportsCenter recently, I was intrigued by the amount of time professional baseball players spend studying opposing pitchers. Every movement is scrutinized, every twitch is analyzed, and every delivery is examined. Through this type of scouting report, a good hitter can often get the advantage by picking up on subtle movements that tip Continue Reading…

Grace vs. Deliverance

Proverbs 3:34b that, “…He (God) gives grace to the afflicted.” I read that and wondered why God would give grace and not deliverance. Deliverance is the easy way out. Grace refers to a divine influence upon the heart and it’s reflection in life, a reflection of acknowledging benefits, favor, thankfulness, joy, and acceptance from God. Continue Reading…

Managing Your Fears

How are you doing managing your fears? I was reminded recently that the first thing Adam said to God after he and Eve declared independence and sinned was, “I was afraid.” It is noteworthy that the first thing God said when Christ was born was, “Fear not.” In simple terms, the struggle in our lives Continue Reading…

How to Motivate Godly Character

On a recent road trip, my wife and I were listening to a novel somewhere in Mississippi. The story followed a thirteen-year-old amateur tennis player as she struggles to stay above the competition while facing the temptation to cheat. In amateur circuit matches fewer line judges are available to make calls, so the players call Continue Reading…

My Struggle to Trust God

Do you ever wonder if God is everything He claims to be? The great struggle in my life has been trusting God, which is not on the Christian community’s list of tolerated sins. Questioning God is ungracious. I have sung “Trust and Obey” with gusto, but when I get away from the crowd, lay aside Continue Reading…

Can I Impress God?

When was the last time you told yourself you did a good job? Well, neighbor, that’s too long. For me it had been forty-three years. For all my determination to do a good job today and a better job tomorrow, I was missing the joy of the good today for the aspiration of a better Continue Reading…