August 1, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Irv and I recently took a road trip to Kentucky where we visited the Creation Museum in Petersburg and the Ark Encounter in Williamstown. Both are sponsored by the Answers in Genesis ministry which is led by CEO and founder Kenneth Ham. Ken is an Australian Christian fundamentalist, young earth creation apologist, and he lives in the United States. Ken Ham’s stated goal is to help and encourage Bible-believing Christians to know how to defend biblical creation.  Both attractions present the salvation message and evidence that throughout God’s Word points to salvation through Jesus Christ.

This was a long anticipated as well as outstanding inspirational experience. Irv and I are sign readers. With every turn through the Ark...

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August 1, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Whenever I hear the term “idol” my mind immediately conjures up the image of a large golden statue in the form of a distorted human with multiple arms. It probably goes back to images I’ve seen of the idols worshiped in India. Most of us think of idols as statues made of silver or gold or carved out of wood usually in the shape of a human being but idols are more than physical statues, aren’t they? Idols are anything we worship and which displaces the Lord as God in our lives. Surely, then, Christians should have no problem with idols since we worship the Lord God (YHWH). After all worshiping an idol is a violation of the second commandment, “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is ...

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August 1, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

What is stress? Is all stress bad for us? What is the connection between stress and anger? How does anger trigger sexual acting out? These are important questions to answer.

First, what is stress? Stress is the body’s natural reaction to demanding situations. Here’s how the dictionary defines it: a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. During stress response, your heart begins to race, breathing quickens, muscles tighten, and blood pressure rises. You’ve gotten ready to act. It is how you protect yourself.  So stress is our reaction to being threatened. Adrenalin, the “fight or flight” drug, is secreted by the adrenal glands when we are ...

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August 1, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

A typical funeral mentioned in the Bible lasted for seven days or, in the case of important figures like Moses, for 30 days (Deuteronomy 34:8). They knew the importance of grieving and releasing emotions. After the loved one was buried, they put on sackcloth (think of the coarseness of burlap), covered themselves in ashes, threw dust in the air, wept copiously, and wailed at the top of their lungs. Talk about purging the pain of loss, they knew how to grieve!

We are much less demonstrative in our grieving today. In the traditional funeral service, upon the death of a loved one, instead of sackcloth, we usually dress in black or dark colors. We have a wake or visitation the day before the funeral service, and a funeral the next day. The ...

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July 1, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

In his classic devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers refers to what he calls “the ministry of the interior.” This ministry is the self work each person must do after receiving Christ in order to become more Christlike. It is the process of sanctification causing us to be conformed to the image of Christ from the inside out. Chambers describes it as a partnership between our inner selves and the Holy Spirit.

Are we ready to “launch out into the priestly work of prayer?” Chambers asks. "The goal is to be free from our Christian self-centered focus and embrace the “robust, simple life of the child of God.”1

The ministry of the interior requires much of us. It requires us to do ...

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July 1, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

You’ve probably heard your pastor declare that believers are to be “in the world but not of the world.” What does that phrase “in the world but not of the world” mean? The term “world” has a number of definitions: lost people on the planet (John 3:16), the planet itself (terra firma) (Romans 8:22), and the Satanic value system embraced by the lost (1 John 2:15-17). The first part of the phrase, “in the world,” means believers swim in  the same water as the unsaved. Until we go home to Jesus, we are pilgrims and aliens on earth. We are just passing through. Our true home is heaven.

The latter part of the phrase, “of the world,” means that we do not embrace the ungodly ...

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July 1, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

With the advent of summer wedding season, a young man’s thoughts turn to love. After all, his roommates are getting married. His best friend is getting married. Maybe he should do the same or at least be thinking about it. The second question which comes to mind (the first being, “do you have someone in mind to marry?”) is, “how do you know if you’re in love with this person?” Here are seven clear, biblical signs that indicate you are truly in love with this person.

  1. Attraction. There is an attraction to this person. You find this person attractive, yes, even beautiful. This may sound like a given, but it isn’t. Many aren’t attracted to the person rather they are attracted to the power, ...
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July 1, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Are you a snarky person? What’s a snarky person? A snarky person is one who gives a sarcastic, cutting, or biting response to questions or makes critical, cutting remarks about someone or something. Yes, snarky is a real word. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “Some have questioned whether snarky is a real word. There can be no doubt that it is; the adjective has been recorded in English since 1906. Its original meaning, “crotchety, snappish,” has largely been overtaken, however, by the far more frequently-encountered sense “sarcastic, impertinent or irreverent.”

Some learned to be snarky by growing up in families which made snarky remarks regularly and put others down by belittling them. For ...

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June 1, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Elisabeth Elliot put it this way, “The love life of a Christian is a crucial battleground. There, if nowhere else, it will be determined as to who is lord: the world, the self and the devil, or the Lord Christ.” (1)

Elisabeth returned to the United States with her young daughter in 1963. She became a well-known author and speaker. One of her focus topics was sexual purity. She wrote a book entitled, Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ’s Control. She wrote from the perspective of an earlier era when moral standards were clear and more biblically consistent.  But she relates to those of the current culture as well. She presents God’s timeless standards of purity without hesitation or...

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June 1, 2019 @ 8:00 AM

Do you ever talk to yourself? Most of us do. Pro golfer, Tiger Woods, talks to himself while walking the fairway of a golf course. He coaches himself about the next shot he wants to hit. Self-talk is beneficial. It helps to hear yourself speak out loud (or in your head) what you are seeing, thinking, or feeling. It is a key part of emotional intelligence. Self-talk can lead to better practices and outcomes.

Would you be surprised to learn that self-talk is mentioned in numerous passages in the Bible? Yes, the practice of consulting with yourself or speaking to your soul is prevalent in scripture. Consider these few examples:

  1. Nehemiah 5:7-Nehemiah is angry when he hears of the usury and oppression of the poor by fellow Jews but before ...
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