I am surprised by, and sometimes frustrated at, some people’s submission to emotions. Emotions dominate their lives. Rational thought is ignored and facts are resisted. Like the lady with the nail in her forehead, life is seen exclusively through the lens of emotions. I do understand and appreciate human emotionality—I even wrote a book on the subject. But let’s pursue a...
Author: Don McMinn
Why does God allow suffering and death? This is the age-old question that has plagued man for thousands of years. It is a direct challenge against the goodness of God. That is, how can God be good but allow suffering, especially the innocent, to suffer? In some cases, it depends upon what your definition of innocent is. When it comes to our relationship with God, “All have...
Author: Tom Terry
Pornography is not new, but the digital age has made it more ubiquitous and accessible than ever before. The technological realities of smartphones and high-speed internet have fundamentally changed the landscape of pornography, and ushered it into the cultural mainstream where it enjoys increasingly widespread acceptance. In Barna’s landmark study, The Porn Phenomenon ...
Author: David Kinnaman
Ask 100 people if they’d like to make significant progress on their goals over the next week and you’ll probably get 100 yeses. (Actually, you’d probably get 99, thanks to that one jerk dentist who doesn’t prefer Trident gum either.) Ask those same people, seven days later, if they WERE able to make significant progress on their goals and guess what happens? You get a lot...
Author: Jon Acuff
Why do we sometimes make choices that defy any shred of reason or seem void of even the slightest hint of sensibility? More times than we can count we stand in awe of the unwise choices that other people make, shaking our heads in disoriented disbelief and wondering what in the world they were thinking. Sometimes our own choices are perplexingly confusing, defying our...
Author: Craig Lounsbrough
The most fundamental question that teenagers in your community will ever wrestle with is, “Why am I here?” Unlike past generations, teens today aren’t looking for the meaning of life. Instead, they’re searching for meaning in life, a purpose for living, something that makes their lives worth living. The fact is they’re seeking the very thing for which...
Author: Rick Warren
The disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! — John 20:19 Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared! — Luke 24:31 He was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. — Acts 1:9 He...
Author: Randy Alcorn
Excuses are like hiding places that promise to keep you safe from difficult things. Ignore them. The only things that reproduce faster than rabbits are excuses when you’ve got important work to do. Everyday when I sit down to work (I’m a writer), here are the excuses I make: 1. It’s too early too write. 2. It’s too late. 3. Do I have the right music to write to? 4....
Author: Jon Acuff
Our lives are filled with white noise: the expectations of others that distract us from God's calling for our lives. How do we tune out "white noise." hear God speak and bravely follow His will? Preached at Casas Church. Used by permission.
Speaker: Andy Thomas
Scripture: Proverbs 20:5-5, Luke 5:27-32, Matthew 16:21-23, Colossians 2:8-16
A pastor friend told me last week that he had church members enraged with him when he suggested from the pulpit that we ought to pray for the salvation of Islamic State terrorists. The people in his church told him that he ought to be calling for justice against them, given their brutal murder of Christians, not for mercy. I thought about my friend a few days ago when these...
Author: Russell Moore