Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. This old saying shows up a lot on t-shirts, coffee cups, and wall plaques. It’s supposed to make us smile, but it annoys me. Shame on Momma for being so self-centered and narcissistic that she manipulates people with her emotional moods. Momma is a bully. A mature mother would have this attitude: Even though I may not be happy, I want...
Author: Don McMinn
80% of the world's population now have mobile phones. There are billions of mobile phones around the world. At the Mobile Ministry Forum, over 100 leaders gathered to discuss what is next in mobile ministry. There is nothing new to being mobile with your faith. In Exodus, God said build me a mobile tabernacle. All you are doing is changing it from being done with...
Author: Kent Shaffer
Topic: Church and Culture
Cyberbullying is deliberately using digital media to communicate false, embarrassing, or hostile information about or to another person. Types of Bullying Online According to the Internet Safety 101 curriculum , there are many types of cyberbullying: Gossip: Posting or sending cruel gossip to damage a person’s reputation and relationships with friends,...
Author: Luke Gilkerson
Fighting fair as a couple will preserve your unity as a couple and deepen your love. Don't use words to wound. Re-frame your language away from judgment. Be compassionate and forgiving. Some practical tips: only one person at a time is allowed to get angry. A conflict can only last twenty minutes. Press pause on the problem and engage in a positive activity.
Speaker: Glenn Barteau
Scripture: Acts 15:2, Ephesians 4:26-32
We all deal with feelings of anger. In Matthew 5, Jesus gives us a model for handling anger. We must not belittle others, we must reconcile with those we have hurt and we must forgive as Jesus has forgiven us. In His teaching, Jesus aims to change our hearts and minds so we can live in a new way.
Speaker: Glenn Barteau
Scripture: Matthew 5:21-25
Life change can only occur in the context of forgiveness and mercy. Jesus' parable of the ungrateful servant shows us how much we need to extend grace to those who have wronged us. When we understand the depth of God's forgiveness for our transgressions, we can begin to forgive the offenses we suffer.
Speaker: Tim Bourne
Scripture: Matthew 18:21-35, Matthew 5:7, John 8, James 2:13
NOTE: This is a highly inflammatory subject. Mr. Terry is expressing his opinion as a career missionary and a Christ-follower. This article is not intended to deal with political issues, but spiritual principles regarding God's desire to reach the musllim world for Christ. Tom writes, "This is going to be controversial. I’m going to say something about Hamas, ISIS, terrorism,...
Author: Tom Terry
Face it, there are just some things that we don't like to do. We all have those irritating things that incessantly demand our attention. Every one of us has a collection of loathsome demands that keep throwing themselves in front of us. Our lives are chock full of repetitive tasks, missed agenda items, overdue obligations, lapsed deadlines, and overlooked commitments that...
Author: Craig Lounsbrough
When I was a young believer, I committed to memory Hebrews 4:12: “For the word of God is living and operative and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow, and able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Admittedly, I had no clue what “the dividing of soul and spirit,...
Author: Frank Viola
Topic: Jesus Christ
I’ve been wrestling with the issue of online hypocrisy. That might surprise you a little bit, that the way a Christian acts online doesn’t line up with how they describe themselves online, but it shouldn’t. We now have one of the greatest opportunities to be hypocrites in the history of mankind. Think about the scale of our hypocrisy these days. Thirty years ago, your Dad...
Author: Jon Acuff