November 30, 2014

Fight for Your Marriage (1)

“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.” Ps 127:1 NKJV It’s easy to remember where and when you got married, but sometimes what escapes you is why. God created Eve because He knew Adam was lonely and incomplete. So if the purpose of marriage is closeness, the enemy of marriage is distance. But problems arise when you expect your spouse to meet every need you’ve got. Only God can do that! A guy asked his buddy, “How come you never got married?” He replied, “Because I was looking for the ideal woman.” “And you […]
November 29, 2014

When God Feels Distant

“The Lord has hidden himself…but I trust him.” Isa 8:17 GNT Does God feel distant? Floyd McClung writes: “You wake up one morning and all your ‘spiritual feelings’ are gone. You pray, but nothing happens. You rebuke the Devil, but it doesn’t change anything. You go through spiritual exercises, have your friends pray for you, confess every sin you can imagine, then go around asking forgiveness of everyone you know. You fast; still nothing. You begin to wonder how long this spiritual gloom will last. It feels like your prayers bounce off the ceiling. In utter frustration you cry out: […]
November 28, 2014

Christlikeness

“We share in his sufferings…that we may also share in his glory.” Ro 8:17 NIV God’s number-one goal for you isn’t comfort, it’s Christlikeness! And to reach it you’ll have to undergo some of the same experiences that Jesus went through—like being misunderstood by your family, ridiculed by church folks, rejected by the world, and disappointed by the people who say they love you. The Bible says we’ve been called to “share in his sufferings…that we may also share in his glory.” So how do we do this? In three ways: (1) Stay focused on God’s plan, not your pain. […]
November 27, 2014

Inner Beauty

“He will bring justice if you will only wait.” Job 35:14 NLT A lady flew across the nation to tell a talk show host how her husband had left her for another woman. The lady, who was young, vibrant, and beautiful, pulled out a photograph and said, “Just look at her. He left me for that!” The host concluded, “Sadly, we’ve been conditioned to think that ‘looks’ are all-important, when, in fact, they’re not.” Nevertheless we keep measuring, comparing, and beating ourselves up because we fall short. If you can’t enjoy who you are because of what you’re not, you’ll […]
November 26, 2014

Choose the Right Friends (2)

“Two people are better off than one.” Ecc 4:9 NLT Take the initiative. Don’t wait to be introduced. Say hello and get the other person’s name. If you’re naturally shy, it can be hard taking the first step. But the chances are that the other person feels the same, and when you start talking you’ll find things in common. Take a risk. If you like somebody, go a little deeper and mention a small struggle, fear, or disappointment you’ve experienced. It’s called “manageable risk,” and it lets you gauge how the other person responds. If they’re caring and identify with […]
November 25, 2014

Choose the Right Friends (1)

“Friends sharpen the minds of each other.” Pr 27:17 CEV Author Charlie “Tremendous” Jones said, “You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years…except for the people with whom you associate and the books you read.” When it comes to choosing friends, Dr. Charles Townsend says look for: (1) People who influence you to be the person God intended. “As iron sharpens iron, friends sharpen the minds of each other” (Pr 27:17 CEV). Relationships are the tools God uses to do this. When you’re with somebody, ask yourself, “Do I like who I am when I’m around this person? […]
November 23, 2014

Seize the Present

“The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time.” Jnh 3:1 NIV We spend too much of our lives in the junkyard of regret. We focus on what might have been, could have been, and should have been. Maybe we think that by replaying it enough we can change the outcome. But we can’t. The only thing you can control is what you do in the present. The more you replay yesterday, the further you get from today’s opportunities. And the further you move from today’s opportunities, the tougher the road back becomes. Opportunities never look as good […]
November 22, 2014

You’re a “Priest” at Work (3)

“His God instructs him and teaches him the right way.” Isa 28:26 NIV Lottery winners often make the same comment: “Winning all that money isn’t going to change my life.” But it seldom works out that way. Six months later they have quit their job and bought a new house. A survey of one state’s lottery winners confirmed these two things: (1) The majority were more unhappy after they won than before. Why? Unfulfilled demands and unmet expectations on the part of family and friends led to disappointment and resentment. (2) None of them would give up the money they’d […]