I hope you enjoyed your Independence Day Celebrations yesterday! Here's another article I wrote for The Courage in honor of this day and the people who died to preserve our freedom. “What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a… Continue reading Why We Should Celebrate Independence Day
When asked, “Would you die for someone you love?” most would answer affirmatively. If you ask a Christian, “Would you die for Christ?” you will again get a hearty “yes!” And yet, how often do we fail to sacrifice our little wants, needs, and desires for our loved ones, our neighbors, and our God?
This is part 3 of the series “God’s love is the Greatest Love.” For the previous post, click here. We mortals make much ado about our sacrifices in the name of love. I've heard countless people say they would take a bullet for Jesus or their family. On the other hand, they don't want… Continue reading The Greatness of Sacrificial Love.
This is part 2 of the series "Do I have to carry THAT cross?" To read the original post, click here. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. or what will it profit… Continue reading The One Thing I Hate to Do
Brilliant flashes of colorful fireworks set the faces of my children aglow beneath the darkening Texas sky. We reveled in our new-found Texas freedom and the love of country that swells in this region of the United States. I was thankful to live in this nation, in spite of the issues that plague us. That was Monday. Monday feels like an age ago. This week has been traumatic for Lady Justice and her best friend, Wisdom. They weep unrestrainedly at the black events of the past few days.
When I was a young adult, I didn't how much I should give or how to work it in to my life effectively. I gave rather sporadically as my limited funds allowed and was rather ashamed of my inconsistent giving. My intention was always to give more, but then some unexpected expense would arise and I'd have to hold back. This is what I have learned in the intervening years: effective giving is borne of intentional planning rather than good intentions. So, how do we do this without being Ebenezer Scrooge or living in a commune?
Each week, we turn our focus to praying for a specific person or group of people. If you missed the original post on effective prayer, read it here. Effective prayer is a learned habit requiring discipline and diligence. To that end, I am encouraging you to write down the people you are praying for. Part… Continue reading The Effective Prayer 5.25.15 – Families of the Fallen