• The Downward Spiral of Defiance

    | Dec 04, 2017
    Talk about going from bad to worse. Defiance is the classic illustration. First, defiance begins with carnal attitudes. Long before there are carnal actions, there are carnal attitudes.
    Full story
  • God Takes Action in Response to Defiance

    | Dec 03, 2017
    King Solomon planted seeds of willfulness and independence that reaped a harvest of rebellion in his heart. God's first reaction to Solomon's defiance was a strong statement of divine anger (1 Kings 11:9). What else does the Lord do?
    Full story
  • God's Attitude toward Defiance

    | Dec 02, 2017
    Solomon planted seeds of willfulness and independence that reaped a harvest of age-old rebellion in his heart. Let's see what God did in response to Solomon's defiance. Read 1 Kings 11:9–11.
    Full story
  • Defiance: A Biblical Warning

    | Dec 01, 2017
    When it comes to the topic of rebellion, King Solomon's story is pretty incredible. Although bright, rich, capable, and the son of a famous father, Solomon became an insolent, carnal man. We need to see how God dealt with him.
    Full story
  • Dealing with Defiance

    | Nov 30, 2017
    Defiance and stress are inseparable co-conspirators. Together, they scheme to steal your peace of mind. Although the term defiance does not appear in Scripture, acts and attitudes of defiance often do.
    Full story
  • Peace Amidst an Uncertain Future

    | Nov 29, 2017
    If you live intimidated by people, then you need to come to terms with your lack of peace. God is bigger than any person. You don't need to dread tomorrow. You don't need to dread your uncontrollable circumstances.
    Full story
  • Peace Amidst Unpleasant Circumstances

    | Nov 28, 2017
    About the time you get things settled in your heart and promise, "Lord, I'm not going to panic; I'm going to leave those dreams with You," no small disturbance occurs.
    Full story
  • Peace Amidst Unfulfilled Dreams

    | Nov 27, 2017
    Today's Scripture passage, which details events in the life of the apostle Paul, has a lot to teach us about finding peace in spite of our natural tendency to panic. I hope you will read it thoroughly.
    Full story
  • Peace . . . in Spite of Panic

    | Nov 26, 2017
    I invite you to focus your full attention on one of the rarest of all virtues. It is a virtue that everybody pursues, but very few possess on a regular basis. I'm referring to the often-longed-for but seldom-found virtue of peace.
    Full story
  • Shifting the Stress by Prayer and Rest

    | Nov 25, 2017
    In Parts One through Three we talked about some strategies for alleviating stress. Prayer is another relief—an essential therapy during stressful times. I'm reminded of David on one occasion.
    Full story
  • Stress Reduction: Spreading Out the Workload

    | Nov 24, 2017
    We've been talking about the very common and very real problem of stress. Today I'd like to tackle a practical suggestion for stress-reduction: spreading out the workload. There is a side of stress that is easily overlooked.
    Full story
  • Overcoming Worry

    | Nov 23, 2017
    In Part One, we looked at a couple of New Testament examples (one negative—Martha, the other positive—Jesus) of people under stress. Let's now go back to the Old Testament and lift out some familiar words of hope.
    Full story
  • Two Perspectives on Stress

    | Nov 22, 2017
    There is an old Greek motto that says: YOU WILL BREAK THE BOW IF YOU KEEP IT ALWAYS BENT. Wise words, but how do we loosen the strings? Even when we make every effort to slow down and relax, others place high demands on us.
    Full story
  • Tension in the Tank, Part Two

    | Nov 21, 2017
    In the northeastern United States, codfish are not only delectable, they are a big commercial business. There's a market for eastern cod all over, especially in sections farthest removed from the northeast coastline.
    Full story
  • Tension in the Tank, Part One

    | Nov 20, 2017
    Ever felt sorry for certain Scriptures? I sure have. I'm talking about passages like John 3:17, Hebrews 4:13, 1 John 1:10, and Philippians 4:14. Great verses, all . . . yet the popularity of their next-door neighbors has resulted in their being virtually ignored.
    Full story
  • The Sting of the Thorn, Part Two

    | Nov 19, 2017
    We've been talking about Jesus's parable in Mark 4:1–20 about the farmer who sows seeds in four different types of soil. As I mentioned in Part One, I'm bothered by the third group because thorns come in and destroy the healthy growth of the Christian.
    Full story
  • The Sting of the Thorn, Part One

    | Nov 18, 2017
    Give the Reverend Dullard Drydust enough time and he will manage to confuse most sections of the Bible. Because we preachers are notorious for getting hung up on . . . theological trivia, we often shy away from those passages that appear nontechnical.
    Full story
  • "Won't Someone Please Stop Me?" Part Two

    | Nov 17, 2017
    Strange, isn't it, how we tend toward extremes? What begins as self-improvement becomes self-enslavement . . . what starts as merely a mellow change of pace leads to a marathon of fanaticism. We're nuts! Left to ourselves, we'll opt for extremes most every time.
    Full story
  • "Won't Someone Please Stop Me?" Part One

    | Nov 16, 2017
    I laughed my way through Judith Viorst's How Did I Get to Be Forty and Other Atrocities. I've long since passed the half-century mark, so it seemed reasonable that I should at least face the music of being forty.
    Full story
  • The Home, Part Two

    | Nov 15, 2017
    If you are involved in church or religious activities to the point that your home life is hurting, you're too involved—and you're heading for trouble. Look at what you're doing in the light of eternity. God is primarily interested in the quality, not quantity, of our spiritual fruit.
    Full story
Marching Forward Together