Have you ever done something you believed was the “last straw” with God? Have you ever felt like you've, finally - once and for all - ruined your life? NOTE: A follow-up to my message a couple of weeks ago about the Cross’s power over shame. Tullian Tchividjian (last name is pronounced “shuh -VIJ-uhn) is … Continue reading The Last Straw
FOX News recently published an article about pastor/author, Shawn Bolz, a self-proclaimed prophet as well as pastor of a church in Los Angeles, CA. Bolz isn't the first - nor will he be the last - modern day Christian to claim to have the spiritual gift of predictive prophecy. I use the adjective predictive because … Continue reading Do Prophets Still Exist? (The kind that can predict the future?)
After speaking in public schools on this topic I am often asked by students and parents a number of questions I don't have time to address in my presentation. I thought I would offer brief answers to one of those questions here in 2 parts: When and How Should I Talk to my Child About … Continue reading When & How Do I Talk to my Child About the topic of Suicide?
"His mercies (tender compassions) never fail - they are new (infinite; inexhaustible) every morning..." Let this promise from God sink into your weary soul. Drink it in. But know this important principle: as my family learned from a dear friend after my son walked into Paradise, we have to "pick up/claim" those mercies every morning. … Continue reading His Mercies Are New Every Morning – however…
Even Jesus' own disciples asked, "Lord, teach us to pray." For years in working with students I would find myself listening to a teen yearn to learn to pray. We would pray together but I would also encourage them to read the prayers recorded for us by others over the centuries. I would encourage them … Continue reading Learning to Pray
Here's the scenario... You have good reason to believe (or, at least, strongly suspect) a friend or loved one is considering taking their own life. First of all, should you say anything? YES. Always err on the side of caution. If you're wrong, you've lost nothing. But, if you're right - you've just might have … Continue reading What to Say to a Person Considering Suicide
Commenting on the 23rd Psalm, the famed 19th century British pastor, Charles Spurgeon, wrote: "It has charmed more griefs to rest than all the philosophy of the world. It has remanded to their dungeon more felon thoughts, more black doubts, more thieving sorrows, than there are sands on the sea-shore. It has comforted the noble … Continue reading The 23rd Psalm
A person can neither prove nor disprove the existence of God. What a person with a biblical worldview can do is provide evidence for God’s existence. And there’s plenty of it. Cosmology, teleology, RNA/DNA, human consciousness, just to name a few, all provide hard scientific evidence for a Creator. Further, the historical reliability of the … Continue reading The Reason for God