I think the metaphor in the Bible that gives us the best understanding of our relationship with God is the father-child relationship. We are told that when a person puts their faith in Christ they are adopted into His family and become a child of God. (Galatians 4:4-7) I truly believe this metaphor is so […]
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I recently read of a study done back in 2012 seeking to determine the highest-selling books in the world over the previous 50 years. The top-selling three books were: Bible: 3.9 billion copies Selected Works of Mao Tse-Tung: 820 million copies Harry Potter Series: 400 million copies When compared with the holy books of other […]
Have you ever thought about how profoundly our lives are shaped by the presence of the people in our lives? Recently I was speaking to a group of men about pride and arrogance. I posed this question: “If you lived on a desert island, all by yourself, do you think you would struggle with pride? […]
The great political philosopher Edmund Burke made this insightful observation over 200 years ago: “Freedom without wisdom or responsibility is the greatest of all possible evils.” This is a very sobering statement, yet I wonder if modern people recognize the truthfulness of these words. I have concluded that many Americans believe freedom means the absence […]
So many people find it easy to believe in God and Jesus, regularly go to church, and to think they are leading a pretty good life. These same people seem to back away from the idea of truly surrendering.
One of the most powerful arguments for the existence of God is the reality of love. Most people do not realize that if God does not exist, then love is an illusion. It is nothing more than a chemical reaction in your brain.
Conspicuous Consumption is when you buy something, not primarily for its usefulness, but for the way it makes you look in the eyes of others. It is a boost for the ego. Let’s look at the difference between being wealthy and wanting to be seen as rich.
One only has to look at the violence and destruction breaking out in cities around the world. This has led to a great deal of blame and finger-pointing. Is it racism, poverty, poor living conditions? Is it lack of jobs and a need for better schools or something else?
Have you noticed how modern secular people do not use the word “sin” or “evil”? They do not believe people are sinful or evil, instead they are sick, psychologically dysfunctional, or it is just something in their DNA. Dr. Richard Dawkins attributes it to what he calls “a selfish gene.” An act of evil or […]
What does it mean to be in the center of God’s will, and to follow God’s will? What most people don’t realize is that God’s general will for us is primarily laid out in the Bible…
The article in the NY Times: “How Social Isolation is Killing Us.” points out that since the 1980’s, the percentage of American adults who say they struggle with loneliness has doubled from 20% to 40%. This is not the full story…
If you examine our culture closely you cannot help but notice that modern people are not very healthy. There is extraordinary dysfunction, and many adults, teenagers and children struggle to cope with life. Why?
Have you ever thought about how your feelings have such a powerful impact on your life and the decisions you make?
Investment in ourselves, in the only instrument we have with which to deal with life and to contribute. We are the instruments of our own performance, and to be effective, we need to recognize the importance of taking time regularly to “sharpen the saw”.
In doing the research on my new book, I encountered many great quotes, what I like to call “Nuggets of Wisdom.” For the last blog of the year, I thought I would share some of my favorites with you.
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