What are your goals in life?

Scripture: “But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscious and a sincere faith.” 1 Tim 1:5. What are your goals in life? Paul had definite goals for his ministry of the Gospel to those who became his disciples. Paul’s goals were centered on spiritual things. And Paul did not set his goals up to be unattainable or unreachable to those he ministered. They are goals that every believer can achieve. Love from a pure heart – a heart not motivated by ulterior urgings or fleshly, selfish pleasures A good conscience – one … Continue reading

THE Way

Scripture: “Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.” John 14:6 NASB Have you ever asked anyone for directions? How about using MapQuest or Google Maps? I’ve learned the secret for using Google Maps on my iPhone when I am driving. Plug it in to a charging port or the phone will be dead by the time you get to your destination! Why use Google maps? Because I don’t know the fastest and easiest way to get where I am going. However, with Google maps, I … Continue reading

Safety From a Fall

Scripture: “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, And He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.” Ps 37:23, 24 NASB Do you remember when you were young and your mom or dad held your hand when you walked with them? My parents used to do that quite a lot, especially from the time I began to walk until I learned to hear their call and obey. If you grow up in an Amish community, you can see the men walking … Continue reading

1st Essential Quality of Leadership

{Discipline} Training Boys to be Future Leaders, Part 2 Am I Raising a Boy or a Future Man? Parents often focus on raising boys and not on raising a mature man. However, the end result desired in this process is a man capable of handling the world’s challenges, not a boy unable to cope. To reach this goal, your boy must take on responsibilities that will make him a man. External discipline will help develop internal control. Teach younger boys to put away toys, clean rooms, and help with chores (inside and outside the house). Be creative and make learning … Continue reading

Training Boys to be Future Leaders

Introduction Who’s In Control? The media controls our minds and our lives. True or false? Unfortunately, for many this is a true statement. But it doesn’t have to be true for you or your children. A leader, a mature man or woman, can take charge of the media and all other factors in their lives. Spiritual Leadership Using J. Oswald Sanders book, Spiritual Leadership, I’ll spend time laying out his time-honored principles and how we can apply them to the raising of our boys in today’s complex environment. Why not girls? Do the principles apply to them as well? Of … Continue reading

It’s in the Bible isn’t it?

“Your Word I have treasured in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Ps 119:11 NASB Speaking of memorizing scripture, have you put any of God’s Word in your heart permanently? It’s amazing how different having God’s Word stamped on your heart can be than just knowing the verse is somewhere in the Bible. “Well,” you say to yourself, “I know what it says. Sort of. Kinda. Well, you know, it’s in the Bible isn’t it? Why do I need to memorize it?” Often when we are in conversation with others, if we have to refer to our … Continue reading

Are we being light to others around us?

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, but the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:1-3 Are we being light to others around us, not just on Sunday? Sometimes those around you who are not Christians won’t understand you, but light penetrates darkness, just as … Continue reading

We’ve been chosen for a purpose

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 We’ve been chosen for a purpose – to glorify God and live with Him forever. How amazing that we have been given the great responsibility of declaring the goodness of God who has changed our lives forever by the work of His incredible plan. We declare His excellencies in how we live our daily lives. The last time I … Continue reading

Have you tried to act like someone else?

“I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2 Have you tried to act like someone else? It takes hard work to convince others you are someone different than who you are. Some actors/actresses can only accomplish this by immersion into a character. However, when the person finishes the film or play, they go back to being themselves. Some people “play” … Continue reading

Be Anxious for Nothing

Phil 4:6-8 – “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is anything of excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” (NASB) Let us remember to give thanks for all that we have, especially our families and brothers and sisters in … Continue reading