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A Balancing Act

Relevance: 91%      Posted on: October 2, 2012

They put the fun in funambulism. Tightrope walking is from the Latin words funis (rope) and ambulare (walk). The art was practiced in ancient Egypt and first century China where “rope dancing” was performed over knives stuck in the ground, pointing upward. In North America, funambulism was taken to new…

Act Your Age

Relevance: 83%      Posted on: September 16, 2012

In one area I am delighted our practice has not caught up with what we preach. It has to do with how we treat others in light of some of the things we have said the Bible teaches. I am eager to search for truth in the Bible, but I…

Arizona Governor Considers Religious Protection Act

Relevance: 79%      Posted on: February 22, 2014

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer says she will review a bill that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs as legal justification for refusing service to perspective customers.

IRS: $20,000 Per Year Per Family for Cheapest Obamacare Plan

Relevance: 22%      Posted on: February 2, 2013

What is hypocritically named, the "Affordable Care Act," is quickly being realized and even promoted as anything but affordable. Now, according to a final regulation put in place on Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says that the cheapest health insurance plan under Obamacare for a family will cost $20,000…

A Texas Minister Set Himself On Fire And Died To ‘Inspire’ Justice

Relevance: 12%      Posted on: July 2, 2015

One Monday in June, 79-year-old Charles Moore, a retired United Methodist minister, drove to Grand Saline, Tex., his childhood home town some 70 miles east of Dallas. He pulled into a strip mall parking lot, knelt down on a small piece of foam and doused himself with gasoline. Then, witnesses…

Suicide Is Not The Answer

Relevance: 10%      Posted on: November 21, 2012

Pain, sorrow and depression is often used, I believe, by the enemy to lead people in addictive behaviors to a point where they seriously consider taking their own lives. While steeped in my addiction to Internet Porn there were times that I became very depressed. I felt hopeless. I also…

Trust God or Be Your Own God

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: November 1, 2013

Abram (later renamed Abraham) is a very important man in the Biblical scheme of things because God’s promises to him recorded in Genesis 12:1-3 (and repeated multiple times afterward) set the course for human history.

Affirmative Action vs. Race Preferences

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: September 16, 2012

Monday, June 23, 2003, was an unusually sad day for me. On that day the Supreme Court disregarded the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and upheld the University of Michigan Law School’s skin color preference admissions policy.  By a vote of 5-4, the Court ruled that black applicants may…

Dobson Wins Temporary ObamaCare Exemption For His Ministry

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: April 18, 2014

Christian radio broadcaster James Dobson has won a temporary injunction preventing the federal government from requiring his ministry to include the morning-after pill in its health insurance.

Consumer Beware!

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: April 1, 2013

Christian consumers beware! We are warned to stay away from them by debt relief experts on radio, television and the internet! They have an “F” rating at the Better Business Bureau! Laws have recently been passed to prevent them from scamming us! Hundreds of them have been shut down by…

The Fruit of the Spirit

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: October 15, 2012

Jesus is our Life (Colossians 3:4). The Fruit of the Spirit is the foundation of our life in Christ Jesus on which all things rest. The Fruit of the Spirit in our lives affects everything we do and say and the way we rationalize things; without it, everything is affected…

You Don’t Understand God? Me Either!

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: October 29, 2012

It is hard for me to write Christian non-fiction these days, because it demands confidence in what I believe. It’s also difficult for me to engage in religious conversations with people, because they so often act as though they understand each facet of God and His will for their lives.…

Should My Offering Only Go To My Church?

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: November 22, 2014

One of today’s popular teachings is that one’s offerings should be given only at his home church. I suppose some of this is a reaction to all of the televangelists of the 70’s and 80’s who urged people to send them their tithes.

God Provides a Greater Grace

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: October 16, 2012

I searched the websites of the major George's (Gallup, Barna, and Curious) this morning hoping to find data regarding an important matter. I'm curious to know if balky American sinners have ever been polled to reveal their least favorite Book of the Bible. There are plenty of candidates. Leviticus is…

A Forgotten Tune

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: July 8, 2004

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is like a long-forgotten song. Some of the words occasionally come to mind, and you might remember a few bars of the melody. But it fades away again, retreating to the recesses of your memory. For all it’s worth in 2004, the Civil Rights…

Looking For Reasons to Laugh

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: November 19, 2012

Some days it's hard to get out of bed -- much less laugh. But haven't you noticed how much better a day goes when laughter is scattered through it? You know it's going to be a bad day when... --Your knees buckle but your belt won't. --You sink your teeth…

The Shallow Villains of Western Film

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: December 10, 2014

Because of the nature of forgiveness, any disdainful attitude on the part of the forgiver cannot exist. Resolution always implies a positive, face-to-face interaction ending in an improved relationship between two parties.

US Tourist Jeffrey Fowle Was Arrested in North Korea for Leaving Bible Behind

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: September 25, 2014

North Korean authorities arrested U.S. tourist Jeffrey Fowle three months ago, accusing him of Christian proselytizing, which is considered a crime in North Korea. The arrest was made with the charge that he left a copy of the Bible with his contact information and pictures under a bin in the…

Aronofsky And Apostasy: Expect Noah To Be An Anti-Biblical Biblical Epic

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: March 27, 2014

Darren Arnofsky’s first successful film was Pi, a brilliant and disturbing indie production which centers on the lives of obsessed mathematicians. The protagonist discovers a number, buried within the non-repeating, non-terminating number known as Pi. The discovered number is actually the name of God.

Spontaneous Disclosure

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: November 21, 2012

It's sometimes a tough call -- when to keep a thing to yourself or when to disclose it. The issue isn't revealing it to God, of course, for everything is open to him. It's the matter of sharing with a human being who might not keep the matter in confidence…

Oxymorons

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: November 14, 2012

Words fascinate me. I enjoy playing with words. I love to collect axioms, slogans, sentence sermons, proverbs, Yogi Berra-isms and such. I even have a collection of oxymorons, those quaint and absurd combinations of self-contradictory words. Expressions like week day. Right. I have over 900 of them so far. Stay…

A Gift From God

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: March 18, 2013

The wind harshly blew through a cloudy gray Kansas City sky. Snow was on its way, as a cab passed, an occasional horn honked and the beat of footsteps pounded against a brick sidewalk. The footsteps almost sounded like music if you listened to them long enough, some soft, some…

Facing the Fact: I Have An Addiction to Internet Porn

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: October 29, 2012

It was more than 30 years ago, but I can remember it like it was yesterday. It was a Saturday. My parents were going out for the evening, with my Aunt and Uncle. I was going to stay over at my cousin’s house for the duration. My cousin and I…

Maybe It’s Like Baseball

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: November 1, 2012

Okay. We’re at the halfway point of the baseball season. And the Yankees are playing more respectably. So maybe that’s why it occurred to me that a lot of our experience of religion is like baseball. In baseball, fans and fanatics have a lot in common. A real baseball fan…

Forgive and Forget?

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: August 20, 2014

Perhaps the most common idea about forgiveness is the tendency to link it with forgetting. To grant that “forgive and forget” go together as an alliteration is not to admit they go together in the moral act of forgiving someone.

It’s Not Easy Being A Mom

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: May 7, 2014

Judith Viorst once wrote an essay based on interviews she had with children. The subject was "What's a good mother like?" Viorst reports that the children expected their mother to get angry from time to time. "She has to," said Ted, "or she'll faint from holding it in."

Review of “Reckless Faith” by Beth Guckenberger

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: September 27, 2013

Reckless Abandon. To act without any regard for consequences. I heard this term for the first time when my husband defined this as an investment firm’s unscrupulous practice of telling the potential customer what he or she wanted to hear in an effort to collect as much money as possible…

Judas’ Psychological Profile

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: April 3, 2015

No, there is no “Breaking News” here. Wolf Blitzer hasn’t reported a new archaeological find just outside Jerusalem. No brain scan was just discovered. And there is no long-hidden-in-the-Vatican-archives suicide note from Judas Iscariot. It’s just that the events of last week got me to thinking about some of the…

Never Easier Than Right Now

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: November 7, 2012

Over the years and across the broad plains of conflict and disappointment, I've noted a giant disconnect among folks struggling to understand the direct relationship between investment and return. It's apparently a very complex concept, antagonistic to our natural impulses. Over the years and across the broad plains of conflict…

‘I Don’t Judge People’

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: July 2, 2015

Of all places, there is an insightful line about the necessity of passing personal judgment that comes from a new one-act play. As reported in a review carried in the New York Times, here is the way a debate goes between the play's two central characters:

What is Adultery In The Bible?

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: October 6, 2012

A biblical view of adultery and remarriage and an answer to the question, on what adultery is.

What Am I?

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: November 23, 2012

Quite often in sharing my personal testimony with people about my addiction to porn I am asked, “So what do you consider yourself to be?” They ask questions like, “Do you still consider yourself to be an addict?” “Will you always be an addict?” “How do you describe yourself?” Rather…

Action Without Evidence: Building Arks on Sunny Days

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: October 26, 2015

Noah obeyed God’s command of building the ark; toiled through intense labor; and sustained through the relentless doubt and ridicule of friends and family, for over 100 years of perfectly sunny weather! Not a drop of rain in sight.

A Convenient Murder

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: March 25, 2014

Watching movies and television dramas over the years has made us all witness to the vicious act of ending another person’s life simply to create convenience.

Ten Ways For Husbands to Nurture Romance

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: March 13, 2013

Keeping romance alive is important in a marriage. Have you ever wondered why romance novels account for 48.6 percent of the mass market (paperback) book sales in the United States? Or why soap operas are so popular?

Two Simple Questions…

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: April 9, 2015

Chances are if you're reading this you've already asked the first and recognized the truth of Jesus Christ. But the second question is harder to ask, and harder still to act on. It requires us to look beyond ourselves and out into the world. It may involve discomfort. It may…

Batman Begins (PG-13)

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: October 6, 2012

"Batman Begins" right where he should have all along-in the hands of a director who truly understands the nuance and noir quintessential to the Dark Knight's tale. Unlike the narcissistic forays of weirdness brought courtesy of Tim Burton, or the campy digressions of Joel Schumacher, Christopher Nolan chooses to explore…

Stand!

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: September 21, 2015

This article was written to support the right – no, the obligation – of all Christians to STAND! for what we believe in, without regard to the consequences associated with doing so.

How Love Behaves

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: October 28, 2012

"God is love" (1 John 4:8,16). "Love is from God" (1 John 4:7). "His love is perfected in us" (1 John 4:12). "Perfect love casts out fear" (1 John 4:18). "The one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. He has given us of His…

Why Did You Doubt?

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: February 17, 2016

Matthew 14:22-33 is a lesson on faith from Jesus. He teaches Peter about real faith in the face of danger.

Today’s Parenting Sermon Was Not From The Preacher

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: April 15, 2013

This morning while in worship service at church I saw a young mother in front of me. I have watched this young lady grow from a child herself into a loving mother. She and her husband sat there with two small boys. I watched her as the youngest climbed around…

Terrorism: Does Prayer Help?

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: February 22, 2016

When these terrible things happen, it is not unusual to hear a government official, news reporter, or spokesman for some group say, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones.”

A Review of “The Village” (PG-13)

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: November 23, 2012

Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice and it's shame on you. Or is it the other way around? Okay. Take what I wrote, reverse it, and somewhere in between you will find M. Night Shyamalan's plight.  He fooled us out of the starting gate, but the King…

Living by the Spirit

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: November 1, 2012

Most of my life I have felt the presence of a battle being fought within the deepest portion of my soul. It started when I was thirteen, as a result of my cousin sharing his dad’s stash of Playboy magazines with me. The sinful desires of my flesh screamed out…

Body Building 101

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: October 6, 2012

To "edify" simply means "to build up." Edification, therefore, is simply the process of building up someone or something. Another word in this family is "edifice," which is the result of a building process. This concept is found many times within the pages of the New Testament writings, and we…

Separation, Divorce, Morality and Dinesh D’Souza

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: November 20, 2012

Is it okay for a married but separated person to date other people? The question definitely is not new. The situation that brought it to the forefront is not unique. Lillian Kwon’s Christian Post article begins “Dinesh D'Souza, president of The King's College and co-producer of ‘2016: Obama's America,’ is…

Teaching Our Children To Be Respectful

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: August 8, 2013

Let those of us who are parents be encouraged to insist that our children be respectful. That they develop an attitude of helping others and a mature ear to the words that come out of their mouths to others.

Baptism and Children

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: October 3, 2012

The central teaching of the Bible is that God wants to reclaim his relationship with us through Jesus Christ (John 3:16 & Romans 3:24-26). Jesus Christ came into the world to be sacrificed as a sin offering so that our sins could be forgiven. And now God will give eternal…

Are You A Smothering Spouse?

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: August 27, 2014

Wives smother to control—to stop something from happening or to ensure that something will happen. After all, if you don’t control this situation, what will happen?

The Word of Life (1 John 1:1-4)

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: April 28, 2017

1 John is organized around two central truths: “God is light” and “God is love.” Both are known through the manifestation of the “Word of Life,” which is the central message of the Christian Faith.

Reaching the Lost with a Church Website?

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: October 8, 2012

In 1995 I started building and marketing websites. That makes me one of the veterans of the net. I was still in my teen years and saw the Internet as the mature version of Nintendo.

The Problem With Idolizing Sports Stars

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: February 27, 2013

Over the last two weeks, I've been following an unfolding court drama in South Africa. The South African case involves global Paralympian sprint runner Oscar Pistorious, who not only competed and won against able bodied men in the 2012 Olympics, but had fought and changed sprint racing rules for all…

When Is A Marriage Over?

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: October 29, 2012

Last night at church a gentleman I didn't know stopped me and without preamble said, “My wife divorced me but not for a Biblical cause. May I get married again?” Quite a question from a man that I know nothing about. Besides, I’m not in the divorce profession; I’m in…

Tell The Story. Touch A Heart

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: April 18, 2018

How to teach the message of Jesus even when you don't have any teaching experience or know how. You can spread the message of Christ by telling his story.

Have I Fallen From Grace?

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: October 17, 2012

The question found in the title above terrified me in my early Christian years. And I suspect many other Christians agonize over whether or not they can fall from grace. Sometimes I'd lie awake at night wondering if my recurring struggles with sin would keep me from heaven. I wondered…

Easter and the Moon

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: March 27, 2016

As I flip the calendar into April, I turn the page from winter and look forward to spring breezes, budding flowers, and the hope that the patches of brown in my front lawn will soon turn to green. In some parts of the country, spring beckons with intermittent moments of…

Proverbs on Prosperity

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: November 19, 2012

Several men in the locker room of a private exercise club were talking when a cell phone laying on the be"nch rang. One man picked it up without hesitation, and the following conversation ensued:  "Hello?" – "Honey, It's me." – "Sugar!" I'm at the mall two blocks from the club.…

When the Church Refuses To Judge itself

Relevance: 3%      Posted on: March 31, 2015

This may be news to some believers, but the church is to be self-critical. It is to actually assess, discern and judge what is happening in its midst and in its name. We Christians are to be constantly tending to the condition of our own camp. Not to do so…

Laugh About the Ruts

Relevance: 3%      Posted on: October 30, 2012

My longtime friend and I were laughing about our time in seminary together when he reminded me of his wife's reluctance about leaving her home and moving to Texas. "Ever noticed those two deep ruts along I-35 between Minneapolis and Wichita?" he asked. "They are from my wife's heals as…

What is Happening to Churches of Christ?

Relevance: 3%      Posted on: November 23, 1999

Another preacher asked me if I could explain what is happening within our fellowship. Like many others, he's struggling to understand the dynamics that are causing increasing isolation between brethren and churches.

The Nature of God: Free Will

Relevance: 3%      Posted on: April 19, 2015

God's description of the humans He just made is unlike anything He did before. Plants, animals were all created as beings that had a measure of life to exist through His Word in them. Mankind had more than that. It had God's own character - freewill - seared into the…

Where Is God When Tragedy Strikes?

Relevance: 3%      Posted on: April 16, 2013

Like much of the nation, I watched in horror yesterday as the news anchors reported the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School. My stomach ached every time they mentioned that most of those killed were children. For the parents who lost children, I am simply crushed.

Spider-Man 3

Relevance: 3%      Posted on: November 20, 2012

Spider-man 3 is the third installment in the Spider-man Trilogy. It is written and directed by Sam Raimi and has Toby Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco reprising their roles. Thomas Haden Church and Topher Grace also star in this installment as the Sandman and Venom respectively. It was released with a…

Judas Iscariot

Relevance: 3%      Posted on: October 29, 2012

The name Judas comes from the Greek word Ioudas, which is simply the word employed for the Hebrew name Judah. We discover from Gen. 29:35 that it is derived from the verb meaning "to praise."  In the above referenced passage one finds mention made of several sons that Leah bore…

Loving the Person Who Isn’t “One of Us”

Relevance: 3%      Posted on: January 21, 2015

The best way for the church to get clear about our mission in the world is to study the life of Jesus. Our goal is to be in our corporate life the continuation of who Jesus was in his personal life.

The Sorry State Of Religious Freedom At The Air Force Academy

Relevance: 3%      Posted on: March 18, 2014

Last Tuesday, Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) contacted the leadership of the United States Air Force Academy to complain about an “egregious violation” of the United States Constitution. The offense? A junior at the Academy had handwritten a New Testament Bible verse on a personal whiteboard…

The Image of God

Relevance: 3%      Posted on: October 29, 2012

“Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…” (Genesis 1:26). Most of us have imagined what God might look like. God even speaks to us in human terms so we can at least catch a glimpse of his persona. He tells us he walked with Adam. He tells…

Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit: Reflecting on the Unforgivable Sin

Relevance: 3%      Posted on: October 6, 2012

What Is Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? What is the Unforgivable Sin (also called Unpardonable Sin)? In this article, Al Maxey will be looking at what is called "blasphemy of the Holy Spirit" and making a determination on whether or not that is the so-called "unforgivable sin." The inimitable Emma…

Newsweek’s Slander of Christianity.

Relevance: 3%      Posted on: February 15, 2004

Where is the line? When do we finally step out in boldness and say, “That’s it. Stop it. We’re not lying in spiritual lethargy anymore and we will now speak out. It’s time you hear what we have to say.” Do we as Christians intend forever to ignore the slander…

Broken Shepherd’s Staffs (Zechariah 11)

Relevance: 3%      Posted on: October 7, 2012

The name Zechariah -- Hebrew: Zekar-yah -- literally means "Yahweh has remembered." This was a very common Hebrew name, and we find almost thirty different men with this same name mentioned in the Bible, "presumably," declares one commentator, "because the Lord had remembered the prayers of the parents for a…

How to Rescue Fallen Church Leaders

Relevance: 3%      Posted on: October 29, 2012

So if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! (1 Corinthians 10:12) If we knew the actual numbers, we would not like them. Every year in nearly every denomination, men or women who are in some role of church leadership commit immorality that costs them…

Stop Controlling Me!

Relevance: 3%      Posted on: November 21, 2012

She could not look people in the eye as they greeted her. Head down, shoulders slumped; she headed to the nearest open seat and quietly slid into it. Her husband was a study in contrast. Confident, gregarious, he firmly shook hands and made polite small talk before striding over to…

Should I Stay Married For My Children?

Relevance: 3%      Posted on: May 14, 2013

Every day our organization works with people whose marriages are in crisis. We hear the stories – infidelity, control, selfishness, and much more. So how do we answer the question, "Should I stay married for my children?"

“The Matrix Revolutions” – A Review

Relevance: 3%      Posted on: November 7, 2012

Consider three things before delving into this review. First, when The Matrix was released, the flick defied convention by skewing our former acuity.

The Unseen World of Angels

Relevance: 2%      Posted on: October 2, 2012

“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14). From Paul’s words in Ephesians 3:14,15 we discover that God has family on earth and in heaven. The subject of angels appears over 300 times in 34 books of the Bible. The spiritual/heavenly realm…

Extremes in Churches of Christ

Relevance: 2%      Posted on: October 15, 2012

A few years ago Joe Beam wrote an article entitled, “What is Happening to Churches of Christ?” In this article Joe explained what he thinks is happening within our fellowship that is causing increasing isolation between brethren and churches.

Rocking for Christ

Relevance: 2%      Posted on: February 28, 2016

“It would be nice to walk upon the water, talking again to angels on my side ... all my words are golden, so have no Gods before me. I'm the light.” Was that a saying by the great St. Francis of Assisi?

Christian Trends: From Baby-Boomers to Millenial Christians

Relevance: 2%      Posted on: September 13, 2012

The world is changing … fast. Born in 1953 and 1958, we are Baby-Boomer Christians. My children were born in the 1980s, which makes them Millennial Christians. Baby Boomers were the biggest generation of Americans, but Millennials are even bigger. Born from 1978 through 2000 they are the emerging opinion leaders and shapers of…

Church and State

Relevance: 2%      Posted on: October 8, 2012

A dear brother in Christ from the great state of Alabama recently wrote, "Al, I am active in the Republican Party. Many years ago I was criticized (though not by name) in a sermon because I spent time in political activity, rather than spending all my time in church related…

Adorned with Proper Apparel

Relevance: 2%      Posted on: November 19, 2012

I was raised in northwestern New Mexico, near the four-corners area on the Navajo Indian reservation. From the time I was about 4 or 5 years old until I graduated from high school, this vast area was my home.  Such places as Shiprock, Sheep Springs and Naschitti (which means "badger")…

When A Church Has No Elders

Relevance: 1%      Posted on: October 15, 2012

Let me begin this reflective analysis by saying that I firmly believe the ideal is for each congregation to have strong, Spirit-led shepherds to guide the flock.