A Hand Up Out Of Poverty
Programs are useful, but what most people need is someone to come alongside them and help them to see life from a different perspective. In her book, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Dr. Ruby Payne argues that one of the main things people in poverty, particularly generational poverty, need is relationship with someone who is not in their economic class. Without those relationships, it is challenging for people to change because poverty is as much a mindset as it is an economic problem.
Posted on 10/03/17
Can We Choose Our Attitude?
When we encounter issues, we can choose to concentrate on the problem and try to solve it on our own, or we can decide to focus on Christ, give our Him problems and ask Him to show us a solution. When we do this, the key is to get our focus off our problem and on to God. Solutions come when our focus is totally on God; anxiety comes when our focus is half on God and half on our problems.
Posted on 7/22/17
Doubt your Doubts
Faith is holding fast to the promises of God, despite what your mind is telling you, despite what your fear is telling you, or the reality of your situation. Our faith is proven by our actions, not our emotions. To win the battle against doubt, we must allow our actions and our words to be governed by our faith. Doubt may enter your mind, but do not let it enter your heart.
Posted on 5/19/17
Where is God When You are Suffering?
As we go through life, we will experience suffering. At times, suffering is physical pain caused by an injury or disability, other times its emotional or mental anguish. Suffering could be the result of the loss of a relationship, or an uncontrollable economic hardship which has brought us to our knees. It could be abuse, or death of a close friend, or a host of other issues. The point is that we will all suffer to some extent, but the question often boils down to, why? And is there any meaning is suffering? Well, the answer to that questions comes down to who you ask.
Posted on 3/06/17
The Story Behind: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
One of the things that makes Christmas such a memorable time of year is the music. The same songs, year after year, get stuck in our heads and we can often recite the words without even thinking about it. Recently, I attended an incredible performance by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra which was a dedicated to the music of Christmas. As the program came to a close, the Conductor asked the audience to join the musicians and sing a few lines of some of the most well-known Christmas carols, including several verses of “Hark! The Herald Angel Sing!” Many of the carols we sing have a rich theological tradition, and “Hark! The Herald Angel Sing!” is no exception.
Posted on 12/22/16
How to Recognize What God is Doing
The whole city was in an uproar. The crowd screamed and shouted. They flooded into the streets waiting for a glimpse of the coming King. Finally, He was there. The King had come to Jerusalem! Jesus began His descent from the Mt. of Olives, and as He did, the crowd took off their cloaks and cut down palm branches and laid them on the ground in front of Him. They cried out, “Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the LORD!” as Jesus rode into town (Luke 19:38 NLT). And yet, Jesus didn’t wave. He didn’t blow kisses to the crowd. He didn’t call out with a grand speech. Instead: He cried…
Posted on 10/04/16
6 Tips on How to Hear from God
Hearing the voice of God can sometimes feel like a difficult process. As we look at the life of Samuel, we find six tips on how to hear from God on a regular basis.
Posted on 2/15/16