Monthly Archive: April 2016

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Today, Encourage Someone

Encouragement can work miracles. In the movie Stand and Deliver, high school teacher Jaime Escalante has two students in his class named Johnny. One is a happy child and an excellent student; the other spends his time messing around and...

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Bringing People to Jesus (3)

When you pick up the weight of another person, it can be a heavy burden to bear. Notice: 1) It took four people to bring this man to Jesus. Sometimes you have to call in reinforcements. When you’ve prayed for...

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Bringing People to Jesus (2)

Some people have to be ‘carried’ to Jesus because they can’t get to Him by themselves. Like the man in the story, they are paralyzed. ‘Paralyzed by what?’ you ask. Paralyzed by an out-of-control behavior. Paralyzed by a belief system...

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Bringing People to Jesus (1)

One day when Jesus was preaching in a certain house, four men brought their paralyzed friend so He could heal him. When they couldn’t get through the crowd they climbed up onto the roof, created an opening, lowered the man...

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Where You Stand with God

Until you understand how God views you, you’ll struggle for His approval and worry that you never measure up. Is that how you feel today? If so, meditate on the following Scriptures and let them remove your doubts. 1) ‘Through...

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Don’t Be Rude

The Bible says, ‘There will be a highway called the Holy Road. No one rude…is permitted on this road’ (v. 8 MSG). Wouldn’t it be great if there was a highway specially designated for kind, considerate people? Instead, look around...

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How to Argue Constructively

Arguments can be either constructive or destructive; it all depends on how you handle them. Many times our relationships fall apart or develop into unending chapters of misery because we either fail to recognize or are unwilling to face our...

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A Sobering Scripture

Here’s a sobering Scripture: ‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged’ (v. 1 NIV 2011 Edition). Jesus was hard on the religionists of His day because they spent their time nit-picking. They condemned the disciples for not washing...

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You Can Make a Difference

Do you feel unqualified for the job God has given you? Do you think He picked the wrong person? Many scriptural heroes felt the same. David, whose psalms encourage millions, ‘a man after [God’s] own heart,’ lamented, ‘I…am as a...

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Constructive Complaining

When you get a reputation as a complainer, people will begin to avoid you. There’s an interesting story in the Old Testament about the five daughters of Zelophehad. Here was their problem. Their father had died in the wilderness before...