Parenting Is Painful

Our culture has convinced us that life should be painless.  If one does experience pain, he should, in some way, be compensated for it.  Our Christian culture has magnified that expectation by a form of teaching that coaxes us on to obedience through the “promise” that obedience brings blessing, that…

Manhood Authority

It’s Friday!  Tom was making his way home, looking forward to the weekend ahead.  The pressure of the week behind him was fading as he made a mental list of his plans for the next couple of days.  He’s finally free.  As he turned a corner with his car, he…

Rejection

When an individual has experienced rejection, whether real or imagined, all of their life experiences following that rejection are filtered through their rejection screen.  Unless that rejection is reconciled, it can become a part of that individual’s identity.  A person who has suffered rejection is like a burn victim.  No…

The Divided Dozen

The heart of Jesus for his church is clearly expressed in his recorded prayer in John 17.  In John 17:21 Jesus prays that his followers would be unified.  Specifically, he prays, “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,…

Not At War

 The year was 1914. Just 100 years ago. The Central Powers, led by Germany, were launching a major global offensive against the Allied forces of Russia, France, and Great Britain. The United States took a position of neutrality in an attempt to stay clear of the conflict. On May 7,…