Everything will be OK

Of course everything will be OK Almighty God is in control of EVERYthing Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power    and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,    for everything in heaven and earth is yours.Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;    you are exalted as head over all.12 Wealth and honor come from you;    you are the ruler of all things.In your hands […]

Self is a four-letter word

When we use, or you hear someone use the word “try” that means “self” is vying for control. Self is assuming responsibility. Super responsibility. That’s not a good thing. Self tries to live the Christian life. Self does good Christian work. Self loves to chair committees. Self likes to volunteer in the food pantry and the clothes closet.  Self […]

Self is a four-letter word

If we’re ever going to receive all the God has for us, we must come to the end of self.

Put your helmet on

Are you mad enough to fight a long-overdue war?

Three Attitudes

By John Ed Mathison Executive Director John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries Every day, we have an opportunity to adopt one of three different attitudes. The attitude we adopt will go a long way in determining how much we accomplish during the day. This is true in sporting contests, work environments, church opportunities, and every relationship […]

Lessons God teaches us

Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another. 1 Thessalonians 4:9 We learn life lessons from teachers, parents, pastors, counselors, close friends, Bible studies, our mistakes and more. At times we forget what we […]

The Cone of Uncertainty

We walk around in a cone of uncertainty every day.

When God said “No”.

I asked God to do things on my to-do list. He taught me He’d take care of things I was trying to handle my way.

Free speech costs plenty!

What do they call free speech now? Whoever believes they’re exercising free speech immediately falls victim to vicious attacks from those who disagree, or claim they’re “offended” by what the free speechers said or wrote. The Bible does not teach or promote free speech. Rather, the Bible teaches us that, “our speech should be always full […]

Can we be in two places at once?

When we accept Christ we take up permanent residence in eternity with God.

I’m going to write a post on procrastination . . .tomorrow

If you look up “procrastination” in your Funk and Wagnals you’ll see my mug shot. The inscription beneath my photo reads, “If it weren’t for the last minute I wouldn’t get anything done.” Amy Torres wrote about procrastination on the Writing Cooperative today. Mrs. Torres discusses the types of putting off we do.  She suggests […]

Do you suffer from selfie pride?

Selfies can post a danger to us if we’re prideful and careless.

Are you in or are you out?

When it comes to belonging to Jesus, we’re either all in or all out.

Clawing my way out of a black hole . . .of my own making

A black hole’s gravity sucks in everything it nears. Nothing escapes it’s pull,  not even light. When a writer gets sucked into that abyss, nothing escapes.  It’s a dark, lonely place. Words just won’t come. It’s not writer’s block. Writer’s block is not self imposed. Thinking obstacles, distractions and lapses in concentration cause writer’s block. […]

Thou shalt love the Lord how much?

“Love the Lord your God with some of your heart and with a little of your soul and with a bit of your strength and with most of your mind.” Luke 10:27. Is that what Jesus said was the greatest commandment? To love God with some of your heart? A little of your soul? A […]

Happy DEpendence Day

  Independence is the exemption from reliance on, or control by others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one’s own affairs without interference. That seems to have worked for the pilgrims who ventured to these shores in the 1700’s. They were oppressed by a tyrannical, possessive British Crown bent on controlling and running the affairs of […]

What’s your PQ-your purpose quotient?

EVERYone God created has worth and a purpose for their life.

I couldn’t survive without my G.P.S.

If you’ll look in your dictionary for “directionally challenged” you’ll see my picture next to the definition. I have to take my granddaughter to Walmart with me to find our car when we leave.  I’ve been lost in our own subdivision before. If it weren’t for my GPS, I’d probably spend most of my time […]

5 + 2

Will you just show up today and allow Jesus to provide for you?

Must we confess our sins to be forgiven?

One of the hallmark Bible principles we taught our 4th and 5th graders in VBS this year was that Christ died for ALL our sins, the sins we have committed or ever will commit. We told them there is not a single sin you could ever struggle with that has not already been forgiven at […]

How to pick the right religion

There is no room for religion in the lives of true believers.

The majestic, simple Gospel

The good news of the Gospel is simple enough for a child to understand.

3 things Vacation Bible School taught me

Vacation Bible School always teaches me, as well as precious children in our community, about Jesus.

What’s your TQ–your Trust Quotient?

Life is a choice.  We can trust in what we think is best, or we can trust in God.

Where Is The Church Headed?

Mounting disillusionment and shrinking membership seem common place in Evangelical churches.

When we see The Father for the first time

How will we react when we see God for the first time?

Where will you go when you die?

According to a recent study by the American Culture and Faith Institute, a paltry 30 percent of those claiming to be born again Christians responded that they’d go to heaven because they have confessed their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Respondents were given 10 options to choose from, one of which was the […]

Why forgive?

By Dr. John Ed Mathison Executive Director John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries After writing recently about forgiveness, I received a lot of responses.  One person said that when he learned to forgive, it was a key that unlocked a future for his Christian growth.  Another person said it was the most important thing he had […]

Why do you read your Bible?

Do you know the Author of the Bible?

How do we get right with God?

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ […]

Are you doing enough for God?

The operative word in that question is “doing” The Gospel of Jesus Christ turns on that word.  The law is about “doing”.  Grace is about “Being”. Folks who work hard to be a “good Christian” miss the message of Christ’s ministry. (By the way, there’s no such thing as a “good” Christian.) For some (I was […]

God’s free gift of grace, to me, is. . .

Books about God’s grace and what it means and what it will do abound.   Sometimes I like to boil complex topics down into chunks my simple mind can digest. God’s free gift of grace, to me, is . . . Outright Undeserved Totally sufficient Exclusively God’s Eternal Universal–available to all Indiscriminate Spiritually given Spiritually […]

God answered critical Tucson prayer.

God answered our prayers for taking care of our family.

Why can’t we understand “free”?

We’ve been mislead about what is truly “free” by advertising folks

Living under the other shoe

I use to live in a works-oriented salvation.

It won’t get any better

My cousin Carla Pitner posted her response to a Today show interview with the wife of a Navy Seal killed in Libya with the U.S. Ambassador. She wrote in part, “On the ‘Today Show’, Matt Lauer interviewed one of the wives of one of the Navy Seals killed along with the US ambassador in Libya. […]

A tale of two Bibles

Which Bible looks more like your Bible? The Bible on the left  is commonly called a coffee table Bible. It is expensive and looks beautiful. You won’t see any notes or handwriting on its pristine margins. No highlighters have stroked its pages. The problem with a coffee table book is that it’s a coffee table book. It […]

I can do some things through Christ who strengthens me.

We can choose to allow Christ to give us His strength in every thing we choose to do.

Do I have to draw you a picture?

Sometimes we just might have to draw someone a picture to get our point across.

What’s your FQ? your faith quotient?

By Dr. John Ed Mathison Executive Director John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries Have you ever heard someone described as being “lucky?”  Have you ever heard a person brag about being “lucky?”  Have you ever heard of successful events in life described as just being a result of “luck?”  I don’t believe in luck.  I think […]

Are you a Sea of Galilee or Dead Sea believer?

What kind of believer do you think you are? The Jordan River rolls through the Middle East for more than 150 miles. The river flows through the Sea of Galilee between Israel and the West Bank on the West, and Jordan and the Golan Heights on the East. Then it empties into the Dead Sea. Where […]

“Christian” is a lousy adjective

A Jewish lady answered a knock at her door. The young man asked her if she wanted her house painted. It needed painting, so she took his card. She noticed a fish symbol on the card and asked him what it meant. “It means I’m a Christian painter,” he said. In my opinion, calling yourself […]

The Struggle In Today’s Church

How would you like your eggs today, over-easy, scrambled, fried, sunny-side up, soft-boiled, hard-boiled, poached, or shirred?? How about your steak; rare, medium rare, medium, medium well, or well done?? Choice of potatoes? This sounds like questions for a meal in a restaurant right? Can you relate the above questions to today’s Church?