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 […]
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 […]
If we’re ever going to receive all the God has for us, we must come to the end of self.
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 […]
What’s your sign, man? Horoscopes used to play an important role in my relationships–especially with women.. This was during my prodigal son romp through my recently divorced mid-life wilderness. When I became interested in a woman, the first place I went was Linda Goodman’s book Sun Signs to see if the woman and I would be horoscopicly […]
Once we learn too trust God one time, it becomes easier to trust Him again and again.
Ask God to reveal your spiritual markers. You’ll be amazed.
We walk around in a cone of uncertainty every day.
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.
How can we believe anything we read or watch on news outlets today? How can we know what’s true and what’s not?
We can’t heal hate until we admit we hate.
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 […]
When we accept Christ we take up permanent residence in eternity with God.
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 […]
Selfies can post a danger to us if we’re prideful and careless.
When it comes to belonging to Jesus, we’re either all in or all out.
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. […]
So is, “I made an error in judgment” and “I misspoke” and “I made a mistake” These are all standard responses from politicians to avoid taking responsibility for their actions. We understand that. Most times, however, when we hear politicians use these clichés, they follow their admissions with the disclaimer, “But, I’m only human.” I […]
“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 […]
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 […]
Stress touches us all. God’s word provides the best stress relief possible.
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 […]
By Dr. John Ed Mathison Executive Director John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries What you expect is what you get. If you don’t expect much, you don’t get much. If you expect a lot, get ready to experience more. The good news is – you can lift your level of expectation! I read about Dr. Henry […]
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 […]
There is no room for religion in the lives of true believers.
The good news of the Gospel is simple enough for a child to understand.
Life is a choice. We can trust in what we think is best, or we can trust in God.
A post I deleted about pride may have been judgmental.
Mounting disillusionment and shrinking membership seem common place in Evangelical churches.
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 […]
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 […]
Do you know the Author of the Bible?
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 […]
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 our prayers for taking care of our family.
We’ve been mislead about what is truly “free” by advertising folks
After a relationship with Christ family is the most important responsibility and blessing we can ever have.
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Gandhi
I use to live in a works-oriented salvation.
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. […]
Why I want you to know about bipolar disorder According to NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness, “Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental illness that causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, energy and ability to think clearly. People with bipolar have high and low moods, known as mania and depression, which differ from the […]
By Dr. John Ed Mathison Executive Director John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries When an event happens in life, we tend to label it as either good or bad. I am growing to believe more and more that the event is not good or bad – it’s our attitude toward that event that is good or […]
All Jesus asked us to do is abide in Him.
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 […]
We can choose to allow Christ to give us His strength in every thing we choose to do.
A little girl who was writing a school paper asked her father, “Dad, what is the difference between anger and exasperation?” “It’s mostly a matter of degree.” The dad replied. ” Let me show you what I mean”. With that the dad picked up the phone and dialed a number at random. A man answered […]
Sometimes we just might have to draw someone a picture to get our point across.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]