Put your helmet on

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

When satan speaks

The thief (satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy. John 10:10 What does satan say to us and how does it impact us? ( I know his name it’s supposed to start with a capital s, but ask me if I care.) We all know satan can only speak lies.   He is not capable […]

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 […]

What brand of nacre do you use?

How do deal successfully with irritations

Horoscope Hijinks

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 […]

What I believe about myself today

My life changed completely on August 08, 2000. On that day, in a bible study of the book called, The Rest of the Gospel, I began learning my true identity in Christ. Since that day I have become an advocate for a broader perspective of Christ followers called the Exchanged Life. Simply stated Exchanged life means […]

Good people don’t go to heaven. Bad people do.

Lot’s of good people believe that the way you get to heaven is by being good. After all, God is a good God and heaven is a good place and going to heaven will be a good thing–if we’re good. The problem is: that’s not true. Good people don’t go to heaven.  Bad people do. […]

The “Good Christian” myth

Lots of folks who want to improve their lives (e.g. to be accepted by God, to get closer to God, to be loved more by God,  to gain God’s favor and blessing) try real hard to be a good Christian. The operative word here is “try”. But “good” Christians don’t exist. The moment we “try” to improve […]

Three Parts Of Man — Body, Soul, Spirit

We need to understand man’s nature to understand our true identity. Man has three parts–body, soul and spirit.

The Jesus way

We have our way of doing things. And Jesus has His way of doing things. Our ways are always worldly and self-centered. Jesus’ ways are always eternal and God-centered. Take the feeding of the 5,000 for example in John  6.  When the crowds gathered, his disciples didn’t have a way.  They thought the people should […]

Who is Jesus?

Savior of the world. Lamb of God. Prince of Peace. The Word. The way, the truth and the life. That’s who the Bible says He is. That’s what we call Jesus. He’s all those things. What still gives some folks trouble is when Jesus calls himself God! When Phillip asked Jesus to show them the […]

The best stress relievers. Guaranteed.

Stress touches us all. God’s word provides the best stress relief possible.

What’s the difference between knowing and believing?

I knew the Goliath roller coaster at Six Flags was fast and thrilling. I’d seen pictures and talked with friends who rode it. Then I rode it. It was everything my friends said it was. It screamed up and down and around those rails faster than I drive my car. I had to admit the […]

5 + 2

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

When we see The Father for the first time

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

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 […]

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 […]

Living under the other shoe

I use to live in a works-oriented salvation.

What’s your WQ–Winning Quotient?

God picks winners. God picked you. You’re a winner. God doesn’t make mistakes.

How do we know the one true Church?

The post, The Church can not be separated from the State sparked a few interesting reader comments. Seems I “mis-wrote” (See footnote 1 below) my thoughts. So here’s a stab at clarification. Several comments seemed to suggest I didn’t adequately explain what I believe THE Church is. If you look up “church” in your Merriam Webster you’ll find a […]

Baskin Robins Christianity

In 1945 two brothers-in-law opened the first Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop in Pasadena, California. They sold 31 flavors, one for each day of the month. Since then the iconic dessert giant boast 7,500 stores worldwide and have created more than 1,000 unique flavors of ice cream. Christianity seems to have adopted the Baskin-Robbins business model. […]

The Blackest Friday

Black Friday — It’s the biggest shopping day of the year. Thanksgiving weekend is the biggest shopping weekend of the year. Some retail analysts claim this weekend will represent between 15 and 30% of the year’s total revenues. The National Retail Federation claims that 226 million shoppers will spend an estimated $52.5 billion dollars this weekend, an average of $298.62 per shopper. But it is not real Black Friday.

A young man with the right answers

Do we know who we really are? What would we tell people who asked who we really are?

Do humans get a pass on sin?

Can we escape the stench of sin by simply admitting we’re human?

Religion or relationship

Can you be religious and have a relationship with Jesus?

Today I found an uplifting, positive blog

The world is not all bad, and this blog I found proves it.

Who we are in Christ–Tuesday

EDITOR”S NOTE–This week we are fortunate to have Deborah Ann Belka as a guest author. I encountered Deborah when I linked to her post last week on Bloggingmeetup. Each day this week we will publish one of Debra’s poems about our true identity in Christ. Debra Ann has captured in beautiful verse the essence of […]

Do you have a big but?

I’m not getting personal here. I’m not talking about your posterior. I’m talking about your perspective of your posterior–your real but. In his book, The Rest of the Gospel, author Dan Stone writes a chapter called, “The Holy But”¹. Stone writes that the Holy But originated in the Garden of Gasthemene, “Going a little farther, […]

“Kind” on my mind

Let’s show more kindness to all those around us.

Target stores pander to LGBTs; and the bride’s wearing soiled undies.

Is the church today wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked?

My Mom never breaks the law

My mom never breaks the law. She doesn’t keep it either. She can’t.