May 2, 2014

Blasphemed or Hallowed be His Name?

Proverbs confirms for us that a good reputation is something to be treasured (Proverbs 22:1). However, sometimes we place more value on our own reputation (which is often a façade) than we do on the reputation of our God. We care more about how we look to others than we do on how well we represent our Lord.

By living a life sorely inconsistent with our testimony, we allow God’s name to …

June 10, 2012

Abusing Christian Liberty…

“I’m going to do what I want…right in your face.  I could care less if it bothers you or draws you into sin. It’s not my problem if you’re offended. I think God is fine with what I’m doing; so, just get over it.”

Does this sound like the attitude a Christian should have? Is this consistent with how the Bible describes love?

 If your brother is grieved because of your ____, you are no longer walking in love. Do not …

February 20, 2012

Will Becoming a Passionate Housewife Save Me?

Inspired by a sermon from Joseph Charles Philpot (1802-1869)

We are not saved by:

  1. Works of righteousness which we have done or can do
  2. The use of our free-will, which is really only free to choose and love evil
  3. Diligence, prayer, fasting
  4. Self-denial, restraint, outward sanctification
  5. Anything which depends on the natural wisdom and strength of man
  6. Head-knowledge
  7. A life outwardly consistent with the Gospel
  8. Church membership
  9. Emotional zeal
  10. Sacrificial giving
  11. Faithfulness in marriage
  12. Faithful and loving parenting
  13. Chastity
  14. Tribulations and suffering for the cause of Christ
  15. Heartbreaking despair over sin

All of these things …

September 30, 2011

How Do I Love Me…?

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)

God’s ways are not our ways (Is. 55:8); so, sometimes we have a hard time harmonizing biblical truths with day to day living. …

February 4, 2011

Cursing: I’m So Angry I Could…

The following post was written by my husband, Pastor James McDonald, and posted on our church website...

My wife and I settled down recently to watch a movie that had been recommended by a Christian conservative review service. The children were tucked away in bed; so, we settled down with some popcorn, all ready to enjoy some alone time. It was supposed to be a lighthearted comedy …

December 6, 2010

Examine the Fruit

“He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. (1 John 2:3-6)

Here we are taught to walk …

August 18, 2010

Doing What Comes Unnaturally

“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.” (Romans 12:10)

God’s ways are not our ways (Is. 55:8). That is why we often have a hard time grasping biblical truths. Christ’s love is a pure, endless, and sacrificial kind of love; while ours tends to be self serving and limited—at least when lived out in the …

November 14, 2009

Letter from a Reader

“He told me the other night that this is the happiest and most satisfied that he has been in nearly 14 years of marriage.”

This morning, one of my readers left a comment that I found encouraging and wanted to pass it on. What a good …

December 18, 2008

Thoughts of Peace…

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord,
thoughts of peace and not of evil,
to give you a future and a hope.”
(Jeremiah 29:11) – God

Have you ever contemplated this verse? I mean really thought about it. God thinks thoughts of peace toward you – thoughts that give you a future and a hope. Wow!

Do …

October 13, 2008

For those who are hurting…

“He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy …

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