Give Thanks For Everything?

Give Thanks For Everything?

This week is Thanksgiving—a time we reflect on giving thanks. It’s easy to give thanks for those good things in life—a good home, a job, family, material blessings, and friends. But it’s not as easy to give thanks for those unwanted intruders into our lives—like pain, suffering, loss, disappointment. Are we to give thanks for those difficult things also? Yes. We are to give thanks in everything. God’s Word tells us to. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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Lessons Learned From a Rock Badger

Where do you run for strength, protection, and security when life gets hard and you find yourself in the midst of one spiritual battle after another? Isaiah 26:3–4 points us to where we should run, if we’re wise. “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.” The key word in this passage is

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Questions About Sabbath Rest

Several years ago a godly woman reprimanded a friend of mine for ironing on a Sunday morning. She was told, “Today is the Lord’s day, and we don’t do any work on the Lord’s day. So you shouldn’t iron on Sunday.” How would you respond to that? How does the Sabbath apply to us today since we are no longer under the Mosaic Covenant? I want to address some questions I’ve been asked about the Sabbath rest.  

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Should Christians Grieve?

Guest post by Jim Davis Jim and I became friends several years ago at the Blue Ridge Christian Writer’s Conference. I love his writing and insight into tough issues. He will be writing guest posts for me while I’m in India for ten days.  Jim gives us a glimpse into some of the questions he addresses in his new book coming out in January, 2014, titled Why Me? And Why That’s the Wrong Question. I’ve been

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Why Didn’t God Create a World Without Pain?

Guest post by Jim Davis Jim and I became friends several years ago at the Blue Ridge Christian Writer’s Conference. I love his writing and insight into tough issues. He will be writing guest posts for me while I’m in India for ten days.  Jim gives us a glimpse into some of the questions he addresses in his new book coming out in January, 2014, titled Why Me? And Why That’s the Wrong Question. When God

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Can a Christian Commit Suicide?

I’ve been asked on several occasions if a Christian can commit suicide. The answer is yes. I have personally known two Christians who committed suicide, and there is no question about their salvation. Both suffered from severe depression, and it led them to despair. Both were vibrant in their faith and made a positive impact in the lives of others, including mine. Some Christians feel strongly that a true believer cannot commit suicide. If he does,

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What is Lordship Salvation?

  As I have discipled women, a number of questions come up concerning assurance of salvation. One question I’ve been asked is, “Does Christ need to be Lord of my life in order to be my Savior?” There are two main views concerning this question. 1. Lordship salvation: Some say if He’s not your Lord, then He’s not your Savior. Those who believe in lordship salvation maintain that you must submit to the lordship of Christ

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Does Hell Really Exist?

I was recently asked, “How can a loving God send anyone to such a horrible place as hell?” God doesn’t send anyone to hell. Man sends himself by rejecting God’s offer of salvation. We are all sinners, and the penalty for sin is eternal separation from a holy God. Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 1:9 that those who do not know God or obey the gospel “will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the

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Overcoming Failure

“I feel like a failure.” Have you thought or said those words recently? I have. Perhaps you feel like a failure in the area of parenting or marriage or your job or ministry or some endeavor you took on. When I start to have those thoughts of being a failure, I get discouraged and want to quit. Sometimes, it’s true that we have failed. Other times, it’s just lies from Satan, who would love to

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When God Doesn’t Answer Prayer

We pray and pray for something, believing that God will do it. But, when God doesn’t answer in the way we had prayed, do we doubt that God answers prayer? God does answer prayer, but not always in the way we ask or in our timing. When He doesn’t answer in the way we ask, we need to consider the possibility that something is not right in our prayers. Am I praying with wrong motives, perhaps

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