Q My spouse died last year. I’m not close to wanting a relationship, but I wonder how I will ever have a loving relationship again. A People face different kinds of loneliness. But when we lose a loved one, it touches the very core of our lives. I don't have to tell you that survivors of death, divorce, and estrangement experience the most intense form of loneliness … [Read more...] about Hope & Help for Christians After Losing a Spouse
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One young, single woman quit her job in the city and moved back to her small hometown, abandoning her career, and leaving a place of service in the church she had joined. When asked why, she replied, “I just got tired of eating supper alone.” No one is immune to it. Even one of the most brilliant men who ever lived, Albert Einstein, complained, “It is strange to be known so … [Read more...] about 3 Ways to Overcome Loneliness for Christians
America’s problems aren’t entirely “out there.” We worry that God is silent, but then we scroll social media instead of searching the Scriptures. We complain that our voices are being silenced, but we fail to bring our requests before the Lord in prayer. If we want to make a difference in our world, we can begin by humbling ourselves before God. • Making a Difference Begins … [Read more...] about How Can Christians Make a Difference in America?
The original video games that appeared in the seventies and eighties weren't rocket science. They required some hand-eye skills, yes. But intellectually speaking, they were marketed to young people, not Ph.D.s (though plenty of Ph.D.s played them at night after their children were in bed!). Satan’s mind games make the most sophisticated video games look like child’s play. … [Read more...] about How to Defeat Satan in Two Simple Steps
Temptation is a fork in the road. It is choosing which road to travel: the high one or the low one. Wouldn’t life be easier if there were no forks, no decisions to make—if the road were simply a straight and narrow path? But the Bible gives us no magical formulas for that kind of life. It assures us that we will come to those forks regularly, and we must choose where to … [Read more...] about 20 Verses for Overcoming Temptation
Life can be truly dizzying if we lose our perspective. Kati Metro, 74, was hiking near Phoenix, Arizona, when she fell, injuring her face, wrist, and hip. A rescue helicopter flew in, and workers strapped her to a stretcher. Unfortunately, the winds were fierce, and a line failed that was supposed to prevent the stretcher from spinning as they pulled it up to the helicopter. … [Read more...] about Biblical Guidelines for Christian Meditation
Mothers seem to have an intrinsic ability to inspire others. From their example, we can identify four qualities that illustrate how we, too, can be godly encouragers. 1. Encouragers demonstrate commitment. 2. Encouragers express honor. 3. Encouragers provide a haven of support. 4. Encouragers maintain an eternal perspective. For most of us, the month of May brings … [Read more...] about Mother’s Day Bible Study: 4 Qualities of Great Encouragers
Money management may be one of the most misunderstood aspects of the Christian faith. How often have you heard someone say, “Money is the root of all evil?” Did you know that statement doesn’t appear anywhere in the Bible? It is a misquotation of 1 Timothy 6:10, which says, “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (emphasis added). The Bible may be the only … [Read more...] about Money Is Not Evil: 5 Financial Principles From King Solomon
The Bible draws a connection between Jesus Christ’s Second Coming and rewards for God’s faithful people. While we do not know when He will return, there are things we can do to be ready for that day. 1. We can prepare by recognizing Christ’s passion and patience. 2. We can prepare by reflecting Christ’s servanthood. 3. We can prepare by revering Christ’s honor and glory. 4. We … [Read more...] about 4 Practical Ways to Prepare for Christ’s Return
What does your speech say about you? James 3:1-12 outlines four hard truths about the power of our words: 1. God will hold us accountable for our words. 2. Our words create a disproportionate impact. 3. Our tongue is like a wild animal that can tear people apart. 4. Our words should be consistent with our Christian testimony. If your tongue has a habit of getting you into … [Read more...] about Your Words Matter: What the Bible Says About the Power of the Tongue
How do spiritual drains develop in the life of a believer? Spiritual power does not vanish overnight. It is a gradual process that worsens over time as we establish patterns of behavior that grieve or quench the Holy Spirit. This can happen in a variety of ways, but today we will examine four common leaks: 1. The drain of negative influence. Our relationships will lead us … [Read more...] about 4 Reasons You Feel Spiritually Drained and Ways to Avoid Them
Scripture’s dominant theme is a simple one: God is the Divine Potter, and humanity is the clay. It is another way to express God’s sovereignty over all people; a way to express our need to yield to His divine plan; a way to encourage us to find the purpose for which we have been made; a way to accept the divine purpose for all of God’s handiwork. 3 Principles of a Life … [Read more...] about What It Means to Be Clay in the Hands of the Potter
The verses we’ll look at today address eight of God’s promises. Would you like to experience more of God’s love? Or His peace? Perhaps you are hoping for His deliverance. If you are short on time, you can jump to a particular topic: God's abundance God's deliverance God's goodness God's guidance God's love God's peace God's presence God's strength Corrie ten Boom used to … [Read more...] about 18 Bible Verses for Overcoming Anxiety and Stress
The Bible offers us, as Christians, a detailed training plan for success in our relationship with God, our relationships with others, and our inner world. By implementing these habits with consistency and perseverance, we can look forward to long-term success—and the help of angels! 4 Habits for Your Walk With God 14 Habits for God-Honoring Relationships 7 Spiritual Habits for … [Read more...] about 25 Habits of Successful Christians
Check this list of often-overlooked spiritual disciplines that are essential for growth: 1. Do you spend time in solitude and meditation? 2. Do you make a habit of praying with others? 3. Do you routinely read your Bible and Christian literature? 4. Do you ever fast? 5. Do you spend time each day confessing and repenting of sin? In our Christian experience, we sometimes … [Read more...] about 5 Forgotten Habits for Spiritual Growth
Three Foundational Truths for Serving God Faithfully: 1. The Christian life includes privileges and responsibilities. 2. Even tragedies can serve God's purposes. 3. God has important work for each of us. At the height of its power, the Roman Empire stretched 2,650 miles from west to east and 2,000 miles from south to north. From Rome, the Empire reached north to the North … [Read more...] about How to Use Each Day for God
From Song of Solomon 1:9-14 When I say that communication is at the very heart of success or failure in marriage, I’m sure I’m not telling you anything new. It’s like saying that bad weather is going to cause you some inconvenience during the year. We all know that, but what can we do about it? We need to keep our marriages in the right Book—the one inspired by God. … [Read more...] about What the Bible Says About Communication in Love and Marriage
Most parents understand the value of the occasional “No.” When our children were younger, Donna and I said “Yes” whenever we could, but there were times when the wisest response was “No.” The dangers of the world demand it. What if your child wants to spend the night with a family about whom you know nothing? What if they want to play in an unsafe area or near a busy street? … [Read more...] about This Might Be the Reason God Tells You “No”
Life has a funny way of twisting, turning, and taking us on a path we could never anticipate. Sometimes the surprises are wonderful. Other times they are absolutely devastating. They can upend the vision we had for our life, and the shock and grief of unwanted change can leave us feeling as if we no longer have a purpose. Such was the case for Joni Eareckson Tada. In an … [Read more...] about Finding Your Purpose Through Pain: The Story of Joni Eareckson Tada
Have you ever felt stuck in life—like you weren’t sure what the next step was? Or maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed and burnt out from the twists and turns of life, wondering if this is really all you are made to do. All of us have felt that way at some time—but we were built for more! God has created each of us with a glorious purpose in mind. When we pursue a deeper … [Read more...] about 7 Spiritual Disciplines for a Rewarding Life
What questions do you have about screen time? Jump to a topic: Smartphones and Safety Smartphones and Smart Boundaries Screens and Online School Resetting Screen Time Smartphones and Single Parents (or Grandparents!) Setting an Example With Screens Seeking Unity for Screen Time Even before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered parks, schools, and sports programs for … [Read more...] about Rethinking Your Kids’ Screen Time in 2021
6 Red-Flag Warnings of Spiritual Distraction 1. Pressure to compromise 2. Feelings of burnout 3. A pattern of broken relationships 4. A tendency toward pride 5. Feelings of shame 6. Reluctance to change The relatively recent release of smartphones has provided new opportunities for us to be distracted, but the problem existed long before that. When the Israelites were … [Read more...] about 6 Signs That You’re Distracted From God’s Will
For many, 2020 has been a year of broken dreams. Some of us had plans for travel, vacation, and quality time with family and loved ones. Others of us had plans for our career, to push our business to the next level, or to take the next step in our education. And many of us had plans for ministry, to go on a mission’s trip, to speak at a conference, to participate more at … [Read more...] about Are My Dreams in Sync With God’s Plan?
In a letter to a friend, the eighteenth-century English poet Alexander Pope wrote his own beatitude: “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” It’s not Scripture, but anyone who survived 2020 can probably relate to this statement. When COVID-19 entered our world, it jolted our expectations and eroded the hope of many. Even Christians have … [Read more...] about 5 Christmas Promises to Build Your Faith
Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? 1. Problems bring great opportunities. 2. Problems promote spiritual maturity. 3. Problems prove integrity. 4. Problems produce dependency. 5. Problems prepare our hearts for ministry. The setting is the peak of the Cold War. America and an unnamed superpower have both developed a new technology called miniaturization, … [Read more...] about 5 Surprising Reasons God Allows Adversity
When Wayne was just six years old, his father built an ice rink in the family’s backyard in Ontario, Canada. Why? “It was for self-preservation,” his father, Walter, said. “I got sick of taking him to the park and sitting there for hours freezing to death.” All his son wanted to do was play ice hockey. He had been skating and playing hockey since the age of two, and by the time … [Read more...] about Is God’s Will Ever Fun? Find Passion in Your Purpose
According to the NCAA, only six percent of high school athletes are selected to play at the collegiate level, and fewer than two percent of those student-athletes go on to become professional athletes.1 The competition is fierce. Every detail of a team’s training and equipment can make the difference between success and failure. In the world of sports, sponsorships play a … [Read more...] about Confidence, Joy, and Victory: Claim Your Identity in Christ
According to one survey, the average person will spend approximately 43 days waiting on hold in their lifetime! That’s more than a month of our life that will be spent waiting for questions to be answered, problems to be solved, flights to be rebooked, or items to be ordered. But 43 days on hold seems insignificant compared to all the waiting 2020 has held. In the midst … [Read more...] about Moving Beyond Fear With Thanksgiving
With COVID-19 continuing to limit our gatherings, Thanksgiving will look different this year. Protecting family members with health concerns has taken priority over booking flights and hosting big dinners. Expectations for a day typically celebrated in the-more-the-merrier fashion will have to be reconciled with guidelines for social distancing and slowing the spread. … [Read more...] about Gratitude for Christians: A Thanksgiving Bible Study
God wants everyone to join Him in heaven. No matter who you are or what you’ve done, He is prepared to welcome you. There is only one requirement: You need to seek His forgiveness before you leave this world. If you repent of your sin, confess it, and trust Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will be saved from the spiritual penalty of your sin and be freed to enjoy … [Read more...] about Am I Going to Heaven?
On February 28, 2016, Aleix Segura Vendrell claimed a Guinness World Record by holding his breath for 24 minutes and 3 seconds. Survivalists and scientists have determined that most humans can survive a few days without water and perhaps a month or more without food. While we know it’s possible, most would agree that testing these limits is not advisable. Our body needs regular … [Read more...] about Bible Reading Plan for 2021
Every four years, the world holds its breath while America chooses a President. The decision, coming at the end of hard-fought campaigns, influences the destiny of history. Perhaps only those closest to the candidates understand the strain of the race. The pressures of running for President must be nearly as great as the stresses of office once elected. When Woodrow … [Read more...] about 3 Lessons Christians Can Learn From the Election
“What a mess.” How many times have you heard this? Or said it! And today, perhaps, many of us may feel it, more than ever. It’s been an unsettling season—an extraordinary year of turmoil: pandemic, economic issues, politics, natural disasters. After the U.S. presidential election, the mess may get even messier. But our hope is not in politics or government. Yes, as … [Read more...] about A Prayer for National Unity and Hope for Tomorrow
Sometimes we take the blessing of our freedom for granted, but each election reminds us of the privileges of living in a free country. At its core, America was founded on the principles of liberty and was shaped by Christian thinkers. In his inaugural address as the first President of the United States, George Washington remarked, “No People can be bound to acknowledge and … [Read more...] about Making Sense of God and Politics in America: A Bible Study for the Christian Voter
Do you think you have what it takes to get into heaven? Answer these questions to find out! 1 What seat do you normally take in the church sanctuary? The best seat in the house, front and center—I got to the church an hour early to secure it.The seat closest to the exit—last one in, first one out.Whichever seat is next to a newcomer to the church—want to make them … [Read more...] about Pop Quiz: Will I Go to Heaven?
In This Article: Where Is Heaven Located? How Do We Get There? Are There Multiple Heavens? Is There an Intermediate Heaven? How Big Is Heaven? Are the Streets Really Made of Gold? Will We Be Able to Enjoy the Beauty of Nature in Heaven? Does Heaven Have Its Own Sun? Is There Anything Unpleasant in Heaven? When heading to an unknown destination on a family vacation, children … [Read more...] about 9 Insider Secrets About Heaven
In This Article: What Happens If I Die Before the Rapture? What If My Body Is Cremated? Can I Lose My Salvation? Does Everyone Go to Heaven When They Die? Disneyland has been dubbed “the happiest place on earth.” And for most children, it probably is. If you’ve ever taken a child to one of the Disney resorts, you’ve probably enjoyed the anxious anticipation almost as much as … [Read more...] about What Happens When We Die? 4 Biblical Answers to Common Questions
Every day at Turning Point, we receive stacks of letters from our readers and listeners, and we take each one seriously. I’m grateful our friends around the world feel they can confide in our counsel and prayers. A large number of these letters are written with tears as people grapple with death, dying, and the loss of loved ones. Some readers have lost the dearest person on … [Read more...] about 3 Biblical Truths for Handling Grief
What we think about heaven determines how we live today. I can tell you from my own personal experience and from my years of pastoral ministry and Bible teaching, when you study the biblical doctrine of heaven it will stir your heart and change your thoughts. The truth of heaven not only provides anticipation regarding our future, but it also comforts us on behalf of those who … [Read more...] about Do Dogs Go To Heaven? And Other Questions You’ve Wondered About Heaven
Job’s friends were true encouragers for one week—they sat with him; they wept with him; and most importantly, they remained silent. But once they began to speak, they became Job’s great discouragers. They responded to Job’s words, but they failed to see his pain or to recognize suffering as a potential part of God’s plan. They assumed Job’s sin, never acknowledging the … [Read more...] about How Not to Encourage Your Friends—A Lesson From Job’s Friends
In This Article: Will We Know Each Other in Heaven? What Will We Do There? Will We Pray in Heaven? Will We Go to Church in Heaven? Won't Heaven Be Boring? Will We Sing in a Choir? What Is the Alternative to Heaven? Purchasing a new home is one of the biggest decisions we will make in our lifetime—one that is best made with layers of due diligence. After selecting a house, we … [Read more...] about What Will I Do in Heaven?
It started in California in the 1980s with an initiative to increase the self-esteem of underprivileged kids: awarding participation trophies just for showing up. In addition to awarding trophies to winners, every participant was given a trophy for participating in the activity. The Bible doesn’t say anything about participation rewards—rewards just for being a … [Read more...] about 8 Heavenly Truths That Can Change Your Life Today
It is, perhaps, the most intimidating part of supporting a friend who has lost a loved one: What do we say to them? “I’m sorry” often feels overused and empty. “They’re in a better place now” is vague and potentially misleading. It is hard to see someone we love in the grip of loss and not know how to encourage them through it. It is hard for us to experience that sort of … [Read more...] about The Loss of a Loved One: Moving From Grief to Hope
Time is running out. The rapid escalation of catastrophic events around the world suggests that we are living in the Last Days, and the Apocalypse is drawing near. Christians have a responsibility to treat each day as a new opportunity to serve the Lord and lead others to Him. This collection of questions and answers from David Jeremiah’s recent book, Answers to Questions About … [Read more...] about Q&A: Seeking Jesus in the Last Days
Dr. David Jeremiah’s Latest Resources Respond to COVID-19 “We’re in this together” has become the watchword of sheltering in place. There is comfort in knowing that others are sharing our frustrations and fears. Yet there is only one source of comfort that has the power to provide unshakable peace in times of trouble. For all who place their trust in Him, God is a mighty … [Read more...] about Finding God’s Help Amidst Crisis
Where can we go during times of trouble? One answer is Zahara de la Sierra in the Cádiz province of southern Spain. Originally built as a castle and fortress in the Andalusian Mountains, Zahara has endured as a place of refuge and security for nearly a thousand years. The town was founded as an outpost for the Moors of the Maghreb; its location between the cities of … [Read more...] about Why COVID? Finding Shelter in God During Times of Crisis
Every year Memorial Day comes and goes and is often marked by parades, backyard picnics and the onset of warm summer days. But this Memorial Day, the pageantry will be limited with many of us around the United States still sheltering in place. Nevertheless, I want to remind Americans that it is still a day to pause and reflect on the sacrifice of those who have made us … [Read more...] about Celebrating Memorial Day in the Wake of COVID-19
1. Is Jesus From History or Eternity? Jesus was born to a young Jewish couple in the first century A.D. and spent His life in the Middle East. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was … [Read more...] about Scriptures That Reveal the Jesus You May Not Know
It’s been said that a picture’s worth a thousand words, and that’s probably accurate. If you had never witnessed a sunset, I could spend hours describing one, and your mental picture might still be inadequate. In the absence of the real thing, it would require a picture for you to appreciate the immensity and beauty of a sunset. But then there are abstract concepts, like … [Read more...] about Why Did Jesus Teach in Parables?
I want to introduce you to the Man who has rescued me from death, filled me with hope, directed me in the decisions that have shaped my destiny, employed me in His global work, and is currently preparing a new home for me in a place where I’ll never grow old. He is my Mentor and Master; and it’s a joy to introduce you to the Jesus you may not know. None of us know Him as … [Read more...] about Meet The Jesus You May Not Know
At some point in our life, we long for a mentor—someone who can wisely mold and shape our thoughts and habits, who can give us insights and help us find our way through life. You may not have a mentor right now, but there’s one very close to you—as close as your Bible. Think of the prophet Daniel as a personal mentor. God placed his remarkable story in the heart of the Bible to … [Read more...] about 5 Takeaways From the Life of Daniel
We’re living in unsettling times. Politics and economies are volatile; natural disasters and disease outbreaks are affecting millions; fear is a pandemic. It’s time for a change! While we cannot always alter our circumstances, let’s determine to transform our hearts, minds, and relationships through a renewed perspective of Christ’s imminent return and eternal promises. These … [Read more...] about 30 Reassuring Promises From God’s Word
How do we pray when we’re facing a crisis like COVID-19? There isn’t a set formula or “right” way to do it. God knows what we need before we ask, and He’s more concerned with the condition of our heart than the words we speak. James 5:16 says, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” If we are sincere in our faith and our petition, God will hear us and … [Read more...] about A Prayer for Facing the Coronavirus
Attitude can mean the difference between victory and defeat in whatever struggle we’re facing. Morale is half the battle, as historian Robert Mackay writes in his book by that title: Half the Battle: Civilian Morale in Britain During the Second World War. According to Mackay, from the outset of World War II, the British Ministry of Information and its partnering agencies … [Read more...] about Facing Coronavirus With Courage, Cheerfulness, and Resolution
It’s no secret that COVID-19 has created an unprecedented crisis in our nation and the world. For the first time in my lifetime, major events and activities have been canceled to stem the tide of a lethal virus. Schools at all levels are either closed for a time or have transitioned to online learning. Broadway theaters have gone dark. Professional sporting events have been … [Read more...] about Facing the Coronavirus: 6 Strategies for Christians
Our world is embroiled in a war against an invisible enemy known as COVID-19. And every war needs a good PR department. Public relations on the home front affect the results on the battlefront and can spell the difference between victory and defeat. That’s why England’s government established the Ministry of Information (MOI) on September 4, 1939, a scant day after Britain’s … [Read more...] about Facing Coronavirus: Keep Calm and Carry On
Throughout the ages, God’s Word has been a source of hope in troubled times. Today the coronavirus is creating chaos on a global scale; its reach is unprecedented in our lifetime. Yet God’s Word remains steady, constant, and true. Like the North Star, it directs our gaze upward, and it will guide us through these dark days if we keep it in our sight. 31 Hope-Filled … [Read more...] about 31 Encouraging Bible Verses PLUS 15 Meaningful Choices You Can Make Today
The headlines seem to be growing more frightening by the day, as we awake to news of additional outbreaks of the deadly coronavirus around the world. The death toll is rising, and the list of countries it has plagued is expanding—not to mention the devastating impact it’s having on economies big and small. Many are in quarantine, in their homes, at hospitals, on cruise … [Read more...] about A Christian’s Response to the Coronavirus
I’m often asked about the tone of our national discourse. Not since the Civil War, people tell me, has our nation been so divided. Well, I remember the riots of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and I’m not sure how to compare the social temperature of various generations. But I’m as troubled as anyone about today’s angry rhetoric, divisive speech, racial unrest, and cultural … [Read more...] about A Biblical Checklist for Difficult Conversations
We all encounter difficult seasons and circumstances in our life. Perhaps the desires of our heart long to be fulfilled. Perhaps we are struggling through family or financial difficulties. Perhaps we’ve been confronted with a sudden loss or diagnosis that has shaken our world to its core. When we face difficult times, how do we hold on to hope? King David knew a … [Read more...] about 5 Psalms for Hope in Hard Times
Change the oil in the car. Cook at home more often. Get adequate sleep. Play with the kids. Balance the budget. Walk the dog. Read the Bible. With so many worthwhile things to do, we often struggle to fit everything in. According to LifeWay Research, most Americans have a favorable view of the Bible, but only 57% say they’ve read at least half of it.1 We may feel … [Read more...] about 15 Benefits to Reading Psalms and Proverbs
I want to begin by asking you a question: Why are you here? I’m not asking why you live in a certain area or how you found my blog. What I’m asking is, Why has God placed you on this earth? The process of developing a vision for your life begins by answering this fundamental question. It’s very difficult to live a meaningful life without a sense of purpose, a dream … [Read more...] about Why Are You Here? Discover Your God-Given Purpose
Moses was a murderer. David was the youngest of eight brothers. Gideon hid from his enemies. Paul persecuted Christians. Thomas was a doubter. God uses unlikely candidates to build His kingdom, and Scripture is filled with examples. In modern times, William Carey (1761-1834), a poor Englishman with almost no formal education, started a revolution in international missions … [Read more...] about Plodding Is Underrated… and Here’s Why
If you’ve ever put on a pair of jeans that you haven’t worn for months, you may have been surprised by a difference in the way they fit—or maybe they didn’t fit at all! Gradual changes can escape your notice, which is why it’s important to track your spiritual journey. Sure, there are life-changing moments that produce immediate transformation, but more often change occurs … [Read more...] about 8 Reasons Why I Journal—and Why You Should Too
The reality of outward trials and inward temptations calls for something more than an initial experience with God. His wisdom is needed every day. Colossians 1:9 records Paul’s prayer for the church of Colossae, a prayer that makes an important distinction. He prays that the Colossians will be “filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” As … [Read more...] about Plan to Read the Bible in 2020
The Lord wants you to study Him. Is the word study a scary concept in your life? You’re not alone. I hear it often: “I did enough studying when I was in school,” or “I hated school, and I still have nightmares about taking tests,” or “Well, that counts me out. I never could concentrate on anything.” The Soul of Discipleship To all these concerns and more, my answer … [Read more...] about What Does It Mean to Be a Disciple?
Second Peter 1:3-11 is a remarkable passage of Scripture. It starts with a promise, ends with a blessing, and lists eight things we need to add to our faith to move from the promise to the blessing. What is this promise? Peter vows that those who intently pursue spiritual growth “will never stumble” on their journey “into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus … [Read more...] about 40 Bible Verses for Navigating God’s Promises and Blessings
We’ve all done it. Maybe we promised to take the kids to the movies, but the show they wanted to see was sold out. Perhaps a traffic jam caused us to miss an important celebration. Or maybe a long overdue coffee date had to be rescheduled because of an illness. We don’t intend to break our promises, but sometimes unforeseen obstacles make it impossible to keep … [Read more...] about What Does the Bible Say About God’s Promises?
We’re constantly aware of what the world thinks. Our self-images are fragile, and we become upset if someone criticizes us.… We seem to need a lot of affirmation. But when we focus on the favor of God, His affirmation and love for us become the foundation of our self-esteem. We have value and worth because He made us, He is preparing a place for us, He is coming again for us, … [Read more...] about How to Experience God’s Blessing
Samson was betrayed by a beautiful woman. David was hunted by Saul and eventually by his own son. Job lost his family and fortune. All but one of the disciples were martyred. It’s no secret: God’s people experience pain and hardship. How can we be at peace when our world is crashing in around us? The Bible offers wisdom that has the power to steady us in any … [Read more...] about Daily Scriptures for Finding Inner Peace
Our pain is real. Even a quick look at the Bible bears witness to the fact that we aren’t the first to walk down the difficult roads of disappointment, persecution, and bitterness. In God’s Word, we find hope for stormy times. Whenever I have suffered, the psalms have been a source of strength and healing. Are you facing a bend in the road? An unexpected diagnosis? A … [Read more...] about Why Does God Allow Suffering?
Perhaps the only thing worse than experiencing adversity firsthand is watching a loved one go through difficulties. What can you do? What should you say? Should you say anything at all? Each circumstance requires sensitivity and prayer. There are no easy answers, but God’s Word provides reliable advice for every situation. Here are a few pointers to get you … [Read more...] about 7 Biblical Answers for Dealing With Adversity
Inner peace seems illusive at times. The consistent overflow of information and entertainment that bombards us, added to the fast-paced lifestyles we are pressured to lead, can put us on the edge of our sanity and keep us there. While we are living in this zone, it’s usually not a question of whether we are praying but how we are praying. When we’re under pressure, our … [Read more...] about 7 Prayers for Inner Peace
Have you fallen into bad spiritual habits? God has equipped His children with everything they need to live victoriously, but many Christians miss out by falling into habits that disconnect them from God’s power, perspective, and presence. The first step to overcoming any obstacle is to identify it. Give yourself a check-up and prepare to transform your spiritual walk by … [Read more...] about 8 Habits That Are Destroying Your Walk With God
Of all the voices we hear in a day, none is more essential to how we live our lives than the voice of Jesus! Throughout history there have been many great orators and countless inspiring speeches, but none can compare to the words of Jesus. No one ever spoke as He did. His words are perfect, infallible and unfailing, always truthful and trustworthy. He never spoke a … [Read more...] about 3 Ways to Hear the Voice of Jesus
One of the questions I’m regularly asked is, “Pastor, can I commit a sin that God cannot forgive?” Jesus addressed the topic in Mark 3:20-30. According to Jesus, there is one thing a person can do for which there is no forgiveness either in this age or in the age to come: blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. But what does it mean to blaspheme the Holy Spirit? Let’s look … [Read more...] about Is There a Sin God Cannot Forgive?
Put simply, godliness is living a fruitful, obedient Christian life. It is one of seven qualities we are instructed to add to our faith after we become Christians. There are sixteen references to godliness in Scripture. All of them are in the New Testament, and most of them occur in 1 Timothy and 2 Peter. Let’s examine what it is, what it’s not, its prerequisites, its barriers, … [Read more...] about What Is Godliness?
When you think about climbing a mountain, what comes to mind? Do you envision breathtaking vistas from the mountaintop or breathless wheezing along the way? As different as they are, both perspectives capture aspects of the same journey. Reaching the summit requires grit and determination. Spiritual growth is no different. It demands perseverance, but the view from the top is … [Read more...] about 7 Steps to a Closer Walk With God
A Case for Simple Faith Jesus told a story about a wayward son who wasted his inheritance on wild living and ended up destitute. Filled with guilt and shame, the young man returned to his father’s house in hopes of working as a servant—he didn’t dare believe he could return as a son. When the boy arrived home, his father rushed to greet him, threw his arms around him, and … [Read more...] about Is Faith Enough?
The Bible is packed with powerful, life-transforming promises. God has given us this vault of infinite riches to be an instruction book for life. Why, then, do we often feel drained and powerless? Imagine a house on a pretty lot, surrounded by shrubs and flowers. A state-of-the-art power plant stands next door. That plant can produce enough energy to power the entire … [Read more...] about 10 Powerful Prayers Packed With Promise
Advice columnist, Ann Landers, when asked if there was a common denominator among the thousands of letters that came to her, said that the great overriding theme of all the letters was fear—fear of nearly everything imaginable until the problem became, for countless readers, a fear of life itself. Yet Proverbs 3:25-26 commands, “Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of … [Read more...] about The Bible’s Powerful 3-Step Process for Banishing Worry and Fear
4 Aspects of God’s Faithfulness Every Christian Should Remember In case of emergency—break glass. No doubt you’ve seen signs bearing these words. Painted bright red, they stand out from their surroundings to grab our attention, offering a lifeline when disaster strikes. Whether it’s a means of turning off the gas line or accessing an AED or activating an alarm, emergency … [Read more...] about When You Feel Discouraged … Do THIS Immediately
Walking the Persistent Christian Journey The Christian life is a journey of persistence and endurance. Each morning when we wake up, we have no idea what the day will bring—a flat tire, a troubling phone call, a medical diagnosis. The question isn’t whether we’ll have trouble but when and how. Following the example of Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to Antarctica, we … [Read more...] about 5 Biblical Strategies for When Life Is Hard
As a child, where did you go for answers? As a teenager, who was your “go-to” person? In your career now, do you have a mentor who helps you find the answers you seek? When Moses didn’t know what to do with the Israelites in the wilderness, his father-in-law, Jethro, told him how to organize the people into a functioning nation (Exodus 18). When David became the king of Israel, … [Read more...] about Trusting God When Your Prayers Aren’t Answered
Paul Jergan’s bend in the road came in the middle of the night, May 1, 2001, when he was jolted from bed by the ringing of the phone. Half-asleep, groping in the darkness for the phone, he muttered a groggy “hello.” A half-second later he was fully alert. It was the emergency room of a distant hospital. Paul’s son, Travis, a university student in another state, was in critical … [Read more...] about 4 Ways to Meet God in Hard Times
“I pray and talk to God, but I must be doing something wrong. I can’t seem to make wise decisions, and I have trouble knowing what God wants me to do in various situations.” Can you relate to this thought process? We can find ourselves stuck in holding patterns because we can’t decide what to do. I am reminded of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s comment … [Read more...] about 5 Principles for Biblical Decision Making
The husbands and wives who committed themselves to founding the fledgling republic that became the United States of America sacrificed dearly for their cause— particularly the leaders of the first Continental Congress. John Adams, for one, endured long months of separation from his wife and children. Massachusetts was their home, but the demands of statehood kept him in … [Read more...] about Love Letters from God
To give thanks is an action and rejoice is a verb and these things are not mere pulsing emotions. While I may not always feel joy, God asks me to give thanks in all things, because He knows that the feeling of joy begins in the action of thanksgiving. —Ann Voskamp1 Through the Lens of Thanksgiving We enjoy clearer vision when we look at life through the lens of … [Read more...] about In Everything Give Thanks
There's more to revolutions than meets the eye. Journalist Barbara von der Heydt, a television correspondent in Germany in 1991, reported on the peaceful revolution that undermined the Soviet Union. As she interviewed people throughout Russia and Eastern Europe, she came to a startling conclusion. The most overlooked part of the story, she realized, was the nature of the … [Read more...] about How to Change Your Life From the Inside Out
Relying on past success is a recipe for destruction—just ask the city of Sardis. Strategically located on the banks of the gold-laden Pactolus River, Sardis was once the prosperous capital of Lydia’s empire. At its peak, history suggests Sardis’s king Croesus financed construction of the Temple of Artemis—one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Croesus’s father, … [Read more...] about 4 Steps to Reviving Your Faith From John’s Letter to the Church of Sardis
Modern church life is quite different than life in the early Church, but believers today should emulate the faithfulness of the church at Philadelphia. Christ commended the believers for four principles that are often lost among the practices and programs of modern church culture. Although Christ addressed Revelation 3:7-13 to the church in Philadelphia as a body, … [Read more...] about 4 Signs of Faithfulness From John’s Letter to the Church of Philadelphia
The American philosopher Mortimer Adler (d. 2001) wrote and edited scores of books, including the 60-volume Great Books of the Western World series. So no one questioned his qualifications when he wrote one of his most popular volumes, How to Read a Book—a guide to getting the most out of any book. If it helps to have a plan for reading books written by human authors, how … [Read more...] about 3 Ways to Read Your Bible
Some students of God’s Word have been reading and studying the Bible as long as I have or longer — more than six decades now. If so, you’ve noticed the same thing I have: Bibles have changed. Not the text of Scripture, but what’s included along with the text has changed. A Ribbon Runs Through It When I was young, everybody pretty much had the same Bible: a large, black, … [Read more...] about How to Study the Bible
You Cannot Sin Away the Grace of God "God's grace is available to rescue you from whatever you've done. I have people say to me, 'Dr. Jeremiah, if you knew what I've done in my life...' It does not make any difference what you've done. It doesn't make any difference how far you feel you're away from God. God's arms of grace are long and reach out to all. You cannot … [Read more...] about How to Become a Christian
No subject has occupied the minds and pens of poets, authors, songwriters, and novelists more than the subject of love. But our culture is confused about the nature of true love—and Christians also oftentimes confuse the true nature of God’s love. The Bible states that God is love (1 John 4:8; 1 John 4:16). Not only that but love is mentioned in the Bible about five hundred … [Read more...] about “God Loves You” Download this Free Coloring Sheet
1 John 5:11 Have you ever doubted your salvation? Perhaps your faults or failures have made you wonder if God has changed His mind about you. The good news is eternal life is a gift from God, not contingent who we are, but on our believing in who Christ is. So how do we stand steadfast in this knowledge? One of the greatest ways to remain assured of salvation is by … [Read more...] about An Assurance of Salvation Verse to Know by Heart
Know how to survive a dirty bomb? How to start a fire using a glass bottle? How to preserve food? Have you stockpiled cans of beans and tins of meat? Do you own a solar-powered flashlight? How about your contact list—do you have a hard copy in case our electronics crash? What about a first aid kit and toolbox? Have you studied wild mushrooms and edible insects? Know how to … [Read more...] about What Does the Bible Say About Fear of the End Times?
What does it mean to wait on the Lord? To wait means to pause, to soberly consider our own inadequacies and the Lord's all sufficiency, and to seek counsel and help from the Lord and to hope in Him. Waiting involves submission to the Word of God, the will of God, and the ways of God. Waiting is saying, “I’m not going to do this on my own. I’m going to do this in the strength … [Read more...] about 4 Answers Revealing How to Wait on the Lord
Can a saved person ever be lost? Can you lose your salvation after you’ve become a Christian? No. But you can lose the joy of it, can't you? You can lose the productiveness of it. If you aren't living for the Lord, your salvation is "like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames" (1 Corinthians 3:15 NLT). Who would want to do that? Let's go on. Let's be the people God … [Read more...] about 4 Answers to Your Questions About Salvation
Minnesota is famously known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and the staggering beauty of Minnesota’s vast northern terrain thrills visitors. But all that beauty comes with danger. Reverend S. B. Shaw tells of a farmer who lived on the edge of one of those lakes. One evening after sunset he was on the water when a sudden gust capsized his sailboat. The man tried to swim for shore; … [Read more...] about Practical Encouragement for Proclaiming God’s Word
What advice would you give these people? SITUATION 1: In World War II, a patrol of Soviet soldiers captures a German woman who was foraging for food for her three children. Her husband is already in a POW camp in England, and she is taken to a POW camp in Russia. When her husband returns to Germany, he locates their children but is unable to find his wife. The wife, interred … [Read more...] about Why Your Circumstances Don’t Define Your Spiritual Growth
If you like “The Amazing Race” or “Survivor,” you might be interested to know that so-called reality TV had its beginnings in old black-and-white programs like “Candid Camera.” These were unscripted shows with hidden cameras and microphones designed to show people reacting to practical jokes. One episode showed a new secretary at a desk with drawers that kept popping open. … [Read more...] about The Unexpected Way to Transform Your Life for the Better
On March 16, 2012 (I’m withholding names and places to protect the already embarrassed and guilty parties!), a boyfriend (age 24) and girlfriend (17) sped out of the downtown area where they lived. They were in separate cars, driving at a high rate of speed, and weaving in and out of traffic—obviously chasing, or trying to elude, one another. The young woman had a male … [Read more...] about Understanding the Difference Between Righteous and Sinful Anger
Let’s do a little geology to get started: The surface of the earth is made of giant plates (the Pacific Plate, the North American Plate, the South American Plate, the African, Arabian, Eurasian, Indian Plates—and so on). These plates that form the earth’s crust sit atop the mantle, which is semi-molten—a thick liquid, if you will. Hard plates, sitting atop a molten foundation, … [Read more...] about How To Prevent Spiritual “Earthquakes” In Your Life
Can I interest you in something Ugly? Oh, wait, I meant to say Ugli. That’s the name of a delicious Jamaican fruit, so-called because of its wrinkled skin and pock-marked texture. It looks like it is rotting. As a cross between a grapefruit, an orange, and a tangerine, Ugli fruit has a sweet and juicy pulp that’s winning fans every day. It was discovered growing wild in Jamaica … [Read more...] about What It Really Means to Bear Fruit and How to Produce It in Your Life