Last year my wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. And as Tammy and I enjoy the Lord's blessing upon our journey together, I also realize that the 7 years of persistent prayer before we met were just as crucial as the past 25 years of marriage.
During those "waiting years," I often asked the Lord to bless me with a wonderful Christian wife. Those years were a time of trusting, growing, listening, and being prepared for my future assignment as a husband and father.
Perhaps you are waiting on the Lord today for some special blessing in answer to prayer. As you wait upon God, there are plenty of things you can do to "be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power." (Eph. 6:10) And so don't view your time of waiting as "wasted" time. In fact, it can become just the opposite if you will "walk by faith and not by sight." (2 Cor. 5:7) more >>
People should never think that God hates them just because they live with a disability or suffer from physical problems, says famed evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham.
In his advice column on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website, a person who has a physical disability asked Graham why God allowed them to have physical problems.
Independent presidential hopeful Evan McMullin, a former CIA agent and chief policy director for the House Republican Conference, spoke with The Christian Post about religious liberty, Donald Trump, his Mormon faith, and the challenge of getting his name on state ballots.
On August 8, McMullin garnered national headlines when he announced that he was going to run for president, arguing in an open letter that Americans deserve a better choice than either Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton or Republican nominee Donald Trump.
"Like millions of Americans, I had hoped this year would bring us better nominees who, despite party differences, could offer compelling visions of a better future," stated McMullin. "Instead, we have been left with two candidates who are fundamentally unfit for the profound responsibilities they seek." more >>
Leading a Christian life doesn't change the reality of the world around us. We can expect the Lord to strengthen us to meet life's challenges, but there is no such thing as immunity to the trials and tribulations of life on earth. That includes the trials and tribulations that often arise in life — and those that we bring upon ourselves.
So, why do God's people suffer from the same problems as non-believers and even those who bypass the rules of fair play? Simple, sinful nature. We live in an imperfect world, and God doesn't promise us a life of joy. Instead, He promises us a life of finding joy in all circumstances. There is a big difference between receiving joy and finding joy.
In other words, when trials and tribulations arise, you'll be equipped to handle the situation without giving into fear or anger. While the unrighteous unbelievers must face those adversities on their own, the believer has the opportunity to not only pray about situations and circumstances but also to turn them over to the Lord. more >>
We tend to live sheltered lives, nestled in normalcy, protected in the cocoon of our comfort zone. We're inclined to go to the same places and do the same things … and we like it that way.
But in this life there are times when smooth sailing can become shipwrecked by the violent storms of life. Tragic situations can toss us into the harsh winds of reality, leaving us with a heart pounding out its own distress signal.
Can I ask you to consider with me some sobering scenarios? Some experiences ache for a reason why. Maybe you've been there. … more >>
When God makes spiritual changes in one's life they often occur gradually, not instantly, says Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren.
"The Holy Spirit will make changes in your life far beyond anything you thought possible, but they're not going to happen overnight," says Warren in a recent installment of Pastor Rick's Daily Hope.
Warren explains that when Saddleback Church began its "Decade of Destiny" he prayed that with the help of the Holy Spirit and through the Word of God, as well as help from small groups, the church would become more Christ-like over the decade to come. more >>