As believers, we want God to heal our land and change our nation for the better, but as we look at the problems in our country, it's sometimes easier to just point at someone else. We say that the problems in our country are because of the White House or Hollywood, but God says the source of the problems is actually His house, the church.
Over the years as a pastor, I've talked with people on their deathbeds and have often heard the same thing from parents: If they had it to do all over again, they would spend more time with their children and their spouse.
Have you ever been extremely lonely, maybe even when you were surrounded by people? Have you ever felt cut off? Have you ever felt as though your friends abandoned you or that you were completely misunderstood?
Why are people so frightened of the Bible?
I think we have a lot of halfhearted people filling the pews of churches today. They want to give the bare minimum to the One who gave everything for them. If you try to live as a Christian but live as you please, you will find conflict.
What does it mean to confess our sin? It's a word that means to agree.
Life is filled with opportunities, but the big question is what we do with them. Do we let them slip by, saying, "Maybe next time. There is always another day"? Or, do we seize them? We may not have as much time as we think.
We're all searching in life. We're all searching for something. At a very young age I started asking, "What is the meaning of life?"
Research has found that contrary to the secularism of modern culture, Americans still believe in God. A 2016 Gallup poll revealed that 9 out of 10 Americans say they believe in God. But as writer Will Herberg observed, "America seems to be at once the most religious and the most secular of nations."
The last great spiritual awakening in America was the Jesus movement, which took place about 40 years ago. I was there, and I think we can not only learn from history, but we can be inspired by history.
The truth is, everyone you know, including you and your family, live next to a live volcano. I'm talking about those moments in our lives when – without warning – the earth shifts under our feet and life changes forever.
I recently watched a documentary on the life of David Cassidy titled David Cassidy: The Last Session, and let me tell you, it was just absolutely heartbreaking. To me, the story could be summed up this way: David had a deep longing for a father.
Kate's death follows other well-known designers who have tragically taken their own lives in the same way. L'Wren Scott in March 2014, and British designer Alexander McQueen four years earlier. In just the last year, musician Chester Bennington from Linkin Park and Soundgarden's lead singer also committed suicide by hanging. Comedian Robin Williams did the same.
Texas is changing rapidly, with many new people streaming in from around the nation and the world. You might say the world is literally coming to Texas. Also, two of the most recent mass shootings also happened in Texas, of all places. Yes, even Texas needs Jesus.
If you want to grow spiritually, there are certain things you don't want in your life – and there are other things you do. There are certain principles that constantly must be in play in your life, and one of them is prayer.
When God tells me I need to be patient when it comes to sharing my faith, it's not that easy for me. I like results. However, just as a fisherman often must sit quietly in his boat for hours at a time patiently awaiting the first bite, so we who "fish for people" must be patient.
The sudden loss of a loved one is beyond devastating. When a loved one leaves this world for the next, we are torn apart inside, so we cry and we mourn.
Have you lost hope today? It has been said that man can live 40 days without food, three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only one second without hope. Jesus Christ can give you hope today, just like he gave to the thief on the cross.
An unexpected crisis has come your way in life. Maybe your spouse has said he wants out of the marriage. Maybe your child has told you she doesn't want to be a Christian. Maybe you've found out that you have a serious health issue. Whatever it may be, you know it's something beyond your ability to fix.
When you come to the end of a great difficulty or failure and can have a fresh start, a new beginning.
As Christians we don't want to break God's commandments, which would be committing sins of commission. But we also can be guilty of the sin of omission, which is not doing what we should.
Billy was a singular figure who stands apart in so many ways from other preachers that have come and gone from the world stage. Some left their mark, others went down in flames.
The Bible is filled with promises from God that we all too often disregard like unused gift cards. Well, cash yours in!
Billy Graham preached about love, and he lived it.
I'm personally glad we have a vice president that listens to the voice of God.