Larry Tomczak

CP Op-Ed Contributor

10 Marks of Friendship for Trying Times

"Keep your friends close but keep your enemies closer." This famous quote by Michael Corleone in the classic film Godfather 2, may in part explain the thinking of our Lord Jesus in His friendship with His betrayer Judas. Keeping a watchful eye on our adversaries enables us to be aware of their subtle maneuverings in trying to bring us harm.

Will You Be a Coward Or a Courageous Christian?

With the unprecedented escalation and celebration of homosexuality, the steamrolling of same-sex marriage, apostasy and compromise in Christian churches, ministries and organizations, the unbelievable governmental assault on our religious freedoms and hostility towards biblical values, the epidemic of out-of-wedlock births, sexual abuse, pornography, divorce, promiscuity, cohabitation and human trafficking; plus, continued execution of unborn babies in the womb every 26 seconds, isn't it obvious that we are at a tipping point as a nation and in a state of moral crisis?

Let's Talk Divorce On Our 38th Anniversary

When a couple is beginning to entertain thoughts of divorce, they usually spin in the opposite direction. As matters escalate it isn't long before papers are being signed, family and friends take sides and the date in court comes and goes as another marriage dissolves.

A Call to Integrity in a Culture of Compromise

With the current crisis in the Ukraine, people are wondering which world leader to believe. Opponents of Putin say he lies, led the KGB and can't be trusted to tell the truth. Opponents of Obama say he repeatedly spoke falsehoods about Obamacare promises so he can't be trusted either.

Living Together or Letting God Supply Your Spouse?

USA Today recently published the results of a national survey among 18 to 31-year-olds regarding cohabitation. A whopping 76 percent of young Americans said living together before marriage is fine. The stark reality is that 65 percent of "altar – bound" singles--many of who identify as "Christians"-- now live together before marriage, a euphemism for lifestyle fornication.

Video: Is Gay Okay? 10 Things Everyone Needs to Know

Last week a video was released entitled, Is Gay Okay? 10 Things Everyone Needs to Know. I submit to you that this is a video every person in every church needs to view. Everyone needs to know the most important issue Christians face today and the answers to the questions surrounding it.

Pragmatism: The Enemy of Authentic Christianity

Christians in the church today are witnessing what may be described as "truth decay." Instead of being faithful to God's Word, many Christian leaders take a pragmatic "whatever works and will get people to come" approach. Pragmatism has its merits, but today it is undermining authentic Christianity and our call to biblical faithfulness.

It's Official: We're in a Ball of Confusion

The Bible tells us "God is not the author of confusion" (1 Cor. 14: 33, NKJV), but He is the revealer of it. The United States of America is in a serious state of confusion, and it is critical that we understand how we got here so we can discover His way out.

Remaking Mary Poppins with F-Words…Why Not?

With today's "anything goes" mentality, what's wrong with using profanity and expletives for emphasis in a movie? Even PG-13 movies for families like "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and mischievous television cartoons are spicing things up with f-bombs.

3 Reasons to Reject Legalizing Marijuana

Most of us by now have read the news that marijuana was officially declared legal for recreational use in Colorado, as it now is in Washington state. Portland, Maine, and Lansing, Mich., have jumped on the bandwagon too. Initiatives to legalize and legitimize toking up for innocent fun are being pushed nationwide.

Are Our Youth Amusing Themselves to Hell?

Young person, I'd like to share something with you as a father and a former drummer in a rock band that was called "The Lost Souls." We were based in Cleveland Ohio – home of the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" and where the term "rock 'n roll" originated.

How to Save $10,000 in Today's Turbulent Times

Surviving and even thriving in the midst of today's economic upheaval is the challenging task we all face. Many churches in addressing financial matters will focus on the area of giving the tithe, which is paramount, yet oftentimes overlook what God says about handling the other 90 percent. As a result, millions of people look to financial counselors like Dave Ramsey and Suze Orman or secular forecasters for guidance and help.

10 Talking Points For Your Thanksgiving Table

It's important we remind ourselves of the pertinent facts concerning the holiday of Thanksgiving. In 1863 a Christian president, Abraham Lincoln, proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwells in heaven."