As believers, we need to get past the mentality that the only way to serve God completely is to go into ministry. Serving God isn't a race where those in full-time ministry get a head start. It's about being faithful to shine our light wherever it is God's called us to be. It's about knowing that, whether God has planted us in a ministry or a "secular" environment, we can be faithful witnesses to Him.
I believe the Board of World Vision had the best of intentions when they cited a desire for "unity" in making their original decision. But however well-intentioned, nothing is more important than adherence and faithfulness to the clear teachings of Christ. No matter how hard culture tugs, we cannot relinquish God's truth.
Maybe this tendency to yell is due to a growing reluctance among some moms and dads to use spanking as a tool of discipline. Maybe it's because our lives are becoming more hectic and fast-paced, so we have less patience with our kids. How can parents curtail the yelling habit?
Each year, I make sure to chat with people who might disagree with the principles I hold dear and that Focus on the Family promotes. Some of my Christian brothers and sisters have asked me, "Why?"
My concerns aren't mainly legal ones, though. Does simply legalizing something make it a good option? My friends on the Physicians Resource Council of Focus on the Family have drawn attention to many of the downsides of marijuana: diminished cognitive function (including concentration, memory, learning and judgment), impaired motor skills, and decrease in motivation, not to mention health problems that may result from the irritating and toxic mix of chemicals that are inhaled when pot is smoked.
If you're the parent of a toddler, you might feel like you're too tired and busy to even think about sex with your spouse – and for good reason. Your sleep schedule is off. Work levels around the house are at an all-time high. If all that isn't enough, there's still a rambunctious toddler – or toddlers - that needs to be cared for, played with, loved on, and disciplined.
October is Clergy Appreciation Month, a time when Christians are encouraged to express gratitude to their pastors, ministers and leaders. What makes a pastor a leader you can trust and follow and ultimately appreciate, not just every October but the other eleven months of the year?
By the time I accepted Christ in high school, the "hippie" movement was in full swing, as was the "Jesus movement" - a dynamic uprising of young Christians whose style and manner of worship was pretty unconventional, at least compared with that of the prior generation. Where I lived, many of these new believers were surfers and beach people. They were hungry for the Lord, but they didn't have much interest in anything traditional - especially getting all gussied up for Sunday church in neatly pr
Most people don't get married planning to divorce, but the research suggests so much of what they do before they wed sadly leads them to that place.
So, here are the six markers of maturity parents can teach their young kids, and encourage their older children to reach.