No! God Didn’t Need Another Angel in Heaven…And Other Ridiculous Things We Need to Stop Saying to Those Who Are Grieving!

I see it far too often. Sincere, well-meaning individuals who, in an effort to comfort the grieving, end up saying something that causes further damage. Things like: “What a blessing that God chose you to suffer.” “It’s all part of God’s wonderful plan.” “It…

The Truth About Truth

Proverbs 23:22 & 23 it reads, “Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy truth, and do not sell it, get wisdom and instruction and understanding.” When it comes to truth, we must always…

Be Careful Using Proverbs 22:6 to Judge One’s Parenting!

“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6 Here’s what many think Proverbs 22:6 is saying: “If I raise my child in a godly home, then he or she…

WHERE’S THE GRIEF?

In Romans chapter 9, verses 1 through 3, Paul wrote these words: “I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. For I could wish that…

Don’t Miss the Headline!

On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. On their fifth attempt, the plane embarked on a 12-second flight. Wilbur rushed to the local telegraph office and sent the following message: “We have flown for 12…

Looking At Work Differently

Do you think Jesus made high quality furniture? We know Jesus as the Messiah, but much of His life was spent as a carpenter, which goes to show that even the Son of God was not above work. God worked as well. Psalm 8:3…

Diva or Debtor?

In Chapter 1 of the book of Job we read these words: 20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there….

18-Inches

Have you noticed how much of our teaching in the church centers on facts? It’s our default setting. Inevitably, our Bible classes will turn into a history lesson or the recitation of facts. Preachers give their charts and their timelines. We place a high…

Be Careful Giving God ALL the Credit

Many well-intended Christians struggle to find the right words to say to one who is hurting. They see their brother or sister-in-Christ dealing with grief and they feel compelled to reach out. However, in an effort to provide comfort and encouragement they sometimes create…

Being Good Isn’t Good Enough

Former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, once stated in an interview that he has little doubt about what awaits him in eternity. Citing his work on gun control, obesity, and smoking cessation, Bloomberg said, “I am telling you if there is a…