Tag: heart

  • Biblical Principle #270: Financially Loving the Poor

    Biblical Principles List Principle In the Law of Moses, God told Israel to be generous towards the poor who were in need, financially. Explanation We previously established that GOD instructed Israel to cancel debts towards fellow Israelites every seven years. One easy-to-anticipate side effect of such a requirement would be the increasing difficulty of obtaining…

  • How to Deal with Difficult Christians (And Avoid Common Mistakes)

    “There’s this Christian that’s difficult to get along with. What should I do?” Sadly, that’s a question many of us face. People are imperfect. That includes Christians. Let’s tackle this difficult question. … For the past several posts, I have been discussing the theme of separating what is from what should be, with a particular…

  • How Do I Grow Spiritually? (Here’s the Formula for Spiritual Growth)

    What is the most effective way to grow spiritually? There is a process—a formula, if you will—that, when followed, leads to spiritual growth 100% of the time. Let me show you. I have previously shown that the church exists for the purpose of helping to change the lives of people, which is GOD’s purpose for each of us…

  • I’m a Christian, Now What? (What Does GOD Want Me to Do?)

    In the post “What Does GOD Want from Me?,” I explained that GOD wants three basic things from each person: Today, I want to dig a little deeper into these three things. Knowing GOD is a life-long journey—a process. We never arrive at a full knowledge of GOD (in this life), therefore the goal is to…

  • How Parenting Can Change Your Speech (and Make You a Better Person)

    In the post entitled “Guard Your Heart (The Sin of Cursing),” I mentioned how becoming a parent has impacted my speech. In this post, I want to elaborate on that thought and share some related thoughts regarding parenting. Newsflash: Parenting is hard. It’s hard on everybody. It’s hard on the parents, the kids, the siblings,…

  • Guard Your Heart (Be Careful How You Talk)

    The Bible says a lot about how we talk and the important role our speech plays in our lives. In the post entitled “Guard Your Heart (How to Keep Yourself from Sin),” I talked about the importance of replacing bad (i.e. worldly) input sources with good ones. Flooding your life with positive influences while ridding…

  • Guard Your Heart (Choosing Healthy Music)

    In the post “Guard Your Heart (How to Keep Yourself from Sin),” I discussed the importance of listening to GOD-focused music. People sometimes ask me for recommendations of good, positive music, so I thought I’d address that today. Musical taste is one of those very personal, unique things in life that varies wildly between individuals.…

  • Guard Your Heart (How to Keep Yourself from Sin)

    The Bible is full of wisdom about man’s heart. Not the blood-pumping one, the one that controls our emotions, feelings, motivations and reason. Consider the instructions of Solomon: 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your…

  • The Wild One Whose Image We Bear (Inspired by “Wild at Heart”)

    If a man is to overcome the fearfulness that can grip us and causes us to focus too heavily upon being safe, we need to understand our heart—what we were created to be and why we are the way we are today. Back in 2006, a good friend of mine introduced me to the book Wild…

  • Church Notes: How Do We Know We Love Jesus?

    These are my notes for our 5/20/2012 church meeting. Leader: Russ Farmer Assignment How do we know we love Jesus?  How did he instruct us that he would know we love him?  Bring scriptures and we’ll discuss.