Friday, November 30, 2018

The Spirit of Advent


Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, and of longing. 

The Christian Season of Advent


Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western tradition.


Friday, November 23, 2018

A Reader's Guide to the Bible


Like many people, you may have always considered the Bible hard to understand... or just plain boring. You'll be glad to discover it's neither.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving In America


The tradition of Thanksgiving as a time to focus on God and His blessings dates back almost four centuries in America. While such celebrations occurred at Cape Henry, Virginia, as early as 1607, it is from the Pilgrims that we derive the current tradition of Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Overcoming Temptation


Some things require more effort than others.

Sharing Our Faith


Sharing our faith is a basic, biblical, principle.

Warnings and Choices


Today I want to talk about how we go about making choices in our life – most especially life-altering choices.

Ways to ENLARGE Your Spiritual Life


Everyone of us should be looking to enlarge – not just maintain – our spiritual life. There is little-to-no growth if we “rest on our spiritual laurels”.

Removing Sin


Here are five steps you can take toward removing sin from your life and your relationships:

WORSHIP: An Encounter With God


God is looking to us to be a generation of worshipers.

Walk Your Talk


Christians are living witnesses who should walk worthy of the calling they have received.

Looking Within Instead of Without


Every time we criticize another, we are condemning our self.

Suggestions for Spiritual Growth


Spiritual growth results from trusting Christ.

A Spiritual-Life Checkup


If we care about our physical health, then we get an annual checkup. If we care about our spiritual well-being as much as we care about our physical well-being, then it makes sense we would/should want to apply the Apostle Paul's admonition to the church in Corinth as well.

Repetition Aids Learning


Those who are taught how to teach will sooner or later hear that “repetition aids learning.” Repeat your point, in a different way, restating so your hearers will have more than one opportunity to learn the lesson.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet


John 13:1-17 -- A Model for Men’s Accountability Groups

Spiritual, Not Religious


“The trouble with the faith of today is that it is removed from faith in God. The faith of today is in laws and moral principles and in ways of living life — but it is not faith in God himself.”

Living Life In Christ


Are you a follower of Christ Jesus… or of the religion built around him?

Or So They Say


“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

Modest In Appearance


Guys seeking to walk in the way of The Christ have a hard enough time dealing with the way women decorate themselves to look pretty and garner attention. It makes it all the more difficult when our sisters in Christ do the same.

Why Does God Allow Evil


People world-wide wonder why God allows evil to exist.

Who Can You Trust?


With all the chatter about "Fake News", it is becoming all the more difficult to trust in the multitude of information being thrust at us on a daily basis.

The Trouble with the Trinity


"Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother." --Romans 14:13 ESV

Deliverance Ministries


A Word of Warning About Deliverance Ministries

What is Truth?


Life-Changing Truth

The Way Less Traveled


As we are growing up, the people and the way of the world, has a strong influence on our life.

Ready to Burst


In the 32nd chapter of the book of Job, a young man by the name of Elihu became very angry with Job for justifying himself rather than God. He was also angry with the three friends, because they had found no way to refute Job, and yet had condemned him.

The Promises of God


How strongly -- if at all -- do you believe in the promises of God?

A Prophetic Sign of the Times


Thank you, Father, for the gift of discernment.

Enjoying the Holidays in Early Sobriety


‘Tis the Season When It’s Hard to Stay Sober’

Friday, November 2, 2018

I Believe, But…


Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines doubt as fear, distrust, and a lack of confidence.

A Dangerous Deception


There are many teachings in the world today that are very popular with the masses. Many of them are, in fact, dangerously deceptive.

Anxious


Are You Anxious?

The Fix Is In!


Some of you might be wondering what happened to FocusedandFree.com.

Religion or Relationship


I was raised in a non-Christian home. I first learned about God when my mother sent me off to Kindergarten classes that were taught by the local Methodist church.

Real Faith


We must be able to tell the real from the counterfeit. The substance from the shadow. The truth from the lie. Until such time as we do, we will simply be caught up in the teachings and traditions of mankind.

Irresponsible


Far too many people are unwilling to take responsibility for their actions – or inaction.

Such A Great Salvation


Have you ever had a thought that "escapes" you; something that you can’t recall?