Serving God in Retirement

Ken Long

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A purpose for this conversation is to consider biblically what God may want for each of us as we think about and plan for our retirement. May this help us to counsel others and ourselves better. Continue reading

Wisdom for the Young (Part Two)

Pat Quinn

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Young adults are often concerned about their future direction and anxious about making the right decisions. We have the privilege and responsibility to walk with them, support them, and to help them to understand what God’s will for their lives looks like. Godly counsel to the young includes helping them set the right goal for their lives and pointing them to the way of wisdom. Continue reading

Wisdom for the Young (Part One)

Pat Quinn

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Pat Quinn explores the challenging question that youth inevitably face: How can I know God’s will for my future? Monumental decisions face youth as they transition from living under their parents’ roof to living under their own roof. How can they be sure they are going down the path God wants them to? Continue reading

Do You Keep Your Commitments – Even When It Hurts?

Jim Newheiser

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The righteous man “swears to his own hurt and does not change,” according to Psalm 15:4. A dear mentor first made me aware of this verse when I was a new believer. My friend, who was a great influence in my life, taught me that times will come when one might regret making a commitment, but that it is necessary to keep one’s word. In other words, “let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’” (James 5:1; Matthew 5:37). Continue reading

Overcoming Addiction: The Importance of Serving Others Mercifully

Mark Shaw

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A key transformation principle for anyone seeking to overcome a life-dominating sin is seeking new ways to serve others. Matthew 22:37-40 is clear about loving God and loving others: “And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.’” Continue reading

Washing the Feet of Judas: Moving with Grace toward Your Betrayer

Eliza Jane Huie

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Betrayal can come in many forms, but part of your healing is learning how to respond to your betrayer. Certainly consequences are inevitable; we see later in this story the grave consequences of Judas’ choices. However, Jesus entrusted himself to God and was able to move toward his betrayer and graciously wash his feet. He left us an example of gospel humility that moves toward the undeserved in the security of God’s sure promises. Continue reading

Dealing with Winter Time Depression

Charles Hodges

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Depending on where you live on our planet, winter can mean more pleasant sunny days, or it can bring three months of cold gray gloom! For reasons only my ancestors know, I live on the gloomy side of winter in Indiana. My earliest childhood memories of winter seemed to be mostly in black and white, because for days the sun just didn’t shine. And, while I have not suffered anything near a DSM-5 defined depression, the grayness of winter holds little joy for me. My mood shifts with the sunshine. I suspect that is true for many of us. Continue reading