Other-focused people are great learners. When I first started teaching at Lincoln Christian University, the name of the department in which I taught was “World Missions.” Missions is a good word, but many see it as having a one-way focus: I am on a mission to tell you something. Much of the mission work done … More The world is here!
C. S. Lewis, speaking of humility in Mere Christianity, says that when you meet a truly humble man, you probably wouldn’t think him humble—you would simply enjoy being in his presence. He would be so comfortable being himself that he would not focus on himself at all—he would be focused on others and on God. … More Don’t talk about yourself!
We are all incredibly self-focused, selfish people, and only through great intentional effort will we become other-focused people. We must be so overwhelmed by the love of God for us that we look for validation only from God. Accepting and believing in God’s great love for us will free us to be other-focused people. We … More Messy babies!
I have heard many different whispers from Satan and his coworkers over my lifetime. One of his most persistent whispers has been Mike, you keep on sinning. God is tired of forgiving you—he can’t use you in ministry any longer. Another one I have heard often is Mike, you don’t know what you are doing. … More Battlefield of the mind
What do you believe about the Devil? Perhaps you have fallen into his subtle trap and do not even believe that he exists—or perhaps you think that he exists, but you don’t give his existence much thought. If so, then you are in real danger, for Satan is real, and you are underestimating a powerful … More We need more hate!
Every day of life on Earth is a day of spiritual warfare. Life is too short not to realize that we are daily in battle with a real enemy. Our enemy Satan has one main objective: our destruction. We would be foolish to enter each day unaware of Satan’s schemes directed against us. Someday, Satan … More Every day is a battle!
I know many who struggle to find their life’s calling. I have found the following seven questions helpful when it comes to discerning the calling of God: Am I living out my primary calling to God himself? Calling can be a very mysterious concept for some. In a general way, the Bible describes the life … More Follow me!
How regrettable to reach the end of your life still wondering about its purpose! Many people seem to get stuck earning a paycheck, eating, sleeping, spending the paycheck, and then starting the cycle all over again. But life is more than earning money and spending it. Inside every person, something asks why am I here? … More That’s what I wanted!
When giving your testimony, be careful if you are tempted to leave something out of your story. You never know what element of your story might connect with someone else. Especially don’t leave out the “bad/hard stuff.” When we talk openly about our sin, as well as the times when we have been sinned against, … More Take the baton!
I have been helped by the advice of E. Stanley Jones, a missionary to India who lived during the twentieth century. Something profound happened to him when he preached his very first sermon at his hometown church. He had studied and studied in his sermon preparation, wanting to “argue well for God” when he preached. … More Lawyer vs. Witness