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Is that in the Bible?: Urban Legends

Have you ever heard somebody say, “Well God won’t give you more than you can handle” when things weren’t going well? Although this phrase has been used again and again my well meaning individuals, it is found nowhere in the Bible. In fact, the statement isn’t even true. Not only will God give you more…

A Glorious Funeral

I recently shared this with a friend and decided to share it with you guys as well through our Psalm 22 newsletter: What I’ve come to realize is that the Christian life is a lot easier than we make it. I’m not speaking of persecution, struggles and suffering, but our actual walk with Christ. My…

Money, Money Money

“We’re not always going to like what we hear (preached). It’s because our lives don’t always match up with the Word of God. When two opposites cross it’s a contradiction and they create conflict. It’s called conviction! That’s a good thing. Embrace it!” – Kenny Ballard This column is about the love of money in…

Is Jesus Really the Reason for the Season?

Is Jesus Really the Reason for the Season? “They say that Jesus is the reason for the season.Should He not be the reason for our lives?” – Brian Ridgell From December 14, 2004: This year as Santa comes strolling into town, he’s got an eye out for those who have been good and those who…

How to be Miserable

“How to be Miserable” – Author Unknown Think about yourself. Talk about yourself. Use “I” as often as possible. Mirror yourself continually in the opinion of others. Listen greedily to what people say about you. Expect to be appreciated. Be suspicious. Be jealous and envious. Be sensitive to slights. Never forgive a criticism. Trust nobody…

Salvation Part 3: Glorification

Glorification“Free from the presence of sin.”“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”– 1 Cor.2:9 When I was a kid I thought Bruce Lee was the most amazing man on the planet. He could move faster, hit…

Salvation Part 2: Sanctification

Sanctification “Free from the power of sin.” Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Thess.5:23 When a person places his or her faith in Jesus, at that moment he is justified….

Salvation Part 1: Justification

“Free from the penalty of sin.” ‘Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ’  – Romans 5:1   There you stand in the courtroom.  You have been charged with theft, murder and an assortment of other charges too numerous and heinous to name.  While you…

I Know Vince Young

I know Vince Young! You know the quarterback for the Tennessee Titans. To prove it, I’ll give you a description: He’s tall, African American and very athletic.He’s from Houston and attended MadisonHigh School.He played college football with the University of Texas and led them to a National championship.Oh yeah, he also runs really fast. Impressed?…

Human Torches

In 64 A.D., the psychopathic Roman emperor Nero blamed a great fire in Rome on a growing group of individuals called the Christians. These falsely accused were followers of a man who had been crucified about 3 decades prior for claiming to be the Son of God. Nero needed someone to blame and the Christians…

Question and Answers

Several weeks ago, we sent you a few questions about the Christian faith. Some of the various responses are as follows: Do you consider yourself a Christian? The answers to this first question varied from“Absolutely” to “Yes, but I need to be a BETTER one” toNo, because of the sin or lack of fruit in…