Special Features 2007 Archives

The Comforter

The Comforter

Where can I find the strength and comfort I need?

Russ Lawson reminds us of the comfort that we can find in God and His word if we will trust and believe it.

Do Not Lose Heart!

Do Not Lose Heart!

Some words you just have to repeat until you believe!

Tom Norvell reminds us that some times we just have to hang to hope, keep repeating what is true and not lose heart.

Luxury Addiction

Luxury Addiction

How much has your stuff become your owner?

Patrick Odum challenges us with some real truths about luxury and greed and what it does to our walk with God and our genuine opportunities to be happy.

Can Words Have Authority?

Can Words Have Authority?

Can anyone actually speak with real authority today?

Russ Lawson reminds us that while some words are balderdash and came to us through crazy circumstances, Jesus words are the opposite: he speaks with real authority.

I Take It Back

I Take It Back

Sometimes we wish we could put the genie back into the bottle!

Tom Norvell reminds us about the nature of regrets and the wish we hadn't done what we've done, so he encourages us to live life differently.

What Matters Most?

What Matters Most?

So what's the real gist of the problem?

Tom Norvell shares several quotes from the Bible that share what is most important to God, then reminds us that it is about loving God and loving others and we need to get down and just do it!

Beyond Herding Ducks

Beyond Herding Ducks

Sometimes being a turkey isn't so bad after all!

Russ Lawson uses a trip to a farm to remind us how we can choose to respond differently to Jesus: follow or be pushed, be led or run away.

Waiting Can Be a Blessing!

Waiting Can Be a Blessing!

How hard is it really to wait for this?

Tom Norvell describes the blessings promised to those who wait on the Lord from Isaiah.

Explaining the Unexplainable

Explaining the Unexplainable

How can we make sense of something this awful?

Patrick Odum looks at a grisly murder and wonders how can a human being do such a thing and then probes deeper into the heart of darkness that sometimes claims us and warns us away from it.

A Selfish Christian?

A Selfish Christian?

Isn't this an oxymoron?

Mike Barres reminds us that God wants to bless us and he also wants to conform us to Jesus: so let's not use our Christianity for selfish motives.

Real Rest

Real Rest

Can you really find it?

Tom Norvel reminds us of Jesus' promise to give us rest if we will come close to him and follow him and spend time with him and learn from him.

When Endings Are Complicated, God Is Still Gracious

When Endings Are Complicated, God Is Still Gracious

What do you do when the endings are not always happy ones?

Ron Rose reminds us that not all faith stories have happy endings and that sometimes we have to wade on through tragedy with faith.

How Long, Lord?

How Long, Lord?

Can you keep hanging in there?

Tom Norvell leads us to Psalm 6 and helps us ask, "How long, Lord?" because we all have times when we can barely hang on any longer.

When Tragedy Strikes

When Tragedy Strikes

Where is God in the middle of these tragedies?

Larry Davies shares a hard and horrible story of tragedy and asks where God is and helps walk us through Isaiah 43 and shows how it reflects the presence of God in our worst times through the people of God who help.

God Is Our Hope

God Is Our Hope

When you sift through the rubble, what hope do you find?

Tom Norvel shares several observations from being out of his house for more than six months and how it relates to our spiritual lives.

Whom Do You Hate?

Whom Do You Hate?

So why do we deny it instead of addressing it in our lives?

Bill Denton challenges us to understand that hateful behavior is our expression of hate no matter how we try to deny it.

How Old Do You Want To Be?

How Old Do You Want To Be?

So how is your retirement plan?

Russ Lawson reminds us that what we pursue for security and to help us live longer really determines the quality of our lives in our older years, and God must be the center of all of that.

Bless Your Heart!

Bless Your Heart!

Whose heart are you blessing these days?

Jane Vincenzi shares some insight in the old southern phrase bless your heart and realizes that it is really what our Christian life is all about.

The Clutter of Activity

The Clutter of Activity

Are all your activities getting in the way of your life?

Jane Vincenzi reminds us that our lives can get so cluttered with activity that we miss God and lose out on real life.

Closer Than You Think

Closer Than You Think

How far have you gone to find what you are looking for?

Rubel Shelly tells the story of a Rabbi who took a long trip to find what was buried under his own stove to remind us to not give up what we seek by trying something different than where we are simply because we are restless.

WAIT!

WAIT!

Isn't it hard to wait on anything, but especially the Lord?

Mike Barres reminds us that waiting is hard, but God's timing is always best.

Everything Is Yours!

Everything Is Yours!

How much difference should it make in our lives to know it all is ours?

Tom Norvell remembers the words of the father to the older brother in the parable of the Prodigal son that everything the father has is his, it belongs to him.

Making the Best of It

Making the Best of It

How do you handle hard times?

Mike Barres reminds us that hardship can often be a time God is using us to make a difference in the lives of many others.

Same and Different

Same and Different

How are we all the same and yet all different?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that we are all unique and different and yet we must all take responsibility for our actions.

Life is Short

Life is Short

Is your life actually going to be very short?

Patrick Odum tells about a guy who thought he had pancreatic cancer and lived it up his last year of life and then found out the cancer diagnosis was wrong.