Articles Tagged 'Abuse'

Bat Turn at the Jordan

Bat Turn at the Jordan

before we can be ready to be fully used by the Lord in the work of the kingdom of God, we must have our bat turn moment.

Phil Ware and James Nored look at what the ministry of John the Baptizer meant for people in his day and call on us to share in this move toward the kingdom of God today.

What Happened?

What Happened?

Why do death, disease, disasters, and devilish influences steer our world, our humanity, into such mess?

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us that human sin and rebellion have left our world a broken mess, not the world God intended for us.

The Grace of Dropping Stones

The Grace of Dropping Stones

Would I be willing to drop my stone first?

Tom Norvell reminds us of a well known truth we so often forget and even more infrequently apply.

Not All Who Lose Are Losers

Not All Who Lose Are Losers

Sometimes the scoreboard only reveals the game's outcome, not the winners and losers!

Phillip Morrison reminds us that not all who lose are losers, in fact, the greatest victor of all could have been called a loser before he won the greatest victory of all time.

The Silence of Saturday

The Silence of Saturday

God is at work even when nothing appears to be happening!

Max Lucado reminds us during this special week of a day that is so often neglected: Saturday, the Sabbath, when everything appears to be silent and that Satan has triumphed, yet lying still in the grave, Jesus' body belies the truth of God.

Defying ISIS: #togESTHER

Defying ISIS: #togESTHER

What we can do to help!

Ann Voskamp on going to Iraq and meeting with those who have lost so much to ISIS and she calls us to wake up and do something

Fifty Shades?

Fifty Shades?

Is it Grey or Gray?

Patrick Odum writes about 50 Shades of Grey and reminds us to think carefully about our participation and expectation of the movie and our sexuality.

Writing Love in the Dust

Writing Love in the Dust

What in the world did Jesus actually write?

Phil Ware reflects on the Ray Rice debacle and speaks about Jesus' encounter with the teachers of the law and the Pharisees and a woman caught in the very act of adultery.

Tortured!

Tortured!

Not what any of us wants in our obituary!

Phillip Morrison writes about a serious situation that was brought to light by an obituary -- child abuse -- and Phil Ware offers some helpful suggestions on ways to bring redemption out of the hurt of this world.

Staring into the Face of Jesus

Staring into the Face of Jesus

When was the last time you stared in the face of the Lord?

Phil Ware continues his five part series on yearning for the presence of God and shares with us ways to experience Immanuel, Jesus as God with us.

Overcoming Your Heritage

Overcoming Your Heritage

What's up in the forest of your family trees?

Max Lucado writes about Josiah and how he overcame the bad family heritage.

Bless!

Bless!

What do we do in the face of evil and meanness?

Phil Ware continues his series of messages related to "The Story" curriculum, using Abraham's call to be a blessing to be a reminder to us as well.

I Prefer 'Evil'

I Prefer 'Evil'

Why is it so hard to call it what it really is?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that some people and some things are simply evil and no other term is appropriate or speaks the truth about the situation.

Imperfect Love

Imperfect Love

What difference can my imperfect love make in a mountain of need?

Phil Ware writes about his trip to Sagrada Familia in Lima, Peru and how imperfect love can make a huge difference in the lives of children.

Art, Crime, and Justice

Art, Crime, and Justice

When is it time to tell the self-appointed elite they are wrong?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that Roman Polanski is a predator and is not to be given any special treatment because he is part of the media elite.

Root of the Problem

Root of the Problem

What really is behind all of this financial mess?

Rubel Shelly talks about the financial crisis, or better, crises, that are afflicting our economy and housing markets and foreclosure problems and points to one age old problem -- greed.

Power to Change

Power to Change

Warning: God still answers prayers!

When we pray for people, God actually works in their lives. The story of Fernando's conversion reminds us of the power of prayer.

The Ultimate Cop-out

The Ultimate Cop-out

How can you explain this away so nonchalantly?

A mother's lame explanation for child abuse makes us realize how easy and horrible it is to explain away our own responsibility.

Handling Rejection

Handling Rejection

How do you handle being rejected because you are a Christian?

There are times when we are going to be rejected because we are Christians.

What Will Happen ...

What Will Happen ...

Will anybody intervene? Will I intervene?

We must learn to intervene to help children in our world.