Freedom from Anger

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” (James 1:19 – 21)

AngerI was in utter shock and disbelief! Not because I heard the F-bomb, but because I was the one who said it. Bypassing my mind’s filter, it hurled itself off the tip of my tongue defiling the ones who heard it – courtesy of a split second of uncontrolled anger over an insignificant, momentary annoyance. Continue reading

Overcoming Discouragement by Encouraging Others – Part 3: What to Encourage

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

writing-note-cardEncouraging others is a great way to triumph over discouragement in our own lives. Over the last two weeks, we have looked at what the Bible had to say about who and how to encourage. This week we will look at scriptures regarding what to encourage. Continue reading

Overcoming Discouragement by Encouraging Others – Part 2: How to Encourage

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

father-sonLast week, in Part: 1 – Who to Encourage, we briefly reviewed a list of scriptures that gave us several examples of those we can begin encouraging. This week, we’ll look at what the Bible has to say about how to encourage others. Continue reading

Overcoming Discouragement by Encouraging Others – Part 1: Who to Encourage

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

discourage-encourageNo one is exempt from discouragement. It’s universal. A disheartening remark from a family member, friend, or co-worker can easily change one’s mood for the rest of the day. A negative word from a teacher or school counselor has often resulted in a struggling student giving up on succeeding. A devastating incident, a prolonged sickness, or the sudden death of a loved one has the potential to cause an already stressed person to spiral downward even further. Continue reading

The Progression of Sin

no-slave-to-sin“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” Romans 13:14 (NKJV)

Have you ever wondered whether or not a certain activity is really a sin? I have. In fact, one day about 30 years ago, just prior to doing something questionable, I prayed, “God, if this is a sin, then have Pastor Mike call me on the phone right now.” He wasn’t in the habit of calling me, so I was pretty sure it was a safe prayer – until the phone began ringing. Continue reading