Category Archives: doctrine

That is life’s trophy

Professional tennis star-a nun. What? Sounds like two different stories doesn’t it? In this case, it’s the same life story. Andrea Jaeger first picked up a tennis racket at the age of eight. By 14, she was a tennis pro. Soon she was challenging tennis greats like Chris Evert and Tracy Austin; she was ranked number two in the world. Then came a serious shoulder injury that required seven surgeries and she was forced to retire. She took her prize money, she moved to Colorado, and started a charitable foundation that helps sick, abused, and at-risk children. So she became an Episcopal nun, and she was actually burying her life in a ministry to needy children. According to USA Today, after her injury she was told, “Your life’s over. You’ve failed. You’ll never amount to anything.” Oh, were they wrong. The article on her new life concluded this way: “Her name will never be etched on Grand Slam hardware, but she can live with that. ‘It’s like I have kids’ names in my heart,’ and she says, ‘That is life’s trophy.'”( Read more )

He couldn’t have won the award now named after him!:

Princeton Theological Seminary just reversed the decision to recognize Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in Manhattan, for his church-planting and public witness.

( Read, or listen to the rest of this commentary.)

An Unlikely View…a Different Review on Beauty and the Beast

This movie was not created to be a catalyst for the gospel. It was not designed with an agenda to lead people to the cross or challenge them in their walk with the Lord…and yet that is exactly what our family took away. Was there sin in the movie – yes. There was a hateful man that treated women and men like the dirt beneath his feet, who lied, who abused, who lifted himself above everyone else. There was the inclusion of magic, of prejudice, the belittling of women, the hint of homosexuality, the abuse of the elderly, the worship of idols to name just a few. Not a one of these sins greater than the next; not a one less ungodly than the the other. None of them so blatant – all just a piece of the tapestry of the film. As a mama, I had a choice. I could have pointed out all of these things to my children before going into the theater.I could have painted a picture of hating all of these things and they would have watched the movie through that lens – absolutely. Instead, I asked them to view with God in mind. They did observe those same things, these sinful moments, but with the perspective of God in mind they viewed them with a broken heart, from a place of understanding our need for Jesus in this world. My little girl hopeful that she too would come to a place where she trusted the hope that is in Jesus – that she doesn’t have to be a ‘beast ‘ forever. My oldest challenged in his faith, strengthened in his walk. Their mama moved beyond what she can adequately express.

( Billy’s thoughts – Read the rest of this thought provoking post. )

Even the death of a son, can be used for something good, and great 

Listen to the radio spot.

The Bible welcomes you to question/test it, but not the book of Islam 

Listen to a radio commentary on faith.

Bible based faith, and Shack

Listen to sermon by Dr. Michael Youssef….

The Shack Uncovered

A coach says what is important to him 

Some words from the man Saint Patrick,thanks to Cal Thomas:

“God, my God, omnipotent King, I humbly adore thee. Thou art King of kings, Lord of lords. Thou art the Judge of every age. Thou art the Redeemer of souls. Thou art the Liberator of those who believe. Thou art the Hope of those who toil. Thou art the Comforter of those in sorrow. Thou art the Way to those who wander. Thou art Master to the nations. Thou art the Creator of all creatures. Thou art the Lover of all good.”
  ON A DAY WHEN PEOPLE ARE DRINKING GREEN BEER AND THE CHICAGO RIVER IS TURNED GREEN, THE WORDS OF THE REAL PATRICK ARE WORTH CONSIDERING.

( Read the rest of this Cal Thomas  commentary or listen to the audio of it. ) 

“Jesus fix Kim.”

Our son was only two years old when Kim, the neighbor girl across the street, broke her leg. On a scale of world disasters, Kim’s leg wouldn’t move the needle, but on the scale of a 2-year-old, oh, that’s serious. Our 5-year-old daughter brought the bad news, so we all stopped right there and we prayed for our friend Kim. We were done, but our son wasn’t. All day over and over again he’d go, “Pray for Kim.” So, they prayed for Kim. That went on thirty or forty times. It might be the most prayed for broken leg in the history of the neighborhood. Well we got word a couple days later that Kim was doing really well, and we told our son. He pulled his Mom over to a picture of Jesus we had on our kitchen wall, and he pointed to the picture and he just said, “Jesus fix Kim.”
I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “A Parent’s Greatest Gift.”
I’ve got to tell you, that was an exciting moment for my wife and me. Look, important enough for us to remember all these years. Why? Because we knew our son was beginning to see that what we have isn’t just a religion, that it’s a He! A real relationship with a real Person who makes a real difference!
In our word for today from the Word of God, God is coaching parents who are trying to raise their children in a culture where they are surrounded by immoral lifestyles, materialism, and a lot of temptation. This doesn’t sound familiar at all does it? Okay, what should a parent do?
Deuteronomy 6:5-9, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
First, God says give your kids a relationship, not just a religion, a love relationship with the Lord. Maybe our children get the impression sometimes that what we’re about is keeping rules, going to meetings, believing beliefs, instead of seeing a Mom or Dad who are just deeply in love with Jesus. If your son or daughter remembers anything from your spiritual life, I hope it will be this, “It’s all about Jesus.” That’s what we wanted our little son to realize, that we have a wonderful relationship with a wonderful Savior, a Person who touches everything in our lives.
Secondly, God’s telling parents here to show them this relationship in everyday life. It’s great to have Bible study times with our family. Family devotions, done with some variety and creativity and participation, are important. But even more important is a Jesus they hear you talk about “when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, (probably drive in this case), when you lie down and when you get up.”
Our God-relationship is most powerfully communicated as our kids see us involving Him in the everyday life stuff, like a neighbor’s broken leg, or a math test, or a financial need, or bringing a family conflict to the Lord, praying about trips and friends and romances and teachers and hurting people your family knows.
This is the Jesus who goes with us to McDonald’s, to ball games, to the beach, to dark places, to hospital rooms, to school buses, to work. That’s spiritual reality, not just religion! And to live in a morally dangerous world, our children need a Jesus who is so real to them they know He is with them even when no one else can see them. He goes with them where no parent can go.
I can’t imagine raising kids in a world like this without Jesus – without a Savior. Because I know that I am inadequate. I know my own needs I can’t take care of. I know the baggage, all of which Jesus has come in and helped me unpack that baggage and not pass it on to another generation, and give me His love, and His power and His wisdom.
If you don’t know Jesus personally, if you’re a Mom or Dad, would you today reach out to Him and say, “Jesus, a religion is not enough for me. I want to know you personally. I’m opening my life to you.” You want to know more about that, go to our website ANewStory.com.
We cherished that moment when our little guy recognized Jesus, not just as a picture on the wall, but a real Savior who cares about our everyday stuff. That’s when that song “Jesus loves me, this I know” becomes more than a song; it’s how we live at our house!

Do you believe in God just like the devil 

Listening to this radio program was homework for one of my Bible college classes. I hope it will bless you, and perhaps even challenge you.

Believing Like Demons )