GOALS FOR 2018: Find a Mentor ~ Be a Mentor
January 2, 2018
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV) Who can say this to you? To whom can you say it? What is a mentor? Let’s take this last question first: A mentor is simply a trusted friend. A mentor is not a Bible scholar. He or she may not have been… Read more »
The Gift of Conviction!
“Thank God we can repent!” Ruben and I had been meeting to read the Bible together ever since I’d had the privilege of leading him to Jesus. “Thank you Ruben. I’ve never thought of what a blessing that is! Two short, personal repentance stories. Our new home needed a LOT of work. My wife and… Read more »
How to Affirm a Child
October 31, 2017
Everyone reading this could give instruction about how important it is to affirm a child and how to do it. Perhaps you remember being affirmed as a child. A parent, teacher, pastor, someone spoke into your life and you were lifted! Let me tell you a story from the 4th grade: Mrs. Fent, during handwriting… Read more »
The Labor of Love Opens Doors for Words of Love
September 29, 2017
“Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the skies of parchment made, Were every stalk on earth a quill, And every man a scribe by trade; To write the love of God above Would drain the ocean dry; Nor could the scroll contain the whole, Though stretched from sky to sky.” Frederick M…. Read more »
YES! There Is GOOD NEWS!
September 1, 2017
Like me, you’re probably sick of all the negative news! It’s a by-product of the fallen, sin-sick world that we are colonizing for heaven. I feel more an alien, a stranger, in this world than ever before! Yet, I am an ambassador for Christ, and so are you. We have Good News, GREAT NEWS! Peter,… Read more »
What Happens When a Christian Sins?
August 1, 2017
What Happens When a Christian Sins? Our August theme in Faith Unlimited Magazine is “Love is the liberator.” So, I guess the answer to this question is that when a Christian sins they lose their salvation – NOT! WE ARE LOVED! WE ARE FORGIVEN!! The blood of Jesus covers our sin: past, present, future, unperceived… Read more »
Colonizing Earth for Heaven
July 2, 2017
Independence Day – I love it! It’s the celebration of our beloved nation’s birth! The flags! The parades! The fireworks! The BBQs! The Family Gatherings! My mind goes back to studying about the colonization of the east coast by the English, the west coast by the Spanish, and the south by the French. America –… Read more »
TWO DADS: ONLY GOD COULD PULL THIS OFF!
June 7, 2017
TWO DADS: ONLY GOD COULD PULL THIS OFF! by Dave Kachele DAD I “Hello? This is David.” Mom was smart to share only positive things about my father. He’d left her, pregnant with my sister, when I was about two. One of the first decisions I made after coming to know Jesus was to find… Read more »
What I Learned from My Mom: God Says I Am Precious, so I Am!
May 1, 2017
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed …but with the PRECIOUS blood of Christ … (1 Pt 1:18-19) I was about ten years old when Mom sent me to the store with a $50 bill: I don’t know how I lost it, but… Read more »
April 2, 2017
Have you ever repented of sin only to later repeat it? You confess, repent, and receive forgiveness and cleansing by faith (1 John 1:9) … each time, over and over. Repentance is a 180 degree turn. When I sin I have turned away from God. I repent and head the opposite direction with God. But… Read more »
NOW Is the Day of Salvation!
February 6, 2017
Don’t you sometimes wish that all you needed to do to bring someone to Christ is say, “Now is the day of salvation!”? Your friend, family member, or co-worker would just fall to their knees, weeping, and cry out, “What must I do to be saved!?” You’d give them the Four Spiritual Laws, lead them… Read more »
I _______, Do Hereby Resolve …
January 7, 2017
I _____________________________________, Do Hereby Resolve … Catchy, huh? An article encouraging you to make a New Year’s resolution – how creative! But give a guy a break! I know you’ve got your list! Gotta lose that 10 #s by February 1st Not forget to feed my dog/cat/hamster/ … (Husbands) Help with the housework without complaining… Read more »
“Keep Your Eye on the B _ _ _!”
November 18, 2016
“Follow the B A L L all the way to the bat, Son.” Two strikes, three balls. I didn’t yell out to by son who was up, but I thought that sentence really hard. We’d had this conversation in our practice at home. “CRACK!” A solid hit! Now, I’m loud, cheering as my boy slides… Read more »
October 27, 2016
“I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag and to the Savior for Whose kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty to all who believe.” I fear that some of you would be offended if the Christian flag was flown above the flag of our beloved USA. I wouldn’t, but please,… Read more »
How to Fight the Good Fight and Stay in Peace
September 15, 2016
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Tm 4:7 I can see young Pastor Timothy weeping as he reads these words from his dear mentor and friend, Paul the Apostle. He’s receiving the baton, ready to run the next lap in the race. And what a fight… Read more »
The Scariest Verse in the Bible for Christians
September 8, 2016
What is the scariest verse in the Bible for Christians? How about James 4:17 (NIV) “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” How about the WHOLE letter of James!” Here’s one from Matthew that might make your list: Matt. 5:48 (NIV) “Be perfect, therefore, as your… Read more »
EACH ONE ~ REACH ONE in 2016
January 12, 2016
Are you excited about this new year? I am. Perhaps it’s because I almost died in December of 2015. Long story – short: I had a kidney stone that caused a blockage that caused an infection that almost killed me! So I spent December with surgeries, sick, and recovering. So, I’m very grateful, and I’m… Read more »
Why Are Most of Us “Reluctant” Evangelists?
March 1, 2015
“Evangelism” is simply communicating the Good News (Gospel) about Jesus Christ with the intent of helping someone else to know Him as you do. Can you relate to the word “RELUCTANT” in the title? If so, you’re in good company. Spiritual Gift Surveys reveal that only about 3% of laity and 5% of clergy have… Read more »
God’s Plan Requires Human Intervention
September 7, 2013
Does the title sound heretical to you? God doesn’t need us; we need Him! Of course, this is true. He’s all powerful, all knowing, and everywhere at once. However, could He have accomplished His plan without becoming a man? God’s purpose has always been to be in relationship with the pinnacle of His creation, mankind. … Read more »
Am I in the 95%?
August 26, 2013
Take a spiritual gifts assessment for FREE at churchgrowth.org. When you’re finished, you’ll see not only your spiritual gifts but percentages of people that fall into each spiritual gift category. You’ll also see that only about 3 1/2% of Christians who are not clergy have EVANGELISM as a spiritual gift; only about 5 1/2% of… Read more »
Day Twenty-Two: What Are the Four Spiritual Laws?
August 24, 2013
…The one who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he’s heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. (Jas. 1:25) Hakim closed his eyes and waited for the crack of the gun. He was crouched, feet in the starting blocks, muscles twitching, ready… Read more »
July 31, 2013
Your value doesn’t come from your strengths, gifts, talents and abilities. It comes from how you decide to use them. The value isn’t established by how well you use them. It is established on your decision on how you will use what you have. You aren’t worth less because of any limitation you have or… Read more »