by Matt Slick
Most Christians mean well when they defend their faith. But too often, many make fundamental errors when dialoguing with atheists. We need to make as few errors as possible – not simply to win an argument but to help the atheist come to a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus.
However, there come times when it is appropriate to label atheists in a manner that is consistent with their behavior. Though our goal is to win them to Christ, unfortunately, too many of them care nothing for serious dialogue and seek only to malign Christianity and our Lord Jesus. If, after you...
These transitional days back to school mark a critical need to lay a foundation of prayer for our children. Our best resource for prayer is the Bible because it contains God’s will for us. Meditate on the following verses and ten prayers for the school year. As you pray, include the names of your children to make them personal.
1. A Prayer for Protection
Father God, there is no one more capable than You to protect my children—not even me. Under Your strong covering, they find refuge, safety, and security. Please surround my kids with Your love, faithful promises, and...
Falling in love is one of the greatest feelings in the world. You’ve found this person who you connect with, you have a lot in common, and have a lot of fun together. Weeks turn to months and then years, and you still love spending time together. Then he pops the question, and you are happier than you have ever been - until you’re not.
Here are some signs that you need to call off your engagement.
My ex-fiancee would lie to me about many things, big and small. He would lie about small things, like when he needed to...
Kim Harvey Brannan
Embrace vulnerability in prayer.
When I feel far away from God, the natural response is to withdraw and avoid prayer altogether. It's as if I think God doesn't want to hear from me in my moments of doubt or frustration. However, I have come to learn that embracing vulnerability in prayer is a powerful way to bridge the gap and rebuild my connection with Him.
During times of feeling out of touch with God, I don't hold back in my prayers. I acknowledge my feelings of frustration, loneliness, and doubt. Instead of trying to put on a facade of faith or...
I recently received an email question from a person who wrote: “I have studied quite a few different translations of the bible and have full faith in what it says. I also believe that Jesus is my savior, and do my best to live by what He taught. However, I am not a Christian according to many religious leaders, because I do not believe in the doctrine regarding the trinity. I have read nothing in the Word that supports this idea, in fact Jesus proclaims many time that He is less than the Father. My question is simply this,...
By Mike Genung
The Harsh Reality about Kids and Porn
First, we need to face reality. Today’s surveys show that:
• The average age of first exposure to porn is 10. Some statistics say younger.
• 90 percent of eight to 16-year-olds have viewed porn online.
• 80 percent of 15 to 17-year-olds have viewed hard core porn.
• Four out of five 16-year-olds regularly access porn online.
Part of the problem is that many in the church are still living in the ostrich position. Leadership doesn’t address sexual sin from the pulpit, and it’s not discussed in youth groups. We avoid it in the home...
Beth Ann Baus
The Problem with Masturbation, Even in Marriage
Masturbation feeds a self-centered desire and is typically something done in private. Because masturbation is essentially having sex with yourself, we must remember that sex wasn’t intended to be a private pursuit (1 Cor 7:2). God created sex to be a beautiful expression of love from one committed spouse to the other, as a reflection of the intimacy that God wants to have with the church. It was not designed to be a solo act.
I would also direct you to (Ephesians 5:11-12), “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead...
1. Turn your worries into prayers.
You can’t stop worries from entering your mind – but when they do, you can choose to release them into God’s care by praying about them. Don’t let your concerns grow into anxiety that makes your life difficult. Instead of dwelling on what worries you, ask God to help you with each specific situation as soon as you notice you’re starting to worry. Make a habit of quickly turning your worries into prayers throughout each day. Clear worries out of your mind as often as you can by simply asking God to help. (Philippians 4:6-7) reveals that when...
What Does the Bible Say?
As you can imagine, there is nothing about AI in the Bible. AI wasn't an issue during biblical times. Even though the Bible doesn't say anything about AI doesn't mean it is silent on the ethical side of this issue. When we start talking about the ethical side of AI, we can quickly see that it is not ethical. Thousands of jobs will be eradicated with the further development of AI in society. This is not good as it can leave thousands of people without work. Without work, the person who lost their job to...
1. Failing to provide a safe place.
Is your home a nontoxic environment for your child to share their deepest feelings, even if they know it will hurt your feelings? Can they tell you they don’t like your rules? Can they express that the death of their daddy makes them mad at God? Can they tell you that your remarks in front of their friends embarrasses them? Part of their healing is being able to share what’s buried under the rubble. They need to know they can tell you anything and that you will be patient and listen, not...