When family and friends gather together for holidays, the home comes alive! Warm apple pie, grilled burgers and fresh coffee fill the home with the smells of goodness. Kids playing down the hall, teenagers in the back yard throwing the football and everyone laughing as family memories are being shared in the kitchen remind you … Continue reading Great things that happen in homes: HOLIDAYS
Author: Derek Spain
Great things that happen in homes: LOVE
Some of the greatest of life's events happen in homes. In this series of posts, I'll highlight some of them. I'll pick one for each post, and if you've got one to suggest for me to write about in a future post, leave a comment below. LOVE Love! A home is a place to love … Continue reading Great things that happen in homes: LOVE
The Way You Want to Be Treated
Multiple choice question. Which of these is an accurate paraphrase of the Golden Rule? Treat others the way they treat you Treat others the way you feel like treating them at the moment Treat others the way they have treated you in the past Treat others the way you want to be treated The correct … Continue reading The Way You Want to Be Treated
The Bible says, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another" (Proverbs 27:17). Christian men need other men who will encourage, challenge and pray for them and with them. Men need other men with which they can be real, transparent and authentic. A few months ago, our family stepped out in faith not knowing … Continue reading Iron Forums
The Shrewd Money Manager
Jesus tells a story in Luke chapter 16. Like all of his parables, Jesus tells this story in a way that causes people to think deeply about the spiritual truth he is teaching. There are twists and turns and surprises that make the story memorable. I first remember studying this story as an adult when … Continue reading The Shrewd Money Manager
What do you expect?
Expectations make a difference. Some people have no expectations Some people have low expectations Some people have high expectations God has high expectations of himself. He always thinks, speaks and acts in the right ways. He always does so with a pure heart. Everything he does is with excellence, with integrity, with love, with faithfulness, … Continue reading What do you expect?
Dry bones come back to life!
If you saw a news headline that declared, "Dry bones come back to life!" you might think you were reading from a tabloid news outlet or maybe the entertainment section. You certainly would not expect it to be written by an eyewitness reporter who was on the scene when it happened. But the prophet Ezekiel … Continue reading Dry bones come back to life!
NCAA Football National Championship
Alabama vs Oklahoma. Clemson vs Notre Dame. One of these four teams will become the NCAA football national champion this season. For more than thirty years, I have been a fan of Notre Dame. I'm a realistic fan but a fan nonetheless. I'm rooting for them to defeat Clemson then take on the Alabama/Oklahoma winner … Continue reading NCAA Football National Championship
It really is all about Jesus
In our home, we have many beautiful Christmas decorations. My wife does a wonderful job decorating our home for the holidays. On one shelf, we have several nativity sets. And at the center of each nativity set is Jesus. That's the way every day of our lives should be -- Jesus at the center. The … Continue reading It really is all about Jesus
When Bad Things Happen
According to the Roman historian Tacitus, in the early days of Christianity followers of Jesus were paraded before the masses in the Coliseum in Rome, fighting for their very lives before being torn apart by lions. What a humiliating, frightening, painful, horrible way to die, simply for being a Christian. Yet these followers of Jesus … Continue reading When Bad Things Happen