Do you know what October 31st is besides Halloween? Hint: it’s one of the most important days in the history of the Christian church and it affects everything about your life today. Everything!
It was on the 31st of October 1517 that a Catholic monk named Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany. By God’s grace, Luther’s courageous act of challenging corruption and unbiblical heresies launched the Great Reformation. But why is this legacy worth recalling and how does it affect us today? (more…)
Today’s world is filled with all sorts of deception. Sharp discernment is required for those who really want to discover the things that are true. If we don’t want truth we won’t search for it. That’s why we need to be discerning. That takes a special level of heart and acuity to be able to do that in an honest way.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 says, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires…” (more…)
12 Personal Development Dynamics that will Enhance Your Life so you can Enhance the lives of others
by Dennis Petersen
Imagine you just got a direct message from God that your efforts in a critical area will soon be rewarded! You’re excited… Are you ready for your marching orders now? Imagine that his next download to your brain is this: “Take action today on that excellent thought you just had.” That’s a pretty straight forward simple command. Are you ready to take his command to heart?
Practical tips for overcoming deception in today's dark world
The Bible has a lot to say about avoiding deception and renewing our minds with the purity of truth and righteousness, which is a right standing with our Creator and Savior. In today’s world the person who truly wants to follow Jesus and be led by the Holy Spirit has a great challenge to sort out the influences in his life that can potentially be very dangerous. It takes prayerful work and spiritual discernment to make the best choices.
The sad reality of how non-discerning people are led astray
Have you ever wondered why there is such a vicious and never-ending war being waged against God-made non-toxic food, wholesome natural supplements, and alternative forms of healthcare and disease prevention? Have you ever wondered why an equally intense war is directed against those who profess faith in Jesus Christ?
The Bible clearly warns us to beware of mind-controlling influences in society.
How does truth fit into our deliberate action plan to reclaim our legacy? I believe that we live in a generation that is struggling to rediscover the timeless reality that we all pass on a legacy. The only real legacy we have to pass on to our children is a legacy of truth: Truth about life; truth about God; truth that we invest into their future to give them hope.
Rather than just living day to day for life’s fleeting pleasures, a legacy-minded man or woman deliberately considers life as a gift not to be wasted. Don’t you think that the really important things of life are deliberately developed and ‘invested’ in the light of a multi-generational perspective? This is what seems to be missing so often today. If you are investing for a future dividend, it has to be invested beyond your own limited vision of what you can do now and in the near future. It’s going to be invested in light of the next generation. (more…)
How to have delight in the Lord and experience His providential guidance
What really counts for achieving the success, the goals, aspirations and dreams that God has put in your heart for your life?
“Without passion, purpose and persistence, no amount of confidence talent and ability will lead to outstanding success.” (Hilton Johnson, business Trainer)
The only thing I might add to that statement is the phrase, “in anything.”
King Solomon wisely advised,
“Whatever you do, do it with thy might.” That means, put your strength into it. Put your passion and heart into it. My father taught me one of my most memorable impressions, saying: “If you’re going to do anything, do it well.”
Does the number 95 mean anything special to you… Especially in the light of the month of October?
When you think about what happened just 500 years ago in Germany – 95 points of discussion were posted on the community bulletin board, a church door – a lowly monk unintentionally set in motion a sequence of events that changed the world more than any other single action by a human being since the resurrection of Christ.
My missionary friend in South Africa, Dr. Peter Hammond, has provided for us profound insights that can impact our priorities for generations to come if we’ll take them to heart.(more…)