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Posted 4/21/14 at 11:00 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Joe McKeever
Six of the finest young people on this planet happen to be our granddaughters. Margaret and I are blessed beyond measure.
In order of their arrival into our lives, they are Leah Carla, Jessica Mae, Abigail Rebecca, Erin Elizabeth, Darilyn Samantha, and JoAnne Lauren. They are as pretty and sweet as their names.
Sometimes, when I’m in the car with one of you, I will raise the question: “How do you choose a husband? What kind of man will you marry some day?”
Now is the time for you to be thinking of this. In fact, you should have been giving this thought for some time now. Leah, senior member of this sextet, is 25 and little sis JoAnne is the youngest at 16.
First, whom to avoid. Run from these types just as fast as you can, as far as you get… FULL POST
Posted 4/20/14 at 9:15 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By: eHarmony Advice & Dr. Ken Druck
We all have "baggage." It comes with being human — and with having relationships.
By age 18, most of us have discovered that relationships can be a source of great joy, satisfaction and meaning when our needs for love, affection and companionship are met. Or a source of heartache and sorrow when they’re not. FULL POST
Posted 4/19/14 at 9:51 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |
By: eHarmony Advice
A good profile makes all the difference, guys. Here are some must-haves for yours.
When someone is having issues with getting matches, it is often times because their settings are just too restrictive. Take another look at them, and consider being more flexible. If you are confused – eHarmony’s Customer Care team is great at helping with your eHarmony profile! FULL POST
Posted 4/18/14 at 3:02 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Stephen Altrogge
Why is it that apocalyptic movies, books, and video games are so popular right now? Every other day, a new zombie apocalypse video game is being released. Piles and piles of end-of-the-world novels have been written in recent years. The National Geographic Channel airs a show called “Doomsday Preppers”, in which men and women build bunkers and teach their children to fire semi-automatic rifles. The Left Behind book series sold hundreds of millions of copies. Recently, Hollywood has released Contagion, World War Z, Battle: Los Angeles, Oblivion, Pacific Rim, and countless other apocalyptic movies.
I think one reason the apocalypse is such a popular theme is that it doesn’t require a big stretch of the imagination. Face it: life is really, really hard, people can be really, really bad, and it often looks like the world is falling apart. Russia is invading Ukraine. BP is pumping millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. A young man walks into a school and kills twenty young children. A friend gets cancer. A child is diagnosed with autism. We are constantly teetering on the edge of the apocalypse as it is. FULL POST
Posted 4/18/14 at 9:50 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By: eHarmony Advice
How do you know if your partner is "the one" for you? While some "just know," most people said there were certain signs which clued them in…here’s some dating advice we discovered when we asked numerous couples.
It is so disappointing when we find someone -- and our friends and family are lukewarm in their reception of them at best. When the people who know you best are in complete support of your relationship, they will let you know. And you will likely know that this person is very good for you ... and may be "the one." FULL POST
Posted 4/17/14 at 5:41 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Phillip Jensen
Which dangerous idea has the greatest potential to change the world for the better?
This was a question put to the panellists at the end of a QandA show during the “Festival of Dangerous Ideas” last year.
One of the panellists asked time to think of an answer. That, in itself, is an extraordinary event in a show that censors anything above a sound bite.
The atheist homosexual panellist launched into his dangerous idea that “abortion should be mandatory” for 30 years to reduce the population.
The feminist, Germaine Greer expressed nothing new – just “freedom”.
When the compere asked Peter Hitchens, his answer clearly startled the others. “The most dangerous idea in human history and philosophy remains the belief that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and rose from the dead and that is the most dangerous idea you will ever encounter.” FULL POST
Posted 4/17/14 at 4:19 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices |
By David Murray
“Will you be my friend?”
When was the last time you said this or were asked this?
If you’re male, probably aged eight or thereabouts.
Could you even begin to imagine asking it as an adult? What would you do if another man asked you this? Start running?
Over at Salon, Mark Greene asks why men are so bad at making friends with one another. Most of Mark’s answers are based on sociology but here are some of my own answers.
We’re too busy: Deep friendships take time, lots of time, lots of time doing nothing terribly productive but just being together, talking, and listening. Who’s got time for that in today’s busy world? FULL POST
Posted 4/17/14 at 10:52 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |
By Joe McKeever
(This is for pastors on the subject of sermon preparation.)
The most vulnerable time for any sermon is in the couple of days prior to its delivery.
At those times, the pastor does not need to be getting criticism or additional input from helpers (like myself!) or further ideas from deep study. This is when he needs to be putting the finishing touches on his message and getting it ready for delivery.
The first part of the week….
Early in the week–unless the pastor is such a rarity that almost none of this applies to him–he should have nailed down his subject and text for Sunday’s sermon. He should know the “one big idea” the Lord wants communicated. And he should have a general idea where he’s going with this sermon. FULL POST
Posted 4/16/14 at 5:19 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By David Murray
Nothing is more important for the long-term health of a Church than its preaching, and nothing more impacts preaching than a preacher’s view of the Bible.
1. The Bible is the Word of God
If we don’t believe that the Bible is the Word of God, we will put human opinion and our own ideas on the same level as the Bible.
If we believe the Bible is the Word of God, we will treat it with reverence and respect. We will not dare to treat any other book or any human opinion on the same level.
2. The Bible is Inspired by God
If we don’t believe that every word of Scripture was inspired by God, we will not spend much time looking at the individual words in the Bible. We’ll tend to skim over the surface paying little attention to the details of the biblical text. FULL POST
Posted 4/16/14 at 11:43 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |
By Joe McKeever
“And Moses said, ‘Who me, Lord? I’ve not been to seminary. I didn’t even finish college. The other preachers won’t respect me. Pulpit committees won’t have anything to do with me. There’s a bounty on me back in Egypt. I stutter a lot, and tend to freeze up in front of groups. You’ve clearly dialed a wrong number, Lord.”
“And God said, ‘Shut up and listen.’” (My rather free version of Exodus 3-4.)
“The Lord can’t use a nothing nobody like me.”
Ever heard that? Ever said it?
Repent, sinner. You underestimate God! (And you might be overestimating your own importance in the equation.) FULL POST