For Debra Peek-Haynes, First Lady and wife of Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, senior pastor of Dallas megachurch Friendship West Baptist, ministry is a journey that started in her mother’s womb. She was born into a pastor’s home in New Jersey. While her father led the church, her mother was both first lady and a social worker. “I grew up in a home that was about ministry and aspiring to do the things you felt led to do,” she explains.
Understanding the responsibility and living it are two separate and specific steps men must act upon. In fact, God places a call on each man to be the patriarch of his family by providing, protecting (warrior), and loving his family well. Many men stumble their way through as family leaders because understanding the role of husband, father, and leader is learned behavior and must be taught by a father or mentor.
If you are dry, dissatisfied, spiritually thirsty, confused or burdened, drink from Jesus Christ. Be refreshed, then go and refresh others. Are you spiritually dry? Do you need a refreshing from Almighty God in some way?
One day, you wake up to the realization that the fervor is gone. It did not disappear overnight; it just crept up on you, slowly and surely. Church becomes boring. Probably your prayers were taking too long to be answered
What exactly are these darts? We see them first in Genesis 49:23: They are called Archers. They shoot destructive thoughts and unbelief into the hearts of the righteous to destroy their foundation of faith in Christ. They do not go after failures but those who have the potential to succeed.
Rev. Billy Graham died at 7:46 a.m. Wednesday, and was found by his longtime assistant, David Bruce, who then called Graham's son, the Rev. Franklin Graham, who was in Dallas. There were no family members present. "It was described by his nurse and doctor as a very peaceful passing," said Mark DeMoss ...
Anthony Borges, a 15-year-old high school soccer player did something so brave and noble in the valley of the shadow of death. He used his own body to shield his classmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland during a gunman’s February 14th rampage that killed 17 people.
Mary Nkirote, a domestic violence survivor from Kenya, recently shared her story of marital bliss gone sour and deadly. Her husband did the unthinkable but to God be the glory, she is able to share and encourage others with her experience.
There are many similar and different thoughts (religious, scientific, medical, social, educational, etc.) on the issue of whether masturbation is a vice or virtue. My purpose here is to examine what the Bible has to say since it is the final authoritative word for us Christians.
Battling any addiction can be difficult, whether it is an alcohol addiction, drug addiction, gambling addiction, or food addiction. You may feel trapped, and that there is no hope. You may have even tried to get free from your addiction numerous times, and failed each time to stay clean. It is possible with each failed attempt, you are now feeling hopeless.
Many of us, being women of God, strive at being the “Virtuous Woman”. We are the wife, mother, and companion to our immediate families. Not to mention, the homemaker, taxi cab driver, and all of the other extra activities that go along with the job. In contrast, there are many women who back away from this passage of scripture, because they feel that her shoes are too big to walk in.
It is a devastating experience when a loved one commits suicide. Dealing with the death of one close to you is difficult but the thought that this person has chosen to end their own life has its own grief pathway and in many ways is more difficult to resolve. It involves dealing with negative self characterizations such as the thought that there is something wrong with my family. Suicide also affects the entire family and each person's has his/her unique experience with it.
Bullying can have devastating effects on young and old ones alike. Fighting back physically is never an option. hence the need to learn how to beat a bully without using your fists.
Last weekend, the final movie in the revolting Fifty Shades of Grey franchise hit screens. The third and last chapter of this sick soap opera is over. And we are left scratching our heads as we ponder why films that glorify sexual abuse and sadistic bondage are still popular.
If someone had told me 12 years ago that I was going to end up marrying a homeless alcoholic, I would have presumed they were mad. But that’s what happened. I was 30 years old, happily single, with a successful career as a writer, when I fell in love with a man who lived in a bush.
Finding freedom from our OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) involves facing fears, accepting obsessions, surrendering our anxieties to God, believing in the truth, and finally, postponing ritualizing thoughts. If we courageously do all this, we can experience more and more victories from this illness – if we only habitually choose to stay connected to the Vine.
World-renowned sports physician Larry Nassar is a typical example of a molester who is skillful at his art of molestation. He is so skilled that he has successfully molested over 265 women. Now, these are known cases. He served as a sports doctor for the Michigan State University and the USA Gymnastics.
If you want a better life than the one you currently live, one of the greatest things you could ever learn is this: NOTHING will change unless YOU CHANGE. Things will never get better until YOU decide to get better. Until YOU decide to learn more, to work harder, to work smarter, to change your daily habits, to eliminate negative influences.
There has been an avalanche of thoughts expressed on the issue of sex dolls since they gained new, unrivaled popularity such as has not been seen since their inception. Social media was a sound tool in the propagation of this “felony” as considered by the female folk.
The Calvinist preacher stirred up a hornet's nest when he said on his "Ask Pastor John" podcast that women should never be allowed to teach seminary classes. Piper said: "If it is unbiblical to have women as pastors, how can it be biblical to have women who function in formal teaching and mentoring capacities to train and fit pastors for the very calling from which the mentors themselves are excluded?"
Bullying can be addressed on your end. How? Build your teenagers' self-confidence! The kind of confidence derived not from having all their whims so they could be "in", but one that comes from having good values enough for them to stand proud even if they are lacking in material things.
Anger and resentment drains your energy, and keeps you imprisoned by your past. By choosing to let go of your hurt and anger, you give yourself the freedom to fully experience joy in life. Anger builds inside us, so by letting go, you improve your ability to control your anger. We've all seen the person who blows up at the smallest incident. It is the accumulation of built up anger that is unreleased that causes this explosion.
By Ezekiel Olukolajo And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam […]
Undergraduate engineering students of John Hopkins University customized a stroller for Karam Tarazi, a 6 year old boy who is suffering from a rare, progressive genetic disease that has damaged his nervous system. As a result, he lacks muscle control, can’t walk nor talk, and has some other physical challenges.
Procrastination, the habit of putting off until later what can be done today, even now, is a growing menace. Do you find yourself relegating tasks to the background just because you feel you are pressured, and waiting until later when there is even more pressure?
As a single Christian man, enlightenment came a little late to me in my bachelor days and at age 36 I was still single. When I found out that my kid brother, 6 years younger than me just had his first-born, life's harsh realities somehow got into my senses. I'm not getting any younger, and my old friends and contemporaries aren't with me any longer and are busy with their own lives. So, there's not much fun anymore. Time really flies so swiftly. It dawned on me that I really have to set my priorities right otherwise I might miss the boat.
Do what you want to do and be truly happy. Who cares what people think of you. It's no one's business what you choose to do. Make sure that what you do is as great as you believe it to be; no one has to agree or disagree with it. Just be committed to providing a contribution and your happiness is already fulfilled.
Infatuation deprives you of sound judgment. I knew that Dan was seeing my friend Amy, but it didn't stop me from wishing it was me he was dating instead of her. In fact, I felt angry with Amy for dating him. After all, she was supposed to be my friend.