Our Standard of Gratitude

What the Bible says about thankfulness has nothing to do with attitude

Gratitude is a moral standard of the highest excellence. It is a sentiment of kindness, love, and goodwill towards someone who has helped us.

 

For the believer, it was Jesus Christ who has helped us escape an eternity of judgment through the blood He spilled on Calvary and His resurrection to secure our salvation.

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What My Children Taught Me About Halloween

How the floundering church affects the witness of Christ

It was Halloween. I drove my kids with me to pick up some of our favorite chicken for dinner. Along our way, we drove past a local church—once a Baptist church, now rebranded as a community church. We noticed banners, loud music, inflatables, games, and an enormous amount of foot and car traffic crossing the streets near where we live. This spectacle was an announcement of their annual fall festival. According to their church’s social media account, they had over two thousand people in attendance this year!

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Day of the Dead: A Day Celebrating a Curse

Why Day of the Dead beckons the wrestling with principalities

Every year on November 2, the first thing that comes to my mind is Day of the Dead. During this time of year especially—whether you take it lightly, or take it with great caution—the unfruitful works of darkness come out in full force to pull the wool over the eyes of all who do not believe in the Lord. The enemy is equally clever at persuading believers to compromise their faith and warm up to his deceptions. Because we know that God has given Satan power over the earth, we need to be more vigilant now more than ever before.

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The Unlikely Friend

Here are character traits that we’re better off avoiding.

It wasn’t too long ago that my daughter, aged 6, came home from spending a weekend at Abuela’s. She ran down the list of all the fun things she did and concluded that she had a new friend that she played at the local park with. I thought to myself, friend…really?  Highly unlikely.

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Finding Rest in a Saturated World of Calamity and Heartache

How one Psalm can bring stillness to our soul.

This week, I’ve been feeling a bit blue. There are headlines in every turn of the social stream, in every hashtag of sorts, in every bulletin, television app, or post. We are saturated with media and heartache. We are witnessing the calamities of others right before our eyes.

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