The REAL Catholic Church Dilemma
The REAL Catholic Church Dilemma is one they cannot resolve. Watch the video; see what even a Catholic is saying about homosexual scandals within the Catholic Church, even in the Vatican! But the only process by which the changes needed can happen is to teach, apply and live by biblical principles. The Catholic Church cannot -- WILL not -- ever do that. For to do so would make Catholics like the Evangelical Bible Christians the Catholic Church opposes. Read more...
Is It Right?
I read this recently in Dr. Norman Campbell's Blog. Too good not to pass along: George Washington said, "Few men have enough virtue to withstand the highest bidder." Yet that's what we must do to develop the kind of character that will sustain us. It's not easy to do the right thing when: (a) It
Contentment: How Much Is Enough?
Contentment is not natural, but it can be learned One writer had this to say: We spend more… but we have less We buy more… but we enjoy it less We have bigger houses… and smaller families We have more conveniences… but less time We have multiplied our posessions… but reduced our values We have
Delight: The Goal of Scripture Memory
Do you get it? Can you see it? This "delight" thing is a benefit that God is offering to us. But as with most of Gods offers, it seems to contradict our experience and our common sense.
Giving Thanks to the Father
Jan Smith - November 26, 2008 I recall a story once about a young woman who was showing off her new kitchen to her grandmother. The kitchen was bright and spacious, and had all the latest gadgets and appliances. After taking it all in, the older woman asked her granddaughter to name the one thing
Your Father Knows What You Need
if we whine about how much gasoline costs, do we not betray our unbelief in a God who provides?
Work With All Your Heart
Jan Smith - 03/10/2008 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men" (Colossians 3:23) The essence of a genuine Christian spirit is this: how do we behave when nobody is watching? I thought about that as I left for work this morning. I had just
He Will Keep Me Safe In His Dwelling
Jan Smith - 02/26/2008 - 8:05 AM I just finished today's reading from "Still Higher for His Highest", a book of daily devotional readings by Oswald Chambers. Here's what I read: "Set Upon a Rock" For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the
You Must Be Born Again
How I despised that phrase: "born-again"! Like squeaky blackboard chalk, it grated on my sensibilities. I knew people who said they were born again. As far as I could tell, most were pompous, holier-than-thou people claiming some sort of spiritual superiority. I was making a mistake a lot of people make: dismissing the message because
Your faith has made you well – sequel
Jan Smith - 02/08/2008 I wrote recently about how God healed my feet and ankles of pain I've had since Army training long ago. That really happened, right in church, and right during a church service. I realized that my "alleged" healing was not nearly as dramatic as -- for instance -- someone being totally
Your faith has made you well
Your faith has made you well! How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news The psalmist wrote: Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what He has done for me." (Psalm 66:16) With that thought in mind, let me tell you what God did for
How To Have A Marriage That Is “Not Quickly Broken”
Jan Smith - 01/24/2008 In a previous blog entry, I said I wanted to share some of the Biblical principles I have learned, and the accompanying notes I've written in the margins of my Bible. Here's one that is very special to me because it involves my own family. On July 20, 2007, it was
Notes from I Corinthians 1
Jan Smith - 01/22/2008 My bible is filled with notes I've written in the margins, in the white space between paragraphs and in those blank spaces at the end of a chapter. I've been writing those notes for many years. Most of the notes are not dated, so I don't know exactly when I wrote
I came to send fire on the earth
Jan Smith - 01/20/2008 Jesus said, "I came to send fire on the earth..." (Luke 12:49). That verse came to my mind this morning. I begin each day with my Bible. Sometimes I lose track of time and discover that an hour or more has gone by. When I was working every day, I'd get