via BCNN1: Dana Isaiah Thomas, husband to “American Idol” alum Jordin Sparks, is releasing a powerful new devotional tackling issues all young adults face, from sexual temptation and social media to busyness and betrayal. With a foreword from Christian rap/hip hop artist Lecrae, A Higher Calling: Claiming God’s Best for Your Life includes 31 “mini chapter” devotions […]

Organizations, businesses, groups, and institutions around the world all participate in strategic planning.  When it works right, it is a wonderful process that clearly defines the end result that each organization expects.  For people it is a tedious process that requires a lot of time, resources, and effort that involves rallying the troops long enough […]

  In its simplest form, growth involves transformation. It usually comes as a result of something changing, something evolving, something expanding, something forming. Growth sometimes takes place quickly and seemingly effortlessly, due to the rapid succession of processes; but at other times it is slow and painful. Now I don’t know what it takes for […]

This week’s topic: Resurrection Although the concept of ‘resurrection’ was not unheard of two thousand years ago, it had never quite occurred the way it did for Jesus. Though the Bible records several instances where the dead had been brought back to life, each occurrence involved the mediation of someone in the earthly realm, whether […]

    Jesus assures us that the only way to live a righteous life is by not only hearing His words, but obeying them also.  It is in the section of the book of Matthew that Jesus tries to convince the listener to grasp the importance of faith in Christ.  It is through Christ that […]

  This week’s topic: God’s Guidance As the mother of a very intelligent 3 year old and an infant, I can attest that there is a different behavioral tolerance for both ages. My highly verbal toddler can communicate her needs, while my infant obviously cannot. Therefore, my expectations of each of them vary based on […]

Brutal and inhumane, scary in its stance, the Cross was carved to represent death. It was hewn by human hands to serve punishment and execute wrath upon its victim. As a child, I didn’t understand the Cross. My young mind could not fathom the level of brutality that would drive nails into the hands and […]

As we were exiting the department store, I watched one of my toddlers struggle to hold the door open for a stranger. When I explained to him that I would help him, he boldly told me, “Daddy, I’ve got it…” To be totally honest with you, I was amazed and curious as to why my […]

  Every moment of the day, each decision you make, every choice and every thought is a chance to produce fragrant fruit. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians he passionately gives them counsel on how to live freely and solely motivated by God’s Spirit. We often need these types of firm reminders because we are […]

  Much of our lives are built around what we want.  We drive vehicles because that’s what we wanted.  We dress in ways that makes us feel better about ourselves.  We eat custom ordered meals catering to our taste buds.  We live in houses that are complete with all of our toys and technologies that […]

  This week’s topic: The Power Of The Tongue “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:16 The Swine Flu is not the only thing you catch at work. Turns out you are just as likely to catch […]

  This week’s topic: The Holy Spirit A few weeks ago, while visiting a restaurant that so many people had rave reviews about, I tried one of the signature dishes that had been the talk of the town. On this specific day, as I tested out the dish (trusting the word of mouth satisfaction offered […]