Let’s Not Pray for What We Deserve

Originally written for the Illinois Family Institute, an organization worthy of your prayers and support.   by Rev. James M. McDonald There is no doubt about it, many of us are hoping that 2016 will bring real change. Remembering back to the mantras of 2008, there were those who were anticipating “hope and change.” However, Read more about Let’s Not Pray for What We Deserve[…]

Infidelity: Surviving Sexual Temptation

Originally published in 2011 It is certainly an understatement to say that we live in a sex saturated society. Indecency, immodesty, and the general acceptance of sexual immorality assault the Christian through all forms of media: magazines, billboards, and the 24/7 blitzkrieg of cable television and video on demand, to name a few. Couple this Read more about Infidelity: Surviving Sexual Temptation[…]

Affirmations on Marriage and Sexuality

We, the Session of Providence Church, have undertaken a study on the topic of the marriage and sexuality, considering the resulting implications of this institution on our church and our families. A summary of this is presented below in a series of affirmations, followed by a series of resolutions. It is our prayer these affirmations Read more about Affirmations on Marriage and Sexuality[…]

Honoring Your Parents When You’re All Grown Up

Family Battles One of the most familiar verses on spiritual warfare is Ephesians 6:12, where we learn that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood. And yet, while we read that verse and meditate upon its meaning, some of us are confronted with the reality that it seems we do indeed wrestle with flesh Read more about Honoring Your Parents When You’re All Grown Up[…]

Standing for the Right to Live

Psalm 139:13-16: For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the Read more about Standing for the Right to Live[…]

How to “Emotionally-Affair-Proof” Your Marriage

Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. ~ Hebrews 13:4 The news of yet another Christian leader publicly acknowledging his resignation from service because of sinful activity has brought a renewed level of introspection.  Specifically, many men have been looking in the mirror, searching their hearts, and Read more about How to “Emotionally-Affair-Proof” Your Marriage[…]