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[…]

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[…]

Bitterness: An Addiction of the Soul

Originally written in August, 2010. This is one I need to reread again and again… “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become Read more about Bitterness: An Addiction of the Soul[…]

Think – and Pray – Before You Click

  Brothers, I am writing to you, men and young men, with great sadness, and with great concern. This morning, after I did my review of various Facebook statuses for the folks I follow, I noted a pastor’s status that portrayed an immoral scene and included a suggestive link “for more details.” Now, I recognized Read more about Think – and Pray – Before You Click[…]

Appreciating Teachable Moments

  Each evening, our family gathers together at the dinner table to enjoy the evening meal and some stimulating conversation. This evening was typical. Discussions ranged from shopping adventures, the wild weather we’ve had, and birthday dinners. Then, one of my daughters brought up a new topic. She asked me if I had seen a Read more about Appreciating Teachable Moments[…]

Cursing: I’m So Angry I Could

My wife and I recently decided to watch a movie that had been recommended by a Christian conservative review service. The children were tucked away in bed; so, we settled down with some popcorn, all ready to enjoy some alone time. It was supposed to be a lighthearted comedy with a pretty solid Christian worldview. Read more about Cursing: I’m So Angry I Could[…]

Pride: When Will We Ever Learn?

This is based on an article I wrote a while back on the subject of being teachable and the danger of pride. Since I often need to be reminded of this issue myself, I thought I would share these thoughts again. Misery loves company, right? Each evening, our family gathers together at the dinner table Read more about Pride: When Will We Ever Learn?[…]

Being Thankful

Philippians 4:6-7: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. I know I have said it before, but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. While Read more about Being Thankful[…]