Let’s Not Pray for What We Deserve

Let’s Not Pray for What We Deserve

Jan 28, 2016

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, what we have seen over the course...

Infidelity: Surviving Sexual Temptation

Infidelity: Surviving Sexual Temptation

Aug 30, 2015

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 with the frequent...

How to “Emotionally-Affair-Proof” Your Marriage

How to “Emotionally-Affair-Proof” Your Marriage

Nov 14, 2013

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...

When Heroes Fall

When Heroes Fall

Nov 1, 2013

This has been a hard week for many in the Reformed and conservative Christian community. A man who was viewed in much of the homeschooling world as a pillar of honor, and who championed positions that many of us hold dear, has confessed to a grievous sin. Not only has this undoubtedly crushed his dear wife and children, but countless families across the globe...

Bitterness: An Addiction of the Soul

Bitterness: An Addiction of the Soul

Aug 9, 2013

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 defiled…” (Hebrews...

Think – and Pray – Before You Click

Think – and Pray – Before You Click

Feb 7, 2012

  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 that this was a Facebook virus that had...

Appreciating Teachable Moments

Appreciating Teachable Moments

Nov 30, 2011

  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 particular video that was making...

Cursing: I’m So Angry I Could

Cursing: I’m So Angry I Could

Feb 3, 2011

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. Sadly, about a third of the way through, we were...

Pride: When Will We Ever Learn?

Pride: When Will We Ever Learn?

Dec 2, 2010

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 to enjoy the evening meal and some stimulating conversation. I...

Being Thankful

Being Thankful

Nov 20, 2010

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 I appreciate the season...