Isn't it astounding what dramatic spiritual experiences some people can have, yet after the initial excitement, remain unchanged? We are not told about the bearded men who surprised Mary as she nursed the baby Jesus, yet how many looked upon the very Christ of God and walked away unchanged? Angels shouted praises regarding the newborn Lord, and He has accomplished His glorious mission; but to billions, His name means nothing. What about you? Are you with the shepherds who absolutely must see this baby who is God, or are you with those who don't consider this something for which you should rouse yourself?
When you speak about Jesus, to whom do you attach the name? Who is he? The angels speaking to the shepherds explains who he is. He is the Saviour, the Messiah, the Lord. Ask yourself, what it is about Jesus that you love. Sadly, the answer to that...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Hurting in Hope has rapidly developed a reputation for deeply affecting the hearts of it's readers. The narrower application I had envisioned, has overrun its banks and the nourishing flow has, by the grace of God, resulted in fruit in hearts. I...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Death swaggers in and devastates. It snatches away that which is most precious to you, leaving a smouldering wasteland in its place. Not a facet of your life remains untouched by its charring hand. Death drains colour and joy from your...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Overview of Marriage and Family Topics Seminars in August and September, 2014 In August and September Strengthening Ministries Training Institute will be conducting some seminars that are designed to help Christians deal biblically and practically...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Dr. Wayne Mack
Dr. Wayne Mack, Director of Strengthening Ministries International. Professor of Biblical Counseling at Grace School of Ministry in South Africa (October to...
You may have discovered that people can make some cruel remarks to those in grief. A good example of this would be the two people, from different social circles, who listened, on separate occasions, to the news that my wife had died. These two men...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
The husband-wife relationship is permanent while the parent-child relationship is temporary. This is the biblical principle upon which healthy marriages and homes are nurtured. Parents groom their children for useful, God-honouring adulthood, as...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
The first man who had seated himself at the adjacent table in the elegant restaurant in which I sat, appeared to be a gentleman. Well dressed, friendly toward the waitress, otherwise quiet. Before long, he became more animated when another man...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
What does a man say to God when God comes to him to tell him that with one blow, he is about to take away his wife? What makes this even more thought provoking is that the man of whom we speak, was probably only in his mid thirties. He had also...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
A few days after my wife's death, one morning, I was making the bed, when my foot knocked against something on the floor. Lifting up the corner of the blanket, my eyes fell upon something painfully familiar; tucked under the bed, a pair of her...[ abbreviated | read entire ]