Author: Ian

Four Steps for Creating a Personal Mission Statement

Nearly everyone who has accomplished something with his or her life has been a person of purpose. Even as we study the Bible, we find that the ones God used the most were often those who had a clear life purpose and strong commitment to that vision. Take Joshua for example, one of the greatest leaders God raised up to bring the nation of Israel into the promised land. Always a man of purpose, Joshua proclaimed “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).  Josiah, one of the greatest kings to rule Judah, purposed...

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Vote With a Clear Conscience

  America is a morally decaying country. The “new morality” of the 1960’s and ‘70’s brought sexual “freedom” to America, accompanied by the legalization of abortion and the subsequent ending of nearly 60 million lives to date. In more recent days, the LGBT movement has forcibly accrued cultural power and continues to viciously stomp out any disagreement with their campaign to end any kind of moral restraint. The totalitarianism of the anti-culture, is evident when state governments and multi-billion dollar corporations like Target compromise the safety and privacy of the majority in favor of the perverted lifestyle of 0.3 percent of the...

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Self Evaluation and Spiritual Growth

Most people don’t like tests. Some people suffer from test anxiety and have a hard time performing well under the pressure of  a test. Sometimes tests can seem pointless.  Like the student in the cartoon, you might ask, “What does this have to do with the rest of my life?” Although tests in schoolwork may not seem very helpful at times, evaluation is crucial for any kind of personal development. I’m not talking about paper-and-pencil standardized tests. What is far more important than any paper test you will ever take is something called self evaluation. I’m talking about taking a...

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The Rise of the American Despot

Many Americans are afraid. They are afraid that their way of life is being taken away by ISIS, outsourcing, political correctness, and increasing ethnic/racial diversity. They are afraid of becoming the marginalized minority. They are afraid of losing the American dream. So they are looking for a leader who they think will destroy their enemies. They don’t much care how he does it or what atrocities he commits in the process. They just want to protect their comfortable lifestyle by any means possible. They are not confident that normal democratic processes or “establishment candidates” will do the job, so they turn to someone...

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Right Motivations for Spiritual Growth

As we’ve been discussing intentional spiritual growth, we laid the foundation by focusing on the great commandment — loving God — as the most important priority of any Christian. Then we took the concept to the practical level, discussing what it means to make God first priority in our lives.  We have been careful to maintain the theological tension in our emphasis on balancing discipline and delight in spiritual growth. This is because, while spiritual discipline is biblical, it is meaningless apart from the right heart attitude. The Importance of the Heart Here’s what the Bible has to say about...

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