Archive for August, 2010
“For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” (Proverbs 23:7) “Self-esteem is a term used in psychology to reflect a person’s overall evaluation or appraisal of his or her own worth” (Wikipedia).
What you think about yourself will affect what you believe, your mindset, and how you will live your life. Parents can help or hinder you from having the proper basis of self esteem by how they raised you, but God has ultimately given you the responsibility to choose.
Those who have low self esteem will likely be critical of themselves and think they are useless to do anything right. On the other hand, those who think too highly of themselves will likely be arrogant, boastful, and conceited. The Bible warns against both extremes.
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by Jeff Smith
The actor in the old western would kick back his chair, leap to his feet and growl, “Them’s fightin’ words.”
What followed usually involved fisticuffs, firearms and deliciously violent choreography. Someone ended up with a bloody nose or worse. John Wayne always survived to fight another day. Which he always did.
While the Old West is gone, its ways persist today, especially in the streets and playgrounds where young people and the young, not at heart, but in mind, congregate and settle their disputes. Not surprisingly, their vocabularies are filled with fighting words. Insults, jabs and epithets are slung about and the usual response is to ratchet up the vitriol until it boils over and a fight is joined.
While the children of God are rarely… Continue reading
by Joe R. Price
A poll earlier this month showed 18% of Americans believe President Barack Obama is a Muslim, up from 11% in March 2009. 43% of people say they don’t know his religion. “’The president is obviously a Christian. He prays every day,’ said White House spokesman Bill Burton’” (White House says Obama is Christian, prays daily, Alan Fram, AP Writer).
Well, that settles it; praying every day makes you a Christian! (Not so, remember Cornelius, Acts 10:1-2.) Should we conclude from this statement that all praying people are Christians? No. Burton could have just as logically said, “The president is obviously a Muslim. He prays every day”! People with all sorts of faith pray. Shall we conclude that since Muslims pray five times a day they are… Continue reading
by Jerry Fite
The popular agenda for churches today is to attract the most people. Let us be-come 5,000 strong as the early church in Jerusalem is the clarion call. Souls will be encouraged more in a large assembly rather than by small insignificant numbers. While reaching the most souls is commendable, the goal of God is that souls be sound and healthy, not feeling good in a crowd. … Continue reading
by Joe R. Price
The homosexuals of Sodom surrounded Lot’s house insisting he bring out his two visitors “that we may know them” (Gen 19:5). This was not a request to show kindness; it was a demand to satisfy their sinful lust (Jude 7).… Continue reading