With all the choices available to us in modern life, it's getting harder to focus on what's important. Recently an exeprience with a teenager helped me rethink my level of committment.


The Law of Attraction

What if God causes us to be blessed, not only for our obedience, but also for our attitude. What if a positive attitude draws blessings? What if, in addition to personally passing out blessings, God also created a universe that simply works well for those who are aligned with His own nature and behavior?


The Beatitudes – 7 – Peacemakers

We read in Isaiah 9:7 that at Christ's return, "Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end." Taking that down to practical reality, it also figures that God places a high value on our ability to be peacemakers. In the Beatitudes Jesus tells us, "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God." His statement begs two questions: How do we become peacemakers, and how do we become children of God?


Beatitudes – 6 – Pure in Heart

In the 6th Beatitude Jesus tells us we need to be pure in heart. What is that exactly? Some think of it as being good. But there’s more to it than that. It’s been said there are only two ways of life – God’s way and our way. In James 4:8 we are told, “Purify your hearts, you double-minded.”


The Beatitudes – 5 – Mercy

The previous Beatitude tells us that we must hunger and thirst for righteousness. People who have that hunger realize they are not yet righteous. They are aware of their own failings. They don't see a division between themselves and the unrighteous; they don't think better of themselves; they realize they are in need of mercy; and they consequently tend to treat others in a softer, more merciful way.


The Beatitudes – 4 – Hungering for Righteousness

Most Christians know that Jesus, in the Beatitudes. tells us that if we want to be successful with God the desire to do good, or be righteous, must triumph in the struggle between good and evil. Most Christians might not know, however, that the ability to hunger for righteousness comes from accomplishing the three preceding beatitudes.


Parenting for Faith – 5 – Choice

God has given humans free will. Consequently, allowing our children to make choices is important. They need to make lots of their own choices, in order to get ready to be adults. This presentation, Choice, is about the freedom our children need to develop. It contains specific strategies to enhance their life experience and faith in God.


Parenting for Faith – 4 – Extension

Most Christians know that God has sent us out into the world to set an example and thereby positively affect those around us. We are the light of the world, Jesus tells us. How do we prepare our children for that God-ordained role? This presentation provides concrete suggestions and examples to help our children extend themselves in a positive way into the world around them


Evangelism and Youth

Guy Swenson presented, at the Lake Tahoe LifeResource Ministries Feast in 2009, Evangelism and Youth, a powerful example showing how to fire up young people for Jesus Christ.


Adults Honoring Parents 1

The Commandment tells us, "Honor your father and your mother." But how does an adult honor a parent that is hurtful or negative? The first of this two-part presentation, Adults Honoring Parents 1, examines what the Bible tells us and offers concrete help.


Fiery Darts

We've known Christians who see demons around every corner, so to speak. These folks often play the "discernment card," believing that their spiritual discernment is greater than that of others, when it could just as easily be the reverse. How does the Devil work in the world today?s To learn more, order Fiery Darts now.


Advantages of NCD

The Churches of God want to grow. But there is something that must come first — congregational health. Natural Church Development is an approach to church health that fits any church, even yours. Advantages of NCD is introductory material for the Church Health series.