The following articles are related to the topic of GIVING

But Be of Good Cheer, I Have Overcome the World

Jesus said, "In this world you will have tribulation ..." (John 16:33). Most of us, though, have positive expectations for the future. But what if life is not as we had hoped it would be? How do we manage the unexpected, and the not-so-desirable turn of events? We cannot know the future, but we certainly know this - we will ... read more »

Follow Christ or Go to Hell

I suppose "The Bliss of Following Jesus," would have been more of a positive title. Or maybe "The Benefits of Discipleship" would have been tactful. There is a time, however, for unmistakable clarity. Let me ask you this: if you have only three months to live without medical intervention, what do you want the doctor to say? If your child ... read more »

Testing the Spirits

The power of the public speaker is enormous. Who can forget the swelling pride of the British during their darkest hour as they were led to the battle with the words of Churchill? Or the tremendous impact of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg? Even those who are not great orators wield significant influence over their listening audience. The bumbling Marshal Applewhite ... read more »

Three Prayers of Thanksgiving

Out of the biblical doctrine of the "Fatherhood" of God naturally arises the concept of prayer. What child does not need, and wish, to communicate with his father? Thus, in the "model prayer," the Lord taught his disciples to pray: "Our Father in heaven" (Matthew 6:9). One manifestation of prayer that should flow abundantly from the heart of the Christian ... read more »

The Trashing of Human Life

Earlier this year Bob Ohlrich walked into his wife's hospital room, put a pistol to her head, and fired a bullet into her brain. Was this life-ending deed morally wrong? Many would argue it was not. Mr. Ohlrich believed his wife was suffering from terminal cancer (or so he says). Though Phyllis Ohlrich had been operated on for colon cancer ... read more »

The Skeptics’ Bogus Bounty

The skeptics have placed a "bounty" on my head. Well, in a manner of speaking. They've offered me a bounty of $2,000 if I will accept their challenge. But let me give you a bit of background. Some years ago a former preacher and missionary associated with the churches of Christ "soured," and, so far as anyone knows, abandoned any ... read more »

The Growing Trend of Performance Worship

Acceptable worship is a God-centered phenomenon. It involves not only an attitude, but also a submission to certain prescribed acts. Through worship, Christian people, grateful for divine redemption, pour out their souls in adoration to deity. When men, in their worship, seek to direct attention to themselves, instead of God, they seriously err. This is a truth that some learn ... read more »

Was Potential Sin by Christ Prophesied?

The inspired writer of Hebrews (1:5) quotes a passage from 2 Samuel 7:14-"I will be his father, and he shall be my son." This is applied obviously to the Messiah. But the latter part of the verse in 2 Samuel 7:14 is somewhat confusing to me. The remainder of the verse says, "[I]f he commit iniquity, I will chasten him ... read more »

Are We Alone in the Universe?

Mark Twain once quipped: "There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such trifling investment of fact." I was reminded of that observation after reading the May (1996) issue of Reader's Digest, under the title, "Are We Alone in the Universe?" Of course, you and I know that we are not alone-God is ... read more »

How Do I Deal with Conflicting Emotions?

I am a single Christian mother. I made a serious mistake and conceived a baby out of wedlock. I love my little girl very much. I struggle with what I've done, but I can't bring myself to be sorry that I have this child. She is the joy of my life. Can you give me advice you feel would help ... read more »