Good Dog

Praise VS Food Dog trainers have depended on food rewards in training dogs to perform certain tasks as the preferred method of training.  A recent study called, “Awake Canine FMRI Predicts Dogs’ Preference for Praise Versus Food,” has revealed that this approach may not be the best way to train your pet.  The study gave…

Are You a Lamb or a Milquetoast?

Metaphors or Parables Metaphors are defined as “a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.” Jesus often used this approach to assist in communicating abstract thoughts or ideas. Parables when found in the Word of God often are defined…

Christians on Welfare

What is Welfare? Merriam-Webster defines welfare as, “a government program for poor or unemployed people that helps pay for their food, housing, medical costs.” The definition of welfare outside of government intervention is, “the state of doing well especially in respect to good fortune, happiness, well-being, or prosperity.” The reality of Christianity is you are…

The Gateway to Heaven

How does God decide who goes to heaven? This theological debate has been raging from the birth of the Lord’s church. Men have launched religious wars over this very issue. When the Roman Catholic Church’s power began to crumble, a new page in church history was created. Martin Luther boldly nailed his 95 Theses to…

Are You A Truth Teller?

Thomas Obadiah Chisholm was like most young men of his era, he was not educated in the institutions created for education. Obadiah’s intellect was not limited by his lack of formal education although Chisholm did not have any state sanctioned education he became a teacher at the age of 16 and soon would become the associate…

♬♬ Or Would You Rather Be a Pig? ♬♬

It is Feeding time! Root hog or die was an often used idiom at dinner time in the 1800’s when it came to “feeding time” at the farmer's table. The metaphorical use of the idiom to describe the dinner time events was taken from the colonial practice of turning pigs out into the wild to…

Is the Ocean Blue?

On a clear sunny day on a white sandy beach, the ocean has a depth of blue that is a sight to behold. But is the ocean really blue?  The reality is that the ocean is mostly dark and once the depth of 3,280 feet is reached, no light is seen and the ocean has no…

How’s the Weather?

And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, "When it is evening, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.' And in the morning, 'It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.'…

Should I Be a Member of a Church?

Only God adds to His Church No action taken by any church group can add you to the Lord’s Church. Only God adds to His Church, “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” When church membership is discussed it is clear we are defining a different relationship than a…

The Right Thing To Do

Truth in the Words of Jesus God’s word declares, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Followers of Christ seek to draw men to the teachings of Jesus but often find the truth in the words of Jesus, “strait is the gate, and…

Cynical

"Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the…

Distractions in Your Way

Remaining Focused The great challenge to success is the ability to remain focused on any given issue long enough to complete the undertaking and bring to completion a task. When spiritual issues are the challenge you are facing, you not only have to resist your own distractions but you must “wrestle” Satan as he puts his own…

Time Is a Gift

Time is the most powerful, important and precious gift that God has given to mankind. The existence of time is seldom noticed unless we have reached some deadline that is self-imposed. Time is often the source of frustration, often is uttered the words, “if I only had time.” Time is defined as, “the indefinite, continued…