I was sitting in my car watching, horrified, as my best friend cried beside me. I’ve known her for years. We have been through weddings, births, deaths, and more together, but I had never seen her so upset. Her face was bright red, while huge tears spilled into her lap. “I just don’t know if she’s really saved.” she gasped between tears.
Building a biblical marriage can be difficult, but the following are five tips to help get you started from a married-a-long-time, has-a-bunch-of-kids, still-in-love, wife.
The faith’s most important question, “What do I have to do to be saved?” Should have a simple answer, though no one in the piney woods seemed to agree what that simple answer should be. Despite growing up in the buckle of the Bible belt, confusion about the Christian faith plagued every step of Lucas’ journey.
In the corner of the Bible Belt, where I grew up, there were rules, rules, and more rules. Christians weren’t supposed to listen to secular music. We weren’t supposed to drink, dip, or smoke. No baggy pants, face piercings, or spiky blue hair was allowed. We were to steer clear of certain substances that would alter our mood.
Have you ever seen a Jenny Craig commercial? With the before and after pictures? Debbie from Delaware is standing in less than flattering biker shorts and a tank top, depressed, with sad music playing in the background. Then…BOOM! She steps into the next frame and is magically transformed. She’s in a sassy cocktail dress, 30 pounds lighter, with better makeup and upbeat music. Debbie ain’t a downer no more!
Eloy and Ellie’s Baffle dragons did not want them to go on their trip. They growled and, woofed, and spat fire. None the less, the brave brother and sister set out on their journey Saturday morning because they didn’t have school. Ellie held the map as Eloy led the way. They were making their trip to The Wise Wizard, Waddly Wobblewog, who lived near Hogdog bog in a soggy log. After walking for a few hours, Ellie spoke up.
In an article written by Aviel Schneider, and recently appearing in Israel Today (Islamic Cleric: “The Quran proves that Eretz Israel belongs to the Jews” | Israel Today), a leading member of Pakistan’s National Assembly Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani told the camera. “The house of God was built for the children of Israel and not for the Palestinians.”
In the well-known plot theme of man vs. self, Phil has to battle his own arrogance and selfish ways to win the girl’s heart. As he lives each day over and over, he notices his patterns, the ways he messes up, and the wrong words he chooses that turn her away. He also has the privilege of seeing what draws her in: learning to play the piano, helping others, being kind, noticing the things that she enjoys. Although he tires of being stuck in this day, he finally realizes that he has endless chances to perfect how he loves her because he knows that no matter what he does, he will see the same thing tomorrow (which is today again!)
When I was in junior high, freedom came in chrome. To be free was to have a bike. Not just any bike would do, though. That’s because most of the time I spent with my brothers was in the woods near our house. You had to have a bike that could go off-road and handle all sorts of terrain.
Is there danger in using the Apostle Paul’s testimony as a pattern for our own?
There once was a little boy. He lived in a big castle in a magical land where mushrooms grew as tall as trees and trees grew as tall as clouds, and clouds didn’t grow at all because they were made of cloud fuzz. This little boy’s name was Eloy. The castle he and his family lived in was so big it had lots of empty rooms on upstairs floors that he had never visited. His parents told him never to go into those empty rooms on the third floor of their big old castle.
The false prophets in the world are a preview of the ultimate false prophet, who is the Antichrist. This would indicate that the Antichrist is the false prophet. Therefore, the Antichrist is not the world ruler, but is instead the false prophet.
Even though Jesus gives an explanation of this parable it is still widely misunderstood. Many teachers will encourage you to “check your soil” to see if you are truly saved or not. The gift of eternal life is not something to be questioned or determined based on a person’s actions.
Do you really have to abandon everything you have to follow Jesus? Find out in this talk from Lucas Kitchen, as he discusses the calling of Levi in Mark 2:13-17.
When I was in high school, my summer job was producing videos and large print out media for a production company located in an old car lot. The place was hard to secure because of huge windows and ancient out-of-skew doors. So in the back, the owner kept a pack of the wildest, dirtiest, meanest dogs to guard the door. They were all breeds, and among them probably was present every canine disease there ever was.
The majority of testimonies given in churches today are confusing. To make matters worse, I believe most don’t even give a clear gospel presentation. Here’s a recent example: Not too long ago, I was sitting at a dinner table with three evangelical missionaries.
Many question whether they could really be forgiven by God. In this video Lucas Kitchen teaches on Mark 2:1-12, and uncovers an important aspect about forgiveness that you may not realize.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been warning that Iran will have enough enriched uranium in a few months for two nuclear bombs. Netanyahu revealed this: “Iran has been working on a new generation of centrifuges which will multiply Iran’s enrichment capacity fifty-fold.”
Towards the end of December last year, a group of eighteen teens and three adults led by myself attended a teens conference here in Kenya by a friend named Bob Sjogren from Virginia, USA. His first question was, ‘Why did Jesus come?’ Many of the answers pointed to the fact that He came to die […]
Part 4 of 5Gospel Of MarkIn this exploration of Mark 1: Lucas Kitchen uncovers the kind of authority that Christ demonstrated in everything he did.
You can now download a free PDF copy of Lucas’ new book THINGS ABOVE. This 200-page book is an enjoyable and approachable study on Colossians. It’s packed with humorous stories and illustrations, as it explores the major themes of the biblical book. There is a free video series that compliments THINGS ABOVE. The book will also be for sale in paperback later this month.
When I was at Letourneau University, I was asked to host the yearly comedy show on campus. It was attended by a thousand or more college students who were eager to laugh. I had to do a handful of comedy sketches, which was both exhilarating and frightening.
I’m not an outdoorsman by any means. I’ve been camping in the Smokey Mountains, but it’s not my world at all. I could easily get lost or stuck in the elements unprepared. I married a Colorado cowboy-a real rodeo cowboy. So, I’ve learned a few things about being prepared, planning ahead, and the correct way to eat a steak. All of these are important and offer us a spiritual lesson as well! These are some ways to stay on course spiritually, find your way back when you’ve wandered too far, or keep from getting lost altogether.
I was a young twenty-something getting ready to go on my first mission trip to India. In preparation for the trip, my church required that all members of the team had to complete an 8-week course on overseas missions. I was nervous but excited about missions, so I took the class very seriously. About halfway through the program we had to write out our salvation testimonies. I remember struggling with this assignment.