What is Christian Conversion?

Who would have thought that GM and Ford could change so quickly and radically? Once they made cars, now in the pandemic, they are making ventilators and masks. Amazing. What a country! Conversion is change—lasting inward change of heart, mind and life. It is not self-help change but change that God alone works within the human soul. Conversion occurs as we respond to the grace of God announced in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our necessary response to this gospel is genuine repentance and a sure and certain trust in Jesus Christ. Through repentance and faith, the saving power of God is translated into our human experience. Conversion for most people is a gradual process involving moments of in

5 Steps to Better Family Communication

George Bernard Shaw once said, “The biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Who among us doesn’t have a personal story to illustrate that? I believe good communication is like a good campfire. It needs constant tending and refueling. Let’s think together about how we can tend the fires in our own homes. 1. Value Communication “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21) Communication is the lifeblood of human relationships. Communication nurtures closeness, respect and trust. Yet it gets so hard. This may be because we grew up watching unhealthy communication habits like stuffing feelings, shout

Now You Can Blog from Everywhere!

We’ve made it quick and convenient for you to manage your blog from anywhere. In this blog post we’ll share the ways you can post to your Wix Blog. Blogging from Your Wix Blog Dashboard On the dashboard, you have everything you need to manage your blog in one place. You can create new posts, set categories and more. To head to your Dashboard, open the Wix Editor and click on Blog > Posts. Blogging from Your Published Site Did you know that you can blog right from your published website? After you publish your site, go to your website’s URL and login with your Wix account. There you can write and edit posts, manage comments, pin posts and more! Just click on the 3 dot icon ( ⠇) to see all the

Design a Stunning Blog

When it comes to design, the Wix blog has everything you need to create beautiful posts that will grab your reader's attention. Check out our essential design features. Choose from 8 stunning layouts Your Wix Blog comes with 8 beautiful layouts. From your blog's settings, choose the layout that’s right for you. For example, a tiled layout is popular for helping visitors discover more posts that interest them. Or, choose a classic single column layout that lets readers scroll down and see your post topics one by one. Every layout comes with the latest social features built in. Readers can easily share posts on social networks like Facebook and Twitter and view how many people have liked a pos

Grow Your Blog Community

With Wix Blog, you’re not only sharing your voice with the world, you can also grow an active online community. That’s why the Wix blog comes with a built-in members area - so that readers can easily sign easily up to become members of your blog. What can members do? Members can follow each other, write and reply to comments and receive blog notifications. Each member gets their own personal profile page that they can customize. Tip: You can make any member of your blog a writer so they can write posts for your blog. Adding multiple writers is a great way to grow your content and keep it fresh and diversified. Here’s how to do it: Head to your Member’s Page Search for the member you want to

War and the Character of God

Joshua (The Story chapter 7) presents two moral dilemmas. First, the text shows God leading his people into war. Second, the directive is to annihilate. Abraham's earlier intercession for Sodom speaks for us, “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?...Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” What we learned at Sodom is also what we first learned with Noah: God is a God of justice. In his 2009 Nobel Prize speech, President Obama defended just war: We must begin by acknowledging the hard truth: We will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes. There will be times when nations -- acting individually or in concert -- will find the use of forc

Weekend to Remember

Karen and I attended the marriage conference called “A Weekend to Remember” at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids last February. It was a fabulous weekend full of help for today and hope for tomorrow. More than 850 were in attendance and I must say we've never stayed in quite such an upscale and historic facility—wow! There were newlyweds, those married more than 50 years and everything in between. The weekend closed with a renewal of vows and the signing of a covenant to pursue oneness as a couple. That certificate will always be a prized possession in the Anderson home. Each spouse receives a manual that guides them through the four parts of the weekend: The Dream for Marriage, Th

Disappointed with Self-fulfillment

The drive for self-fulfillment is the Kool-Aid of our culture. Everybody wants to drink it. “Live your best life” “Become the best version of yourself” “You do you” Here’s the problem with me being me-- I won’t argue that I can’t or shouldn’t try to tease out a better version of myself--but at the end of the day the more I try to be me, the more disappointment I experience. That’s because when “you do you” all you get is you! And most of my problems in my life have come from me: bad judgment, poor decisions, lack of self-restraint, selfishness and greed. Proverbs 16:25 says, “There is a path before each person that seems right but it ends in death.” Self-fulfillment seems right. We set goals

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