• New Rules for Sex, Love, and Dating
    Church and Faith

    Becoming a Whole, Healthy Person

    “The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.” Words of Solomon. And part of the introduction of a series by Andy Stanley, the pastor of North Point, in his Love, Sex, and Dating sermon.  Andy offers tips for single people, and for those who are already married. It’s a worthwhile watch, listen, or read for anyone wanting to become better at serious relationships. He continues after the words of Solomon saying words are meaningless. Commitments are meaningless. Both are meaningless, without preparation. Without a plan. Your past will determine where your future goes. Not your promises. Promises are just empty words, even if you do have…

  • What Are You Pursuing
    Church and Faith

    What Are You Pursuing?

    Life has much to offer. Good food, big homes, nice cars, expensive clothes. Here in the U.S., we often take for granted that anything our heart desires, at least in terms of the tangible, is within reach. And yet, we are almost all in danger when it comes to what our heart wants and what we already have. A lot of us have fallen victim in the pursuit of money. Surrounded by Blessings Most of us have nice jobs. We have access to healthcare. Access to grocery stores teeming with every kind of food imaginable. We’re blessed with shelter in the form of two story homes with wall to wall…

  • The Blessed And Busy Family Attitude of Gratitude
    Church and Faith

    Importance of Gratitude

    November in the United States has one of the more celebrated holidays of any other time of the year and made all the more important because it’s the perfect time to highlight the importance of gratitude. An attitude of gratitude can be the difference between happiness and bitterness. Between contentedness and coveting this time of year. Giving Thanks Right after Halloween, and right before Christmas, lands THANKSgiving. The perfect time… to give thanks. A couple of years back, my family started a tradition for my older children. Towards Thanksgiving,  we write down what we’re most thankful for on pieces of construction paper and then clip each “leaf” in a clip…

  • Guardrails Heart of the Matter
    Church and Faith

    Guardrails: Guard Your Heart

    Guard Your Heart In the final installation in the Guardrail series, Andy talks about the heart, and the importance of guarding it. Of all the guardrails we place in our lives, be it in our marriage, friendships, finances, or academic, none of those compare to the ones we place around our heart. Guardrails, as mentioned previously, are placed in our lives within the safety zone. They’re there to light up our conscience BEFORE it’s too late. They make us feel uneasy if we start edging toward a line. They’re personal standards we hold ourselves to, but we have no right to impose those on others. They’re personal. So where I…