Full Archive - Word For Today

People and circumstances don’t determine your attitude, you do! To win in life you must learn to focus on your opportunities, not your rights. Paul wrote from a prison cell, ‘Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is...

The ‘coach/trainer’ style: These parents provide direction by teaching and example, modelling respect, responsibility, safety, trust and maturity in how they treat the child. They are ‘in charge’, yet always preparing the child for the ‘in charge’ role in due...

The permissive style: This parent has few rigid rules, and explains to the child their rules, standards and decisions. The child’s opinions and ideas are heard and included in decision-making. Reason is used rather than force. These parents talk and discuss perspectives rather than using...

Parenting children between puberty and young adulthood draws on every ounce of grace and wisdom you can muster. Your effort to train them - and their drive for independence - is a tug of war that frustrates you both. The outcome depends largely on which of three classic parenting styles you...

Spiritual growth doesn’t happen automatically. You must desire to grow, decide to grow, discipline yourself, and delight in spiritual growth. ‘But my life is just too hard,’ you say. A lot of folks have had it worse than you and grown into spiritual maturity, and a lot of folks...

Eventually lies are exposed. The truth will always surface. ‘He that covereth his sins shall not prosper’ (Proverbs 28:13). Anyone who does business with you wants to know the truth - the whole truth. Jesus had the greatest product on earth: salvation. He offered the human race an...

It’s one thing to desire truth, but to pursue it you must ‘…Put off your old self…and…put on the new self, created to be like God…’ (vv. 22-24 NIV). One author writes: ‘We must be willing to have the conversations our “old self”...

Unless you make truthfulness a priority, there’s an actual ‘law at work’ which dictates that even when you ‘want to do good, evil is right there’. That means our natural ‘default’ setting (the one automatically selected by our internal computer unless we...

Jesus said, ‘You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free’ (John 8:32 NAS). But in the process, the truth can make you miserable! One author says: ‘Truth can be very uncomfortable. We have pivotal moments when we’re asked to step up and say it or act on it....

After her first flight, someone asked an elderly lady what she thought of being on a plane. She said, ‘It was okay, but I never did put my whole weight on it.’ And we do the same when we refuse to place our trust on the finished work of Christ. Most major religions answer the...