Questions related to character development
Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen?
how to avoid the trap of bitterness
Have you ever wondered, Why did God let me suffer that injury? lose my job? have a car accident? forget that appointment? have a fight with my spouse? let my parents get divorced? let me be born with a defect?
Key Purposes for Spiritual Gifts
edifying the Church, bringing glory to God
God has given us spiritual gifts for many purposes. Ultimately, all of these gifts have been provided to equip us to glorify God.
The Power of Spoken Blessings
an excellent way to intercede for others
Our words have great influence in the lives of those around us, and spoken blessings can bring hope, encouragement, and direction to our families, friends, and others.
understanding four levels of friendship
Friendships are important to God because of the tremendous influence they hold over our lives. We often make many decisions based on the counsel of friends, and through friendship, we can significantly impact the lives of others.
Losing a job is rarely seen as a good thing, especially since financial pressures can cause tremendous tensions in a marriage and family.
The Myth of the Perfect Family
overcoming the dangers of comparison
Do you ever feel the pressure of comparing your family with others and realizing that you do not measure up to what you see? We all have dreams of what our ideal family life would be.
Understanding Five Life Roles
become a successful person, provider, proclaimer, partner, parent
There are five basic roles in life that each person can fulfill or help others fulfill. These life roles include being a mature person, a skilled provider, an effective proclaimer of truth, a loving marriage partner, and a wise parent.
A thirteen-year-old girl was very bitter toward her stepfather. She believed that he showed favoritism toward others in the family. He also displayed anger toward her on many occasions, which hurt her deeply.
Trading Irritations for Maturity
embracing God’s transforming work in your life
Irritations often expose areas in which you need to mature. God wants every Christian to reflect the integrity of His Son Jesus Christ, and God can work through the people and circumstances of your life to press you toward that point of maturity. (See Romans 8:28–29.)
transformation into the character of Christ
The Greek word for character is charakter. It is translated in Scripture as the “express image.” According to The Complete Word Study Dictionary New Testament, the word “originally denoted an engraver or engraving tool.