Personal Growth

Who Knows the Truth?

April 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Who knows the truth anyway? How can one determine truth based on information that comes from many different sources? This is a valid question to ask, particularly in 2017! If sin is the problem then proper knowledge of it and how to deal with it is absolutely critical. In 1973, Dr. Carl Menninger wrote a book entitled Whatever Became of Sin? In it he noted that in 1953 (20 years before he wrote the book) President Eisenhower quoted Lincoln as part of his declaration of a day of prayer: It is the duty of nations, as well as of men to own their independence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble, sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon. Dr. Menninger emphasizes that for the next 20 years presidential declarations have eliminated reference to sin. As a nation, he said, we officially stopped sinning after that declaration. Menninger offers a reasonable explanation for people leaving “sin” out of their vocabulary. At the turn of the century the use of the scientific method led to new theories of behavior and learning. Here are a few of them: Messner demonstrated […] Read More

What Is My Problem?

January 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

“What is my problem? Why can’t I change to be better? I need help! If I could just find out what the issue is, then I would know what to do to get better!” Ever had these questions and thoughts? All of us need a refresher on this subject. In fact, this article is essential reading for anyone who is serious about overcoming anxiety, stress, and frustration. Let’s first set the context by considering this passage from Proverbs: Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones. (Proverbs 3:7-8) One of our responsibilities as Christians is to be witnesses to weary travelers who are trying to use human resources to deal with sin. The collapse of family life and the escalation of dishonesty, stealing, violence, crime, physical and sexual abuse speaks for itself. Our world needs a good dose of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Who Can I Turn Too? Many in our day wonder whether their problem can be solved by spending time in the solitude of some peaceful place or whether they must see their doctor […] Read More

I Need Your Help!

October 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Years ago, I asked the publisher of The Heart of the Problem to translate the workbook into Spanish. It simply never became a reality. But, thank the Lord, things have changed! A few months ago, I requested the rights back from the publisher for The Heart of the Problem. I am very grateful for the many years that B&H published and distributed the work and that they granted my request. This granting of rights back to me has allowed me to produce this new resource. Now, the primary place to acquire any of The Heart of the Problem resources are now from www.kerryskinner.com. So, after many hundreds of hours of work, The Heart of the Problem is now available in Spanish! Here Is Where I Need Your Help Would you help me to spread the news that it is available? Maybe your church has a Spanish speaking ministry, a mission connection, or you have a friend who is a Spanish Pastor. Would you take the time to share with them? Would you consider purchasing a copy and gifting it to the ministry so they can discover the wonderful truths from the Scripture that helps all believers to walk in the […] Read More

How To Fight Back! by Henry Brandt

May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Like most people, you may yearn for serenity in the midst of conflict. But what price are you willing to pay for such peace? For many persons, the cost is too high. The grudges they bear are too precious to surrender. It would be too great a sacrifice to give up complaining. They enjoy these more than peace! “Do you mean I’m supposed to be happy when my husband treats me the way he does?” a woman asked tearfully. It was true that her life was one of tribulation. Yet if God is the God of all comfort (2 Cor. 1:3-4), He gives comfort in tribulation. If you as a Christian have no more peace in a trying circumstance than the non-Christian does, then you must, like the non-Christian, battle by wit or will power to free yourself. Happiness will depend on your ability to stay on top, therefore you must always keep up your guard. Does being peaceful mean that you cannot resist your circumstances, or even the people who oppose you? No. Peace is not a state of unity between you and another person. Peace lies within you. You may feel for the Lord’s sake that you must […] Read More

Is it Time for a Spiritual Check Up?

October 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Few people get to see what you see in the mirror, and no one gets to see what goes on underneath your skin except God. The Bible says: “Man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). If the Lord looks on the heart, then it follows that a checkup of your heart is more critical than an examination of your physical appearance. I don’t like checkups. I usually have a feeling of uneasiness and uncertainty that something bad will come up that I don’t know about. When a physician checks your body, he is alert to discover anything that needs correcting. Heart searching can be as uncomfortable as a physical checkup. But if God looks upon the heart, one needs to be sure of His approval. The psalmist said: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24). God desires a deep abiding relationship with you. Take a few moments today to look at the attached chart as a mirror to your soul. God will help you with […] Read More

The Powerful Impact of God’s Word

August 29, 2012 | 4 Comments

our God whom we serve is able…and He will deliver us…  Daniel 3:17 NKJV When God does His mighty work in the midst of His people, several truths must be recognized: God has always desired to work through His people, but they have not always recognized His initiative in their lives, or His activity around them. When God does a great work in and through His people, those involved desire to share humbly the wonderful works of God with other Christians. In the process of sharing, it is apparent that all God did cannot be included or adequately communicated. In the sharing, there are always those who respond in diverse ways. People in the churches of our day seem to be at a crossroads. Many truly desire God’s presence and activity and are praying for a great touch from God while others seem somewhat afraid to release their lives to God. Throughout the Scriptures, God has always spoken to His people. When He speaks, it is to reveal His past, present, and future activities in their lives. What He is doing is always far more important than what His people are doing for Him. God works through His people–the churches. […] Read More

Victory

December 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught, and you smile inwardly, glorying in the insult or the oversight–That is Victory! (John 13:26-30; 2 Tim. 4:16-18) When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your taste offended, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you take it all in patient and loving silence–That is Victory! (John 8:48-50; 2 Tim. 4:16-18; 2 Peter 2:20-21) When you can bear with any discord, any irregularity and unpunctuality, any annoyance–and are content with any food, any raiment, any climate, any society, any solitude, any interruption–That is Victory! (Phil 4:11-13; Heb. 11:3-11; Acts 27:21-25; 2 Cor. 4:8-10) When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation or to record your own good works, or to itch after commendation, when you can truly “love to be unknown”–That is Victory! (Gal. 2:20; 6:14) *Printed and handed out during Boston’s Awakening of 1909 under guidance of Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman: original–source unknown. Given to me by Devin Bell during doctoral residency at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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