Not Right Now

These three words are a powerful tool for any parent. If you have kids, then you know exactly what I'm talking about! It's easier than saying 'No' to their request, but it almost certainly means No. Why? Because my kids tend to be fickle and out-of-sight-out-of-mind. Kind of like me. If I can delay, the … Continue reading Not Right Now

Rose-Colored Glasses

Many people come to church hoping to find a magic cure: “do this, this and that and presto – the gutters of the world will be a distant memory.” The glorious truth is they are closer to a cure than they realize. I believe addiction is the result of a conscious or unconscious attempt to deal...

What does the Bible say about alcohol?

by Richard Travelstead The obvious answer to the question, “Did Jesus turn water into wine?” is Yes. At the marriage feast in Cana of Galilee recorded in John 2:1-11, Jesus turned water into wine. However, this question does not usually ask what is meant by it. What is usually meant is “Did Jesus make intoxicating … Continue reading What does the Bible say about alcohol?

The Grace Walk

Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 5:17-21 Becoming an Overcomer – is a process.  It takes time – ups and downs – set backs ... Pattern of Regression Complacency – “I’m okay” Confused – “Why?” “Everything has been going so good.” Compromise –“It’s not that bad. I’m in control” Why do Christians fail? We rely on our own … Continue reading The Grace Walk

How Do I Deal with My Anger?

Article by Richard Travelstead The manifestations of the emotion of anger are numerous.  Some of these are obvious and include: a red face, bloodshot eyes, stomach muscles squeezing down.  But that is only half the story: The entire digestive tract becomes spastic, trig­gering severe abdominal pains; the heart rate goes up markedly…the coronary arteries squeeze … Continue reading How Do I Deal with My Anger?

Confession is Good for the Soul

Ephesians 4:24-32 Bad out - Vacuum Replacement - Good in Our next step in overcoming: Relational “Step 6” – “We need to forgive those who have harmed us and make an amends for harm we’ve done to others –except when doing so will  harm them or others.” Confession – There’s just something special about it … Continue reading Confession is Good for the Soul