New Year's Commitments, Vows and Resolutions: Three things Believers need to know

by F. L. Anderson

Every year at this time, believers around the country make promises and commitments that go unachieved. They say things like, "This year I'm going to get closer to God", or "I'm going to read the bible more", or "I'm going to change" in some kind of way, then post it on social media for the whole world to see.

Over the years, I've noticed that the one big thing that believers don't set as a goal or ask God for, is a committed spirit.

Did you know that 45% make goals for the new year, but just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goal? Here is an interesting statistic: 24% never succeed, and fail on their new year's commitments every year. These are the one's who keep doing and saying the same things every year, expecting a different result. Albert Einstein called this - Insanity!

Ten Things to Remember in 2015

by F. L. Anderson

The beginning of a new year is a great time to reset, to start over and do something different. Before you kick off 2015 here are ten things you should remember:
  • You are valuable. In Luke, 15:1-10 There are two key examples that Jesus uses to represent you and me, the sheep, and the coin. People are just as valuable to Him as a sheep and a coin were to the Pharisees.
  • "Trouble don't last always." It's funny how we forget this when trouble comes. In 2 Corinthians. 4:8-16 Paul gives us some insight into his troubles and how he dealt with them. It's unfortunate that we often forget these things when we are faced with our own troubles.

My Most Popular Blog Post of 2014

I want to thank all of you for making 2014 a wonderful year. Your dedication to read and share my blog posts, facebook post and tweets are deeply appreciated.

At the end of every year it’s fascinating to look back to see what the most popular posts have been on my blog. Take a look at the list and take a moment to read them yourself. It’s interesting to see the articles people are most interested in.

How Christians should deal with Darren Wilson and the Ferguson Decision

by F. L. Anderson 

A pastor from Ferguson asked a black congregation if they would pray for Darren Wilson. There was no response. He than asked if they would pray for his family. Only one person said they would. 

Events, like the shooting of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown and the subsequent trial or grand jury decisions serve to draw out underlying tensions. These events have the potential to release pent-up anger, and even violence. How we choose to respond to these events, reveal very quickly what kind of Christians we really are.