Old Testament · Ten Commandments

Oppression or Freedom from the 10 Commandments?

Many people believe that God and Scripture are both oppressive, enslaving people who follow the ways of God, holding people down and back. God, or “religion,” is trying to run our lives, and therefore ruin our lives. One example that people give is in the 10 Commandments. The commands are seen as tyrannical rules by… Continue reading Oppression or Freedom from the 10 Commandments?

Death · James

Death Beyond Death

We all must deal with death at some point. At times, while sad, it is beautiful. Consider the elderly saint who lived a long and simple life, quietly passing during the night while sleeping. Nothing overly special about this person, but a well-lived life. Then there is devastating death: a young person killed in a… Continue reading Death Beyond Death

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How to Thrive in Personal Conflict with Jeremy Yeckley Part 3: The Hope for Lasting Peace

Jeremy Yeckley is a friend of Tim Madden, and a guest blogger from time to time on Maddening Theology. He works with Tabernacle Bible Church in Honesdale, PA, and Foundations Christian Counseling across Northeastern Pennsylvania, and around the country. He is a gifted counselor, communicator, and leader. You can read Part 1 & Part 2… Continue reading How to Thrive in Personal Conflict with Jeremy Yeckley Part 3: The Hope for Lasting Peace

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How to Thrive in Personal Conflict with Jeremy Yeckley Part 2 The Truth Behind Conflict

Jeremy Yeckley is a friend of Tim Madden, and a guest blogger from time to time on Maddening Theology. He works with Tabernacle Bible Church in Honesdale, Pa, and Foundations Christian Counseling across northeastern Pennsylvania, and around the country. He is a gifted counselor, communicator, and leader. You can read part 1 to this series… Continue reading How to Thrive in Personal Conflict with Jeremy Yeckley Part 2 The Truth Behind Conflict

Conflict · Guest Blogger · Jeremy Yeckley

How to Thrive in Personal Conflict with Jeremy Yeckley Part 1: Your natural tendencies for responding to conflict

Jeremy Yeckley is a friend of Tim Madden and guest blogger from time to time on Maddening Theology. He works with Tabernacle Bible Church in Honesdale, PA, and Foundations Christian Counseling across Northeastern Pennsylvania and around the country. He is a gifted counselor, communicator, and leader. What memories, images, and feelings does the word conflict… Continue reading How to Thrive in Personal Conflict with Jeremy Yeckley Part 1: Your natural tendencies for responding to conflict

Godly Wisdom · James · Wisdom

Seven Tests for Avoiding Ungodly Wisdom

Last week we discussed 10 tests to ensure you are receiving godly wisdom. Not only does James 3:13-18 provide those, but he gives us seven tests of the types of wisdom or character of people to avoid when seeking godly wisdom. Bitter people give ungodly wisdom (14). Bitter people are sharp, they are harsh inter… Continue reading Seven Tests for Avoiding Ungodly Wisdom

Godly Wisdom · James · Wisdom

Ten Tests to Ensure Godly Wisdom

Is it possible to know if we are getting godly wisdom? How do we know that we aren’t just listening to our conscience, or someone that agrees with us? James 3:13-18 offers 16 tests for God’s wisdom, although it doesn’t say test, it is “lists.”  When we are searching for wisdom, this passage is a… Continue reading Ten Tests to Ensure Godly Wisdom

debt · Finances · Money · Work

Three Quick Tips From God on Money II

I started giving God’s tips on money to servers, etc., recently. You can read that article here. As Christians, God should control every area of our lives, including money. Remember, He doesn’t want that control to hurt you, but help you.  If you have been abusing money, it might not feel like help. It may… Continue reading Three Quick Tips From God on Money II

Faith · Godly Counsel · Godly Wisdom · Plan · Seek God · Trust · Wisdom

Why Christians Abuse “Just Have Faith”

We should always have faith, but that doesn’t mean we never plan anything. My last blog addressed this: Christians Should Not Always “Just Have Faith”. I laid out arguments for times to “just have faith,” and times that God calls us to plan. If in our opportunity or problem we are unsure of whether or… Continue reading Why Christians Abuse “Just Have Faith”

Faith · Godly Counsel · Plan · Planning · Wisdom

Christians Should Not Always “Just Have Faith”

Many times Christians say, “Just have faith.” The question that we are going to ask today is: “Does faith mean we don’t have to plan?”  In other words, is faith a substitute for planning? First, does God ever call us to plan?  If we believe we are to plan, are there times when we are… Continue reading Christians Should Not Always “Just Have Faith”