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What Kind of Shadow Are You Casting? – By Dr. Glenn Cummings

How would you do if I asked you to answer the following?
Part 1
* Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
* Name the last five Heisman Trophy winners.
* Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
* Name ten people who have won a Nobel or Pulitzer prize.
* Name the last half-dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
* Name the last decade’s World Series winners.
Part 2
* List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
* Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
* Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
* Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
* Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
* Name three heroes whose stories have inspired you.
The second part of the quiz is much easier and that is the point. The people who make a difference in your life are not necessarily the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. The people who touch our lives are the ones who matter. Read more…

To Parents of Graduates – By Dr. Glenn Cummings

Now that summer is almost over, there are anxious parents across the country, who are preparing their newly graduated sons and daughters to leave home and enter college this fall. The countdown is on to find sheets for extra-long twin dorm room beds, to figure out student loans, to set up new bank accounts—everything that parents hope will pave the way for their child to be successful at college.
For these parents, this moment came quicker than they realized. How did 18 years go by so fast? For many parents, part of the anxiety that they are feeling right now is whether their children are ready for this. How will their kids do out on their own? All good parents want to launch their kids from home in the best possible way and hope that their children avoid the mistakes they made when they were young. But Christian parents, in particular, are concerned with whether their kids will walk with God when they leave home, and they pray that their children won’t stray from the faith taught to them.
It’s never too late to encourage your children to trust and obey God. It is far better to start while they are young and have the benefit of years to develop character and faith than to impart wisdom from dad and mom at the end. A deadline, like a child leaving for college, though does bring urgency to the matter. It forces parents to face the reality of the question: are my children ready? Have I prepared them as best as I can?   Read more…

The Deity of Jesus – By Dr. Glenn Cummings

The Deity of Jesus – By Dr. Glenn Cummings
Peter says of Jesus Christ, “Through him you believe in God” (I Peter 1:21).  This is a true statement for me and many others.  Our belief in God is truly founded upon the work of revelation and redemption that God accomplished through the Lord Jesus. Jesus is central to our conception of God, of humanity, and of the world.  He is the brightest and clearest picture of God that humans can receive. The person and work of Christ should rise above all other considerations in our formulation of the doctrine of God as well as our doctrine of salvation.
Nothing is more important to us than the person and work of Christ.  We are “Christians” because we have trusted in Christ for our salvation. We believe that “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:19).  All that Satan destroys and steals through sin and guilt, God restores through Christ the Lord.

Learning from Past Failures – By Dr Glenn Cummings

One day Samson encountered a lion and slew it. The Bible says, “Sometime later, when he went back…he turned aside to look at the lion’s carcass. In it he saw…some honey. He scooped out the honey with his hands and ate as he went along” (vv. 8-9).
There’s a lesson here for you. When you take time to stop and reflect, you discover “honey” in your experiences that you can eat and grow stronger and wiser. When you reflect, you are able to put things into perspective; you gain new appreciation for things you didn’t notice before. Few of us have clear perspective in the heat of the moment. Most of us who have survived a traumatic experience usually avoid similar situations at all costs. This can leave us with unresolved issues that leave us tied up in knots. Reflective thinking enables us to distance ourselves from the intense emotions of an experience and see it with fresh eyes. Indeed, this process is one of the first steps to getting rid of our emotional baggage.