Resource Library

Tuesday
Oct212014

How to stay calm when you want to panic

Apollo Astronaut Captain Alan Bean once told a story about how test pilots evaluate problems they encounter on flights. When something goes wrong, they simply ask, “Is this thing still flying in the right direction...?”

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Monday
Oct202014

How to make good choices by looking ahead

In a small village in Borneo, well-intentioned health workers once sprayed the straw huts with the now-illegal substance, DDT. The purpose of the spraying was to control the mosquito population...

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Monday
Oct202014

Staying steady in the ups and downs of life

Many years ago, the Grand Rapids Press reported a story about a man who owned a small foreign car. He was bragging constantly about the amazing gas mileage he was getting...

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Monday
Oct202014

Religion or relationship: the choice is yours

The famous British music conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham, didn’t particularly care for the music of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams...

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Monday
Oct202014

Overcoming the fear of sharing the gospel

A condemned prisoner awaiting execution was given the usual privilege of choosing his last meal. The prison guards looked in bewilderment when the meal arrived...

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Monday
Oct202014

Where to find the strength you need to keep going

Years ago when the New York Yankees were managed by Ralph Houk, baseball game schedules were much more demanding. In fact, teams usually played at least one double-header every week...

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Monday
Oct202014

What can kids teach you about heaven?

In her memoirs, First Lady Rosalynn Carter told of some of the odd things she learned about White House history when she was there. One thing she learned was that the children of James A. Garfield would often have pillow fights in the East Room...

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Monday
Oct202014

The key to avoiding spiritual blindness

In November of 1991, a freak dust storm caused a massive pileup along Interstate 5 near Coalinga, California. Over a dozen people were killed...

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Monday
Oct202014

How to preach the gospel through forgiveness

Evangelist John Wesley was returning home from service one evening when he was robbed. The thief didn’t make out with much – a little money and some Christian literature...

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Monday
Oct202014

Baked Alaska - From Virginia's Kitchen 

Dear Friend,

I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like this classic dessert. You can make it in different fun themes by changing up the ice cream flavors to go with any holiday. And I love that I can make it ahead of time and take it out of the freezer whenever I’m ready. Enjoy!

 

Baked Alaska

Ingredients

1 store-bought angel food cake

6 egg whites

1 ½ cups white sugar

½ teaspoon cream of tartar

1 pint pistachio ice cream

1 pint peppermint ice cream

 

Directions:

Slice the angel food cake horizontally into 3 sections and set aside. Take the ice cream out of the freezer and let it thaw to the point of being spreadable.

Make meringue by combining egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar. Beat well until stiff peaks form.

Spread pistachio ice cream on the bottom layer of angel food cake. Place the second layer on top, and then spread the peppermint ice cream on top of that. Then, place the final layer of cake on the very top.

Turn your oven broiler on. Cover cake completely with meringue and stick it in the oven. It will brown quickly, so keep your eye on it. And don’t worry, the ice cream won’t melt!

When the meringe is golden on top, take the dish out of the oven. Serve or freeze it immediately.

Thursday
Oct162014

Get Powerful Resources for Your Spiritual Growth!

As a good friend of Senior Living, you should know about an amazing organization that can help equip you with powerful resources for your spiritual growth called PowerPoint Ministries.

PowerPoint is the international broadcast and online ministry of Dr. Jack Graham, senior pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. It can be seen and heard by a potential audience of millions across the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Iraq, Israel, and more.

One of the greatest features of PowerPoint’s ministry is its treasure trove of free online resources like streaming audio and video content, as well as an abundant assortment of books, CDs, and  DVDs that can be yours for a small donation.

So please visit JackGraham.org where you’ll find powerful resources that will help you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ. We pray PowerPoint is an encouragement to you to continue embracing the life God intends!

Thursday
Oct162014

Can We Really Trust the Bible?

By Dr. Jack Graham, Senior Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Texas

When I was a young preacher in my early 30s, I once found myself in a meeting with other leaders from my denomination, debating whether or not the Bible is inerrant. Imagine my surprise. I didn’t know the subject was up for debate!

One by one the moderator asked us to share our positions on this issue, and I was shocked and saddened as I absorbed opening comments from many of my peers. They had doubts, they said, about the trustworthiness of the Bible.

It was almost my turn when I felt a surge of anxiety rush through my system. What was I going to say? I decided to keep it simple—and true. “The Bible is the Word of God,” I said.

All were silent as my words hung in the air, but then the pastor sitting next to me piped up, “You mean the Bible contains the words of God.” I couldn’t believe my ears. “No, that’s not what I mean. What I mean is that the Bible is the Word of God.”

There’s a subtle but strong difference between those two beliefs. Does the Bible merely contain some of God’s words… or is the Bible the Word of God? Our answer to that question makes all the difference.

 

Does the Bible merely contain some of God’s words… or is the Bible the Word of God? Our answer to that question makes all the difference.

 

You see, many modern ways of understanding and interpreting the Bible center on the belief that it is only a vehicle for God’s truth instead of God’s truth itself. They focus on various parts of the Bible being true instead of seeing the entirety of God’s Word as Truth.

But this belief simply doesn’t square with the apostle Paul’s validation in 2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV), which says that “all Scripture is breathed out by God….” Every word of God is pure. And every word of God is true. The Bible is the inerrant Word of God!

So what difference does it make if I believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God? That question was answered by a woman I recently visited who was facing the end of the earthly road we walk.

 

Every word of God is pure. And every word of God is true. The Bible is the inerrant Word of God!

 

Despite the uncertainty and perplexing emotions she was facing, she seemed strangely serene and completely devoid of fear. I asked about her confidence and her undeniable sense of peace. In reply she said, “I’m resting in the Word of God.”

God’s holy Word is comforting in our times of deepest need. But only if it is true. If the Bible isn’t sure, if it isn’t settled, then any old book will do. But it is sure. It is settled. So look to the Bible for strength every day and in every circumstance because yes, it is the Word of God and you can trust it!

Dr. Jack Graham is senior pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. He’s the author of many books including LifeBook, where he makes his case for the Bible’s authority, authenticity, and ability to transform lives. You can hear Pastor Graham daily on his radio program, PowerPoint. Visit JackGraham.org for station listings.

Thursday
Oct162014

A Note from Warren and Virginia 

Dear Friend,

 A number of years ago, I saw a television program where blind people were learning to slalom ski. To do this, each blind skier was paired with a sighted professional coach who would carefully guide the unseeing participant down the slalom using only his or her voice.

When the blind skier had to turn right, the coach shouted, “Right!” When the skier had to turn left, the coach shouted “Left!” Relying only on the voice of the coach, the blind skiers were able to navigate the slalom all the way to the bottom.

The reason those blind skiers were able to have that kind of trust was because of one simple fact: They knew their coaches could see what they couldn’t.

As I think about that amazing display of trust, I’m taken back to the words of the apostle Paul, who wrote, “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror…” (1 Corinthians 13:12). In other words, we’re like those blind skiers, unable to see in the slaloms of life.

So who then becomes our coach? The answer is God, who sees everything and speaks to us directly through His Word.

That means in order for us to make the right moves at the right times, we have to believe and trust that God’s Word is fully true. Because if it isn’t, then we have no reason to trust it as our guide.

But as our friend Pastor Jack Graham boldly proclaims on page 1 of this edition of SeniorLife, “The Bible is the Word of God.” And because of that, you can trust it to guide you in every circumstance—even when you can’t see what’s ahead!

Thank you always for your continued prayer and support to help more senior adults embrace the life God intends.

God bless you and Happy Holidays!

Thursday
Oct092014

Why build your spiritual muscles?

Years ago, Merv Griffin had a bodybuilder on his show. During the interview, Merv asked him, “Why do you develop those particular muscles...?”

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Thursday
Oct092014

How God can use you in an even bigger way

A tour group was making their way through the English countryside, stopping at several small villages along the way. In one particularly quaint hamlet, the group stopped to take some pictures...

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Thursday
Oct092014

Overcoming the dangers of distraction

A former police officer tells of the tactics of roving bands of thieves: They enter the store as a group. One or two separate themselves from the group...

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Thursday
Oct092014

The key to outliving yourself

“American history shall march along that skyline,” announced Gutzon Borglum in 1924 as he gazed at the Black Hills of South Dakota...

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Thursday
Oct092014

How to overcome death and gain life

The family of Harry Bliss surely had no clue that their mourning would inaugurate a tide of death rarely seen before in human history...

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Wednesday
Oct012014

How to live free from guilt and shame

The scene was the San Diego Superior Court. Two men were on trial for armed robbery, and the final witness had been brought up to testify against them...

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Wednesday
Oct012014

What does it mean to be free in Christ?

A little boy had fallen ill and stayed home from school one afternoon. His mother was concerned he’d get behind, so she taught him the lesson for the day at home...

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