Your Body: Friend or Foe?

Your body can be a touchy subject (no pun intended). Is your body friend or foe to you? Many if…
Man's hand reaching toward the light. You were created for intimacy.

Why God Created You for Intimacy

There’s something in the human heart that craves connection. We sense, perhaps unconsciously, that we are created for intimacy. That…
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Your Brain CAN Change

When I went through medical school back in the “dark ages” we were told that 50% of what we learned…

The Baby Who Changed Everything

It’s almost Christmas. Children are eying presents under the tree. Adults are perhaps both tired and expectant. Church volunteers are…

Is God Disappointed in You?

How does God feel about you? (We’re using human words to talk about God; that’s troublesome. But stick with me.)…

Why Free Will?

Couldn’t God have created us all to automatically love Him? Why did sin ever come into existence? Why free will…

The View from the Top

Perspective matters. You know that. A good leader regularly reminds herself and those she leads of the bigger picture, especially…

El Roi: The God Who Sees Me

You carefully curate the pictures you upload to social media. You want to look your best. Or perhaps you are…

Why Can’t I Stop Sinning?

You’re still frequently angry and bitter. Curse words are still coming out of your mouth. You keep satisfying your sexual…

A Cure, not a Band-Aid

The problem isn’t always the real problem. Taking Tylenol when you have a fever doesn’t cure the infection. Mowing the…
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Are Your Prayers Too Small?

If it seems as though God is not answering your prayers, it’s probably not because your prayers are too big.…
Experience Intimacy with God

How to Experience Intimacy with God

Some people are hyper-religious and super-spiritual – and obnoxious. If that’s what “intimacy with God” produces, who wants it? Others…
Why God Invented Sex

Why God Invented Sex

How is intimacy going for you? It is good, healthy, nourishing? Or have your attempts at intimacy resulted in only…
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What Intimacy with God Means

You’ve heard people talk about it. Perhaps it sounds a little weird, and at the same time something in your…
OK to ask WHY

Is It OK to Ask WHY?

For as long as human beings have tried to survive in a sinful world they have asked WHY. The problem…
when you feel lonely

What to Do When You Feel Lonely

Pain is perhaps the loneliest thing in the world. That goes for emotional pain, physical pain, spiritual pain. It becomes…
All Belongs to God

It All Belongs to God Anyway

God’s in charge, right? Then why do bad things happen? We can’t fix things ourselves! But God has given humankind…
Christmas Story Reading

Our Christmas Gift to You

Perhaps you are celebrating Christmas with many friends and family, with food, presents, gifts, and perhaps football. Or perhaps you’re…
Fake News or Good News

Fake News or Good News?

In the United States we’ve just been through a very contentious election cycle. There’s been a lot of talk about…
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God Help Me! I’m Sick!

Sickness and disease: is it simply a fact of life on this miserable, sin-filled, messed-up planet? Is it our own…
Is sex a need?

Is Sex a Need?

Oh my, we’re getting touchy! Perhaps even asking that question feels like sandpaper in the most sensitive parts of you.…
Listen for God's Voice

How to Listen for God’s Voice

We communicate with the people we care about. There’s no relationship without communication. It’s the same with you and God.…
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Christians Behaving Badly

When someone complains about Christians behaving badly a common response is to admonish them to look to Jesus rather than…
submission in Christian marriage

Submission in Christian Marriage

Hear the words “submission” and “marriage” in the same sentence and you may feel something visceral rise up in your…
End of the Story

The End of the Story

The Bible as a true story, an epic play, a blockbuster movie, should come with a warning; Spoiler Alert! We’re…
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Love is not Wimpy

Say love and chances are your immediate mental picture is soft, squishy, and colored in pastels. If you’re over 40…
Worshiping God

Who Is Your God?

Do you know who your God is? As Christian believers that may seem a rhetorical question. But if someone met…
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Positive Thinking and the Bible

Is it magic? Is it “mind over matter?” Does faith mean white-knuckling it with positive thoughts and affirmations? What do you…

What is a Submissive Wife?

She is obviously struggling. As a young wife and mother she wants to do things God’s way. She wrote to…

Facing Grief at Easter

Today is Good Friday. Sunday is Easter. Is there a more important weekend in all of Christianity? The death, burial,…
Al Tanksley

Declaring the Death of Death

This weekend we laid my wonderful husband Al Tanksley to rest. Although my heart is broken, my spirit is determined…

Christmas Greeting 2015

I and all of us at Dr Carol Ministries want to wish you a very Merry Christmas! If you’re gathering…

Christians, Christianity and War

“Christianity and war” seems like an oxymoron. But unless you’ve been in the jungle with no means of communication with…

When You Feel Like a Failure

Let’s just admit it. We’re not perfect, and we know it. But sometimes the not-perfect-ness gets really old. Your head…

Helping the Least of These

There’s a long-running commercial on television in the US that tries to raise money for an organization helping abused and…
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God Help Me! I’m Broke!

Bring up the topic of money, and everyone has an opinion. The government should do more – or is doing…

Are You Putting God in a Box?

So who’s right? You? Your pastor? The Pope? The head of some denomination? The group of church leaders when they…

This Is NOT God’s Will

Bad things are happening – to people you know, to Christians here and in other places, and perhaps to you…
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How to Grow Your Character

In some ways your character is like your closet, your car, or your bank account. Of course it’s much more…

Intimacy Is Worth the Risk

Get too close and you’re likely to get hurt. No wonder many people are afraid to take the risk. Most…
Feeling shame

How to Disinfect Your Shame

We are all wounded. Life happens to us. People hurt us. And we hurt ourselves. But when the infection of…

Live Healthy, Live Whole!

It’s here! Your Prescription for Healthy Living, Loving Relationships, and Joyful Spirituality Have you ever tried to have a meaningful…

How Shall We Then Live?

Yesterday we celebrated Easter in remembrance of when Jesus rose from the dead, never to die again. The historical evidence…
Fully Alive

Christianity in One Word

Denominations. Cultures. Traditional vs. contemporary. Grace vs. good works. Community. Just love everyone. What is Christianity really about anyway? Controversy…

Who Should You Ask For Help

When you’re successful at doing it all on your own you’re left with feelings of accomplishment and pride. More often,…

How to Turn It Over to God

In Christian-eze it’s been said various ways: “Give it to God.” “Turn it over to God.” “Let God do the…
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God Wants You Uncomfortable

“God, help me, please!” I believe God loves those prayers. There’s never a wrong time to pray, though sadly it…

Why Do You Go To Church?

On Sunday morning, or whenever you go to church, what are you looking for? What do you expect when you…

Did Christmas Disappoint You?

For most of us, yesterday was Christmas. The gifts have been opened. The food has been eaten. The Christmas carols…

Are You In The Right Church?

There’s a wonderful gospel song that proclaims, “God’s building a church!” Yes, He certainly is. And YOU are a vital…

4 Things To Do While Waiting

Nobody likes to wait. It’s frustrating. It feels cold. And it’s easy to let a seeming delay mess with your…

When Love Goes to War

What have you done in the name of love? Stayed up all night nursing a sick child – over and…

Getting Over A Bad Attitude

A bad attitude isn’t all in your head. Sometimes it’s very much in your body as well. A bad attitude…

What Is A Christian Marriage?

What makes a marriage Christian? Is every good marriage a Christian marriage? Is every Christian marriage a good marriage? Ask…

6 Things God Wants From You

We humans have a tendency to make religion very complicated. Even the relatively recent attempts to differentiate religion and spirituality…

What the Bible Says About Health

I often see honest Christian people who are not at all healthy. Sometimes they become frustrated and discouraged, even wondering…

The Gospel Is Not For Wimps!

Sometimes we think the message of the Gospel offers good people a way to become better, get over their hangups…

7 Things The Bible Says To Those Who Are Poor

There are few topics on which the Bible has more to say than the topic of money. And there are plenty of distortions of Biblical truths on the subject. Those on the political right and political left have found plenty of Biblical proof texts for their positions. And sadly someone’s position on what the Bible says can often be determined by their net worth.
But for those who are in need of material things, here are some specific things that the Bible makes clear:

Jesus and His disciples

Five Kinds of People Jesus Spent Time With

Jesus didn’t like everybody.
He loved everyone. He still loves everyone. But while He was here on earth, Jesus definitely had favorites. There were people He loved to be around, and people He avoided.
Here are the kinds of people Jesus spent most of His time with:

Reading the Bible

What To Do When You Don’t Feel Like Reading the Bible

There’s that little voice in your head that says, “Read the Bible!” Intellectually you accept the fact that as a Christian, reading the Bible would be a good thing to do. But you don’t feel like it.
Here are a few thoughts on what to do at those moments when you just don’t feel like reading the Bible.

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