Kim Phu Phan Thi: Spreading the Message of Forgiveness

Article Re-posted with permission of The Pottstown Mercury The worst day of Kim Phuc Phan Thi’s life was captured in a photograph. “Someone began screaming, ‘Too hot! Too hot!” Kim Phuc, now 50, told the Valley Forge Baptist Temple congregation Sunday during a nighttime service. “That someone was me.”A South Vietnamese warplane mistakenly dropped four napalm canisters on 9-year-old Kim …

The Challenge of Being Cool

There are many words in the English language that have a definite meaning. For example, “stop” means to cause to cease –– really no argument there. The beauty about the English language is the fact that there are so many words that change based on the context or values of the person saying the words. This principle can work with …

:01 Second Chance

You’ve seen the scene—tens of thousands of screaming college students and parents—bundled up, huddled up, and always somewhere in the crowd is a wildly crazy group of shirtless guys painted in school colors, jumping up and down in the frigid cold and cheering. It’s Saturday afternoon college football, and few sporting events rise to its drama. In November we witnessed …

Navigating the Digital Storm

[av_dropcap1]R[/av_dropcap1]ight now on the floor of the bedroom sits a black plastic milk crate. My wife came in and put it on my side of the bed and declared, “You’ve gotta do something with this.” I groaned in my spirit, because I knew this day was coming. You see, this isn’t any normal milk crate. This is a milk crate …

Veteran’s Story Told

A LOCAL VETERAN & PRISONER OF WAR SHARES HIS STORY WITH HOLLYWOOD Veteran Don Evans was flown to Hollywood to share his account of real tank battles in Germany during World War 2.  He spoke with actors Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf as they prepare for their upcoming film Fury.  Don Evans was wounded and captured as a POW when mortar fire …

Is God Fair?

“IT’S NOT FAIR!” you’ll hear people say. Yes, many things in this world are not fair. People ask, “How can God, who loves the world, send people to Hell?” The problem with that question is the premise upon which it is built. In reality, God has not “sent” one person to Hell! The fact is that the perfect, holy, and …

Grand Opening: Valley Forge Biblical Counseling Center

The Collegeville community and the surrounding area have a new friend: Valley Forge Biblical Counseling Center (VFBCC).  In existence for more than 15 years as a ministry of Valley Forge Baptist, the VFBCC has expanded its services to more directly meet the spiritual, mental, and emotional needs of the community through a newly renovated stand-alone counseling center on the campus …

3 Steps That Lead to a Healthy Relationship

A healthy marriage is one in which you go through the stages of self-discovery and learn to identify your healthy and less-than-healthy expectations. Then you choose to take personal responsibility for your actions and reactions. Finally, you make the commitment to honor the marriage and your spouse. If you’re waiting for your spouse to change first before you take personal …

Tips for Teens

Ah, the teenage years. I feel like it was just yesterday that I embarked on those never-forget years of being a teenager. There were many memories made during my teen years: high school, heading off to college, first time to Disney World (I know, I was robbed in my childhood), and sports. There is one landmark event that occurs at …

The Most Basic Needs of Teens

Most likely you or someone you know has had to deal with a distressed teenager at some time or another. Let’s face it; our American culture has taken its toll on the emotional health and well-being of our teens. They face pressures today that put them on the brink of emotional breakdown. Consider some of the most common stressors that …