Posts by Michael Cox

Posts by Michael Cox

Marriage: Prepare and Enrich

In the field of marriage counseling the gold star tool used by more counselors to help couples preparing for marriage; plus married couples wishing to improve their marriage is: PREPARE/ENRICH. PREPARE/ENRICH measures a couples maturity in the 15 major building blocks of a great marriage. Building blocks such as marriage communication, financial management, faith, how to deal with the in-laws, and problem solving. I have used PREPARE/ENRICH with my couples for over 30 years and have found it to be…

Give Me 5!

The game show Jeopardy is one of the few TV shows I watch. I’m always amazed at the knowledge of the contestants in every area other than the Bible. Stories I have known since my childhood stump most of the participants. The struggle demonstrated by these contestants reflects the overall drop in Bible knowledge in the last 50-years, but it doesn’t have to be. GIVE ME 5! Give me just a little time from your personal schedule and watch the…

Remember and Understand

As I write this article over 1,000 people have viewed the first two lessons in our new study series on how to REMEMBER & UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE. That’s great! If you are not part of that 1,000 it’s not too late. The only book we have covered so far is Genesis. Maybe Bible study has been frustrating and bewildering to you because you can’t make heads or tails of what you read? Perhaps Bible study causes you to want to…

Sharing Our Faith

I’m so excited! Can you tell? Tomorrow kicks off a 12-week study that will take us from Genesis to Revelation. It’s my survey of the Bible and the survey includes the way that I REMEMBER and UNDERSTAND God’s Word. Have you ever wished that you could REMEMBER what you read from the Bible? Do you struggle with the massive amount of information and often can’t seem to keep it all straight? Perhaps you ever thought, “I would like to be…

A Hole in Your Life…

They arrive in my email INBOX almost every week. A desperate cry for help from a person in deep despair, like the one I received two weeks ago (Please note – I have been given permission to share this email message). “Michael, what do I do? I wasn’t raised this way. I have made a total mess of my life. My aim in life has been fun and excitement but that has led me to problems. Bad decisions upon bad…

Do You Have a Scar?

We all have them. I have one on the underside of my arm as a box cutter slipped one day while I was working in a grocery store as a teen and I sliced open my arm. I have another one on my upper arm as proof of a childhood vaccination. Just two weeks ago, while recording a video lesson, I gained a new one as I took a wrong step leaving the podium area and fell in the auditorium…

New Online Classes Coming Soon!

Small, but I believe significant, improvements are coming to our online Bible video classes and I’m extremely excited about the potential impact for increasing our Bible knowledge. Beginning in a few weeks, during my MANNA IN THE MORNING classes (Thursday – Saturday) and A MESSAGE OF HOPE classes (Monday & Tuesday), I will present my special way to really get to know the Bible. It will be through a unique survey of all 66 books. Each book of the Bible…

Success for Our 40 Days of Prayer!

Our 40 DAYS OF PRAYER officially ended this past Friday. Over the last few days, I have heard back from many people regarding this united effort of Christians around the world. From Kenya, “Thanks to the 70 West church for spearheading this effort. Our church here has been involved. We have seen faith grow. We have seen better cooperation. We have felt good about doing this with you.” From the Philippines, “40 DAYS OF PRAYER has helped me become dependent…

When Forgiveness is Too Difficult…

I can’t remember having feelings like these from just reading an email from a stranger. The email was from a Christian woman dealing with a very real problem. I read her question and her problem struck a nerve. The words on the computer screen gripped me. The emotions flooded my mind. I was immediately drawn in and like Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus, I wept. Why was I crying? I was experiencing empathy for this woman I only knew…

Storms

As I write this article another terrible hurricane has struck our nation’s coast and remnants of the storm are approaching southern Arkansas. Storms happen as our weather changes seasons. Storms also happen in life. It may be the fearful words from a doctor concerning a diagnosis, marital unhappiness expressed by a spouse, getting the ‘pink-slip’ at work, family issues that rear its ugly head, or one of the hundreds of problems each one of us can face in life. What…
Sparkling golden green celebration fireworks

Happy Anniversary

Saturday was my anniversary. You might say, “But Michael, I thought you celebrated your anniversary a couple of weeks ago.” Well, that was my wedding anniversary. I’m talking about a different anniversary. Saturday was the 3rd anniversary of my FIRST WORKDAY here at 70 West. I remember the day so well. Danny Vaughn met me the prior day and helped me get set up in a temporary apartment. That first workday was filled with getting my office arranged and going…
Thanksgiving Day traditional festive dinner

Prepare for the feast!

Growing up on the farm, Sunday dinner (city people call it lunch) was always a treat. Mom threw out all stops as the table was overflowing with homemade dishes she had cooked during the early morning hours before we left for worship services. I called Sunday dinner FEAST DAY, as my entire family gathered at our house after worship service for this grand meal.  Today is the kickoff for our SPIRITUAL FEAST DAYS as our elders have lined up a…