After battling stage four breast cancer for a year, my 80 year old mother passed away. I know death is a part of life but it still feels a little […]
The Israelites were commanded to celebrate—and we would be wise to follow suit.
It was said of the church of the first century, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too” (Acts 17:6 NKJV). That was not meant as […]
”What do you want to be known for?” My Pastor Andy Stanley asked that from the Catalyst Stage, and provoked thought inside both myself and an arena filled with others. […]
A thorny question I am often asked about forgiveness is this: “Should I ask forgiveness from people I have wronged if they are unaware that I have wronged them?” Maybe […]
“No raging storm can ever defy one word of faith My heart remains sure in the wind, sure in the waves You are the anchor for my soul You won’t […]
If you’re a parent, chances are you child has or had one or two particular movies or videos they loved watching over and over and over again. Sometimes (if you’re […]
Medical technology is amazing, isn’t it? For instance, motorized exoskeletons are helping paralyzed people walk. And special glasses are helping color-blind people see the colors of our beautiful world. Imagine […]
Every time you are tempted to allow something to get you down, remember your eternal guarantees.
Weren’t you just heartbroken over the events last week in Charlottesville? I turned on the TV to see the kind of hate that took my breath away. It made me […]
Our 5-year-old daughter, Dorothy, curiously peeked into the coffin at her grandpa’s still form. The last time she’d seen him, the two had sat together in the Arizona sunshine. His […]
Dear Friend, Market research is big business these days. Corporations spend billions of dollars trying to determine what consumers want and how to motivate them to buy it. They study […]
There comes a time when you have to make a leap of faith. Faith goes beyond logic. When Jesus was with those tired, hungry people following Him, He called to […]
Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. – Proverbs 31:31
The road to abundant life comes with joy and heartache.
It was fifty years ago today… And America was tearing itself to pieces. The country still reeled from the loss of President Kennedy. His successor, President Johnson, initially rode a […]
You might be overworked, overwhelmed, and overcommitted if: You can’t remember the last time you took a nap without feeling guilty… You’ve bumped into someone at church and wanted to […]
Paul’s marvelously rich expression indicates that Christ is the source of our life. You has He quickened who “were dead in . . . trespasses and sins.”1 The same voice that brought Lazarus […]
Oscar Wilde said, “I can resist everything except temptation.” That’s the problem with temptation. It’s so tempting. But sometimes we unnecessarily put ourselves in the way of it.
There is a scripture in the book of Nahum that is both scary and comforting at the same time. Chapter one, verse eight says, “His way is in the fierce […]
In Mark 11:25-26 Jesus said, “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. But if […]
Not being a bumper-sticker freak, I find myself turned off by most of the stuff people announce on rear windows and back bumpers. But years ago I noticed one I’ve […]
As you know, I’m writing a new book with the working title How to Speak Truth to People Who Don’t Want to Hear (or How to Be Right Without Being […]
On the surface, happiness and joy are similar; they are both uplifting and blissful experiences. Yet there are more differences than similarities.
A century ago, rural America shopped at crossroads grocery stores or small-town general stores. The shelves of those stores were not always full; you couldn’t depend on what you needed […]
With the kids getting settled back in school what are you hoping they learn this year? Hi, this is Parks Stamper, middays on the Fish. Maybe its Algebra 1. […]
A small item I read in the news twenty years ago has stuck in my mind ever since. The Rockdale County High School Bulldogs basketball team of Conyers, Georgia, won […]
“Will you please empty the dishwasher?” I asked my 15-year-old son one afternoon after school. By the response I got, you would have thought I’d asked the boy to climb […]
Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. . . . If we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. – […]
God desires the best for each of His children, but sometimes we become trapped in habits, thoughts, and negative emotions that interfere with His plans for us.