In Times Like These

When we add the last couple of weeks to most of last year it may cause us to raise our hands and signal “time out.”  No matter our political persuasions are, lives have been lost for months; lives lost as a result of an angry mob.  Consequently, unnecessary loss of life can create a litany…

Happy New Year to Everyone!

Sometimes as we begin the New Year, we pray for our circumstances to be better.  If the past year had many struggles, we celebrate the beginning of a New Year praying those difficulties would not return.  This is true especially when those difficulties created emotional stress, mental anguish, and led to physical exhaustion. Those experiences…

Loving Our Neighbor with God’s Love

Fundamental to everything God created is the need for us to love one another.  It defines who genuinely loves God (Matthew 22:36-40), who is a true disciples of Christ (John 13:34-35), and who walks in the light and who walks in darkness (1 John 1:5-7; 2:9-10). That love determines whether or not our prayers are…

Overcoming the Attacks of Satan – Part 1

Suppose you had been house hunting in a development of new homes, and when you found an empty one you tried to get into it.  If the house was full, occupied by people, you wouldn’t dare try to get in.  That’s exactly what Satan does.  He looks for vacuums.  He looks for empty houses.  They…

Benefiting from Difficult Relationships By Following Christ

Relationships can be difficult to the point that we do everything we can to avoid them.  We do our best to find people that we click with, rather than interact with anyone God puts in our path.  I believe this is what Christ had in mind when He said “love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Matthew…

God’s Faithfulness

Does God’s faithfulness surprise you, encourage you, strengthen you, give you hope or does the intensity of trials make you questions whether or not God cares?                 The hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” was written by Thomas Chisholm, who was born Lincoln-like in a log cabin in Kentucky.  As a young adult, he was converted…

Battle for the Mind

Sometimes our worst enemy is our mind.  We have so many thoughts racing through the mind that can create fears that inhibit us, speculations that can send our thoughts in so many directions, thoughts of not being good enough or a lot of persistent problems that can lead some people to feeling depressed and overwhelmed. …

Managing Difficult Relationships

Loving those that love us is easy.  What is difficult is loving those who do not love us and may not care for us at all.  The powerful thing is that the greatest reward is derived when “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?  Do not even the tax…

Challenged but content!

Just for a moment, who would have imagined a tiny invisible virus indiscriminately making our world topsy-turvy. The COVID-19 crisis has brought several hardships; restrictions on usual freedoms, personal and economic-financial challenges, emotional vulnerabilities, thousands of lost loved ones, broken marriages, 24/7 parenting, hospitals overwhelmed, virtual graduations….the list goes on.  Piling on top of the…

Easy Is Not Always Better

Why commit to doing good based on the Word of God when evil seems to get worse and God is committed to allowing trials to grow us?  This seems like a never-ending process that can get old very fast. I suspect another way to ask this question is, “Do we want an easy life so…