No Fear

Fear can protect us from hurting ourselves. It keeps us from driving too fast on the freeway, walking too close to the ledge of a tall building, or gambling too much in a high stakes poker game. At its worst, though, it keeps us from acting boldly in situations where we need to take a risk. It keeps us from making investments that can lead to success. It causes us to hide our true selves out of fear of rejection by others. It causes us...

The Young and the Restless

We live in a society caught in the grips of anxiety and depression. Young people are more prone to thoughts of suicide than previous generations. Recent studies struggle with locating a cause, and end up adopting such lame conclusions as greater competitiveness, perfectionism, and controlling parents.

Hope Ahead

We're all in search of hope. We want to believe things will work out in the end, that our dreams will come true. In the middle of disaster, we long for reassurance that the world will be set right. We want to know that our life has a...

Declaration of Dependence

On July 4, we who are in the United States celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It's a declaration of freedom, of a sort. Freedom is highly prized in the world today—not only...

Promise Made, Promise Kept

Truth no longer means what it did a few generations ago. Western culture has developed a disdain for absolutes—the conception that there is something behind the beliefs we hold dear. Morals have become a matter of preference. Religion is treated as mere opinion. Science now defines truth as our best explanation for...

Resting in His Shadow

I have faced difficult times when my plans have unraveled and fallen apart around me. I remember one time I sat alone, feeling abandoned. Where was God, I wondered? I reached out in desperation but couldn't find him. The thought struck me that he had wandered away, that he didn't care about what I was facing. I wanted to...

Chains of the Past

Things in the past can enslave us. Mistakes we have made, experiences we cannot forget, things that have been done to us. Bitterness and disappointment can consume our thinking, robbing us of joy and hope. Images burned into our consciousness, like pornography...

When Disappointment Strikes

Life never works out the way we think it will. People let us down, tragedy strikes when we least expect it. Circumstances are often outside our control, and we all have limitations that keep us from realizing our dreams. It's difficult to avoid...

What is Done in Darkness

When I was in high school, I was deathly afraid of public speaking. I had a project due in a history class that required that I make an oral presentation, and the closer the deadline came, the more I started to panic. I forged a doctor's note to get myself out of class.

The Writing Is On the Wall

One of the things that seems to argue against Christianity is the prosperity of those who reject it. If Christianity is true, then the universe was rigged by its creator to reward one kind of life and discredit another. Those who live out his values should receive the life he planned for them, and those who reject his values should end up in disaster.

The Wake-up Call

We can't avoid difficult times in our lives; circumstances spin out of control, people fail us, and our finances can be devastated with one turn of life's events. It's not always enough to have a positive attitude and bounce back. Popular wisdom says that “life is 10% of what happens and...

The Pride Trap

The world sets us up for a fall. We're told that we're defined by our self-sufficiency, that successful people call their own shots and make things happen for themselves. It is particularly the case for men; providing for ourselves and others is one of the things we take pride in.

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