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.

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 90%...

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. We're pushed to climb the ladder and make a name for ourselves. If we do what we're...

With Shouts of Grateful Praise

When I was growing up, we had a tradition at Thanksgiving where everyone had to take a turn to reflect on the year and share what they were thankful for. I was self-absorbed, as a teenager; when it came my turn, I often had to scramble to think of something. When you're intent on your own...

A Prayer For You

There aren’t many things I value more than spending time with people I care about. Maybe you feel the same way, that the most meaningful times in life are spent with people who love you. The world has a way of snatching up all our time, distracting us with its many demands and stressful situations. We reach moments, like in the holiday season, when we’re forced to take some...

His Dream Cannot Fail

Have you ever given up on a dream? Something you always thought you would achieve, or that you wished could happen? It’s a difficult moment when you finally accept that not everything has worked out the way you’d hoped. Life sometimes seems out of our reach. The older we get, the less time we have to reach the goals we always hoped for. It can lead to depression or the...

A Father Who Does Not Change

My dad passed away a couple years ago. One of the things I miss about him is how I never needed to worry about my relationship with him. He never varied. He was always happy to see me; he’d open his arms to embrace me and tell me he loved me, as if not a day had passed since the last time we were together. In all my ups and downs in life, he rarely lost his temper, and even when he did, it wasn’t for long. I realize...

What Is Love?

If I tell you that you are loved, how does that make you feel? We’re all dying to know that we’re loved. There are no words more powerful, or more likely to disappoint us after we hear them. The problem is that the love we’re talking about doesn’t mean...

That You May Have Power

A popular screenwriter on the Avengers movies was asked recently why superhero movies had become such a phenomenon in recent years. His answer was vague. People like a struggle for good and evil, he surmised, what he calls “myth-making,” and admitted he didn't have a smarter answer than that. I think that's only part of what's happening. Something much more basic is at work, and it's not the same thing as westerns from the 50s and 60s.

From the Inside Out

My kids are growing into adults. I stand by with some amazement as they change and develop into what I hope are the people they are meant to be—the people that God created them to be. My job is to help them reach that goal. It’s not always easy to know how to do it. Christian parents...

How Will It Be?

One of the ways we end up looking foolish is by spending our time and money on things that, in the course of time, don’t matter at all. I’ve spent money on things that I’ve rarely or never used. Or paid for extended warranties for things that don’t break in the time you’ve insured them for, possibly because you didn’t need them or use them much in the first place.

Victory Over Darkness

If I tell you I have good news and bad news for you, which do you ask to hear first? I usually take the bad news first, because I have the fear that the bad news will counteract the good news. I’d rather face reality than get my hopes up. I don’t know if that’s true of most people, though; it’s probably a reflection of my past disappointments. We like to avoid bad news if we can help it; we’re afraid of that part.

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