65. Learning to Listen

The story is told of President Franklin Roosevelt, who often endured long receiving lines at the White House. He complained that no one really paid any attention to what was said. One day, during a reception, he decided to try an experiment. To each person who passed...

64. Embracing Humility

Humble Pie! Have you ever had a slice? Be honest, did you enjoy it? Would you like more? If you’re like most people, you probably don’t enjoy the experience of being humbled. It can be embarrassing and erode your confidence. It can even cause you to shamefully...

63. How to Stay Positive in Difficulty

Difficulty, tragedy, and adversity can all make us feel as though we’re drowning. Depending on the severity of the challenge, we can figuratively feel as though we’ve been kicked in the stomach, or literally feel nauseous. I know, I’ve been there. At times,...

62. Why So Much Pain?

I was reading a book the other day written by a highly respected, mature, and wise Christian educator and author. Using Psalm 23 as his text, he was speaking of God’s character, and how his followers could trust Him. From his discussion of this Psalm, he concluded...

61. He Is the Bread of Life

You are what you eat! The first time I heard that phrase it was used humorously to describe a fallacious correlation between one’s diet and his or her personality or character. As an example, if someone declared they ate some turkey, one might say, tongue-in-cheek,...

60. What Do You Hunger For?

We aren’t hungry for God because we are satisfied with who we are. We haven’t acquired a good, clear picture of ourselves so that we recognize how empty, self-centered, and unrighteous we really are. The prophet Isaiah did have that encounter. He described...

59. God’s Purpose for Christian Community

“The Christian church is in decline!”  We see this headline everywhere, from the The New York Times to The Atlantic. We’re told about the rise in “nones” particularly within the Millennials and Gen-Xers.  Many of us have grieved over our own sons and daughters walking...

58. Maximizing Our Lives

What is it you most want to do with your life? Some say we can do anything to which we put our minds. I wouldn’t agree with that statement, but I would say that every one of us has the potential to make a big difference in the lives of others. I would also say...

57. Repentance and Pursuit of a Pure Heart

To want something good often requires doing something hard. This certainly applies to keeping a pure heart. Matthew 5:8, the profound, tiny portion of Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount, promises, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (NIV). It helps...

56. Reigning Emotions

Wow! Our emotions can be a powerful and sometimes volatile influence on our decisions and relationships! Because they are so central and pivotal to how we live our lives, I’d like to highlight the need to gain an understanding of our emotions. This comes as we...

55. Seeing Our Blindness

Being blind but not recognizing it, is a difficult kind of blindness. One might say the worst kind! When we recognize that we are not able to see something clearly, it makes for a much easier problem to solve. I’m not speaking about blindness of vision, but of what we...