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...

54. Experiencing and Recovering from Loss

Losses are something we will all experience at numerous times throughout life. For some, loss occurs when they are young, but for most, loss tends to increase as we approach our later years. No matter when it comes, however, loss is difficult. Writing about something...

53. Forgive? You Don’t Know My Story!

Think for a moment – who is it that really “rubs you the wrong way”? Perhaps it is your spouse or your ex-spouse. Maybe it’s that person in your church who spoke unkindly about you… or about one of your children. Perhaps, it’s that snarky neighbor who knows how to get...

52. How Boundaries Support Healthy Relationships

Boundaries: lines that mark the limits of an area. Something that points out or shows a limit or end – constraints. I like to think of them as invisible lines we draw based on what we will tolerate. In many ways, boundaries are the rules we establish for...

51. Compromise, Contradiction and Credibility

Let’s begin at the end. A number of years ago, while I was quite young, I made the decision to try to live my life in such a way that others would trust me. I longed to live with consistency, reliability, and what I later learned to describe as credibility. By...

50. Finding Your ‘Why’

Finding our “why” could be linked to finding our “who” or our “what”! It is akin to discovering our purpose in life. As believers, the best place to begin seeking out such answers begins with asking, “Why has God created us?” and “What direction does Scripture provide...

48. How Important Is God’s Word?

When I became a Christian at the age of nineteen, one of the greatest evidences of my conversion was a new-found craving for Scripture. Having been raised in a Baptist church, I was familiar with the Bible stories,and, because of countless “Bible Drills”, I knew the...

47. When God Says No

I lost my wife – my best friend and the love of my life – two years ago. It’s been said that God answers every prayer, even if the answer is sometimes “no”. My wife, Janie, and I battled cancer for 18 years, and you can be sure we prayed many prayers for...

46. Facing the Losses Cancer Brings

Cancer. Similar to Hiroshima or 9-11, when the prognosis is given to you or a loved one, you will always remember “where you were when”. If cancer hasn’t been part of your experience, that may sound like an exaggeration. And yes, the impact of cancer may not be as far...