Christmas and FOMO

“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord”                (Luke 2:10-11). In case you did not have enough on your mind, a new anxiety-phobia has affected many people. It’s called FOMO […]

5 Ways to Be Hopeful When Your Christmas Isn’t Merry

Have you ever noticed that many of the songs we sing at Christmastime are reminders that Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year? Songs like, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas” are examples. But remember, Elvis Presley once sang, “I’ll Have a […]

Let’s Have a Speech Clinic

Are you familiar with speech-action theory? This idea says that the words we speak not only share information, but our words also have the power to help others carry out actions. Yes, our spoken words do have the power to hurt or help, to inform or to insult, to lift up, or to tear down. […]

A Truth That Can Keep You Going, Every Time

“He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion” (Philippians 1:6). How many items have you left unfinished? A book? A house repair project? A diet? A good intention? An exercise regimen? A New Year resolution? I’m not jumping on you. I have my share of loose end, too. I […]

2 Words That Bring Hope, Every Time

“Life is hard,” reads the opening line of Scott Peck’s book, The Road Less Traveled. We could also add, “And the world isn’t fair.” We learn these 2 lessons at some point. Yet, we can still live abundantly even in the face of hard times. How? 2 simple words. “Choose Joy” The New Testament apostle […]

12 Ways to Help Almost Anyone with Almost Any Kind of Problem

Here’s a simple 2-question test. One, do you know anyone who has a problem? Two, would you like to help, but you aren’t sure how to get started? If you answered “yes” to either question, this practical article is for you. What follows are 12 ways to help almost anyone with almost any kind of […]

South Carolina, Hope, and You

While watching the recent summer Olympic events on TV, I listened to an announcer introduce an athlete from South Carolina. The announcer went on to describe the state’s motto: “Dum Spiro Spero,” which is Latin for “While I Breathe, I Hope.” That same statement could be the personal motto for every follower of Jesus: “While […]

Don’t Be a Hypocrite

“And you must set an example to them by doing good deeds of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching. Let your teaching be so correct that it can’t be criticized. Then those who want to argue will be ashamed because won’t have anything bad to say about […]

10 Statements Not to Say to Grieving People

Perhaps you recently went to the local funeral home to share your condolences when a friend’s spouse or parent died. You might have felt uncomfortable because you didn’t know what to say. As a member of the clergy, I have conducted, and attended, hundreds of funeral services. I have heard people say some hope-filled words […]

The Power of Your Words to Give People Hope

“Your words have put stumbling people on their feet, put fresh hope in people about to collapse” (Job 4:4, The Message)  I’ve heard Joe Stowell speak many times. In his book, “The Weight of Your Words,” Stowell tells the following story: “My junior high school had scheduled its annual theater production which included some opera-style […]