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 […]

Stop Comparing Yourself With Others

“Peter asked, ‘Lord, what about him?’ Jesus answered, ‘What is that to you?’? (John 21:21-22) I worked with a guy one time who was OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). He was just obsessed about the order and arrangement of things. He drove all of us crazy. I want you to think differently about OCD. Think “obsessive […]

Is It OK to Be Competitive?

“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:25-28). The sports world lost 2 legends this […]

God’s Got This!

“I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Psalm 18:1-2). I felt a horrible wave of sorrow and sadness wash over me when I […]