Acting or Reacting

You might not know James Shaw, Jr., but you probably recognize what he did recently at a Waffle House restaurant in Antioch, Tennessee. Shaw and a friend stopped at the Waffle House for an early morning breakfast. That’s when Travis Reinking entered the restaurant with an assault rifle, and began shooting, killing 4 persons, and [...]

3 Things to Do When Life Knocks the Wind Out of You

Lenka, an Australian singer, belts a song titled, “Roll with the Punch.” A line in the song says, “When life tries to knock all the wind out of you, you've got to roll, roll, roll with the punches.” When last did life seem to knock the wind out of you? The death of someone you [...]

Valentine’s Day 2018, and Our Hope

Our hearts were broken on Valentine’s Day 2018 when Nikolas Cruz opened fire on Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 teachers and students. Any tragedy such as this one causes people to ask, “If there is a good and powerful God, then why is there so much evil and suffering in our [...]

How to Be a “Bounce Back” Person

J. K. Rowling didn’t magically become successful overnight. Penniless, recently divorced, and raising a child on her own, she wrote the first Harry Potter book on an old manual typewriter. Twelve publishers rejected the manuscript! A year later she was given the green light by Bloomsbury Publishing, who agreed to publish the book but insisted [...]

Persevere, and You’ll Find Hope

“You learn to endure by having your faith tested” (James 1:3). My wife, Linda, answered the phone last night. A sweet, quiet voice on the other end said, “It’s Girl Scout cookie time!” The voice belonged to our granddaughter, Rhyan. She and her sister, Megan, are in the Girl Scouts. Of course, they wanted Mimi [...]

The Best 2018 Resolution You Can Make

“I deeply love your law! I think about it all day” (Psalm 119:97). When Mary Horomanski from Erie. Pennsylvania, recently opened her electric bill, her husband and son noticed she had a funny look on her face. Why? The electric bill displayed a balance of more than $284 billion! Mary said her heart started beating, [...]

‘Tis the Season to Be Peaceful

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors” (Luke 2:14) A woman went to see her doctor. She complained that she was feeling run down. The physician said, “You’re not run down. You’re too wound up.” Those words might describe you during this busy Christmas season. Did [...]

What to Do With Fear

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7). “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love” (1 John 4:18). I have served in ministry [...]

God Is Love; and That’s Hopeful!

Nine years ago Justin and Margaret Mussel of New Jersey lost a diamond engagement ring. The Mussels married in 2006. In the summer of 2008 they visited San Marco dei Cavoti, an Italian town where Margaret’s family owns a home. The engagement ring slipped off Margaret’s finger, but she did not realize it was gone [...]

God Has Amazing Power; and That’s Hopeful!

“Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm” (Jeremiah 32:17). After Hurricane Irma struck Florida in recent days, a news headline read, “8 million Floridians without power.” Can you even imagine being without electrical power for several days, maybe even weeks? No electricity to power [...]