20 Steps That Lead to a Great 2020

1. Set some personal goals. Decide at least 4 things you want to accomplish in 2020, and go after them. Having no goals means we aim at nothing. Goals give your life direction. 2. Develop a new skill in 2020. You might improve your cooking skills, or you could learn a new computer program, or [...]

Facing Holiday Loneliness

Andy Williams sang, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Yet, for some people, the holiday season from Thanksgiving through Christmas is not “wonderful” but lonely. We just came out of Thanksgiving, and as we approach Christmas you might be feeling sad and lonely. The holiday period we are in can bring up painful [...]

Maintaining Your Hope in God

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God” (Psalm 42:5).   John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress, and one of the leading preachers in the First Great Awakening, said that for several years it seemed as if the devil was sitting on his shoulder whispering blasphemous words [...]

When You Feel Overwhelmed

“You may say to yourselves, ‘These nations are stronger than we are. How can we drive them out?’” (Deuteronomy 7:17).   I stood in line at one of our local supermarkets recently. At the checkout an elderly woman attempted to figure out how to work the card reader. She had pulled her ATM card out [...]

5 Steps for Keep Your Head Above Water

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is [...]

A Life of Ease or a Life of Growth?

Do you often eat breakfast cereal? Here’s a take on cereal you might not have seen. According to an article in the New York Times, researchers noticed a decline in sales of breakfast cereals. Here’s the reason. Breakfast cereal—with the whole bother of bowl and spoon—involved far too much work. Almost 40 percent of the [...]

Easter Is Good News!

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) A business owner met with his banker and announced he had good news and bad [...]

Are Nationalism and Christianity in Agreement?

While attending a local high school basketball game recently I stood with others in the school gym, hand over heart, to sing the national anthem. That’s patriotism, love for one’s country. But we are hearing much these days about nationalism. Is patriotism the same as nationalism? As patriots we sing the National Anthem with a [...]

Finding Hope in Our Age of Terrorism

In recent days, an Australian nationalist shot and killed 49 worshipers at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. The shooter appeared to film the attack on a head-mounted camera, live streaming the 17-minute incident to Facebook. The social media company has since taken down the shooter's video. This heartbreaking terrorist act has left millions feeling [...]

Do You Ever Feel Plutoed?

When I was a kid, I memorized all the planets in our solar system. Pluto was always the last planet on the list of 9 planets. But in 2006 Pluto was demoted from a “planet” to a “dwarf planet.” For a celestial body to be classified as a planet it must meet 3 standards: 1. [...]