There is a big difference between courage and false, human bravado masquerading as courage. Courage is thoughtful, properly assesses risks, understands the necessity of the personal reward and refuses to allow fear and discouragement to impede progress. You cannot be encouraged if you don’t already have courage. To encourage (IN-courage) is to pull the courage already within a person to the surface. Encouragement happens from deep within with existing resources. The best way to encourage someone is to stoke the fire within their belly. I have found this to be true when I have visited the bedside of members...Read More
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For many people, the one thing they do not want to miss at Christmas is family. Getting the extended family together, remembering times and loved ones past, sharing a sumptuous feast, a few days of relaxation from the normal grind – that is what Christmas is all about. In our increasingly mobile culture, where extended families stretch all over the country and even the world, family is certainly a good thing that many do not want to miss during this season of Advent. Ask a kid, and presents are likely the things they do not want to miss at Christmas. What would Christmas be without presents for everybody,...Read More
I can’t believe it is that time of year again. We have roughly two weeks before Thanksgiving arrives and Christmas is on its heels. There are many ways to express the message of the season. We shop till we drop, give presents, mail Amazon packages of goodies or plan trips to be with loved ones. However, no other time of year elicits feelings of sadness and loneliness like the holiday season. All five of the human senses go into overdrive during this time. It might be a favorite carol or Christmas hymn, the smell of food or pine, the...Read More
“And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down — that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: ‘Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser...Read More
“Jesus wept” (John 11:35 NIV). This was the first Scripture I learned in my Sunday school class when I was about 4 years old. These two words comprise the shortest verse of Scripture in the Bible. I learned these two seemingly simple words as a child, but I did not understand why Jesus wept. What was it that caused Christ to weep? Does He still weep today? We can more fully understand why Jesus wept by examining the story of Lazarus in the 11th chapter of the Book of John. Lazarus was a dear friend of Christ and he had recently...Read More
Underdogs are called underdogs for a reason: They are outnumbered, smaller, weaker, lacking in tools or weapons and don’t stand a “snowball of a chance.” They are many times labeled “David” in the battle against their “Goliath”. The famous battle between these two contestants is found in the Bible in I Samuel chapter 17. David should not have prevailed in the contest, but he was victorious. Why? How could the little, skinny, model-pretty shepherd boy prevail in a mano a mano contest against an armed and dangerous giant that meant business? Goliath was a towering hulk who stood 9 feet...Read More
Our bodies are temples for the Holy Spirit to dwell in (1 Corinthians 3:16). God wonderfully created each of us to be a personal, portable church. Each person is designed to be a church unique from all the others. Body, soul, and human spirit are intimately connected and what happens in one sphere directly impacts the other two (Proverbs 15:13). Our spirituality is tied to our sexuality and our emotional health is connected to our physical well-being. Taking care of our bodies gives us the necessary energy to effectively balance other spiritual graces such as prayer and fasting. We need to be...Read More
This year is only 20 days old and counting and many people have already slumped back into 2014’s bad habits. The excitement of New Year’s Eve has waned and intended resolutions (whether verbalized or not) have faded into oblivion. The slimy slug of procrastination slid into your plans and cancelled them before the first week of 2015 was in the history books. We procrastinate when we make a practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones. Some subtle signs of procrastination are: Saying...Read More
We are an original thought of God, spoken into existence by his word. Who people say we are is not as important as who God says that we are. When Jehovah called Jeremiah to the prophetic office, he said to God, “I don’t know anything, I am just a child.” His response was based on a weak self-assessment and the thoughts of others. God’s response was, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Do not say, ‘I am only a...Read More
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine (repeat three times), Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. All in the streets, I’m gonna let it shine; All in my home, I’m gonna let it shine; Everywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine … Recognize the lyrics? Many of us learned this old tune when we were children. Many prayer meetings and hot testimonial services commenced with this song. It was our familiar standby when we just didn’t know what to sing. It was an anthem and rallying cry during the Civil Rights Movement...Read More
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