Christmas Satisfaction Even in Sorrow

Christmas Satisfaction Even in Sorrow

On Christmas Eve day of 1994, I spoke at the funeral service for my maternal grandmother. This most memorable and painful Christmas drove home the reality that a season of serenity stirs deep sorrow in the hearts of many. Loneliness through separation from family....
Speak Life

Speak Life

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me” is one of the most widely popular but patently untrue statements uttered by young children. Young and old alike understand the destructive power of the tongue. Every one of us has inflicted verbal...
The Irreplaceable Head

The Irreplaceable Head

Christian author Kyle Idleman made the observation that “what you win (people) with is what you win them to.” For people looking for the real deal, the church shouldn’t put center-stage anything less than the real deal. When former Christian musician Jon...
To God Be the Glory

To God Be the Glory

One goal I accomplished while attending the Iowa State Fair recently was to eat a Bauder Bar—a thick cube of frozen peppermint ice cream sandwiched between layers of chocolate deliciousness. According to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, one goal of every Christ follower is to...
Tranquil, Not Triggered

Tranquil, Not Triggered

One thing that usually raises my blood pressure and elicits a less than gracious response is when I’ve changed lanes to comply with a “right lane closed ahead” sign, and someone flies by me on the right. Invariably the “lunatic” is allowed to merge into my lane...
Don’t Be Duped

Don’t Be Duped

While in college I received a note from my father in which he repeated a warning from my heavenly Father: “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the...