Multitudes of people never fulfill God’s call for their lives because fear stops them. But scripture says, “Fear not, for I am with you.” Is. 40:1 The Bible directs its attack against fear’s attack by hitting at the heart of fear’s ultimate power—the false belief that one is isolated and without aid. Fear tells us we are merely one and no more and there isn’t anymore or certainly not enough.… Read More »FREED FROM FEAR


We say something or we write something, and we hope we’re understood. Figuring out what something means is half the battle when it comes to what we say and write. This is true in our faith and it’s true at many places of work. For example, when you hear or read, “join our fast-paced company” what it really means is “We have no time to train you.” “Casual work atmosphere”… Read More »ARE YOU A FUNDAMENTALIST CHRISTIAN


How much effort should we put into becoming better people? It’s not easy to know until we do some soul-searching. Most are who they are and leave it at that. There are people who think that the way they thought back in high school, how they viewed others and themselves, should stay the same. What was good back then is still good now. What was unhealed back then should stay… Read More »HEAL WHAT’S UNHEALED


We all want things to turn out the way we think they should. From our view, this or that needs to happen. And wow, do we have a massive list. In fact, much of lives can be put on that list of things that need to go a certain way. Now of course we’ve gotten better over time, I hope, with letting others get something and letting the Lord step… Read More »ONE FOR ME, ONE FOR GOD


There’s no doubt we all get angry. Some more than others and some times more than at other times, like when after spending three and a half hours enduring the long lines, surly clerks, and line changing at the Department of Motor Vehicles, a man stopped at a toy store to pick up a gift for his son. He brought his selection, a baseball bat, to the cash register. “Cash… Read More »FOREGOING ANGER


An oblivious man said, “My husband says I’m selfish, inconsiderate, and ruined his birthday. I think that’s unfair. I didn’t even know it was his birthday.” Some people will do something for others—if they’re forced. Others look for someone to do good to. We need to maintain an unselfish attitude. Selfishness comes easily, naturally. It’s built into the way things are. To beat it, to become better than what’s natural,… Read More »AN UNSELFISH LIFE


A shopper observed a mother in the grocery store with her three-year-old in her cart. As they passed the cookie section, the child asked for cookies and her mother told her “no.” The little girl immediately began to whine and fuss, and the mother said quietly, “Now Elizabeth, we just have half the aisles left to go through; don’t be upset. It won’t be long.” The shopper passed mom again… Read More »WAITING TO WIN


Hands can do a lot. One woman remembers when she was little, she and her grandpa would go ice fishing. When they were back home, he would take her socks and boots off, and hold her feet in his hands until they were warm again. That woman remembers her grandpa’s hands. Some experience discomfort with our hands because of arthritis. Our hands are what we use to touch someone with… Read More »HAND TO HAND


A woman had been exposed to strep so went to the doctor’s office to have her throat swabbed for a culture. She sat in the waiting room for quite a while with her legs crossed, reading a magazine while other patients came and went. Her turn was called, but when she stood up, she discovered her leg was “asleep.” Not wanting to keep the nurse waiting, she limped, staggering toward… Read More »EASTER MORNING RUN


We all know we want to get “there.” People want the result. Most wanta better job, a cleaner house, bigger bank account, better relationships,happier inside. But some days, getting from here to there looks, well,impossible. It looks impossible mostly because it’s a long way to go, andthere’s a lot of work to get from point A to point Z. Someone once said, “Thefirst step in getting somewhere is to decide… Read More »STEP RIGHT UP