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The Weight of Shame

I've counseled a lot of people over the years, and I've seen and heard a lot of heartache. Along the way I've observed that one of the...

The Blessing of Suffering

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed (1 Peter 3:14 NIV). Peter wrote to encourage believers who were being...

I've Never Been the Same

Back in the 70's and 80's I ambitiously veered onto the "highway" of Bible study, teaching and preaching--captivated by it. My favorite...

My Bride

She wasn't interested in dating me at first. She thought I was too serious. Arguably, she was right. I was 16 going on 30. Very...

How to Forgive and Be Free

Sometime ago I paid forty dollars for a new garden hose. I was tired of ones that kinked all the time. I figured if I paid more, I’d get...

Letting Go

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make...

I Despise Racism

When I was a boy, nine or ten years old, I asked my best friend from third grade to come home with me one afternoon after school. Doug...

LIES WOMEN BELIEVE

Here are five common lies women believe: 1. I have to be beautiful. Seriously? Who decides what that means, you...or the media? Your...

Reacting vs. Responding

One of the things we must conquer in order to have a joyful life is a flaw that's often ignored. It’s the issue of “reacting vs....

This IS the Truth

One of the things I've noticed about many believers is that they live defeated lives. They carry a burden of shame on their shoulders and...

OUR FRIEND, CHANGE

Seasons come and go. Such is also true of life. We go through seasons of change--in circumstances, emotions, relationships, careers, etc....

​Gratitude

Someone asked me recently, “What’s the most important thing you ever learned?” To be candid, I couldn’t think of an immediate answer. ...

Praying For My Partner

​God, I'm incapable of loving my mate. I admit that. She's a feeler; I'm a thinker. She's patient; I'm not. She looks for the best in...

Criticism

Someone asked me recently if I had any advice for dealing with criticism. I pointed out that the price we pay for saying or doing...

On The Quest for Approval.

Want a productive challenge this week? Count the number of times you try to impress someone with your words, appearance, kindness, or...