The Encourager

Greetings, friend! I once heard it said: Everyone needs to be a Paul to someone (meaning ‘to be a mentor’), a Timothy to someone (meaning ‘to be a mentee’), and a Barnabas to someone (meaning ‘to be an encourager’). Interesting. Who are you a Barnabas to? Barnabas is introduced to us in the Bible as ‘a son of encouragement.’ What …

Change Unchanging

Greetings friend!An acquaintance’s recent comment surprised me: “Change and decay all around.” This person subscribed to no religion or faith community, but sensed the futility of life even as the world moved, in its thinking, towards a better future. His statement transported me mentally to a place where I had heard those words before. Our family was visiting an orphanage, cared …

Routines

Good morning friend! What do your voluntary routines reveal about you? Voluntary routines are not those things that you have to do, which if you don’t do could disrupt your life right away in a big way (e.g. Go to the bathroom when you get up, be at work or school on time, stop at a traffic red light, take …

It Never Gets Easier

Greetings! I had just finished my morning run. My start wasn’t impressive. I didn’t feel like getting out of bed; it was so warm and cozy.  My muscles were sore; they didn’t feel like being stretched today.  I didn’t feel like going outside the house; it was the middle of winter, bitterly cold, snowy, and icy in spots.  And did …

What a Thief Taught Me

Good day, friend! Let me share with you something very personal – my last words each night before I drift off to sleep. After “Good night, I love you” to my wife, I say, “Lord, I don’t know if You’ll wake me up tomorrow morning. In case You don’t, please remember me when You come in Your Kingdom.” So cool that …

Vaccine or No Vaccine?

Good morning family! Vaccine or no vaccine? Is that the question for 2021? You might have witnessed people passionately discussing this topic lately. I have listened to strong opinions in favor of vaccines and against them. Proponents on both sides have found support from the scientific community, from the faith community, and yes, from the almighty social media community.  So …

Spiritual Discernment

How well do you know that the course you’re taking is the will of God for you? Please evaluate yourself with the following tests: A. The Bible test – does this decision align with principles in God’s word? B. The peace test – does this option bring me the peace which passes all understanding? C. The conscience test – does …

Values vs. Actions

Once upon a time, I listened to a friend who passionately wanted freedom from a secret habit but was struggling to find a way out. This person’s belief system was strong, debated Bible doctrines and ethical principles effectively, and was a nice person. But the secrecy of this problem grated the mind, increased stress and fears, and decreased their sense …

Help! My prayer life…

Is Easily Distracted 12 suggestions to help rein in distracting thoughts during prayer Have your most important prayer when your mind is fresh and ready Write out your prayers to God Talk out loud to the Lord (be aware of your surroundings) Disconnect from phone and all social media Have a list prepared of the things you want to cover …