The Urgency of Now

In one of his majestic speeches, Martin Luther King Jr. began with these words, “We have…come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now.”  As far as King was concerned, there was not a moment to lose.  Injustices had been suffered by minorities in America for too long.  The Civil… [Read More]

Bringing in the Sheaves

“Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.” (Ps. 126:5-6) The above psalm was written during a period of hindsight, after the Jews had survived a seventy-year Babylonian captivity and… [Read More]

Be of Good Cheer

The King James translation of the Bible uses the phrase “be of good cheer” to translate one of the commands of the Lord. “Cheer” comes from a Middle English word meaning “mood,” so the phrase basically means, “be in a good mood.”  It is translated “take courage” and “take heart” in other translations.  Jesus used… [Read More]

What the World Needs

According to John Eldredge, writer Gil Bailie was once given the following advice by a mentor: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  This is good advice, not only because it is true,… [Read More]

Praying During an Illness

Prayer lists and remembering the sick in our petitions to the Lord are time-honored traditions in the church.  Not only that, these are biblical practices.  James writes, Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of… [Read More]

Side Effects

Got a headache?  Just grab some Ibuprofen and you’ll be fine!  That is, unless you are unfortunate enough to experience some of the side effects of Ibuprofen pills.  Side effects of this simple pain killer include rash, dizziness, nausea, heartburn, stomach cramps, ringing ears, indigestion, loss of appetite, nervousness, depression, numbness in the hands &… [Read More]

Failing Forward

Everyone has painful memories of ill thought plans, misguided ventures, and heartbreaking disappointments.  Failure is very difficult to overcome.  At the very least, it produces a twinge of regret in our hearts when we think about how things did not turn out the way we had hoped.  Worse, sometimes we allow failure to make us… [Read More]

Toxic Habits of Christians

I recently read an article entitled 5 Toxic Marriage Habits by Jen Thorn.  As I read through her article, I couldn’t help but realize that her observations about marriage problems are almost 100% relevant to relationships within the Church.  The following three habits are taken directly from Thorn’s article.  As you read, consider your relationship… [Read More]

Growing Old

William Wordsworth’s poem, “The Fountain,” relates a conversation the poet once had with a seventy-two-year-old friend alongside a gurgling spring beneath a spreading oak tree.  The older man was struggling with the thought of his own mortality, and, discouraged, he uttered the following words: And here, on this delightful day, I cannot choose but think… [Read More]

A Soft Answer

Most likely, we have all been to that point.  That point where you know that a heated situation could get out of control if someone says or does the wrong thing.  It’s the point where someone gets slapped with a scathing insult (or slapped across the face) and everyone holds their breath to see what… [Read More]