From that day forward, I did whatever I had to do to avoid any semblance of shame. I lied, hid, blustered, diverted attention. Whatever it took. It rarely worked. My efforts only made me feel more ashamed. I had never been an extrovert, but now I retreated deeper into my shell.
Cathy was 41 when she died of cancer, leaving behind her husband and three boys - aged 17, 7 and 5. She was originally diagnosed almost three years ago...
God gives his children directions, but not a GPS. A compass sometimes, but rarely a map. But more important than any of these navigation tools, God gives us a blessing for the journey, and a promise of the Spiritâ€™s guidance.
"Sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits," my dad used to say now and then. It is probably a quote from the Pogo comic strip...
Do you have unfinished tasks around the house? My wife could attest to the fact that I am notorious for doing 85% of a job and leaving the last 15% percent unfinished.
JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH - A SAVIOR - THE MESSIAH - THE LORD "I am bringing you good news of great joy which will be for all the people...
Of all the â€śtrue meanings of Christmas,â€ť this is perhaps the truest. When I was a boy, my relatively non-religious family had a Christmas Eve tradition.
As one of the members of our church heads off to a Come Away With Me Retreat, I find myself a little envious and reminiscent of my own retreat where the Lord met me with healing.
When I was a kid I remember a song by the singer Mac Davis. I couldn't tell you any other song by him, but I remember this one...
A few weeks ago marked the 17th anniversary of the death of Henri Nouwen. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of his book Compassion.
I had the opportunity to preach at a church recently and was asked to speak on the topic of the apostle Paul's journey with Jesus. Paul's life is such a great example of the power that experiences have in bringing change and growth in our lives
In the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21), Jesus sets out the nature of greed. Like all sin, it turns us inward, shutting us off from God and others.
Churches are filled with imperfect people just like hospitals. Sometimes we misdiagnose and make people sicker. Sometimes our bedside manner leaves something to be desired. Sometimes the waiting room is too full and care is not delivered in a timely manner, or the delivery room is unstaffed.
God knows you â€” which means God knows your hurts, your worries, your feelings, your concerns, your joys, your successes, your victories, your sins, your failures, your lusts, your vices, your securities and insecurities â€” and loves you through them all.
Thunder again? There had been a whole string of rainy days, and we were getting used to hearing thunder. I love to experience storms - to drink in the smell of the rain and see the wonder and majesty of wind and lightning...
Now that winter seems to finally be over (I hope) and the temperatureâ€™s warming up, itâ€™s a time when a manâ€™s heart turns to romanceâ€¦and golf, not necessarily in that order. So, I thought maybe the game of golf might be able to provide some insight into marriage.
â€śI am loved!â€ť Such simple words yet so difficult for so many to experience in their hearts. Oh, we may acknowledge with our heads that we are loved but often our hearts find it hard to accept as real.
Should. I think this has become one of my least favorite words in the English language. â€śYou should do this.â€ť â€śYou shouldnâ€™t do that.â€ť
Luke 6:6-11: On another Sabbath [Jesus] went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath.
She played with tiny pebbles by a stream as the sun glinted through the vibrant green tropical canopy. She had been there before when the river roared after heavy winter rains, but today the water whispered.
Paul says in Colossians 3:15 "And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state]...
John 20:10-18 Jesus's tomb is empty. Mary Magdalene is in grief ("loud wailing" denoted by the Greek), desperate to find Jesus, her Lord.
In remembrance of our Lord's death and resurrection, I've laid out a survey of scriptures that tell of the passion of Jesus. Each text color represents a "voice" from the scriptures:
Jesus is our hope. â€śHe has risen! He is not hereâ€ť.
Throughout February our devotional theme will be hope. This week Dr. Christian Just shares a few thoughts on the subject. Dr. Just is a faithful friend of HCM International...
As we deal with fear in our lives, we can look to these three phrases for encouragement and to seek the Lord's presence.
Two weeks ago we started a series of three devotionals around the phrase â€śall behavior has meaning.â€ť Weâ€™re focusing on why care receivers (and us too!) can continue to choose dysfunctional behaviors, especially when those behaviors leave us scratching our heads.
Last week we started a series of three devotionals around the phrase "all behavior has meaning." We're focusing on why care receivers (and us too!) can continue to choose dysfunctional behaviors, especially when...
As caregivers, we may find ourselves sitting across the room from a care receiver with some bizarre dysfunctional behaviors.
King Davidâ€™s life is surrounded by pictures of Godâ€™s grace and passion for His people. In 2 Samuel 14, though, David gets a lesson about Godâ€™s grace from a very unlikely source, and it is a message thatâ€™s just as powerful today...