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January 6, 2020

Last year, I read a great book by Rachel Hollis called Girl, Wash Your Face. Although many Christians have never heard of the book, it has been on Christian bestseller lists since its release in 2018. One publication estimated the book's sales at over 1.5 million copies.

Although reviews have been mixed, a large group of women follow Hollis for her lifestyle blog and social media accounts. The book recounts lies women have been told that inhibit their ability to live their best lives. Most of the criticism of...

December 23, 2019

One of the most rewarding parts of my life these days includes leading the GriefShare ministry at my church. Nationwide, thousands of churches have participated in this amazing program that helps hurting people along their grief journey. 

Recently, we sponsored a one-time event focused on Surviving the Holidays. Like the "regular" GriefShare program, those mourning a loss of a loved one assembled to watch a video chocked full of healing testimonies, advice and strategies for moving from sorrow to joy. Renown experts in psyc...

December 23, 2019

One of the most rewarding parts of my life these days includes leading the GriefShare ministry at my church. Nationwide, thousands of churches have participated in this amazing program that helps hurting people along their grief journey. 

Recently, we sponsored a one-time event focused on Surviving the Holidays. Like the "regular" GriefShare program, those mourning a loss of a loved one assembled to watch a video chocked full of healing testimonies, advice and strategies for moving from sorrow to joy. Renown experts in psyc...

November 22, 2019

I should have known from the way the day started that Thanksgiving would be one for the record books. As I got the turkey out of the refrigerator, it clearly did not thaw out as I had expected. After a quick call back to Ohio, mom's solution involved warm water in the sink and much prayer.

Next, a survey of the ingredients for the various dishes indicated no sour cream for the corn casserole. Fortunately, that could be remedied on my trip to 7-11 for my morning Diet Pepsi. Standing in line, the lady in front of me took the...

October 31, 2019

Last night, the Washington Nationals completed an unlikely run from wildcard team to World Series champions. Living in our nation's capital for 30 years, this made me one very happy fan. But it also caused me to think about the larger issue of winning and losing in life.

All of us have ups and downs. Whether individually or as a family, some periods in our lives are harder than others. Life is difficult for everyone, even those who seem to have it all. So, how do we handle winning?

Most of us find it easy to be gracious righ...

October 31, 2019

Last night, the Washington Nationals completed an unlikely run from wildcard team to World Series champions. Living in our nation's capital for 30 years, this made me one very happy fan. But it also caused me to think about the larger issue of winning and losing in life.

All of us have ups and downs. Whether individually or as a family, some periods in our lives are harder than others. Life is difficult for everyone, even those who seem to have it all. So, how do we handle winning?

Most of us find it easy to be gracious righ...

February 26, 2019

Today, I'm excited to welcome Del Duduit to my blog. Del is a kindred spirit who likes writing devotions. He is a sports writer and an all-around great guy.  

Latest book: Dugout Devotions

Website: http://www.delduduit.com

Del Duduit is an award-winning writer/author, speaker and contributor to Athletes in Action. He is the author of Buckeye Believer: 40 Days of Devotions for the Ohio State Faithful and is represented by Cyle Young. His work has appeared in Clubhouse Magazine (Focus on the Family) Sports Spectrum, Toddst...

February 12, 2019

Make no mistake, work is about completing tasks, customer service and operating within a set of guidelines. As we work more on-line, we can find ourselves feeling isolated and alone.

Perhaps the majority of our tasks involve computer screens and information technology systems. So, how do we take God to work in an increasingly technological society.

Love

The difference between Christianity and most other world religions is the emphasis on love. It all started with God's love for us. "But God demonstrates His own love toward us...

August 8, 2018

Many months ago, God began stirring an idea in the hearts of Pastor Steve Reynolds and me. Separately at first, we felt the nudging of God's Spirit. People spend almost one-third of our lives at our jobs. Yet, many of us put a wall between our faith and the work we do.

God wants each of us to understand that our work is His plan for taking care of the world. He intends for every person to play an active role in caring for others and our planet by doing our jobs as unto Him.

Does God Want to Help You at Work?

I used...

May 26, 2018

Dashing into 7-11 this morning, I grabbed a coffee for a friend and headed to the diet soda dispenser for myself. A familiar homeless lady stood at the machine, teaching so many object lessons with her very existence.

Everyone in our urban/suburb town knows Nora. She always wears a toboggan hat, even in today's 80-degree weather. The plastic tag is still hanging from the top of the yellow knit hat. Although obviously a female, several whiskers protrude from her chin and many wrinkles surround her eyes. Even in the dead of s...

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