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March 23, 2020

Wow! This COVID-19 virus is wreaking havoc with plans all over the world. People have died. Workers are displaced. Some companies may not survive an extended shutdown. Serious stuff is going on.

On an individual level, long-planned trips are being cancelled; weddings were re-scheduled; and celebrations of all sorts are on hold. 

Perhaps one of the most affected groups will be the Class of 2020. Whether high school or college, graduation ceremonies are just the tip of the iceberg. Senior proms, trips, and saying goo...

March 9, 2020

Christians are supposed to be calm, self-assured, and fearless. Pretty sure that was in the Methodist Hymnal I used growing up in Ohio. 

Confession: While I believe in God and trust Him with my eternal salvation, I still suffer from moments and even half-hours of anxiety from time to time. 

Even though I wrote a book about recovery from anxiety (Sabbatical of the Mind: The Journey from Anxiety to Peace), I still feel anxious when put under extreme stress by high places. That's my not so secret Kryptonite. I get scared and so...

February 18, 2020

In my author journey, one of the great joys is to meet other writers and learn about their ministry. Scott LaPierre is a very special pastor and author. I hope you will enjoy meeting him.

Latest book: A Father Offers His Son: The True and Greater Sacrificed Revealed Through Abraham and Isaac.

Website: https://www.scottlapierre.org/

Bio: Scott LaPierre is a senior pastor, author, and conference speaker. My wife, Katie, and I have 8 children (and will probably have more).

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February 3, 2020

Are you careful about keeping track of appointments? Most of us are busy enough to keep a calendar either electronically or manually. Beware! There is a potentially devastating trap tucked away in the pages of our calendars.

We can focus so much on the routine activities of life (the doctor's appointments, lunch with friends, parent/teacher conferences) that we forget to schedule time for our most important priorities.

Playing with children, visiting a relative in a long-term care facility, or spending time in prayer may fai...

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...

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...

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...

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