October 31, 2016

Recently, I was reminded of a period in junior high school when my Mom decided she wanted to get fit. As a tennis player in the summers, I tended to lose weight and put it back on in the winter months. Fortunately, her resolution coincided with New Year's and I was eager to shed a few pounds also.

It was very fun to do calisthenics with my Mom in the living room of our house. Each evening after dinner and before Jeopardy, we would get into comfortable clothes and do sit-ups, push-ups, jumping jacks and other simple exercise...

October 18, 2016

Christmas is a gigantic presence in our culture and in the lives of most Westerners. Most of us have many memories, good and bad, of Christmases past.

Depending on the current configuration of our families, this may be one of the most anticipated or most dreaded times of the year. For families with young children and no recent losses, Christmas 2016 may be the best of times.

What about those whose families in transition or dealing with a recent loss.

One of my favorite authors, Cynthia Ruchti tackles the difficult job of Res...

October 10, 2016

Perhaps we all smiled at the name of the Broadway musical "Your Arm's Too Short to Box With God."

It is preposterous to think that a created being as small as we would even attempt to oppose the

Creator of everything.

One of the reasons for anxiety is when we are pursuing wrong behavior, but over-ride or conscious and do it anyway. Since we have a loving God, He is patient with us. However, He also provided consequences to correct us back to the right path.

Proverbs: 20-21

"Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end...

October 4, 2016

  Everyone gets discouraged at some point in their lives. Many go through long seasons of discouragement following periods of great loss. Whether it is a person, circumstance or just melancholy temperament, God wants us to fight back against discouragement.

  In  Exodus 6, Moses is trying to instill hope in the then-captive Hebrew people. After years of hard labor under the rule of the Egyptians, the Hebrews were understandably downhearted.

  Verses 7-8 describe the promises Moses related to the people from God, "I will...

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