The presence and power of God are always around us—sometimes we just need the reminder. Let me give an example. Many of us say “goodbye” to someone when we part. A few years ago I learned that “goodbye” is from an old word “godbwye.” It’s a short form of “God be with you.” People used … Continue reading The power of “God be with you”
In 2013, a book came out by Robert Galbraith called The Cuckoo’s Calling. It was a crime fiction novel. The reviews were fantastic, but it didn’t sell very well—just 1500 print copies and a few thousand online. But the Sunday Times learned that “Robert Galbraith” was a pseudonym—a pen name. The real author was none … Continue reading Walk tall
Mark Clark was getting a lot of criticism from people. They said that because he consistently read his kids the Bible and explained who Jesus was (and is), and because he explained God’s hope for the world, that he was “brainwashing” them. But he wasn't the guilty one...
I firmly believe that apologetics will become increasingly important for Christians. “Apologetics” is the art of defending and explaining the faith. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but Christianity is increasingly misunderstood. There’s a lot of misinformation floating around. And, in general, as our society continues to be confused about morality, there is a lot … Continue reading Incomparable magnetism
“You never do it right.” “Your priorities are always messed up.” “You always say the wrong thing!” How do you respond when people unduly judge and criticize you? If you’re like a lot of other people (including me), probably not very well! So I stand in awe of the apostle Paul when he says, “I … Continue reading Like water off a duck’s back
Alongside literary giants like Shakespeare and Tolstoy are the Berenstain Bears. (Maybe that’s a stretch, but just go with me on this one.) In one of their timeless classics we learn about The Magic Toeshoes. Basically, a young bear wants to be a ballerina. But her toes are wobbly. So an old ballet master takes pity … Continue reading Your Magic Toeshoes
In 1911 a psychologist named Edouard Claparede was treating a woman with no short-term memory. As you can imagine, her life was drastically altered because of this condition. One day Claparede tried an experiment. At the start of every session they would shake hands. But this time, he hid a small pin inside his hand. … Continue reading When they shook she got jabbed with the pin
1 Peter 3:15 "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect..." (NIV) Today's Thought If someone were to ask you, “Why do you believe in God?”, what would you say? In the first century, … Continue reading But WHY do you believe?
Matthew 6:27 "And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?" (ESV) Today's Thought Humans are incredible creatures. On average we have 37 trillion cells in our body. And our eyes can distinguish between 2 and 7 million colours. Million! But do you want to know something … Continue reading You’re incredible. Except when you do this
2 Timothy 1:7 "For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." (ESV) Today's Thought Fear is the thousand-pound invisible monster that is always waiting in the wings to take up residence in your heart. Once he gets in he mauls your confidence and dreams with his stinky … Continue reading A great defense against long-term failure