None of us can deny that friendships have a huge impact on us. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” How many of us can think of a time when a good friend … Continue reading Gooder
Being a person of your word—a person of integrity who does their best to do what they say they’re going to do—has a positive impact that can literally last for generations. Skeptical? Think of someone from your past who had a really positive impact on you—someone who was a person of their word, someone who … Continue reading Your impact can last
My wife and I are in a small group. We meet weekly with people from our church to talk about Sunday’s sermon, the Bible passage, and pray together. One of the real benefits is hearing other people’s insights and ideas. Recently we were talking about how easy it is to over-commit. For a lot of … Continue reading When is being nice a bad thing?
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard about some massive destruction happening in our world right now. Fires in British Columbia Tropical storm Harvey in the southern U.S. Flooding in Bangladesh, India and Nepal And most recently, Hurricane Irma as it slams the Caribbean, and possibly heads toward Florida There are many reasons to … Continue reading “God with skin on”
A lot of you are enjoying the summer. As far as I know, none of you live in the arctic. So most of us are probably doing our best to take in some rays, make a few trips to the beach, and stuff down some ice cream cones in the process. (Unless you’re lactose intolerant. … Continue reading Never takes a holiday
7 days ago I proposed the 7-Day No-Complaint challenge. (You can see that post here.) The idea was simple. Wear a watch or bracelet, and every time you complain about something irrelevant, switch it to the other wrist. Quite simply, it makes you more aware of how much you’re complaining—and hopefully helps you dial down … Continue reading How’d no complaining go?
Aren't all religions the same? I get asked that sometimes. The short answer is no. And here's one of the reasons why (and why it matters... eternally)
It’s a good question. After all, we live in a diverse society, and a lot of religions speak about some kind of higher power and have a version of the golden rule. I can’t fully explore this issue in a short devotional. (To hear a longer podcast about it click on the link below.) But it needs … Continue reading Aren’t all religions basically the same?
Kids sometimes imagine there's a boogeyman under their bed. As adults, we don't really think like that anymore. Or do we? Here's a thought about running toward your questions, and not away from them.
Before I became a pastor I had a number of different jobs—and therefore, a number of different bosses. I saw different characteristics at work in each of them. Some were positive, and some were negative. But one of the most problematic bosses was unpredictable. He was so inconsistent that he put everyone on edge. If … Continue reading That’s what normal awesome people do