Have you ever celebrated a holiday named Memas? Some people observe it every December 25. For them, the Christ of Christmas has been replaced by a me-centered worldview. This is a celebrity generation in which everyone wants little flashes of fame and fortune. One of the reasons the average wedding costs almost thirty thousand dollars […]
Heaven and Earth Rejoice
Imagine the scene in Bethlehem. It was the night of nights, and yet it had begun as every other night had before it. In Bethlehem’s houses mothers lay their children down to sleep. In the courtyards of the inn some camels lay down to rest. In the fields the sheep lay down while the shepherds sat near their fires. In the heavens […]
Laugh! It’s Good For You!
He will yet fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing. — Job 8:21 It was a great surprise to Scrooge… to hear a hearty laugh. It was a much greater surprise to Scrooge to recognise it as his own nephew’s and to find himself in a bright, dry, gleaming room, with the Spirit […]
Pray with Thanksgiving!
On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” — Zephaniah […]
Life Is Short: Enjoy It!
How do we enjoy life? Each Day Totally We do not know how long we have to live, so we should live every day with gusto. Oh, how sweet the light of day, And how wonderful to live in the sunshine! Even if you live a long time, don’t take a single day for granted. Take delight […]
Goodness Is Not About Trying Harder
Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” — John 10:10 (NKJV) I gave up. I surrendered. I let go. I stopped being in charge of my spiritual goodness, because I didn’t have any spiritual goodness. I had worked for God and yet withheld my heart […]
A Full Harvest of Victory
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Scripture Reading— Matthew 13:3-9 Key Verses — Galatians 5:22-23 There is something special about biting into a piece of fresh fruit. While Christians should make a habit of offering thanks for every meal, […]
Fear not for I am with You
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.”— Isaiah 41:10 Whenever I think of God’s faithfulness in the midst of suffering, I am reminded of my dear late friend Corrie ten Boom, the remarkable Dutch woman who, with her […]
Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously… Relax!
A merry heart does good, like medicine. — Proverbs 17:22 I work with a lot of leaders. And one thing I’ve found is that many times they take themselves much too seriously. Of course, they’re not alone. I meet people in every walk of life who have too much doom and gloom in their attitudes. They […]
Contentment: How Much Is Enough?
￼ “It is not good to have everything one wants.” — Blaise Pascal ￼￼￼￼￼In this world of instant gratification and unlimited choices, we often find ourselves surrounded by mountains of things — furniture, knickknacks, toys (for children and adults), tools, clothes, and so on. Are all these things bringing us real joy and happiness or are they prohibiting […]