Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones

You know the old saying isn’t true: Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me! The truth is that sticks and stones may break my bones, but words may break my heart, take the gleam out of my eye, the pep out of my step, the heart out of my...
I Am with You

I Am with You

It’s striking that four times in the first chapter of the book of Joshua, Joshua is told to be strong and courageous. Four times! Of course, God knew that tough times were coming, and God knew what it would take to get through it! Be strong and courageous! However,...
Where Do We Turn?

Where Do We Turn?

Journalist Bob Garfield has often reported on the eccentric and unique features of human nature. In 1992, Garfield spent some time in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he met people from all walks of life who were trying to find healing or wholeness through things such as...
Inspire!

Inspire!

There is a story about a homeless man named Tom who has had a rough life. He suffered from addictions and was in and out of many shelters. Finally one night, Tom found himself at a Christian worship service and he came to faith in Christ. After that night, his whole...
Of All The Duties

Of All The Duties

Christian author Henri Nouwen, once told about a time when he was going to a monastery for a retreat. The monks at that monastery observed vows of silence and the retreat was to be meditative and prayerful. Nouwen was delayed and had to arrive late on a rainy night...
He Is Risen

He Is Risen

Dr. George Sweeting tells a story about an event that took place in Russia in the 1920s. Communist leader Nikolai Bukharin was sent from Moscow to address an anti-God rally in Kiev. For an hour, he took apart the Christian faith – ridiculed it. He spoke until it...
Prayer Changes Us

Prayer Changes Us

There’s a story about a little boy who was acting up – and sent to his room for a little time out. His mom finally went in to talk to him and the boy said, “Mom, I’ve been thinking about what I did and I said a prayer.” “That’s fine,” she said. “If you ask God to make...
Not Without Hope

Not Without Hope

Rabbi Hugo Gryn used to tell of his experience in Auschwitz as a child. Food, of course, was scarce, and his fellow prisoners took care to preserve every scrap that came their way. When Hanukkah arrived, Hugo’s father took a lump of margarine and to the shock of young...
Investing Fully

Investing Fully

Rev. Ray Woody, who was a retired pastor and friend, once told me about how on Sundays he used to visit all new visitors of his church. One particular Sunday, he had an unusual experience over the course of two different visits. The first family he went to see, said...
Everything has its wonders.

Everything has its wonders.

[A guest post from Roger Kunkel]  Helen Keller once said, “Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence.” We are unduly nervous around darkness and silence. We shine flashlights into the dark rather than grow accustomed to it. We fill any silence of over 30...