All Things Are Possible

All Things Are Possible

Danish philosopher and theologian Soren Kierkegaard once wrote: “If I were to wish for anything I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of what can be, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints,...
You Are Priceless

You Are Priceless

There is a story about an old-time revival preacher who began his message by holding up a $20 bill. He turned to the crowd and asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Hands started going up. He started to crumple up the $20 bill and then asked again, “Who still wants...
Love That Will Not Let You Go

Love That Will Not Let You Go

blind, Some years ago, a young man named George Matheson entered Glasgow University. He had a keen mind. His hopes were high. Soon he and his fiancée would be married. He dreamed of a bright future. But then the bottom dropped out. He lost his eyesight. Because of his...
Finding Our Way Home

Finding Our Way Home

In her book, Traveling Mercies, Anne LaMott shares a story from her pastor about a time when her best friend got lost as a little girl. “The little girl ran up and down the streets of the big town where they lived, but she couldn’t find a single landmark. She was very...

There is a story about a young boy who was out helping his dad with the yard work. His dad asked him to pick up the rocks in one corner of the yard. At one point, he looked over and saw his son struggling to pull up a big ol’ rock buried in the dirt. The little boy...
You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

In the book of Kings, chapter 19, there is a story about the prophet Elijah. Elijah is running for his life. He lies down under a broom tree and he prays, “It is enough now, O Lord, I don’t want to live…” When God responds, “What are you...
People Change People

People Change People

A member of my church, Sharon Hartsell, has been involved in a mentoring program for students in our county who are classified as homeless. Sharon was telling me that her student invited her to a “Character Counts” banquet. In our county, it is quite an achievement...
God Proves His Love For Us

God Proves His Love For Us

Pastor and author Tony Campolo once wrote about a time when he was a teenager and he heard a visiting pastor speak about Judgement Day. This pastor terrified him with the claim that one day God would show us a movie of every single sinful thought, word, or action we...
Doubt and Faith

Doubt and Faith

Once, when John the Baptist was in jail, he asked his followers to go and find Jesus and to ask him, “Are you the one we were expecting, or should we look for someone else?” Remember John was a man of deep faith. He was one of Jesus’ biggest supporters. And yet, even...
Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Several years ago, my daughter Emily got into making small clay animals. They were really cool – and she was able to sell them for a dollar a piece to friends, family and neighbors. Over the course of about a year, she accumulated a hundred dollars – including some...