News Archive for 2016


April 25, 2016

I was talking to a young mother who was feeding her first baby. As she carefully and gently helped the child to be nourished she expounded the virtues of proper feeding to help the baby develop a strong and healthy body and a sharp and intelligent brain. “…it will help...

April 18, 2016

Can you imagine what it would look like to walk in the Holiness of God? It’s hard, but possible. Perhaps the most important element is to realize that holiness is not something we aspire to, it is attainable – not as a perfect state but as a condition that mirrors...

April 11, 2016

You arrive after a long trip to a distant place for business meetings and are tired. You expect things to be as you normally experience. But the room is spartan and suddenly the power goes off, there’s no wifi, no lights, no way to charge your phone. You go to...

April 4, 2016

 As you drive along the freeway today imagine the number of radio stations that are broadcasting programs – news, music, talk, training. Yet you’re receiving none of it. Why? Because you haven’t tuned your radio to that frequency and connected with what they are saying. To get the latest in...

March 28, 2016

Have you ever seen someone encounter really bad situations and just seem to remain as calm as ever? You may wonder, “What in the world keeps them from just imploding?” Well maybe you can’t see it, but the chances are good that there is an inner peace that just doesn’t...

March 21, 2016

 When you’re driving along in unfamiliar territory, on roads you’ve never traveled before, sometimes you come to a fork in the road. You have to make a choice – which way to go. But maybe you’re not sure. The closer you get to the point of making a choice, the...

March 14, 2016

 Everybody on the airplane is thrilled that the flight has arrived 20 minutes early. That rarely happens. It’s like a gift; extra time to take the edge off the rush to meet a schedule. As the plane pulls up to the designated gate, people notice that the door on the...

March 8, 2016

 Every time you encounter a rough patch of living there seems to be a capacity to deal with it. You’ve seen it in so many others and you’ve probably experienced it yourself. From somewhere deep there comes the ability to handle what the world throws at you. People stand around...

February 29, 2016

 At a moment’s notice, things can happen that will change our entire life. We cannot anticipate them. Often we cannot control them. Although it seems as if things just “happen to us,” we do have one important point of decision that we do control – What will come out in...

February 24, 2016

 Often when you take off from an airport on a trip, the airplane climbs up through puffy clouds to get to cruising altitude. Getting through those clouds, though, means a few bumps. Sometimes it can get kind of severe. At that moment, most of the passengers are a bit nervous...

February 16, 2016

 Mountain driving can be very disorienting. You may ordinarily have a really good sense of direction but after a few sharp curves, switch-backs, and hidden corners it is easy to lose your orientation. You may find yourself traveling in completely the opposite direction you want to go, then the road...

February 8, 2016

 When you look at the ashes in the bottom of the fireplace, there is no way to think of them as having any life at all. Spent, burned, useless, finished, dry – those are the words you might use to describe them. When a pastor or priest puts ashes on...

February 1, 2016

We stopped at an Olive Garden restaurant to get dinner.  I asked for pasta with olive oil and a side of garlic that I could put all over it.  I love garlic.  Later that evening while giving my wife a hug, she crinkled her nose and politely but firmly told...

January 25, 2016

 Any time someone examines you, it feels scary. The auditor shows up and you feel scrutinized, under the microscope, somewhat frightened, and intimidated. The teacher examines your knowledge of the last chapter of the text; the police officer points the radar gun at your car; the supervisor comes to examine...

January 19, 2016
 

 The City of Santiago, Chile lies in a valley surrounded by mountains. It’s a great “bowl” that collects smog and holds it in place like few others. When it rains and the smog is washed away, the scene is stunning. Otherwise, you wouldn’t know there are mountains around –...

January 11, 2016

 As you begin this year, you can be sure it will be full of challenges, twists and turns. In some cases, you may experience strife and hard times. The thing that will make those times more than a frustrating, hurtful time in which you retreat into defensive reaction, is the...