Peace on Earth . . .

There are approximately 34 major wars and conflicts taking place around the world today.  These conflicts contribute to homelessness, a deluge refuges fleeing to nearby countries, and many deaths. In twelve of the thirty four conflicts more than 1,000 people die every year.  These wars include: the Afghan Civil War, Somali Civil War, Iraq War,Continue reading “Peace on Earth . . .”

Celebrating Advent

Most of us lament the over-commercialization of Christmas and the reality that the true meaning of Christmas is lost amid the noise and hype of Christmas trees, Santa Claus, reindeer, parades, and “Black Friday.”  Even the traditional Christmas Nativity programs at church have morphed into “spectaculars,” that look more like Hollywood than Bethlehem. I rememberContinue reading “Celebrating Advent”

The Power of a Simple “Thank You”

There is incredible power in a simple “thank you.”  It is perhaps the most uncomplicated form of recognition and praise, and yet it is something every person longs to hear.  The season of Thanksgiving provides us an opportunity express appreciation to others by using this basic phrase. Research from the Gallup organization reveals only fourContinue reading “The Power of a Simple “Thank You””

Following Christ in a “Just Do It” Culture

From 1988 to 1998, Nike, an American company known worldwide for its footwear and sports apparel, increased its share of the domestic sport-shoe business from a respectable18% to a whopping 43%.  A major reason for this growth was the successful advertising campaign built around the phrase, “Just Do It.”  The slogan not only increased the popularityContinue reading “Following Christ in a “Just Do It” Culture”

The “Scratch & Dent” Department

I love the “Scratch and Dent” department or isle.  It is usually the first place my wife and I visit when shopping in stores that sell housewares, home goods and home decorations.  I think the reason is we love finding a bargain.  However, my wife has an exceptionally good eye for decorating and an unusualContinue reading “The “Scratch & Dent” Department”

A Purpose Beyond Our Pain

His death was, to say the least, unexpected. He was young, and had just recently become a follower of Jesus.  The church leaders had recognized his dedication and commitment, and had asked him to take care of the widows’ ministry.  Of all people, why did God allow this happen to him? He was very dedicated,Continue reading “A Purpose Beyond Our Pain”

The Feud Is Over!

No feud is more a part of American history than the legendary feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys.  It has even become a part of pop-culture, with appearances of the descendants of both clans in an episode of the Family Feud game show. The a phenomenally popular mini-series, The Hatfields and The McCoys, featuringContinue reading “The Feud Is Over!”

One, Two, Three . . . Eyes on Me!

The children were each in their own world.  Some were talking. Others were playing games. A couple of others were picking at each other.  The noise level had steadily increased several decibels over the last few minutes.  All of the sudden, the teacher’s voice could be heard over everything else, “One, two, three, eyes onContinue reading “One, Two, Three . . . Eyes on Me!”