Hope for Life

Throwing Your Worries Away

Throwing Your Worries Away

Would you rather have peace or worry?

If I can learn to turn my worries over to God, he will give me his peace, that divine peace that defies all logic. I decide to give my cares to God, I pray about them, and I thank him for handling them. In return, he gives me peace.

Running with the Whales

Running with the Whales

Jonah tried running from God. It did not work.

Stop running from God. He wants a relationship with you. He will do anything to give you that opportunity.

Destructive Selfies

Destructive Selfies

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When we only think about ourselves and our projects, we run the risk of trampling others and shattering the faith of those around us.

Going to Heaven?

Going to Heaven?

Some wish they could, some might want to, but you can know you will go to heaven.

You can know you are going to heaven. You do not have to wish you were able to, you just have to decide how bad you want to go.

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The "Lost" Chapter

Which are you: coin, sheep, or son?

The 15th chapter of Luke’s gospel consists of three parables of Jesus. I call it the “Lost” chapter because the coin, the sheep, and the son are lost. The irony is that the three didn’t know they were lost.

Rescued

Rescued

Sometimes we need more than a lifeline

Lenny Skutnik dove into the Potomac River to save a woman too weak to grasp the lifeline she's been thrown. In the same way, God reached out to save us when we were powerless.

Great Sin, Great Forgiveness, and Now What?

Great Sin, Great Forgiveness, and Now What?

David needed more than forgiveness for his sin. So do you.

David repented and asked for forgiveness. He was also restored to a life of purpose.

Don't Give Up!

Don't Give Up!

It's never too late for God to touch someone's heart

Don’t give up! Keep praying for those around you. Keep showing them the example of a godly life. And be ready to share your faith with them when the time is right.

An Answer for the Times When There Are No Answers

An Answer for the Times When There Are No Answers

What do you say when to the hard questions that seem to have no answers?

The death of a child is one of those times when it seems there are no answers. But there are.

Go and Do Likewise

Go and Do Likewise

What do you do, actually do, to help your neighbor?

Yet this parable, or teaching story, is focused on one man who personally, intimately and immediately did something. Thus, the lesson is that as followers of Jesus, we need to go and do likewise as we travel over our own roads of life and help those in ne

A Home for Jesus

A Home for Jesus

Let's prepare a place for Jesus

Christ could have a mansion in the Bronx or any palace he chose, but he has decided to live in me. He has made a home in my heart, giving me life, guiding me in the way I should go. My job is to follow his lead and become like him, become like the one who

Best News Ever

Best News Ever

Everyone loves good news... so how much better to hear the best news ever.

Our sin has separated us from God and we cannot fix it. So God did. Best news ever.

Praying for People We Don't Like

Praying for People We Don't Like

Do you REALLY want God to bless everyone?

Are you like Jonah? Are there people you dislike so much that you don't want God to have mercy on them? Or are you willing to pray that all people come to know the truth?

Peter Knows Dogs and Pigs

Peter Knows Dogs and Pigs

What do dogs and vomit, pigs and mud mean to a follower of Jesus.

Dogs go to their vomit and pigs go back to the mud after washing. That is what it is like for a Christian to go back to the world.

Your Sins Are Forgiven

Your Sins Are Forgiven

Only God can forgive

Jesus did a lot of miracles in the course of two days, things that man could do only with God's help. In fact, some of the Old Testament prophets did similar things, with God's help. It is at the end of the chapter, that he does something only God can

Don't Bury Your Treasure!

Don't Bury Your Treasure!

Here's the best financial planning possible

So instead of burying your money in the ground, you should be storing up treasure in heaven. How do you do that? Do good. Be rich in good deeds. Be generous. And be willing to share.

My Three-in-One New Year's Resolution

My Three-in-One New Year's Resolution

I just wanted to focus on one thing this next year. So here are three.

I stole the idea from the apostle Paul: three ways to focus on Jesus next year.

King of the Jews

King of the Jews

Some palaces aren't good enough for a king

The Herodium lies in ruins today. Herod is long dead and almost forgotten. But the baby that was born in a stable in the little town of Bethlehem is remembered, loved, and worshiped.

'Bah, Humbug', and 'Joy to the World'

'Bah, Humbug', and 'Joy to the World'

Christians have a different perspective on many things... including Christmas.

Christmas is very difficult for many people. Is it really possible to find joy, peace, hope, and love this year.

The Memory Tree

The Memory Tree

What are your favorite memories of Thanksgiving and Christmas?

Holidays are a time for remembering family events and remembering what God did for us by sending His Son.

Thunder and Lightning

Thunder and Lightning

Does your life back up your words?

He was called Basil the Great. Bishop of Caesarea in the fourth century, he was a staunch defender of the idea of the Trinity. He stood his ground against all opponents, even when the Emperor tried to exile him for his beliefs. Basil may have been bett

Thanks, but No Thanks

Thanks, but No Thanks

Some people have a hard time being thankful. Christians do not.

There are reasons some people have difficulty giving thanks. We Christians see things differently.

Accent

Accent

Where are you from?

They had a heavenly accent. They spoke in such a way that everybody knew they were on a journey, one that would end in heaven. They knew, as the old hymn says, "This world is not my home, I'm just a passin' through." They were on their way to the city God

Running the Wrong Way

Running the Wrong Way

People sometimes run the wrong way at my gym. The same thing happens in life.

People choose the wrong direction for life. It may be they do not know the right way, or they try an easier shortcut, or they just want to do it their way.

Holiday Trifecta

Holiday Trifecta

Putting the most into the holidays

So as the schedules, demands and pressures of the Holiday Trifecta invade your world, house and family, allow me to offer a short blessing to you and all whom you hold dear