The Secret Place

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “Prayer is self-discipline. The effort to realize the presence and power of God stretches the sinews of the soul and hardens muscles. To pray is to grow in grace. To tarry in the presence of the King leads to new loyalty and devotion on the part ...

Posted on: Feb. 21, 2017, 2 p.m.

The Best Valentine’s Present Ever!

Jared Pingleton, Psy.D.     Today is about romance, hearts, flowers, cards, candy and wonderful fond, fuzzy feelings. But what happens tomorrow? See, the truth is that mature love is not based on feelings, fancy, or fickleness. Warm and fuzzy feelings are the result, not the cause, of love. Unfortunately, ...

Posted on: Feb. 14, 2017, 8:35 p.m.

Our Whole Heart

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “What a man is before God, that he is and nothing more” -St Francis of Assisi   Delilah said to him, “How can you say you ‘I love you’ when your heart is not with me?…So Sampson told her all that was in his heart…when Delilah ...

Posted on: Feb. 14, 2017, 2 p.m.

The Courage to Fear

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “Do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul, but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” — Matthew 10:28   “To fear the Lord is to be overwhelmed with wonder before the ...

Posted on: Feb. 7, 2017, 2 p.m.

Look Up

Tim Clinton, Ed.D. When it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. – G. K. Chesterton The devil is not terribly frightened of our human efforts and credentials. But he knows his kingdom will be damaged when we begin to ...

Posted on: Jan. 31, 2017, 9 p.m.

Seeing Red

Tim Clinton, Ed.D. “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”-Proverbs 29:11 (NIV) “In your anger, do not sin”-Apostle Paul (Ephesians 4:26a)   Throwing a chair across the basketball court…Slamming a fist through a wall…The frustration when someone cuts you off in traffic…Those ...

Posted on: Jan. 24, 2017, 9 p.m.

Made for Something More

Tim Clinton, Ph.D.   “But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles. —Isaiah 40:31   “So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.” — Anthony de Mello   A chicken “ain’t no” ...

Posted on: Jan. 17, 2017, 9 p.m.

Learning to Be Content

“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and ...

Posted on: Jan. 11, 2017, 2 p.m.

New Day… New You

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   Dieting. Reading the Bible. Spending time with family. Finally getting to that “bucket list”. It’s that time of year when “change is in the air”. Most of us don’t have trouble making New Year’s Resolutions. It’s the “keeping them” part that gets us. In fact, 40 ...

Posted on: Dec. 27, 2016, 9 p.m.

Only God Can Fill the Void

Tim Clinton, Ed.D. “He [God] has also set eternity in the human heart…” — Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV “You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.” – St. Augustine “If I find in myself a desire which no experience ...

Posted on: Dec. 14, 2016, 2 p.m.

Open My Eyes

Dr. Tim Clinton, AACC President   “Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things…” Psalm 119:18 By the “createdness” of things, man knows there is a God…   Not long ago, while preparing to speak to a large group of pastors and counselors, I ran across the following words ...

Posted on: Nov. 16, 2016, 2 p.m.

A Very Real Opponent

Dr. Tim Clinton “…in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.” — 2 Corinthians 2:11 “Life is a hard fight, a struggle, a wrestling with the principle of evil, hand to hand, foot to foot. Every inch of the way is disputed.” ...

Posted on: Nov. 9, 2016, 2 p.m.

The Strength to Move Mountains

I remember very clearly the sensation of standing at the bottom of the trail looking up. It was the steepest hike I had ever done – and frankly, I wasn’t at all sure that I would make it to the top. But I was with a group, and it wouldn’t ...

Posted on: Oct. 5, 2016, 3 p.m.

Letting Go of My Dreams

Julie Woodley, M.A.   That night God spoke to Israel in a vision: “Jacob, Jacob!” He said. And Jacob replied, “Here I am.” (Genesis 46:3) Webster’s definition of dreams: “a series of thoughts, visions, or feelings that happen during sleep; an idea or vision that is created in your imagination ...

Posted on: Aug. 10, 2016, 7 p.m.

Love in the Midst of Hatred

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35   You wake up – ...

Posted on: July 13, 2016, 7 p.m.

The Power of Thunderstorms

The power of a thunderstorm is awe-inspiring. The howling winds, the earsplitting rolls of thunder, and the brilliant flashes of light that rip across the sky make for a wild symphony of majestic power. It is absolutely beautiful to witness, yet blatantly terrifying at the same time. The cacophony of ...

Posted on: June 29, 2016, 3 p.m.

The Good, Good Shepherd

Elizabeth Hixson What do you face today? What do you need? What are you walking through? What are your clients walking through that may be weighing upon your heart? Take a moment to step into the peace of the Good, Good Shepherd. Chris Tomlin’s song, Good, Good Father reminds us ...

Posted on: June 22, 2016, 3 p.m.

Tell Yourself the Truth

It is early Tuesday morning. Sun streams in through the breakfast nook window. Birds sing. Coffee brews into a large, glass pot. But, something else is brewing inside Sam. A swirl of negative self-talk runs through Sam’s head. It’s one of those mornings. “Why can’t I balance all this? That ...

Posted on: June 15, 2016, 3 p.m.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day

  September 6th – 12th is National Suicide Prevention Week. Today, September 10th, is World Suicide Prevention Day. Conservative statistics suggest that, in the U.S. alone, every 15- 20 minutes someone takes his or her own life. In the year 2013, there was a suicide every 12.8 minutes[1]. That’s approximately ...

Posted on: Sept. 10, 2015, 9:30 p.m.

“A Cord of Three Strands is not Quickly Broken…”

Tabitha Dunkum, AACC Intern   “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, ...

Posted on: June 3, 2015, 2 p.m.

Speak Life

Tabitha Dunkum, AACC Intern “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for ...

Posted on: May 27, 2015, 2 p.m.

Midnight

Susan Vandepol “….. and he (the jailer) threw them (Paul & Silas) into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a ...

Posted on: May 20, 2015, 2 p.m.

He is Risen

That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death. -Apostle Paul His story… THE Passion. “And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly” (Luke 22:44 ESV) The Garden. A place where Jesus had come many ...

Posted on: April 5, 2015, 10 a.m.

The Deep Oil of Forgiveness

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” -Mark Twain “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” -Jesus Christ In his book “Unconditional” Brian Zahnd asks this question, “So what is your story? Who has been cruel to you? Perhaps bitterly ...

Posted on: March 11, 2015, 1:15 p.m.

Waiting for Spring

  Emily Boyles   Photo Credit: Emily Boyles     Deuteronomy 31:6 – And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”   When we are in the middle ...

Posted on: Feb. 25, 2015, 2:53 p.m.

Holiday Guests

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (ESV) Watch out for these unwanted holiday guests… Stress and Anxiety… You don’t ...

Posted on: Dec. 24, 2014, 5:09 a.m.

Thanksgiving In the Midst

“This way of seeing our Father in everything makes life one long thanksgiving and gives a rest of heart, and, more than that, a gayety of spirit, that is unspeakable.” -Hannah Whitall Smith “As I look back over fifty years of ministry, I recall innumerable tests, trials and times of ...

Posted on: Nov. 27, 2014, 4:23 p.m.

You are free!

Katie Jeffries, AACC Intern   John 8: 31-36 “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham ...

Posted on: Nov. 12, 2014, 6:47 p.m.

Cast Your Cares upon the Lord

Dina Jones, M.A. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7, NASB). As a mental health professional, it is easy to find ourselves bogged down with ...

Posted on: Oct. 29, 2014, 1:44 p.m.

The Rock

Originally posted December 1, 2011 “America was founded by people who believe that God is their Rock of safety.” -Ronald Reagan “Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold? If He is, you don’t need to search any further for security.” -Elisabeth Elliott Recently my niece asked her dad, ...

Posted on: Oct. 22, 2014, 1:35 p.m.

Choices

Originally Posted January 18, 2012 Wisdom is the power to see and the inclination to choose the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it. -J. I. Packer Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make. -Rick Warren Life is all about ...

Posted on: Oct. 15, 2014, 2:56 p.m.

Love Him Back

Originally posted January 26, 2012 To love God does not mean to meet His needs, but rather to delight in Him and to be captivated by His glorious power and grace, and to value Him above all other things on earth. -John Piper After learning to love God (worship), learning ...

Posted on: Oct. 8, 2014, 2:42 p.m.

Excel

“Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence…is a tragedy” Joe Paterno At the start of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., the U.S. hockey team was little more than an afterthought. The Soviets were seeded No. 1, and deservedly so. They had won five gold ...

Posted on: Sept. 5, 2014, 3:56 a.m.

The Secret Place

“Prayer is self-discipline. The effort to realize the presence and power of God stretches the sinews of the soul and hardens muscles. To pray is to grow in grace. To tarry in the presence of the King leads to new loyalty and devotion on the part of the faithful subjects. ...

Posted on: Aug. 27, 2014, 5:13 a.m.

The Mirror

The man who gazes upon and contemplates day by day the face of the Lord Jesus Christ, and who has caught the glow of the reality that the Lord is not a theory but an indwelling power and force in his life, is as a mirror reflecting the glory of ...

Posted on: Aug. 22, 2014, 2:26 a.m.

How’s Your Heart?

“The widest thing in the universe is not space, it is the potential capacity of the human heart.” A. W. Tozer — The Pursuit of God Google “Heart Health” and over 556,000,000 sites pop up. That’s 556 million. Read just a few of those articles and the evidence is overwhelming ...

Posted on: Aug. 15, 2014, 2 p.m.

Be an Encourager

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” -Plato Let me add, be an encourager. It has been said that everyone is either in the midst of the battle, just coming out of a battle, or about to enter the battle. At first glance, this is often ...

Posted on: Aug. 7, 2014, 5:48 a.m.

Forget and be Fruitful

“The past isn’t your past if it is still affecting your present.” A personal past. We all have one. And sometimes they are not very glorious. In some cases, painful pasts are consequences of our own bad choices. Self-inflicted wounds. Often however, the heartache from the past has been caused ...

Posted on: July 24, 2014, 12:56 a.m.

Mind Games

To renew your mind is to involve yourself in the process of allowing God to bring to the surface the lies you have mistakenly accepted and replace them with truth. -Charles Stanley If your mind is filled with the Word of God, then it can’t be filled with impure thoughts. ...

Posted on: July 16, 2014, 3:38 a.m.

Open My Eyes

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things…” Psalm 119:18 ESV By the “createdness” of things, man knows there is a God… Not long ago, while preparing to speak to a large group of pastors and counselors, I ran across the following words from Helen Keller; “I, who cannot ...

Posted on: July 11, 2014, 2:37 a.m.

Celebrate Freedom

“Let us remember, as people of faith, that our primary mission is not to have a political ideology; it’s to change the world so that every man, woman, boy, and girl can experience true freedom.” Mike Huckabee “God’s purpose in redeeming men from sin is not to give them freedom ...

Posted on: July 4, 2014, 10:10 a.m.

6 – 4 – 3

“The real difference between men is energy. A strong will, a settled purpose, an invincible determination, can accomplish almost anything; and in this lies the distinction between great men and little men.” Thomas Fuller “We must face the fact that many today are notoriously careless in their living. This attitude ...

Posted on: June 26, 2014, 12:44 p.m.

Your Hand in His

“Don’t trust to hold God’s hand; let Him hold yours. Let Him do the holding, and you the trusting.” Hammer William Webb-Peploe When my son Zach was small, he loved for me to hold his hand. Often it would simply be out of the sheer joy of having his dad ...

Posted on: June 18, 2014, 11:42 a.m.

A Letter Just for Dad

To send a letter is a good way to move somewhere without moving anything but your heart. -Phyllis Theroux “Honor your father…” Ephesians 6:2 The note was strategically placed on the table next to my keys where I would find it on the way out of the door. "Dad" was ...

Posted on: June 13, 2014, 11:45 a.m.

How’s it Going With Your Kids?

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” -Charles Swindoll Cora, an elderly widow, lived alone in a small three-room house down the dirt road from the Pennsylvania farm where I grew up. Her home, a bit run down outside, was full of ...

Posted on: June 4, 2014, 5:02 a.m.

Remember

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.~From the television show The Wonder Years Flowers, flags, parades and picnics. This upcoming weekend we will remember. Memorial Day is time of remembering the more than 3.9 million ...

Posted on: May 23, 2014, 5:34 a.m.

Seeing Red

Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11 (NIV) “In your anger, do not sin.” Apostle Paul Throwing a chair across the basketball court… Slamming a fist through a wall… The frustration when someone cuts you off in traffic… Those feelings ...

Posted on: May 14, 2014, 2:58 a.m.

Mother

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” -Abraham Lincoln “Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.” -Billy Graham “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I ...

Posted on: May 9, 2014, 3:11 a.m.

The Sneeze

“Kind words produce their own image in men’s souls; and a beautiful image it is. They soothe and quiet and comfort the hearer. They shame him out of his sour, morose, unkind feelings. We have not yet begun to use kind words in such abundance as they ought to be ...

Posted on: April 30, 2014, 4:36 a.m.

Rabboni

Mary Magdalene. A woman whose entire life and persona had been controlled and dominated by demonic activity. She battled not just one spirit of evil. She was consumed with seven. Until one day, when she had a divine appointment with Jesus — “Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had ...

Posted on: April 21, 2014, 4:58 a.m.

He is Risen

That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death. -Apostle Paul His story… THE Passion. “And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly” (Luke 22:44 ESV) The Garden. A place where Jesus had come many ...

Posted on: April 18, 2014, 1:22 p.m.

Why can’t we all just get along?

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the ...

Posted on: April 9, 2014, 4:12 a.m.

God… ‘Thank You’

“We need deliberately to call to mind the joys of our journey. Perhaps we should try to write down the blessings of one day. We might begin; we could never end; there are not pens or paper enough in all the world.” -George A. Buttrick It has been said that ...

Posted on: April 2, 2014, 4:34 a.m.

“But”

“You face your greatest opposition when you’re closest to your biggest miracle.” Bishop T. D. Jakes “And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.” G. K. Chesterton Often, the most powerful, life-changing miracles seem to happen in the ...

Posted on: March 27, 2014, 10:56 p.m.

When you praise Him

“The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it.” Author Unknown God loves it when we “praise” Him. Psalm 22:3 portrays a picture of “God inhabiting the praises of His people.” The Hebrew essence of “inhabiteth” is a depiction of the Lord sitting down and dwelling. Our ...

Posted on: March 20, 2014, 2:52 a.m.

Laugh Again

“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.” Mark Twain Kids smile an average of 45 times an hour, and they will “belly laugh” 1 time every 7.5 minutes. By the time we become an adult that drops to 15 times a day. In hospitals it is nearly 0. When ...

Posted on: March 12, 2014, 3:06 a.m.

Do you want to be healed?

38 years in a bed. Next to a pool. Sounds relaxing doesn’t it? But as we read on, the story says the man was alone and horribly crippled. Probably twisted feet, pencil thin legs and atrophied muscles barely covered by a thin blanket. Why? Because this was the pool of ...

Posted on: March 5, 2014, 2:50 a.m.

Bounce Back

“The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” -General George S. Patton “bounce /bouns/ verb — to cause to bound and rebound — to spring back in a lively manner…” To “bounce” means the ...

Posted on: Feb. 26, 2014, 4:28 a.m.

The Deep Oil of Forgiveness

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” -Mark Twain “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” -Jesus Christ In his book “Unconditional” Brian Zahnd asks this question, “So what is your story? Who has been cruel to you? Perhaps bitterly ...

Posted on: Feb. 19, 2014, 2:15 a.m.

A Love Like That

God created marriage. No government subcommittee envisioned it. No social organization developed it. Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God. -Max Lucado We must never be naive enough to think of marriage as a safe harbor from the Fall, The deepest struggles of life will occur in ...

Posted on: Feb. 14, 2014, 1:34 p.m.

Our Whole Heart

What a man is before God, that he is and nothing more. -St. Francis of Assisi Delilah said to him, “How can you say you ‘I love you’ when your heart is not with me?… So Sampson told her all that was in his heart… when Delilah saw that he ...

Posted on: Feb. 5, 2014, 3:30 a.m.

How about some respect?

“This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower R – E – S – P – E – C – T. This 1967 smash hit by Aretha Franklin quickly exploded ...

Posted on: Jan. 29, 2014, 2:48 a.m.

A Heart of Compassion

“We must never minimize the suffering of another. Scripture’s mandate to us is, ‘Weep with them that weep.’” -Billy Graham “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” -Jesus Christ Tucked in the midst of the 50 verses of Luke chapter 7, we find 5 verses that give us ...

Posted on: Jan. 22, 2014, 3:27 p.m.

Mind Games

To renew your mind is to involve yourself in the process of allowing God to bring to the surface the lies you have mistakenly accepted and replace them with truth. -Charles Stanley If your mind is filled with the Word of God, then it can’t be filled with impure thoughts. ...

Posted on: Jan. 15, 2014, 3:22 a.m.

Look Up

When it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. -G. K. Chesterton The devil is not terribly frightened of our human efforts and credentials. But he knows his kingdom will be damaged when we begin to lift up our hearts ...

Posted on: Jan. 8, 2014, 5:05 a.m.

Doing What He Says

“Unless he obeys, a man cannot believe.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer “If you know that God loves you, you should never question a directive from Him. It will always be right and best. When He gives you a directive, you are not just to observe it, discuss it, or debate it. You ...

Posted on: Jan. 1, 2014, 4:11 a.m.

Emmanuel – God With Us

“One of two things you must do; you must either receive Him or reject Him. You receive Him here and He will receive you there; you reject Him here and He will reject you there.” -D. L. Moody Anna. Rarely will you see her in a Christmas play. Out of ...

Posted on: Dec. 25, 2013, 5:50 a.m.

Holiday Guests

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (ESV) Watch out for these unwanted holiday guests… Stress and Anxiety… You don’t ...

Posted on: Dec. 18, 2013, 5:13 a.m.

Wise Men Still Seek Him

“If you’re sincerely seeking God, God will make His existence evident to you.” -William Lane Craig A manger. The baby Jesus. Mary. Joseph. A star. No Christmas play would be complete without the three wise men. Matthew records the amazing story of the “Magi” who “after Jesus was born in ...

Posted on: Dec. 11, 2013, 2:52 a.m.

Impossibilities

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as an impossible situation.” -Chuck Swindoll “I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.” -Hudson Taylor “Triumphant prayer is almost ...

Posted on: Dec. 4, 2013, 4:05 a.m.

Thanksgiving in the Midst

“This way of seeing our Father in everything makes life one long thanksgiving and gives a rest of heart, and, more than that, a gayety of spirit, that is unspeakable.” -Hannah Whitall Smith “As I look back over fifty years of ministry, I recall innumerable tests, trials and times of ...

Posted on: Nov. 27, 2013, 3:22 a.m.

The Sound of a Low Whisper

Instead of concentrating on your problems and getting discouraged, focus on God and meditate on His promises for you. You may have fallen down, but you don’t have to stay down. God is ready, willing and able to pick you up. -Joyce Meyers If we will not learn to eat ...

Posted on: Nov. 20, 2013, 2:49 p.m.

When you give…

Matthew 6:2 “Giving will make you happier than receiving.” -Jesus “W-I-I-F-M”. Most really good sales people can immediately tell you what this acronym means. It has been pounded into their psyche. The knowledge of the depth of its meaning will drive them to success. The words? “What’s In It For ...

Posted on: Nov. 13, 2013, 2:24 a.m.

On The Mountain, and In The Valley

As you walk through the valley of the unknown, you will find the footprints of Jesus both in front of you and beside you. -Charles Stanley The man who gazes upon and contemplates day by day the face of the Lord Jesus Christ, and who has caught the glow of ...

Posted on: Nov. 6, 2013, 7:40 p.m.

Be Kind

“The greatest feats of love are performed by those who have had much practice in performing daily acts of kindness.” -Anonymous “The worldly man treats certain people kindly because he ‘likes’ them: the Christian, trying to treat everyone kindly, finds himself liking more and more people as he goes on ...

Posted on: Oct. 30, 2013, 5:07 a.m.

Love Him Back

To love God does not mean to meet His needs, but rather to delight in Him and to be captivated by His glorious power and grace, and to value Him above all other things on earth. -John Piper After learning to love God (worship), learning to love others is the ...

Posted on: Oct. 23, 2013, 4:14 p.m.

The Mirror

The man who gazes upon and contemplates day by day the face of the Lord Jesus Christ, and who has caught the glow of the reality that the Lord is not a theory but an indwelling power and force in his life, is as a mirror reflecting the glory of ...

Posted on: Oct. 16, 2013, 4 p.m.

Open My Eyes

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things…” Psalm 119:18 ESV By the “createdness” of things, man knows there is a God… Not long ago, while preparing to speak to a large group of pastors and counselors, I ran across the following words from Helen Keller; “I, who cannot ...

Posted on: Oct. 9, 2013, 4:49 a.m.

Hold Fast in Love

Nothing can separate you from God’s love, absolutely nothing. God is enough for time, God is enough for eternity. God is enough! -Hannah Whitall Smith In the darkest of nights cling to the assurance that God loves you, and you will experience that which you believe. -Basilea Schlink What defines ...

Posted on: Oct. 3, 2013, 10:04 a.m.

Choices

Wisdom is the power to see and the inclination to choose the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it. -J. I. Packer Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make. -Rick Warren Life is all about choices… And you are defined ...

Posted on: Sept. 25, 2013, 4:34 a.m.

Be an Encourager

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” -Plato Let me add, be an encourager. It has been said that everyone is either in the midst of the battle, just coming out of a battle, or about to enter the battle. At first glance, this is often ...

Posted on: Sept. 18, 2013, 4:15 a.m.

The Secret Place

“Prayer is self-discipline. The effort to realize the presence and power of God stretches the sinews of the soul and hardens muscles. To pray is to grow in grace. To tarry in the presence of the King leads to new loyalty and devotion on the part of the faithful subjects. ...

Posted on: Sept. 11, 2013, 4:54 a.m.

Your Hand in His

“Don’t trust to hold God’s hand; let Him hold yours. Let Him do the holding, and you the trusting.” Hammer William Webb-Peploe When my son Zach was small, he loved for me to hold his hand. Often it would simply be out of the sheer joy of having his dad ...

Posted on: Sept. 4, 2013, 5 a.m.

How’s Your Heart?

“The widest thing in the universe is not space, it is the potential capacity of the human heart.” A. W. Tozer — The Pursuit of God Google “Heart Health” and over 556,000,000 sites pop up. That’s 556 million. Read just a few of those articles and the evidence is overwhelming ...

Posted on: Aug. 28, 2013, 1:20 p.m.

How’s it Going With Your Kids?

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” -Charles Swindoll Cora, an elderly widow, lived alone in a small three-room house down the dirt road from the Pennsylvania farm where I grew up. Her home, a bit run down outside, was full of ...

Posted on: Aug. 21, 2013, 2:14 a.m.

Excel

At the start of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., the U.S. hockey team was little more than an afterthought. The Soviets were seeded No. 1, and deservedly so. They had won five gold medals and one bronze in the previous six Olympics. The U.S. team was seeded ...

Posted on: Aug. 14, 2013, 3:37 a.m.

God… ‘Thank You’

“We need deliberately to call to mind the joys of our journey. Perhaps we should try to write down the blessings of one day. We might begin; we could never end; there are not pens or paper enough in all the world.” -George A. Buttrick It has been said that ...

Posted on: Aug. 7, 2013, 2:13 a.m.

Don’t be so jammed up!

“He who breathes into our hearts the heavenly hope, will not deceive or fail us when we press forward to its realization.” -Anonymous Economic unrest. Job loss. Illness. Wars. The deaths of precious lives. Uncertainty of the future. Panic. Fear. Anxiety. Worry. These must have also been issues in Jesus’ ...

Posted on: Aug. 2, 2013, 4:09 a.m.

Forget and be Fruitful

“The past isn’t your past if it is still affecting your present.” A personal past. We all have one. And sometimes they are not very glorious. In some cases, painful pasts are consequences of our own bad choices. Self-inflicted wounds. Often however, the heartache from the past has been caused ...

Posted on: July 24, 2013, 3:47 a.m.

“But”

“You face your greatest opposition when you’re closest to your biggest miracle.” Bishop T. D. Jakes “And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.” G. K. Chesterton Often, the most powerful, life-changing miracles seem to happen in the ...

Posted on: July 17, 2013, 3:53 a.m.

When you praise Him

“The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it.” Author Unknown God loves it when we “praise” Him. Psalm 22:3 portrays a picture of “God inhabiting the praises of His people.” The Hebrew essence of “inhabiteth” is a depiction of the Lord sitting down and dwelling. Our ...

Posted on: July 10, 2013, 5:09 a.m.

Celebrate Freedom

“Let us remember, as people of faith, that our primary mission is not to have a political ideology; it’s to change the world so that every man, woman, boy, and girl can experience true freedom.” Mike Huckabee “God’s purpose in redeeming men from sin is not to give them freedom ...

Posted on: July 4, 2013, 3:17 a.m.

6 – 4 – 3

“The real difference between men is energy. A strong will, a settled purpose, an invincible determination, can accomplish almost anything; and in this lies the distinction between great men and little men.” Thomas Fuller “We must face the fact that many today are notoriously careless in their living. This attitude ...

Posted on: June 27, 2013, 8:02 p.m.

Seeing Red

Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11 (NIV) “In your anger, do not sin.” Apostle Paul Throwing a chair across the basketball court… Slamming a fist through a wall… The frustration when someone cuts you off in traffic… Those feelings ...

Posted on: June 19, 2013, 4:06 a.m.

A Letter Just for Dad

To send a letter is a good way to move somewhere without moving anything but your heart. -Phyllis Theroux “Honor your father…” Ephesians 6:2 The note was strategically placed on the table next to my keys where I would find it on the way out of the door. "Dad" was ...

Posted on: June 15, 2013, 5:41 a.m.

The Sneeze

“Kind words produce their own image in men’s souls; and a beautiful image it is. They soothe and quiet and comfort the hearer. They shame him out of his sour, morose, unkind feelings. We have not yet begun to use kind words in such abundance as they ought to be ...

Posted on: June 5, 2013, 4:33 a.m.

Why can’t we all just get along?

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the ...

Posted on: May 29, 2013, 5:07 a.m.

Remember

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. ~From the television show The Wonder Years Flowers, flags, parades and picnics. This upcoming weekend we will remember. Memorial Day is time of remembering the more than 3.9 ...

Posted on: May 24, 2013, 3:05 a.m.

Do you want to be healed?

38 years in a bed. Next to a pool. Sounds relaxing doesn’t it? But as we read on, the story says the man was alone and horribly crippled. Probably twisted feet, pencil thin legs and atrophied muscles barely covered by a thin blanket. Why? Because this was the pool of ...

Posted on: May 14, 2013, 11:49 p.m.

Mother

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” -Abraham Lincoln “Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.” -Billy Graham “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I ...

Posted on: May 13, 2013, 2:21 a.m.

Why can’t we all just get along?

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the ...

Posted on: April 17, 2013, 5:14 a.m.

Real Soul Care

Somewhere outside Atlanta. All alone. Discouraged, and perhaps even a bit depressed. Questioning myself. Confused about the direction my life was taking. Wondering about God’s plan. Even questioning whether or not God cared, or was even listening. Years ago, that is where I found myself. It seemed as if the ...

Posted on: April 10, 2013, 3:37 a.m.

The Deep Oil of Forgiveness

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” -Mark Twain “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” -Jesus Christ In his book “Unconditional” Brian Zahnd asks this question, “So what is your story? Who has been cruel to you? Perhaps bitterly ...

Posted on: April 3, 2013, 10:15 p.m.

Rabboni

Mary Magdalene. A woman whose entire life and persona had been controlled and dominated by demonic activity. She battled not just one spirit of evil. She was consumed with seven. Until one day, when she had a divine appointment with Jesus — “Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had ...

Posted on: March 29, 2013, 2:47 a.m.

He is Risen

That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death. -Apostle Paul His story… THE Passion. “And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly” (Luke 22:44 ESV) The Garden. A place where Jesus had come many ...

Posted on: March 26, 2013, 8:42 p.m.

Our Whole Heart

What a man is before God, that he is and nothing more. -St. Francis of Assisi Delilah said to him, “How can you say you ‘I love you’ when your heart is not with me?… So Sampson told her all that was in his heart… when Delilah saw that he ...

Posted on: March 21, 2013, 3:39 a.m.

How about some respect?

“This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower R – E – S – P – E – C – T. This 1967 smash hit by Aretha Franklin quickly exploded ...

Posted on: March 14, 2013, 2:40 a.m.

A Heart of Compassion

“We must never minimize the suffering of another. Scripture’s mandate to us is, ‘Weep with them that weep.’” -Billy Graham “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” -Jesus Christ Tucked in the midst of the 50 verses of Luke chapter 7, we find 5 verses that give us ...

Posted on: March 6, 2013, 3:42 a.m.

Mind Games

To renew your mind is to involve yourself in the process of allowing God to bring to the surface the lies you have mistakenly accepted and replace them with truth. -Charles Stanley If your mind is filled with the Word of God, then it can’t be filled with impure thoughts. ...

Posted on: Feb. 27, 2013, 3:03 a.m.

The Sound of a Low Whisper

Instead of concentrating on your problems and getting discouraged, focus on God and meditate on His promises for you. You may have fallen down, but you don’t have to stay down. God is ready, willing and able to pick you up. -Joyce Meyers If we will not learn to eat ...

Posted on: Feb. 20, 2013, 3 a.m.

A Love Like That

God created marriage. No government subcommittee envisioned it. No social organization developed it. Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God. -Max Lucado We must never be naive enough to think of marriage as a safe harbor from the Fall, The deepest struggles of life will occur in ...

Posted on: Feb. 13, 2013, 4:28 a.m.

When You Give

“Giving will make you happier than receiving.” -Jesus “W-I-I-F-M”. Most really good sales people can immediately tell you what this acronym means. It has been pounded into their psyche. The knowledge of the depth of its meaning will drive them to success. The words? “What’s In It For Me?” The ...

Posted on: Feb. 7, 2013, 3:08 a.m.

On The Mountain, and In The Valley

As you walk through the valley of the unknown, you will find the footprints of Jesus both in front of you and beside you. -Charles Stanley The man who gazes upon and contemplates day by day the face of the Lord Jesus Christ, and who has caught the glow of ...

Posted on: Jan. 30, 2013, 5:54 a.m.

Be Kind

“The greatest feats of love are performed by those who have had much practice in performing daily acts of kindness.” -Anonymous “The worldly man treats certain people kindly because he ‘likes’ them: the Christian, trying to treat everyone kindly, finds himself liking more and more people as he goes on ...

Posted on: Jan. 23, 2013, 9:45 a.m.

Look Up

When it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. -G. K. Chesterton The devil is not terribly frightened of our human efforts and credentials. But he knows his kingdom will be damaged when we begin to lift up our hearts ...

Posted on: Jan. 16, 2013, 9 a.m.

Doing What He Says

“Unless he obeys, a man cannot believe.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer “If you know that God loves you, you should never question a directive from Him. It will always be right and best. When He gives you a directive, you are not just to observe it, discuss it, or debate it. You ...

Posted on: Dec. 31, 2012, 8:44 p.m.

Doing What He Says

“Unless he obeys, a man cannot believe.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer “If you know that God loves you, you should never question a directive from Him. It will always be right and best. When He gives you a directive, you are not just to observe it, discuss it, or debate it. You ...

Posted on: Dec. 30, 2012, 3:14 p.m.

Emmanuel – God With Us

“One of two things you must do; you must either receive Him or reject Him. You receive Him here and He will receive you there; you reject Him here and He will reject you there.” -D. L. Moody Anna. Rarely will you see her in a Christmas play. Out of ...

Posted on: Dec. 24, 2012, 2:51 a.m.

Holiday Guests

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)… Watch out for these unwanted holiday guests… Stress and Anxiety… You don’t invite ...

Posted on: Dec. 19, 2012, 1:55 a.m.

Wise Men Still Seek Him

“If you’re sincerely seeking God, God will make His existence evident to you.” -William Lane Craig A manger. The baby Jesus. Mary. Joseph. A star. No Christmas play would be complete without the three wise men. Matthew records the amazing story of the “Magi” who “after Jesus was born in ...

Posted on: Dec. 11, 2012, 9:34 p.m.

Impossibilities

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as an impossible situation.” -Chuck Swindoll “I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.” -Hudson Taylor “Triumphant prayer is almost ...

Posted on: Dec. 4, 2012, 10:47 p.m.

My Rock

“America was founded by people who believe that God is their Rock of safety.” -Ronald Reagan “Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold? If He is, you don’t need to search any further for security.” -Elisabeth Elliott Recently my niece asked her dad, my older brother Jimmy, to ...

Posted on: Nov. 28, 2012, 3:56 p.m.

Thanksgiving in the Midst

“This way of seeing our Father in everything makes life one long thanksgiving and gives a rest of heart, and, more than that, a gayety of spirit, that is unspeakable.” -Hannah Whitall Smith “As I look back over fifty years of ministry, I recall innumerable tests, trials and times of ...

Posted on: Nov. 20, 2012, 8:27 p.m.

The Mirror

The man who gazes upon and contemplates day by day the face of the Lord Jesus Christ, and who has caught the glow of the reality that the Lord is not a theory but an indwelling power and force in his life, is as a mirror reflecting the glory of ...

Posted on: Nov. 14, 2012, 10:39 p.m.

Hold Fast in Love

Nothing can separate you from God’s love, absolutely nothing. God is enough for time, God is enough for eternity. God is enough! -Hannah Whitall Smith In the darkest of nights cling to the assurance that God loves you, and you will experience that which you believe -Basilea Schlink What defines ...

Posted on: Nov. 7, 2012, 3:51 a.m.

Choices

Wisdom is the power to see and the inclination to choose the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it. -J. I. Packer Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make. -Rick Warren Life is all about choices… And you are defined ...

Posted on: Oct. 30, 2012, 3:27 p.m.

Be an Encourager

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” -Plato Let me add, be an encourager. It has been said that everyone is either in the midst of the battle, just coming out of a battle, or about to enter the battle. At first glance, this is often ...

Posted on: Oct. 26, 2012, 4:57 a.m.

The Secret Place

“Prayer is self-discipline. The effort to realize the presence and power of God stretches the sinews of the soul and hardens muscles. To pray is to grow in grace. To tarry in the presence of the King leads to new loyalty and devotion on the part of the faithful subjects. ...

Posted on: Oct. 16, 2012, 4:49 p.m.

Can You Hear Him?

“The holy and most glorious God invites us to come to Him, to converse with Him, to ask from Him such things as we need, and to experience what a blessing there is in fellowship with Him.” -Andrew Murray Conversations with my kids. One of the highlights of every day. ...

Posted on: Oct. 11, 2012, 4:51 a.m.

Open My Eyes

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things…” Psalm 119:18 ESV By the “createdness” of things, man knows there is a God… Not long ago, while preparing to speak to a large group of pastors and counselors, I ran across the following words from Helen Keller; “I, who cannot ...

Posted on: Oct. 3, 2012, 3:49 p.m.

Your Hand in His

“Don’t trust to hold God’s hand; let Him hold yours. Let Him do the holding, and you the trusting.” Hammer William Webb-Peploe When my son Zach was small, he loved for me to hold his hand. Often it would simply be out of the sheer joy of having his dad ...

Posted on: Sept. 25, 2012, 7:37 p.m.

How’s it Going With Your Kids?

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” -Charles Swindoll Cora, an elderly widow, lived alone in a small three-room house down the dirt road from the Pennsylvania farm where I grew up. Her home, a bit run down outside, was full of ...

Posted on: Sept. 18, 2012, 7:55 p.m.

It’s On!

“Life is not a sprint — it’s a marathon.” “Urgently we do need a revival of personal godliness; when personal faith is steadfast, the church abides true to her Lord.” -Charles H. Spurgeon After the first 26 races this season, the driver of #48, Hendrick Motor Sports five-time NASCAR Champion ...

Posted on: Sept. 12, 2012, 4:46 a.m.

How’s Your Heart?

“The widest thing in the universe is not space, it is the potential capacity of the human heart.” A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God Google “Heart Health” and over 556,000,000 sites pop up. That’s 556 million. Read just a few of those articles and the evidence is overwhelming ...

Posted on: Sept. 4, 2012, 8:32 p.m.

Excel

At the start of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., the U.S. hockey team was little more than an afterthought. The Soviets were seeded No. 1, and deservedly so. They had won five gold medals and one bronze in the previous six Olympics. The U.S. team was seeded ...

Posted on: Aug. 28, 2012, 5:32 p.m.

Bounce Back

“The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” -General George S. Patton “bounce /bouns/ verb – to cause to bound and rebound — to spring back in a lively manner…” To “bounce” means the ...

Posted on: Aug. 21, 2012, 8:23 p.m.

God… ‘Thank You’

“We need deliberately to call to mind the joys of our journey. Perhaps we should try to write down the blessings of one day. We might begin; we could never end; there are not pens or paper enough in all the world.” -George A. Buttrick It has been said that ...

Posted on: Aug. 14, 2012, 3:55 p.m.

Don’t Be So Jammed Up!

“He who breathes into our hearts the heavenly hope, will not deceive or fail us when we press forward to its realization.” -Anonymous Economic unrest. Job loss. Illness. Wars. The deaths of precious lives. Uncertainty of the future. Panic. Fear. Anxiety. Worry. These must have also been issues in Jesus’ ...

Posted on: Aug. 7, 2012, 10:15 p.m.

Forget and be Fruitful

“The past isn’t your past if it is still affecting your present.” A personal past. We all have one. And sometimes they are not very glorious. In some cases, painful pasts are consequences of our own bad choices. Self-inflicted wounds. Often however, the heartache from the past has been caused ...

Posted on: Aug. 2, 2012, 3:06 p.m.

When You Praise Him

“The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it.” Author Unknown God loves it when we “praise” Him. Psalm 22:3 portrays a picture of “God inhabiting the praises of His people”. The Hebrew essence of “inhabiteth” is a depiction of the Lord sitting down and dwelling. Our ...

Posted on: July 24, 2012, 7:51 p.m.

Laugh Again

“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand” Mark Twain Kids smile an average of 45 times an hour, and they will “belly laugh” 1 time every 7.5 minutes. By the time we become an adult that drops to 15 times a day. In hospitals it is nearly 0. When ...

Posted on: July 17, 2012, 4:57 p.m.

6 – 4 – 3

“The real difference between men is energy. A strong will, a settled purpose, an invincible determination, can accomplish almost anything; and in this lies the distinction between great men and little men.” Thomas Fuller “We must face the fact that many today are notoriously careless in their living. This attitude ...

Posted on: July 10, 2012, 3:18 p.m.

Celebrate Freedom

“Let us remember, as people of faith, that our primary mission is not to have a political ideology; it’s to change the world so that every man, woman, boy, and girl can experience true freedom.” Mike Huckabee “God’s purpose in redeeming men from sin is not to give them freedom ...

Posted on: July 3, 2012, 11:53 p.m.

The Sneeze

“Kind words produce their own image in men’s souls; and a beautiful image it is. They soothe and quiet and comfort the hearer. They shame him out of his sour, morose, unkind feelings. We have not yet begun to use kind words in such abundance as they ought to be ...

Posted on: June 26, 2012, 11:08 p.m.

Seeing Red

Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11 (NIV) “In your anger, do not sin.” -Apostle Paul Throwing a chair across the basketball court… Slamming a fist through a wall… The frustration when someone cuts you off in traffic… Those feelings ...

Posted on: June 21, 2012, 11:35 a.m.

A Letter Just for Dad

To send a letter is a good way to move somewhere without moving anything but your heart. -Phyllis Theroux “Honor your father…” Ephesians 6:2 The note was strategically placed on the table next to my keys where I would find it on the way out of the door. "Dad" was ...

Posted on: June 14, 2012, 4:30 a.m.

Do you want to be healed?

38 years in a bed. Next to a pool. Sounds relaxing doesn’t it? But as we read on, the story says the man was alone and horribly crippled. Probably twisted feet, pencil thin legs and atrophied muscles barely covered by a thin blanket. Why? Because this was the pool of ...

Posted on: June 6, 2012, 6:23 p.m.

Remember

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. ~From the television show The Wonder Years Flowers, flags, parades and picnics. This upcoming weekend we will remember. Memorial Day is time of remembering the more than 3.9 ...

Posted on: May 22, 2012, 8:39 p.m.

The Deep Oil of Forgiveness

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” -Mark Twain “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” -Jesus Christ In his book “Unconditional” Brian Zahnd asks this question, “So what is your story? Who has been cruel to you? Perhaps bitterly ...

Posted on: May 11, 2012, 12:19 p.m.

How About Some Respect?

May 3, 2012 R – E – S – P – E – C – T. This 1967 smash hit by Aretha Franklin quickly exploded up the charts. While it was written by Otis Redding in 1965 as a man’s plea for respect and recognition, the roles were reversed for ...

Posted on: May 3, 2012, 3:09 a.m.

Our Whole Heart

April 26, 2012 What a man is before God, that he is and nothing more. -St. Francis of Assisi Delilah said to him, “How can you say you ‘I love you’ when your heart is not with me?… So Sampson told her all that was in his heart… when Delilah ...

Posted on: April 26, 2012, 3:57 a.m.

A Heart of Compassion

April 19, 2012 “We must never minimize the suffering of another. Scripture’s mandate to us is, ‘Weep with them that weep.’” -Billy Graham “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” -Jesus Christ Tucked in the midst of the 50 verses of Luke chapter 7, we find 5 verses ...

Posted on: April 19, 2012, 2:56 a.m.

Rabboni

April 11, 2012 Mary Magdalene. A woman whose entire life and persona had been controlled and dominated by demonic activity. She battled not just one spirit of evil. She was consumed with seven. Until one day, when she had a divine appointment with Jesus — “Mary, called Magdalene, from whom ...

Posted on: April 10, 2012, 5:50 p.m.

He is Risen

That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death. -Apostle Paul His story… THE Passion. “And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly” (Luke 22:44 ESV) The Garden. A place where Jesus had come many ...

Posted on: April 4, 2012, 8:15 p.m.

Mind Games

To renew your mind is to involve yourself in the process of allowing God to bring to the surface the lies you have mistakenly accepted and replace them with truth. -Charles Stanley If your mind is filled with the Word of God, then it can’t be filled with impure thoughts. ...

Posted on: March 7, 2012, 3:38 p.m.

A Low Whisper

February 24, 2012 Instead of concentrating on your problems and getting discouraged, focus on God and meditate on His promises for you. You may have fallen down, but you don’t have to stay down. God is ready, willing and able to pick you up. -Joyce Meyers If we will not ...

Posted on: Feb. 24, 2012, 2:36 p.m.

A Love Like That

February 14, 2012 God created marriage. No government subcommittee envisioned it. No social organization developed it. Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God. -Max Lucado We must never be naïve enough to think of marriage as a safe harbor from the Fall…The deepest struggles of life will ...

Posted on: Feb. 14, 2012, 9:27 p.m.

On The Mountain, and In The Valley

February 8, 2012 As you walk through the valley of the unknown, you will find the footprints of Jesus both in front of you and beside you. -Charles Stanley The man who gazes upon and contemplates day by day the face of the Lord Jesus Christ, and who has caught ...

Posted on: Feb. 8, 2012, 9:23 p.m.

Look Up

February 1, 2012 When it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. -G. K. Chesterton The devil is not terribly frightened of our human efforts and credentials. But he knows his kingdom will be damaged when we begin to lift ...

Posted on: Feb. 1, 2012, 2:57 p.m.

Love Him Back

January 26, 2012 To love God does not mean to meet His needs, but rather to delight in Him and to be captivated by His glorious power and grace, and to value Him above all other things on earth. -John Piper After learning to love God (worship), learning to love ...

Posted on: Jan. 26, 2012, 1:42 p.m.

Choices

January 18, 2012 Wisdom is the power to see and the inclination to choose the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it. -J. I. Packer Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make. -Rick Warren Life is all about choices… And ...

Posted on: Jan. 18, 2012, 1:56 p.m.

Hold Fast in Love

January 10, 2012 “Nothing can separate you from God’s love, absolutely nothing. God is enough for time, God is enough for eternity. God is enough!” -Hannah Whitall Smith “In the darkest of nights cling to the assurance that God loves you… and you will experience that which you believe” -Basilea ...

Posted on: Jan. 10, 2012, 4:49 p.m.

Doing What He Says

December 29 “Unless he obeys, a man cannot believe.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer “If you know that God loves you, you should never question a directive from Him. It will always be right and best. When He gives you a directive, you are not just to observe it, discuss it, or debate ...

Posted on: Dec. 29, 2011, 9:12 p.m.

Emmanuel – God With Us

December 22 “One of two things you must do; you must either receive Him or reject Him. You receive Him here and He will receive you there; you reject Him here and He will reject you there.” -D. L. Moody Anna. Rarely will you see her in a Christmas play. ...

Posted on: Dec. 22, 2011, 3:47 p.m.

Wise Men Still Seek Him

December 14 “If you’re sincerely seeking God, God will make His existence evident to you.” -William Lane Craig A manger. The baby Jesus. Mary. Joseph. A star. No Christmas play would be complete without the three wise men. Matthew records the amazing story of the “Magi” who “after Jesus was ...

Posted on: Dec. 14, 2011, 11:36 p.m.

The Rock

December 1 “America was founded by people who believe that God is their Rock of safety.” -Ronald Reagan “Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold? If He is, you don’t need to search any further for security.” -Elisabeth Elliott Recently my niece asked her dad, my older brother ...

Posted on: Dec. 1, 2011, 4:35 p.m.

Thanksgiving in the Midst

November 24 “This way of seeing our Father in everything makes life one long thanksgiving and gives a rest of heart, and, more than that, a gayety of spirit, that is unspeakable.” -Hannah Whitall Smith “As I look back over fifty years of ministry, I recall innumerable tests, trials and ...

Posted on: Nov. 24, 2011, 4 p.m.

The Secret Place

November 16 – November 21 “Prayer is self-discipline. The effort to realize the presence and power of God stretches the sinews of the soul and hardens muscles. To pray is to grow in grace. To tarry in the presence of the King leads to new loyalty and devotion on the ...

Posted on: Nov. 16, 2011, 4:20 p.m.

Can You Hear Him?

November 10 – November 14 “The holy and most glorious God invites us to come to Him, to converse with Him, to ask from Him such things as we need, and to experience what a blessing there is in fellowship with Him.” Andrew Murray Conversations with my kids. One of ...

Posted on: Nov. 10, 2011, 9:23 p.m.

Your Hand in His

October 18 – October 24 “Don’t trust to hold God’s hand; let Him hold yours. Let Him do the holding, and you the trusting.” Hammer William Webb-Peploe When my son Zach was small, he loved for me to hold his hand. Often it would simply be out of the sheer ...

Posted on: Oct. 18, 2011, 8:17 p.m.

How’s it Going With Your Kids?

October 4 – October 10 “Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” -Charles Swindoll Cora, an elderly widow, lived alone in a small three-room house down the dirt road from the Pennsylvania farm where I grew up. Her home, a bit run ...

Posted on: Oct. 4, 2011, 9:38 p.m.

It’s On!

September 20 – September 26 “Life is not a sprint — it’s a marathon.” “Urgently we do need a revival of personal godliness; when personal faith is steadfast, the church abides true to her Lord.” -Charles H. Spurgeon After the first 25 races this season, the driver of #48, Hendrick ...

Posted on: Sept. 20, 2011, 10:22 p.m.

How’s Your Heart?

September 13 – September 19 “The widest thing in the universe is not space, it is the potential capacity of the human heart.” A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God Google “Heart Health” and over 556,000,000 sites pop up. That’s 556 million. Read just a few of those articles ...

Posted on: Sept. 13, 2011, 11:48 p.m.

Excel

September 6 – September 12 “Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence… is a tragedy” -Joe Paterno At the start of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., the U.S. hockey team was little more than an afterthought. The Soviets were seeded No. 1, and deservedly ...

Posted on: Sept. 6, 2011, 10:27 p.m.

Bounce Back

August 30 – September 5 “The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” -General George S. Patton “bounce /bouns/ verb – to cause to bound and rebound — to spring back in a lively ...

Posted on: Aug. 30, 2011, 9:22 p.m.

God… ‘Thank You’

August 23 – August 29 “We need deliberately to call to mind the joys of our journey. Perhaps we should try to write down the blessings of one day. We might begin; we could never end; there are not pens or paper enough in all the world.” -George A. Buttrick ...

Posted on: Aug. 23, 2011, 4:47 p.m.

Don’t Be So Jammed Up!

August 18 – August 22 “He who breathes into our hearts the heavenly hope, will not deceive or fail us when we press forward to its realization.” -Anonymous Economic unrest. Job loss. Illness. Wars. The deaths of precious lives. Uncertainty of the future. Panic. Fear. Anxiety. Worry. These must have ...

Posted on: Aug. 18, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

Forget and be Fruitful

August 9 – August 15 “The past isn’t your past if it is still affecting your present.” A personal past. We all have one. And sometimes they are not very glorious. In some cases, painful pasts are consequences of our own bad choices. Self-inflicted wounds. Often however, the heartache from ...

Posted on: Aug. 9, 2011, 10:05 p.m.

When You Praise Him

August 2 – August 8 “The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it.” -Author Unknown God loves it when we “praise” Him. Psalm 22:3 portrays a picture of “God inhabiting the praises of His people”. The Hebrew essence of “inhabiteth” is a depiction of the Lord ...

Posted on: Aug. 2, 2011, 9:20 p.m.

Laugh Again

July 26 – August 1 Kids smile an average of 45 times an hour, and they will “belly laugh” 1 time every 7.5 minutes. By the time we become an adult that drops to 15 times a day. In hospitals it is nearly 0. When was the last time you ...

Posted on: July 26, 2011, 8:22 p.m.

6 – 4 – 3

July 19 – July 25 6 – 4 – 3 The shortstop scooped up the ball, pitched it to the second baseman who rifled it to first. A perfect double play to end what could have been a disastrous inning. Someone sitting in the stands commented how these 15-year-old boys ...

Posted on: July 19, 2011, 8:01 p.m.

The Sneeze

July 12 – July 18 “Achoo!” “Achoo!” “Achoo!” The triad of sneezes echoed up and down the hall. Immediately following was a chorus of “Bless you” and “God Bless you” from every office within earshot. Smiling, my first random thought was, “I wonder why sneezes come in groups of 2 ...

Posted on: July 12, 2011, 7:02 p.m.

Why can’t we all just get along?

July 5 – July 11 “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of ...

Posted on: July 5, 2011, 9:42 p.m.

Celebrate Freedom

June 30 – July 4 “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 KJV On July 4th, 1776 the Continental Congress voted to accept the Declaration of Independence. On August 2nd, 56 men signed it. A new nation was born. Of those gallant 56 men, ...

Posted on: June 30, 2011, 9:28 p.m.

Do you want to be healed?

June 21 – June 27 38 years in a bed. Next to a pool. Sounds relaxing doesn’t it? But as we read on, the story says the man was alone and horribly crippled. Probably twisted feet, pencil thin legs and atrophied muscles barely covered by a thin blanket. Why? Because ...

Posted on: June 21, 2011, 4:38 p.m.

A Letter Just for Dad

June 14 – June 20 To send a letter is a good way to move somewhere without moving anything but your heart. -Phyllis Theroux “Honor your father…” Eph 6:2 The note was strategically placed on the table next to my keys where I would find it on the way out ...

Posted on: June 14, 2011, 5:06 p.m.

Remember

May 31 – June 6 Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. -From the television show The Wonder Years Flowers, flags, parades and picnics. This past weekend we remembered. Memorial Day is time of remembering ...

Posted on: May 31, 2011, 8:39 p.m.

Abba Father

May 24 – May 30 I knew if Julie called during a counseling session, something serious was going on. So I took the call. Zach, our 4-year-old son, had battled asthma as a toddler, but a spiking fever had her “mother sensors” going off. His fever was 103 and she ...

Posted on: May 24, 2011, 7:24 p.m.

The Deep Oil of Forgiveness

May 17 – May 23 “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” -Mark Twain “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” -Jesus Christ In his book “Unconditional” Brian Zahnd asks this question, “So what is your story? Who has been ...

Posted on: May 17, 2011, 4:15 p.m.

Seeing Red

May 10 – May 16 Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11 (NIV) “In your anger, do not sin.” -Apostle Paul Throwing a chair across the basketball court… Slamming a fist through a wall… The frustration when someone cuts you ...

Posted on: May 10, 2011, 4:02 p.m.

Compassion

May 3 – May 9 “We must never minimize the suffering of another. Scripture’s mandate to us is, ‘Weep with them that weep.’” -Billy Graham “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” -Jesus Christ Tucked in the midst of the 50 verses of Luke chapter 7, we find ...

Posted on: May 3, 2011, 4:05 p.m.

Rabboni

April 26 – May 2 Mary Magdalene. A woman whose entire life and persona had been controlled and dominated by demonic activity. She battled not just one spirit of evil. She was consumed with seven. Until one day, when she had a divine appointment with Jesus — “Mary, called Magdalene, ...

Posted on: April 26, 2011, 8:23 p.m.

He is Risen

April 22 – April 24 “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death.” -Apostle Paul His story… THE Passion. “And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly.” (Luke 22:44 ESV) The Garden. A place ...

Posted on: April 22, 2011, 8:15 p.m.

How About a Little Respect?

April 19 – April 25 R – E – S – P – E – C – T. This 1967 smash hit by Aretha Franklin quickly exploded up the charts. While it was written by Otis Redding in 1965 as a man’s plea for respect and recognition, the roles were ...

Posted on: April 19, 2011, 5:50 p.m.

Be an Encourager

April 5 – April 11 “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” -Plato Let me add, be an encourager. It has been said that everyone is either in the midst of the battle, just coming out of a battle, or about to enter the battle. At ...

Posted on: April 5, 2011, 3:49 p.m.

“Hope Thou in God…”

Psalm 42:5 March 16 – March 21 “Speak Lord, because I am listening! I don’t want to hear any other voice but Yours, the voice of truth. The words You speak to my heart are powerful and convicting. You are telling me that I can do it…that I can make ...

Posted on: March 16, 2011, 8:06 p.m.

When you pray…

March 8 – March 14 “The holy and most glorious God invites us to come to Him, to ask from Him such things as we need, and to experience what a blessing there is in fellowship with Him. He has created us in His own image and has redeemed us ...

Posted on: March 8, 2011, 3:58 p.m.

When you give…

When you give… March 1 – March 7 “Giving will make you happier than receiving.” Jesus “W-I-I-F-M”. Most really good sales people can immediately tell you what this acronym means. It has been pounded into their psyche. The knowledge of the depth of its meaning will drive them to success. ...

Posted on: March 1, 2011, 4:10 p.m.

When you fast…

February 22 – February 28 “Anything you cannot fast from… owns you.” Diane Langberg Perilous, difficult times, demand radical discipline and commitment… In Matthew 6, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus encouraged His followers by identifying three opportunities that every Christian can, and should, participate in. “When you give…” ...

Posted on: Feb. 23, 2011, 3:24 a.m.

“Relatives of Yours?”

February 14 – February 21 A husband and wife were driving down a country road. In the midst of a heated disagreement, everything went totally quiet. As they crested the top of a hill, there was a pasture filled with cows, goats and pigs. The husband looked over at his ...

Posted on: Feb. 14, 2011, 10:02 p.m.

Trouble

“Opportunity’s favorite disguise is trouble.” -Frank Tyger Trouble: between a rock and a hard place… when life isn’t the way it is supposed to be. Ever been there? It’s been said that there are only three types of people – those who have just come out of trouble, are in ...

Posted on: Jan. 27, 2011, 9:15 p.m.

Do

“Que Sera Sera”… Whatever will be, will be. Or will it. Some resign themselves to a life of depending on fate. Others follow the thinking of Edmund Burke who said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” During the Revolutionary war ...

Posted on: Jan. 19, 2011, 1:51 p.m.

“s”

Picture this – a desert. Hot, dry and uninviting. Now add something very small. The letter “s”. What do you have? Dessert. You decide… chocolate cake?… apple pie? The little things can make all the difference in the world! F. B. Meyer once said, “Do not try to do a ...

Posted on: Jan. 13, 2011, 7:46 p.m.

GPS

January 4 – January 10 “Inga”. “Freeda”. Even “Thomas”. Names given to the voices on the GPS in practically every car. Voices that help get you where you want to go. There never seems to be any hesitation or doubt to their instructions. In fact, make the inadvertent wrong turn ...

Posted on: Jan. 4, 2011, 9:02 p.m.

New day… New you

Dieting. Reading the Bible. Spending time with family. Finally getting to that “bucket list”. It’s that time of year when “change is in the air”. Most of us don’t have trouble making New Year’s Resolutions. It’s the “keeping them” part that gets us. In fact, 40 to 45 percent of ...

Posted on: Dec. 31, 2010, 2:14 p.m.

His Birthday

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”Isaiah 9:6 (ESV) Imagine your next birthday party. Ribbons, boxes and bows. Decorations are hung everywhere. ...

Posted on: Dec. 23, 2010, 5:05 p.m.

Carrying the Holiday Load

December 14 – December 20 Santa may get the credit, but guess who’s handling most of the work and worry during the Christmas season? The children’s stories all tell of Santa’s workshop full of happy, toy building elves. But back to real life, the true superstars at Christmas are not ...

Posted on: Dec. 14, 2010, 8:37 p.m.

Unwanted Holiday Guests

December 7 – December 13 Watch out for these unwanted holiday guests… Stress and Anxiety… You don’t invite them but they show up, seemingly out of nowhere. Often however, their arrival is a result of these three “R’s”: Relationships. Conflict between family members can happen anytime. But the holidays seem ...

Posted on: Dec. 7, 2010, 3:29 p.m.

Count Your Blessings

December 1 – December 6 Turkey and dressing. All the trimmings. Pumpkin pie. Too many desserts. Did you have a great feast? If you partook of a traditional Thanksgiving, you took in between 3000 and 3500 calories. Not to mention breakfast and those midnight munchies. You spent all year counting ...

Posted on: Dec. 1, 2010, 7:20 p.m.

Thanks In Thanksgiving

November 23 – November 29 “Enter His gates with Thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to him; Bless His name.” Psalm 100:4 (ESV) This year, don’t miss the THANKS in Thanksgiving… Traditions. Turkey…Dressing…Pumpkin pie…Football…Macy’s day parade. All fun. And for many, a part of family gatherings. Traditions that ...

Posted on: Nov. 23, 2010, 3:20 p.m.

Startle In Place

Startle in Place November 16 – November 22 Ever get a word straight from the horses mouth? A horse survives on three basics…water…food…and a finely tuned fear response. However, the fear factor could be disastrous on a trail ride. Say a snake suddenly appears right in the middle of the ...

Posted on: Nov. 15, 2010, 4:42 p.m.

I Saw God Today

It’s Fall. The leaves are bright orange, deep red, and even some aspen yellow. Stunning colors that are just as breath-taking as the green of spring. As I take in the moment, a slight breeze brings a noticeable chill in the air. A Harvest Moon tonight is starting to peak ...

Posted on: Nov. 2, 2010, 2 p.m.

Tick Tock

Imagine that you were given $86,400 a day, every day, for the rest of your life. Suppose you could receive that amount every day…but with a catch. You have to SPEND it every day. Do you think you could do it? We could probably have a lot of fun trying! ...

Posted on: Oct. 5, 2010, 4:15 p.m.

911

Every school kid in America knows to call 911 in a crisis. Not if everything’s well or fine and the day is normal. But in an emergency…when there is tragedy or danger… that’s when you dial 911. When you are in trouble or need help I’ve got another number for ...

Posted on: Sept. 14, 2010, 1:05 p.m.

Looking in the Right Direction

Have you found yourself in the gutter of life? Wondering what happened? Asking yourself, “How did I get here?” Plain or pretty. Young or old. Rich or poor. Job reminds us that “Man who is born of woman is few of days and full of trouble.” (Job14:1) Trouble will find ...

Posted on: July 27, 2010, 2:50 p.m.