A Gift To Remember

A Gift To Remember

It’s that time of year again, when the holidays make their annual appearance and usher in the spirit of cheer. Relatives become less distant as they take time to reunite with family members inside homes blanketed with the aroma of cinnamon to celebrate what has been dubbed the season of giving. Children keep their eyes […]

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The Offense of the Manger

The Offense of the Manger

Expectations are dangerous. They basically come in the form of hopeful or negative thoughts, and are often proven wrong in some way. “Why?” you as. Well, expectations are predicated upon the actions of the imperfect and broken people who walk this planet or those of a God whose thoughts are far above our own. Christmas […]

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Christmas: Discerning the Good and the Better

Christmas: Discerning the Good and the Better

To-do lists to check off. Errands to run. Gifts to purchase and wrap. Decorations to hang. Volunteering. Meals to make and treats to bake. Guests to host. Church services and special events to attend. (Is there sleep somewhere in all of this?) Life is a flurry of activities but especially so in preparation to celebrate […]

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You Get What You Pay For

You Get What You Pay For

First and foremost, married sex is the best sex. It’s free. There is no guilt. There is no awkward follow-up conversation. There is no walk of shame. Your spouse is allowed to spend the night and leave clothes in one of the drawers. Did I mention you don’t have to pay for it? God honors […]

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A Thankful Heart

A Thankful Heart

For far too long now, our culture has been in an ongoing relationship with pessimism. Recently, I conducted an experiment which consisted of asking a few acquaintances to tell me anything good that was currently going on in their lives. Most of them hesitated, visibly struggling to produce a sufficient answer to my inquiry. But […]

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The Man in the Gap

The Man in the Gap

The prophet Ezekiel reveals an expectation of the Father that is uniquely pertinent to men. He reveals: “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.” (Ezek. 22:30) […]

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Perry Stone: Why Does Tragedy Occur?

Perry Stone: Why Does Tragedy Occur?

If God protects people, then why do tragedies occur? In the early 1990s I was a guest on a worldwide weekly Christian program. The guest prior to my live interview had given a heart-wrenching story of how his loving son had been killed in an accident involving parachuting from a plane. I confess I felt […]

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3 Steps on How to Successfully Grieve

3 Steps on How to Successfully Grieve

Caller: “Jessica, Stephanie has passed away.” Me: “I’m sorry. I don’t know what you mean.” Caller: “Jessica, Stephanie is dead.” At that very moment, I think all of life stood still. Every single noise in the room seemed to be on blast! My heart sank deep into my stomach. I began to feel dizzy and […]

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Today’s Workplace: How Your Health May Affect Your Job

Today’s Workplace: How Your Health May Affect Your Job

Today’s employers are doing everything they can to help their employees make healthier lifestyle choices through various disease management and wellness programs. On the one hand, they are taking heed to what research continues to reveal. That is, by helping employees to adopt healthier lifestyle habits, organizations benefit big in areas related to productivity, profits, […]

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Grieving Is A Process. Take Your Time

Grieving Is A Process. Take Your Time

I enjoyed the last days of having my mother-in-law living with me. Recently, I looked through the photos of her last days. The mischievous smile; the feisty comebacks; the pregnant, thought-provoking moments of silence in discussions; and the stories of her childhood and college years filled our days. The ER staff and doctors sent her […]

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