Quite a few of the founders of the United States were Deists—that is, they believed that God created the world and then basically let go of everything. The Deists gave God the Father credit for making everything, but they were skeptical of the Bible’s stories that God himself in the person of Jesus Christ actually came to earth to help the people who lived there.
Does it surprise you to know that God still keeps track of all his creatures,... Read More
Does your world ever seem out of control? When it does, look up at the night sky. If you live in a city like me, there you will see dozens of stars. When you’re really feeling stressed, get out into the country. City boys like me have been known to pull off to the side of a country road and just gawk at the billions of stars—flaming, fiery, giant gas balls that God placed there to decorate the night sky... Read More
Sometimes the world we live in seems like a beautiful, peaceful place. But our environment can be nasty too—sometimes it seems as though nature itself is trying to destroy the people who live here. Wildfires, hailstorms, typhoons, avalanches, hurricanes, tidal waves, and earthquakes can destroy homes, businesses, and people.
It comes as a great comfort to read in the Bible the stories of the miracles of Jesus and watch him work. He walked on water, commanded fish to swim into... Read More
When I was a little kid, my folks would close off the doors to the living room where the Christmas tree was in mid-December. We could peek but weren’t allowed in there until Christmas Eve. The tree was fully decorated but unlit. In the shadows we could see growing piles of presents. You can only imagine the tension we felt. So close, but yet so far. Time seemed to crawl until Christmas Eve.
Do you dread getting old? Does time... Read More
You know, people get down when they feel that all their efforts and hard work are wasted and pointless. They get cynical and say things like, “Virtue is its own punishment” and “No good deed ever goes unpunished.”
Sometimes it does seem as though cheaters really do prosper, crooks get rich, liars avoid trouble, and the small and weak are endlessly victimized by the strong.
But here’s where God really helps his children—he controls the future, and he takes delight... Read More
If supermarket magazines are any indicator, the aging process is a disaster in every way. Everybody pictured is young and healthy and beautiful, and the stores offer you a thousand products to buy to make you look younger or make you think you look younger. The sad result of this relentless marketing is that people think that their worth and value diminish as they get older.
But the aging process has some real benefits. Along with wrinkles comes wisdom. With... Read More
There are only two kinds of people on the day after Thanksgiving—those who get up at 4:00 A.M. so they can get in line when the stores first open and those who wouldn’t shop on “Black Friday” at gunpoint. How about you—do you love or hate the big sale days?
People just can’t resist getting lured into the frenzy. The media enjoy whipping us into a lather—“must shop . . . must get to sale . . . must buy more .... Read More
“I’ll be happy when I get _____” is a triple trap. For one, it keeps you miserable as you wait impatiently to be fulfilled. Second, wanting more never satisfies, even if you get your first wish, because you then want still more. Third, it cheats you out of the happiness with the wealth that you already possess.
Cultivating a thankful heart and thankful spirit are learned behaviors. You have to choose to be like that, because the attitude you’re born with is one of... Read More