Everyone has a story. You probably will have to ask. And you may need to ask some questions. But everyone who has lived for a reasonable time upon this earth has a story. All of us have endured heartache at some time. All of us have faced adversity. All of us have borne injustice in […]

Read More

We take far too many things for granted today. We wake up in the morning and do not consider how that can even happen—and be refreshed. We enjoy running water, easy access to food of all kinds, indoor plumbing, instant communication around the world, advanced warning of and preparedness for many natural disasters, personalized music […]

Read More

At various times when different athletes have ended up in trouble and the question arises about whether their careers can recover from the incident—almost regardless of the offense—sports journalists emphasize: Americans are a forgiving people. Considering the level of immorality associated with the world of sports and the declining interest in Christianity in society, this […]

Read More

To want to be loved is a universal longing and common condition of all mankind. We crave it deeply—more than we typically are willing to admit. We long for approval, for acceptance, and a sense of belonging. We want someone to care what happens to us—good or bad. We want someone who feels for us […]

Read More

The blessings of being God’s people is something that Christians sometimes forget in the hustle and bustle of daily life. We get caught up in the day to day grind of school or work (and sometimes both) and then come home to give our time over to various forms of digital entertainment before collapsing for…

Read More

David truly was a man after God’s own heart. This distinction he received—not because of his perfect life but because of his willingness to correct his imperfections and seek forgiveness. We see this on three different major occasions in David’s life: when he brought the ark up to Jerusalem on a cart (2 Sam. 6:1-11;…

Read More

Most people do not like to think about death—even when it might be imminent. The human drive for survival remains so strong that, even in the most desperate of circumstances, the mind concentrates on how to survive rather than on the alternative. However, Psalm 31 provides insight into how faith can look beyond survival to…

Read More

When we are young, every difficulty, every setback, and every obstacle seems practically insurmountable. Whether challenges in education, starting a job, or dealing with the stress that responsibility brings, we sometimes find ourselves wondering if we can endure these hardships. However, after some time passes and the anxiety fades, we find ourselves in far more…

Read More

We live in a scary world. We face danger abroad and division within. Violence has become the day to day language of news broadcasts, and anger has embittered many so much that they cannot see beyond their resentment. In some places people dare not walk alone at night over even the shortest distances. Indeed, what…

Read More

The pursuit of fame—or at least notoriety—has consumed many people throughout the centuries. In the ancient world, kings, soldiers, and even gladiators elevated their social status through victory in violence.  Depending upon the values of a particular culture, different types of people had opportunity to lift themselves from obscurity to make a name for themselves…

Read More