Tag Archives: Editor’s Introduction

  • 01_what_is_success

    What is success?

    For Christians, success cannot be measured simply by money. It’s not about becoming the richest or most famous, but about using the talents God has given us to the best of our ability.1 The person doing the most with what he’s got is the one who is truly successful. How do you do that? When […]

  • 01_The_mountaintop-

    The mountaintop

    In his very last speech, given in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 3, 1968, the day before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King imagined God asking him what era he would like to live in. He goes on to survey all of human history, starting with Moses leading the Israelites out of slavery, goes through Greece […]

  • 01-living-the-angels-message

    Living the angels’ message

    In this weary world of ours, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the recurring bad news of terrorism, war, natural disasters, and suffering. The message of Christmas—peace on earth and goodwill toward men—has never been more relevant. And yet I know I sometimes feel my efforts are like a drop of water in the […]

  • 01-god-promises

    God’s promises

    In the book of Genesis, chapter 12, when Abraham was 75, God promised him descendants. And again in chapter 13. “Some time later,” in chapter 15, God promised him a son and descendants as numerous as the stars. In chapter 16, when Abraham was 86, he fathered Ishmael, but God told him he was not […]

  • 01-Boulders-and-burdens

    Boulders and burdens

    In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was known as a master trickster and the most cunning of men. Eventually, the gods were so displeased with his craftiness and deceitfulness that they condemned him in the afterlife to push a huge boulder up a steep hill. The boulder was enchanted so that Sisyphus has never been able to […]

  • 01-Knowing-God

    Knowing God

    God has a problem! Lots of people say they believe in God, but they don’t really know who He is. To many children, God is something of a cross between a superhero and a friendly old wizard with a long white beard. Superman meets Dumbledore. As we grow up, God seems to “graduate” into a […]

  • 01-world-yourself

    To the world and yourself

    The Bible teaches that we are responsible to do our best with the talents and abilities that God has given us.1 He has entrusted us with skills, resources, time, energy, minds, and spirits, and we’ll find the greatest satisfaction when we invest them in things that please God and that are aligned with His plan. […]

  • 01-Best-friend-forever

    Best friend forever

    The Bible lets us know that we can expect to go through some difficult times while we’re on this earth.1 The good news is that it also promises that we won’t have to go through them alone. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”2 “I […]

  • 01-Facing-the-unknown-together

    Facing the unknown—together

    Like most people, I like predictability. Change can mean stepping into the unknown and losing my comfortable routine, and that’s frightening. It also means I have to give up some control. That’s scary too. Even when you prepare as well as you can, there are so many factors involved that you just can’t control them […]

  • 01_christian_hope_sunrays

    A Christian’s hope

    Most people understand hope as wishful thinking, as in I hope something will happen. But this is not what the Bible means by hope. In the Bible, hope is used in the sense of “joyful and confident expectation.”1 Maybe you hope for good things to happen, or like me sometimes, you tend to rather hope […]

  • 01-A.tale.of.two.riddles

    A tale of two riddles

    The other day, someone sent me a list of riddles, which led to the realization that I’m not very good at riddles. I figure I need practice, so I’ve been testing the patience of those around me, thinking up riddles of my own, some better than others. Here’s one: What do a picnic in Wales, […]

  • 01-Building-the-future

    Building the future

    The end of a year is a good time to take stock of things, a chance for us to reflect on all that has happened over the last twelve months. It can be a bittersweet time, as there are experiences and people that have moved into our past. But the end also brings a new […]