Optimizing prayer

There are many instances when we pray for people and they are healed immediately or within a short time. But we also experience situations where we pray for some very ser …  »

Making godly decisions

One of the traits of humankind, as beings created in the image of God, is free will, which includes both the ability to make decisions and the responsibility for the outc …  »

Unconditional love

When I think about how to sum up who God is in a single phrase, “unconditional love” comes to mind. Of course, God is many things and cannot be confined to one phrase or …  »

Stress relief

Stress relief has become a multifaceted, multi-billion-dollar industry. Armies of experts have emerged, dispensing advice of every sort. Some say the key is better time m …  »

Never ever quit!

Life is hard sometimes. When you’ve worked as hard as you possibly could and yet you failed to make the grade, your dreams remain out of reach, and you feel you just can’ …  »

Love in the parking lot

Did you know that parking lots at midnight can be very romantic? I’m talking about the romance I experienced with Jesus while walking in a parking lot. I needed to get so …  »

Raising the sails

Anything that we want to do well at in life requires effort, including growing in Christlikeness. It takes work to consciously and deliberately develop godly beliefs, hab …  »

Christmas Shalom

One of the portions of the Nativity story that I find most beautiful and meaningful is when the angel appeared to the shepherds and announced Jesus’ birth, followed by a …  »

Gratitude

Becoming more Christlike is about becoming a better Christian through a more committed application of the Bible, coupled with the guidance and grace of the Holy Spirit. T …  »

Salt and light

Jesus opened the Sermon on the Mount with the Beatitudes, which provide an overview of how He intends for those who follow Him to live their faith. Throughout the rest of …  »

Money management

A pastor once said, “Living right financially isn’t complicated; it may be difficult, but it isn’t complicated.” It’s difficult because living right financially is more t …  »

Put God on the spot

After you have asked God for something, take action. Act on your faith. Put feet to your prayers by taking steps toward your goal. When I was the pastor of a church in Wa …  »

Ask, seek, knock

Matthew chapter 7, the last chapter of the Sermon on the Mount, contains a number of succinct statements, which make important points for believers. The focus is on praye …  »