A mass shooting in Las Vegas. Puerto Rico continues to reel in the wake of yet another devastating hurricane. Mexico City remains in a state of earthquake induced decimation. Wars and rumors of wars rumble in North Korea. And when we turn to our personal lives, it doesn't seem much better. Do you ever just feel worn out? Ready to check out?
On the last night of his life Jesus prayed a prayer that stands as a citadel for all Christians
We are really ready for this presidential election to be over. We're ready for an end to the rancor and tackiness. Voters on both sides feel frustrated, even embarrassed by it all. There is a visceral fear, an angst about the result.
There is an edginess out there. A trepidation. A fear. Society seems like straw near a burning match. Combustible.
What is holy to God? Why is it holy to God? Is it holy to me? Search the Scripture for what God considers holy and the list may surprise you.
You are concerned, profoundly concerned, about the future of our country. The debt. Immorality. National security. The role of the Supreme Court. Immigration. Religious liberty. The list is as long as the worries are deep.
I don't know Mr. Trump. But I've been chagrined at his antics. He ridiculed a war hero. He made mockery of a reporter's menstrual cycle.
A worried mind is a divided mind. Worry takes a meat cleaver to our thoughts, energy, and focus.
Who is the real victor in life? Is it not the person who dies with a thankful and hope-filled spirit? How do we die with gratitude? We live with it.
Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, a season to stop and give thanks. Just the word lifts the spirit. To say thanks is to celebrate a gift. If you choose gratitude, will your world be different?
September 11 has become a day of remembrance for the many trials we have endured as a nation over the past decade. The continued fears and anxiety created by ongoing terror threats have become, if not normal, an ever-present stressor. We wonder if we'll ever be free of that sense of unease in our daily lives. The Boston bombing served as a reminder of this new reality. Violence continues to tear at our country from within.
September 11 is fast approaching. How will your church remember the 9/11 anniversary this year? It seems that in the dozen years since our country's heart and skyline were ripped apart, we still struggle with how to spend this day that represents such pain and, even to this day, fear. It seems to me that the church should lead the way in this effort.
It's a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately. These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated.