The Most Misinterpreted Verse in the Bible?

We see it on bumper stickers, inspirational posters, and graduation cards. We see it embroidered on pillows or tattooed on a person’s body. It’s the words of the Lord as spoken through the prophet Jeremiah and it reads, “‘For I know the plans that…

Ruined By Hope

The photo above was taken by Kevin Carter. It won a Pulitzer Prize and was awarded Picture of the Year by The American Magazine. Disturbing, isn’t it? It depicts a Sudanese child on the brink of starvation and a vulture waiting for a meal. How…

Why “Just Be Yourself” is Terrible Advice!

Somewhere in the deep, dark recesses of a closet in my home, there’s a high school yearbook. In that yearbook are little notes of encouragement that were written to me by my classmates. Virtually all of them convey the same message, just expressed in…

NO. MONEY IS NOT THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL!

How many times have you seen it on a church sign, or tattooed on someone’s body? Perhaps you’ve heard a preacher or a Bible class teacher say the words. MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL! The first time I heard someone say that…

WHERE’S THE GRIEF?

In Romans chapter 9, verses 1 through 3, Paul wrote these words: “I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. For I could wish that…

STOP HITTING THE BALL INTO THE NET!

About five years ago, my son picked up the game of tennis. Although he had never played, he fell in love with the sport. I knew very little about tennis, but I have loved watching him play. It’s a great game. It’s intense, it’s…

Looking At Work Differently

Do you think Jesus made high quality furniture? We know Jesus as the Messiah, but much of His life was spent as a carpenter, which goes to show that even the Son of God was not above work. God worked as well. Psalm 8:3…

LOVING THE IMPERFECT

Have you ever been to the grocery store or the Mall, and while you were shopping you couldn’t help but be distracted by the antics of someone’s child? The child is having a meltdown. They’re screaming and yelling, perhaps even hitting their mother. They’re…

How Do You Respond to the “Check Engine” Light?

One of the most frustrating sights on my vehicle dashboard is the “Check Engine” light. The problem is not necessarily the light itself. It’s the fact that the light can indicate so many things. Three years ago I was in Denver, CO about to…

Peace in a World of Unrest

Virtually every year, during the Miss America, Miss Universe, Miss USA, or Miss Whatever pageant, there is that one contestant who is asked, “What is your dream for mankind?” And the standard response is, “World peace.” We live in a world where conflict and…