Practical Application

Cosmic Compassion

“Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll – are they not in your record?” (Psalm 56:8). How do you see God? Sadly, far too many of us see Him as some distant deity, a “blind watchmaker,” disengaged from His creation and uninterested in them individually. Yet this verse makes it crystal clear... -Read More


Interdependence is Better than Independence

“Free,” she sang! The short soprano’s powerful voice firmly hit and held such a high note I actually looked up to see if the glass in the chandelier would shatter! We were standing in the outside lobby at the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot at Disney World Orlando. A group of eight professional singers... -Read More


Control – The Grand Illusion

We want control; that is the human condition. Different personalities can express their desire for independence in various ways. Some will be overt and very aggressive in their words and actions. Others will act more compliant but be passive aggressive. The people pleaser will take years to build up enough resentment to rebel. However,... -Read More


The Call for Social Justice

We live in an imperfect world with a huge imbalance of wealth and power. Sometimes when we hear about social justice in Christian circles, we think of liberal theology, left-wing radicals and some denominations that seem to be more concerned with helping their fellow man than following a conservative doctrinal creed. But God is... -Read More


Transitions – Survive or Thrive

It is that time of year when graduates will experience one of the many change points of their lifetime. These transitions happen as we move from one stage of life to another. Navigating life transitions successfully is essential to achieve both contentment and full life potential. Will we just survive or will we thrive... -Read More


Drip… Drip… Drip…

Water is essential to life. One does not have to go too long to realize just how essential water is. Sometimes we need water without even being thirsty.  The lack of water will often lead to a slow death, often without even realizing it.  The poet, king, warrior, David, acknowledged that a tree planted by... -Read More


Using Spirit Filled Logic to Solve Problems

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with problems? Do you feel you are drowning in a sea of unresolvable and complex relationships and circumstances? Try “Spirit Filled Logic” to face these problems as you seek to find peace of mind and heart. First step is to ask God to help you properly define the problems... -Read More


Can People Change?

Susie and Howard have been married twenty years. It has been a long, hard road. They have fought, made up, separated, reconciled, and fought over again and again. The issues have changed, but they have not changed. What they do to trigger each other and their responses are like steps in a well-choreographed dance.... -Read More


Spring Thaw

Many years ago, while pastoring in a small town in Pennsylvania, I remember a winter so cold the frost line went down to four feet. One consequence of this was a backhoe couldn’t penetrate the ground to dig a grave. We had funeral services for people that winter but had to wait for the... -Read More


No Vacancy

“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7). “No room in the inn” would become a signature piece for how the Son of Man would be regularly excluded from the... -Read More