The Christmas Story Starts and Ends With a Tree

A family who was going to go out of town for Christmas loaded up their SUV with their luggage, took the dog over to a neighbor’s house, entered the coordinates in their GPS and had even recorded a CD with songs for the road. Everything was ready, and they were so relieved to finally be in the car. They were halfway down the street when the woman suddenly cried out to her husband, “We forgot the baby!” To me that . . . read more ›

Some Hope for the Holidays

One of my favorite Christmas carols is “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” from the poem “Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The American poet was at the peak of his success when he wrote those now-familiar words. Abraham Lincoln had just been elected to the presidency, and there was a great sense of hope in the nation. But things turned dark for America and for Longfellow personally. The Civil War broke out, and Longfellow’s wife died in a . . . read more ›

Some Thanksgiving Thoughts for 2018

Thanksgiving is almost here, and of course that means Christmas is right on its heels. I think sometimes as we’re focusing on Christmas that we forget about what a blessing Thanksgiving really is. We live in a nation where we have such great freedoms that we never want to take them for granted. Maybe you’re thinking, “You don’t know what I’m going through. I’m so stressed right now. I’m facing a problem, and I don’t want to give thanks.” Sometimes . . . read more ›

The 3 C’s of Life

There are many choices in life that we face every day – hundreds, maybe thousands, of choices. Just start with the supermarket. The word super says it all. My wife sometimes will send me to the market, which never ends well. I buy things she didn’t ask me to buy, and I don’t buy the things she asked me to buy. I’m overwhelmed by all the choices. Then there are the restaurants with menus the size of a book. That, . . . read more ›

Revival Starts With Us.

One historian has pointed out that we have never had any such thing in history as a prayerless revival. We need to pray for our country. God said, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV). We look at the problems in our world and . . . read more ›